Quik Continues Commitment

Quik Continues Commitment

Surf and snow leader, Quiksilver, is proud to announce that it will be the presenting sponsor for both the men’s and women’s Championship Tour event the Corona Open Mexico presented by Quiksilver, scheduled July 2021.

Organised by the World Surf League, the event will be hosted at Bara Point, Mexico. The competition will see the biggest names in surfing compete, riding waves at the perfect right-hand point break Barra de la Cruz. The long peeling sandbar was made famous in 2006 – the last time the world’s best surfers gathered here to compete. It is viewed as one of the most iconic locations in the world, located on the edge of the Sierra Madre in Oaxaca, South Mexico.

In addition to the world tour event, Quiksilver will use the location to host the “Iconic for a Reason” Expression Session, the worlds best surfing on some of the most iconic surfboards, past and present, which will be a highlight of Quiksilver’s, The Original, Boardshort campaign.

This sponsorship showcases Quiksilver’s enduring commitment to professional surfing. It follows the brand’s continued sponsorship of the Quiksilver Pro France, now part of the newly formatted Challenger Series and set to be the biggest surfing event held in Europe this year.

The Corona Open Mexico presented by Quiksilver waiting period will start on 5th July and finish on 15th July 2021.

Quiksilver’s new Rave Wave

Quiksilver’s new Rave Wave

Quiksilver’s new Rave Wave collection is a modern take on the 90’s counterculture of surfing, skating, music, raves and festivals.

The Vortex is the hero focal point in this collection, taking inspiration from the recurrent Vortex print found in most underground scenes in the 90’s.

The Highline Vortex 18″ Board Shorts are made from 90% recycled polyester, a material called Repreve™ – traceable, recycled 4-way stretch polyester fabric made from plastic bottles.

Quiksilver Fluid Geo Short Sleeve Shirt for Men, £55.00
Quiksilver Highline Vortex 18″ Board Shorts, £70.00
Quiksilver X Ray Café T-Shirt for Men, £30.00

QUIKSILVER RELEASES LATEST VINTAGE COLLECTION

QUIKSILVER RELEASES LATEST VINTAGE COLLECTION

Surf and snow leader Quiksilver reveals its newest Vintage collection will launch online on Wednesday 5th March, almost six months after its debut collection sold out in 24 hours. Featuring more of the most exciting and iconic pieces from the brands history – this is only the second time Quiksilver has curated a full vintage collection for fans to shop.

Comprising of 100 handpicked pieces, the collection was sourced by the design team who scoured the globe and Quiksilver’s design archives for a selection of the most iconic pieces. Each item in this highly anticipated collection is certified authentic and will be available to buy online in Europe and the U.S while stocks last.

Showcasing Quiksilver’s surfing and snow heritage, this curated collection features nostalgic winter pieces from the 80’s right up to the late 00’s, including oversized jackets and iconic print t-shirts, all in Quiksilver’s infamous wild colours, trippy patterns and unorthodox fits. Items will be priced from £20 to £95 (UK)

Quiksilver Vintage is a celebration of the brand’s 50 year history, with the tags on every item made of recycled Quiksilver anniversary posters. Each piece has its own unique story from the Heroic Jacket, dating back to 1989, to 1992’s Astrophysics Shirt. Encouraging second life of these vintage pieces is just one example of Quiksilver’s ongoing awareness of sustainability in the industry.

Quiksilver will be curating further Vintage-only collections throughout the year, and fans can sign up to the mailing list at Quiksilver.com/vintage to be the first to find out when the next drop will land.

Follow the @Quiksilver Instagram page for updates on the new collection, and see the full collection and shop at Quiksilver.com

How a young man in Victoria invented an industry giant… in his garage.

How a young man in Victoria invented an industry giant… in his garage.

How a young man in Victoria invented an industry giant… in his garage.

Pretty hard to believe but Quiksilver started out in a garage. Just one of those amazing stories of surfers using creativity to make surfing easier and of course to put off getting a real job and allow them to chase more waves.
It all started in 1968 in a small garage in Torquay, Australia when Alan Green started making wetsuits with Rip Curl and moved on to sheepskin boots for surfers in the cold surrounding waters. He had a $2500 loan from his dad and soon after he began experimenting with designs to create the perfect boardshort – a decent short to surf in — built and designed for surfing. Up until then, surfers had to make do with bulky, heavyweight trunks that led to rashes and limited their performance in the water.
“When we started designing the first Quiksilver boardshorts, we just wanted to make them better than the others. I suppose you could say that was our first mission statement, except that we didn’t know what a mission statement was!”

