The journey started in the late 1970’s with Peter Haselhurst a young Australian Hockey player, keen surfer and tertiary physics student frustrated by his Hockey sticks continually breaking. Peter decided to experiment with fiberglass and resin systems to repair hockey sticks finding not only that the repaired sticks lasted longer but also were much stiffer so they were better to play with. They had better feel when trapping, dribbling and far better ball speed for hitting and pushing.
Peter as the budding entrepreneur was making money by fixing sticks and on-selling re-engineered sticks to players in the local Perth league with a spray painted stenciled “Gryphon” as a signature for his work. In the early 1980’s Peter formally co-founded with teammate Richard Charlesworth, the company and brand Gryphon with the sale of a car for working capital, a journey was undertaken to Pakistan to set in motion the business of having manufacturers make sticks the Gryphon way.