Bravo Sports to Manufacture All Mass Market Products for Skate Industry Icon

Santa Fe Springs, CA -- Bravo Sports Corporation, a global leader in the outdoor recreation and sporting goods markets, is proud to announce a partnership with skate industry icon Blind Skateboards to distribute mass market skateboards under the Blind banner. These Blind decks are identical to the models sold in the core market and are even produced in their own factory, but will be made available to a broader audience through Bravo Sports established distribution channels.

Unlike any other brand in the mass sporting goods market, all components in the Blind/Bravo Sports line will reflect the look and feel of the Blind core market skateboards with the exact same branding at incredible entry and top-level price points.. They will feature the iconic Blind Reaper illustrations by Marc Mckee, the original Blind Reaper artist that has been driving Blind’s core image for over two decades.

“Blind is one of the best known core brands in the skate industry,” says David Melendez, Senior VP of Licensed Goods for Bravo Sports. “We are proud to work with them to expand their presence in the market by offering top quality decks featuring exclusive Blind graphics to a mass market audience.”

Bravo Sports will manufacture and distribute the following Blind licensed products exclusive to Sports Authority for Holiday 2011 and then to additional retailers in 2012:

28” Blind Reaper Deck, $49.99 exclusive to Sports Authority, ages 8 years and up. This is a great entry level skateboard for a beginner rider; Available in Saber (yellow) or Chalkline Metallic (silver)

Bravo Sports has successfully developed and marketed products for such global brands as Mattel, Disney and Nickelodeon since 1999. Their current catalog includes hundreds of products for dozens of brands with plans to continue to grow this list and roll out new product offerings continually.

21 years ago, Mark Gonzales and Steve Rocco took on skateboarding’s big three companies by starting a small maverick company by the name of Blind Skateboards. They set out to make Blind the exact opposite of Mark’s former sponsor, Vision Skateboards, in every way. Powered by an incredible team, the art talent of Mark Gonzales and Marc McKee, and constant controversy, Blind was an instant success with core skateboarders worldwide. Blind is known for having one of the wildest, diverse and most talented professional skate teams of all time and has also earned numerous first place titles in skateboarding’s core and mainstream events.

Bravo Sports, headquartered in Santa Fe Springs, California is a global leader in the recreational and sporting goods markets. With offices, factories and warehouses in the United States, Italy, Thailand and China, the Company’s operations truly span the globe. Since 1965, Bravo has provided the highest quality and most innovative products to sports and outdoor enthusiasts worldwide. With a stable of market-leading brands including Pulse™, Darkstar ™, Tony Hawk™, Birdhouse™, Blind™, Kryptonics™, XGames™, Blacktop 360™, Quik Shade™, Moto Shade™, Airzone™, Hyper™ and Variflex™ to go along with industry leading licenses with outstanding partners like Nickelodeon, Mattel, Lucasfilm, Disney/Pixar, and Cartoon Network, Bravo consistently seeks to exceed the expectations of its consumers and customers alike. At Bravo, the goal is simple – to create simply the best products for the best value in the world.