Looking Forward

Looking Forward

2020 was a challenge, but in spite of it all there were moments of light that shone through.

As this year approaches its eagerly anticipated end we want to dwell on the good people, experiences, and opportunities that kept us going.

Building Community

Along the way we kept our doors open for experienced racers as well as amateurs and extreme sports enthusiasts.

Building a Thundercat community in the US is a job we could not do alone.

By keeping open lines of communication with clients, racers, and manufacturers we are building something for all of us.

Building Our Brand

Early this year IBR.US began importing recreational, rescue, and special operations watercraft.

Working with top manufacturers, and US partners we have expanded our line to meet the needs of all inflatable boat markets.

Whether for search & rescue, charters, or law enforcement, IBR.US has an inflatable boat that delivers versatility and performance.

Happy New Year

From the IBR.US Family, we wish you a happy, healthy, and safe new year.

Despite the challenges of the last year, we are looking forward to what comes next!

New Smyrna Rally

New Smyrna Beach

A Thundercat Rally at New Smyrna Beach, FL, hosted by IBR.US, with special guests from The Human Baton

A friendly rally featuring the Florida Thundercat Family including teams from Raider Outboards, This Side Up Racing, and Air & Sea.

 

 

The Florida Thundercat Family is a tight group of inflatable boat racing teams on both coasts of the sunshine state.

This regional Thundercat Racing Club is both friendly and competitive. Veterans and new-comers are welcomed with open arms by teams made up of family members, friends, and small business sponsors.

Testing in Cape Town

Testing in Cape Town

After visiting the Gemini Marine headquarters in Cape Town, Henning Blauuw (COO) took us down to the harbor for a joy ride.

Rigid Inflatable Boats (RIBs) are a safe and exciting alternative to traditional recreational outboard boats. Out in Cape Town Harbor, this watercraft performed exceptionally- maintaining speed and maneuverability despite choppy water.

 

Recreation

IBR offers a variety of recreational soft bottom and rigid hull inflatable boats.

The Falcon Family

Boating on the river with the Falcon Inflatables Family

The Falcon Family

Marius Heyneman founded Falcon Inflatables in the 1985.

Over the years his wife, sons and daughter have joined him in making their family business one of the top brands in inflatable boat manufacturing.

When we arrived at Falcon we were greeted by founder Marius Heyneman, a legendary figure in South African inflatable culture.

Marius brought us to his office where we talked shop and listened to stories as he shared his experiences from the early days of Thundercat racing, through the journey of establishing his own manufacturing company. Conversation ranged from nostalgic to technical, from mutual friends to the development of welded seams.

Later, we had a chance to sit down and talk with Marius’ son, Chris about the future of Falcon Inflatables.

Chris Heyneman, along with his brother Marius Jr, took over the family business when their father retired. Building off their father’s legacy of quality and innovation, they are branching out and excited for what’s next.

After touring their headquarters, Marius invited us to the Falcon family estate.

Just outside Swellendam, the estate is a compound of houses, guest cabins, lapas and braii spots on a large tract of land that butts up against the river.

This is the foundation of Falcon, the family and the company,

Marius Jr. and Chris know the river like the backs of their hands. They chart it’s fluctuating depth and map the debris along the bottom regularly. This is where they jump the dam, racing up and down the river while testing the latest Falcon models.

After a sunset cruise on the family’s Falcon 575, we gathered around picnic tables by the river, had a couple beers and told boating stories until it got dark. Family to family, we at IBR were thrilled to get to know the Falcon Inflatables at work and play.

IBR 2020

IBR 2020

Get the inside scoop from a conversation with Deon Victor, founder and president of IBR.US

While the IBR team was in South Africa preparing for the Spring/Summer 2020 season we sat down with Deon Victor to look back on how we got here, and look forward to what’s next.