We are frequently asked how SeaTurtle Sports started. Our story actually begins back in 2002, while on a family vacation in Grayton Beach, Florida, when the idea for the business - or at least our first game, Beach Bocce Ball – was born.
A life-long friend lucky enough to live on Grayton Beach introduced us to playing bocce-on-the-beach. Our sons, ages 10 and 13, were immediately hooked and easily torn away from the video games that had previously accompanied them everywhere. The only problem was this addictive new bocce game had rusting balls, chipped paint, and gave off the appearance of a very mediocre set. Inspired by hours of relaxed family fun, we set out to craft a bocce set that was both portable and durable, pairing bright, beachy colors with injection molded bocce balls that wouldn’t crack or rust.
We finally received our first Beach Bocce sets in the spring of 2005, just in time for Hurricane Katrina to barrel through New Orleans, forcing us to relocate, and pushing our first sale back a full year. When we did begin selling our game we were blown away by the response, and we knew we had something special. With new confidence we pushed on to develop more innovative games that would bring family and friends together to unwind, socialize, and make lifelong memories. It was a family affair with our growing boys, their friends, and ambitious college interns helping concept and prototype new game ideas, including market testing through tailgating, special events and summer “beach tours.”
Today SeaTurtle Sports is expanding rapidly with multiple products and a dedicated team, thriving in their roles as product designers, marketers, and managers, including our now college educated sons. It is rewarding to see so many people embracing our games and taking time offline to connect with family and friends. We hope you continue to enjoy our games (and coastal-inspired lifestyle) as much as we do and that you’ll share your stories and the memories you make along the way.