Rip Curl 3/2 Dawn Patrol Back Zip Wetsuit. Rip Curl Women’s Wetsuit. Ideal fullness for calendar year spherical surfing in more comfortable locations, as well as the back again zip design with critically taped seams make it robust as well as simple-to-use. It provides an focus on depth usually only present in expensive trousers wetsuits.
Rip Curl Dawn Patrol Wetsuit
Bing Copeland was one of the pioneers of the isophthalic foam board, ushering in a new era in lightweight, high performance boards. Bing collaborated with Donald Takayama in building this triple-rail model. Due to his 1982 ESA Championship and with help from U.S. Surfing Federation Director Colin Couture as well as Kelly’s sponsors Sundek and O’Neill, he now had a travel fund allowing him to jet to the best competitions and get back to school on time.
In 1984, he competed in his first pro event, the Sundek Classic, held during spring break party time in Melbourne Beach, Florida. The surf was small, so twelve-year-old Kelly took out an Australian pro nearly twice his age and weight, only to lose his next heat.
He traveled to California that summer to compete for a slot on the national team heading for the World Amateur Championships in Huntington Beach. This was Slater’s first time in California; he didn’t weigh much more than a wet wetsuit, and the waves of Salt Creek were more than he could handle. Kelly and Sean both missed out on the team, but they got to surf a lot of good waves from Orange County to Ventura County and had their eyes opened wide to the possibilities.
A few months later, Kelly won a ticket to Hawai’i in a Florida event and in December 1984, he really got his eyes opened. After watching countless movies of Pipeline, reading about it in magazines, and staring at posters on his bedroom wall, he paddled over to Pipe on a small day. He caught a few waves and started to get cocky, then got caught inside and got pounded.
Still, if he’d learned anything from his family problems, it was how to pull himself back up. A week after getting trounced by Pipeline, Kelly competed against the likes of future friends and foes Shane Dorian and Keoni Watson in the U.S. Amateur Surfing Championships at Makaha. The surf was small but powerful, and Kelly was as shocked as anyone to find himself the U.S. Menehune Champion.
In 1986, Time magazine reported that total retail surfwear sales hit one billion dollars for the first time, with Hobie Sportswear and Ocean Pacific the market leaders. The new Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Tour was thriving, with ten events in Hawai’i, South Africa, Australia, and California. In California, wetsuit-maker Body Glove was doing good enough business to underwrite the Professional Surfing Association of America (PSAA) Tour, a training ground for young pros intent on making it to the ASP.
Down Under wonders like Simon Anderson and Mark Richards ruled the waves, while young Santa Barbara surfer Tom Curren became amateur champion and looked to be the one to regain the momentum American surfing had lost to the Australians and South Africans.
These were the roaring 1980s for surf contests, as a combustible mix of rowdy surfers joined forces with bikini contests at big-buck events. The combination of hot surfing and hot chicks overheated at Huntington Beach’s 1986 Op Pro. Thousands of contest-goers fueled by sun, sex, and booze went berserk, overturning cars, setting fires, threatening the overwhelmed police and lifeguards and running wild through the streets. No one was killed but many were arrested and there was thousands of dollars in damage to beach facilities. The real damage was to the public image of pro surfing.
Kelly continued to compete as an amateur, yet during the Easter Surfing Festival 1986, he made it to a pro event final. He was now fourteen and still a pint-size kid, but his surfing was fast becoming a threat to other pros on the East Coast. Gaining confidence as a competitor, he still lacked experience in big waves. Hawai’i was too far away from school for quick trips, so Kelly and Sean traveled to Barbados and Puerto Rico to get used to size and coral reefs. By the ripe old age of fifteen, Kelly was a seasoned traveler.
For all his later success, Kelly never really had a good result at the World Amateur Surfing Championships, held every two years. In 1986, he went to Newquay, England, and was the second youngest in the hyper competitive Open Division. Despite the cold water and big waves, he made it to the final and came up against fearsome competition in the form of Australian Nicky Wood, Tahitian Vetea “Poto” David, and Hawai’ian John Shimooka. Kelly fell on two waves and finished third in the world. An accomplishment for most, for Kelly, it felt like failure.