“We” was me and two mates, Carol McDonald from Ocean Grove and Tim Davis from Torquay. It was the start of the last summer of the 1960s; the hippie movement was all over the mainstream news and, in our little world, the summer psyche was all-pervasive. Surfboard design was progressing in leaps and bounds, making them more manoeuvrable and manageable. Jet travel was almost affordable and you could even run a car, as long as your mates waxed the petrol (or, as in my case, your Nanna gave you wheels for your 21ST!).
“Indo was being whispered around, and the best surfers were starting to travel, chasing the seasons. There was a total buzz about surfing, and for me it was quite simple: I wanted to build my life around it. So we made boardshorts.”
Alan’s wife Barbara was reading a novel when she came across the word ‘quicksilver’ describing something as; elusive, liquid, mercurial, changing readily – and she thought that sounded similar to what Alan was trying to do with the company. John drew the cresting wave and snow capped mountain inspired by a famous Japanese woodcut depicting a tsunami wave and Mt Fuji. Quiksilver was born.
In 1973 after tinkering with wetsuit components, velcro strips and metal snaps the world’s first technical, purpose built boardshort was created.

“We sometimes get credited with designing the first “technical” boardshort, but the truth is, we used snaps and Velcro instead of flies because I’d bought a supply of them when I started making Rip Curl wetsuits. (And, although Carol was a bloody good seamstress, maybe she didn’t know how to do flies!)
“The yoke waist, which was higher at the back than the front, was the other difference; they hugged your back and still hung low on your hips. They were distinctive, functional, comfortable boardshorts, and two-toned yokes made them different from the rest. Surfers seemed to like them.”
“Our first customer in the world was the Klemm-Bell surf shop in Gardenvale, Melbourne, and a few months later, their branch in Torquay. Reg Bell was a good mate of mine, and after rejecting my offer of a partnership in the wetsuit company that became Rip Curl, he felt like he owed me one. Anyway, they sold like stink, and soon I was driving up and down the coast, supplying every surf shop I could find in between surf sessions. It wasn’t a bad life. You made the shorts, you went out and sold them, then you started again. It was a lot easier than it is now!”

Green went into business with John Law, another local surfer and by 1975 Quiksilver products were being sold all over Australia. In 1976 Jeff Hakman won Bells and looking for a way to fund his surfing lifestyle negotiated an agreement to sell Quik in the States along with Bob McKnight. In 1983 the brand was distributed in Japan, 1984 Europe, SA and Asia. A listing on the stock market in the US followed. In 1988 the brand made history by signing Tom Carroll, the first surfer on a million dollar contract. By 1995 Quiksilver was turning over $174 million. By 2004 it was a billion dollar company. So 30 years from garage to mega brand.
Along the way the company funded The Quiksilver Crossing – the voyage of the Indies Trader, Young Guns films, sponsored The Quiksilver Eddie, the Quiksilver Masters, Men who ride mountains… Danny Kwock, Tom Carroll (above), Lisa Anderson, Kelly Slater (below), Steph Gilmore and supported a huge global team chasing their dreams through the ’80s, 90s and 00s.

In 2006 Green said, “Quiksilver has given me a great life so far. The thing about this company is that it’s never been about one person, not in the beginning, not now. None of us ever believed that the brand should be guided by individual, stand-alone intelligence. Quiksilver has evolved through interaction of a group of five or six people who think globally and act locally and rule the brand through rough consensus. And I mean “rough,” because if you agree with everything that’s going on everywhere, then you’re not contributing much.”
Despite all this Green and Law remained underground to the point where they almost canned their book “The Mountain and The Wave, The Quiksilver Story.” because “We didn’t think it was such a cool move to write a book about ourselves and then promote it at the time.”
At the time of writing Green was apparently still loving life to the fullest and was on a boat surfing somewhere tropical with his friends. Not bad for 71!

Photos: Courtesy Quiksliver

BRITS LEAD FIELD AT BOARDMASTERS

BRITS LEAD FIELD AT BOARDMASTERS

BOARDMASTERS SURFING LAUNCHES

The Boardmasters, Quiksilver Open launched yesterday in wind-affected three-to-four foot surf at Fistral beach and completed the opening two rounds of competition of the men’s event as well as the opening round of the women’s Boardmasters, Roxy Open.

Competitors made the best of the conditions on offer and put on a good show for the Newquay locals and tourists coming to enjoy the beach at Fistral.

