In 1947 aeronautical engineer Howard Head skied for the first time and although he enjoyed the experience felt let down by the heavy equipment. Over the next three years he applied his Harvard degree in sciences and knowledge of lightweight aviation materials to the re-invention of the ski and in so doing would revolutionize mountain riding.
His sandwich aluminium ski, the first of its kind, made skiing accessible to a new breed of recreational skiers and reset the bar on the speed, control and performance at a professional level. Competition success, including a medal at the 1964 Olympics, in Innsbruck, Austria, followed, as did the global popularity of HEAD skis and the ski industry was forever changed.
This drive to create sports equipment that benefits both sports and participants lives on at HEAD BV. Through what we call the Intelligence Loop we rethink, refine and perfect sports equipment and apparel, so that the experience and ability of our consumers is always getting better.
HEAD BV is comprised of five divisions: Winter Sports, Racquet Sports, Diving, Sportswear and Licensing. And our brands include HEAD (alpine skis, ski bindings, ski boots, snowboard and protection products, tennis, racquetball, paddle and squash racquets, tennis balls and tennis footwear, sportswear and swimming products), Penn (tennis balls and racquetball balls), Tyrolia (ski bindings) and Mares (diving equipment).
Across all disciplines we believe that innovative technical sports equipment and apparel delivers results for sportspeople of all abilities, whether the measure of success is Olympic Gold or making first turns on the mountain easier.
This is sport the HEAD BV way