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Wills and Wilson Awarded Wildcards into Quiksilver Pro

Wednesday February 18th (Snapper Rocks, Gold Coast): Recently retired world tour surfer DANNY WILLS (Byron Bay, AUS) and rising star JULIAN WILSON (Coolum, AUS) have been awarded main event wildcards into the upcoming Quiksilver Pro presented by LG Mobile.

Though at opposite ends of their careers, both surfers are capable of causing damage to the worlds top 45 in the season-opening ASP men’s world tour event on Australia’s Gold Coast from February 28th to March 11th.

After more than a decade as a full time pro surfer, Wills, 33, announced his retirement at  the Pipeline Masters in Hawaii in December last year.

“It’s a big change after knowing no different for the last 15 years but it was my choice to give it away. I’m really stoked to be finished and I’m enjoying home life with the family,” said Wills.

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Danny Wills (Byron Bay/AUS) set to line up again at the Quiksilver Pro on the Gold Coast but this time as a wildcard into the event.

“There will be no pressure at all (in the Quiksilver Pro presented by LG Mobile) it will be great to be on the side of the hunter and not the hunted this year,” added the highly respected competitor.

Wills and Wilson will draw one of the worlds top three rated surfers of either nine-time world champion Kelly Slater (USA), world no.2 Bede Durbidge (Gold Coast, AUS) or world no.3 Taj Burrow (Yallingup, AUS) in round one of competition.

Twenty-year-old sensation Wilson will be competing in his third consecutive Quiksilver Pro presented by LG Mobile as a wildcard.  Entering with experience on his side this year, Wilson could prove more dangerous than in 2007 when he relegated Slater (Florida, USA) into the sudden death round two heats with an opening-heat win.

“I haven’t got anything to lose.  I love it,” said Wilson.

Julian Wilson

Julian Wilson surfs on a board colored pink, recognizing the NBCF.

“Surfing against the worlds best is fun, you learn a lot and I know the wave at Snapper so I’m excited to make the most of this amazing opportunity. Kelly (Slater) would be fun to draw,” added Wilson.

The prodigious talent has just bounced back from an ankle injury – that had kept him out of the water for the last three months of 2008 – with a pro-junior win earlier in January.

“I spent three months out of action and it feels so good to be surfing again,” said Wilson.

“I won my first event back, I’m not at one hundred per cent just yet but I’m winning so my confidence is there,” added Wilson.

Again this year Wilson will be riding and auctioning a pink surfboard at the Quiksilver  Pro to raise awareness and funds for the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

The third and final wildcard will be granted to the winner of the Quiksilver Pro Trials to be staged in conjunction with the Roxy Pro Trials on Friday, February 27th.

The season-opening ASP women’s world tour event the US$90,000 Roxy Pro presented by LG Mobile and the opening men’s world tour event, the US$340,000 Quiksilver Pro presented by LG Mobile will commence on Saturday February 28th and run through to March 11th.

Both opening world tour events are mobile, granting access to some of the best surf breaks on the planet. The tournament will be based at Snapper Rocks yet can travel from Stradbroke Island to Duranbah Beach on the QLD/NSW state border in search of optimum waves.

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Holding Period For The 24th Annual Quiksilver In Memory Of Eddie Aikau Commences Sunday

(Huntington Beach, California) November 28, 2008 — The holding period for The Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau at Waimea Bay, on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii, has officially commenced, kicking off on November 30, 2008. The official opening ceremony will be held today, Thursday, December 4, at 3:00 p.m. at Waimea Bay. This year’s invited surfers, along with the Aikau Family and special guests, will be on hand to celebrate the 24th anniversary of this unique big-wave riding event.

Originally slated to open on December 1, the official start to the holding period was moved forward one day as a precautionary measure as reports of an extra-large swell forecast to hit the North Shore this weekend filtered in. While present expectations are for a sub-Eddie swell in the range of 15-18 feet Hawaiian scale, at the very least it will provide a valuable warm-up opportunity for big-wave riders invited to this prestigious event.

The current long-range weather models for the first week of December indicate above average wave heights in store for the North Shore of Oahu – at least into the extra-large category (minimum 12 feet Hawaiian scale). The Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau is typically held in “giant” wave episodes of 20-feet-plus Hawaiian scale, with wave faces exceeding 40-feet.

