<![CDATA[Quiksilver Blog]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/ Wed, 23 Apr 2014 03:19:17 +0000 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Quik team rider Insta wrap-up]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/quik-team-rider-insta-wrap-up/

@KanoaIgarashi - Exploring Ecuador with @maddiepeterson_ on a lay day.


@ThomasVictorCarroll - "and I am frothing", ended @markrichardssurfboards post Rally Car Hot Lap freak out with driver Scott Pedder (navigator Dale Moscat) in their Renault Clio R3 they are lap time leaders heading into the Power Stage of the Quit Forest Rally, Busselton Western Australia. #gravity #defiance #speed @rcj6666


@SealTooth - spent the last week learning basic carpentry from @baresco while building a pigeon coop in my back yard. always fun to learn a new skill. ba's a good teacher. he gives me basic guidance and lets me fuck up or figure it out... or something... anyway seems like a loose educational process and been super fun.


@Aritz_Aranburu - Best place on Earth. Mejor lugar del mundo @gopro #hero3+ @quiksilver @pukassurf #tubito


@LFioravanti - Finally got to Ecuador after 36 hours of traveling. Waves are really fun, can't wait for the comp to start!! #2days @quiksilver @redbullitalia PC - @cidoubleyou


@MattBanting - Went to have a little look around Venice with the crew @sierradriessen @derek_peters @jimmy__graham


@FloresJeremy - This my GF Lily she is the bombbbbbb !!!! #sorryuncletrav @travislogie !!!!! @melissapatacchia @freddyp808


@CodyRobinson - Stoked to take out my first heat in 3 months expecially here in ecuador for the #isawj. #goaus


@FreddyP808 - Pic @stephenisbelly This is two seconds before I ran him over & thought I cut his arm off. The risk we take for Instagram photos. Haha


@MattBanting - Ohhh Mehicoo]]>
Tue, 15 Apr 2014 05:48:05 +0000
<![CDATA[Peaking: Peter Mel]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/peaking-peter-mel2/



Ever wonder how men can squander up the cajones to paddle into waves as large as 5 story buildings?

"Where do you draw the line on what you're doing? As much as you know about it, the more you know about it, the more you know the consequences – the consequences are you're gone forever."

Peaking, the original series by Red Bull, takes a peek inside the mind of 2013 Mavericks Invitational Champion, ASP World Tour webcast host, and Quiksilver team rider/ambassador Peter Mel.

Follow Peter (@petermel) and Quiksilver (@quiksilver) on Instagram]]>
Wed, 09 Apr 2014 18:19:20 +0000
<![CDATA[See You In The Lineup, Kelly Slater]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/quiksilver-celebrates-kelly-slater-as-he-transitions-into-his-new-business-venture/

Quiksilver and world-champion surfer, Kelly Slater, have announced they will be discontinuing their 23-year partnership, effective April 1, 2014.  Quiksilver has reached many milestones with Slater over the years, including 11 ASP World Titles, countless World Champion Tour victories and collaborations in developing his progressive and successful Quiksilver collection.

 

Quiksilver Executive Chairman, Bob McKnight, first signed an 18 year-old Slater to the brand in 1990. "Kelly has been a part of the Quiksilver family for over 20 years. It’s been an incredible journey watching him grow from a young surfer with great potential, to the 11-time World Champion he is today." McKnight continues, "We wish Kelly all the best as he enters this next phase of his career."

 

Slater has become both friend and family to many at Quiksilver over the years and it is with a heavy heart that he states, "There is little I can say that would give the credit due or cover the debt of gratitude I feel on a personal and professional level to Quiksilver." Slater continued, "As a brand and on a human level, they have been a part of my life, career, and personal relationships for more than 23 years now, well over half my life. They've supported me through good times and bad, personal hardships and competitive triumphs, and never wavered in backing my choices and desires in all that time."

 

Slater’s legacy at Quiksilver includes not only decades of competition success, but also a deep history of product collaborations that has left its mark on the surf industry. Even as we get ready to say goodbye, Slater’s influence will be seen in Quiksilver's upcoming AG47 boardshort line featuring REPREVE Fabrics® and the brand’s commitment to working with recycled materials.

 

Quiksilver is proud of the history it has created with Slater and looks forward to watching him as he embarks on his new business endeavors in this next chapter of his life.

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Tue, 01 Apr 2014 08:08:18 +0000
<![CDATA[Mark Richards: Froth Lord]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/mark-richards-froth-lord/ Mark Richards was given his first pair of Quiksilver boardshorts in the early 1970s. Quiksilver’s founders Alan Green and John Law custom made Mark a pair of boardies and sent them to him – these were the days before MR was sponsored so he was stoked to receive a free pair of boardies he’d wear all year round.


Over 40 years later Mark is still stoked on surfing, shaping surfboards … and boardshorts. MR shares on his blog and instagram sick photos from back in the day where the wetsuits were a little brighter and the boardshorts were a little shorter.


Check out a few rad vintage shots of MR below.


This was shot in the mid 70's on the cliff at Bells Beach. I was there for the @ripcurl Easter Classic. At the time I was riding boards shaped by Ben Aipa from Hawaii. They were his 'stinger ' models. This one is 6'8", 201/4" wide & 27/8" thick. The rail didn't have the standard round bottom edge through the middle up to the nose. It had a flat 45 degree chime with a hard resin edge on each side of the chime. It ran from the 'stinger' to the nose tip. The board went great , but I think the pervious stingers with a normal rounded bottom edge on the rail felt more forgiving.The 'wettie' was an early prototype with shoulder zips. The other thing that strikes me about this photo is how much hair I had then , I would love to still have that much hair now !!!!!


Photo Dick Hoole.1976. Off The Wall , North Shore , Hawaii. I'm riding a wing pin single fin shaped by Reno Abellira. It's 7'8", 19" wide, & 27/8" thick. I used to get asked a lot how my style evolved & where it came from. or who influenced it.... It came from within me. I've always believed that a persons surfing style is an expression of who you are as a person. Everyone stands, walks, & talks differently & this is reflected in how you surf. I've always focused on turns & I just wanted to come off the bottom & hit the lip hard. The body mechanics & mannerisms just followed. When I was growing up if I admired someone's surfing I always tried to be influenced by the manoeuvres they did or the way they approached a wave . But I always made sure I didn't copy someone else's body mannerisms.


Photo Lance Trout.. Pipeline , 1978. The board is a round pin single fin, 7'4",19" wide & 27/8" thick. I shaped it in Dick Brewers room at Chuns Reef on the North Shore. I first surfed Pipe in 1973 or 1974 & I'd never had an injury or really scary experience there until 1986. The day before the Pipe masters that year on a super low tide I took off on the last wave of a set ,way too late & got pitched with the lip. As I hit the water the wave exploded on me, & I remember thinking , "this isn't going to be good", just before I got driven head first into the bottom on an angle, hitting the reef on the side of my head above my ear. I hit so hard it felt like I'd been wacked by a baseball bat. Got to the surface with my head throbbing & seeing stars. I felt the side of my head to see if it was all still there, it was, total relief, but my hand was instantly covered in blood. I drove back to where I was staying at Sunset Beach to tell my wife I'd hurt myself. She freaked when she opened the door & I'm standing there covered in blood. She drove me straight to the hospital. I ended up spending the day in hospital with concussion, a few major egg size lumps on my head & not much skin left on my ear. To this day I know I'm very fortunate to still be here !!! I lucked out & hit flat reef, If I'd hit a pinnacle or a coral head I would have been royally fucked big time !!!


1985. This is a sequence from yesterday's 6'2" Twin Fin bottom turn post. (For board details see previous post). I'm actually a little embarrassed by the 'wettie' color, Pink arms !!!. It was made by Victory Wetsuits in Japan & I wish I could blame them for the color choice, but that would be a massive fib. Yes , guilty as charged , I picked the colors. ( what the fuck was I thinking ???? ). The only defence I can offer is that in 1985 bright pinks , yellows , oranges , & lime greens were totally acceptable as wetsuit highlight colors. I wouldn't wear a 'wettie' this color now as my current favourite color is Black & Black !!! I shaped , sprayed & glassed this board & I don't still have it. No idea where it is.


Pipeline , North Shore , Hawaii, 1976. This shot was sent to me by Michael Matoi who lives in Hawaii. He didn't know who the photographer was & I haven't seen this photo before. I've never forgotten this day. It was an epic west swell & Pipeline pumped all day. By far the best day of the winter. 10-12' with some bigger sets & a light offshore trade wind. I was there from dawn to dusk , surfing my brains out. Minimal crowd . Around 20 for most of the day. I was riding a Reno Abellira shaped wing pin single fin . 8'0", 19" wide & 3" thick. If you look closely I'm in a 1/2 crouch with my hands behind my back, ( kinda cool ? ) . I'm a million miles ahead of the tube. It would have been an amazing shot if I had been a little deeper & actually been in the tube !!!!


Early 1980's. Shaun Tomsom, Mark Warren, & I on the beach at North Narrabeen. The photo was taken by one of the Sydney daily newspaper staff photographers. It was for a story to publicize the 2SM-Coca Cola Surfabout event. We are all looking at some point or imaginary friend off in the distance. Aussie newspapers seem to love what I call 'The Far Far Away Look' !!! I think these kind of photos look even sillier if the subjects are smiling. I've never understood why they don't want the person looking at the camera. If you look at a mag like Rolling Stone or a surf mag they have amazing portrait & group shots where the person or group is staring straight into the camera lens. It seems like you get so much more of the essence of a person when you can see their eyes looking straight back at you. @markwazza . Mark has a Geoff McCoy single fin , mine is a 6'2" twin fin , & I think Shaun's board was a twin fin shaped by Spider Murphy in South Africa.



Check out MR's instagram and blog. ]]>
Fri, 28 Mar 2014 06:08:17 +0000
<![CDATA[Borrowing Slater's Board]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/borrowing-slaters-board/ Who wouldn’t want to take one of Kelly’s boards out for a surf? Jeremy Flores did just that and borrowed one of the Champ’s magic carpets not long ago in Portugal, putting it through the paces in average surf and making us want to go get one of whatever it is. Since then Jeremy’s adjusted his equipment to go shorter and wider and is surfing as loose as ever.


Follow Jeremy Flores and Quiksilver on Instagram.

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Thu, 20 Mar 2014 22:05:13 +0000
<![CDATA[Gabriel Medina Wins The 2014 Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/gabriel-medina-wins-the-2014-quiksilver-pro-gold-coast/

ASP commissioner, Kieren Perrow, gave the call at 7.30am to kick off Round Four of the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast at 8am sharp with fun conditions coming through at Snapper Rocks.

In heat 1 of the day, Freddy Patacchia was holding the lead over Mitch Crews and Taj Burrow right until the dying minutes where Taj would come up with some last minute heroics, taking the first heat win of the day and sending his to opponents in to Round 5. Next was Brazil's wonder boy, Gabriel Medina who secured the second quarter final spot ahead of defending 2013 world champ, Mick Fanning and Florida's CJ Hobgood in heat 2.



11 times world champion, Kelly Slater, got off to a rocky start and would join heat opponent Josh Kerr in round 5 while Adriano de Souza took his ticket to the Quarter Finals. In the last heat of the round, waves continued to improve and it was local hero Joel Parkinson who charged his way through to the Quarter finals forcing Brazil's Miguel Pupo and 2013 Rookie of the year, Nat Young, to surf again in round 5.



2001 world champion, CJ Hobgood opened up Round 5 against Quiksilver's Freddy Patacchia in a heated exchange and despite showing amazing form through out the contest with some highly seeded defeats, Freddy P missed out on his Quarter final spot by just 0.33 points. The second heat saw Mick Fanning put on a show for the local crowds, dominating the waves coming through and eliminating his local opponent Mitch Crews.

With a quick board change and some wise words from surf legend, Tom Carroll, Kelly Slater was next to reserve his space in the Quarter finals, defeating rookie Nat Young. By now the hindering winds dropped, cleaning up the conditions in time for aerial magicians Josh Kerr and Miguel Pupo to take to the water. Pupo took the win over veteran Josh Kerr to face Joel Parkinson in the Quarter Finals.



With mostly veterans leading the pack, Quarter Final 1 would see Taj Burrow take out CJ Hobgood to bring his podium closer to home, clocking up a 15 point wave total vs CJ's 12.46 total. Heat 2 would see the first major upset of the Quarter Finals with the defeat of Mick Fanning by Gabriel Median who seemed to be perfectly fusing with conditions through out the day's action. The second upset from the Brazilian's came via Adriano de Souza ending Kelly Slater's road to the final and marking his 6th defeat against de Souza. Kelly's post heat reaction mostly put it down to being too impatient when selecting waves whilst his oppenent stayed in sink with the waves on offer.



Claiming the 4th and final spot in this year's Semi Finals, Joel Parkinson defeated Miguel Pupo whilst scoring the highest heat wave total of the Quarter Finals, 17.93. The contest was then put on hold to allow for the Roxy Pro finals to take place where 5 times ASP World Champion Stephanie Gilmore was crowned this years winner.

Australia would take on Brazil in both heats of the Semi Finals. In pumping Snapper Rocks' conditions, Brazil would draw first blood in an extremely close heat seeing Gabriel Medina becoming the first 2014 finalist ahead of Taj Burrow. Fired up to bring it home, Joel Parkinson put Adriano de Souza in combo land and headed back to the beach with 3 minutes still on the clock to get ready for the final.



The 2014 Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast Final was an absolutely explosive 35 minutes of barrels, hacks, broken boards and a fight until the waves. Medina who suffered an injury in this event last year kept his composure against one of his idols growing up and managed to take this year's title and kick off his 2014 ASP World tour with an amazing win. Re-live all the action from Round four through to the finals below:



Visit quiksilver.com/progoldcoast for behind the scenes photos, videos, blogs and more from around the event.]]>
Tue, 11 Mar 2014 09:25:38 +0000
<![CDATA[In Photos: Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast 2014]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/in-photos-quiksilver-pro-gold-coast-2014/ Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast event waiting period.

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Tue, 11 Mar 2014 08:39:28 +0000
<![CDATA[Takes One to Know One: Leo Fioravanti and Kanoa Igarashi Part Three]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/takes-one-to-know-one-leo-fioravanti-kanoa-igarashi-part-3/ Pro surfers and best friends Leo Fioravanti and Kanoa Igarashi's recent trip to Japan and Taiwan had all the things they love - surfing, traveling and eating - all with a large dose of healthy competition. Whether it's riding shotgun or gunning down a barrel, these friends never let the competition between them ease up. Why? Because it's fun. ]]> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 22:39:41 +0000 <![CDATA[Golden Tales: Dane Reynolds]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/golden-tales-dane-reynolds/

Dane is a wild card in this year’s Quiksilver Pro – a card he’s been playing in contests for the past few years. A lot of people are wondering if Dane’s interested in re-qualifying for the world tour so we chatted with him on one of the lay days to find out.

QS: We’re going to try and avoid the most annoying question about whether you’re going to be qualifying or not … how does it feel with everyone asking you about that?

Oh, I don’t know, I’m fine with it. Seems to be what most people are curious about right now which is cool. But I don’t have to tell anyone because that’s not really my plan.

QS: I guess a lot of people are asking because they’d like to see you on tour. Does it give you some sort of motivation?

I appreciate that anybody wants to watch me surf and I understand why people want to see me in contests because I like watching the contests too. So I’m honored that everybody cares, I guess.



QS: Last year you were really busy with the editing and shooting of ‘Slow Dance’ and were out of the water a little while. What’s your motivation now? Just to surf really good waves?

Yeah, just to get all my surfboards dialed in, get some good trips filmed and do some cool projects this year. I’m going to do a few more events this year than I did last year for sure.



My main focus this year is to surf the best I can and get the best waves I can and hopefully put out a couple of really cool projects. ‘Loaded’ was really fun and was a lot looser and easier to put together than ‘Slow Dance’ and it was fun being on the surfing end again.



QS: Have you scored any good waves yet? Any good trips?

No, at the end of last year I was injured a bit and started freaking out watching contests and seeing John John and Julian killing it and thought that’s where I wanted to be. So I came to Australia at the beginning of the year and did the first two QSs but it didn’t feel right and the waves sucked. I was in California for the first month of the year and the waves were small and they have been here too, so it’s been a little messed up but hopefully I get in the groove.



QS: What do you think about the standard for the first event of the year?

It’s been kind of hard to tell where the level is at so far because it’s only been two-foot little peeling point break stuff – except the women got four foot and much better waves. [laughs] I was pretty impressed with their level of surfing; they’re surfing really well. As far as the level of surfing this year I’m sure it’s another notch up from last year but I haven’t seen enough to really tell yet.

QS: As you’re not following the world tour this year you almost have an outsider’s perspective. What do you think of the new ASP gig?

It doesn’t seem like that big of a change yet, I don’t think. There’s just bigger scaffolding and the site looks a little different but I haven’t noticed a big difference in the way that’s it’s run, but it does seem like a little bit more professional.

Follow Dane on Instagram or check out his website, marinelayerproductions.com.

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Mon, 10 Mar 2014 03:48:18 +0000
<![CDATA[It's In The Bag: Jeremy Flores]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/its-in-the-bag-jeremy-flores/

What do you pack when you're free surfing or on the world tour for most of the year? We asked Jeremy Flores for his travel essentials to make packing for your next surf trip that much easier.

  1. 1. Bradley surfboard CB1
  2. 2. Quiksilver Haleiwa sandals
  3. 3. FCS fins- Jeremy Flores pro model
  4. 4. Pack of stickers: I've had so many new boards lately I need stickers for all of them
  5. 5. Hard drive: for movies, music, pictures and footage collected during the season
  6. 6. 2014 ASP surfer's pass
  7. 7. Ukulele: I won it at the Haleiwa contest last year, then I started playing, it is easy to travel with.
  8. 8. Little Buddha (on the stickers): I wish I was that zen!
  9. 9. Quiksilver sunglasses
  10. 10. Car keys: Audi S4
  11. 11. Brigg Scallop boardshort


Read our exclusive two part interview with Jeremy, part 1 & part 2

Follow Jeremy on Instagram & Twitter and visit his personal website at jeremy-flores.com]]>
Sun, 09 Mar 2014 23:16:17 +0000
<![CDATA[Golden Tales: Aritz Aranburu]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/golden-tales-aritz-aranburu/

Aritz Aranburu spent last year taking the pressure off his contest performance and taking the time to just enjoy surfing … and life. We chatted to him about what he’s been up to on day one of the Quiksilver Pro.

