Boy Meets Pickleball
Revolin’s story started in 2013 in Holland, Michigan, when tennis player and aspiring engineer Hugh Davis discovered the sport of pickleball in high school. After breaking more paddles than he could afford to replace, Hugh enlisted the help of his sister, Greta Davis, and they started building paddles from scraps in their garage. They completed their very first prototype in the summer of 2016.
They kept tweaking their creations to be better and decided they wanted to test if eco-friendly materials could be as successful as synthetic ones. They found out that high performance doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice sustainability.
In 2019, after years of experimentation (and degrees in engineering and product design), Hugh enlisted the help of Olympic sporting equipment manufacturer, Rock MacInnes, and together they made their first limited edition batch of 30 paddles. Sophie Vanden Bosch, a public relations professional, came aboard to manage sales and marketing and thanks to her publicity, the first run of paddles sold out in less than two weeks!
Since selling their first paddles, Hugh and Greta haven’t stopped working, Rock hasn’t stopped building, and Sophie hasn’t stopped spreading the word, because we’re on a mission to change sports. We are Revolin, and we’re so glad you’re here!
Helping players have fun for generations to come
We’re obsessed with pickleball, so much so that making sure our great-great-great-grandkids can play is at the top of our priorities. That means being conscious of what we put onto this earth.
From day one we’ve strived to replace the most pollutive materials with natural, low impact alternatives whenever possible. Even our packaging is printed with algae ink! When we haven’t found suitable alternatives, we’ve invented our own–like BioFLX™, our paddle face material made from hemp and flax fibers. Of course, we’re still far from perfect. To keep our paddle quiet, we use a synthetic polymer core, and are innovating around new technologies to replace the plastics we currently use to optimize performance.
Beyond that we focus on two main principles: reduce waste whenever and wherever possible, like partnering with OTZ Sports to bring biodegradable overgrips to pickleball and repairing broken paddles to give them new life. And build products that people will love and use for a long time.
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