Water Sports Gear Market

Water Sports Gear Market Size by Product Type (Clothes, Swim Fins, Swim Masks and AMP, Goggles, BCD (Buoyancy Control Devices), Watches, Life Jackets, Safety Helmets, and Others), Age Group (Kids, Adults, and Geriatric), Distribution Channel (Specialty Stores, Franchise Stores, Online Stores, Supermarkets/Hypermarkets and Others), Regions, Global Industry Analysis, Share, Growth, Trends, and Forecast 2024 to 2033

Base Year: 2023 Historical Data: 2020-22
  • Report ID: TBI-14450
  • Published Date: Jun, 2024
  • Pages: 236
  • Category: Consumer Goods
  • Format: PDF
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The global water sports gear market was valued at USD 45 billion in 2023 and grew at a CAGR of 4% from 2024 to 2033. The market is expected to reach USD 66.61 billion by 2033. The rising awareness and interest in water sports activities will drive the growth of the global water sports gear market.

Market Introduction:

Water sports is any sports activity that is conducted in a water body. It can be as simple as swimming or kayaking. It can also include more adventurous like surfing, skiing, waterboarding, kiteboarding. It has leisurable activities as well which include scuba diving, snorkelling and canoeing. These activities or water sports need specialized clothing, equipment and other necessary devices and this is referred to as wate sports gear. There are some standard products or gear that are required across all water sports and they include safety jackets and helmets. Other equipment depends on the kind of activity being performed. For instance, wetsuits are needed for surfboarding, water skiing etc, kayaks and paddles are needs for kayaking or canoeing. These equipment and clothing along with other necessary gear are mandatory for a safe and optimum experience for participants. They are made mandatory through rules, regulations and guidelines to avoid any untoward incident that might result in loss of life or property.

Water Sports Gear Market Size

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Recent Development
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Market Dynamics:


The increasing awareness about and interest in water sports – The lifestyle trends associated with stressful busy lives with a sedentary lifestyle has increased the incidence of lifestyle diseases. one of the most effective ways of preventing or reducing the detrimental effects of such a lifestyle is to engage in healthier habits. Participating in outdoor activities is one such lifestyle change that is recommended to everyone across age groups. The growing interest in outdoor activities has led an increasing awareness about different water sports activities that are different, fun, and carry long-term health benefits for physical as well as mental health. It has also become an avenue for individuals to reconnect with nature and increase their social interaction which is proven to improve mental health that is plaguing the world today. Therefore, the increasing awareness about and interest in water sports will contribute to a subsequent increase in demand for water sports gear, hence driving the market’s growth.


The over-exploitation of water bodies the increasing demand for water bodies has led to a growing number of private players entering the market to offer these activities. However, these players engage in exploitative business practices which leads to detrimental damage to water bodies. It leads to biodiversity destruction and loss of marine flora and fauna. The sole motive of profiting out of these businesses drives these players to engage in such exploitative business practices which has led to stringent regulation. Relevant authorities have implemented guidelines that restrict the use of such practices through licensing, permission grants and penalties. Therefore, the necessary regulation will limit the market’s growth.


Technological advancements – the increasing demand for water sports and therefore water sports gear has encouraged market players to invest in developing better gear with greater performance, efficiency and safety. Technological advancements have supported such innovation. For instance, there are now specialized fabrics that are ideal for water sports as they offer enhanced durability, performance. they are lightweight, comfortable and smart as they understand their user and their movements better to help them engage more effectively and safely in these activities. Other innovations facilitated by technological advancements in include computer aided design software that create the most suitable gear for users according to water bodies and water sport. Additionally, innovations have led to better customization. All of these will contribute to the market’s growth during the forecast period.

Regional segmentation analysis:

The regions analyzed for the market include North America, Europe, South America, Asia Pacific, the Middle East, and Africa. North America emerged as the most significant global water sports gear market, with a 43% market revenue share in 2023.

The geographical landscape allows the expansion of water sports activities given the natural water bodies all over the region. this combined with significant capital investments in creating the necessary infrastructure to facilitate the adoption of water sports drives the dominance of the region. the growing engagement of the population in outdoor activities to combat the increasing incidence of lifestyle diseases also contributes to the market’s growth. the region is home to top market players in the business of manufacturing high-end and quality sports gear. the region is committed to encouraging sports in the countries, especially the United States which is at the top of many sports, through awareness campaigns, sports programs, scholarships and funding. A well-established distribution network facilitates accessibility which also augments the market’s growth.

