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!
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On September 25th, we hosted an 88 person pickleball tournament in Holland, MI. Overall, the whole day was a massive success. I mean, who has ever heard of a pickleball tournament that runs on time?! Plus, we were able to donate 25% of the proceeds to our local Boys and Girls club. It was the perfect way to give back through the sport we love. Our incredible tournament director, Elly Espinoza, pulled it off flawlessly, but behind the scenes, it took a lot of preparation and hard work.
We grew a ton hosting our second pickleball tournament and thought others might want to learn from our experience. If you've ever wanted to host a pickleball tournament, read our guide below!