QS:  It seemed you flipped the script on your priorities last year and the competitions were peppered in between your free surf trips, instead of the other way around. Is that what happened?

It’s kind of a 50/50 for me. The last few years I was getting a little bit upset on how the qualification was working, it was really hard. I was just taking care of my contest but feeling a little bit empty. So, it was a great time to visit different breaks. There was way less contest than before so I had a lot of free time to do whatever I wanted. It made me feel really positive.

I was always wanting to come back on tour one day and I was just waiting for it to happen. Last year I took all the pressure off myself and was enjoying it so much that all the positive things came together.



QS: When you’re home you spend a lot of time surfing the Wavegarden. Did it help you in your small waves game?

I’m an ambassador for the Wavegarden so I’m always testing the wave; it’s really fun. At home, if the waves are flat it’s great to mess around and try the wave. It’s a robotic wave so never going to be the same feeling as the ocean, but it’s the next best thing.



QS: So, on the more personal side – has dating a very famous Spanish supermodel, Almudena Fernandez, changed your life in Spain?

Ha! Not really. My girlfriend has had an amazing career since she was young and I respect that a lot. She’s super hardworking and she inspires me to be the best I can. I’m really lucky.

QS: Do you mean like through surfing – she likes surfing a lot doesn’t she?

Yeah, she started surfing about four or five years ago. Now she has a non-profit organization called Kind Surf helping kids with a lot of physical problems. We take them in the water and do a lot of different workshops. The experience has been amazing and the kids have taught me so much. Sometimes you think you’re giving the kids a lot but the payback is always bigger. It’s been such an inspiration for me and I think it’s why I qualified – so much good energy through the whole year from the trips and the workshops. It’s been an amazing year.

QS: Does it help you put things in perspective when you lose a heat?

Of course. I think the problems I have are always good problems. I’m growing as a person and am definitely going to keep on working with the kids.

Follow Aritz on Instagram and Twitter

Get all the latest updates about the Quiksilver team during the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast at quiksilver.com/progoldcoast]]>
Sat, 08 Mar 2014 23:45:59 +0000
<![CDATA[Contest Update - Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast 2014]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/contest-update-quiksilver-pro-gold-coast-2014/ 2014 ASP World Tour.

So far we've seen some major upsets with some of the biggest names going down in the early heats. Quiksilver team riders Tiago Pires (Portugal) and Travis Logie (South Africa) came out of blocks firing, eliminating Jordy Smith and John John Florence in their respective round 2 heats. Meanwhile, 11 times world champ Kelly Slater, along with team mates Dane Reynolds (wildcard), Jeremy Flores and Freddy Patacchia took their Round 3 spots directly with their round 1 wins.



With Snapper Rocks not producing it's world famous conditions, the pros have been cruising up and down the coast getting in some free surf madness. Get your dose of the action between the heats below and stay tuned for our second clip!



Here's what round 3 has in store for us, follow the contest live on aspworldtour.com




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Sat, 08 Mar 2014 03:00:34 +0000
<![CDATA[Golden Tales: Jeremy Flores Part 2]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/golden-tales-jeremy-flores-part-2/

Here’s part two of the chat we had with Jeremy about his love of barrels and how he plans for 2014 to roll out.

QS: You say you have nothing to prove, so now it also seems like you have nothing to hide.

Yeah, for sure, I have nothing to hide now. Coming from a small island in France, it took me a while to fit in the whole business side of the competitive world. But it’s like a big family now and that’s one good thing about this whole competitive tour. It’s really hard and really professional but backstage you have some good times.



QS: Tell us about your new coach, Fred Robin.

This year I started working with Fred Robin who is also from Réunion Island like me. He’s known me since I was about 4 or 5 years old and is one of the most mellow guys I know. He was my hero growing up because he was one of the guys with the best style in surfing. I think he’s a good balance for me so I decided to work with him this year.

Last year I was pretty much doing everything by myself and I thought I could do it, but nowadays it doesn’t really work like that. There’s a lot of things behind the scenes that Fred is doing for me now so he makes my life more easy. It’s always good to have another opinion from the beach telling you how your boards go, filming you on waves, making sure I eat healthy. This is my first event with Fred and I’ve known him forever. He’s a good balance for me – I can be a little crazy and he is so mellow – we get along good.

QS: It’s about the yin and the yang and the fire and the ice.

Ha! Yeah, that’s about it.

QS: What are your expectations for this year and the next few years?

After many years on tour and so many times in the top ten, in the last two years, I seriously didn’t even care whether I was number eight or number twenty. My goal is to make the top five so I’m doing the training and trying to improve my surfing.

This year is going to be a big change because my boards are changing. I was getting bored with the style of board I was riding and when you get bored nothing really comes together. So this year I’ve been having fun with new boards with a different speed and drawing different lines so that means different turns too. I don’t know what’s going to happen this year but I’m really excited because I feel my surfing is better and different. I love barrels and I love when the waves are firing like Pipe or Teahupo’o so now I just need to work on my combos. I want to make this top five really bad. I’m sure if I can make the top five I can work out a way to get further up. But for now I’ll try to do better than anything I’ve done so far which is number seven in the world.]]>
Sat, 08 Mar 2014 02:04:39 +0000
<![CDATA[Golden Tales: Jeremy Flores Part 1]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/golden-tales-jeremy-flores-part-1/ Jeremy Flores for a while now and recently we noticed he’s gone through a bit of a revolution – or maybe even an evolution. We sat down with Jeremy between heats of the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast to talk new boards, new moves and a new coach in this two-part interview.

QS: Eight years ago we were sitting in this exact apartment talking about your first event on the World Tour. Woah – I feel old!

Ha! I feel old too.


Jeremy Flores chatting with us between rounds at Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast

QS: A lot of things have changed in your life lately. I read an interview in Stab a few weeks ago and thought you’ve opened up a bit. You’re not trying to be Mr Perfect – you’re just being you.

Well, this is my eighth year on the World Tour. I qualified when I was young, I was 17 and every tour I had new goals. On the world tour I felt like I had to prove a lot and go to the top 10. After many years on tour I was starting to get a little bit over it even though I know I’m so lucky with the life I have. I’ve been having so much fun in the last two years – I haven’t been wanting it as much as I used to. I think you need a couple of years like that to come back to earth and to really remind you why you love surfing so much.

So now 2014 is a big new year, it’s fresh, a lot of things have changed. I have a new crew around me and I’m still really close with my friends and family. I’ve been really working on a lot of things – my combos, trying to mix my rail turns, carve turns and my air game with a lot of tricks. My boards have been doing good too. I’ve been changing my boards, they have always been 5’11” but now I only ride 5’9”. They’re a lot wider and a lot thicker so it’s big news for me.

It’s a new year. Now I’m in the same location but in a different state of mind.

Everyone on tour kinda knows me now and has seen my ups and downs, so I have nothing else to prove or to show. I’m just having fun, I have a pretty good life and I’m happy how everything is going. Gold Coast, Australia, the first three events – we’ll see what’s up.

Stay tuned for part 2..

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Fri, 07 Mar 2014 10:31:38 +0000
<![CDATA[Takes One to Know One: Leo Fioravanti and Kanoa Igarashi Part Two]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/takes-one-to-know-one-leo-fioravanti-kanoa-igarashi-part-2/

Leo Fioravanti is from Rome, Italy and Kanoa Igarashi's family is from Tokyo, Japan. These best friends both hail from international cities known for their food and culture – but they also have another thing in common – they’re both pro surfers who spend most of the year traveling to the best waves in the world.

On a recent surf trip to Japan, Kanoa was stoked to play tour guide for Leo. They cruised to Kanoa’s favorite karaoke bars, restaurants, shops, temples and surf spots. Leo can’t wait to return the favor and take Kanoa on a trip to Rome some day soon. Check out the Japan trip here.

Even at age 16, Kanoa is a seasoned traveler, so we asked him about his travel essentials to make packing for your next surf trip that much easier.



1. Surfboard: Bradley Macabi (5'10" x 18 3/16" x 2/6")
2. Pasta Rigatoni Barilla - Mom is with me now so she can cook me pasta!
3. Homework notebook: I keep on studying while traveling
4. Fins: FCS 2 Carver M
5. GoPro Hero3+ Black
6. Gucci wallet from my mum
7. PRI Travel Stick
8. Quiksilver Brigg Scallop 18” boardshort
9. Apple laptop + Quiksilver travel case
10. Quiksilver sunglasses


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Fri, 07 Mar 2014 09:40:20 +0000
<![CDATA[Golden Tales: Travis Logie]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/golden-tales-travis-logie/ Travis Logie is the only South African surfer on the Pro Tour living in West Hollywood. What a tough cross to bear, right? We felt he needed to talk it out so last Saturday before the Quiksilver Pro kicked off, we sat down to chat about life in LA – and how stoked he is J-Bay is back on the Tour. Yep, we noticed and think John John Florence did too in round two yesterday.

QS: So how does it feel to be only surfer on the Pro Tour to be living in West Hollywood?

Yeah, living in West Hollywood is interesting. It’s definitely not great for your surfing, but I make a huge effort, train really hard and do the hour and a half drive every day to the beach in some pretty hectic traffic. I still get to travel the world so I don’t know if I’d be able to live there full-time, but it’s pretty fun.

Shredding in Les Estagnots, France. Photo by Timo Jarvinen

QS: What’s your everyday life in West Hollywood when you’re not surfing?

Well, you probably go find a nice café or restaurant and just sit round and pose. I don’t even drink coffee, I just pretend to drink it. [laughs]

QS: So, something really important happened in surfing last year. Jordy Smith got married and you were the best man.

Ha! Yeah, I was a groomsman at Jordy’s wedding so it was really cool to see one of my best friends get married. I also got to go back and hang at home and see my family as well. And I got pumping waves for three weeks.

QS: What happened in Durban? I hear the bank is good.

The banks are amazing right now. It was tough to leave, I tell you – surfing six to eight hours a day in perfect rights at low tide and a perfect left bowl at high tide. Boardshorts, maximum of eight guys out on the water. Eight guys is crowded over there – it’s crazy. No one surfs, it’s weird.

QS: What are your expectations for this year?

This year is a super exciting year. J-Bay is back on which is huge. I feel like it’s because of me – I posted an Instagram every 10 days with a ‘Let’s bring J-Bay back!’ And now it’s back so I’ll take the claim for that one!


@travislogie Fun times in Durban this morning.]]>
Thu, 06 Mar 2014 13:08:46 +0000
<![CDATA[#QuikPro Instagram Roundup, Part 2]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/quikpro-instagram-roundup-part-2/ Over the past couple of lay days the pros have been taking every wave as it comes and at times it’s been getting pretty hectic at Snapper. Check out our Instagram round up, or as we like to call it, Instagram for the lazy. For more coverage of the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast, visit quiksilver.com/progoldcoast


@kellyslater @jaggarbartholomew stole @peterkinglajolla's camera and got this one of me in round 1 at Snapper his first time shooting surfing. Not bad. Thanks for the shot, boys.


@kanoaigarashi Best view on the Gold Coast. Some really good waves coming through the last couple days. #rightsalldaylong#whatsaleft? #AU100 @boskophoto


@snaketales Afternoon session at Snapper!! 300 guys out but some nuggets. @joelparko plucked a sick one


@boskophoto Well last night at snapper was hectic, 800 people out or more, it was ruthless out there, I saw so many heavy drop ins, people seem to have some sort if neck disorder out there, they can't seem to turn their heads to the left to see if anyone is on the wave. I'm really happy that my old mate @mfanno is in good health after some KOOK dropped in on him and went over the falls with his board aim at mick, it was HEAVY!! I wish people would just give the boys some respect, it's their livelihood.


@floresjeremy Waves were going off today. The bank is amazing / can't wait to surf a heat with no one out ! #quikpro


@josh_kerr84 Snapper has been showing off its ruler edge bank with some absolute mini drainers! #fun


@filipetoledo


i always wanted to be jack johnson


@ozwright Got away from the goldy yesterday and shot with my good mate @craigparryphotography refreshing to have good waves with no crowds!


@rosyhodge Starstruck waterman // Mark Cunningham #makeitgolden


@snaketales Zarrrrrrr a couple at D bar today. @mikypicon thought he won our heat but I don't think so!! Hahhaa thanks for the slice pic @boskophoto


@peter_mel #layday @quiksilver and @roxy Pro. Made it out for a couple waves. Thanks Wax Suzuki for the photos. ]]>
Thu, 06 Mar 2014 13:02:05 +0000
<![CDATA[Travis Rice is Making a New Snowboard Film]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/travis-rice-is-making-a-new-snowboard-film/

Day 1 of shooting has commenced on Travis Rice's latest flick.

Following up on groundbreaking movies "That is It, That's All" and "The Art of FLIGHT" the film's title, projected release date and more will be revealed September this year.

What we know is that the multiple-year project will expand on the achievements of earlier films, employing higher levels of cinematography, the use of cutting edge technology, rich storytelling, and exploring even more remote and untouched locations than ever before.



In the meantime, follow @Quiksilver on Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, Pinterest and our Snow Blog for all the latest on @TravisRice]]>
Wed, 05 Mar 2014 18:26:52 +0000
<![CDATA[Golden Tales: Freddy P]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/golden-tales-fredrick-patacchia/ Freddy P of Hawaii has had a rocky few months but things are looking up. We chatted to him on round one of the Quiksilver Pro about why his house ended up on the news and how this tour is going to be a good one.

QS: Let’s talk about the pretty crazy thing that happened to your house a few months ago. How is everything now?

I own a beach house on the North Shore near Sunset Beach and this year we had a unique wind and swell coming through in summer. The big north came and Shane Dorian and all those guys flew in to Maui to score big waves. Meanwhile I was in France and my house was getting hammered by this swell with no sand to protect it. The pool was undermined completely and half of it cracked off and fell 15 feet to the bedrock. At first I thought it was an internet joke and somebody had computer generated that stuff. But then my sister facetimed me and said, ‘Oh look, the news is on’ and showed me my house on the news. It was crazy.

QS: So you’re still living there?

Yeah, I’m still living there, it’s all good. I also rent it out – Gabe Medina was staying there when I was in Australia and he was training and surfing.



QS: Tell us about your expectations for this season. Obviously, you’ve started pretty well at the Quik Pro. Congrats.

I’m really excited about this year. The last three years I’ve been a really low seed, but last year I was able to fight back and bump myself up. In the first couple of rounds I’m not surfing against the top five, now I’ll get a top six guy.

I don’t want to say they’re easier to beat because everyone’s really good but … they’re easier to beat than Kelly and Mick and those guys. [laughs] So I’m really excited about my seed, the way my boards are working and the way I feel.

QS: You’re pretty comfortable in front of a microphone. Ever think about doing something with it?

I love karaoke but I’m a terrible singer. [laughs] I like being in front of a microphone and a camera and my voice being heard. A lot people in the surfing world would know, I’m pretty outspoken about anything I want to bring up.

QS: You’re a very competitive animal, you love competing. Where do you see yourself in a few years?

In the next three years, I want to give it a good crack and solidify my spot in surfing history. I know I’m probably not going to win a World Title but I have been here for 10 years and I think that’s a great feat. I want to be able to show to other kids coming up, if you’re not the best junior in the world, shredding and winning every event it doesn’t mean you can’t have a long, prosperous career. You can do it if you put your mind to it and just stay on your game.

Follow Freddy P on Instagram and Twitter

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Wed, 05 Mar 2014 07:47:19 +0000
<![CDATA[Takes One to Know One: Leo Fioravanti and Kanoa Igarashi]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/takes-one-to-know-one-leo-fioravanti-kanoa-igarashi/ Leo Fioravanti and Kanoa Igarashi don't have a "standard" life compared to other 16 year olds. For starters, they don't go to day school, they travel the world ... and they're pro surfers. On a recent surf trip to Kanoa's native Japan and Taiwan they explain what it's like to be living the dream.

As they’re on tour for most of the year and travel shooting photos and video during free surf trips in between, sometimes at a moments notice, they can pack for a trip with their eyes closed.

We asked Kanoa about his travel essentials to make packing for your next surf trip that much easier.



Kanoa Igarashi's it's in the bag
  1. Notebook to document every trip and contest
  2. Vertra sunblock
  3. Quiksilver wallet
  4. FCSII Accelerator fins
  5. iPhone 5s
  6. Mophie iPhone battery cover
  7. GoPro Hero3+ Black
  8. Portable speaker loaned from Leo Fioravanti
  9. Channel Islands custom surfboard (5'7" x 18 2/8 x 2 1/8)
  10. Quiksilver OG SCALLOP boardshort 19"

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Wed, 05 Mar 2014 07:26:16 +0000
<![CDATA[Finally: Tony Hawk unveils the Back To The Future Hoverboard]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/hoverboarding-is-real-tony-hawk-huvrtech/


Gizmodo.com reminded us that back in 1989, the director of Back to the Future II went on TV and declared that hoverboards were real. "They've been around for years, it's just that parents' groups have not let the toy manufacturers make them," Robert Zemeckis insisted. "But we got our hands on some and we put them in the movie."

It seems that dreams do come true after all, thanks to billionaire Mark Cuban's newest venture HUVr Tech. Christopher Lloyd (better known as Emmett "Doc" Brown) enlisted legendary skateboarder Tony Hawk, along with the likes of Moby, Terrelle Owens, Schoolboy Q, and Agnes Bruckner, and unveiled a working prototype.

Tony and the crew promptly showed off the incredible new technology in a Los Angeles parking lot.

Dubbed the HUVr, the gadget seems to work just the same as the hoverboard that Marty McFly commandeered from a young kid in Back to the Future Part II, but this version is companioned with a handy iPhone and Android app that tracks your distance, speed, and shares it all via social media.

We're all not lucky enough to be the first ones to try hoverboarding, but fans of BTTF like us won't have to wait until October 21st, 2015 to own a flying skateboard.

Are they in fact real? Or is this just a hoax to promote the release of Back to the Future 4? Who cares! The thought of Tony Hawk on a vert ramp pulling 900's on one of these has us pretty stoked.






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Tue, 04 Mar 2014 23:46:08 +0000
<![CDATA[Behind the Scenes at the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/behind-the-scenes-at-the-quiksilver-pro-gold-coast-2/ Tiago

doing the early morning Snapper Rocks surf check and contemplating his next heat against Kelly Slater in round three. He's feeling pretty good after coming up trumps in his second round against Jordy Smith. The underdogs of round two of the Quik Pro, Tiago and Travis, rocked the boat ­and with Tiago pumped to bring his A-game in the next round, will he keep it rocking?


