Billabong is an Australian surf brand founded in 1973 by surfer Gordon Merchant on the Gold Coast in Australia. Gordon Merchant initially produced home board shorts that were held together by three parallel seams, which made his board shorts particularly tear resistant and sturdy.
Today, Billabong is one of the largest sports companies in the world and one of the market leaders in surfing. From the quality philosophy of the garage workshop of Gordon Merchant, a product range has emerged, ranging from simple board shorts and surf clothing of all kinds to wetsuits and snowboard clothing.
Billabong organizes many well-known surfing contests, such as the Mundaka Pro or Bells Beach Pro, and sponsors some of the most famous surfers in the world, for example Taj Burrow or Joel Parkinson.