ZADOR'S LIFE IN AQUATICS
Founder and creator of the Zador Rebound Board is Ervin Zador. As a young man, he was a member of the Hungarian water polo team that competed and won gold in the 1956 summer Olympics in Melbourne, Australia. Ervin gained worldwide recognition when he appeared on the cover of Time magazine after the famous “Blood in the Water” game against the Soviet Union. This match made history due to the political significance of the Hungarian Revolution that was occurring at the time the olympic games took place. In 2006, executive producers Lucy Liu and Quentin Tarantino created a documentary, Freedom’s Fury, that climaxed with the famous match between Hungary and the Soviet Union. The documentary’s narrator, Mark Spitz, was coached by Zador as a young man.
Ervin ran the Aquatics programs at the Ripon Aquatics Center until his passing in 2012. His son as well as Christine's brother, Erik, then assumed his role. Erik now successfully runs the aptly named Ervin Zador Memorial Aquatics Center. Erik holds the position of head coach for various recreational and competitive swim and water polo teams. Impressively, he took his first athlete to the Olympic Trials in 2017.
The company Zaqua, formerly Zador Aquatic Supply, was created in 2007 by Christine Zador and friend Jennifer Ivers. Ervin passed on production of his revolutionary invention, the Zador Board, to his daughter. As a former player and coach, Ervin found the need to increase shot accuracy and improve water polo skills. This led to the Zador Board invention which he began using with his own team. Eventually, coaches caught on to how valuable this piece of equipment was and requested that Ervin fabricate boards for them. Top ranked schools such as Stanford University and The University of Southern California have been using the Zador Board for years.
We are proud of our product and our vision is to one day see the standard of water polo raised from use of the Zador Board.
Christine Zador was a standout water polo player in high school that earned her awards as a first team all-American from1996-1998, Sac-Joaquin sections MVP in 1997 and 1998, and the SOS outstanding athlete award in 1997. Christine went on to play water polo for USC and scored the winning goal in 5th overtime to defeat Stanford for the title of National Champions. Since then, Christine has remained active in coaching water polo and swimming in the community. She coached recreational, club, and masters swim programs, as well as a youth water polo teams, with her father and brother Erik at the Ripon Aquatics Center. She has also been the head coach for two local high school swim and water polo teams. She currently is the President and CEO of the Linden Gun Range. The LGR, formerly known as The San Joaquin Rifle & Pistol Range, was acquired by Ervin and Nancy Zador in 1979. The shooting range legacy lives on through Christine since Ervin's passing. She is now a competitive shooter and placed 13th out of over 4,000 men, women, and youth who competed in the Outdoor Channel's "American Marksman" competition in 2017.
Jennifer Ivers met Christine in early 2006 and they immediately became great friends. Jennifer was raised in Tracy, California and although not a swimmer, she actively participated in year-round sports such as soccer, basketball, volleyball, and softball. Jennifer attended Brigham Young University and later Cerritos College to earn her license to practice dental hygiene. Jennifer is now a dental hygienist in Modesto, CA.