The Australian Surf and Boardshorts Industry Association’s (SBIA) annual awards, which celebrate the high achievers of Australia’s multi-million dollar surf industry, was held at the Crowne Plaza in Sydney last night and attracted over 200 retailers and brand representatives across the country.
Thirty-one awards were up for grabs, ranging from state and national retail categories, to products and account managers – and a host of surfing legends, including former World Champions Mark Occhilupo, Tom Carroll and Joel Parkinson helped present the trophies.
Rip Curl was honoured to be nominated for a whopping ten categories, and humbled to take home the win on six of those ten.
The SBIA Awards Night is always something Rip Curl always looks forward to, but 2017 was an especially memorable night because of one man who’s been with the company since the beginning… John “Sparrow” Pyburne.
Sparrow has been the man behind Rip Curl wetsuits since the company first started cutting neoprene back at the Old Bakery circa 1970, and he’s still here to this day.
This year, he was given the prestigious SBIA Service to the Industry Award, commemorating 45 years of wetsuit innovation at Rip Curl. The award is a huge honour to Sparrow, and Rip Curl couldn’t have been happier to see him take centre stage.
Congratulations to all of the winners at the 2017 SBIA Awards, thank you to everyone who helped achieve these fantastic results, and an especially important mention to John “Sparrow” Pyburne.
Rip Curl 2017 SBIA Award Wins:
Boardshort of the Year: Mirage MF Focus 21” (this marks the third consecutive year of success in this category)
Swimwear Brand of the Year
Wetsuit of the Year: Flashbomb Chest Zip (also a win for the third consecutive year)
Sales and Customer Service of the Year: Rip Curl Head Office in Torquay, VIC
NSW Account Manager of the Year: Jodie Watson
WA Account Manager of the Year: Kerry Whitford
Rip Curl is also pleased to announce runner-up finishes in the following categories:
Ladies Brand of the Year
Surfing Accessory of the Year: F-Light Global Travel Stacka
SA/NT Account Manager of the Year: Travis Ochota