Here's Leo with his surfer's survival kit – when you're on tour for most of the year you only travel with the essentials. Yesterday the waves were pumping but poor old Leo had to check-in online with his school back home in Italy. He matches the determination he brings to surfing to his schoolwork, so he powered through and got back out there looking to get shacked.


After a strong round one win against Jordy Smith and Brett Simpson, Freddy P dropped by to hang with Timo and Bosko and watch the rest of the heats on Fuel TV. As soon as the heats start, photographers Timo and Bosko can sit back and relax and watch the Pro from the comfort of their pop-up studio where they've been shooting our surfers. Suits Bosko fine as he can do a running commentary on the Pro while eating his favourite snack of Red Bull and Vegemite sandwiches. Bosko needs all the energy he can get before he goes out to shoot the guys free surfing.

Best mates Leo and Kanoa recently did a surf trip through Japan and Taiwan. Kanoa's family is originally from Japan so they took their time discovering the culture ­and epic surf spots. Here they're with team mate John Mel feeling stoked checking out the film we made of their trip being released soon.

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Tue, 04 Mar 2014 09:56:28 +0000
<![CDATA[Golden Tales: Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast Freesurf Sessions ]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/golden-tales-quiksilver-pro-gold-coast-freesurf-sessions/ Some of the best action during pro surf contests goes unseen between heats. Watch Quiksilver team riders Dane Reynolds, Kelly Slater, Matt Banting, Aritz Aranburu, Freddy Patacchia, Leo Fioravanti, and Kanoa Igarashi light up the banks of the Gold Coast before and after the contest horn sounds. See more freesurf action here. ]]> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 02:15:46 +0000 <![CDATA[Want to win a Maldives surf trip with Tom Carroll?]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/want-to-win-a-maldives-surf-trip-with-tom-carroll/

Frothing to surf after watching the action of the Quiksilver Pro on the Gold Coast the past few days? Yep, so have we.



We’ve put together a pretty epic surf trip with Tom Carroll and our friends at Ocean Divine – and it’s up for grabs. You and a friend could win a week in the Maldives on board the 108-foot dream boat surfing eight breaks from Chicken and Cokes south to Foxy’s and Riptide.



For a week you’ll surf from dawn till dusk only to stopping to refuel with chef-prepared meals then hitting the water with Tom again.

After an epic 12-hour session, you’ll settle into a massage with the on-board masseuse, sink some beers and try to figure out who scored the wave of the day. Then you’ll do it all again. For another six days.


ENTER NOW!


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Tue, 04 Mar 2014 00:59:21 +0000
<![CDATA[2014 Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast Round Two Recap]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/2014-quiksilver-pro-gold-coast-round-two-recap/


Trials winner Matt Banting took on reigning three-time ASP World Champ Mick Fanning. Fanning's comprehensive assault on Snapper Rocks showcased the local's power, speed and extensive knowledge of the break. Banting answered back with an impressive aerial in the latter stages of the bout, but couldn't overcome Fanning.
In heat two, ASP Wild Card Tiago Pires made a major statement, unloading powerful forehand turns and threading the needle on a technical barrel to edge out Jordy Smith by a score of 12.70 to 12.67.



Australians Kai Otton and rookie Dion Atkinson would do battle in heat four with Dion causing the second upset of the day by collecting his first career ASP WCT heat win.
By heat five the tide had continued to drop and an increase of strategy coming into play with the decreased wave frequency.  Hawaiian John John Florence and South African Travis Logie. Logie's commitment to a powerful backhand approach that would net the heat high single-wave score of an 8.77.



After heat six there was a one hour delay to wait for improved conditions. Heat seven saw Aritz Aranburu blitz rifling Snapper Rocks conditions against Adriano de Souza. Veteran patience would see De Souza lock in to the best waves of the heat. Aranburu would answer with some promising rides of his own, but was unable to amass the near-perfect score needed to surpass De Souza for the win.
The final heat of the day saw Mitch Crews score a 13.76 over Filipe Toledo's 7.83.

See you tomorrow at 7.30am local time for the morning call! Get exclusive photos, videos, updates and more at quiksilver.com/progoldcoast

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Mon, 03 Mar 2014 08:03:37 +0000
<![CDATA[Golden Tales: Tiago Pires]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/golden-tales-tiago-pires/

Portugese surfer, Tiago Pires, is stoked to be back on tour after a 2013 filled with high highs and low lows. We chatted to him yesterday before the Quiksilver Pro kicked off about that land-locked feeling.

QS: So 2013 was a special year for you, a lot of things happened – some good, very good, bad. You spent eight months out of the water, how was life without surfing?
It was definitely a rollercoaster year for me. I started really fresh and feeling really fit. After the Australian leg of the tour, I arrived home and the waves were pumping – just perfect – every day. I was so happy and so motivated but probably got a little over confident during this one surf. After having so many barrels for two hours, I probably should’ve come in. I got this one wave a little late and the lip landed on my knee and pulled my leg back. After that, the year was done. I’ve never felt a pain like that before surfing.
So doctors say one thing, physios say another thing – and your mind says plenty of things. I think I probably rushed a little bit and pushed it too hard and I started surfing again after two months. But doctors keep saying you have to feel the pain and eventually it goes away. I kept surfing for a month and then relapsed and had to have the whole year off.



But some really good things happened. I got married to my beautiful wife, Matilde. And to be home a couple of months away from the tour and to be able to put my life in perspective … it was a pretty special year.
Fortunately ASP gave me the wild card to compete in 2014. I’m so stoked right now because I feel hungry and really motivated to do my best surfing.



QS: Do you have more fun now than before getting injured?
Yeah, I think as you grow older, you start looking at things from another angle. I’ve competed pretty much for two-thirds of my life and I just have to be happy. I’m looking at the events and trying to absorb all of the good energy, respect my colleagues and have a smile on my face.

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Sun, 02 Mar 2014 23:05:34 +0000
<![CDATA[2014 Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast Round One Recap]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/quiksilver-pro-gold-coast-round-one-recap/
Jeremy Flores © ASP / Cestari

Opening the heats were Julian Wilson, Jeremy Flores and Travis Logie. Logie's backhand punctuated the pockets of the punchy righthanders, while Flores' speed, power and repertoire impressed the judges on the panel to advance him into round three.
Taj Burrow utilized his veteran experience with cautious wave selection in heat two, waiting nearly 10 minutes to open his campaign. His opening scores would prove enough for the opening heat win of 16.17 against Miguel Pupo and Dion Atkinson.

Fred Patacchia © ASP / Cestari

Fredrick Patacchia was lethal on his backhand in the Snapper walls, opening with a 7.33 and capitalizing from there, winning heat three against Brett Simpson and Jordy Smith.
Parko, comfortable at his local break, was up against fellow veterans Bede Durbidge and Tiago Pires on a dropping tide and inconsistent conditions in heat four. Parkinson found a long set wave in the final minutes allowing him to unload his impressive repertoire and earn an excellent 8.93 for his efforts.

Kelly Slater © ASP / Cestari

Winner of the trials to score the wildcard, rookie Matt Banting, was up against Kelly Slater and Matt Wilkinson in heat five. Banting pulled out his forehand moves but was no match for Kelly who advanced directly through to round three.



Another highly anticipated wildcard, Dane Reynolds took on reigning three-time ASP World Champion Mick Fanning and powerhouse Adam Melling in heat six. Reynolds explosive performance advanced him directly into round three.



Dane Reynolds © ASP/ Kirstin

Heat eight welcomed improved conditions with the change in tide. Nat Young, 2013 ASP WCT Rookie of the Year, would pick up where he left off, leading the heat from start to finish against Sebastian Zietz and Aritz Aranburu.
Highest score of the day, 17.54, was by Josh Kerr in heat nine. He blended airs, barrels and full-rail turns outscoring Filipe Toledo and Mitch Crews.

Aritz Aranburu © ASP/ Kirstin

As the tide rolled in the Superbank improved and allowed John John Florence, Gabriel Medina and Jadson Andre to smash out some aerials in heat 9. Medina’s backhand airs and explosive snaps grabbed him the heat.
The final heat of the day featured the highly anticipated return of Owen Wright alongside Michel Bourez and Kolohe Andino. The deteriorating conditions would see Bourez in the final minutes of the heat get the best of the affair to advance directly to Round 3.
Tomorrow’s forecast for round two looks like similar conditions to today. See you at 7.30am local time for the morning call!

Get exclusive photos, videos, updates and more at quiksilver.com/progoldcoast

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Sun, 02 Mar 2014 09:19:35 +0000
<![CDATA[Takes One To Know One: Dane Reynolds]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/takes-one-to-know-one-dane-reynolds/ Desillusion magazine crew ‘The Death of Cool’ and team rider Dane Reynolds have a few things in common – a passion for board riding, creativity and they both sit a little left of centre from the norm. That’s why we like them. So we teamed up to produce ‘This is Dane’ – a 15-minute video and book – both due out on March 15. From his grommet days, Dane talks us through his love for surfing as he digs through boxes of drawings he did as a kid. What grom hasn’t drawn picture after picture of waves, a little stick figure deep in the barrel? Yep, we relate to that. Dane’s perpetual scribblings and storytelling as a grom matured into a bonafide artist. His Marine Layer Productions rolls out films, photography and graphics loved by his fans and admired by his contemporaries. Then there’s his surfing. “He’s a guy who’s pretty much every good surfer in the world’s favorite surfer,” said Kelly Slater of Dane. Shot in Hawaii and around his home breaks in Ventura, California, ‘Takes One To Know One’ is a glimpse of Dane at his best, showing us his signature style of spontaneity and surprise like it’s no big thing. We made him a custom boardshort to road test in Mexico, too. Made from eco fabric and innovative design, the Dane Boardshort – like Dane – is style meets performance. ]]> Sun, 02 Mar 2014 02:35:58 +0000 <![CDATA[Matt Banting Making It Golden at #QuikPro]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/matt-banting-making-it-golden-at-quikpro/ Matt Banting has had an epic week surfing. First he nailed two 9-point waves at the Newcastle’s six-star Surfest last weekend, winning the event. Then on Friday, Matt was one of 16 vying for a Quiksilver Pro wildcard. And he smashed it securing himself a spot in the comp. In round 1, heat 5 he’ll be up against Kelly Slater and Matt Wilkinson. Not bad for a 19-year old from Port Macquarie. Make it golden, Matt, make it golden.
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Sat, 01 Mar 2014 07:37:21 +0000
<![CDATA[#QuikPro Instagram Roundup]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/quik-pro-instagram-roundup/ There's more to the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast than just contest jerseys and Snapper Rocks. We'll be gathering up the best of the best the athletes and media around the Quik Pro have to offer so you don't have to. Think of it as Instagram for the lazy.

@tarayasminmel checking the #quikpro comp site. @asp first event starts march 1st #makeitgolden @quiksilver


It's not the size of your lens it's how you use it. #overcompensating #checkingthewavesonmars #goodwavesonmars #quikpro


'Bout as funny as a 6pack of fresh @jsindustries1 in an elevator! Lucky boy.


Nice to see @mrpottz back on tour! He's part of the new look @asp commentary team. #durban #89worldchamp


Yesterday was my last day of training before the quiksilver pro... It's been 6 months of training 5-7 times per wk. big thanks go out to all the people in the gym that I trained with and everyone involved that's encouraged and helped me be ready to compete nxt wk. would not be in this position with out you .. Cheers #grateful #support


Boards ✔️ Pink ✔️ Mum ✔️ #thinkpink


It's always fun pushing my little girl @sierrakerr into waves!


The place to be


Another day in paradise. Surfing non stop 3 times a day frothing. Sun burned ! Stoked to have my brothers around... @fredorobin @mikypicon !!! ( @freddyp808 )


@asp awards con la más guapa @almudenanyc. Estamos a 2 días para el comienzo del World Tour


Congratulations to all the Champions at last nights award banquet. "Good on ya Mick!" what an amazing year of competitive surfing. @asp @missylee808 @thelane @mfanno


In 50 years, we can only hope this is how our generation is remembered. Dylan Rieder (@swankfuck_inc) and @craig__anderson melting into the floor in Terminal 2 at the Sydney airport. #collectedthought up now at whatyouth.com. Photo: @blakegmyers


#fbf @nate_web we should do it all again! Hahaha


Trials today @quiksilver @weetbixau @ocean_earth #Quikpro #snapper


Psyched to see @kanoaigarashi compete in the #quikpro trials today! @morganmaassen


@dingomorrison applies the rail this week at Duranbah. Photo: @nate_smith_photo


Experimenting with new equipment at the #quikypro #snapperrock @quiksilver


Goldy tomorrow. There is froth. #quikpro #aspworldtour ]]>
Fri, 28 Feb 2014 07:53:42 +0000
<![CDATA[Kelly Slater Takes Double Honors at ASP World Surfing Awards]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/kelly-slater-takes-double-honors-at-asp-world-surfing-awards3/

The world's best surfers traded sunlight for the spotlight as they hit the black carpet for the 2014 ASP World Surfing Awards - the night that celebrates the achievements of the 2013 ASP season, and officially opens the 2014 Samsung Galaxy ASP World Championship Tour.

Quiksilver team rider and 11x World Champ Kelly Slater took home top honors for both Heat of the Year and Wave of the Year, as did Roxy athlete and 5x World Champion Steph Gilmore.

The Award Winners:
Peter Whitaker Award: Sofia Mulanovich
Breakthrough Performers: Dimity Stoyle & Kai Otton
Heat of the Year: Kelly Slater, John John Florence, Josh Kerr & Alana Blanchard, Coco Ho
Move of the Year: John John Florence & Tyler Wright
Wave of the Year: Kelly Slater & Stephanie Gilmore
ASP World Junior Champions: Gabriel Medina & Ella Williams
ASP World Longboard Champions: Piccolo Clemente & Kelia Moniz
ASP Women's Rookie of the Year: Bianca Buitendag
ASP Men's Rookie of the Year Nat Young
ASP Women's World Title Runner-Up: Tyler Wright
ASP Men's World Title Runner-Up: Kelly Slater
ASP Women's World Champion: Carissa Moore
ASP Men's World Champion: Mick Fanning

Read the full story here

Tiago Pires & Jeremy Flores

Aritz Aranburu & lady friend

Main image courtesy of ASP. Follow: Quiksilver, Kelly Slater, Steph Gilmore, Tiago Pires, Jeremy Flores and Aritz Aranburu on instagram.

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Thu, 27 Feb 2014 18:09:09 +0000
<![CDATA[Congratulations Iouri On An Incredible Season]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/congratulations-iouri-on-an-incredible-season/

Iouri “I-Pod” Podladtchikov not only took 1st Place at The European Open this year, but stunned the world and captured the Gold Medal at the 2014 Olympic Games, defeating previous champ Shaun White.

Head over to ESPN to view a clip that breaks down Iouri's signature trick, the "Yolo Flip", which vaulted him onto the podium. Watch Video Here >>

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Wed, 26 Feb 2014 21:12:43 +0000
<![CDATA[Matt Banting Wins The Newcastle 6-Star]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/matt-banting-wins-the-newcastle-6-star/ Matt Banting dropped two nine point waves yesterday to take the win at the 6-Star Surfest event in Newcastle, Australia. Watch the clip of Matt's road to the podium!


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Wed, 26 Feb 2014 17:32:53 +0000
<![CDATA[The 2014 Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/the-2014-quiksilver-pro-gold-coast/

The first stop of the 2014 ASP Mens World Tour, the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast kicks off on March 1st! Watch the official ASP event trailer and follow along for the 13th edition of the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast on the new event website here. Stay tuned for more updates leading up to the event start!

Follow Quiksilver on Instagram and Twitter for the latest news, videos, photos, and more updates.

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Thu, 20 Feb 2014 05:27:17 +0000
<![CDATA[Marine Layer Productions Presents: LOADED]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/loaded/

Featuring Craig Anderson, Noa Deane, Dane Reynolds, Taylor Knox, Nat Young and Andrew Doheny, Loaded is a 20 minute clip worth watching over and over again.

Says Dane, “Loaded started shortly after I finished Slow Dance,” he says of his newest cut. “I wanted to do a video documenting the premiere tour, but I was also doing a little video piece with Taylor Knox, and I had the idea of cramming it all together without context and calling it Loaded. Then it gathered steam and I wanted to keep filming for it and here we are and it’s all come together and neither of those things are even barely showcased but it has turned into something bigger…”

After watching head over to marinelayerproductions.com to see photos from the Loaded premiere at the Ventura Theater.

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Thu, 06 Feb 2014 03:17:40 +0000
<![CDATA[Tiago Pires – Power On]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/tiago-pires-power-on1/

Power On from Tiago Pires on Vimeo.

“This video clip was filmed only in Portugal and after I had the doctor’s permission to surf, basically during this January. I’ve been frothing for surf, trying to find waves everywhere. Enjoy it.” – Tiago Pires

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Wed, 05 Feb 2014 00:39:46 +0000
<![CDATA[Eddie Would Go: 2014 Eddie Event Bumper Sticker Giveaway]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/eddie-would-go-2014-bumper-sticker/

“Eddie Would Go to me doesn’t necessarily mean involvement with only the ocean. I believe Eddie Would Go if nobody else would go. Eddie Would Go and help people in the water when he didn’t even know them. Eddie Would Go on the biggest waves that would pull through Waimea Bay when most people wouldn’t go. I think the phrase Eddie Would Go is really a phrase that would ultimately say that one would put themselves out there for the betterment of others. Just helping out somebody else is what Eddie Would Go is about.” – Clyde Aikau

Show your pride and get a coveted 2013-14 Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau event bumper sticker sent to you. SUBMIT YOUR INFO HERE with a valid email and mailing address. Hurry, these are limited to just 5,000. Once they’re gone, they’re gone.

Please allow 3-6 weeks for delivery.

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Thu, 23 Jan 2014 04:34:26 +0000
<![CDATA[Matt Banting Locks In For The Next 3 Years]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/matt-banting-locked-in-for-three-years/

Quiksilver is extremely excited to lock Matt Banting in for the next 3 years! He is one the best junior surfers Australia has ever produced, and it’s only a matter of time before he qualifies for the World Tour. He has a long surfing future ahead of him.

