January 30, 2024
Gauge-Backed RIP-IT Acquires Volleyball Leader Tachikara USA

The acquisition underscores RIP-IT’s commitment to becoming the undisputed leader in performance innovation for female athletes. 

Orlando, FL – RIP-IT, the leader in performance-driven innovations for female athletes, has announced the acquisition of Tachikara USA (“Tachikara”), a legendary brand in volleyball equipment. 

Tachikara’s rich legacy is a natural fit with RIP-IT’s history as the go-to brand for female softball, soccer, and volleyball athletes.  “We are excited to pair RIP-IT’s growing momentum in volleyball footwear and equipment with Tachikara’s unwavering commitment to delivering high quality, high-performance volleyballs,” said Matthew Polstein, co-CEO of RIP-IT.

“We look forward to building on the Tachikara legacy. This acquisition reaffirms RIP-IT’s commitment to providing better products for better performance," shared Gauge Co-Founder and Managing Partner Drew Johnson. Gauge Capital Vice President Reilly McAllister added “We are excited for Tachikara to grow alongside Ringor, a prior footwear-focused RIP-IT acquisition, and look forward to welcoming more brands to the RIP-IT family to help us better deliver for female athletes from head to toe across sports.”

The DVS Group served as sell-side advisor for Tachikara USA. Polsinelli served assell-side legal advisor. McDermott Will & Emery served as buy-side legal advisor.    

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