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Surfing 30 years of business

Gecko was formed in 1993 by Jeff Sacree who, when making custom surfboards for local surfers in Devon and Cornwall UK, developed a lightweight heat-retaining helmet for himself to prevent “ice-cream headaches”. The surf helmet proved even more popular than his surfboards and so, the Gecko story began.

Following the success of the Gecko surf helmet, in 1995 the RNLI came to Gecko Head Gear for a head protection solution to replace the motorcycle helmets that were being worn by lifeboat crews at the time. Jeff worked closely with the RNLI to develop an open face marine safety helmet that would meet their specific requirements. Today, this open face design continues to be the helmet worn by RNLI lifeboat crews across the UK.

Gecko now has a full range of marine safety and watersports helmets. The open face marine safety helmet is the most popular for commercial marine organisations and worn by marine pilots, SAR crew, maritime safety and security, coastguards, commecial fisheries to mention a few. Alternatively, there is a cut away model for loud environments and a full face helmet for use on powerboats and jet skis. The surf helmet is a popular choice among surfers, surf kayakers, wakeboarders and kitesurfers. 

Built to last, all Gecko helmets come fitted with the company’s patented inflatable liner, providing a perfect fit every time and keeping heads warm and buoyant when needed most. 

Gecko has a continuous product improvement programme; designing new helmet models and improving the comfort, durability and versatility of existing ones. Happy 30th anniversary!

Exhibitor; Gecko Head Gear
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