Quiksilver team-rider and 2008 Invitee Mark Healey will be hosting weekly swell updates from the Bay every Monday.  Viewers can tune-in at Quiksilver.com/eddie. These video clips along with other videos from The Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau are available for syndication through Splashcast; videos can be embedded to blogs, social networking sites and more. Go to http://web.splashcast.net/web_watch/?code=HXBN3705OC for The Eddie Splashcast module.

Scheduled to take place at the hallowed grounds of Waimea Bay, on the North Shore of Oahu, between November 30, 2008, and February 28, 2009, the event, otherwise known as “The Eddie”, requires one day with a minimum of 20-foot surf (Hawaiian scale) in order to run. It is the world’s most prestigious big-wave surfing event and is the only big-wave surf contest sanctioned by the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP), the governing body of professional surfing.

Held in honor of the legendary Hawaiian waterman, Eddie Aikau, The Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau gathers 28 of the most skillful and dynamic big-wave surfers from around the world as polled by a comprehensive panel consisting of influential watermen, members of the surf industry, and internationally recognized surfing Associations.

The first memorial event for Aikau was held in 1984 at Sunset Beach, two miles north of Waimea Bay. It was won by local standout Denton Miyamura. Following the inaugural event, The Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau moved to Waimea Bay, where it has remained ever since. 2008 marks the event’s 24th anniversary; in only seven of those years have the waves been big enough and the conditions right to hold the contest.

In the realm of big-wave riding, the name Eddie Aikau commands as much respect as Waimea Bay itself. Aikau was the North Shore of Oahu’s first lifeguard, watching over the Bay when he wasn’t charging the biggest waves of the winter. Tragically, he lost his life in 1978, at the age of 33, during a re-creation of the Polynesian voyage between Hawaii and Tahiti. In huge seas, the voyaging canoe Hokule’a was capsized. Eddie paddled off in an attempt to reach help for his fellow crewmen. He was never seen again but his spirit and legacy live on.

The complete list of Invitees and Alternates for this year’s event are available online at Quiksilver.com/eddie. The website also includes photos and video from previous year’s events, Invitee profiles and swell updates. Visitors can sign up to receive text updates for the “Official Contest Call” and watch online when the Bay calls the day.

Collectible limited-edition The Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau merchandise, including boardshorts, t-shirts, hats, sandals and backpacks, are also available online at http://www.quiksilver.com/eddie and in Quiksilver stores.

Opening Ceremony: Thursday, December 4, 2008, 3 p.m., Waimea Bay
Event Website: Quiksilver.com/eddie

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About Quiksilver

“Quiksilver is committed to providing tools for uncovering, expressing and expanding your personal style. Our aim is to foster the sense of individual expression and excitement – the stoke that is the essence of boardriding*.  We’re also here to spread the word because the only thing better than finding stoke is sharing it.

* Boardriding is about timing and style. It’s youthful, active, casual, and free flowing.  There is no wrong way to ride a board. The goal is simply to learn, progress, improve, and give it your own interpretation.”

Australian Surfing Sensation Sally Fitzgibbons Rides High With Roxy

TORQUAY, Vic, Australia. – (Dec 3, 2008) – Australian teenage surfing sensation SALLY FITZGIBBONS (Gerroa, NSW) has re-signed with iconic surf brand ROXY after a lucrative four-year sponsorship deal was negotiated to continue their successful partnership.

The 2008 World Qualifying Series (WQS) champion shattered the sports history books this year by securing an elite berth on the 2009 ASP Women’s World Tour well before the WQS season was halfway over. A feat never before achieved by either a female or male surfer.

The cementing of FITZGIBBONS sponsorship with ROXY is a natural progression for the 17- year-old as she prepares to compete at the top level of world surfing next year.  “I joined the Roxy Team when I was 15, I’m turning 18 this month and starting my professional surfing career next year, so it’s an exciting time for me,” said Fitzgibbons.

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“To be traveling the world is a dream come true and Roxy’s world-wide network of people and support gives me a lot of confidence. It was an easy decision to re-sign,” added Fitzgibbons.

The competitive dynamo has proven a formidable all-round sporting champion, winning Gold Medals in the 800m and 1500m at the 2007 Australian Youth Olympic Festival in Sydney before hanging up her track shoes for a full-time professional surfing career.

Just last month the stylish natural footer became the first surfer to win Gold Medals in both the ISA World Surfing Games and the Quiksilver ISA World Junior Championships as well as claiming the 2008 ASP World Junior Title.

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“I have had three successful years with Roxy. They have provided me with experiences that have helped me grow. I am a Roxy girl at heart,” said Fitzgibbons.