Bude surfer Jobe Harriss (GBR), 21, opened his account with a solid heat to rack up a 14 points total and advance into the third round of competition in Cornwall. The long time WSL competitor had to put his surfing career on standby following the loss of his main sponsor this season and was extremely happy to put the competition jersey back on on home turf.

“I had a free surf this morning and barely did a turn so I was a bit worried, but luckily now at low tide it’s nice and steep and has a few sections!” Harriss stated. “Pretty much every U.K tour event ever is at Fistral so I’ve surfed loads of heats down here and I knew it was going to get better at low. I came fifth here last year, this year’s feels like it’s got a stronger field but I’m confident and hoping for the best.”

2016 Boardmasters runner-up Angelo Bonomelli (ITA), 26, managed to escape a treacherous Round Two matchup and advanced in second position behind Liam O’Brien (AUS) to keep his hopes of reaching the finals again alive. The Italian surfer returned to Fistral to launch his European season and try to improve on his overall ranking.

“I really struggled to find good waves and honestly didn’t expect to make it through this heat,” Bonomelli admitted. “Last year’s was my best result ever and I don’t know if I’m capable of doing better but I sure am going to try my hardest! I love the vibe here, I’m staying with the Timson family and it’s like being home.”

An avid traveler, Bonomelli found in Cornwall reasons to come back and enjoy the special vibe the place has to offer. As much as surfing a final was a highlight for the Italian surfer last year, the general atmosphere at Boardmasters is really what got him to come back.
“The weather here changes every ten minutes so you have to prepare for everything but some days we get really good waves and even pretty much to ourselves. People are super nice and it’s a pleasure to come back. I even went to the music festival last year and it was fun, a bit too crowded for me but if you’re into music you just have an incredible night there. It’s a great way to get more people to the beach and show them competitive surfing, there’s also skateboarding and other sports so it’s a festival for everyone and a great way to enjoy a sunny summer day.”
Bonomelli

Fresh off a victory at the Murasaki Shonan Open in Japan, Lliam Mortensen (AUS), 20, managed to keep his momentum going today and made his way into Round Three of competition. Currently sitting right outside the Top 100 on the Qualifying Series, the Australian is after a few more ranking points to access the prestigious QS10,000 events later this season.

“I’m glad to be here for the first time, it looks like an amazing place,” Mortensen said. “It’s tricky to surf a heat when you have no idea what the situation is, but you just kind of have to score your waves yourself and hope you’re surfing better than your opponents. Japan was awesome and it’s hard to come back in your first event after a win, but I’m going to try and better a few other results to hopefully get into the Top 100.”

A two-time event winner in the Longboard division at Boardmasters, Edouard Delpero (FRA), 27, got off to a good start on his shortboard as well today. In the hunt for another European longboard champion title, Delpero is also a threat on the QS and will try to better his best result at Fistral, an excellent third place a few years ago.

“I dare say this is classic Newquay conditions for Boardmasters,” Delpero commented. “It’s pretty windy but there’s waves out there if you can find the right sections. It’s good to come early and do the QS so you can work out the conditions. We have a great battle going again with my brother Antoine and Emilien (Fleury) leading this time, so I look forward to getting the longboard out and fight for the title.”

Other notable results include the successful starts of British surfers Liam Turner, Angus Scotney, Gearoid McDaid, Alan Stokes, Luke Dillon, Jay Quinn, Harry Timson, Joss Ash, Reubyn Ash and Seth Morris.

Capitalizing on conditions on Day One, the women then entered the arena to complete their opening round of competition at Boardmasters, Roxy Open.

Argentina’s Lucia Cosoleto belted the day’s highest combined heat total for the women, with a solid 13.17 to advance into the top seeds’ Round Two.

Longboarder and current No. 3 in the world Honolua Blomfield (HAW), 18, decided to enter the QS event as well and marched right through the opening round early this evening. The Hawaiian surfer jumped on the opportunity to visit a different part of the world she was yet to explore and will be a force to be reckoned with in both the short and longboard events this week.

“It was my mom and I’s dream to come here and I met a friend from here about a month ago in Bali and decided to come,” Blomfield said. “I came mostly for the longboard but thought I’d enter the QS as well just for fun! I’ve been here a couple of days and I love it so far, the festival is something really different from what I’m used to.”

In the following heat, former Championship Tour athlete and famed musician Lee-Ann Curren(FRA), 28, managed to advance into Round Two despite receiving an interference and being judged on her best wave only. The French surfer had earlier that day played her music for the public at Fistral during the Day Sessions.

