Australian surfing apparel and equipment company
|Founded||; 53years ago()|
- Doug Warbrick (founder)
- Brian Singer (founder)
- François Payot (founder and director)
- Brooke Farris (CEO)
- Dylan Slater (President and CEO of Rip Curl USA)
|Products||Surfing gear & apparel|
Rip Curl is a 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.As of October [update], Michael Daly is the chief executive officer (CEO) of Rip Curl Group.
Rip Curl is now present in several areas of board sports, including skateboarding / surfskating, freestyle skiing, snowboarding and wakeboarding. Some events in these other disciplines include the Rip Curl SurfSkate Festival, Rip Curl Wake, Skate and Music Festival, Rip Curl City Slam (skateboarding) and the Rip Curl World Heli Challenge (freestyle skiing and snowboarding).
The name "Rip Curl" was taken from a vee-bottom surfboard that co-founder Warbrick bought in , 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 by Doug Warbrick and Brian Singer in Torquay, Victoria, Australia, and initially produced surfboards. In , they decided to begin production of wetsuits, with an emphasis on transforming diving technology into a wetsuit suitable for surfing. Alan Green (co-founder of Quiksilver) was a Rip Curl employee in and developed the first Quiksilver boardshorts at the Rip Curl Factory in April 
In Tim Baker authored, The Rip Curl Story, a book documenting the company's history. The Rip Curl Story celebrates 50 years of surfing and the wanderlust of the Rip Curl founders Doug 'Claw' Warbrick and Brian Singer. It is pegged as both a business primer and an adventure story.
In mid, Singer and Warbrick engaged the services of Bank of America Merrill Lynch to sell the brand, but the plan was abandoned in March  On Tuesday the first of October , it was announced that Rip Curl plans to merge with outdoor specialist company Kathmandu.
On August 16, , Rip Curl appointed Brooke Farris as the Chief Executive Officer.
Rip Curl is responsible for a campaign called The Search. Surf films by legendary filmmaker Sonny Miller were created as part of the Search campaign: The Search (), The Search II (), Beyond the Boundaries: The Search III (), Feral Kingdom (), Tripping the Planet () and Searching for Tom Curren (), which was awarded Video of the Year by Surfer magazine in  In Rip Curl relaunched The Search.
Rip Curl is known for manufacturing technical products and innovation in the surf industry. Rip Curl's "FlashBomb Wetsuit" won three consecutive SIMA (Surf Industry Manufacturers Association) awards for "Wetsuit of the Year" in , and 
The Rip Curl Group took home six wins at the SBIA Awards in Australia.
Rip Curl's marketing campaign "My Bikini" took home the SIMA Award for "Women's Campaign of the Year" in , , , and 
Rip Curl received the SIMA awards for  Women's Marketing Campaign of the Year ("My Bikini"), Wetsuit Brand of the Year (Flash Bomb Zip Free), Accessory Product of the Year (SearchGPS Watch), Women's Swim Brand of the Year and Men's Boardshort of the Year (Mirage MF Driven).
Rip Curl received the SBIA awards for Men's Brand of the Year, Customer Service Team of the Year (Torquay Head Office), WA Account Manager of the Year (Kerry Whitford), Ladies Swimwear Brand of the Year, Men's Boardshort of the Year (Mirage Connor Surge), Wetsuit of the Year (Flashbomb Chest Zip), Surfing Accessory of the Year (FLight Posse Backpack), Ladies Brand of the Year, QLD Account Manager of the Year (Sean Finlay).
Rip Curl received the SBIA awards for Product Innovation of the Year (Heatseeker), Wetsuit of the Year (Flashbomb Heatseeker), Mens Boardshort of the Year (Mirage 3 2 1), Ladies Swimwear Brand of the Year, Sales & Customer Service Office of the Year, Rip Curl National Customer Service WA, Account Manager of the Year (Kerry Whitford), Vic/Tas Account Manager of the Year (Daniel Jenkin), Qld Account Manager of the Year (Sean Finlay), Ladies Brand of the Year, Mens Brand of the Year.
- Tom Curren, won the World Title in , , 
- Tyler Wright won the WSL World Title in 
- Mick Fanning won the ASP World Title three times, in , and 
- Gabriel Medina won the ASP World Title in  Gabriel Medina won the WSL World Title in 
- Bethany Hamilton and Mick Fanning were inducted into the iconic Surfer's Hall of Fame in Huntington Beach in 
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