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Style Master and 3x World Champ Tom Curren re-signes with Rip Curl!

25 February 2015


The legendary American actually signed his new deal on the beach at the Pipeline Masters while watching Gabriel Medina take out the 2014 world crown in December. As relaxed as ever after great winter surfing on the North Shore, Curren was happy to sign with his feet planted firmly in the sand as the heats rolled by, excited by pro surfing and his future.

"We have a good thing going together at Rip Curl..." Curren said. "There's a lot of things happening for the brand around the world and I feel like I've been a part of that for a long time. I want to keep surfing as much as I can, but I also want to be involved with the kids and with giving wherever I can on surfing and what it means to the Curl. I'll be out there on The Search this year too."

Rip Curl Head of Marketing Neil Ridgway said announcing the signings put a nice shine on things the week before the 2015 World Surf League tour starts.

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Rip Curl ‘stoked’ to sign partnership with Surf Snowdonia

17 February 2015


World-first surf lagoon and surf academy will open in summer 2015


Surf Snowdonia, the world’s first ever publicly accessible Wavegarden®surfing lagoon, has announced a major partnership deal with Rip Curl, one of the world’s leading surf brands.

The partnership agreement will see Rip Curl provide wetsuits for Surf Snowdonia’s Surf Academy as well as wetsuits, clothing and accessories for sale in Surf Snowdonia’s retail space.

Rip Curl is the first major surf brand to partner with Surf Snowdonia, which is just months away from its opening date of July 2015. The one-of-a-kind facility is being constructed in the lee of the Snowdonia mountains in Conwy, North Wales. 

With a decade of R&D behind it, Surf Snowdonia will deliver the longest man-made waves in the world at the push of a button. It will generate consistently powerful surfing waves of varying heights up to 2 metres, in a 300m long lagoon. With guaranteed barrelling point-break type rides of up to 20 seconds long, it’s a concept which has fired the imagination of surfers world-wide.

Sean Harris, Rip Curl UK country manager said: “Rip Curl are stoked to be partnering up with Surf Snowdonia. As the Ultimate Surfing Company, Rip Curl are constantly striving for innovation and technical leadership, and there's no doubt that Surf Snowdonia are delivering this with the world's first Wavegarden project open to the public. 

“We can't wait to bring the joy of wave riding to the thousands of people who will, without question, be visiting Surf Snowdonia, including members of our Rip Curl pro team –some of the best surfers in the world.”

Andy Ainscough, director of Conwy Adventure Leisure Ltd, the company who are building Surf Snowdonia, said: “Our partnership with Rip Curl is great news for the 75,000+ visitors we’re expecting to come to surf in Snowdonia every year.

“Being warm and comfortable in the water can make the difference between a good day and a great day, and having the highest quality wetsuits and clothing for our visitors is an important part of the Surf Snowdonia offer.

“We believe that Rip Curl offers the best quality and most comprehensive range of wetsuits out there, which is why we’re so pleased to announce this partnership. Our range will include some of the more advanced Rip Curl wetsuits which you will be able to try out on the wave before purchasing them in our store.

 “Rip Curl is a great global brand whose values sit well with ours: a determination to invest in cutting edge design and technology in order to deliver a world-class but accessible surfing experience.”

Surf Snowdonia will provide a safe surfing environment which is ideal for surfers of all ages and skill levels. Beginners and improvers will be able to take lessons in surfing, bodyboarding, stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) and surf kayaking from qualified watersports professionals at the Surf Academy. Surf Snowdonia will also play host to events, competitions and surf demos, giving the public access to some of the world’s top surfers.

The development of the 㾸million Surf Snowdonia Wavegarden is being keenly watched around the globe. A prototype facility in Spain has received rapturous approval from surf pros, including World Champions and Rip Curl ambassadors Mick Fanning and Gabriel Medina.

The progress of the facility is also being closely followed by the International Surf Association, and may see surfing finally recognised as an Olympic sport.

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The Search - Stepping Stones Full Movie!