Follow Matt on Instagram @mattbanting
Like his Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/mattbantingg

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Wed, 22 Jan 2014 03:30:17 +0000
<![CDATA[KELLY SLATER WINS 7TH PIPE MASTERS TITLE]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/kelly-slater-wins-7th-pipe-masters-title/

Quiksilver’s Kelly Slater has won this year’s Billabong Pipe Masters, making this his seventh Pipe Masters win. With incredible 10 to 15 foot waves at Pipeline, Slater, 41, walked away with the championship crown and scored a perfect 10 in one of the final heats. He continues to be a threat in the surfing category and is currently both the youngest and oldest Association of Surfing Professionals (“ASP”) World Champion.

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“Today was one of the most special days in my life. It’s a day I have dreamed about since I was a little kid – big, perfect, West-angled Pipeline and a showdown at the Pipe Masters. If I had stepped away from the sport five years ago, I wouldn’t have had today. I want more days like this so I’m definitely back next year,” said Slater.

“The drive and determination that Kelly exhibits as a competitive athlete never ceases to amaze me,” said Bob McKnight, Executive Chairman, Quiksilver. “We’ve watched him capture countless achievements in professional surfing over the past two decades and we congratulate him today as he wins the Billabong Pipe Masters.”  

Today’s win for Slater caps a hard fought season of back and forth battle for World Title rankings between Slater and Mick Fanning (32, AUS). The two entered into the final contest of the year at Pipeline, with each surfing for an opportunity to clinch this year’s world title. Slater showed impressive form and ultimately won the Pipe Masters.

Slater’s admirable journey in the 2013 season included victories at the Gold Coast Quiksilver Pro and the Volcom Fiji Pro. He also claimed a runner-up finish at the Tahiti Pro. Kelly won his ASP World Championships in 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010, and 2011. His career victories also include 56 WCT wins and two ESPN X Games gold medals making him the greatest athlete the sport has ever produced.

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Sun, 15 Dec 2013 02:23:24 +0000
<![CDATA[EDDIE INVITEES & ALTERNATES JOIN AIKAU FAMILY & ORIGINAL CREWMEMBERS OF HOKULE’A TO CELEBRATE EDDIE’S LIFE]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/the-eddie-2014-opening-ceremony/

On March 17, 1978, Waimea Bay’s head lifeguard and beloved big wave Hawaiian surfing son Eddie Aikau was lost at sea. Aikau was part of the crew aboard the traditional Polynesian voyaging canoe Hokule’a, en-route to Tahiti when Hokule’a capsized during a wild storm just outside of the Hawaiian Islands. Aikau set out on his surfboard to paddle for help for his stranded crew but was never seen again. The Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau big wave invitational is celebrated at Waimea Beach each year in his honor. Today, the world’s best big wave riders were joined by Aikau’s family and members of Aikau’s voyaging crew, who sailed in to join the surfers and hundreds of spectators who gathered to celebrate in Aikau’s honor.

Nainoa Thompson, fellow crewman on Hokule’a and the last person to speak to Aikau, addressed the surfers who gathered today. His soft voice, still touched by the events that took place 35 years ago, spoke with deep affection, humility, and sincere gratitude for Aikau and his actions on that fateful day that set an example for all who follow his story through time – surfers or otherwise

Today, Hokule’a is six months from embarking upon a multi-year international voyage that will not only share Hawaii’s culture with the world, but also the story of it’s hero: Eddie Aikau.

“Every voyage we make is in the wake of Eddie Aikau’s greatness,” said Nainoa Thompson, master navigator of the Hokule’a voyaging canoe.

And for every big wave surfer who has charged huge surf since Aikau, the same could be said of each giant ride taken… ridden in the wake of Eddie Aikau’s greatness.

It was a powerful, full circle moment for this year’s Invitees and Alternates, who then paddled out to form a surfer’s circle alongside Hokule’a, as the sun set over the western Oahu’ point of Ka’ena.

The holding period for the Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau is underway, running from December 1, 2013, through February 28, 2014. The event will only be held if and when waves at Waimea Bay, on Oahu’s North Shore, reach the minimum of 20 feet required for this original big wave surfing event… the size that Aikau loved.

The Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau has only been held a total of eight (8) times, most recently on December 8, 2009. California’s Greg Long took the honor that year.

Visit quiksilver.com/eddie to sign up for Email Alerts and know when The Bay Calls The Day.

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Mon, 09 Dec 2013 04:44:08 +0000
<![CDATA[Kanoa Igarashi 2K13]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/kanoa-igarashi-2k13/

Filmed after recovering from a broken leg, California’s Kanoa Igarashi takes advantage of some of the best around his hometown of Huntington Beach and the down in the warm waters of Central America have to offer.

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Mon, 09 Dec 2013 00:55:05 +0000
<![CDATA[Dinner For Deux – A Short Film]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/dinner-for-deux-short-film/

Long after the Quiksilver Pro France event waiting period finishes the air gets a bit cooler and the lineups a little emptier. Follow along as Dane Reynolds and Craig Anderson go on an adventure through France, from the Pyrenees mountains to the waves of Hossegor and beyond.

Read Part One of the Story

Read Part Two of the Story

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Thu, 17 Oct 2013 23:57:44 +0000
<![CDATA[Leonardo Fioravanti - I Surf Italian Ep01]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/i-surf-italian-ep01/

In the first of a new ongoing series from XTreme Video, we meet 16 year-old Italian surfer, Leonardo Fioravanti, one of the best junior surfers in the world recently crowned the 2013 ASP European Junior Champion and has the personality to match. He has travelled the world surfing perfect waves, speaks four languages fluently…

Stay tuned for the next episode, to see more about Leo #GoLeo

FILMED BY
Jamie Tierney
Additional footage from Quiksilver
And Niccolo Violati

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Thu, 17 Oct 2013 00:40:27 +0000
<![CDATA[Take It Easy]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/take-it-easy/

Quiksilver proudly presents a full length snowboard movie featuring Danimals, Johnny Brady, Ian Hart, Teo Konttinen and Zebbe Landmark, with cameos from Travis Rice, Bryan Fox, Will Lavigne, Ulrik Badertscher, Kim Rune Hansen and Jake OE. This crew took to filming around the world from the streets of Helsinki Finland to the vast backcountry of Whistler British Columbia. Capturing the action to get you hyped for the upcoming winter season. 

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Mon, 14 Oct 2013 04:15:51 +0000
<![CDATA[‪Daily Highlights - Quiksilver Pro France 2013 Final‬]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/daily-highlights-quik-pro-france-final/

The 2013 Quiksilver Pro France champion Mick Fanning took out Brazil’s Gabriel Medina in the Final to take the title and the lead in the ASP World Title Race.

Some of the biggest airs and perfect rides seen in contests this year were thrown down on the Finals day as a result of the epic heat draws. Fanning consecutively outsurfed Hawaiian phenomenon John John Florence and Joel Parkinson on his way to the final, where he found himself backed up against the wall against Medina. The two-time World Champ stuck to his game plan though. Mick attacked a bumpy righthander with all his power to scalp an 8.83 and as a result stole the show.

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Sat, 05 Oct 2013 00:38:01 +0000
<![CDATA[Mick Fanning Wins Fourth Quiksilver Pro France, Solidifies WCT Rankings Lead]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/mick-fanning-wins-quik-pro-france-13/

Mick Fanning (AUS) 32, has just won the Quiksilver Pro France in an action packed final over Gabriel Medina (BRA) 19, in 3-4Ft (1 metre) waves at the back up venue of Le Penon in Seignosse.

Stop No.8 of 10 on the ASP World Championship Tour, the Quiksilver Pro France juggled with a difficult forecast to showcase the World’s Best surfers in quality waves over the two iconic spots of La Graviere and Le Penon.

Mick Fanning (AUS) 32, clinches a historic fourth win at the Quiksilver Pro France making him the most decorated surfer of the event’s 12-year history. This result marks the first event win for Fanning this season and cements him in the pole position on the rankings.

“I’m pretty emotional, I never really got into rhythm until this morning so it feels great,” an ecstatic Fanning stated. “It just feels so good, Gabi is such an incredible kid, even with 20 seconds to go I was still under pressure, it just feels so good.”

Fanning consecutively outsurfed Hawaiian phenomenon John John Florence (HAW) 20 and Joel Parkinson on his way to the final, where he found himself backed up against the wall with Medina in the lead. The two-time World Champion sticked to his game plan and attacked a bumpy righthander with all his power to scalp an excellent 8.83 and steal the show.

 

“Conditions deteriorated towards the end, but I was a little lucky with that last wave I guess. Gabriel and Filipe have just been going so big, I just thought I’d stick to my game and it sort of paid off towards the end,” Fanning continued. “I watched them flipping around in the air, they have no fear and go so high it’s incredible, I wish I could start again with new ankles and try to do some airs like that.”

Gabriel Medina (BRA) 19, former winner of the Quiksilver Pro France in 2011, had a difficult season so far amongst the Elite ASP Top34 and nets in France his best result of 2013. Leader of the new generation’s charge alongside the likes of Julian Wilson and Nat Young between others, Medina confirms Europe as his winning territory and will be one to watch next week in Portugal.

“I’m really happy I made the final with Mick, it’s been a good week with a great result in the end,” Medina said. “I’m stoked, another final and now I’m off to Portugal and hopefully I can do good there again.”

Off to a great start in the final, Medina chose his waves wisely and lofted several airs to score an excellent heat total of 15.00 in the first few minutes. He unfortunately couldn’t stave off an inspired recovery from Fanning who turned the situation around with a combination of three powerful turns on a long running righthander.

“I always like to come here to France, the waves just suit my surfing. It already used to be a good place for me, but it just keeps getting better and better.”

Filipe Toledo (BRA) 18, talented natural footer from Ubatuba in his rookie season amongst the Top34, surfed the heat of his life in the quarter-finals to defeat 11-time World Champion and defending event champion Kelly Slater (USA) 41. Toledo got the better waves of the exchange and managed to surf free of any pressure to rack up an impressive heat total of 16.10 out of 20.

“It’s the best feeling for sure I’m stoked, he’s running for the tile I’m not, I’m just looking for my best result of the year so I was super relaxed and just chasing scores. I’ve just beat the best surfer ever, I can’t describe how I feel !”

Toledo was however no match to an impressive Medina in their semi-final, who took an early control of the heat and of the airspace above Le Penon, launching into huge rotations to net a near perfect 9.10 and take the win. Toledo places equal third and posts his best result to date on the WCT.

“I’m still super stoked, it’s my best result so far and in my first year on the CT,” Toledo said. “I’m stoked for Gabriel too, he started strong with a 9 and a 7, those lefts with the wind are everything he loves to go big. It’s a huge confidence boost before Portugal, and important points for the Rookie of the year race, I’d like to finish the year in the Top10. I love Europe, there’s really good beachbreaks and it’s a lot like Brazil.”

This 3rd place result propels Toledo to the No.16 spot on the 2013 WCT rankings.

Joel Parkinson (AUS) 32, surfed a solid quarter-final heat and displayed his signature power moves to edge out an in form Kai Otton (AUS) 33. Despite Otton getting the better of an early exchange, Parkinson regrouped to find an excellent peaky righthander and perform a combination of two big turns to scalp the 7.90 he required to advance into the semis.

“When we first got here it looked pretty bad, but that was fun I paddled out and it turned on, they timed it perfect,” Parkinson said following his quarter-final. “I couldn’t have another bad result, all my safety nets were gone so I needed it to be a final or a semi. Mick and Kelly have a pretty big lead over me so I felt I could surf without pressure.”

Parkinson couldn’t however repeat the same scenario when facing fellow Gold-Coaster Fanning in the semi-finals and fell short of finding the high score he needed to hinder Fanning’s road to victory. Parkinson places equal third and stays in striking distance of the World Title.

“It was just a let down I guess, I missed one wave, one opportunity.” Parkinson admitted. “I could have been a little more patient but I guess it gives Mick another boost now and puts pressure on everyone else in the race, I’ll have to do the math now.”

QUIKSILVER PRO FRANCE FINAL RESULTS:
1- Mick Fanning (AUS) 16.66
2- Gabriel Medina (BRA) 15.00

QUIKSILVER PRO FRANCE SEMI-FINAL RESULTS:
SF1: Mick Fanning (AUS) 16.10 def. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 15.03
SF2: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 17.87 def. Filipe Toledo (BRA) 12.93

QUIKSILVER PRO FRANCE QUARTER-FINAL RESULTS:
QF1: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 15.77 def. Kai Otton (AUS) 13.60
QF2: Mick Fanning (AUS) 17.00 def. John John Florence (HAW) 13.77
QF3: Filipe Toledo (BRA) 16.37 def. Kelly Slater (USA) 11.40
QF4: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 15.70 def. Julian Wilson (AUS) 12.00

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Fri, 04 Oct 2013 00:31:46 +0000
<![CDATA[Quarter-finalists Decided at Quiksilver Pro France]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/quater-finalists-decided-quik-pro-france-13/

The Quiksilver Pro France resumed this morning in clean 3-4Ft surf at the primary venue of La Graviere in Hossegor. A quick deterioration of the conditions forced event organizers to call competition OFF after the completion of the fifth round which determined the eight quarter-finalists still in contention for the French crown.

Event No.8 of 10 on the ASP World Championship Tour, the Quiksilver Pro France marks an important turn towards the very end of the 2013 season and will play a vital role in the World Title race and requalification campaigns of the Top34.

Gabriel Medina (BRA) 19, former winner of the Quiksilver Pro France in 2011, picked the best waves of the day and navigated through tricky and fast barrels to rack up an impressive 17.43 out of 20 and advance straight into the quarters.

“I hope I can get another win here, it’s all I’m looking for,” Medina stated. “That was a fun heat against Julian and Jordy, I got that one wave that was so good and I almost fell so I’m stoked I made it.”

Breaking a board on his second attempt at taming the Hossegor shorebreaks, Medina switched equipment and seemed to have his quiver dialed as the second board would allow him to net a near-perfect 9.93 out of 10 later in the heat.

“I broke my board right at the beginning and changed for this one which works really good,” Medina continued. “This is a Pukas 5’9, I usually surf a 5’11 but this one is a little shorter but thicker, it’s definitely different but I love it.”

John John Florence (HAW) 20, current World No.15 coming into the Quiksilver Pro France, started on a fast hollow righthander in the opening seconds of his Round 4 matchup against Mick Fanning (AUS) and Michel Bourez (PYF) 27. The talented Hawaiian exited the barrel beautifully to score an excellent 8.00 point ride which eventually won him a ticket for the quarter-finals.

“There’s no pressure for a title or anything, so I’m just trying to make a couple heats and have fun,” Florence said. “I really want to win another event, I haven’t won one since Rio so that’d be pretty sick to win another one at some point.. I’m riding a 6’0, this is the board I rode for the whole Bali event and I kind of forgot about it but I saw it when I went home and I’m surfing it here it goes really good.”

Kelly Slater (USA) 41, defending event champion here in France, won the lowest-scoring non-elimination round 4 heat this morning with only a couple of average scores on the board. Despite the deception of not being able to display what the 11-time World Champion is capable of, this quarter-final berth for Slater is a crucial result towards ameliorating his season tally in the 2013 title race.

“The waves were not really good, it’s a bummer but there’s not much we can do about it, with the tide’s pretty low it’s just closing out,” Slater explained. “The direction the wave comes in just won’t allow them to peak up anywhere, so it’s just a flip of a coin and hoping that something happens out there for you.”

Mick Fanning (AUS) 32, earned his quarter-final spot the hard way, coming out on top of a tight low scoring heat in the fifth round. Surfing at a difficult moment of the tide, Fanning engaged in two barreling rides and managed to escape just before the closing-out sections posting the required scores to advance.

“When I knew I was going to have Taj, you know he’s been in form for the last couple of events and he’s been ripping, I knew it was going to be a really big heat, but the waves didn’t really come to play,” Fanning said. “I just snuck a couple of head dips and he didn’t have much, it was really difficult out there.”

Current leader of the ASP World Championship Tour rankings, Fanning knows the importance of his win over fellow Australian Taj Burrow (AUS) 35, who is however mathematically still in contention for a maiden World Title.

“I woke up today and sort of thought, if you win that first heat it could potentially knock somebody out of the race, but you know you just have to take it heat by heat,” Fanning continued. “I’m just stoked to get through another tight one, I’ve had so many of those this year, I’m just trying to play cool under pressure.”

The biggest upset came from Filipe Toledo (BRA) 18, who eliminated current World No.3 Jordy Smith (ZAF) 25, in their fifth round encounter. One of the form surfers of the event so far, Toledo continued his dominant streak in the air to dominate the heat and hinder Smith’s situation in the World Title race.

Event officials will reconvene tomorrow morning for a probable final call of the Quiksilver Pro France. When competition resumes, up first will be Kai Otton (AUS) against reigning World Champion Joel Parkinson (AUS).

Visit http://www.quiksilverpro.com for all the latest and check out the Heat Review to see every heat, score and more.

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Fri, 04 Oct 2013 00:25:12 +0000
<![CDATA[Jake Marshall Wins King of The Groms World Final]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/jake-marshal-wins-kotg-13/

It’s a tradition now, the Quiksilver King of the Groms final is held during theQuiksilver Pro France and gathers every year, the under 16 world’s best surfers.

This year, the King of the Groms was inaugurating a new digital qualification format. After posting a video featuring their best waves, the kids were selected for the great final in France by a regional jury made of surf industry professionals and public. Finally, 15 groms travelled to France along with 3 wildcards to compete in the 2013 Quiksilver King of the Groms.

After surfing 3 non elimination rounds each, every surfer was ranked by the official ASP judges according to his performances on his 3 best waves. A the end, the top 3 groms were allowed to surf the final today at La Gravière, Hossegor.

Event’s revelation Jake Marshall (USA) defeated the new Asp Junior European Champion Leonardo Fioravanti thanks to a great wave surfed in the dying seconds of the heat and awarded by the final’s highest score – 8,77 points out of 10. Despite surfing strong and scoring the only 10 point ride of the competition, Fioravanti takes the KOTG second place whileKanoa Igarashi places third. Marshall, a 14 years old surfer from Cardiff by the sea in California, becomes the new King of the Groms after Mikey Wright, Gabriel Medina, Jeremy Flores or Aritz Aranburu in the past years.

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Thu, 03 Oct 2013 00:19:46 +0000
<![CDATA[Day 7 Highlights – Quiksilver Pro France 2013]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/day-7-highlights-quik-pro-france-13/

The Quiksilver Pro France resumed today in clean 4-6Ft waves at the primary venue of La Graviere and completed the third round of competition with the World’s Best lighting up the Hossegor peaks to whittle the field down to just twelve surfers.

