For us, each and every wave is a potential playground and at OLAIAN we see surfing as a unique opportunity for enjoyment to be shared.
At OLAIAN, we are here for surfers of all levels and in all environments so that everyone can enjoy improving their skills.
OLAIAN s here for all surfers and encourages them to be bold and mprove their skills with confidence.
OLAIAN develops products with respect for the environment for all disciplines and all levels. Our products are designed to last.
OLAIAN innovates so that all surfers can make the most of their experience.
For us, people are what matter. This is why co-design is a matter of course. Advanced surfers or beginners, experienced or keen novices, OLAIAN works with a range of talented people to create products to suit the needs of all surfers
We work in the biggest open space in the world. In Hendaye, just a few metres away: the ocean.
This is where our teams of designers come up with the innovations of tomorrow, where our product engineers turn our ideas into reality and where the prototype engineers bring them to life.
Together we work every day to make surfing enjoyable whatever level you are at.
For us, each wave is a playground to be shared.
Being so close to the water enables us to test the products we create in collaboration with you.
Because, ultimately, it is only here, surrounded by the waves, that we can guarantee the technical prowess of our products.
Day in, day out, at the Decathlon water sports research and development centre, the Olaian team designs, prototypes and tests the brand's future innovations.
The 4500 sqm centre dedicated to design is located on the Basque coast, a few metres from Hendaye's surf spots so that we can be in close proximity to surfers. This centre is now home to 200 staff, half of which are product engineers, designers, prototype engineers, garment designers or product managers.
To bring their ideas to life, the teams have an impressive infrastructure at their fingertips.
The "garage" is a hive of creativity, a juxtaposition of rudimentary and high-tech tools, mixed in with 3D printers and a component library.
When it comes to textiles, our garment designers, prototype engineers and designers bring their ideas to life in the workshop. This 200-sqm space is dedicated to manual prototyping and is kitted out with some 30 industrial sewing machines, a laser cutting table and a sublimation printing workshop.
To finalise our designs and perform test protocols, the centre has a giant test pool, with its very own diving pit.
Tests in real-life conditions are carried out directly in the ocean, thanks to the exceptional location of the centre, which is surrounded by water.
In this remarkable facility dedicated to innovation, more than 1000 prototypes are developed each year and more than 10 patents are filed.
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