Founded in 1995, with roots going back to the sport’s first days, Liquid Force has become the leader in wakeboard related products and apparel. Founders Tony Finn and Jimmy Redmon were two pioneers in the sport of Wakeboarding credited with creating the sport.
With the additions of a wakeskating, wakesurfing and kiteboarding division, as well as a core retailer apparel program, sales for the Encinitas, CA based company now commands a large percentage of market share.
Liquid Force advertises with prime placement in all major wake and kite media outlets, such as Alliance Wakeboard Magazine/Alliancewake.com, Transworld WAKEboarding Magazine/wakeboardingmagazine.com, and others.
Having twice won the WSIA “Manufacturer of the Year” award, Liquid Force is dedicated to RELENTLESS INNOVATION, progressive design, maximum functionality and unparalleled quality.
Supported by a superior team of athletes, Liquid Force events include the Free For All Cable Park Series as well as the world famous BROstock double up contest.
At age 14 Wayne Gregory designed his first backpack as part of a Boy Scout project. Shortly after this experience he met Andy Drollinger, the founder of San Diego California Adventure 16, at a boy scout camporee. Andy was impressed with Wayne's design and over the next few years Wayne could be found hanging around the Adventure 16 factory, buying raw materials and tinkering with a variety of backpack ideas. He soon became the young companies second employee.
In 1970, Wayne started his first company, Sunbird, with a goal to produce advanced external frame packs. Unhappy with the limitations of externals, he dissolved the company in 1973 and began working as a freelance designer (sleeping bags, tents, and technical apparel) for a number of companies in the newly emerging outdoor specialty industry. Intrigued with new directions in soft packs and internal frame concepts he decided it was time to get back to his first love, designing backpacks, and in 1977 Wayne founded Gregory Mountain Products in San Diego, California.
From the start, Wayne wasn't just meticulous about designing packs that improved upon fit and used the best materials available, he also wanted to know how his designs worked in the field and what he could do better, a heritage of accessibility he has continued to present. In the early days, he loved to talk tech with customers at his retail store in San Diego, where he built his packs in the back shop. He wanted to know firsthand what worked and what didn't, and many customers' ideas were incorporated in new products. Ultimately, Wayne realized that in the backpack business fit was king, and he pioneered many firsts, including; being the first to build backpacks in different frame, harness and waist belt sizes; the first (and still only) pack manufacturer to develop a waistbelt system that adjusts to fit different hip angles, automatically improving load transfer; and developing the center-locking bar tack, a stitch that ends and locks off on the center of a seam instead of the side for increased strength at major stress points. From the earliest days, Gregory packs were noted for innovative design, ergonomic and comfortable fit, and our obsession with quality, comfort and durability continues today.
tentree was founded on the premise that every consumer wants to know that they are contributing to the wellbeing of our planet.
We believe we can inspire a new group of consumers to tackle the environmental issues we are now faced with head on, positively impacting our future.
In order to ensure we continue to grow our tree planting and sustainability efforts, we have partnered with several not-for-profits across the globe, including the Canadian Wildlife Federation, WeForest, American Forests, Eden Reforestation, Trees for the Future, and more. These relationships have allowed tentree to develop an on-the-ground presence in the areas most in need.
As tentree grows, so too does our impact. Every consumer that purchases a tentree branded piece of clothing is showing their dedication to the values our team shares: environmental stewardship, social responsibility, and the hope for a brighter future.
Vissla is a brand that represents creative freedom, a forward-thinking philosophy, and a generation of creators and innovators. We embrace the modern do-it-yourself attitude within surf culture, performance surfing, and craftsmanship. We constantly strive to minimize our environmental impact and protect the oceans and waves that raised us. This is a surf-everything and ride-anything mentality.
We are creators and innovators.
The Grand Trunk Story
Named for one of Asia's oldest and longest roads, Grand Trunk was founded in 2001 by Jon Neff and Kevin Kaiser after their personal adventures intercepted on a small island in Thailand. Their shared passion for travel and adventure is the driving force behind everything you see here today - and tomorrow.
"We knew nothing about manufacturing or retail. We didn't even know what we were going to call our new business. Actually - at the time we didn't' even know we'd have a business. We just knew we wanted to get people off the ground, travel, share new experiences and if we could design gear for the road, we could inspire others to step outside of their comfort zone."
In 2003, a love of surf and effortless personal style inspired Jennifer Hinton and Thayer Sylvester to found Carve Designs. Begun as a surf apparel company selling rashguards and boardshorts, Carve Designs has grown into a complete beach lifestyle brand; offering surf, swim, balance, and lifestyle clothing. Carve Designs is dedicated to providing effortless feminine clothing that actually fit real women while keepingus connected to the calm content feeling that inspires us at the beach. The women of Carve Designs are determined to push the boundaries of outdoor apparel and prove that functional can be fashionable and well-fitting. The clothes are designed to be as inspirational and versatile as the women who wear them. Jennifer and Thayer continue to stay true to the vision they created over 13 years ago, providing stylish apparel targeted to women actively engaged in the outdoor world.
ONCE A VINYL BILLBOARD, NOW A BAG
Here at RAREFORM, we like to break from convention and stand out from the crowd. Every surface is a chance to express yourself. When you find your perfect RAREFORM bag or accessory, its story is different from any other and becomes yours to tell. Every bag started as a billboard. We then hand-cut and craft unique designs to create our high-quality products.
Just like each billboard is unique, so is every bag we create. Every new product is entirely different from the ones that came before it. Each has a different print and a different history. Plus, vinyl is naturally durable and a great material to work with.
Our story begins with bold billboards destined to sit in a landfill. We intercept those billboards and repurpose them into completely one-of-a-kind products. Every billboard we receive is carefully cleaned, cut, and sorted before it is sewn together into a unique RAREFORM product. We're repurposing 20,000 lbs a month of billboard vinyl into one-of-a-kind products.
The history of Hurtta began with our own need to protect our dogs in the cold and changing conditions of the north. We come from Finland, way up north! We are clothing professionals who decided to make functional products for our own dogs while also developing the range of functional dog equipment globally.