CaptureFounder: Philip Curry

Site: Astral

Lowdown: Gear for water sports enthusiasts

Awesomeness: Exclusive PFD sponsor of the 2013 US freestyle kayak team

After modernizing the blocky orange PFD into a more advanced design for today’s water sports enthusiasts, Philip Curry sold his first company Lotus Designs to Patagonia at age 27. He later founded Astral in 2002 and is responsible for many of the innovations used in modern day life jacket technology, from pioneering the use of CORDURA┬« fabric to breathable technology. Using only high-performance, non-toxic materials, Astral has revolutionized paddle-sports equipment from the river-shoe to the life-jacket. Sales have more than doubled since 2007 with products now sold all around the world.