The competition window opens Friday for Boardmasters, Jeep Men and Women’s Longboard, with a first call at 7:30 a.m for both the men and women. Qualifying Series athletes will reconvene at 11 a.m.

Boardmasters are scheduled from August 9-13, 2017 at Fistral Beach, Cornwall – England. For all results, photos, video highlights and press releases, log on to worldsurfleague.com

Boardmasters are supported by Corona, Monster Energy, Cornish Orchards, VISA, Samsung, Quiksilver, Roxy, Jeep, Carve Surfing Magazine, Surfgirl, Radio X and DJ Mag among others, with MagicSeaWeed.com as official forecaster.

UPCOMING BOARDMASTERS, QUIKSILVER OPEN ROUND 3 MATCHUPS:
Heat 1: Lliam Mortensen (AUS), Jobe Harriss (GBR), Liam Turner (GBR), Alan Stokes (GBR)
Heat 2: Jock Barnes (AUS), Arne Bergwinkl (DEU), Angus Scotney (GBR), Gearoid McDaid (IRL)
Heat 3: Max Longhurst (AUS), Liam O’Brien (AUS), Jay Quinn (NZL), Caina Souza Da Silva (BRA)
Heat 4: Luke Dillon (GBR), Angelo Bonomelli (ITA), Theo Julitte (FRA), Ian Fontaine (FRA)
Heat 5: Ignacio Guisasola (ESP), Edouard Delpero (FRA), Lens Arancibia Avila (FRA), Moses Le Grice (AUS)
Heat 6: Slade Prestwich (ZAF), Alex Bauduin (CNY), Harry Timson (GBR), Joss Ash (GBR)
Heat 7: Tristan Guilbaud (FRA), Jordan Lawler (AUS), Pablo Montero (ESP), Marcos Rojas (CRI)
Heat 8: Reubyn Ash (GBR), Seth Morris (GBR), Kairi Noro (JPN), Luis Diaz (CNY)

UPCOMING BOARDMASTERS, ROXY OPEN ROUND 2 MATCHUPS:
Heat 1: Claire Bevilacqua (AUS), Ellie Turner (GBR), Teal Hogg (ZAF), Emily Currie (GBR)
Heat 2: Reika Noro (JPN), Vahine Fierro (PYF), Nadia Erostarbe (EUK), Hannah Bristow (GBR)
Heat 3: Justine Dupont (FRA), Eliza Greene (AUS), Lucia Cosoleto (ARG), Leonor Fragoso (PRT)
Heat 4: Mikaela Greene (AUS), Peony Knight (GBR), Joanne Dennison (GBR), Yolander Hopkins (PRT)
Heat 5: Carol Henrique (PRT), Lucy Campbell (GBR), Honolua Blomfield (HAW), Lee-Ann Curren (FRA)
Heat 6: Ella Williams (NZL), Nagisa Tashiro (JPN), Summa Longbottom (AUS), Denver Young (AUS)
Heat 7: Camilla Kemp (PRT), Ainara Aymat (EUK), Uhaina Joly (FRA), Tiana-Breeze De Mooij (NZL)
Heat 8: Ren Hashimoto (JPN), Ariane Ochoa (EUK), Josefina Ane (ARG), Marion Philippe (PYF)

