Riptide and IST Announce Strategic Partnership

IST and Riptide are pleased to announce a new strategic partnership starting September 1, 2017. The Riptide Sales Group will be representing IST across North America and the Caribbean. IST will take on the distribution of Riptide BCDs, to be sold and distributed exclusively by IST Sports in California. The Riptide line of BCDs continue to be designed and manufactured in the USA.

Charles Lin from IST:

IST is happy to add Riptide BCDs to our product line offerings, and proud to welcome Riptide as our representative with retail and wholesale dive partners. With this partnership, we combine the strengths of our deep product lines and engineering with Riptide’s quality BCD manufacture, and expertise and responsiveness in the dive marketplace. Together, we look forward to better serving the dive community at all levels, from recreational to commercial.

Dave Pollock from Riptide:

We are thrilled to be representing IST, with their long history of over 40 years of product innovation and vision in the dive industry. We look forward to the opportunity to meet with and show dive retailers the expansive full line of products and accessories that IST offers. We are also very excited to see the Riptide line of BCDs established with such a quality and established company.

About IST

IST entered the watersports field in 1976, initially producing mainly masks, snorkels and fins. From that humble beginning, IST has grown to become one of the world’s pre-eminent names in scuba gear and equipment through years of uncompromising focus on dive gear research and development. Today IST is a comprehensive scuba gear supplier with worldwide distribution, offering product lines to kit-out divers of any level from head-to-toe, for virtually all profiles. In recent years, IST has further expanded its offerings to serve the Apnea Freediving, Technical diving, and Commercial diving communities.

For more information about IST or to contact your local representative, contact Dave Pollock at dave@riptidescuba.net or 720-989-3188

Contact your local Rep

  • Dave Pollock, Sales & Marketing – 720-989-3188
  • John Conway, Florida – 904-994-6586
  • Rick Rodriguez, Caribbean – 305-297-7170
  • Jonathan Stahlman, Texas & South West – 925-577-3689
  • Bruce Bearfeld, Pacific Coast – 818-519-9618
  • Renny Koseff, North East – 609-335-1289
  • Keith Crook & John Carson, Central America – 830-837-3679

Note – In Mid-West, South East and Great Lakes regions, contact Dave Pollock

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To look at the full IST line go to  www.ISTsports.com
For Riptide BCD’s go to www.Riptidescuba.com
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Riptide was created in the mid 1990’s in California and began designing and manufacturing BCD’s in the USA. Many of our older award winning (testers choice award) models are still in use today. We stopped selling BCD’s under the Riptide brand name in around 2007. However, we did not stop producing BCD’s but rather changed our focus to building and designing product for other manufactures, and for Public Safety Dive Teams. In 2016, we decided the time was right to reintroduce the Riptide brand again.

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