“When you think of Roxy it’s of girls having fun and successful surfers like Lisa Andersen and Sofia Mulanovich pushing the limits,” added Fitzgibbons.

ROXY is also excited by the future that will no doubt see more records smashed by the talented surfing young gun.

FITZGIBBONS will commence her 2009 women’s world tour campaign at her sponsor’s own event the ‘Roxy Pro, presented by LG’ on Australia’s Gold Coast in February next year.

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SALLY FITZGIBBONS 2008 Results (to date)

·        1st ISA World Open Women’s Champion 2008

·        1st ASP WQS Series Winner 2008

·        3rd Honda US Open 6* WQS Huntington Beach USA (July)

·        2nd Billabong EcoSurf 5* WQS Bahia Brazil (June)

·        1st Australasian Pro Junior Champion 2008

·        3rd Sunsmart Pro Junior Perth, Aus (May)

·        1st Billabong Pro Junior Burleigh Heads, Aus (May)

·        5th Drug Aware Pro 6* WQS Margaret River, Aus (Apr)

·        2nd Midori Pro 6* WQS Newcastle, Aus (Mar)

·        2nd Newcastle Pro Junior, Aus (Mar)

·        1st Arrive Alive 4* WQS, Aus (Mar)

·        2nd Coffs Harbour Pro Junior, Aus (Feb)

·        1st Roxy Surf Festival 6* WQS Aus (Jan)

·        1st Roxy Surf Festival Pro Junior, Aus

·        1st Osmosis Pro Junior Gunnamatta, Aus

3rd Jetty Surf Pro Junior Bells Beach

1st  ASP World Pro Junior Championship

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About Roxy:

Roxy is a brand of Quiksilver, Inc. (NYSE:ZQK), the world’s leading outdoor sports lifestyle company, which designs, produces and distributes a diversified mix of branded apparel, wintersports equipment, footwear, accessories and related products.  The Company’s apparel and footwear brands represent a casual lifestyle for young-minded people that connect with its boardriding culture and heritage.

The reputation of Quiksilver’s brands is based on different outdoor sports.  The Company’s Quiksilver, Roxy, DC and Hawk brands are synonymous with the heritage and culture of surfing, skateboarding and snowboarding, and its beach and water oriented swimwear brands include Raisins, Radio Fiji and Leilani. The Company continues to make snowboarding equipment under its DC, Roxy, Lib Technologies, Gnu and Bent Metal labels.

The Company’s products are sold in over 90 countries in a wide range of distribution, including surf shops, skate shops, snow shops, its proprietary Boardriders Club shops and other company-owned retail stores, other specialty stores and select department stores.  Quiksilver’s corporate and Americas’ headquarters are in Huntington Beach, California, while its European headquarters are in St. Jean de Luz, France, and its Asia/Pacific headquarters are in Torquay, Australia.

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A Tidal Wave of Talent

The opportunity to surf came unexpectedly for the bubbly 20-year-old, Jia Qi.

“I was working at Quiksilver in Sunway Lagoon when the lifeguards invited me to join them for their staff surfing once every week. I was thrilled! I got this second-hand surfboard for RM800 from one of the lifeguards!” says Qi.

What’s so fun about surfing?
“It’s relaxing! When you’re out in the seas catching the waves, you don’t think of anything else. There’s a sense of joy in doing that!” She continues, “Though, I’m still very cautious of wipeouts (falling off the board), or when I’m stuck in the water for a long time. The rocks out at sea are dangerous too.”

Jiq Qi explains that guys are naturally better surfers because they’re stronger, and it helps when it comes to pedalling. “Plus, most girls want to jaga their body – so they don’t pedal hard as is might make their arms grow bigger!” she says with a laugh.

Jia Qi

Jia Qi

Qi also travels to Cherating, Kijal and Kuari to surf. Her most treasured experience was in Kuari where she was out in the beach from 2p.m. till 6p.m! “The waves were terribly rough, but I was able to ride on the board-without falling! That feeling was indescribable; I didn’t even feel exhausted! But there was this one time in Kijal where I didn’t manage to balance very well. The front of my board broke, hit my nose and it started to bleed. I had to sit by the beach and wait while my friends surfed.”

If you want to take up surfing, Qi advices that you learn to swim first. “You have to be a good swimmer. If in any instance you loose you board and the water currents pull you deeper to the sea, it really helps if you can swim well.”

Qi surfing

Qi surfing

Source : Seventeen Malaysia – July 2008