Cressi is a Family Owned Company that creates premium water sports products for people that love the water and the sea. Our goal is to create the highest quality products, and our family's name is molded into every product that we make. Our priority is that everyone that uses a Cressi product, will enjoy his or her water sports experience.
Cressi’s legacy of innovation began in 1939 with two brothers who shared a passion for the sea and a gift for technical design and working with their hands. Egidio and Nanni Cressi began by crafting masks and spearguns that would allow them to move and hunt more efficiently in the waters near their home. By 1946 their designs and products had become so popular they founded the Cressi company in Genoa, Italy. Today, although Cressi is a worldwide leader in water sports manufacturing, it is still wholly owned by the Cressi family, and the commitment to innovation is still in the company’s DNA. It has a 60-year history of groundbreaking product development, and has often been the first to bring product advancements to the market. These include the Pinnochio mask, the first dive mask with a dedicated nose pocket for easier equalization, and the Rondine freediving fin, with its innovative long blade for maximum efficiency. Today innovations continue with the crystal silicone and angled lenses of the Big Eyes Evolution mask, and the latest in decompression algorithms of the Leonardo computer. This history of innovation is also made possible by a commitment to manufacture products in Italy at the Cressi facility. An investment in the latest manufacturing equipment and more than 16,000 square meters of roofed space, and the ability to have design and manufacturing process happening side by side has led to the absolute highest standards for quality. It also allows Cressi engineers to quickly develop, test and incorporate the latest materials and technologies. The results today are the same as they were in the beginning, the most advanced and best made products in the world.
In its earliest days, the diving and spear fishing community was a closely connected fraternity, a brotherhood of water lovers. In this environment, Egidio and Nanni Cressi began to create the gear that would be used by their friends and future customers. They were successful because they shared the same passion for the sea as the people who bought their products. Since the earliest days, Cressi equipment has been crafted by those who need it and use it the most, and is the result of many hours in the water. The Cressi brothers combined their passion for the sea with a passion for products and for the customers they served. It remains the core element of the company’s culture today. It is a passion fueled by Antonio Cressi using the same commitment to the sport shown by his father and uncle. Through tireless innovation, support of elite diving and swimming athletes, and a commitment to further recreational opportunities, Cressi continues to be an integral part of the water sports community. Put simply, passion is at Cressi’s core because Cressi remains at the core of the sport.