VIVIDE™ lens technology for the Surge

LiP’s VIVIDE™ Lens Technology delivers dramatically enhanced contrast in a wide range of light conditions. Be prepared for your mind to be blown with the uber-sharp visibility and enhanced colours and field of vision that our Ice Blue lenses deliver.

These polarised lenses reduce blue light and enhance reds and greens to deliver balanced and outstanding visual clarity on the water. In addition, they incorporate hydrophobic and oleophobic coatings on both the inner and outer lens surfaces, together with polarization, anti-scratch, and anti-reflection on the outer lens surface. The result is an addictive visual experience.

Surge: Matt Black / VIVIDE™ Ice Blue lenses

As with all our Watershades lenses, VIVIDE lenses are designed purely with watersports in mind. In merging the benefits of multiple lens tints to create a high contrast effect, water-bugs can now continue to ride even if the light conditions change suddenly and dramatically. Being a category 3 polarised lens with a transmission rate of 8.35%, you can also feel assured that your eyes are protected, whatever the conditions.

Transparent Grey Surge Back in Store

New frame colours released for our Surge and Typhoon models.  The following models are available to purchase immediately in our webshop:

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Attaching the Watershades leash system

Here’s a short video to guide you on the correct way to attach the leash and necklace to your Surge or Typhoon watershades.

There are 2 stages to setting it up. We recommend that you first attach the leash to the silicone necklace and then attach the leash to the frame.


Understanding lens base colours

We are often asked to explain the differences between the colours of lenses we offer for our watershades, and what those differences actually mean when you are on the water.

Currently we offer a number of base colours for our watershades – the Typhoon, Surge and FLO. The options are smoke (grey), brown, rose and violet. Many of these base colours also have a mirror coating.

In general terms, grey base colour lenses offer a neutral tone with no colour enhancement and are ideal for people that like a standard tint to their sunglasses, while brown, rose and violet lenses all offer a level of enhancement. Colour enhancement tends to make colours ‘pop’, increases contrast and can further reduce eye fatigue in bright conditions.


Top 5 tips for selecting the best freshwater fishing sunglasses


LiP Ambassador Thomas Wending perch fishing in the Netherlands – September 2021


There’s more to choosing the best fishing sunglasses than meets the eye.

If you’re the type of angler that gets up at the crack of dawn (or even earlier) and fishes your heart out until the sun has set again, then you’ll probably have a long shopping list of functionalities for your fishing eyewear.

Sunglasses are not only about protecting your eyes from UV radiation. Choosing well suited sunglasses for your chosen fishing discipline will also increase your casting accuracy, boost your observation skills and improve your chances of putting more fish on the bank.

We’ve broken down the top 5 considerations you should have in mind when selecting the perfect angling eyewear.

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Taking care of your watershades


To get the very best out of your watershades, and to ensure the hydrophobic & oleophobic coatings continue to perform as they should, it’s important to give some TLC after every session on the water. If you treat your watershades as an essential piece of your watersports kit by cleaning them down after every use, you will keep the frame and lens coatings in top condition.




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Eye protection: Understanding ultraviolet and visible light


Most of us are aware that the sun’s ultraviolet rays can damage the skin and lead to sunburn and skin cancer. It’s why we use sunscreen to block out these harmful rays. Although it is often referred to as UV light, this is a bit misleading as UV is invisible to the human eye so a better way to describe it is ‘UV radiation’.

For the same reasons that skin can be damaged by UV radiation (UV), the eyes can also be damaged by exposure to UV. It’s one of the reasons we wear sunglasses.

And then there’s “visible light” and “infrared light”. These should not be confused with UV. They occupy different places on the electromagnetic spectrum and have different frequencies and energies.


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Philipp Schonger joins the LiP team

We’re stoked to welcome Philipp Schonger onto the LiP team. You can view Philipp’s team profile here – Philipp Schonger

Philipp is an Austrian national although he lives in the Pacific North West. He’s a familiar figure in the Seattle / Everett region and many will recognise his signature orange rashie – there to alert other kiters and possibly fighter jet pilots that he is about to launch into the stratosphere. He’s currently leader of the North American Woo Big Air leaderboard with a jump height of 28.9m.

Philipp is extremely active in the kiteboarding community. He gives much of his time to the kitesurfing community in the Pacific North West organising events like the Jetty Island Light Wind Olympics. We’re really happy to welcome him to the LiP family of riders and athletes.  🇦🇹

Getting high in the PNW

Photo courtesy of Phil Bourillon




Welcome to Andy Bubble Chambers

We welcome Andy Bubble Chambers onto the LiP team. Check out Andy’s profile here – Andy Bubble Chambers. You can also read about Andy’s long history in the sport in a detailed interview by Windsurfing Mag – Bursting the Bubble

Andy is a familiar figure in the UK windsurf scene. He’s been windsurfing for 29 years! He’s hard to miss with his signature mohawk and friendly character.  He is a Level 5 Windsurfing Instructor, and formerly an IKO / BKSA Kitesurfing Instructor – a man of many talents.  Andy keeps himself busy these days as windsurfing coach, pro rider and brand manager for JP and Neil Pryde UK based down the road from his favourite windsurfing spot near Bournemouth. A passionate waterman with a devotion to his sport and maintaining a strong competitive edge, he’s also eyeing up the British Wave Champion slot. Watch out Pasty!

Welcome onto the team Andy 🇬🇧



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