H2O Audio was founded in 2003 in San Diego, California just as a new era of digital music and portable MP3 players began to grow with the iPod. As avid watersports lovers, we wanted to extend that use to the pool and ocean - and beyond. We now lead the field in waterproof headphones, creating products with superior sound in and out of water.    

San Diego is the mecca of endurance sports. The combination of creativity, idyllic weather, hipness, and passion for individual athletic pursuits is unmatched here... it provides the perfect breeding ground for H2O Audio, where swimming, paddling, andsurfing are ways of life as much as running, cycling, and triathlons are. Our aquatic environs, trails, and roads along the coast are the backdrops of a hyper-active community. In fact, according to Strava, along our coast are the most heavily-trafficked bike and running routes in the world. And our mountains are world class in their beauty and topography. San Diego beckons as the hub of action and endurance sports, where a world class climate and varied canvasses for individual expression merge, and the only thing that can make them better is access to music no matter where or what athletes are doing to enliven their lives. This is the perfect environment to create groundbreaking new ideas in many arenas...to inspire athletes of all kinds to live and listen with passion. year round and GO BEYOND.


Designed by athletes for athletes, we originally developed H2O Audio products for our own use. Over the last twenty years, we have perfected a line of waterproof headphones guaranteed to give swimmers, runners, triathletes and watersports enthusiasts the best possible sound experience. We stand by them as the best on the market.


Why we exist

We exist to unleash music’s transformative power in places BEYOND the usual. Acknowledging its profound impact in sparking passion and unparalleled inspiration, we strive to enrich the world by amplifying the motivation and enjoyment that only music can offer, no matter where we may go.


A world where the transformative power of music can accompany athletes, and those in awe of them, anywhere...

Below Water, Above the Curve & Beyond the Usual.

We envision a world where individual soundtracks can accompany and enhance any activity in any environment, including the most demanding places underwater, above the tree lines, and beyond the usual places music can be found... where its profound influence sparks boundless passion and inspiration, enriching lives and communities, setting a new standard for its ubiquitous and extraordinary presence.


Our mission is to seamlessly integrate the power of music into every environment, from underwater realms to elevated heights and unconventional spaces, empowering individuals to amplify their passions and pursuits.
We are dedicated to pioneering audio experiences that transcend boundaries for athletes and enthusiasts alike. Through relentless innovation, we strive to enrich lives, foster inspiration, and redefine the role of music, setting a new standard for its pervasive and extraordinary presence across the globe.
- Below, Above and Beyond!


The bright spark behind H2O Audio is Kristian Rauhala, an entrepreneur with a knack for turning his passions into businesses. A fervent athlete—biker, surfer and Ironman triathlete—he knows a thing or two about endurance sports and water sports. And understands how high quality audio can elevate your workout.
Kristian previously worked at Nokia and is a Co-founder of PEAR Sports, a personal coaching app.