Rip Curl

Rip Curl
Private company
IndustryRetail
Founded1969 (1969)
HeadquartersTorquay, Australia
Key people

Doug Warbrick (founder)
Brian Singer (founder)
François Payot (founder and director)
Michael Daly (CEO)
Kelly Gibson (President and CEO of Rip Curl USA)
Productssurfing gear & apparel
Websitewww.ripcurl.com

Rip Curl is a major Australian designer, manufacturer, and retailer of surfing sportswear (also known as boardwear) and accompanying products, and a major athletic sponsor. Rip Curl has become one of the largest surfing companies in Australia, Europe, South America, North America and South Africa. Globally, Rip Curl is considered a successful member of the "Big Three", of the surf industry alongside Quiksilver and Billabong.[1][2]

Rip Curl is still owned by the founders. As of December 2013, Michael Daly is the chief executive officer (CEO) of Rip Curl Group.[3]

History

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[4]

The company was founded in 1969 by Doug Warbrick and Brian Singer in Torquay, Victoria, Australia, and initially produced surfboards. In 1970, they decided to begin production of wetsuits, with an emphasis on transforming diving technology into a wetsuit suitable for surfing.[citation needed] Alan Green (co-founder of Quiksliver) was a Rip Curl employee in 1969 and developed the first Quiksilver boardshorts at the Rip Curl Factory in April 1970.[5]

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.[6]

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