Meredith Kessler Wins Ironman New Zealand


ROKA Partners with VO2 Multisport

Ben Bigglestone - VO2 MultisportROKA Sports, Inc. is pleased to announce a multi-year partnership with elite triathlon coach and VO2 Performance Center CEO, Ben Bigglestone. “When it comes to performance and the success of my athletes and team members I take it very seriously. As an organization VO2 Multisport do not simply enter into a sponsorship relationship in order to 'get a deal'. I and my team of coaches take the time and energy to performance test products and use our athlete pool to obtain feedback on fit, performance and durability,” said Bigglestone. “Needless to say with 25+ years of racing and coaching I have worn countless wetsuits, different brands and styles, I even helped in the development of them for a couple different notable brands for several years so have a good understanding of the technology, panel configuration, closure systems and overall usability of a suit. ROKA Sports have indeed broken the mold of the traditional high performance wetsuit and I am extremely excited to enter into a relationship with an organization whose people share my passion for performance and continue to innovate.”

ROKA Vice President of Sales and Marketing Ryan Dolan said, “I have known Ben Bigglestone for over ten years and have always been in impressed with his professionalism and attention to detail. Ben is a very caring coach and makes certain all of his athletes are prepared come race day.” Dolan added, “Ben and his coaching staff at VO2 Multisport are just the kind of judicious partners we look for at ROKA Sports as we continue to develop and provide only the best training and race products for athletes of all abilities.”


Actively coaching since 1993, Ben holds a degree in Sport and Exercise Science and coaching qualifications from the British Triathlon Federation (BTF) and USAT. Racing since 1989, Ben has competed at all levels including Elite Junior, Elite Senior and Age group. Ben is a two-time National Championship medalist in the UK (Long Course Triathlon and Duathlon) and has also qualified four times and raced at the Ironman World Championships three times. VO2 Multisport won the Division IV Triathlon Club World Title in 2013 and just recently captured the Club Title at Ironman Coeur D’ Alene. VO2Multisport Performance Center offers a wide range of training options. World-class coaching, comprehensive camps and clinics and a team of athletes who train to compete at the Performance Center voted “Best of Competitor, Northwest” by Competitor Magazine. VO2 Multisport is currently based in Seattle, Washington.

Ben Bigglestone and VO2 Multisport join ROKA’s growing team of champions including 3x ITU World Champion & '12 Olympic Silver Medalist Javier Gómez, Olympian Gwen Jorgensen, Siri Lindley and Team Sirius, 51 Speed Shop and Mat Steinmetz, 2x ITU World Champion and Olympic Bronze Medalist Emma Moffatt, 2x Ironman 70.3 World Champion Melissa Hauschildt, 70.3 World Champion & 3x Xterra World Champion Julie Dibens, 2013 Kona Runner-up & Ironman/Challenge winner Rachel Joyce, 5x Ironman Champion Meredith Kessler, 4x Wildflower Champion Jesse Thomas and others.


ROKA is a performance multisport brand that was founded in 2011 by two former All-American swimmers from Stanford University, who, after being frustrated by the wetsuit offerings on the market, set out to make the fastest wetsuit on the planet. After two years of product development, the ROKA team launched their patent-pending Maverick wetsuit, Viper swimskin and SIM short training line in March 2013.

In their first season, ROKA products saw widespread acceptance by elite and developing swimmers alike, and ROKA pro athletes finished first out of the water at the Ironman World Championship, the ITU WTS Grand Final, the Hy-Vee 5150 Elite Cup Championship, several Ironman and Ironman 70.3 races, and more. ROKA is based in Dallas, Texas with employees in California and Colorado.

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July 02, 2014

What I Learned in St. George by Meredith Kessler

Meredith Kessler

A true veteran of the sport, Meredith Kessler has plenty of experience racing (and winning!) some pretty tough courses. Despite competing in over 50 Ironman events, she continues to learn something new every race. On the eve of this year's hotly contested Ironman 70.3 St George, we caught up with the defending champ to see what she had to say about her gutsy performance last year.  Go get 'em Meredith!

As we approach the 5th year of St. George being offered on the race circuit and the 5th year I have had the pleasure of racing this course (3 times as a full ironman and once as a 70.3) -  there is always something new to learn, absorb, adjust and deliver. Last year, "chasing Svenja" was absolutely the theme of the day. When she amazingly flew past Annabel Luxford and me at mile two of the bike like we were going a true SNAIL'S pace, we had to make the decision right there to just race our race and hope to catch her later! I know I had no chance to try to hang with her on the bike - she was humming like a freight train!

Coming into T2 about 4:30 down on Svenja, the thought process was to take it mile by mile and mainly, hydration and nutrition like a rolling buffet at every aid station. Oink Oink I know - but it was absolutely needed to survive out there and not pop like a champagne cork. I felt grateful to have known the trials and tribulations of this beefy St. George run course and thankfully knew where to hustle and hum up the longer inclines best I could muster. As the miles ticked off and I could see Svenja semi in reach up the long, dry, hot road amongst the gorgeous red rocks - it was the raw moment of pleasure and pain to try to go as fast as I could up to her to have even a glimmer of hope to make the pass. A risk that had to be taken in the moment. At mile 11, the TT effort to Svenja combined with my piggy like nutritional feast seemed to work out a-okay and the rest of the course was a downward grade to the finish! It was a risk worth taking and you always relish the days where the body behaves as a result of this mindset and risk.

