It’s no surprise that Billabong was born in Australia, an extreme place for extreme sports. In 1973 on the Gold Coast, surfboard shaper Gordon Merchant first recognised a market for superior quality board shorts. Billabong is now the first stop for thrill-seekers of all stripes. Surfers, skaters, snowboarders, skiers, wake-boarders and those who love them find not only the best quality gear but also down-time looks to keep the lifestyle going full blast 24/7.