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Introducing The Rip Curl Story

5 April 2019

  • Brian & Claw in Torquay 2018
  • Michael Peterson - Gold Coast (Photo Dick Hoole)
  • The Search (Photo Ted Grambeau)
  • The Torquay Bakery - Where it all began
  • Rip Curls first shop, Torquay
  • Founder Doug 'Claw' Warbrick, Bell Street, Torquay 1961
  • Founder Brian Singer, Lorne Point 1965
  • Founder Brian Singer with Butch Barr in Rip Curl's first purpose build wetsuit factory, 1976 (Photo Geelong Advertiser)
  • 2x World Champion - Gabriel Medina
  • 2x World Champion - Tyler Wright
  • 3x World Champion - Mick Fanning
  • Bells Beach - The line-up that inspired the birth of Rip Curl

Written by Tim Baker, The Rip Curl Story covers 50 years of perfect surf, international business, wild characters and the Search for the ultimate ride.

Celebrating 50 Years of Surfing, Rip Curl is pleased to announce the launch of The Rip Curl Story, written by esteemed surf writer Tim Baker.

The Rip Curl Story is the remarkable tale of two young surfers who pursued a dream to make a living out of the pursuit of the ultimate ride. The brand that these men built not only satisfied their own surf wanderlust, but also inspired many others, riding the wave of the global youth revolution of the late ‘60s.

When two friends in Torquay, Brian Singer and Doug “Claw” Warbrick, decided on a whim to make surfboards in 1969, they never imagined that in 2019, they would be celebrating their brand’s 50th anniversary. For the very first time, the entire true story of Rip Curl, which forms a vital part of Australian surfing history, is revealed by bestselling surf writer Tim Baker.

Rip Curl’s mantra quickly became “The Search”: the pursuit of new waves on distant shores, new thrills - skiing, snowboarding, windsurfing - and better equipment to elevate those experiences.

Rip Curl has continued to invest in the surfing industry as a whole by not only by sponsoring two events on the World Surf League’s Championship Tour, The Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach and the Meo Rip Curl Pro Portugal, but also by supporting the careers of the world’s great surfers – from Midget Farrelly to Michael Peterson, Tom Curren to Damien Hardman, Pam Burridge to Stephanie Gilmore, and of course Tyler Wright, Mick Fanning and Gabriel Medina.

The Rip Curl Story is a series of ripping yarns and is as much a smart business primer as it is a wild adventure story. It will make readers want to surf more, travel further, follow through on that business idea and pursue their own Search.

The Rip Curl Story is on sale now. Get your copy online here or in selected bookstores today.

 

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