Rip Curl Bondi Thong Black
- Made from Rubber
- Printed sole
- PE Footbed
- Contrasting coloured foot band
In March of 1969 two surfing friends Doug “Claw” Warbrick and Brian “Sing Ding” Singer bumped into each other in Gilbert Street, Torquay. Claw had just finished a summer shaping stint with Fred Pyke and Brian was a science teacher. As the conversation progressed, and no doubt thinking about how they could stay surfing Bells in the pumping months ahead, Claw posed the question that started something great…
“Do you want to start making surfboards together?” he asked. Brian immediately figured this would mean a lot more time surfing, so on the spot said, “Yes!” and resigned from teaching a couple of days later.
The timing was perfect and just like that… Rip Curl was born…
While Claw could mow foam, Brian’s main attribute was that he had a tail-planer for shaping and a garage at 35 Great Ocean Road (towards Jan Juc) to work from and soon the sound of cold chisels could be heard hammering into the garage’s concrete floor to build stands as they set up over the next month.
In April 1969 the first boards were made with Claw doing four boards a week for the best surfers in Torquay and Brian doing the “shittiest job in the world” sanding and making fins in the yard.
They had enough work to keep them going through the winter, which was one of the best for surf on the reefs in memory, so product-testing was free-flowing with a lot of time spent in the water at Bells Beach.In November of that year they realised they needed a better spot than the garage. So they went and found the Old Torquay Bakery at 5 Boston Road and for the princely sum of $10 a week rent they moved on up. Inside they set up a proper shaping bay, glassing and sanding rooms and lifted production to 12 boards a week.