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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