Until 1970, Doug Warbrick and Brian Singer ran one of hundreds of Australian surf shops vying for attention in a highly competitive market. Both avid surfers, they realized that too many companies supplied boards while too few manufactured wetsuits. So they bought a small house and a pre-World War II sewing machine, then cut up rubber from the floor to weave into prototype designs that they test-piloted themselves. Rip Curl was founded on the principles that, "Rip Curl is a company for, and about, the Crew on The Search." The company bases its foundation on the guiding concepts that the products they make, the events they run, the riders they support and "the people they reach globally are all part of the Search that Rip Curl is on" .
Now made with the duo's own Elastomax and SlickSkin technology, the wetsuits are one of many Rip Curl items designed and distributed in more than 60 countries around the world. Though products such as handcrafted custom boards and tide-tracking wristwatches retain the company's ties to surfing, the business has since expanded to gear and accessories for boardsports that include snow, skate, and wake. Rip Curl also continues to foster the boardsport community with Rip Curl Pro competitions throughout the globe and sponsored teams of top surfing, snowboarding, and wakeboarding athletes.
After feeling frustrated by not being able to find the latest styles in the stores of their small town, sisters Rosie and Renee Tenison began designing their own fashion-forward clothing. This set the foundation for their current line of chic Varga boutiques located in Hollywood, Santa Monica, El Segundo, and Huntington Beach. Much like a tracksuit worn by Teddy Roosevelt, their lineup of flowery casual dresses, classy cocktail attire, and figure-flattering skirts, shorts, and pants fuse a vintage aesthetic with contemporary design. The sisters' one-of-a-kind designs have caught the eye of countless celebrities, the Style Network, TV Guide, and KTLA News. Their collection of colorful jewelry, ’50s-era coin purses, and lip gloss also adds a cherry to the top of thoughtful ensembles.
Beauty Society's medical-grade skincare and makeup products renew and glamorize feminine façades, earning them a feature on San Antonio Living. Within the plush magenta Beauty Bar, browsers can peruse sleek display cases and consult over an ultramodern translucent bar, where beauty mavens stay on hand for tips and guitar lessons. Skincare products such as Liquid Luxury nourish skin suits with a hydrating blend of vitamins and botanical oils ($26.50) and the Crystal Ball microdermabrasion treatment buffs dead skin and age marks away with pumice crystals and green-tea extract ($34.50). Beauty Society's makeup line adds a finishing polish to newly buffed exteriors with eyebrow-enhancing Brow Doctor gel ($28) and Incognito concealer for painting over revealing emotions with an inscrutable layer of poker face ($12).
Huntington Beach Beer Company specializes in handcrafted ales accompanied by hearty portions of user-friendly eats. The menu offers a bounty of burgers and sandwiches, including the Kobe burger ($14.50), barbecue-chicken sandwich ($9.50), and veggie burger ($8.50). High-brow browsers with bun-free desires can nibble on brick-oven pizzas ($9.50–11.50) or house favorites, such as pub-style fish ‘n' chips ($10.50) or fresh fish tacos ($8.99–10.99). While imbibing a pint of one of Huntington Beach’s award-winning beers ($4.50), a simple crane of the neck will open pub-goers to a world of 61-inch-plasma-TV splendor. HBBC airs many major sporting events throughout the year, including NFL, MLB, UFC, and Extreme Croquet games. Several nights per week, the pub also brings in a DJ to bring down the house, reassemble it, and then host a Q&A session regarding dance-party safety.
Besides hanging a family portrait over the mantel, most folks share photos on the Internet. Digital cameras and social media have made photography even easier than the last technological advance, the "Say cheese!" method, but there's something missing?namely, a sense of occasion. A link to a Facebook image of your grandmother as a young woman will never carry the same weight as holding the photograph itself.
That's where MailPix comes in. Its graphic designers transform digital photos into stunning keepsakes, including gallery-wrapped canvas prints or metallic panels that give snapshots the look of museum-quality photographs. For people who'd like to snuggle with or drink from their photos, MailPix can turn images into high-quality blankets, iPad cases, or coffee mugs.
Brunch, lunch, and dinner are served seven days a week at Bodhi Tree Vegetarian Cafe, where the menu offers numerous healthy ways to break bread sans MSG, cholesterol, and non-vegetarian ingredients. Ignore the allure of seductive chickens with an appetizer of eggless egg rolls (four for $4.95; eight for $8.95), sip curry noodle soup ($7.95), or savor sizzling black pepper steak ($11.95). All entrees are vegan, which means that diners can lock their lips on crispy “chicken” sandwiches ($6.95) or slurp pho ($7.95) without worrying about them not being vegan.