Since 1981 brothers Jeff and Tony Logosz have dedicated themselves to the performance and design of quality water sports equipment. Years of hard work and innovation spawned from Tony’s ability to think in original ways is what fuels them today. In 1999, after numerous innovations in windsurfing, wakeboarding, and other major water sports, both set forth to found Slingshot. Since then Slingshot has grown to be a global brand which caters to top kiteboarders and wakeboarders around the world.
Slingshot today: achieving this level of success commits us to our core beliefs. People who ride Slingshot will always come first. Our commitment to quality, innovative design, testing and riding have been a driving force for an entire decade. Throughout this decade we have been awarded four U.S. patents that make kiteboarding more convenient and safer. We also proudly license patents from other great innovators of our sport, to help establish high levels of quality and set industry standards. This contributes to the prosperity and growth of kiteboarding and wakeboarding.
The passion within Slingshot is seen on the water by the world’s top athletes riding and pushing the limits of our equipment every day. Our dedication to quality and performance has empowered our riders to literally change the kiteboarding and wakeboarding worlds. "Since childhood, it is has been in our DNA to invent and deliver equipment specific to the sports we love." Tony says, as he refers to these inventions as ART.
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Our customers; we believe our legacy is built on our commitment to excellence. Nothing is more important than building that with our customers. This is why owning any Slingshot product is like being a part of the family. We may not always be perfect, but we always make right by the customer. Call us anytime; WE want to talk to YOU.
Our athletes: Tony goes to say, "while growing up we had great mentors who supported our riding, and our education in developing products and composites. Thank you, Demetrije Milovich, and others who have helped develop our business sense. As our own athletic abilities wane with age, our passion to bring each sport to life grows stronger". At Slingshot we believe in giving back. We love finding raw, unbelievably talented athletes and supporting their dreams. The results have been incredible, and we have witnessed levels of riding we thought not possible, all within the true essence of freeriding in mind.
On the kite side, names like Bertrand Fleury, Jeff Tobias, Martin Vari, Julien Sudrat, and Mark Doyle have all pushed the sport to new levels. Today, riders like Ruben Lenten compliment our team by literally reaching new heights with such power, we're left in awe. Youri Zoon, now on the scene, is also blowing minds.
On the wake team, innovation and style are being defined by Jeff House, Jeff McKee, Mikey Ennen, Nick Valliere, Robby Jacques, Shredtown (Andrew Adams, Chris Abadie and Davis Griffin), and female rider Corrie Dyer. Expect Slingshot to continually look for the next personality to represent our passion to push our sports and freeriding to insane levels.
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Yo dudes Andrew Adams checkin in! We have been riding a lot lately out in Athens and have also been making trips out to Hydrous Wake Park as much as we can to get some cable riding in. We have been shredding the new Shredtown board and boots and all I can say is the new setup is phenomanal. I hope you all get a chance to ride it this year and if so shoot me some vids on facebook!
We have also been pretty busy out at the ranch lately getting it prepped to install a private System 2.0 out there. Pat Panankos and Sesitec thought it would be sick to get us our own system to start getting creative on and pushing the limits so that should be going in pretty soon. I will keep yall updated with any progress with that but for now here is a little edit from Chris and I taking laps out at Hydrous. Peace!
I’m embarrassed to say it took this long, but finally after 14 years of wakeboarding in Florida I rode the St. John’s River for the 1st time! The team has grown rapidly in recent months so we decided to get everyone together for some “teamage,” and what better place to escape to than St. Johns. The river is only about an hour away from home here in Orlando and the butter factor is huge regardless of wind-speeds. It curves, turns, and banks it’s way from Central Florida all the way up through Jacksonville and is one of the only north flowing rivers in the US (so they tell us). Team riders included Jeff House, Oliver Derome, Dylan Miller and myself along with wake brand manager Wade Wagley and the newly acquired marketing mastermind Mr. Gary Huck. We stayed in a town called Astor, FL where (unfortunately) no one cares about the NBA playoffs, but in reality this was the beauty of our escape: No distractions; Just us and the water…and the alligators…and the snakes while I’m at it. We saw two snakes crossing the river and at least 20 -30 alligators during our day and a half mission, but this was all the more motivation to spot your landings and ride away from EVERYTHING. After all, no one want’s to be bobbing around in a gator tank! Other wildlife spottings included wild striped bass, mating manatee’s and several brown trout floaters…
After spending a couple months in the snow I decided it was time for a change of climate. It would be a few months before it started warming up anywhere north of the tropics so at the end of January I headed out to Maui for the spring. Maui is one of my favorite places to ride, especially in the winter since I hate wetsuits. The NE trade winds here are pretty consistent and strong through the winter, and on those off days there is usually some swell to surf. This year the conditions have been good with only a couple weeks of no wind. There have been a couple big swells but for the most part it’s been pretty average.
I’ve been spending most of my time hitting kickers at Kitebeach with the Newton wakeboard. The increased rocker compared to a kiteboard is just what I need to handle such hard, slacked landings. I don’t really need to worry about it slowing me down or dragging me down wind since it is usually blowing 20+ mph. The kickers are great since they aren’t part of a surf break, allowing me to drop my kite without worrying about it getting eaten by a wave. Recently I’ve been mostly working on adding grabs to my flat spins. It has been a lot of fun and feels unbelievable when you nail it right. My favorite thing to do right now is add the grab after the handle pass. You really have to have the spin down to be balanced enough to focus on a grab so late in the trick. If you want to see what I’m talking about click here to check out a video of a Backside 3 with a late grab. If it is not that windy or there are no kickers I ride the Darkside since the flatter rocker lets me plane easier. The wind is rarely north enough to fill in at the pro pool but when it is it is a great flat water spot. Maui Sunset in Kihei is also pretty flat but only works on a south wind.
When the swell starts pumping I bust out the Tyrant and hit the surf. I usually ride the right at Lanes, but if the wind is really strong and east there is a sick left near my house at Waiehu. Make sure you lock your car if you ever go to Lanes though because I had my gear ripped off while I was out riding. Luckily I was able to recover it all when the thief sold it to a guy at Kitebeach. Other than that I’ve hit up the lower reef at Kanaha, Pier One and Sugar Cove a couple times.
Slingshot, FIRST IN FLEX WORLDWIDE, is proud to announce we have signed Zach Schneider to our National Wake Team.
Lucky enough to grow up in the Pacific Northwest, Zach has been able to take advantage of one of the nation’s best mountains, rivers, and a ridiculous amount of skate parks. He’s been snowboarding on Mt. Hood for ten years, wakeboarding on the Willamette River for eight, and rolling around the state on his skateboard hitting parks like Oregon’s most famous Burnside, under the bridge, all the years between. At sixteen he landed a job working for Active Water Sports, and since has spent the majority of his summers riding and coaching. In the spring of 2010 Zach stepped up to the challenge of spending a year in Florida at the Projects, training alongside some of our industries finest rail coaches like Nate Perry, Brian Reeder, Marc Rossiter, and Clay Fletcher. This year he’s bringing it all home to coach and continue training at Active’s very own private wake park, Koppert Lake. Hurry up and book a lesson! We hear his slots are filling fast.