I'm delighted to have the opportunity to come back to St. George again this year and have a chance to share the course with the MOST world class field of pro women that this race has seen yet. The "US Champion" title is back up for grabs and the person willing to take the most chances and "go for gold" will be the one to come out on top. I wish everyone the absolute best for a safe and happy race!

- Meredith Kessler

May 02, 2014

ROKA Partners with Vineman Triathlon Series

VinemanDALLAS, Texas. March 7, 2014 — ROKA Sports, Inc. is pleased to announce a multi-year sponsorship agreement with Vineman, Inc. the promoters of the multi-race Vineman triathlon series in Northern California, which includes Vineman 70.3, the Full Vineman, Barb's Race, and the Vineman Aquabike.

March 07, 2014

ROKA Signs Olympic Triathlete Gwen Jorgensen

Gwen JorgensenDALLAS, Texas. February 12, 2014 — ROKA Sports, Inc. is pleased to announce a multi-year partnership with professional triathlete and 2012 Olympian Gwen Jorgensen.

“With all of my focus now on the 2016 Olympics, I was looking for a swim partner that was willing to grow and innovate with me over the next few years,” said Jorgensen. “ROKA is doing that and in the process, I believe, helping to evolve the sport of ITU racing. ROKA currently has a phenomenal line of wetsuits and we are working together to create suits that will cater to my body and the demands of ITU racing.”

February 12, 2014

ROKA Signs 3x ITU World Champ & Olympic Silver Medalist Javier Gómez

Javier GomezDALLAS, Texas. February 12, 2014 — ROKA is pleased to announce a multi-year partnership with 3x ITU World Champion, Xterra Off-Road World Champion, and 2012 Olympic Silver Medalist Javier Gómez.

"I am very excited about being part of the ROKA team.” Gómez said.  “The first day I swam in ROKA’s Maverick Pro Wetsuit and Viper Pro Swimskin, I knew that they were the fastest and most comfortable I had ever worn.  Looking forward to the years ahead, I am very motivated and incredibly excited to have formed a long-term partnership with ROKA.”

February 12, 2014

ROKA Signs '13 Ironman Kona Runner-Up Rachel Joyce

Rachel Joyce - ROKA ProDALLAS, Texas. February 5, 2014 — ROKA Sports, Inc. is pleased to announce a multi-year sponsorship with 2013 Ironman World Championship Runner-Up Rachel Joyce.

"I am delighted to be partnering up with ROKA for the 2014 season and beyond,” Joyce said.  “The ROKA team have put a lot of time into developing the design of the Maverick wetsuit, and I felt this immediately when I tried it for the first time.  The flexibility of the suit allows me to replicate my usual pool stroke, especially around the shoulders, plus it has some added features that actually enhanced my swimming.  I’m looking forward to some fast swims this year with ROKA.”

February 05, 2014

ROKA Signs 3x World Champion Melissa Hauschildt

Melissa Hauschildt
DALLAS, Texas. February 3, 2014 — ROKA Sports, Inc. is pleased to announce a multi-year sponsorship with professional triathlete and 3x World Champion Melissa Hauschildt.

"I’m very excited to be working with ROKA,” Hauschildt said. “I have just started, but in testing the products I have already seen my times dramatically fall in the pool.  I’m very impressed with the entire product line. I knew these guys were onto something, but they didn’t stop at just wetsuits.  The Viper swimskins and SIM shorts are amazing.  I'm really excited to see what I can do in a race.” 
February 03, 2014

ROKA Signs 2x World Champion & Olympic Bronze Medalist Emma Moffatt

Emma MoffattROKA Sports, Inc. - Dallas, Texas.  ROKA Sports, Inc. is pleased to announce a multi-year sponsorship with Olympic Bronze Medalist and 2x ITU World Champion Emma Moffatt through the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janiero.

"I’m very excited to work with ROKA,” Moffatt said.  “Swimming in my ROKA suits is an amazing feeling. No other suit I've worn before has the comfort and flexibility, which is a great combination for a speedy swim!”

January 29, 2014

Tim Reed Suits Up With ROKA

DALLAS, Texas. September 5, 2013 -- ROKA Sports, Inc. is thrilled to announce a multi-year sponsorship and partnership with Ironman 70.3 Champion and ITU Long Distance Champion Tim Reed.
"I'm trilled to come aboard." said pro triathlete Tim Reed. "Since being clad in the new ROKA Maverick Pro wetsuit, I’m swimming drastically better and racing at a new level." 
September 05, 2013

Meredith Kessler Repeats at Vineman, Amy Marsh 3rd; ROKA 1,2,4 Out of the Water

Vineman 70.3

In her first race back after a serious bike accident at IM 70.3 EagleMan, Meredith Kessler returned to form to repeat as Vineman 70.3 Champion. Meredith was first out of the water and led the entire race. ROKA Pros Emily Cocks and Amy Marsh followed in 2nd and 4th out of the water, with Amy taking 3rd overall and Emily taking 6th. Brandon Marsh had a great swim, exiting with the front pack, and finished 7th on the day.

July 13, 2013