Tyler’s signing concludes a busy off season of contract renewals at Rip Curl with World Tour surfers Conner Coffin (USA), Matt McGillivray (SA), Brisa Hennessy (CR) and Amuro Tsuzuki (JP) all signing new deals on the eve of the 2020 World Surf League season. Matt and Amuro are entering their first competitive years on the World Championship Tour, while Brisa is heading into her second and Conner cements with a fifth year on Tour. Exciting Australian, Morgan Cibillic (Aus), who qualified for the World Tour at his first attempt last season, also joins them.
On the other side of the camera, World Surf League and Olympic Broadcast Commentator Rosy Hodge also extended her relationship with Rip Curl. The former World Tour surfer is now showcasing the brand at the world’s biggest surfing events.
Legendary 3x World Champion Tom Curren also re-signed with Rip Curl for another extended term, and will join Mick Fanning and Mason Ho on The Search later in the year. This new agreement will mark almost three decades in which Tom has surfed with a Rip Curl sticker on the nose of his board. Tom was last seen headed for the sand bottom points of Mexico and was unable to be found for comment.
“We have a truck load of depth in the team ranks at the moment,” said Chief Brand and Marketing officer, Neil Ridgway. “We just had 10 of our young women surfers from all over the world surfing in Hawaii with Bethany Hamilton (USA), Rosy and Tyler this month getting real North Shore experience; and we look forward to seeing young surfers like Jacob Willcox (AUS), Alyssa Spencer (USA), Samuel Pupo (BRZ), Molly Picklum (AUS) and Crosby Colapinto (USA) contesting the WQS events here in Australia in the coming month.”
On top of the WSL Qualifying and Championship Tours, Rip Curl surfers are also setting their sights on another goal this year – competing in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, where surfing will make its debut as an Olympic sport. Gabriel Medina (BRZ), Owen Wright (AUS), Ella Williams (NZ) and Brisa Hennessy (CR) will all be competing for their countries in this landmark event.
“We believe in the power of team to unite the brand,” Ridgway continued. “It’s a good time to surf with Rip Curl.”