IBR was incorporated in 2013 as the sole US distributor for leading brands of South African inflatable boats.
The company began by importing Thundercat racing boats for outboard racers and enthusiasts in the United States. Since it’s founding, IBR.US has grown from its original line of racing boats to include a superior range of recreational, rescue, and special operations watercraft, as well as engines, and add-ons.
Deon Victor, founder of IBR.US, was born in South Africa. Growing up, his family spent lots of time at their beach house on the Western Cape. It was here that the Trans Agulhas Challenge was born.
Billed as “the world’s toughest inflatable boat challenge,” the Trans-Agulhas Challenge started in 1988, and quickly became an international institution for Thundercat racing.
In 1998, Deon moved to the United States. For years he dreamed of bringing the sport of Thundercat Racing to his new home in the US. In 2013, that dream became a reality.
Since its founding, IBR has continued to build relationships with South Africa’s best inflatable boat manufacturers, championship winning racers, organizers and powerboat enthusiasts around the world.