The Plastic Machine was a hit and they had a lot of orders. Demand was high, and supply short, so the pair thought they would do a model of their own and get them made elsewhere. They contacted Shane Stedman in Brookvale, who jumped on the plan. "I can make those boards," Shane told them "But you have to give us a name to sell them under."
One afternoon down in the shop, Claw and Brian and another local surfer, Simon Buttonshaw, were sitting around tossing up names for the board.
"I had a McTavish Plastic Machine before that day and Simon had previously painted the words ‘Rip Curl Hot Dog’ on it and I liked the name a lot," Claw recounts. Somewhere in the mix that afternoon, and in the ensuing discussion around names and surfing vocabulary, the winning combination of "Rip Curl" bubbled to the surface and became the name of the board model.