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Don Gordon

Don GordonPresident and Founder Don Gordon was a champion gymnast and, later, a gymnastic coach at Brigham Young University. In the early 1960's Don invented the first foam landing mats, including incline mats, octagons and other foam shapes that currently fill gymnastic schools, early childhood facilities and special needs programs throughout the world.

Gordon historyDon’s products first hit the world stage in 1962 with the invention of the Port a Pit, the well-known foam landing pits for pole vaulters and high jumpers used in all track and field competitions, including at every Olympics starting with the games in Mexico City in 1968. Since 1999 Don has developed many successful inflatable products which have set a trend in the watersports recreation field. Gordon has developed over 300 products, for his own companies and others, and holds over 40 patents. Don’s designs can be seen on the waterfront, Aquaglide, in the gym, Tumbl Trak, and in many of the constant air inflatables which had their genesis with the original “Moon Bounce” in the early 1960’s.


Gordon portapitAlso active in developing products for Special Needs, Don was the Orange County Coordinator for Special Olympics in the late 60’s and early ‘70’s, working closely with Eunice Kennedy Shriver and former decathlete Raifer Johnson.

Don has always been an innovator and brings the same spirit of innovation to AirPlay and Aeroball. Aeroball is the evolution of the popular HiBall product which Don invented in the 1980’s. The current product line represents an innovative merging of steel, fabric and trampoline material into a safe and fun multidisciplinary fitness experience.

AirPlay products are the result of Don’s pioneering work in constant air inflatables. Constant air enjoys a wide market but is limited to larger venues. AirPlay is a sealed air inflatable so it does not require a constant blower, and the pieces are smaller, more portable, and adapted to a wide range of ages and activities. The innovative shapes provide active fun while stimulating creative play.

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sales@gordonap.com
(801) 489-0632

Mailing Address

1626 Crandall Drive
Springville, Utah 84663