Matt is our chief blogger here at Cleanline Surf. He has an extensive knowledge of wetsuits, surfboards, and other surf gear and rides the products he writes about. When he isn't blogging he's answering your questions on the phone, packing up your brand new suit, or out in the water testing new gear.
The Rip Curl Flash Bomb Wetsuit has done it again. Winning the SIMA Wetsuit of the Year Award for the 2nd year consecutively. Here’s the press release from Rip Curl, followed by a trailer video for the SIMA Awards that were held a few days ago.
Costa Mesa, CA (February 9, 2013): The Best Just Got Better. Rip Curl’s extremely honored and humbled to win the 2012 SIMA Image Awards’ “Wetsuit of the Year” for the FLASH BOMB for the second consecutive year. The awards took place this past February 7 at The Grove Theater in Anaheim, California.
The award, which aims to recognize the wetsuit that “featured the most exciting design, appeal, or innovation”, was a true credit to the Rip Curl wetsuit department who took the success of the award-winning Flash Bomb and worked diligently to improve it.
Boasting Flash Lining, which wicks water from the interior of the suit within seconds of being exposed to the air, the FLASH BOMB is dry to the touch in roughly 15 minutes after surfing when hung up; hence, “World’s Fastest Drying Wetsuit”.
Rip Curl would like to thank and recognize all the valued specialty retail partners nationally who have contributed to the success of the FLASH BOMB, as well as our world-class roster of athletes who have played a major role in the development process.
Another year has passed and the numbers are in. Curious what wetsuits were most popular in 2012? We’ve ran the numbers, and broke them down by wetsuit thickness. Don’t be upset if your favorite wetsuit didn’t make it. Some wetsuits that came in late 2012 may not be on the list simply because they didn’t get enough time to sell.
We did run the list for all wetsuits combined and of course the 3/2 wetsuits where there are more surfers and therefore higher demand outsold the 4/3 wetsuits, and the 5mm and 6mm wetsuits came in last, simply because there are less surfers braving the cold waters of the north that need such a thick suit.