North America Region Water Sports Gear Market Share in 2023 - 43%



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Product type Segment Analysis

The product type segment is divided into clothes, swim fins, swim masks and AMP, goggles, BCD (buoyancy control devices), watches, life jackets, safety helmets, and others. The clothes segment dominated the market, with a market share of around 40% in 2023. Water sports clothes are the most basic, standard and mandatory requirement before engaging in water sports. They are manufactured for water sports and are embedded with properties that make them ideal for such activities. They range from wetsuits, board shorts, swimwear, and drysuits among many others. They provide thermal insulation and optimal aerodynamic performance. They also offer sun protection, greater manoeuvrability and comfort in water. They are necessary safety gear that protects the participant from the sun, wind, water currents and any other environmental elements. They are available in a wide range of varieties with different designs, colours, functionalities, sizes, and shapes.

Age group Segment Analysis

The age group segment is divided into kids, adults, and geriatric. The kids segment dominated the market, with a market share of around 42% in 2023. Kids have an active lifestyle and are encouraged to engage in outdoor activities. They have the time and enthusiasm to engage in new activities everyday given their curios nature and less stressful lives. Parents and teachers encourage kids to engage in as many outdoor activities to expose them to different lifestyle choices and gauge their potential. These are teaching experiences for kids and are highly valuable as much as academic successes in their lives. Schools offer such activities as part of school programs/curriculums through competitions and scholarships with necessary infrastructure and training offered within the school itself. Since kids are more vulnerable, it is extremely important for them to wear all the mandatory safety gear while engaging in water sports.

Distribution channel Segment Analysis

The distribution channel segment is divided into specialty stores, franchise stores, online stores, supermarkets/hypermarkets and others. The franchise stores segment dominated the market, with a market share of around 35% in 2023. Franchise stores are stores that are an outlet of a parent company and are operated under a contract. These stores ensure that genuine products of the brands are sold to consumers ensures consistent quality and keeps the brand reputation intact. These outlets also enable them to build a loyal customer base. it enables consumers to purchase from any outlet of the franchise and access discounts, offers, and coupons. The staff has all the necessary knowledge and expertise about the products which facilitates in consumers making an informed-decisions. They have dedicated consumer redressal and servicing which enhances consumer engagement and contributes to the market’s growth.

Some of the Key Market Players:
  • Johnson Outdoors Inc.
  • Cressi Sub S.P.A.
  • Speedo International Limited
  • Puma SE
  • Beuchat International S.A.S
  • O’Neill Retail Europe B.V.
  • Aqua Lung International
  • O’Brien Watersports
  • Mares S.P.A
  • Tabata Corporation

Report Description:

Attribute Description
Market Size Revenue (USD Billion)
Market size value in 2023 USD 45 Billion
Market size value in 2033 USD 66.61 Billion
CAGR (2024 to 2033) 4%
Historical data 2020-2022
Base Year 2023
Forecast 2024-2033
Region The regions analyzed for the market are Asia Pacific, Europe, South America, North America, and Middle East and Africa. Furthermore, the regions are further analyzed at the country level.
Segments Product Type, Age Group and Distribution Channel

Frequesntly Asked Questions

As per The Brainy Insights, the size of the global water sports gear market was valued at USD 45 billion in 2023 to USD 66.61 billion by 2033.

Global water sports gear market is growing at a CAGR of 4% during the forecast period 2024-2033.

The market's growth will be influenced by the increasing awareness about and interest in water sports.

The over-exploitation of water bodies could hamper the market growth.

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This study forecasts revenue at global, regional, and country levels from 2020 to 2033. The Brainy Insights has segmented the global water sports gear market based on below mentioned segments:

Global Water Sports Gear Market by Product Type:

  • Clothes
  • Swim Fins
  • Swim Masks and AMP
  • Goggles
  • BCD (Buoyancy Control Devices
  • Watches
  • Life Jackets
  • Safety Helmets
  • Others

Global Water Sports Gear Market by Age Group:

  • Kids
  • Adults
  • Geriatric

Global Water Sports Gear Market by Distribution Channel:

  • Specialty Stores
  • Franchise Stores
  • Online Stores
  • Supermarkets/Hypermarkets
  • Others

Global Water Sports Gear Market by Region:

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
    • Mexico
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • France
    • U.K.
    • Italy
    • Spain
  • Asia-Pacific
    • Japan
    • China
    • India
  • South America
    • Brazil
  • Middle East and Africa  
    • UAE
    • South Africa


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