By Keith Curtain, Australasian Surf Business Magazine

Rip Curl have been in the wetsuit game a long time and have successfully navigated every boom and bust the industry has faced. However, the global COVID19 pandemic has resulted in an unprecedented demand on Rip Curl’s wetsuit division. It’s been well documented that surfing was one of the few sports permitted throughout lockdown restrictions and the resulting explosion in the wetsuit category has led surf retail’s recovery.  Rip Curl is the number one wetsuit brand on our ActionWatch panel and has increased its average $ sales 53.7% so far this year. The average retailer has spent upwards of $37k in wetsuit sales with Rip Curl in 2020. 

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