Event No.8 of 10 on the 2013 ASP World Championship Tour, The Quiksilver Pro France was in a holding pattern for the past four days due to non-existant swell and finally recommenced today in pumping surf. This event will play a major role in the World Title race as well as requalification campaigns of the Top 34.

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Thu, 03 Oct 2013 00:05:46 +0000
<![CDATA[Day 2 Highlights – Quiksilver Pro France 2013 & King of the Groms]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/day-02-highlights-quik-pro-france-2013/

 The Quiksilver Pro France re-started this morning in clean 3Ft surf at the back-up location of Le Penon in Seignosse, South-West France. The remaining seven heats of Round 2 were completed in playful rights and lefts for the pleasure of the capacity crowds who witnessed excellent performances from the World’s Best.

Gabriel Medina (BRA) 19, past winner of the Quiksilver Pro France in 2011 punctuated today’s action with an incredible performance, posting the first perfect 10-point ride of the event, for a stratospheric full-rotation aerial on his backhand. The Brazilian prodigy who won the King of the Groms division in 2009 with a perfect heat total of 20, found similarities in the lineup and let his talent show on a fast-running righthander.

“I feel good, I’ve had a couple fun waves,” Medina stated. “Travis was surfing really good so I decided to concentrate on the air cause it’s fun in those small waves, I’m stoked to make it through. It’s cool to watch the King of the groms too now, those guys are ripping and I can relate, I won here a few years ago t’s really cool to see.”

Kai Otton (AUS) 33, was another goofy-footer to advance into the third round today. The experienced Australian exploded on his backhand and surfed a beautiful righthander to perfection netting a 9.17 which he quickly backed up with another excellent score of 8.40. Otton is surfing one of his most consistent season on the World Championship Tour, currently occupating the 12th spot which he hadn’t reached since 2007.

“It was a little bit slow out there, inconsistent conditions on the top of the tide,” Otton said. “I wanted to get busy and I almost made a mistake going on the first wave but it was a two-wave set and I got the better of it, so I’m pretty lucky to start with that 9 point ride. Adam is one of my best buddies I travel with him all year so it’s unfortunate to have a heat with him, but he fought back and got a 9 and I was still really nervous right up until the end he’s realy capable of getting an 8.5. The waves just let him down and it went my way so I’m pretty relieved.”

Michel Bourez (PYF) 27, current World No.10 and the crowd’s favourite today in Seignosse, escaped a tricky Round 2 situation finding two nice waves right from the start and keeping a  very short lead over Damien Hobgood (USA) 34, until the final countdown.

“It’s really tough out there, waves are small and inconsistent this morning,” Bourez said. “But we’re lucky to still have waves today, it looks like it’s going to be flat for a few days now. I really want to do good in France, it’s where it all started for me, I beat Kelly and made the quarters as a wildcard here. It’s good to see Marc and Ramzi coming up and surfing great too, I hope they make it soon I need more friends on tour. Leo too, who’s just won the Junior European title I’m stoked for him and I hope he continues to do great.”

Brett Simpson (USA) 28, drew first blood against fellow Californian Nat Young (USA) 22, starting on a beautiful righthander in the opening minutes of their exchange, to perform critical vertical snaps and carves which earned him an excellent 9.10 out of 10.

“Nat’s been on a tear this season, I knew it was going to be tough but I like these little waves, it’s kind of what I surf a lot at home,” Simpson said. “I was able to sneak that first one, we were battling for position and I wanted to get started. Luckily I did and I surfed it well and I finally got in that coveted 9 club, it’s hard on this tour !”

Sebastien Zietz (HAW) 25, survived day 2 of competition at the Quiksilver Pro France, opposed to perennial threat Bede Durbidge (AUS) 30. In his rookie season amongst the Elite, Zietz already locked in two excellent 5th place results and is looking to post another big result to solidify his spot within the Top22 towards requalification for next year’s tour.

“I was definitely scared when I saw him going for the air, but yeah I’m just stoked to get some good waves,” Zietz said. “This is amazing, anyone complaining with the waves today is kind of crazy, this is by far the best QS I’ve ever surfed, I’m just looking at it that way ! Every single contest on the WCT is better, I’m stoked to be on the tour and stoked on my performance, as long as I don’t get last I’m happy.”

 

UPCOMING QUIKSILVER PRO FRANCE ROUND 3 MATCHUPS:

 

Heat 1: Taj Burrow (AUS) vs Alejo Muniz (BRA)

Heat 2: Kai Otton (AUS) vs Fredrick Patacchia (HAW)

Heat 3: Joel Parkinson (AUS) vs Patrick Gudauskas (USA)

Heat 4: Michel Bourez (PYF) vs Kolohe Andino (USA)

Heat 5: John John Florence (HAW) vs Sebastien Zietz (HAW)

Heat 6: Mick Fanning (AUS) vs Ramzi Boukhiam (MAR)

Heat 7: Kelly Slater (USA) vs Aritz Aranburu (EUK)

Heat 8: Jeremy Flores (FRA) vs Filipe Toledo (BRA)

Heat 9: Adriano De Souza (BRA) vs Brett Simpson (USA)

Heat 10: Julian Wilson (AUS) vs Miguel Pupo (BRA)

Heat 11: Adrian Buchan (AUS) vs Gabriel Medina (BRA)

Heat 12: Jordy Smith (ZAF) vs Kieren Perrow (AUS)

 

QUIKSILVER PRO FRANCE ROUND 2 RESULTS:

 

Heat 6: Alejo Muniz (BRA) 16.80 def. C.J Hobgood (USA) 16.17

Heat 7: Michel Bourez (PYF) 14.03 def. Damien Hobgood (USA) 13.50

Heat 8: Brett Simpson (USA) 15.77 def. Nat Young (USA) 13.33

Heat 9: Kai Otton (AUS) 17.57 def. Adam Melling (AUS) 14.83

Heat 10: John John Florence (HAW) 14.77 def. Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 12.93

Heat 11: Sebastien Zietz (HAW) 17.60 def. Bede Durbidge (AUS) 15.43

Heat 12: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 18.17 def. Travis Logie (ZAF) 17.37

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Mon, 30 Sep 2013 04:46:17 +0000
<![CDATA[Dinner For Deux – A Short Film Starring Dane Reynolds & Craig Anderson: Part 2]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/dinner-for-deux-part-02/ The skies grew darker by the day, the winds grew stronger with each gust. We seemingly went from surfing for hours a day to an hour. This did not hinder Dane’s surfing from flourishing. Blame it on a better batch of boards, a hankering for raw waves, or his god-given talent, but Dane destroyed France. Maybe it was the idleness of the lifestyle, the constant roaming, but something light a fire under him. And Ando trailed closely behind. His game, an avalanche of skill stoked by his gypsy lifestyle, wowed the odd nudist with impeccable airs and stylish barrels.

It was maybe the third week we started to go crazy. Days blended into one another. The diet was slowing us down. The van grew to be a dark and wet place we resented. The better the waves, the worst the weather. But we trucked on. We found a few amazing moments at secluded sandbars, a prototype wavepool, and a jetty guarded closely by short-tempered boogieboarders. The fourth week was met with reprieve. The weather was brisk, but the sun shone. We milked the North Atlantic storm cells for all they offered, and watching the gang surf was a sight to behold. Airs and barrels galore; it was a bloodbath. We rejoiced, and danced merrily til midnight, when the skies opened up and unleashed their fury.

Fall was ending, fast. Winter reared her teeth, and chilled us to the bone. Warmth was scarce, tranquility was nil. The sea roared, the sky favored no one but the rain. And so, we hunted those moments of light. The elusive twenty minute session at the perfect sandbar. The warm fire in a 14thcentury bed-and-breakfasts. Grimes for mis-purposed emotional support. It was a strenuous time, one when you almost question why you were exploring this foreign land for surf. But on that last day, when the sun parted the blackest rain cloud I ever laid eyes on, as we sipped wine and ate cheese on a remote beach watching empty waves peel, I knew…

Check back next week for the full movie release.

Craig, surfing… in the countryside.

After a long day of surfing a manmade wave, we adventured into San Sebastian to sample their exquisite Tapas and beers.

Dane logged almost as much air time as Ando, which after a slow summer in California makes perfect sense.

We were exploring the Pyrenees mountains when a sudden downpour caught us all offguard. Ando runs for cover to the car, before we sought out the nearest fireplace.

We journeyed up the highest road we could find in the Pyrenees, arriving us to a surreal viewpoint, that was almost immediately socked another thick rain storm. We got absolutely soaked, but spirits were high as the countryside’s beauty is unparalleled.

Dane, filming with a ratty old Bolex for his movie on Ando, Slow Dance. As we wandered around the coast looking for surf, Dane often found himself filming Ando and co exploring harbors, promenades, forests, and deserted beaches.

Ando, post-surf at the Grand Plage in Biarritz. We had many fun surfs here, which is always a treat considering the immediate beauty of the massive casino and hotels on the promenade that hang over the beach.

Dane, watching Ando pull his last air of the night. Often times they’d get out before the sun even set, as it wouldn’t get dark until 10:30pm. They’d painfully tear themselves away from the surf to just be able to eat dinner before midnight.

Ando, defying the general consensus that the car was the nicest place to be this day. He insisted that the storm surf would be fun, and while none of us agreed, he put up a good fight.

Our long days of surfing were peppered with skating the parking lots of France. Here Ando translates a bit of his surfing style to dry land.

Sometimes the stormiest days were the best to leave the house. Dane found some incredible waves this day, while the rest of us insisted it was far to cold to enter the water. A broken board and 3 amazing barrels later, he laughed at our timidness.

5am coffees before the beach were essential. There is only one place that was open this late into the fall in Hossegor, a small bar with a mean expresso machine. We all made good friends with the lovely lady that ran it.

Even the flat days in France were rife with wandering. This day found Dane and Ando in Chambre D’Amour, looking for spicy sauces and cold beer.

The chateau of Chambre D’Amour by night, a beautiful landmark that is one of many visual displays of France’s living history.

The dynamic duo, enjoying a dinner for deux in the mountains of France. After a long day of surfing, sampling a new source of Basque cuisine was almost always necessary. This night found them in the house of an old lady, who quite possibly didn’t run a restaurant, but invited us in and acted like it anyway.

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Sun, 29 Sep 2013 23:30:21 +0000
<![CDATA[Round 1 Highlights – Quiksilver Pro France 2013]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/round-01-highlights-quik-pro-france-2013/

The ASP World Title Race resumed this morning on the opening day of the Quiksilver Pro France, with the world’s best surfers taking on clean 3-4Ft A-frames at the back-up location of Seignosse Le Penon.

Event No.8 of 10 on the 2013 ASP World Championship Tour, the Quiksilver Pro France showcases professional surfing’s heroes in some of the best beachbreaks on the planet. With only two more events left this year, both World Title contenders and surfers outside the Top22 consider the Quiksilver Pro France with the utmost importance.

Quiksilver surfer Kelly Slater (USA) 41, eleven-time ASP World Champion, had his back against the ropes in his Round 1 encounter with Adam Melling (AUS) and Dane Reynolds (USA) and failed to find excellent scoring opportunities for most of the 30-minute exchange. With only seconds on the clock, Slater found a cleaner, longer left with more verticality and dismantled every section of the wave to earn a near-perfect 9.23 out of a possible 10.

“Jeez it was a slow one, in all the rotation Adam had priority,” Slater stated. “There only was one good wave on the sets and he kept picking them. That last one I got was actually a little funny cause he could have caught the wave, but there was kind of a flatness and a wedge in between him and I and he would have been behind the foamball where I was taking off. I couldn’t believe it when I saw him stop paddling, I looked down the line and it had such a clean face, it was fun !”

Jeremy Flores (FRA) 25, pleased the massive French crowds assembled on the water’s edge this afternoon, when he won his first heat collecting a two-wave total of 16.23. Suffering from an ankle injury sustained only a few days ago, Flores battled the pain and selected the best opportunities out in the lineup taking full advantage of his extensive local knowledge.

“It’s pretty painful but the heat is only 30 minute so I could deal with the pain for half an hour I guess,” Flores said. “Now It looks like there won’t be any swell for a little while so this is great for me, I can have some time off and try to heal quicker. I seriously wasn’t expecting to surf like that, it’s funny what the brain is capable of, like dealing with this pain. I’m really happy and feel realy lucky.”

Taj Burrow (AUS) 35, current World No.4 was the first surfer to exploit the Northern end of the competition area and chase the long running lefthanders. Burrows then applied his usual powerful backhand on the clean faces to net three scores in the excellent range and logically advance into the third round.

“There’s lots of waves out there, I even had a left to myself which is pretty awesome,” Burrow said. “I was very happy with that, I got to catch a couple fun lefts and do some backhand turns. The other boys were on the right and they got some good scores too, Marc got an 8 and Bede got an 8.9 which was the best wave of the heat, so it ended up being pretty close but I was pretty happy to win.”

The biggest surprise today came at the hands of up-and-coming Moroccan Ramzi Boukhiam (MAR) 20, who relegated current World No.3 Jordy Smith (ZAF) to the second round of competition. Boukhiam, a former invitee at the Quiksilver Pro France who eliminated Joel Parkinson in the second round in 2011 made great use of his replacement spot in the event again and will look to lock-in another strong heat in the third round.

“I’m super happy I had a lot of fun !” Boukhiam commented. “I had a last-minute call from Micky Picon who told me I had a spot in the event, so I came here on the first plane from Bali. I was against some of the best surfers in the world, but no pressure. I’m just going to try and keep going like this, I’ve been looking up to those guys since I’m super young and now that I’m getting older I want to try and beat them !”

Event organizers and surfers will reconvene tomorrow morning at 7:30am local time to re-assess conditions. Up first when competition recommences will be C.J Hobgood (USA) against Alejo Muniz (BRA).

 

QUIKSILVER PRO FRANCE ROUND 1 RESULTS:

Heat 1: Kieren Perrow (AUS) 15.27 pts, Travis Logie (ZAF) 13.00 pts, Josh Kerr (AUS) 9.43 pts

Heat 2: Frederick Pattachia (HAW) 14.77 pts, Joel Parkinson ( AUS) 12.80 pts, Aritz Aranburu (EUK) 9.83 pts

Heat 3: Taj Burrow (AUS) 16.80 pts, Bede Durbidge (AUS)15.17 pts, Marc Lacomare (FRA) 13.60 pts

Heat 4 : Ramzi Boukhiam (MAR) 13.67 pts, Jordy Smith (ZAF) 13.50 pts, Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 7.50 pts

Heat 5 : Kelly Slater (USA) 16.76 pts, Adam Melling (AUS) 15.40 pts, Dane Reynolds (USA) 8.50 pts

Heat 6 : Kolohe Andino (USA) 17.40 pts, Mick Fanning (AUS) 13.86 pts, Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA) 13.67 pts

Heat 7 : Julian Wilson (AUS) 15.23 pts, Gabreil Medina (BRA) 15.07 pts, Yadin Nicol (AUS) 10.10 pts

Heat 8 : Filipe Toledo (BRA) 17.67 pts, Adriano de Souza (BRA) 15.16 pts, Alejo Muniz (BRA) 11.70 pts

Heat 9 : Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 16.17 pts, C.J Hobgood (USA) 15.33 pts, Sebastien Zietz (HAW) 15.26 pts

Heat 10 :  Miguel Pupo (BRA) 15.34 pts,  John John Florence (HAW) 13.47 pts, Michel Bourez (PYF) 11.43 pts

Heat 11 : Jérémy Florès (FRA) 16.23 pts, Nat Young (USA) 12.20 pts, Damien Hobgood (USA) 12.13 pts

Heat 12 : Adien Buchan (AUS) 15.90 pts, Kai Otton (AUS) 13.67 pts, Brett Simpson (USA) 12.06 pts

 

 

QUIkSILVER PRO FRANCE ROUND 2 RESULTS:

Heat 1 : Mick Fanning (AUS) 15.43 pts, Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA) 8.00 pts

Heat 2 : Jordy Smith (ZAF) 18.90 pts, Dane Reynolds (USA) 12.00 pts

Heat 3 : Joel Parkinson ( AUS) 16.50 pts, Marc Lacomare (FRA) 15.90 pts

Heat 4 : Aritz Aranburu (EUK) 15.50 pts, Josh Kerr (AUS)14.47 pts

Heat 5 : Adriano de Souza (BRA) 17.66 pts, Yadin Nicol (AUS) 15.06 pts

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Sat, 28 Sep 2013 04:38:57 +0000
<![CDATA[Short Film Starring Dane Reynolds & Craig Ando]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/dinner-for-deux-part-01/

Photos & words by Morgan Masseen

Ten days into our adventure, it became crystal clear… We had played into the French cliché perfectly. Adorning the surfboards and wetsuits of our van’s occupants, was the most perfect bundle of wine and cheese a non-European ever did see. It sat so delicately atop the gear, coddled by Red cameras and half the sand of Graviere. We all cherished it, having put in so much deliberation into the gathering of it’s contents, and were all holding our breathe for its execution. Our pride, our joy, our lifeforce… was a fruitbasket.

While the first week of waves had satiated our appetites aplenty, the swift kick of Fall’s winds and rain had misted our team with disillusion. Were we here to surf Europe’s world-class beach breaks, or were we merely entertaining our journey into French culture? Long hours were spent driving through dark forests, hoping the right opening would lead us to a promising sandbar. We drove north, south, east and west searching for answers. The countryside deceived us, telling us to try our hands at gastronomy, sightseeing, relaxing. We spent nights in the mountains, stargazing and living the life of yesteryear. We sipped wine at dusk in ancient harbours. We pinched our noses to the purest of pates. And we traversed kilometer after kilometer of empty road, searching… To Be continued.

Ando spent most of his time in France in the air. As fall set in, the sky grew darker, the winds brisker, and the conditions for him to launch his aerial assualt more perfect. On this day, he shared a lonely sandbar with just Dane, testing his ability against the approaching storm’s winds. 

After long sessions at empty beaches, nothing beckoned us more than the call of the local Boulangerie’s coffee and cakes. However, on the more serene fall days such as this one, we struggled to find the will to leave the perfection of another French beach day.

Ando and his friends could not get enough of the waves France had to offer, and with the inclemental weather of winter approaching, a quick sunset surf after a day of rain was always greeted with extreme enthusiasm.

Too excited to to take the standard path down to La Piste’s rippable peaks, Ando found a more fullfilling shortcut

This encapsulates everything that is perfect about France to Craig: glorious evenings, empty beachbreaks, windy ramps, and a bottle of wine and pot of Mussels brewing close by.