10 February 2015

Join riders Victor De Le Rue, Nils Arvidsson, Wiley Tesseo, Emilien Badoux and skiers Sam Favret, Chris Booth and Mat Bijasson as they RV through the wonders of British Columbia, go one hill further on the steeps of Alaska and seek the secret gems of Chamonix. See these areas unfold as the Stepping Stones of mountain riding. Watch the riders hop from pillow to pillow, connect the dots and create their lines in the true spirit of The Search.

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La Nord Rip Curl Challenge

20 January 2015

Rip Curl La Nord is not just a competition.
Big waves, adrenaline, fears and smiles.
It's a rendez vous.

On Wednesday, January 7th, the famous french spot called "La Nord" showed her real face with a solid 11-13 Ft

After a 2 months waiting period, La Nord were ready to welcome 48 of the best big waves french's riders.
Riders like Thomas Portet, Fred Compagnon, Antoine Delpero, Nelson Cloarec, Jean Francois Lartigue, Pilou Ducalm, Stephane Iralour , etc.... were invited to show how riding monsters works.

But, there was only one winner...
Congratulations to Jean François Lartigue, rider from Capbreton (Santocha Surf Club), who rode the biggest wave of the day!

Thanks a lot to Le Comité des Landes for the great organization.




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Rip Curl GromSearch European Finals

15 December 2014

Congratulations to Len's Arancibia & Ariane Ochoa for winning the European GromSearch Finals presented by Posca !!

They both won a flight ticket for the World GromSearch finals somewhere in... (it will be pumping anyway)

It was a great event in Mundaka, one of the best wave in the world and all the kids were stocked to surf this famous left with no one out !

Thanks a lot to the local surfers, the Mundaka surf club and all the people involved.

Big thanks to our sponsors: Rip Curl, Posca, Smith Optics, FCS & Gorilla Grip

Full results

Boys :

1. Len’s Arancibia
2. Will Bailey
3. Lander Davila
4. Jacome Correia

Girls :

1. Ariane Ochoa
2. Teresa Bonvalot
3. Juliette Brice
4. Mariana Garcia

Filmed and edited by Judith Emanuel
Additional footage by Michel Andreou
Photos by Damien Poullenot

Music by www.gettyimages.com/Music

• Bring It - Full by Brian Wayy
• Smash and Grab by Ah2

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Shaping Medina

8 December 2014

A short film about Gabriel Medina, shot during his 2014 ASP World Championship Tour campaign. Featuring interviews with two key people in his life - shaper John Cabianca and best friend Miguel Pupo - Shaping Medina looks at the themes and controversy that surround this young man on the verge of becoming Brazil's first world surfing champion.

Interviews & Edit: Jason Horton/See Food

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Tom Lowe pushing the limits of cold surfing

24 November 2014

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Arnaud Darrigade clinches the 2014 Royal Barrique

24 November 2014

Arnaud Darrigade wins 7th edition of the Royal Barrique - tube contest held in south west France every Fall season.

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Pierre-Louis Costes in Japan

22 November 2014

"Never in my life, I thought I would score this kind of waves in Japan. It has exceeded my expectations, with some of the best waves I had in Asia," Costes revealed.

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Citizen of the World

21 November 2014

« Citizen of the World » is the last edit of the young Grom Kyllian Guerin. Kyllian is so happy to be back in the water after his knee injury that took him out of the water for 6 month. At 11 years old, he lives between France and Costa Rica, and travels around the world searching for waves. From indonesia to the last swells at home in France, Kyllian is ripping and enjoying his life.


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Fanning wins in Portugal!

28 October 2014

Fanning looked in form throughout the contest, winning all but his Round 1 heat. The Australian surfed five separate heats on the final day, dispatching Alejo Muniz (BRA), Filipe Toledo (BRA) and Kai Otton (AUS), en route to the Final, where he faced Jordy Smith (ZAF). Fanning overtakes Kelly Slater (USA) on the WCT Rankings, claiming the second spot going into the last event of the season, the Billabong Pipeline Masters.

