Our Story

Origins of Turtl Project


The tale of Turtl Project begins with a group of childhood friends who grew up sailing, surfing, and diving in the vibrant waters of Spain. Their deep connection to the ocean led them to embark on a journey to preserve its beauty.
 

 

"There wasn’t as much an inspiration as a need to start Turtl Project," says Sigfrid Rovira COO and Co-Founder. The project launched as a beach cleanup non-profit in 2018, driven by a desire to save turtles, combat plastic pollution, and ensure that future generations could enjoy the oceans as much as they had. But quickly as this group of friends saw there was a need for greater action, Turtl Project expanded into new ventures.

 

Catalyst for Change


In their ocean expeditions, the founders stumbled upon an unexpected discovery – a wetsuit lying at the bottom of the sea.


 This moment served as a catalyst for introspection. "We started asking ourselves about the harm the wetsuits we were wearing were doing to the ocean while we were trying to clean it," shares Sigfrid. This revelation marked the beginning of a quest to uncover the truth about the wetsuits they relied on to enjoy the ocean and the environmental devastation they might unknowingly be causing.

 

  Closing the Gap

 

Yulex wetsuits represents a significant advancement in sustainable water sports gear. Derived from trees and boasting an impressive 99% reduction in CO2 emissions compared to traditional neoprene wetsuits, Yulex stands out as a commendable eco-conscious choice. However, the prohibitive cost, often upwards of $600, has rendered it inaccessible to many enthusiasts.



Recognizing this disparity, Turtl Project launched a Kickstarter campaign for the world's first high-performance, low-impact wetsuit at an affordable price point! With Turtl Project, you can now experience the benefits of sustainability without breaking the bank. Join us in making waves towards a greener future with Turtl Project's innovative approach to water sports gear.

 

 

Meet the team

We are Business Majors, Engineering graduates former Professional Sailors and World Champions. We grew up together competing for the Spanish National team connected by our love for the ocean. When we aren’t working on providing you the best sustainable wetsuits you can find us on the water either diving, kitesurfing, paddle boarding, sailing, surfing wakeboarding, windsurfing, or wingfoiling.

  • Nestor Cano - Chief Executive Officer

    Nestor grew up in a small town called El Masnou on the outskirts of Barcelona. He spent his days learning how to sail and competing alongside Willy and Sigfrid. He also enjoys Surfing, Kitesurfing, Foiling, Wakeboarding and Scuba Diving. Nestor was part of the Stanford University sailing team where he graduated form in 2020 with a Bachelor of Science in Symbolic Systems and a minor in poetry. Nestor still writes poetry and is an active member of the community. He also loves to cook, has a very large “sweet tooth” and a soft spot for animals.

  • Sigfrid Rovira - Chief of Operations

    Hailing from Barcelona, Spain, Sigfrid is the COO, Co-founder, and Head of B2B sales at Turtl Project. Leading all operational aspects, from product development to logistics and delivery planning. If you don't catch him at the office you'll likely find him at the beach! He's constantly checking wind and waves forecasts to enjoy our playground either surfing or sailing. See you in the water!

  • Clayton Bull - Chief of Staff

    Relocating to Florida exposed Clayton to the stark reality of our beaches' environmental challenges, turning casual beach visits into moments of reflection on our ecological footprint. His academic journey at Lynn University has been a catalyst, inspiring him to embrace sustainability in both his personal life and career aspirations. As the Chief of Staff for Turtl Project, he channels his problem-solving drive into combating ocean pollution. Driven by a commitment to make a difference, Clayton is dedicated to contributing to a healthier planet through innovative and sustainable solutions.