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Rip Curl 'Ultimate Elasto' wetsuit
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Wetsuit, 'Ultimate Elasto', neoprene rubber / nylon / metal, designed and made by Rip Curl Pty Ltd, Torquay, Victoria, Australia / Thailand, 2003
Rip Curl, an Australian company, designed and made this attractive and functional contemporary example of a wetsuit.

In the early days of surfing, only the brave would venture into cold winter waters. Neoprene rubber, developed in the 1930's, was used by American Jack O'Neil to make the first functional wetsuit in 1952. The rubber suits kept surfers warm so they could spend more time in the water. With this extra time to practice they could improve their skills, developing the tricks and action of the sport.

The design of wetsuits has gradually progressed and manufacturers are continuously looking for ways to improve designs making them warmer, lighter, and more flexible for ease of movement. This wetsuit has been treated so that the outside is water repellent. This reduces wind chill and makes the suit lighter in the water. The design of the suit combined with the type of rubber make it flexible and easier to get on and off.

This wetsuit was displayed in the 'Sport: more than heroes and legends' exhibition (September 2003 - July 2004) at the Powerhouse Museum.

Written by Erika Dicker
Assistant Curator, 2007.
This wetsuit was designed by Rip Curl Pty Ltd.

The wetsuit has been treated so that the outside is water repellent. This reduces wind chill and makes the suit lighter in the water. The design of the suit combined with the type of rubber make it flexible and easier to get on and off. As a spring suit, it is not intended to be used in very cold water.
This wetsuit was displayed in the 'Sport: more than heroes and legends' exhibition (September 2003 - July 2004) at the Powerhouse Museum.

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Description
Wetsuit, 'Ultimate Elasto', neoprene rubber / nylon / metal, made by Rip Curl Pty Ltd, Torquay, Victoria, Australia / Thailand, 2003

A one piece wetsuit with full length sleeves and knee length legs. The top half of the suit features a silver metallic and cream design with the 'Rip Curl' logo printed in the middle of the chest. The bottom of the suit is plain black. 'Ulimate Elasto' is printed along the wearer's left sleeve and 'Slickskin Technology' along the right sleeve. Manufacturer's label attached to inside left sleeve and printed on the inside of the suit.

Designed: Rip Curl Pty Ltd; Torquay, Victoria

Made: Thailand; 2003
Marks
A white label with red text 'RIP / CURL / WET / SUIT / TORQUAY, VIC, AUSTRALIA / SEALED / M' is attached to the inside left seam. 'Made in Thailand' is included in the text printed on the inside of the suit.
2007/180/1
Width
430 mm

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Acquisition credit line
Gift of Rip Curl Pty Ltd, 2007
Subjects
+ Surfing
+ Surf culture
+ Sport
+ Sporting culture
+ Australian product design
+ Sports clothing
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