Flash Bomb Wins SIMA Award 2 Years Straight

 

Rip Curl Flash Bomb - SIMA Award Winner 2 Years StraightThe 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.

Best Selling Wetsuits of 2012

Best Selling Wetsuits of 2012

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.

Top Selling 3/2 Wetsuits of 2012

  1. Rip Curl E-Bomb Pro 3/2 Chest Zip Wetsuit
  2. Rip Curl Flash Bomb 3/2 Chest Zip Wetsuit
  3. Rip Curl E-Bomb 3/2 Chest Zip Wetsuit
  4. O’Neill Epic II 3/2 CT Wetsuit
  5. Quiksilver Cypher 3/2 Chest Zip Wetsuit
  6. Rip Curl Dawn Patrol 3/2 Back Zip Flatlock Wetsuit
  7. O’Neill Psycho III 3/2 Wetsuit
  8. O’neill Psycho RG8 3/2 Wetsuit
  9. Rip Curl E-Bomb 3/2 Back Zip Wetsuit
  10. Billabong SG5 3/2 Chest Zip Wetsuit

Top Selling 4/3 Wetsuits or 2012

  1. Rip Curl E-Bomb 4/3 Chest Zip Wetsuit
  2. Patagonia Wetsuit – R3 Chest-Zip Full Suit
  3. Rip Curl E-Bomb Pro 4/3 Chest Zip Wetsuit
  4. Rip Curl Flash Bomb 4/3 Chest Zip Wetsuit 
  5. O’neill Mutant 4/3 Hooded Wetsuit
  6. O’Neill Epic II 4/3 CT Wetsuit
  7. Rip Curl E-Bomb 4/3 Back Zip Wetsuit
  8. O’Neill SuperFreak 4/3 Wetsuit
  9. O’neill Heat 3Q Zip FSW 4/3 Wetsuit
  10. O’neill Psycho RG8 4/3 Wetsuit
  11. Billabong Foil 4/3 GBS Back Zip Wetsuit

Top Selling 5mm and up Wetsuits of 2012

  1. Patagonia R4 Hooded Chest Zip Wetsuit
  2. O’neill Mutant 5/4 w Hood Wetsuit
  3. Quiksilver Syncro 5/4/3 Back Zip Wetsuit
  4. Billabong Foil Back Zip 5/4/3 Wetsuit w/Hood
  5. Billabong Women’s Synergy 5/4/3 with Hood
  6. Rip Curl E-Bomb 5.5/4.5 Hooded Chest Zip Wetsuit
  7. O’neill Psycho RG8 5.5/4 Hooded Wetsuit
  8. Rip Curl Flash Bomb 5/4 Hooded Chest Zip Wetsuit 
  9. O’neill Women’s D-Lux Mod 5/4 W/Hood Wetsuit
  10. Rip Curl Flash Bomb 6/5/4 Hooded Chest Zip Wetsuit 
  11. O’neill Heat Hooded 6/5/4 Wetsuit

 Honorable Mentions: Wetsuits that had a late start in 2012 and didn’t get a chance to make the list, and suits that just didn’t get the attention we think they deserved.

What do you think?  Did a wetsuit not make the list that you think should have?

Tell us your thoughts using the comments section below.

 

Quiksilver Cypher Challenge – Surf Film Contest

I like what Quiksilver is doing with their Cypher Challenge.  Three teams of two surfers, each from a different part of the world, along with there choice of film maker.  The result?  Three completely unique, and radical mini surf films for your enjoyment!  Check them out below then head over to Quiksilver’s Website to vote for your favorite, if that strikes your fancy.

TEAM USA: Balaram Stack , Chase Wilson & filmmaker Pat Myers

TEAM CANADA: Raph Bruhwiler, Nico Manos & filmmaker Jeremy Koreski

TEAM LATIN AMERICA: Cristobal Del Col, Ramon Navarro & Filmmaker Rodrigo Farias