Heading into the final event of the 2014 Samsung Galaxy ASP World Championship Tour, the Billabong Pipeline Masters, three surfers remain in contention for this year’s world surfing crown: Gabriel Medina (BRA), Mick Fanning (AUS) and Kelly Slater (USA):

  • If Medina finishes 2nd or better at the Billabong Pipeline Masters, he will clinch the 2014 ASP World Title.
  • If Medina finishes 3rd at the Billabong Pipeline Masters, Fanning will need to win the event and Slater will be out of contention.
  • If Medina finishes 5th at the Billabong Pipeline Masters, Fanning will need to win the event and Slater will be out of contention.
  • If Medina finishes 9th at the Billabong Pipeline Masters, Fanning will need to finish 2nd or better and Slater will be out of contention.
  • If Medina finishes 13th or 25th at the Billabong Pipeline Masters, Fanning will need to finish 3rd to win or 5th to send the title race into a one-heat “surf-off” between himself and Medina. If Medina finishes 13th or 25th at the Billabong Pipeline Masters, Slater will needto win the event.


The next and final stop on the 2014 Samsung Galaxy ASP World Championship Tour is the Billabong Pipe Masters from December 8 - 20, 2014.

Highlights from the Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal are available at ASPWorldTour.com

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Tyler Wright is your 2014 Roxy Pro Champion

30 September 2014

HOSSEGOR/SEIGNOSSE, Southwest Coast/France (Sunday, September 28, 2014) - Tyler Wright (AUS) has claimed victory at the Roxy Pro France, besting Courtney Conlogue (USA) in a hard-fought Final as a packed crowd looked on at the primary site of Les Gardians.

Today’s win vaults Wright from 4th to 2nd on the ASP Women's World Championship Tour rankings and well within striking distance of a maiden world title heading into the final two events of the year.

“I feel like I’ve been surfing well all year but have had some tough luck in my heats,” Wright said.

“That said, I’ve managed to fly a little bit under the radar and keep myself in the race. It’s so tight up there at the top of the ratings so it should be a great finish to the year.”

Pic: ASP

Roxy Pro France Final Results:
1 - Tyler Wright (AUS) 19.20
2 - Courtney Conlogue (USA) 12.43

Roxy Pro France Semi-finals Results (1st advances to Finals, 2nd finishes Equal 3rd):
SF 1: Tyler Wright (AUS) 17.00 def. Johanne Defay (FRA) 13.50
SF 2: Courtney Conlogue (USA) 13.77 def. Carissa Moore (HAW) 13.10

Roxy Pro France Quarterfinals Results (1st advances to Semi-finals, 2nd finishes Equal 5th):
QF 1: Johanne Defay (FRA) 12.53 def. Malia Manuel (HAW) 8.50

QF 2: Tyler Wright (AUS) 12.53 def. Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 12.24

QF 3: Courtney Conlogue (USA) 15.00 def. Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 14.20

QF 4: Carissa Moore (HAW) 10.60 def. Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 5.03

Current ASP Women’s WCT Top 5 (after Roxy Pro France):

1. Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 57,900 pts

2. Tyler Wright (AUS) 56,200 pts

3. Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 55,950 pts

4. Carissa Moore (HAW) 54,700 pts

5. Malia Manuel (HAW) 38,850 pts


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Surfing Is Everything Taylor Knox

30 September 2014

When the water temps drop in California, Taylor Knox perks up. Dormant breaks come to life, conditions switch offshore, and Taylor thrives off being in the right spot at the right time. Suit up with T Knox, and see why Surfing Is Everything to him.


Starring: Taylor Knox

Music: SWIMM
Track: Tisk Tisk
Source: www.swimmmusic.com

Film & Edit: Justin Jung

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The Search - Stepping Stones Trailer

17 September 2014

With each era our passion has known, people have pushed the limits of exploration and innovation to new boundaries. Like a snowball thrown over the ledge before a cliff drop, they laid the paths to our Search and sent us in new directions. 

Watch the riders hop from pillow to pillow, connect the dots and create their lines in the true spirit of The Search.

A 26 minute backcountry film by Olivier Pictet.

