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The Essence of Hurley is based on our love of the ocean and its constant state of change. With deep roots in beach culture Hurley is all about inclusion and positivity. The Hurley brand was started with the idea of facilitating the dreams of the youth. Music and art are the common threads that bring us all together.
The history of Hurley traces its roots back to the surf industry in Southern California in the late 1970's. Hurley Surfboards was established in Costa Mesa in 1979. Well into the early 1980's Hurley Surfboards was excelling as a company and Bob was shaping surfboards for many of the best surfers in the world. In 1982 Bob and his business manager Joe K. began pursuing a hot Australian clothing brand Billabong. Bob was attracted to the company because of their super long punk rock boardshort styles. With the help of friends and family Billabong USA was established as a separate entity and licensee for Billabong.
By the mid-1980's Billabong USA was doing really well. Bob and his team were committed to thinking and doing things differently. The team took full responsibility for design sourcing marketing and financing.
Around 1995 the Billabong USA team began noticing a shift in the collective consciousness of the consumer. Bob and his group realized that the modern surfer also loved fashion skate snow music and art. The Internet and digital technology put more power in the hands of the consumers. The team began to re-think what it meant to be a "surf" brand. By early 1998 the internal Billabong USA team was formulating a new idea for the future.
By the end of 1998 it was clear that the team had it's own vision for the future that did not necessarily serve the interests of Billabong globally. Coincidentally the license agreement between Hurley and Billabong was also up for renewal. With much gratitude Bob and his team gave back the Billabong license and decided to launch Hurley.
The above information is from the Hurley Web site.