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Where did the name 'Rip Curl' come from?

A couple of odd figures arguing in a garage...

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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 flames.
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“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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