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Welcome Tim Bisso!

15 September 2014

Rip Curl is Excited to sign new talent from Guadeloupe, 17 years old Tim Bisso!


With a very strong start of the year (Tim ended 3rd at the International Final of the GromSearch in Indonesia) young talent Tim Bisso just signed his entrance to be part of the Rip Curl Team.

Surfing in the European Championship in Açores at the moment, Tim will fly right after to Lanzarote (Canarias) to defend his podium spot in the Pro Junior.

As a shaper’s son and a native of carribean Guadeloupe, it was natural for him to turn to surfing at a young age. Today, He benefits from a special school surf program and Rip Curl’full support to achieve his goal : be part of the WQS Tour in 2015.

His Strong and technical surf has already secured him a victory at the Sopelana’s Pro Junior and a second place at the actual rating.

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Gabriel Medina Wins Billabong Pro Tahiti 2014

31 August 2014

With a maxing swell pulsing at the famed Teahupo’o reef pass, Medina methodically and consistently scored in the excellent range to overcome each of his opponents. In the final, Medina and Slater battled to the final seconds; however, it was the young Brazilian who came out victorious.

"Kelly is a legend of surfing," Medina continued. "When I fell off, I thought I had lost that heat. But I thank God. This is the best feeling ever. The waves were perfect and big. This feeling is amazing. I don't know how to describe it. I love surfing; I love what I'm doing right now. I want to thank ASP to put this event on here, I love this wave now more. Thanks to the water patrol to keep us safe. I'm really happy to be part of this."

This makes the 3rd victory of Gabriel Medina’s 2014 ASP World Title campaign, solidifying his current #1 world-ranking heading into the Hurley Pro at Lower Trestles.

Photos: Kristin/ASP



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GromSearch Anglet

18 July 2014

Congratulations to Lens Aranciba (under 16 boy) and Juliette Brice (under 16 girl) on winning the Rip Curl GromSearch presented by POSCA in Anglet, France!

The competition turned great, with a very deep motivation.  So young… and so professional!

All children were all excited to be there, so were their parents who pushed them to accomplish the best of what they could do.

Thanks to all surfers for their enthusiasm, next stop Vieux Boucau, France on the 28th of July, to the 3rd of August, stay tuned!!

Music :

Filming + Editing :

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R.I.P. Sonny Miller: 1960-2014

15 July 2014


In the 90s cinematographer Sonny Miller teamed up with Tom Curren and Rip Curl to make a series of surf movies based on The Search...

The partnership between surfer and cinematographer remains one of the great connections in surfing...

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Rip Curl Cup Padang Padang 2014 - TRIALS

2 July 2014

27 June, 2014 - Kuta-Bali: In absolutely pumping 6 foot plus Padang-Padang this afternoon, Rathu Suargita, Mustofa Jeksen, Koki Hendrawan and Koko Mitsua had 40 coveted minutes to battle it out for the two wildcard spots up for grabs in the prestigious Rip Curl Cup Padang-Padang.

Now, we will see 12 of the world's best and 12 of Indonesia's best tuberiders take on Bali's most spectacular wave in a one-day barrel extravaganza sometime during the 6 week waiting period that runs from July 5 to August 17.

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Pablo Gutierrez inspiring the Spanish Hell Team

2 July 2014

The Spanish Hell Team searching for some waves in Cantabria during a recent GromSearch event.

Riders: Pablo Gutierrez "El Matador", Lander Davila, Ariane Ochoa, Maddi Aizpurua, Diego Suarez, Fynnlee Miller & Sean Gunning

Music: All Alone by "SWELO"

Filming & Editing : FuelSurf

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Brisa Hennessy - Under 18 USA Champion 2014

2 July 2014

14 year old, Kailua, Oahu native, Brisa Hennessy, has just taken down the top girls in the nation and has claimed the Under 18 USA Surfing Championships title at Lower Trestles. Brisa surfed up an age division and took the premier title after a come-from-behind victory in the stacked final. Congratulations on the big victory to Brisa from everyone at Rip Curl.

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