Our Story: GH Company, HIND Performance to GH Sports

Memories from our past inspire us. Our loyal customers motivate us.
Our founder, Greg Hind, had a reputation for doing what others could not – and that is especially true in the world of water polo!

1966

Greg Hind (a Pan-Am Gold Medalist and 2-time U.S. Olympic Trials Water Polo player) developed and patented the first ever Water Polo Protective Headgear, called G-H Ear Guard and founded the company, GH Company, Inc.

1968

G-H Ear Guard was used in championship waterpolo.

1972

Selected as exclusive supplier of Water Polo Ear Guard at the Olympic games

1972-1976

Developed Swim Accessories that revolutionized the competitive swim industry: Compy Goggle (patented), Lap Display (patented), and Hand Paddles. We continue to sell the same iconic compy goggle (now manufactured by a different company).

1973

Invented the design of the original, and now iconic, H2O Polo vinyl bumper sticker. It appeared in Swimming World Magazine this same year.

1976

For the second time, selected as the exclusive supplier of Water Polo Ear Guard at the Olympic games

1977

Developed our first piece of apparel – the Water Polo Suit

1978

Developed our first 2-Piece Competition Swimsuit for women

1979

Developed The First-ever Fitness Tight, the ST2 running tight (later to be known worldwide as the HIND Sportight), a lycra running tight that revolutionized the fitness industry

1980

Willie Gault wore the ST2 on the cover of Sports Illustrated, and the product took off

1980

For the third time, selected as the exclusive supplier of Water Polo Ear Guard at the Olympic games

1983

ST2’s name was changed to Sportight and known worldwide as the HIND Sportight

1984

Under the HIND Performance brand, introduced Polypropylene Sportight and Windjammer Suit

1985

HIND entered the cycling market with development of the Tailwin Short

1986

HIND introduced Animal Short, The First-ever Compression Short, and developed ProCore fabric

1987

HIND assisted W.L. Gore & Allied Fibers in the development of Dryline Fabric

1988

HIND developed and marketed first Dryline Sportight and first-ever women’s sportsbra: the Sportop

1989

HIND trademarked the Drylete name and introduced Night Blade Reflective Cycle Short. Greg Hind was named California and Western Region Entrepreneur of the Year

1989

HIND patented the first-ever Women’s Support Top, The Sportop sports bra

1990

HIND introduced Prime Inner Line

1991

HIND developed the first-ever technical apparel line for women only and introduces Tour Suede Inner Liner

1992

HIND pioneered and introduced Dryplex fabric to Sporting Goods Industry

1995

HIND developed and patented the first-ever Cycling Short with Flat Seam, revolutionizing the cycling industry

1995

Greg Hind sold the Hind Performance brand, and started GH Sports, continuing to design and manufacture run, cycle, swim, fitness, and triathlon apparel; selling direct to consumer

1996

GHSports.com online store was launched

2010

GH developed the new Aqua Line for aqua aerobics

2010

Greg Hind was named the San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce’s Citizen of the Year

2014

GH moved our retail and manufacturing facility back to our Award-winning Original HIND Performance headquarters (built in 1987) at 3765 S. Higuera Street, Suite 100, on the corner of Hind Lane in San Luis Obispo, California.

2016

Celebrated our company’s 50th Anniversary and launched the 50th Anniversary Edition of our iconic men’s and women’s Munich Tights