Leading international surfing company Rip Curl is today pleased to announce legendary surfer Tom Curren is officially back on the Rip Curl team for the next five years.
Curren, the 1985, 1986 and 1990 ASP World Champion, signed the five-year deal to endorse Rip Curl eyewear and footwear last night at the Rip Curl Pro VIP Media Night Function, held at Rip Curl’s Head Office in Torquay, Australia.
“Tom Curren is truly an iconic figure in world surfing and we welcome him back to the Rip Curl family around the world with open arms, said Adam Sharp, Rip Curl USA VP of sales and marketing.
Curren is equally stoked about the partnership and is looking forward to playing a role in Rip Curl’s future during the next few years.
“I’m really excited to be back with Rip Curl, it’s a great opportunity for me to again be involved with such a great company, expressed Curren. “I’m not competing as much anymore, but being on the team is a great way to help out the other team guys and be involved with future business opportunities.
Tom will have an important role to play across various grassroots projects, retail marketing and commercial promotions, and content creation assignments both in the USA and across the globe.
In Torquay to sign the deal and compete in the Rip Curl Pro Trials earlier this week, Curren was also awarded a Rip Curl Pro VIP Gold Pass. The Gold Pass affords Curren complete VIP treatment at the Rip Curl Pro throughout the Easter period. He joins fellow greats Wayne Lynch, Jeff Hakman and Simon Anderson, and Rip Curl co-founders Doug “Claw Warbrick and Brian Singer as the only other Rip Curl Pro VIP Gold Pass holders.
“I’m honored to get that and I think it’s a great way to include some of the people that have been around the event in the past, said Curren after accepting the Gold Pass. “There are new faces down at Bells every year now and I think this award is a good way to acknowledge those that have contributed since it started.
Tom Curren, the 1985 and 1990 Rip Curl Pro Champion, is certainly one surfer who has contributed more than his fair share to the sport of surfing. He charged onto the surfing scene in 1980 by winning the Junior Division of the World Amateur Surfing Championships and unleashed a fresh new approach to riding waves that was emulated by surfers worldwide. Combining a super-smooth style with powerful performance moves, the Californian took surfing to a new level and set an unmatched standard for surfing’s elite.
In 1985, at age 19, Curren created history by becoming the first ever American to win the World Title since the World Championship Tour (WCT) began in 1976. He went on to win two more World Titles, defending his crown in 1986 and then making a miraculous professional comeback in 1990 to win the crown as an unseeded competitor.
Although he is a world famous surfing figure, has won more WCT events than most pros dream about, and still makes surfing press on a regular account, Curren remains a mystery man, a soul surfer and a surf searcher.
Rip Curl welcomes Tom Curren back to the family.