BOARDMASTERS, QUIKSILVER OPEN ROUND 2 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Max Longhurst (AUS) 11.00, Jock Barnes (AUS) 10.90, Gony Zubizarreta (ESP) 9.97, Kit Innes (GBR) 6.93
Heat 2: Jobe Harriss (GBR) 14.00, Arne Bergwinkl (DEU) 10.86, Jesse Halkett (AUS) 8.80, Cieran Hughes (GBR) 3.47
Heat 3: Angus Scotney (GBR) 11.50, Liam Turner (GBR) 10.43, Pedro Coelho (PRT) 9.67, Tom Butler (GBR) 3.93
Heat 4: Gearoid McDaid (IRL) 14.30, Alan Stokes (GBR) 9.06, Arran Strong (GBR) 8.76, Mark Boyd (SCO) 4.87
Heat 5: Max Longhurst (AUS) 13.07, Luke Dillon (GBR) 9.57, Ben Penny (AUS) 8.43, Rhys Barfield (GBR) 5.93
Heat 6: Liam O’Brien (AUS) 11.50, Angelo Bonomelli (ITA) 9.07, Charlie Rio (JEY) 7.50, Titouan Canevet (FRA) 6.70
Heat 7: Theo Julitte (FRA) 12.33, Jay Quinn (NZL) 10.94, Daiki Tanaka (JPN) 9.83, Harry De Roth (GBR) 8.97
Heat 8: Ian Fontaine (FRA) 13.00, Caina Souza Da Silva (BRA) 10.73, David Noy (ISR) 8.17, Stanley Norman (GBR) 4.93
Heat 9: Ignacio Guisasola (ESP) 11.03, Slade Prestwich (ZAF) 10.66, Tomas Fernandes (PRT) 6.24, Tom Boelsma (NDL) 6.03
Heat 10: Edouard Delpero (FRA) 10.33, Alex Bauduin (CNY) 7.70, Paul Moretti (NZL) 7.63, Logan Nicol (GBR) 7.33
Heat 11: Harry Timson (GBR) 12.70, Lens Arancibia Avila (FRA) 11.90, Liam Murray Strout (GBR) 6.27, Ariel Sanin (ISR) 4.14
Heat 12: Joss Ash (GBR) 11.00, Moses Le Grice (AUS) 9.67, Naru Awada (JPN) 8.10, Kaspar Hamminga (NLD) 6.83
Heat 13: Tristan Guilbaud (FRA) 13.00, Reubyn Ash (GBR) 9.87, Pepijn Tigges (NDL) 5.53, Will Bailey (GBR) 4.80
Heat 14: Jordan Lawler (AUS) 9.07, Seth Morris (GBR) 8.46, Kai Awada (JPN) 7.70, Ely Cassirer (ISR) 4.87
Heat 15: Kairi Noro (JPN) 10.00, Pablo Montero (ESP) 8.84, Miles Lee Hargreaves (GBR) 8.80, Max Payne (GBR) 6.87
Heat 16: Luis Diaz (CNY) 9.00, Marcos Rojas (CRI) 7.73, Patrick Langdon-Dark (GBR) 7.44, Jakob Lilienweiss (DEU) 5.80

BOARDMASTERS, ROXY OPEN ROUND 1 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Teal Hogg (ZAF) 10.00, Hannah Bristow (GBR) 4.76, Mirna Boelsma (NDL) 3.77
Heat 2: Nadia Erostarbe (EUK) 9.50, Emily Currie (GBR) 9.24, Ozvan Masseron (FRA) 7.93, Tehillah McGuinness (GBR) 5.07
Heat 3: Lucia Cosoleto (ARG) 13.17, Yolander Hopkins (PRT) 11.10, Dominga Valdes (NLD) 7.23, Ffion Hughes (GBR) 3.13
Heat 4: Joanne Dennison (GBR) 7.60, Leonor Fragoso (PRT) 5.83
Heat 5: Honolua Blomfield (HAW) 11.67, Denver Young (AUS) 8.77, Nina Reynal (FRA) 5.53
Heat 6: Summa Longbottom (AUS) 8.46, Lee-Ann Curren (FRA) 6.77, Klervi Masseron (FRA) 5.17
Heat 7: Uhaina Joly (FRA) 12.93, Marion Philippe (PYF) 7.84, Mischa Maguire (GBR) 2.93
Heat 8: Josefina Ane (ARG) 11.83, Tiana-Breeze De Mooij (NZL) 7.33, Emily Williams (GBR) 4.20, Alys Barton (GBR) 0.40

BOARDMASTERS, QUIKSILVER OPEN ROUND 1 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Lliam Mortensen (AUS) 10.60, Cieran Hughes (GBR) 7.20, Joshua Hughes (GBR) 4.87
Heat 2: Liam Turner (GBR) 10.50, Alan Stokes (GBR) 8.50, Jordan Dean (GBR) 6.20, Kamron Matthews (GBR) 3.77
Heat 3: Max Longhurst (AUS) 9.30, Charlie Rio (JEY) 7.30, Chad Schwab (ZAF) 4.13
Heat 4: Jay Quinn (NZL) 10.07, Caina Souza Da Silva (BRA) 8.74, Joseph Morris (GBR) 2.90
Heat 5: Slade Prestwich (ZAF) 9.17, Logan Nicol (GBR) 7.00, Alex Ashen (GBR) 5.27
Heat 6: Harry Timson (GBR) 10.70, Joss Ash (GBR) 8.80, Samuel Coad (GBR) 7.47
Heat 7: Reubyn Ash (GBR) 11.77, Jordan Lawler (AUS) 7.97, Will Davey (GBR) 7.36
Heat 8: Max Payne (GBR) 9.27, Patrick Langdon-Dark (GBR) 7.23, Frankie Bamford (GBR) 7.03

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