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Costa Del Mar Sunglasses – The Story Behind the Perfect Surfing Sunglasses

Costa Del Mar Sunglasses – The Story Behind the Perfect Surfing Sunglasses

Costa Del Mar Sunglasses Says “What a Long Strange Trip It’s Been”

Every company has a unique story and the tale behind the Costa Del Mar sunglasses name is no different. Based on the philosophy that “adventure doesn’t make house calls,” the Costa Del Mar sunglasses brand was born on taking a chance and being a risk-taker.

Costa Del Mar was founded in 1983 in Daytona Beach, Florida by Ray Ferguson. Ferguson started the company by providing the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration with a pair of specially designed sunglasses. The glasses were such a hit that they were later endorsed by the government agency.

By 1986, Ferguson got his foot in the door at the prestigious Stars and Stripes, America’s Cup Challenge. Australian team captain, Dennis Connor wrote to Ferguson asking him to keep his team fully stocked with Costa Del Mar sunglasses because they reveled in how well the glasses protected and shielded their eyes from glare and UV rays.

During the same year, Costa Del Mar became the unofficial eyewear for surfers of the 1980’s thanks to surfing legend Corky Carroll’s endorsement. Toward the end of the decade, the prestigious Cousteau Society accepted a donation from Costa Del Mar sunglasses and continued to use the sunglasses for years following that initial contact.

Over the next 30 years Costa Del Mar sunglasses has slowly become a household name talked about in the media and endorsed by well-known names:

  • Outdoor Life and Florida Sportsman magazines review and endorse Costa Del Mar sunglasses
  • Fighter pilots from the F-16C Eastern Demo team take Costa Del Mar sunglasses for an inverted spin
  • Costa Del Mar sunglasses are seen on professional sailing teams and fishing experts as well as movie stars such as Tom Selleck
  • In 2001, blind mountain climber, Erik Weihemmayer wore Costa Del Mar sunglasses for his epic ascension up Mt. Everest

The Technology Behind Costa Del Mar Sunglasses

What makes Costa Del Mar sunglasses sought by worldwide aquatic professionals? The science behind these lenses provides clarity and easy discernment in some of the most visually impairing areas on earth. Costa Del Mar sunglasses are made with 1 millimeter thin Lightweave glass polycarbonate lens, covered in a premium glare anti-reflecting absorbent coating. A scratch-proof encapsulated lens provides 100% UV protection and the entire line of Costa Del Mar sunglasses come in no fade lens colors.

Browse the full range of Costa Del Mar sunglasses and order yours online today!

Costa Del Mar sunglasses come in 2 distinct types:

  • 400 TM: eye protection is the name of the game with these sunglasses. Complete with 100% polarization and 100% UV protection, Costa Del Mar 400s work well for both boating and a day at the beach.
  • 580 TM: allows for clearer color contrast and visibility. The Costa Del Mar 580 intensifies and sharpens colors, which results in purer vision.

From a day at the beach to your next regatta, Costa Del Mar sunglasses can give you a distinct advantage.

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