Rip Curl ‘Ultimate Elasto’ wetsuit

Made in Thailand, 2003.

Rip Curl, an Australian company, designed and made this attractive and functional contemporary example of a wetsuit.

In the early days of surfing, only the brave would venture into cold winter waters. Neoprene rubber, developed in the 1930’s, was used by American Jack O’Neil to make the first functional wetsuit in 1952. The rubber suits kept surfers warm so they could spend more time in the water. With this extra time to practice they could improve their skills, developing the tricks and actio...


A one piece wetsuit with full length sleeves and knee length legs. The top half of the suit features a silver metallic and cream design with the 'Rip Curl' logo printed in the middle of the chest. The bottom of the suit is plain black. 'Ulimate Elasto' is printed along the wearer's left sleeve and 'Slickskin Technology' along the right sleeve. Manufacturer's label attached to inside left sleeve and printed on the inside of the suit.


430 mm


This wetsuit was designed by Rip Curl Pty Ltd.

The wetsuit has been treated so that the outside is water repellent. This reduces wind chill and makes the suit lighter in the water. The design of the suit combined with the type of rubber make it flexible and easier to get on and off. As a spring suit, it is not intended to be used in very cold water.
Rip Curl Pty Ltd


Gift of Rip Curl Pty Ltd, 2007
14 November, 2007

Cite this Object

Rip Curl 'Ultimate Elasto' wetsuit 2017, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 17 November 2017, <>
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