Where did the name 'Rip Curl' come from?
A couple of odd figures arguing in a garage...
Two young men, and hardy souls at that, because it is the dead of
winter in a cold part of the country, but they are both wearing thongs
– good old Aussie flip flops – although one of them has made a
concession to the climate by wearing thick football
They call themselves “Sing Ding” and “Claw”, and surrounding them are
foam surfboard blanks and tins of nasty chemicals. It is not a safe
environment and if tempers flare any more the whole lot might go up in
“Well,” says the young man with gingery hair and a moustache (“Sing
Ding”): "I reckon it’s a bloody stupid name, but I’ll run it past my
kids and see what they think."
The other man (“Claw”) jumps up and down on the spot like a demented
jack-in-the-box, screaming: “It’s a great name! You rip the curl! Get
it? The grommets will love it!” He stops jumping and starts fashioning
a Martian’s antenna with the hair atop his head.
Surely it couldn’t have been this way... But it was, more or less.
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