Often times we adventured into the forest, which always surprised us with different rewards. This day held some of our most special sessions.

Ando, doing what he does best.

Dane, after trudging through the densest sand known to man, was pleased to find a desolate beach with plenty of wave options to goof around on with his Sperm Whale.

The forest of southwest France is deep, dark, and incredibly quiet. When not getting lost on it’s wild roads, we would often stop to take in just how serene it really was.

In the fall, Hossegor and it’s surrounding community shuts down, as the majority of its residents head back to their respective lives in the city. This made for a surreal playground of chateau’s for Dane to film part of his magnum opus, Slow Dance, on the ever-shy Craig Anderson.

Dane sniffed out the biggest and best waves France had to offer. This day, there were no takers except for him and Craig, who traded off chaotic lumps of water for hours on end. Snapped boards littered the beach, beatings were aplenty, but the odd barrel like this made it totally worth it.

Ando and Dane, enjoying the serendipity of what might have been the most beautiful beach day any of us ever had. Glassy conditions, perfect a-frames, wine, cheese, and not a soul around left us all smiling for weeks.

A brief interlude from the consistent beach breaks of France was found when we journeyed down to Spain to try out a prototype wave-pool. Dane tore the perfect wave to shreds, leaving us all wondering about the future of competitive and free-surfing.

Stay tuned for part 2 (deux)…

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Wed, 25 Sep 2013 01:21:39 +0000
<![CDATA[HAWAIIAN: THE LEGEND OF EDDIE AIKAU]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/hawaiian-the-legend-of-eddie-aikau/

ESPN Films announces the return of the Peabody award-winning film series 30 For 30 with Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau, a 2013 Tribeca Film Festival selection, which will premiere on ESPN/ESPN HD on Tuesday, October 1, at 8 p.m. ET/5pm PT.  Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau is directed by Sam George (Riding Giants) and produced by Stacy Peralta (Dogtown and Z-Boys) and Paul Taublieb (The Vow).

“Eddie Would Go” is a phrase that has long carried deep meaning with countless Hawaiians and surfers worldwide.  Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau goes beyond those famous three words and chronicles the remarkable life and power of Eddie Aikau, the legendary Hawaiian big wave surfer, pioneering lifeguard and ultimately doomed crew member of the Polynesian voyaging canoe Hokule’a.  With a rich combination of archival imagery, contemporary interviews and meticulously researched historical source material, this film is a compelling exploration of the tragic decline and extraordinary re-birth of the Hawaiian culture as personified by a native son whose dynamic life and heroic death served as inspiration to an entire spiritual movement.

“Our goal with the 30 for 30 series is to always entertain and inform fans by offering a rich, detailed look at various sports and athletes,” said Connor Schell, vice president of ESPN Films.  “Eddie Aikau’s story explores both the spirit of the Hawaiian people and that of the surfing culture while also providing an examination of one man’s life and what it has meant to so many.”

Hawaiian will be available on iTunes and Amazon Instant Video the day after its broadcast premiere. A six-disc collectible DVD Gift Set, featuring the first fifteen films from 30 for 30 Volume II, will be available at major retailers in-store and online on November 26, 2013.

30 for 30-related updates are available at www.facebook.com/espn30for30 and www.twitter.com/30for30.

Learn more about Eddie Aikau

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Sun, 22 Sep 2013 23:54:58 +0000
<![CDATA[Limited Edition Zipperless Asymmetrical Wetsuits]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/limited-edition-zipperless-asymmetrical-wetsuits/

Been wondering what the Quiksilver team riders have been wearing at The Hurley Pro at Lower Trestles? It’s a super-limited edition Asymmetrical Wetsuit featuring 100% FN-Lite Neoprene, Hydrolock Seam Seals, and the latest in Zipperless Entry technology.

Best thing about this?

You can own the same wetsuit. For a limited time only we will be selling them at these lovely retailers in black/gray and blue/gray:

Australia:

• Quiksilver Retail Stores across AU and NZ

• http://www.quiksilver.com.au

http://www.surfstitch.com.au

• Slimes

• Surfection

We can’t guarantee you will surf like these guys, but looking like ‘em in the water we can. Prepare to be stoked when someone mistakes you for Kelly,Dane, Freddy, Jeremy or Travis.

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Wed, 18 Sep 2013 00:14:32 +0000
<![CDATA[Kanoa Igarashi - Episode #01]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/kanoa-episode-01/ ]]> Sun, 15 Sep 2013 23:53:22 +0000 <![CDATA[Quiksilver Pro France 2013 – The Teaser]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/quik-pro-france-teaser/

Pumping barrels, heavy shore breaks, insane crowds, sick parties... here's a few things going through everyone's mind when you mention the Quiksilver Pro France! And sure enough, here's a few of those reasons to join in the action this year! The 8th stage on the ASP World Tour takes place on the famous beach breaks of Hossegor in South-West France. The Worlds best professional surfers will be throwing down all they've got on France's punchy waves between Sept 26th to Oct 6th. Follow all the contest live, in HD on: http://quiksilverlive.com

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Wed, 11 Sep 2013 23:51:04 +0000
<![CDATA[Julian Wilson - Throw Back Thursday]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/julian-wilson-throw-back-thursday/

In some of the heaviest contest conditions seen at the main comp spot of La Gravière, Julian Wilson didn't disappoint in his earlier rounds of the Quiksilver Pro France 2012, throwing down a prefect 10 in that unforgettable heat against Adam Melling who took what many say, the slam of the event! See what Julian has to say himself in our 4th #ThrowBackThursday clip.

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Thu, 05 Sep 2013 23:47:18 +0000
<![CDATA[Kelly Slater - Throw Back Thursday]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/kelly-slater-throw-back-thursday/

The 2012 Quiksilver Pro France winner, Kelly Slater took out some of the world's Top Surfers, including Joel Parkinson, Adrien Buchan and team mate Dane Reynolds showing once again why he's 11 times world champ!

In our 3rd #ThrowBack video, Kelly takes us through the challenging heats that came his way in his fight for the title!

quiksilverlive.com

Music:
Group - The Dedicated Nothing
Title - Aint got words
Label - Drop In Music

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Fri, 30 Aug 2013 00:05:44 +0000
<![CDATA[Kael Walsh ]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/kael-walsh/

 

Kael Walsh, the Inaugural and Current u/14 Australian Champion from Yallingup in Western Australia has been pushing the limits for a 13 year old! Check out this little clip of him surfing at home..

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Wed, 28 Aug 2013 05:20:24 +0000
<![CDATA[Slow Dance Leftovers – The Photos]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/slow-dance-leftovers-photos/ Throughout the 2 years of filming and traveling for Slow Dance, plenty of photos were shot that may have never been seen. Enjoy some insight from throughout the journey. Photos by Morgan Masseen, Dane Reynolds, Craig Anderson & friends.

Slow Dance is available on DVD.

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Fri, 23 Aug 2013 00:32:33 +0000
<![CDATA[Kelly Slater Takes ASP Title Race Lead]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/kelly-leading-asp-title-race/

Having reached the final of the 6th stop on the 2013 ASP World Tour, Kelly Slater is back at the frontrunner position on the ASP ratings. The 11 time world champion has now 1050 points more than his only opponent for the 2013 crown, Mick Fanning (Aus), while there are still 4 events to go this season. In the Final, Kelly Slater was defeated by Adrian Buchan (Aus) by 18.94 pts vs 17.90. Earlier, in the semis, Ace Buchan had pulled out Fanning out of the contest and helped Slater to jump on the ranking first position.

Slater was a man possessed on the final day of competition, surviving horrific wipeouts throughout his five heats of competition to find himself in this evening’s Final against Buchan. Despite an incredible backhand barrel and a last-minute effort on a righthander, the Australian’s early scores would prove too much for Slater to overcome.

“Took a few poundings out there today for sure,” Slater said. “Felt like I dislocated my shoulder at one point but it feels okay now. The waves were really fun today and Ace (Adrian Buchan) just happened to get those two gems at the start of the heat. Those two were the ones and I would have preferred a win, but Ace has been in really good form all day and he’s a deserving winner.”
Slater’s Final berth this evening pushes the Floridian into the frontrunner spot on the 2013 ASP WCT rankings heading into the back four events of the season.

“Trestles, Europe and Pipe is a pretty strong leg for me historically,” Slater said. “It’s pretty close at the top right now so it will be an interesting finish to the season.”

As for Jeremy Florès, awarded the Andy Irons award for surfing the heaviest wave of the event, the Tahitian leg ends on a nice 9th place finish keeping the Reunion Island surfer in the ASP Top 15.

After the next tour stop in California coming up, the world’s elite of surfing will be in France from September 26th for the Quiksilver Pro France.

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Mon, 19 Aug 2013 23:53:39 +0000
<![CDATA[KOTG 2013 INTERNATIONAL FINAL]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/kotg-2013-international-final/

After a 100% digital campaign lasting 6 months, with more than 150 videos submitted from 31 countries and an intense battle on social media, our Judging Panels finally decided the 15 finalists to compete in the international final.

Here is the list of the competitors who will participate in the final to be held during the Quiksilver Pro France 2013, from September the 26th to October the 6th:

 

 

- Africa: Shane Skies (ZAF)
- Asia & Middle East: Rio Waida (IDN)
- Australia: Jacob Wilcox (AUS), Kai Hing (AUS)
- Brazil: Victor Bernardo (BRA), Vitor Mendes (BRA)
- Central & South America, Caribbean: Josh Burke (BRB)
- Europe & Reunion Island: Luis Diaz (SPN), Nomme Mignot (FRA)
- Japan: Reo Inaba (JPN)
- New Zealand: Kehu Butler (NZL)
- North America: Griffin Colapinto (USA), John Mel (USA), Seth Moniz (HAW)
- South Pacific: William Peckett (PYF)

 

   

In addition to these 15 finalists, the King Of The Groms wildcards: Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA), Kanoa Igarashi (USA) and Jack Robinson (AUS) will also be in the battle for the international title.

Thanks to all the Groms who shared such great videos and made this digital event a real success! Don’t miss the international King Of The Groms final live on www.quiksilverlive.com

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Mon, 19 Aug 2013 00:04:56 +0000
<![CDATA[Matt Banting - Living California]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/matt-banting-living-california/

Matt Banting has been on fire! His latest clip sees him in southern California whilst in town for the US open, which he placed 3rd in.

Shot and edited by Jimmy Graham.

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Wed, 14 Aug 2013 01:38:35 +0000
<![CDATA[Jeremy Flores - Wave Garden]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/jeremy-flores-wave-garden/

After suffering an injury during the WCT event in Bali, Jeremy decided to train at the Wavegarden, deep in the Basque Country with Patrick Beven.

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Mon, 12 Aug 2013 01:17:04 +0000
<![CDATA[Mikey Wright - Bad Poetry]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/mikey-wright-bad-poetry/

Surfing with power, finesse and maturity well beyond his years, Mikey Wright's clips keep getting better and better..

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Tue, 30 Jul 2013 00:39:37 +0000
<![CDATA[Matt Banting finishes 3rd at US Open of Surfing]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/matt-banting-finishes-3rd-us-open-surfing/

Matt Banting (Port Macquarie, AUS), 18, finished equal 3rd at the Vans US Open of Surfing, falling to Alejo Muniz (BRA), 23, by a score of 14.00 to 11.50 in their Semifinals heat. Banting vaults from No. 92 to 41 on the men’s ASP World Ranking due to the result.

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Mon, 29 Jul 2013 01:32:23 +0000
<![CDATA[Slow Dance Premieres]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/slow-dance-premieres/

The Australian leg of Craig Anderson's "Slow Dance" premiere went off in true Aussie form. The first of the two screenings was in Byron bay. With torrential rain all day, the night looked in jeopardy but the heavens held up for a few hours. The 250+ crowd were entertained by a great movie, free Carton Dry and a sausage from the local Boardriders Club. Hoyo and MR introduced the man of the night Craig Anderson who thanked the eager sodden crowd and shed some insights into his life. After a banging night had by all, the crew made there way to tinsel town, Torquay. The Head Office opened up and transformed into a miniature festival where the 350+ crowd enjoyed free flowing beer, flying calamari and multiple fire barrels heating the crisp winters night. The movie was epic and everyone was sitting on the edge of their seats watching Ando thread a 20 second sand churning tube!

Images via : www.aboutlstnight.com

For those who missed out, we will be streaming it right here at quiksilver.com/slowdance on the 8th of August.. for free! The DVD will be available on online and on Itunes shortly after.

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Mon, 29 Jul 2013 00:41:40 +0000
<![CDATA[Quiksilver Crowd's Call wins Social TV ]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/crowds-call-wins-social-tv/

Quiksilver was awarded the winner of the "Best Online Video Social TV Award" at the Social TV Awards in Los Angeles. Creating a global first for surfing, iPowow's real-time participation platform integration into the 2013 Quiksilver Pro on the Gold Coast, Queensland beat PGA Championship by Turner Sports and Univision in the category. The calibre of other entries at the Social TV Awards included NBC Olympics, Grammy's Live - CBS Interactive and Superbowl XLVII - CBS Interactive.

Branded as the "Crowd's Call" viewers of the webcast were broaught closer to the action and were able to participate in real time with the broadcast. Viewers participated via the iPowow embedded iFrame on PC's of via smartphones by accessing the Crowds Call URL - crowdscall.com Sanitarium brands Weet-Bix and Up&Go as well as Roxy and Quiksilver were sponsors of the platform.

Download more info on Quiksilver Crowd's Call

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Thu, 18 Jul 2013 01:56:36 +0000
<![CDATA[Matt Banting - Glowing Green]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/matt-banting-glowing-green/

Here it is, Matty Banting going crazy at home in his latest clip! A nice balance of air time, tube time and some decent hooks thrown in the mix.

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Wed, 17 Jul 2013 23:29:13 +0000
<![CDATA[Uluwatu Challenge - Big Bali Eco Weekend ]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/uluwatu-challenge-big-bali-eco-weekend/


The Big Bali Eco Weekend took place on June 23rd as part of the Quiksilver Uluwatu Challenge. Surfing legends Mark Richards and Simon Anderson were in attendance as well as others working to clean up Bali's beaches, help the turtle population and encourage awareness so the beautiful island will remain pristine for future generations. ]]>
Tue, 25 Jun 2013 23:13:45 +0000
<![CDATA[Slow Dance]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/slowdance/


Surfer Dane Reynolds takes a sharp look into the timeless style of Craig Anderson. A modern approach with hints to the past, Slow Dance follows Craig as he travels to Australia, Chile, India, West Africa and Tahiti to name a few. Dane attempts to unravel Craig's perspective on his role as a professional surfer and Craig provides vague glimpses into his psyche. However, what does become clear is that craigs approach to surfing and his outlook on life is truely unique.


Available on DVD and iTunes in August with pre release DVD's available at the premiers: 20/7: huntington beach, ca, usa. 25/7: byron bay, australia. 26/7: torquay, australia. 3/8: tokyo, japan. 8/8: zarautz, spain. 9/8: hossegor, france















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Tue, 25 Jun 2013 01:18:51 +0000
<![CDATA[Behind The Ad // Travis Rice]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/behind-the-ad-travis-rice/

The photo from Travis' ad is completely nuts. Get his story from the Alaska trip where the photo was taken on in this Behind the ad video.

Shop Snow | Travis Rice Collection
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Thu, 20 Jun 2013 07:19:10 +0000
<![CDATA[Kelly Slater Wins Fiji Pro]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/kelly-slater-wins-fiji-pro-2013/ For the most part, Kelly Slater is a local in Fiji. Just ask the lovely ladies that run the heart shaped island of Tavarua and they'll tell you that Kelly is their guest of honor. When Kelly visits he doesn't rent a Villa…rather he is welcomed with open arms to sleep at a friend's house. And his performance over the last few years is proof that he has spent more time in Fiji than any other WCT surfer.

The barrels were spectacular but Kelly through a few turns into the mix because…well, why not.


This year his performance at the Fiji Pro was nothing short of spectacular. Undeniably the surfer of the event and probably the person with the most local crowd support with the exception of Wildcard ripper, Aca Lalabalavu, the son of Tavi's Chief Druku. Aca, who surfed against Kelly in Rounds 1 and 2, knows a few things about getting keged at Cloud Break and Restaurants but in the end Kelly steamrolled the competition not stopping for anything short of the winners circle.

To say Kelly has this place wired would be an understatement.


With a strong start to the year and a mediocre last few events the pressure was on. If Kelly wanted to compete for a 12th World Title he had to show up in Fiji. And The Champ showed up BIG. Anyone see those two 10′s in the Quarters? Insane, a perfect heat score. Every heat Kelly surfed caused a frenzy of excitement and there's a great chance the rest of the Tour is going to be much the same.

A huge congrats to Kelly from his family at Quiksilver for winning the Fiji Pro and taking the lead in the WCT title race. Hope you get a chance to meet your new nephew soon and good luck to you and the other Quiky boys in Bali.

Hey Kelly, how big is it?
As seen at monstrous cloudbreak... Shop Slater's Signature Boardshort


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Wed, 12 Jun 2013 01:31:57 +0000
<![CDATA[Quiksilver Open Japan 2013]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/quiksilver-open-japan-2013/

The Australian contingent and Quiksilver team riders put in a solid effort in Japan this week. The Quiksilver Open Japan, ASP 4 Star event was surfed in 3 to 5ft surf at Tsurigasaki Beach, Ichinomiya, Chosei, Chiba .

It was an all Australian affair in the semi finals. Mitch crews took down Cooper Chapman in the first semi and our own Mikey Wright took out Davey Cathels in his first ever ASP Star event!

Crews was the better surfer on the day in the wind effected conditions. Gracious in defeat, Mikey was stoked to be in the final of his first ASP Star event. “I had such a great day! I can’t complain with second, just to make the final in my first ever ASP Star event makes me so happy. Thanks to my support team and a massive congrats to Mitch Crews.”

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Mon, 03 Jun 2013 04:49:48 +0000
<![CDATA[The End of The Road]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/the-end-of-the-road/


On Monday (above), May 13, things got rolling at Teahupo’o. Here’s some Quik riders and friends getting a piece of the swell at the end of the road. Things continued to roll at Teahupo’o on Tuesday (below) with Pete Mel saying he caught the most magical wave he’s ever had at Chopes.



All the action was also document live on Vine. Download the app and follow @quiksilver to be the first to see the Quik team on impromptu sessions.


