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Doug Warbrick (founder)
Brian Singer (founder)
François Payot (founder and director)
Michael Daly (CEO)
Kelly Gibson (President and CEO of Rip Curl USA)
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Rip Curl is a major Australian designer, manufacturer, and retailer of
Rip Curl is still owned by the founders. As of December 2013, Michael Daly is the chief executive officer (CEO) of Rip Curl Group.
The name "Rip Curl" was taken from a vee-bottom surfboard that co-founder Warbrick bought in 1968, upon which he'd written "Rip Curl Hot Dog." The words didn't mean anything, he later admitted. "Except ripping was groovy; surfing the curl was groovy; we wanted to be groovy – so that was it."— Matt Warshaw, Encyclopedia of Surfing
The company was founded in 1969 by Doug Warbrick and Brian Singer in
In mid-2012, Singer and Warbrick engaged the services of Bank of America Merrill Lynch to sell the brand, but the plan was abandoned in March 2013.