Bounceraround. A Rental Company at First.
Our history starts back in the 80’s. In 1985, Robin Whincup started a rental company hiring out bouncy castles for children and adults. As the company grew, he invested in a Gillies Bull from the USA. The Bull made good money, as there wasn’t many bulls in the UK in the 1980’s; the main drawback, however, was it took 6 men to take it out and two hours to set up & break down: it was not designed to be moved and was extremely heavy.
In 1989, whist attending the annual IAAPA exhibition, Robin came across a Kodak Photo booth that was themed as a giant wave with a freestanding surf board in the centre. Being of an innovative nature, Robin on his return to the UK designed a mechanical surf board: “The Surf Machine“. This was a lightweight portable hydraulic surf machine.
Robin’s only intention was to use it for his own rental company, with no intentions of getting into manufacturing. Within a short period of time, a spin motor was added so it could be used as a mechanical rodeo bull: the multi ride system was born.
This innovative product solved Robin’s biggest headache, which was the portability of his Gillies mechanical Bull: now he was able to send a bull or surf machine out with two operators in a small van or trailer, set it up in 20 minutes and fit it into the smallest of venues.
This totally transformed the mechanical bull from a curiosity into a multi purpose profit making piece of leisure equipment.
This is where the Galaxy story begins, in England in 1989.