**update** and the waves continued to roll through here's Wednesday, May 15 highlights:



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Thu, 16 May 2013 07:09:43 +0000
<![CDATA[One of those days - Candide Thovex]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/one-of-those-days-candide-thovex/

A usual skiing day for Candide in his home resort, could have ended in a better way this time! Out skiing with his friend Aziz Benkrich (red pants), we should probably tell you 'DON'T try this at home' !!

Follow Candide on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram. Shop Snow

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Thu, 16 May 2013 00:09:57 +0000
<![CDATA[Winter 2013, King Island - Craike, Marzo & Banting]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/quiksilver-king-island-trip/

While road testing some of our latest winter gear Ry Craike, Matt Banting and Clay Marzo scored some cheeky little barrels at Marthas, King Island.

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Mon, 06 May 2013 04:11:55 +0000
<![CDATA[North Sumatra Surf Resort Winner]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/north-sumatra-surf-resort-winner/

Congrats to Pete Czeszek (Tasmania) who won a trip for two to Aura Resort in North Sumatra via his entry at http://quiksilver.com.au/signup during the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast. For more information on North Sumatra visit World Surfaris. For a pair of Boardies for your Indo trip visit our Boardshorts page

Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Pinterest and Instagram to be the first to here about future competitions. 

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Mon, 06 May 2013 00:26:18 +0000
<![CDATA[Pro Surfer & Drift Stunt Man Ross Clarke Jones ]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/pro-surfer-and-stunt-man-ross-clarke-jones-on-drift-the-movie/

The dramatic action film “Drift” is in Cinemas May 2nd. Ross Clarke Jones: "Best dramatic action film about surfing ever!" The story: In the 70s two brothers battle killer waves, conservative society and ruthless bikers to kick-start the modern surf industry” Actors: Sam Worthington (Avatar), Xavier Samuel (Twilight), Myles Pollard (Wolverine)

Want your chance to live the Drift adventure? Win it here: http://hopscotchfilms.com.au/ultimatedrift

Watch 5x World Champ Steph Gilmore on Drift the Movie

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Mon, 29 Apr 2013 02:01:40 +0000
<![CDATA[Connor O'leary - Mixed bag of lollies]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/connor-oleary-mixed-bag-of-lollies/

This is Connor O'Leary, from Cronulla.. He is recovering from a spiral fracture to his fibular, he is off crutches and should be in the water in a matter of weeks, we cant wait! Until then we have this clip he made with film maker Darcy Ward to Enjoy

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Mon, 15 Apr 2013 03:23:19 +0000
<![CDATA[Jake Sylvester]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/jake-sylvester/

Jake Sylvester, just claimed the title of 2013 Rangi Pro Junior event champion over Mitch Parkinson in solid 6 foot stand up barrels in the Tuamotu atolls in French Polynesia.

This is Sylvester’s second win in a row on the ASP Australasian Pro Junior Series after he took out the season opening event at Surfest in his hometown of Newcastle. Sylvester was unstoppable this week, consistently posting big scores with a combination of deep tubes and explosive turns.

Photos: ASP, Boardshort: Flint 19" Black

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Tue, 09 Apr 2013 06:48:13 +0000
<![CDATA[Take it Easy Promo Clip]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/take-it-easy-promo-clip/

 

Quiksilver proudly presents "Take it Easy". Featuring Danimals, Johnny Brady, Teo Konttinen, Zebbe Landmark and Ian Hart. This fresh face of talent has taken to filming all over the world, from the streets of Helsinki, Salt Lake City and Minneapolis to the vast backcountry of Whistler, British Columbia Canada. Hammers were set down, shots were logged and a new crew of snowboarders has been exposed. Full film released this Septemeber!

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Sun, 07 Apr 2013 23:48:56 +0000
<![CDATA[Matt Banting - Ramp Ramp City]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/matt-banting-ramp-ramp-city/

New clip of Matt Banting surfing around the Gold Coast / West Australia in March 2013.

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Wed, 27 Mar 2013 03:40:09 +0000
<![CDATA[Enjoy The Run-Ins - Craig Anderson]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/enjoy-the-run-ins/

With the tide going funky, Craig Anderson took a second to dial in his run-ins. Enjoy The Run-Ins‬

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Wed, 20 Mar 2013 23:18:33 +0000
<![CDATA[Enjoy The Original - Quiksilver Boardshorts]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/enjoy-the-original-quiksilver-boardshorts/

The very first Quiksilver boardshorts of 1969 were a functional but rather plain solid-colour cotton trunks featuring a square leg cut, narrow waistband, velcro fly and single snap closure. By the mid-'70s', Quiksilver had defined the style that set its boardshorts apart... Click here to see the history of boardshorts!

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Tue, 19 Mar 2013 00:14:59 +0000
<![CDATA[Tom Pelley]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/tom-pelley/
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Mon, 18 Mar 2013 04:57:08 +0000
<![CDATA[Joel Cantle - Breckenridge]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/joel-cantle-breckenridge/ ]]> Thu, 07 Mar 2013 06:28:30 +0000 <![CDATA[ENJOY THE PRO - Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast 2013]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/enjoy-the-pro/


Think sun, boardshorts, babes and creative surfing! Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast runs from the 2nd March - 13th March

Enjoy the clip? Subscribe to our rss feed, youtube channel, twitter or facebook page as they'll be more Quik Pro videos coming your way soon! Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast Merch available here.

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Tue, 05 Mar 2013 03:24:04 +0000
<![CDATA[ENJOY THE FROTH - Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/enjoy-the-froth/


Think sun, boardshorts, babes and creative surfing! Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast runs from the 2nd March - 13th March

Enjoy the clip? Subscribe to our rss feed, youtube channel, twitter or facebook page as they'll be more Quik Pro videos coming your way soon! Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast Merch available here.

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Thu, 28 Feb 2013 05:46:24 +0000
<![CDATA[ENJOY THE OUTTAKES - Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/enjoy-the-outtakes/


When you have a former two time world surfing champion like Tom Carroll in front of the camera remember they deserve the utmost respect. Whatever you do, don't re-edit them to look like they're rocking out to sludge doom metal!! If anyones more amped and will Enjoy the Pro more than Tom we wanna know about it! (and see it!) Quiksilver Pro starts this Saturday 2nd and will webcast live at QuiksilverLive.com

Enjoy the clip? Subscribe to our rss feed, youtube channel, twitter or facebook page as they'll be more Quik Pro videos coming your way soon! Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast Merch available here.

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Tue, 26 Feb 2013 02:27:33 +0000
<![CDATA[King of the Groms]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/king-of-the-groms-2013/

This year's King of the Groms is 100% digital, online voting will decide the champions of tomorrow! If aged between 13-16yrs old and you've got what it takes to compete in the International Final, post your video on http://quiksilverlive.com that shows your best action and tricks as well as some fun vibes that's gonna get you some votes!

Post your clip (max 1.30minutes) before June 30th. Voting opens on the 1st of July until 31st July, the top 20 videos voted per region go through to the King of the Groms Godfathers voting panel for the second and final regional selections! The 15 Winners will be announced August 1st who will compete in the International Final, during the Quiksilver Pro France 2013! Now it's up to you to get wild and creative!

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Wed, 20 Feb 2013 03:14:32 +0000
<![CDATA[Enjoy The Freedom - Dane Reynolds]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/enjoy-the-freedom-dane-reynolds-signature-no-frills-boardshort/

Dane and Ando spent some time cutting loose south of the border in one of Mexico’s finest playgrounds. After a few waves, the boys settle in nicely with a few beers, tacos and visits from the locals. Enjoy these visuals from the trip to the Butthole Surfer’s song ‘The Hurdy Gurdy Man’ that was handpicked by Dane. Muy bueno. Want more Dane? Flip through the zine and check back next week for more fun times from Mexico.

Please, no frills… don’t be modest. Our Cypher No Frills Boardshorts are loaded with extras like our innovative 4-way stretch Diamond Dobby, a chaff-free new Short Fly with double up closure, and stretch stitch hems for moves like a surf-ninja. Dane’s custom patches are pretty rad too.

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Fri, 15 Feb 2013 03:39:16 +0000
<![CDATA[ENJOY THE CHICKS - Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast 2013]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/sick-chicks-and-filthy-pits/


If you grew up in the VHS era chances are you loved Mick Fanning's section in the movie ETR "Enjoy The Ride". We sure did! We used it as inspiration for the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast theme... "Enjoy the Pro".

Mick and 35 of the worlds best surfers will be competing in the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast from the 2nd March - 13th March. You can watch it webcast live at http://quiksilverlive.com

Enjoy the clip? Subscribe to our rss feed, youtube channel, twitter or facebook page as they'll be more Quik Pro videos coming your way soon! Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast Merch available here.

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Wed, 13 Feb 2013 03:45:35 +0000
<![CDATA[Kelly Slater's Urban Jungle ]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/kelly-slater-roam/


Roam Where You Want To: When you’re a global citizen like Kelly Slater and you’re free to roam pretty much wherever you want to chase good surf, your life is lived at the whim of the swell forecasters. And so, with a break in the tour and a deep Indian Ocean low brewing down in the Roaring 40s, Kelly packed a boardbag, threw in a pair of his signature Roam boardshorts, and jumped a plane to Bali.

Now, this is hardly an original pilgrimage. Bali is a regular post-up for surfers from all over the world, but it had been almost four years since Kelly last visited the Island of the Gods. He found a lot had changed in that time. For starters, last time he was on Bali there were only a handful of guys surfing the secret righthander known as Keramas on the wet season side of the island. These days however, it’s become the high performance epicenter of the Southern Hemisphere winter, and Kelly lapped up day after day of super-rippable overhead surf.

The other big change Kelly noticed was on the beaches of Bali themselves. High-tide lines clogged with discarded plastic bottles and rubbish saw him take to Twitter lamenting the state of the beaches. “If Bali doesn't #DoSomething serious about this pollution it'll be impossible to surf here in a few years. Worst I've ever seen.” The Tweet made news around the world and brought a global focus to the problem. Kelly’s actions however spoke louder than his Tweets and he put a board up for auction and raised $5000 for a better Bali, donating to both the Role Foundation and the Save Uluwatu project. Kelly knows that as a global citizen there’s got to be some give with the take.

Kelly’s Roam boardshorts are a passport for his surfing adventures around the world. Made from PET plastic – recycled from the same kind of plastic drink bottles that were littering the beach in Bali – the shorts feature Quiksilver’s revolutionary Diamond Dobby fabric. They stretch four ways and are rash-free. If you want to surf all day in some far-flung wave-lashed corner of the world, these are your ticket.

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Wed, 30 Jan 2013 22:33:13 +0000
<![CDATA[Couple of waves around home - Kyle Imgraben ]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/kyle-imgraben-south-australia-chill/ Kyle Imgraben enjoying the Autumn in the South Oz chill. Photo: Darren Longbottom. Wetsuit: Cypher 3/2 Chest Zip

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Tue, 29 Jan 2013 23:38:55 +0000
<![CDATA[Matt Banting Somewhere Near Newcastle, NSW]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/matt-banting-docklands/

With time on his side after the WQS Europe leg, Matt Banitng jumped in the car with his dad for some free surfs down the coast of New South Wales. Pulling out of the driveway they headed south ditching Matt’s hometown of Port Macquarie with their sites set on Newcastle to meet up with Ozzie surf photog Peter “Bosko” Boskovic. Fun times were had and some great shots taken…

Quik: What’s your relationship with Bosko?

MB: Boski and I have been really close friends since I was about 14, he only lives a 3hr drive away from my house so we either take turns going to each others hometown or we meet half way at Forster.

Where was the trip?

This time I went to see Boski in his home town…Left my house around 4:30am and we were at bosko’s by 7:00am ready for a big day around Newcastle. Can’t give spot names away so this one is called Spot X…

How were the waves?

Really fun, shoulder-head high ramps and corners bouncing off the pier with a slight onshore wind. Perfect if you ask me. Haha.

Anything funny, scary or exciting happen?

Yea haha, I was out there for like 3 and a bit hours in the late afternoon, the only one out on like a mile long beach. Boski kept sending me back out to try nail a shot with the sun going down behind the mountains which looked pretty cool. As I went back out, this massive school of fish came in through the line up where I was surfing, bosko and my dad started yelling and screaming franticly with their hands above their head imitating shark signs. I’ve never ever paddled faster, quickly scrambled up the rocks and saw them two laughing at me saying “haha pretty fun session huh?” Haha I felt like saying you *************!!!!!!

Meet any crazy people along the way?

Nah, Bosko and my dad together are crazy enough.

From the photos it looks like you found your share of sections to go looney on, any broken boards?

Broke one board in half during the day, landed a pretty solid stalefish out on the flats and went straight through the thing, if it was any stronger my ankles probably would’ve been the ones to break.

How did the trip help you get out of the competition mindset?

Just to have a few surfs where you’re focusing on one big move along the wave, not a combination/variety of moves linking section to section trying to get as many points as the wave allows. It’s good to mix it up every now an then, keep it fresh.

Any Quiky products come in handy?

My tide watch was amazingly helpful. Because of the piers and rivers around there its very tidal and we noticed that the right running off the pier worked best on the out going tide, where as the left running into the pier was a lot better on the run in. Timed the sessions to perfection!!!

It wasn't all ramps in Newcastle. Photo: Bosko

All down the line. Photo: Bosko

With the tide coming in the lefts turned on letting Matt open up his backside can of whoop ass. Photo: Bosko
More backside attack into the pier. Photo: Bosko

Floaters anyone? Photo: Bosko

Almost looks lonely out there. Photo: Bosko

Matt adding the final touches to another great trip. Photo: Bosko
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Mon, 28 Jan 2013 21:48:48 +0000
<![CDATA[Mikey Wright - Home, Hawaii, P-Pass]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/mikey-wright-home-hawaii-ppass/ Over the last few months Mikey Wright has been flaring! Here he is blowing up in Hawaii, at home and at P-Pass..]]> Sun, 27 Jan 2013 04:31:37 +0000 <![CDATA[Dane Reynolds - Materialized]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/dane-reynolds-materialized/

Check out Dane's new boardies, photos and another dane clip here.. video via summerteeth.com

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Fri, 18 Jan 2013 05:27:31 +0000
<![CDATA[We Have a Winner!! ]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/enjoy-the-winner-announcement/ Congrats to Benjamin from St Leonards NSW, who is the winner of our - Enjoy The Experience – Win a Trip for you and your Crew to the Gold Coast competition. Thanks to Gold Coast Tourism, Benjamin has chosen the Blokes Trip where him and 3 mates will be hitting up the Quiksilver & Roxy Pro 2013 with a helicopter ride over Snapper Rocks, Dreamworld & Whitewater World passes, surf session with sear and loads more! Well done Benjamin.. We can’t wait to see you and your mates there! ]]> Tue, 18 Dec 2012 05:44:52 +0000 <![CDATA[The Eddie - Mechanics Of The Bay ]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/mechanics-of-the-bay/

Visit QuiksilverLive.com for more info on the Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau 2012-13 ]]>
Tue, 18 Dec 2012 04:23:10 +0000
<![CDATA[Kelly Slater Bio]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/kelly-slater/

Full Name: Robert Kelly Slater
Discipline: Surfer
Date of Birth: February 11, 1972 (Age 40)
Born: Cocoa Beach, FLA, USA
Residence: Florida, California, Hawaii
Vitals: 5’9”, 160 lbs.
Stance: Regular
Twitter: @kellyslater 

Kelly Slater has dominated competitive surfing for two decades, garnering an unprecedented 11 ASP World Championships, 51 Elite Tour wins, two ESPN X Games gold medals, 14 Surfer Poll Awards, the Laureus World Action Sportsman of the Year Award 4 times, as well as an induction into the Surfing Hall of Fame. He also received high praise from the U.S. House of Representatives with a (unanimous) bipartisan resolution passed in May 2010 recognizing his outstanding and unprecedented achievements in the world of surfing and for being an ambassador of the sport and excellent role model. At the age of 40, Kelly is also considered by many experts to be one of the best competitive athletes of all time, having been both the youngest and oldest world champion in a sport, with a career win percentage that nears eighty percent and climbing. And his progression and approach continue to change how people surf and view the sport.

Kelly’s professionalism, philanthropic work, character and style have also redefined the archetype of a surfer. He is committed to protecting the world’s oceans and its marine inhabitants, using his influence and status to educate the public about important environmental issues. The Kelly Slater Foundation raises awareness and financial support for existing socially and environmentally conscious charities, hosting fundraising events and procuring donations from both corporations and individual philanthropists. Kelly also has two decades of television, film and music projects to his credit. He was featured in the Sony Pictures animated film Surf’s Up; produced an MTV surf special “Kelly Slater Celebrity Invitational”; appeared in the Quiksilver films Letting Go, Cloud 9, and A Fly In the Champagne; taught bunnies to surf on the E! Channel’s “Girls Next Door”; hosted a Sirius radio show “K-OS”; produced and starred in The Ultimate Wave Tahiti 3D a film created to educate younger generations about ocean eco-systems and wave formation science; and as a songwriter and guitarist, Kelly released an album, Songs From the Pipe (1998), on Sony with his band The Surfers. He has also been known to take the stage with friends such as Jack Johnson, Ben Harper and Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder.

He also has a diverse range of publishing and advertising projects to his name including: Kelly Slater’s Pro Surfer, a hit video game with Activision; a best-selling autobiography Pipe Dreams, which has been translated into six languages; a coffee table memoir For The Love; a section in the 2009 Sports Illustrated The Pop Up Book of Sports; and he’s been featured in global advertising campaigns for companies such as Pentax, L’Oreal, Versace, Hinano, TIM Telecom, Mercedes Benz, Kiehl’s, and Apple.

Kelly has appeared in countless international fashion, lifestyle surfing magazines, including Outside, Men’s Journal, Men’s Health, The New York Times, Transworld Surf, Sports Illustrated/SI Swimsuit Models (Voted Best-Looking Athlete), People Magazine (Voted “50 Most Beautiful People”), Surfer (Voted “#1 Surfer of All Time”), and most recently appeared in ESPN Magazine’s 2010 “Body Issue” that pays homage to the world’s top athletes, GQ’s “Coolest Athletes” and UK Telegraph Men’s Style. Kelly has also appeared in numerous MTV and ESPN shows, including “Jim Rome Is Burning” and the ESPN special “Down The Barrel.”

Since 1990, Kelly has been sponsored by Quiksilver, the world’s leading board sports manufacturer, where he influences and consults on the design and testing for the company’s signature series of high-performance wetsuits and board shorts. He also works closely with action sports industry leaders Channel Islands Surfboards on a signature series of surfboards, and with CI’s founder Al Merrick on the design of his personal quiver of boards. Kelly’s sponsors also include GoPro, and his own brand Komunity Project, a premium surf accessories company.

