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About us

Years since 1982
Family members
Designed Products


CHIEMSEE Fashion lives from the enthusiasm of beach and winter sports such as windsurfing and skiing. With the philosophy to unite sport and fashion, what makes us stand out from other brands is our authenticity and credibility. We support sports and athletes for years.

CHIEMSEE Surfer riding a wave



Chiemsee GmbH & Co. KG
An'n Slagboom 7
22848 Norderstedt

Key Qualities


Corporate responsibility towards mankind and environment has a high priority at CHIEMSEE. With our sustainable approach in the entire value chain, we improve the social and ecological criteria in the long term. An important milestone has already been set by our membership in amfori BSCI (Business Social Compliance Initiative) & amfori BEPI (Business Environmental Performance Initiative) and the Bangladesh Building and Fire Accord, which is also supported by our suppliers and partners. As a forward-looking brand, CHIEMSEE is working continually to improve and develop its Corporate Social Responsibility policies. For example, selected products from our product range have been already produced under the ambitious organic cotton standard GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard).

Delivery across
almost all of Europe

Austria, Italy, France, Netherlands, Slovenia, Belgium, Poland, Great Britain, Republic of Ireland, Spain, Greece, Portugal, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Cyprus, Malta, Luxemburg, Czech Republic


CHIEMSEE Snowboarder and woman in a tree

Life as windsurfer is pretty unique. The likes of Robby Naish, Björn Dunkerbeck and Andy Laufer, rebellious sunny boys with natural dip dyes, sandy feet and a “happy go lucky” attitude towards life have considerably shaped the surf culture and helped to boost the sport among generations.

THE EARLY YEARS when Martin and Cristof Imdahl discovered the first windsurfers on lake Chiemsee in 1976, they enthusiastically set about the task of teaching themselves to windsurf and soon founded a windsurfing school. Because their customers not only wanted to surf, but were also interested in beachwear, they transformed their garage into what was known as the "Surfhütterl", a shop selling hand-printed T-shirts and surfing accessories. In 1982 Martin officially founded “Windsurfing Chiemsee”. At this stage, Chiemsee was still a project. It was driven by a generous measure of personal motivation, while financial considerations played a secondary role. And this is how we got where we are today...

In 1984 Chiemsee launched its first sportswear collection: shorts in three lengths (mini, midi & maxi), a T-shirt designed by Mickey Eskimo and a nylon jacket with a kangaroo print. The breakthrough came in 1985 when Chiemsee sponsored the Hi-fly team – Björn Schrader, Kai Schnellbacher and Ralf Bachschuster – with sportswear and sponsored events in La Torche, Sylt and Scheveningen. The team’s participation in this event and the media coverage it generated gave Chiemsee its first taste of public acclaim. While Chiemsee surf and beachwear celebrated its first major successes, an entirely new boardsport, snowboarding, took the scene by storm.

A lot has happened in the past 36 years, however, Chiemsee has always stayed true to its roots. Today, Chiemsee collections uniquely combine sports, fashion and heritage with high-end fabrics in trendy styles and designs. Regardless if your trip leads you to the beach, down the slopes or out in the streets, with Chiemsee’s collections you’ll cut a good figure wherever you go.
But where would we be without the support and trust of our partners? Exactly, not where we are today. Our following wind: These are our partners.


The history of surfing

It may sound strange, but surfing is one of the oldest sporting disciplines in the world.

It originated in Polynesia, where the first surfers rode the Pacific waves between 2000 and 1500 B.C. The Polynesians harnessed the power of the waves to explore and colonise the countless islands in simple outrigger canoes. This evolved into body surfing, where the surfer uses his own body to glide through the waves. People began to surf standing up in around 1000 B.C. in Hawaii and the Sandwich Islands: He`e nalu (wave gliding) became a Hawaiian national sport.

In 1777, Captain Cook was the first person from the Western World to encounter the ‘Sport of Kings‘ in Polynesia, but it was not until the early 19th century when Duke Kahanamoku entered the picture that surfing was introduced to the USA. This American of Hawaiian descent is the absolute ‘Ambassador of Surf’. Surfing was increasingly introduced to the American masses, who viewed it as an unconventional trend sport. Then the Beach Boys spread the word about the surfing cult and the associated romantic lifestyle around the globe. It was around this time when the surf wave swept up on the coasts of Europe.

American tourists brought the trend to Biarritz on the French Atlantic coast, where they proceeded to demonstrate the art of riding the waves to a handful of somewhat perplexed Frenchmen. The first locals taught their friends to surf and the bug took hold throughout Europe, including Germany.

In the mid sixties Jim Drake, an aircraft engineer had this idea of some kind of a water ski which floats when you could stand on it, and which would be driven not by a boat but by a wind filled kite which could be steered by hand. After brainstorming on his idea, he found out that the kite was not the best solution for his idea, he was now thinking towards a sail which could be steered by hand as well. He discussed this with Hoyle Schweitzer, who was his friend and neighbour and happened to be a surfer. Together, they developed a board suiting their purposes. After also designing a sail and a boom, they went to the ocean to test their invention. It took a few improvements to this initial invention but then they decided: this new sport works! They called their design "the windsurfer" and patented it in 1970.