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February 23, 2002 | LESLIE EARNEST and MARC BALLON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
When respected Orange County surfwear maker Bob Hurley split from Billabong in 1998 and launched his own business, the Frog House was there for him. The Frog House Surfboard Shop, in Newport Beach, immediately opened up rack space for the new brand on the block, Hurley International, which has since mushroomed into a $70-million a year business. That's how it works in the surf and skating and snowboarding apparel industry: The shops support the locals and help keep outsiders at bay.
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November 9, 2013
Lian Murray Surf clothing designer Lian Murray, 54, an innovator in surfwear design who helped build the Hurley brand to prominence in the field, died Nov. 3 at Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach, several days after suffering an acute asthma attack, said her mother, Elyse Lewin. Murray had suffered from asthma since she was a child, Lewin said. "She created trends and avoided fads," said Bob Hurley, founder of the company, in a statement. He said that her designs included low-rise pants and unfinished hems.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 9, 2013
Lian Murray Surf clothing designer Lian Murray, 54, an innovator in surfwear design who helped build the Hurley brand to prominence in the field, died Nov. 3 at Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach, several days after suffering an acute asthma attack, said her mother, Elyse Lewin. Murray had suffered from asthma since she was a child, Lewin said. "She created trends and avoided fads," said Bob Hurley, founder of the company, in a statement. He said that her designs included low-rise pants and unfinished hems.
BUSINESS
February 23, 2002 | LESLIE EARNEST and MARC BALLON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
When respected Orange County surfwear maker Bob Hurley split from Billabong in 1998 and launched his own business, the Frog House was there for him. The Frog House Surfboard Shop, in Newport Beach, immediately opened up rack space for the new brand on the block, Hurley International, which has since mushroomed into a $70-million a year business. That's how it works in the surf and skating and snowboarding apparel industry: The shops support the locals and help keep outsiders at bay.
SPORTS
December 30, 1990 | JOHN GEIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Tournament officials boasted about having three top-20 teams at the Above The Rim Hoopwear Classic not knowing that the championship game would make a mockery of those who predict national high school top 20s. No. 7 Jersey City St. Anthony's ran away from No. 2 New York St. Raymond's, 83-65, in Saturday night's final at Torrey Pines High School. It was over in the second quarter when St. Anthony's went on a 14-point run. It wasn't St.
BUSINESS
June 3, 1998 | LESLIE EARNEST, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Moving quickly to establish his own company after 15 years of leading Billabong USA, surfwear maker Bob Hurley said Tuesday his new clothing line will be in stores by January. Although his licensing agreement with Billabong Australia runs until June 1999, Hurley confirmed that he will present his "Hurley" line in September at the Action Sports Retailer trade show in San Diego. Hurley denied that his decision to sever ties with Billabong stemmed from a clash with founder Gordon Merchant.
BUSINESS
September 15, 1998 | LESLIE EARNEST, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Making a major splash at a key industry trade show, local surfwear guru Bob Hurley's new line premiered to rave reviews last week. Hurley announced this summer that he will leave Billabong to form his own surfwear company, and buyers swarmed side-by-side displays of the Hurley International and Billabong spring collections at the Action Sports Retailer Trade Expo.
NEWS
June 2, 1998 | LESLIE EARNEST and ZAN DUBIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In a move likely to hit Southern California's booming surfwear business like a monster wave, industry titan Bob Hurley is severing ties with Billabong to distribute a line of beachwear bearing his own name. Hurley's high-level team of designers and other executives in Costa Mesa is abandoning Billabong USA--one of the most popular names on the beach--because of a long-simmering feud between Hurley and Billabong Australia founder Gordon Merchant, industry sources said Monday.
BUSINESS
February 22, 2002 | LESLIE EARNEST, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a deal that is likely to send shockwaves through Southern California's surfwear businesses, industry icon Bob Hurley has sold his company in Costa Mesa to giant Nike Inc. The terms of the sale were not disclosed. But in acquiring Hurley International, Nike, which has been trying for years to break into the burgeoning market for surf, skate and snowboard clothes, is picking up one of the industry's hottest brands that last year did about $70 million in business.
BUSINESS
July 11, 1995
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BUSINESS
September 15, 1998 | LESLIE EARNEST, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Making a major splash at a key industry trade show, local surfwear guru Bob Hurley's new line premiered to rave reviews last week. Hurley announced this summer that he will leave Billabong to form his own surfwear company, and buyers swarmed side-by-side displays of the Hurley International and Billabong spring collections at the Action Sports Retailer Trade Expo.
BUSINESS
June 3, 1998 | LESLIE EARNEST, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Moving quickly to establish his own company after 15 years of leading Billabong USA, surfwear maker Bob Hurley said Tuesday his new clothing line will be in stores by January. Although his licensing agreement with Billabong Australia runs until June 1999, Hurley confirmed that he will present his "Hurley" line in September at the Action Sports Retailer trade show in San Diego. Hurley denied that his decision to sever ties with Billabong stemmed from a clash with founder Gordon Merchant.
NEWS
June 2, 1998 | LESLIE EARNEST and ZAN DUBIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In a move likely to hit Southern California's booming surfwear business like a monster wave, industry titan Bob Hurley is severing ties with Billabong to distribute a line of beachwear bearing his own name. Hurley's high-level team of designers and other executives in Costa Mesa is abandoning Billabong USA--one of the most popular names on the beach--because of a long-simmering feud between Hurley and Billabong Australia founder Gordon Merchant, industry sources said Monday.
SPORTS
December 30, 1990 | JOHN GEIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Tournament officials boasted about having three top-20 teams at the Above The Rim Hoopwear Classic not knowing that the championship game would make a mockery of those who predict national high school top 20s. No. 7 Jersey City St. Anthony's ran away from No. 2 New York St. Raymond's, 83-65, in Saturday night's final at Torrey Pines High School. It was over in the second quarter when St. Anthony's went on a 14-point run. It wasn't St.
BUSINESS
June 23, 1998 | Leslie Earnest
Billabong Australia said Monday that it plans to have a new U.S. licensee signed and operating by January but hasn't decided who it will be. The company has received inquiries from about 100 companies interested in taking over its U.S. licensing operations, said Dougall Walker, international marketing manager. Billabong is looking to replace Bob Hurley, who announced earlier this month that he will not renew the U.S. licensing agreement in order to start his own line of apparel.
BUSINESS
February 18, 2000 | (Leslie Earnest)
Michael Lesher, sales director at surf-wear maker Hurley International, said Thursday he resigned from the Costa Mesa company for personal reasons. Lesher has worked for more than 13 years with company owner Bob Hurley, who was the licensee for Billabong USA before leaving to launch his own brand in 1998. Lesher, 47, said he plans to take up to six months off to spend time with his family before returning to work in the industry. Hurley could not be reached for comment.
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