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What is Australia’s largest surfwear manufacturer?

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Asked by: Caroline Love

Billabong. Billabong is one of the biggest surf brands in Australia with a gargantuan international following. Aside from surf-related items, the brand also caters to other boardsports like skateboarding or snowboarding.

What is the biggest surfing brand?

Top 7 Surfing Brands Worldwide

  • Quiksilver. Quiksilver is a surfing clothing and accessories brand that was established in 1969 in Torquay, Australia, and is headquartered in Huntington Beach, California. …
  • FCS FINS. …
  • Rip Curl. …
  • Billabong. …
  • Hurley. …
  • O’Neill. …
  • Volcom.

Is Rip Curl Australian owned?

Iconic Australian surf brand Rip Curl has been acquired by New Zealand specialist outdoor retailer Kathmandu in a $350 million deal, following years of sale attempts by the company’s founders. Rip Curl was founded in 1969 in Torquay, Victoria, by surfers-turned-business owners Brian Singer and Doug Warbrick.

What surf brand started in WA?

Mr Backshall said the brand was labelled as ‘iconic’ because of the long-time connection to WA’s surf community. “Rusty has maintained relevance as a brand and we’re still one of the only surf brands that still build surf boards, that is part of the DNA of the brand, that’s where we started,” he said.

Is Billabong an Australian surf company?

Billabong International Limited is an Australian company focused on surfing, primarily a clothing retailer that also produces accessories, such as watches and backpacks, and skateboard and snowboard products under other brand names.

Is Quicksilver Australian?

Quiksilver, known for its surfwear, was founded in Australia but is now majority-owned by an American investment group, Oaktree Capital Management, and based in California.

Who owns Kathmandu brand?

Jan Cameron CNZM is a New Zealand-Australian businesswoman and formerly Australia’s fourth-richest woman. She made her fortune as the founder of the Kathmandu clothing and outdoor equipment company.
Jan Cameron.

Jan Cameron CNZM
Occupation Owner of Retail Adventures Retired founder of Kathmandu
Spouse(s) Bernie Wicht (divorced)

Who owns Hurley?

Hurley is an American company that sells clothes and accessories marketed towards surfing and swimming. Established in 1979 as a distributor for Billabong clothing in the United States, Hurley was sold to Nike, Inc. in 2002 for an undisclosed price and then to Bluestar Alliance LLC in 2019 for an undisclosed price.

Who owns Surf Dive and Ski?


By Eli Greenblat. THE surfwear company Billabong has raised its exposure to Australia after agreeing to buy 38 retail stores under the Surf Dive ‘n’ Ski and Jetty Surf retail banners as well as two licensed Billabong stores.

What was the first surf brand in Australia?


The iconic Australian surf and lifestyle brand Billabong was started in humble beginnings by Gordon Merchant.

Are any surf brands made in Australia?

In fact, the three biggest surf brands in the world are all proudly Australian – Billabong, Rip Curl, and Quiksilver.

Who owns Drift surf?

Since 2012, Drift has been the passion of Rob Jones, a lifelong surfer and ocean lover. For more than two decades, Rob worked as a sales rep for the biggest brands in the global surf industry while surfing his way around the world, from Rhode Island to the north shore of Oahu, to Indonesia and West Africa.