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Wetsuit

Date: 1985
Dimensions:
Overall: 1520 mm, 1.3 kg
Medium: Plastic, rubber
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from BHP Steel Division
Object Name: Wetsuit
Object No: 00000135
Place Manufactured:Victoria

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    Description
    This Rip Curl Freelite wetsuit was worn by the forward hand Campbell Reid, on the 18-foot skiff COLORBOND during the 1985-1986 season. The orange short-sleeved ‘spring’ wetsuit features a pink lining, blue reinforced knee pads, a black plastic zipper on the back, and the Rip Curl Freelite logo on the chest and shoulder. COLORBOND is inscribed in white on the side of each leg.


    SignificanceManufactured in Victoria, this Freelite wetsuit is representative of mid 1980s designs and textile technologies.
    HistoryRip Curl began making wetsuits in 1970, and by 1971 was selling the first suits with underarm gussets. In 1974 they introduced shoulder zips for greater warmth and flexibility, together with dual and multi-thickness suits.

    The suits were made from neoprene, which is a synthetic rubber produced by the polymerization of chloroprene. The material was invented by DuPont, who were also responsible for the development of nylon. In 1982 Rip Curl began using a more flexible form of neoprene, called Super Xpandx.

    In 1984 Rip Curl introduced K-Tron knee pads for durability and Aqua Ban seams for warmth. The next year the company started using fully contoured patterns in the design of the suits, ensuring a better fit.
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