Rip Curl Appoints New Japanese Licensee

Rip Curl has appointed World Search Company Limited as the new licensed distributor and manufacturer of Rip Curl-branded products in Japan and Taiwan.

World Search is a new subsidiary of established Tokyo-based fashion group Collaboration Company Limited. In addition the apparel, the group plans to open its first Rip Curl concept shop mid April in Tokyo’s premiere youth fashion district, Harajyuku.


With Rip Curl’s long-established global presence in the hard-core surfing-equipment market and Collaboration’s vast knowledge and experience in the fashion-forward Japanese market, both companies are predicting strong, stable growth for business in the region.

According to Rip Curl International General Manager Grant Forbes, “While Rip Curl has had a presence in the Japanese market since the early 1980s, joining with Collaboration for the creation of World Search Company Limited is a major breakthrough in helping Rip Curl to secure a stronger presence in the growing markets in Japan and Taiwan, and generally bolsters our East Asian business.”

For more information, please contact:
Grant Forbes in Australia c/o:
Phone (from outside Australia): 613 5261 0073
Phone (within Australia): 03 5261 0073; or

Adam Sharp in the USA c/o:
Phone 760 6036700