History

Ocean Rodeo's History

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It all began in the mid 70's in Victoria, Vancouver Island, Canada. Two boys, spending all their time in and around the ocean, found a common addiction: The wind and water.

Richard Myerscough and Ross Harrington hated the idea of anything "traditional" when it came to water sports and, in Ross's case, flying. Ross flew his first homemade hang glider at age 10. On a glider made from tarp and bamboo he successfully descended the 8th hole of the local golf course. Richard produced his first wetsuit at the same age by laying flat on a table with his mother tracing his outline out of 2 sheets of rubber. Even at this early age a myriad of homemade surf and windsurf boards, sails and suits were developed thanks to their spirit of innovation and passion for the ocean.

In the 1970's came the explosive popularity of windsurfing. Ross pioneered windsurfing on Vancouver Island, which he then taught to Richard in 1977. Ross went on to win numerous Canadian and US titles and designed and developed windsurf sails during the sport's hay days of the 1980's. Richard represented Canada at the 1988 Olympics in Windsurfing and won numerous national, European and world titles along the way. After competition, Richard went immediately into business, manufacturing and designing drysuits and wetsuits for all types of water sports . This business which is still going strong today , is a partner with Ocean Rodeo in the development and manufacturing of the drysuits.

Ross and Richard where caught by the kite bug in the late 1990's. Ross made his first kites in 1998 and Richard produced the first Pyro Drysuit soon thereafter.

With the mix of skill and experience to launch a brand, and the intensity and passion that comes from lives spent in the wind and water, Ocean Rodeo was officially born in 2001