Rip Curl was founded as a board shaping business in 1969 at Torquay, Australia. By the end of that year they'd added wetsuit production, today they still produce wetsuits for the international market as well as clothing and accessories.
Rip Curl remains a company built by surfers for surfers, and they've been market leaders in surfing for over 50 years. "We endeavour to make the best products, run the best events, support the best athletes, deliver the best customer service, communicate the best brand message and have the best crew of people. This helps Rip Curl hold a vision of being regarded as The Ultimate Surfing Company."
Rip Curl Europe is based in France where products are produced under license from Rip Curl Australia. They design products specifically for the European market which you may not see outside of Europe.