1960’s, Sportsways, Waterlung “Malibu Diver”

1960’s, Sportsways, Waterlung “Malibu Diver”

1960’s, Sportsways, Waterlung “Malibu Diver”, 2nd stage regulator (#1) Sam Lecocq was the founder and chief engineer of Sportsways. Sportsways was the first in so many product innovations and Sam Lecocq was the innovator. In 1958 Sportsways was the first manufacturer to introduce the single hose regulator to American divers. In 1959 they introduced the “Sea-Vue “ submersible pressure gauge. They offered the first octopus rig offered in the United States in 1971. The W-600, introduced in 1977, was the last Sportsways-Waterlung regulator that the “original” group built. After the death of the company’s principle investor in the late 1970’s, Sam purchased all the inventory and continued to produce the products for several years until most of the parts were consumed. Not wanting to become a manufacturer, he sold the name and all the assets to Australian investors. They continued to produce the Sportsways line in Australia for an additional 14 years before the brand faded into the sunset and was no more. “info from Dennis Avatar”

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