Spanish water polo outfitter Turbo will be named the official supplier of competitive caps, suits, and robes to the USA national water polo teams according to a source familiar with the matter. The announcement is expected within days.
The agreement between USA Water Polo and Kap7, Turbo’s US subsidiary, comes months after both senior national teams debuted new competitive gear at the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games in July. TYR will remain the official supplier of training wear and other apparel.
USA Water Polo began quietly probing for another supplier of competitive gear as long as a year ago, according to multiple sources. That after athletes and management increasingly complained about the suits and caps supplied to US national teams by TYR.
Sources say that the supplier, founded in 1985 by US Olympic swimmer Steve Furniss, had trouble translating its decades of experience with competitive swimming outfits in to world-class water polo gear. TYR is “one of the world’s most recognizable swimming and triathlon brands,” according to the company’s web site.
The new deal replaces one between TYR and USA Water Polo that was announced in 2013. That April the firm was named “the official outfitting partner of USA Water Polo through the 2016 Rio Olympic Games,” to include “custom designed water polo suits, water polo caps and robes.”
Both Turbo and TYR were actively involved in renegotiating the outfitting contract. TYR emerged satisfied by the new arrangement and with its reduced role according to a source with knowledge of it.
Specific terms of the new contract are not yet known.
Turbo previously supplied uniforms to the US teams after signing a two-year contract with USA Water Polo in 2011.