A journey through the history of The Search

In the early 1990s, The Search concept was the best way to define what it meant to be part of Rip Curl and cemented that it was the driving force that lead to its creation… Look back and remember or see the tradition for the first time, but stay tuned for new moments added to the timeline as we dig them up through The Search archives.

While many of the great surfers you see in these clips and pics have retired from Rip Curl now, we show them here to give respect to their contribution to The Search and the great adventures they had a long the way. Thanks, Crew. It would not be the same without having you here.

In the begining
  • 1992

    The History of The Search

    In the late ’80s, and with a vision for the company well established, Brian and Claw were trying to articulate what it meant to be part of Rip Curl.

  • 1992

    Sonny Miller: 1960 – 2014

    In the 90’s, cinematographer Sonny Miller teamed up with Tom Curren and Rip Curl to make a series of surf films based on The Search... The partnership between surfer and cinematographer remains one of the great connections in surfing.

  • 1992

    Search 1

    Where it all began... An Indian ocean sojourn, on The Search are Tom Curren, Damien 'Dooma' Hardman, Gary Green, Chris 'Davo' Davidson & Others.

  • 1992

    Spreading The Search

    Before the Inter-web-a-net, the only way to experience The Search was visiting your local newsagent and getting a copy of the latest surf mag, flipping it over to mind-surf waves you’d only dream of in the Search ads. But how did it come about?

  • 1993

    Search 2

    See explosive surfing at J-Bay, Perfect Indo & Secret spots as the Search 2 takes you on an explosive journey through the cold waters of South Africa, then into the tropical jungle climates of Indo and other locales.

  • 1994

    Search 3: Beyond the Boundaries

    Filmed in the wilds of the Pacific and Indian oceans, Australia, Hawaii, USA & remote tropical islands. See Tom, Frankie, Davo & Byron charge huge previously unsurfed barrels.

  • 1995

    Search 4: Feral Kingdom

    Watch days of endless perfection blur into weeks of mindless gouges and deep pits. Get down and dirty with a band of the world's best surfers as they turn their backs on society.

  • 1996

    Searching for Tom Curren

    The definitive portrait of the master on The Search. "Tom Curren's surfing has impacted on every surfer in the world over the last 10 years" - Kelly Slater.

  • 2005

    Inner Visions

    A journey that takes you through unchartered waters to locations never surfed before...Exploration, epic waves and award winning performances by some of the world's best surfers.

  • 2006

    Somewhere: 42 North

    Adam Wickwire and Elise Garrigue head to Iceland in search of the world’s coldest waves. Scenery to be believed and true grit needed to surf, the pair are charged with testing the H-Bomb – the world’s first power heated wetsuit.

  • 2006

    Somewhere: Convergence

    The introduction of the spirit of ‘The Search’ to international professional surfing, which began at Reunion Island in 2005 was a world first, adding a spice to the tour, which lived on.

  • 2011

    Tip 2 Tip

    One tip of the Indonesian archipelago to the other - a six-month quest - longer if surf and culture dictate. Tide, time, direction. Rip Curl crew from around the planet, in and out where we can, some legs more testing than others. Some of the same sea, some of the same feelings, destination unknown.

  • 2011

    A Girls Touch

    Not even a day into the trip, the girls seemed to forget just how big-time they are, and the switches turned off. Suddenly they were just friends on a surf trip. Themselves. And just as they discovered yet another fresh side of Indo on their leg of the Tip 2 Tip mission

  • 2011

    Seven Ghosts

    The rumors, the myth, the legend... the danger. When the Rip Curl Search crew showed up to surf what could be the greatest river bore waves on the planet, they expected nothing and everything.

  • 2013


    Under the direction of the world renowned film-maker Taylor Steele, the project takes Mick Fanning out of the competition world of the ASP, gives him a boarding pass with a blank destination and for 21 days he is relocated all over the world with only a passport, suitcase and surfboard at his disposal.

  • 2014

    Stepping Stones

    Throughout the eras, humans have constantly pushed the limits of exploration and innovation to new boundaries. Like that snowball thrown over the ledge before a cliff drop, they laid down the foundations of The Search and sent their successors in new directions.

  • 2014

    Hola Senorita

    Alana Blanchard, Tyler Wright, Pauline Ado, Nikki Van Dijk and Brisa Hennessy search Mexico for point breaks, beachies and barrels.

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