Despite the growing global popularity of surfing and all things relating to surf culture, some of the largest brands catering to wave riders are having very bad years.

Hurley, the seminal Southern California surf brand started by a 23-year-old Bob Hurley in 1979, is the latest casualty in the worldwide contraction that has hobbled international surfing brands including Quiksilver, Billabong and Rip Curl.

Stephen Hadley is a longtime surfer who lives and works in Galveston. If you have an idea for this column, email him at

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