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Vision – Clean Water, Water Toy, Sports & Recreation

The world selling WaterRipper™ is a fun and safe water sports toy debuted at the NY Toy Fair in 2011. Test your “Ripping Skills” and push your awareness and appreciation of clean water and innovative water sports played on the water surface.

There is tremendous sports, recreational and therapeutic potential to be explored with the WaterRipper. Buy the toy, Play the mobile app – WaterRipper Game  on the iTunes Store and play innovative water sports called RipperBall Sports.  The WaterRipper is a safe water toy and promotes innovative water sports and recreational activities that engage all ages of kids in aquatic based activities.

Our goal is to expand market awareness about the clean water, emerging water sports, recreational activities and differentiate the superior waterbag technology from water balls in the market place.

Our Goal is to identify partners and companies that are interested in partnering to sell, use and promote the WR toy and water sports that are consistent with the company goal of promoting healthy active life styles

The WaterRipper Phenomena is a hand sized sports water bag that uses patented water absorbing, low impact technology. It is unlike any of other competing waterballs on the market. In spite of being out marketed by the Waboba Ball its major competitor, and because of its unique properties and playability, it continues to garner critical acclaim and product reviews from national publications, sports groups, media outlets on TV, newspapers, family toy magazines and product reviewers.


The Big Splash!

The water absorbing and floating principles of this kid’s toy was discovered in Kauai Hawaii in 1998 when a leather Hacky Sack™ ended up in the surf. It barely floated and to our delight for days, it skipped on the water surface straight and like a rock when hurdled in any direction. I ordered the Hacky Sack™ Patent from the USTPO and reverse engineered the contents trying to understand the material components, the physics and the phenomena of the discovery. Because the Hacky Sack patent was still active and the watertoy market was small at the time, I was talked out of approaching Wham-o with the discovery.

In July of 2009 I found the world’s leading waterball Waboba™ Ball on a store shelf at Bird in Hand in Chico, CA. I bought it, took it on vacation and within minutes of playing Surf Catch discovered the bag design from 1998 was superior to the ball in the ability for players particularly kids to control, catch and throw the water toy on the water surface. This observation sparked continued R&D of the toy and within a month I met with Wham-o in Emeryville, CA to notify them of this innovation. Although they passed on partnering, they encouraged continued R&D and recommended strong patent protected contents. RipperBall.com Sports then pursued patent and trademark protections for toy and the start-up company in Fall of 2009.

WR is currently sold online by RipperBall and it is manufactured wholesaled by my exclusive licensee.

What is Big Deal about a Waterbag

Handmade Bag – Bag technology is designed for water use. The competition uses sealed factory molded neoprene stressball technology and calls it a waterball.
Absorbs Water – WR is designed to absorb water for added mass giving the water bag greater distance & performance on water.
Fluid Particulate Contents – WR’s fluid particulate contents is designed to collapse on impact. The bag is constantly changing shape, water content and mass when streaking on the water surface. It rolls on water!
Balanced Density – Floats just above the water surface. It is always visible. It will never sink.
Bean Bag Design – The WR’s bean bag & sponge like design is forgiving and constantly changing its shape as it skips and rolls on water. Unlike a ball, the patented bag design has a dynamic response to surfaces and is slow acting on impact making it safe and easy for kids to play unsupervised and all day long.
Designed for Kids 5+ – The small beanbag design is easy to catch with one hand. You can catch the WR with one or two fingers! The WR bag is a superior toy for kids to play catch. Kids learn fast and innovate new games with ease.
Does Not Bounce! – It stays in the pool area and will not bounce over the fence onto the adjacent parking lot or street. Because it is so easy to control and low profile in its water surface interaction, it is welcome in crowded public pools and aquatic facilities.

Reviews

Chico Enterprise-Record
Local’s invention a stone’s throw from bean-bag toy
Taking a swing: Water golf emerges at Scotty’s Landing

PressDemocrat, Rodchester, New York
Good Green Fun

Sacramento Bee
Outdoor games – including safer versions of old faves – are simply good, green fun

About.com Reviews
-Water Ripper Ball – A Fun Pool Toy, -Lake Toy or River Toy
-Pool Party Lights, Fountains, Floats and Inflatables

Chico News & Review
Let ‘er Rip

Synthesis
Awesome Floating Ball

Adventure Sports Journal
WaterRipper Review

Additional Links

UltraSlo Video : www.ultraslo.com
RailroadWare : www.railroadware.com
Bob DeMatteis : www.frompatenttoprofit.com

Facilities

CSU Aquatic Center, Oroville, California
Amazon Aquatic Center – Eugene, Oregon
Timberhill Athletic Club – Corvallis, Oregon
Chico Water Sprites – Chico, California
Osborn Aquatic Center – Corvallis, Oregon