Kelly divides his time between California, Hawaii and Florida, when not traveling on the contest circuit. Kelly also has a passion for golf and plays celebrity pro-am tournaments around the world with a three handicap.

ASP World Champion titles: 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2011.

History of Wins

2012
Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach (Australia): 2nd
Volcom Fiji Pro (Tavarua): 1st
Hurley Pro (California): 1st
Quiksilver Pro France: 1st

2011
Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast (Australia): 1st
US Open (California): 1st
Billabong Pro (Tahiti): 1st
Hurley Pro (Lower Trestles, San Clemente, CA): 1st

2010
Quiksilver Pro, Gold Coast (Snapper Rocks, Australia): 9th
Rip Curl Pro, Bells Beach (Australia): 1st
Hang Loose Pro (Santa Catarina, Brasil): 2nd
Billabong Pro (Jeffreys Bay, South Africa): 17th
Billabong Pro Teahupoo (Teahupoo, Tahiti): 3rd
Hurley Pro (Lower Trestles, San Clemente, CA): 1st
Quiksilver Pro France (Hossegor, France): 2nd
Rip Curl Pro Portugal (Peniche, Portugal): 1st

2009
Hang Loose Pro (Santa Catarina, Brasil)

2008
Quiksilver Pro ("Snapper Rocks" - Gold Coast, Australia)
Rip Curl Pro (Bells Beach, Australia)
Glove Pro Fiji (Cloudbreak, Restaurants - Tavarua, Fiji)
Billabong Pro J-Bay (Jeffrey's Bay, South Africa)
Boost Mobile Pro (Lower Trestles, San Clemente, California)
Billabong Pipeline Masters (Pipeline, North Shore Oahu, Hawaii)

2007
Boost Mobile Pro (Lower Trestles, San Clemente, California)

2006
Quiksilver Pro (Gold Coast, Australia)
Rip Curl Pro (Bells Beach, Australia)

2005
Billabong Pro (Teahupoo, Tahiti)
The Globe WCT (Fiji)
Billabong Pro (South Africa)
Boost Mobile Pro (Lower Trestles, San Clemente, California)

2004
Snickers Australian Open (QS)
Energy Australia Open (QS)

2003
Billabong Pro (Teahupoo, Tahiti)
Billabong Pro (South Africa)
Billabong Pro (Mundaka, Spain)
Nova Schin Festival (Brazil)



2002
The Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau (Specialty-Hawaii)

2000
Gotcha Tahiti Pro presented by Globe (Tahiti)

1999
Mountain Dew Pipe Masters (Hawaii)

1997
Coke Surf Classic (Australia)
Billabong Pro (Australia)
Tokushima Pro (Japan)
Marui Pro (Japan)
Kaiser Summer Surf WCT (Brazil)
Grand Slam (Specialty-Australia)
Typhoon Lagoon Surf Challenge (Specialty-USA)

1996
Coke Surf Classic (Australia)
Rip Curl Pro Saint Leu (Reunion Island)
CSI pres. Billabong Pro (South Africa)
U.S. Open (California)
Rip Curl Pro Hossegor (France)
Quiksilver Surfmasters (France)
Chiemsea Pipe Masters (Hawaii)
Sud Ouest Trophee (Specialty-France)
Da Hui Backdoor Shootout (Specialty-Hawaii)

1995
Quiksilver Pro (Indonesia)
Chiemsee Pipe Masters (Hawaii)
Triple Crown of Surfing (Specialty-Hawaii)

1994
Rip Curl Pro (Australia)
Gotcha Lacanau Pro (France)
Chiemsee Pipe Masters (Hawaii)
The Bud Surf Tour (WQS-USA)
The Bud Surf Tour (WQS-USA)
Sud Ouest Trophee (Specialty-France)

1993
Marui Pro (Japan)

1992
Rip Curl Pro Landes (France)
Marui Masters (Hawaii)

1990
Body Glove Surfbout Trestles (California)

 

Kelly Slater Roam Boardshorts

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Sat, 15 Dec 2012 06:58:15 +0000
<![CDATA[Quiksilver Team Go Big at Surfer Poll Awards]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/quik-team-surfer-poll-2012/ The biggest night in surfing took place last night at the 42nd annual Surfer Poll Awards at the Turtle Bay Resort on the North Shore of Oahu. Awards are presented to top surfers, movies and performances of the year, as voted on by fans.

The Quiksilver team had an awesome night bringing in 4 top wins.

Kelly Slater brought home the win for Best Men’s Surfer of the Year. This award marks his 18th Surfer Poll No.1 Award, spanning back to 1993.

“Obviously I’m stoked, its been a long time with a lot of support from a lot of people,” said Slater. “It’s nice to be recognized by the surfing community and to come out at the top position. I’m surprised John John didn’t get first. I also thought Dane was going to get it this year—maybe next year. I think they split each other’s votes. They stole the election from each other.”

ASP Tour Rebel Dane Reynolds also received tops honors of the night with his win for Best Performance.

Quiksilver big wave surfer Reef McIntosh rounded out the awards of the evening by winning Best Barrel in the film Fiji Freight Trains.

Quiksilver Women’s Stephanie Gilmore brought home the win for Top Women’s Surfer of the Year, on the heels of the 5th ASP World Title.

“I am very excited about this year,” said Gilmore. “I was a little unsure of how it’d unfold, I wasn’t sure if I was going to come out on top because I didn’t win last year. I seriously had one of the best years of my life, and I guess everybody else thought that too. These awards are so important, because it’s the fans voting, so it means a lot.”

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Sun, 09 Dec 2012 23:06:04 +0000
<![CDATA[The Eddie Opening Ceremony]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/eddie-opening-ceremony-2012-2013-event/

The opening ceremony for The Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau big wave invitational took place on the sands of Waimea Bay, on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii, today. The 28 Invitees and 28 Alternates of this year's event shared in the celebration with the family of Eddie Aikau to celebrate the life of one of Hawaii's most respected big wave riders and heroes.

The holding period of The Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau runs through to February 28, 2013. It is a one-day event that is only held if waves hit 40 feet (wave face height) or more. This is the 28th year of the event and it has only been held a total of eight times - the last being in December of 2009. California's Greg Long won that year and today he addressed all who gathered at Waimea Bay with an emotional message. Follow the event at: http://quiksilver.com/eddie

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Thu, 06 Dec 2012 23:50:11 +0000
<![CDATA[Quiksilver Tent]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/quiksilver-tent/

Summer is upon us, and no better way to enjoy a camp out on the beach than in the new Echo tent. The Echo Tent (a two-man tent, or one-man one-surfboard) can be set up in under 20 seconds and pulled down in under a minute, making it perfect for after dark set-ups and early morning pack-ups. Tested on the rugged coast of Victoria and King Island, it’s designed to withstand whatever the elements can throw at it.

To see just how easy it is to set up and take down this tent, click here : Quiksliver Tent Setup

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Mon, 03 Dec 2012 04:41:05 +0000
<![CDATA[Frank, a Webisode by Dane Reynolds]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/frank-dane-reynolds-webisode/

is it a webisode? a vlog, a blog, a podcast? i’m pretty sure it’s not an original short. doesn’t that need, like, a plot or something? some sort of narrative? where’s the exposition, the complication, the crisis, the climax, the resolve? maybe it’s an anecdote. or like a poem. if it were a poem it would probably go like this:

the saddest thing i ever did see

was a woodpecker peckin’ at a plastic tree.

he looks at me, and friend, he says

things aint as sweet as they used to be.

that’s by shel silverstein. the track on the video is black flag. i’m pretty sure it’s called a webisode.

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Thu, 29 Nov 2012 22:56:57 +0000
<![CDATA[Danny Green - 4 x IBO World Champ]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/danny-green-4-times-world-champ/ Danny Green just won his fourth world title tonight over New Zealand's Shane Cameron in Melbourne. Green dominated the fight - 119-109, 116-112 and 116-113 on the three judges' scorecards- to claim the IBO world cruiserweight title.

Here's a clip on the training it took to get there:

"Do you know how hard that was? Australia I love all of you so much," Green said. "I really do carry on and I'm a bit embarrassed. But I'm just so happy, I've been through some tough times and I've been knocked out."

"My brother BG (Brendan) flew in and gave me such great strength and then my wife and kids flew in. To win in such a sport loving town [Melbourne] means so much to me."

The younger Cameron dropped a significant amount of weight to make his 88.5-kilogram weigh-in mark for tonight's fight but it was Green who packed the most power and landed the most punches throughout.

At times during the last three rounds, it looked as if Green would send Cameron to the canvas once and for all. That never eventuated but no-one in Hisense Arena - or at home - would have doubted that 39-year-old Green was well ahead on all three scorecards.

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Thu, 22 Nov 2012 00:22:02 +0000
<![CDATA[The Wax Head - In The Bay]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/the-wax-head-in-the-bay/

Matty Chonoski @thewaxhead made the journey from his residing home in Sydney to spend some time designing a few new surfboards with Bob Mctavish. The subject here is a new creation which borrows its template off one of Bobs personal boards from 1966.

Slightly longer and sleeker at 9'5 x 22 1/2" with less hip than the typical involvement style boards, it suited the hollow waist high peelers that The Pass had to offer.

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Tue, 13 Nov 2012 06:27:39 +0000
<![CDATA[Garrett Parkes - La Penon]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/garrett-parks-la-penon/ ]]> Wed, 07 Nov 2012 00:11:23 +0000 <![CDATA[Jack In...Box]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/jack-in-box/

Jack Robinson from Western Australia is no stranger to long hikes and stand up slabs. Here he puts on a show for all in the line up, including Kelly. via surfline

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Sun, 04 Nov 2012 22:55:06 +0000
<![CDATA[Garrett & Balaram - France Land]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/garrett-balaram-france/ Garrett Parkes and Balaram Stack find some fun waves during the Quiksilver pro in France.. ]]> Mon, 29 Oct 2012 00:27:33 +0000 <![CDATA[Alex Beebe - One Off]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/alex-beebe-one-off/

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Tue, 23 Oct 2012 22:53:37 +0000
<![CDATA[A Poolside Love Affair]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/a-poolside-love-affair/

Stab Mag challenged us to build the ultimate pair of trunks. The process was an easy one. We pulled out some boardshorts from the ancient hall, reupholstered them and took them to the godfather of boardshorts. He looked over them, turned them inside out, blessed them with a puff of smoke and we were on our way. He also mumbled something about them being "boardshorts, not trunks". If you love them, then vote for us!!  Click here to Vote

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Mon, 22 Oct 2012 05:11:53 +0000
<![CDATA[Quiksilver Pro France Round 4, 5 & Quarter Final]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/pro-france-highlights-day7/

Quiksilver Pro France competition returned to the thumping barrels of La Gravier today and saw the world's best surfers tear in to pulsing six foot (2 metre) swell to decide the event's Semifinalists..

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Fri, 05 Oct 2012 08:53:29 +0000
<![CDATA[Quiksilver Pro France Round 2 & 3 Highlights]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/pro-france-highlights-round2/

Dane Reynolds, caused the upset of the event this afternoon, eliminating current ASP WCT No. 1 Mick Fanning (AUS), 31, in Round 3 of competition. Round 2 got under way on day 5 and was finished of Day 6 in heaving 3 metres barrels at La Graviere.

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Wed, 03 Oct 2012 09:37:02 +0000
<![CDATA[Quiksilver Pro France Round 1 Highlights]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/pro-france-highlights/

Quiksilver Pro France 2012 kicked off in perfect Hossegor beach-break style with back to back barrels coming through. Re-live the best moments from round 1 in our Daily Highlights clip. Enjoy!

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Sun, 30 Sep 2012 13:59:56 +0000
<![CDATA[Master Puppets]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/master-pupets/ ]]> Tue, 25 Sep 2012 00:36:15 +0000 <![CDATA[Slater Wins his 50th WCT Event]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/slater-50th-wct-event-title/

Event No. 6 of 10 on the 2012 ASP World Championship Tour, the Hurley Pro at Trestles culminated in dramatic fashion today with the world’s best going head-to-head in pristine Southern California conditions.

Slater got off to a quick start in the Final bout against Parkinson, electing smaller inside waves, surfing them impeccably and moving from strength-to-strength throughout the heat. Surfing on a four-fin “Quad” surfboard, Slater’s juggernaut momentum and searing performance would prove too much for the in-form Parkinson as he confidently took his sixth event title at Lower Trestles, his third consecutive.

“I know I went out there feeling like I didn’t have anything to lose because Parko was the form guy,” Slater said. “He was pretty much the standout in every round. He schooled Medina yesterday somehow and was combo’ing everybody. I just figured I had to get myself on the best waves and let go a little bit, but it got really quiet out there. It was the first time something really felt like it went my way when they (the judges) took my priority away. By the time they announced it, Joel was above the wave and couldn’t catch it. That was the turning point for me. Every contest I’ve won, there’s some moment where things go my way.”

Slater, who now sits at 3rd on the ASP WCT ratings, views today’s victory as a turning point in the 2012 season and will look to carry his recent momentum throughout the upcoming European leg of competition.

“I knew that heat would either make or break me for the year,” Slater said. “I would have let Parko (Joel Parkinson) have those extra 2,000 points if he’d won and it would look very different on the ratings. It’s nice heading into Europe. I feel like I’ve had so many good years at Lowers and the pressure is really on every year to make the Final – I feel like it’s been like that since I’ve been on tour. It’s cool to win the 50th here. I won my first event as a pro here and it’s great to get this win.”

The next stop on the 2012 ASP World Championship Tour will be the Quiksilver Pro France from September 28 through October 8, 2012.

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Fri, 21 Sep 2012 01:33:31 +0000
<![CDATA[Ride A Model]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/ride-a-model/

 

Ben Watts Mix Tape Exhibition: After starting his photography career in Australia, Ben Watts currently resides in New York shooting everything from seedy counter culture to high fashion. His latest exhibition features models: Emanuela de Paula, Cintia Decker, Candice Swanepoel, Behati Prinsloo, Alessandra Ambrosio and Dree Hemingway glassed into Kelly Slater shaped surfboards. 

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Wed, 19 Sep 2012 02:29:51 +0000
<![CDATA[Matt Banting & the French Summer]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/matt-banting-france/ Matt Banting has recently been in the south of France enjoying some fun summer waves. The guy seems to spend more time in the air than on the wave!]]> Tue, 18 Sep 2012 01:52:48 +0000 <![CDATA[Welcome to the WQS // Basque Country]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/welcome-wqs-basque-country/ Garrett Parkes continues his World Qualifying Series journey. This time he's in the Basque Country getting some fun European summer beach breaks.]]> Thu, 13 Sep 2012 00:02:37 +0000 <![CDATA[Brendon Gibbons - Winter Bliss]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/brendon-gibbons-winter-bliss/ ]]> Mon, 10 Sep 2012 07:50:29 +0000 <![CDATA[SURFGROMS POWER INTO ITS SECOND YEAR]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/surf_groms_second_year_running/

SurfGroms take part in a surfing lesson at Currumbin on the Gold Coast

 

The world’s first national junior participation surfing program VEGEMITE SurfGroms is poised to take over Australian beaches for a second year.

VEGEMITE SurfGroms offers youngsters aged 5-12 years old an opportunity to learn to surf while developing strong ocean awareness and beach safety skills at a very influential period in their lives, that they will enjoy and embrace for a lifetime.

Since its launch in October last year, more than 8000 Australian children have experienced the thrill of surfing for the first time through VEGEMITE SurfGroms.

The second year of the program was launched nationally today at Currumbin on the Gold Coast with the help of sports stars Karmichael Hunt and Nathan Bock from the Gold Coast Suns, former dual rugby league and union international Mat Rogers, four-time surfing World Champion Mark Richards and former surfing World Tour competitor Matt Hoy.

Australian beaches are now preparing for another onslaught with registrations open, just in time for the September school holidays.

VEGEMITE SurfGroms programs are available through the Surfing Australia Surf Schools Network with more than 80 delivery centres around the country. Parents can register their children through the website – surfgroms.com – which will provide contact details for their closest delivery centre.

“VEGEMITE SurfGroms has been an amazing success story in Australian sport,” said Surfing Australia Chief Executive Officer Andrew Stark.

“To achieve 8000 participants and welcome such prestigious partners in the first year of the program was an outstanding result we are all very proud of.

“We very much look forward to the day a VEGEMITE SurfGrom holds up the World Championship trophy.”

VEGEMITE SurfGroms is also backed by major support sponsor Quiksilver and every child signing up will receive a great Quiksilver backpack bursting with surfing merchandise including a QUIKSILVER rash vest, hat, water bottle and logbook, plus two WAHU beach products and a tube of VEGEMITE Spread.

“Quiksilver proudly supports VEGEMITE SurfGroms,” said Quiksilver APAC President Greg Healy. “We are excited to build upon the program’s first year success and to see even more stoked VEGEMITE SURFGROMS learning to surf this year.”

Surfing Australia is also proud to have the support of the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) in developing the VEGEMITE SurfGroms program.

“In its first year VEGEMITE SurfGroms has attracted 8,000 new participants to the sport of surfing. The ASC’s major participation goals are to get more Australians active and involved in sport and support national sporting organisations to plan, implement and monitor the success of their programs.

“In our society where sedentary behaviour is becoming common and there are so many lifestyle barriers to people getting regularly involved in sport, it is exciting to see a fresh new program that attracts both parents and kids. Surfing Australia and its delivery agencies, the surf schools, should be proud of what they have achieved in a relatively small amount of time.”

 For all information and registrations go to surfgroms.com

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Mon, 10 Sep 2012 01:57:22 +0000
<![CDATA[Garrett Parkes - Welcome to the WQS ]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/garrett-parkes-welcom-to-the-qs/

Garrett Parkes is currently in Europe slugging it out on the World Qualifying Series. Although, he isn't really slugging it out in this clip. He seems to be having a lot of fun during the French summer

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Tue, 04 Sep 2012 23:15:31 +0000
<![CDATA[Tiago Pires - Pacific Time]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/tiago-pires-pacific-time/

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Wed, 29 Aug 2012 23:37:12 +0000
<![CDATA[Ain't that swell with Craig Anderson]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/aint-that-swell-with-ando/

Craig Anderson recently sat down with Jed and Ry-Man from 'Ain't That Swell" to talk about heritage, heros and music.

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Wed, 29 Aug 2012 07:05:46 +0000
<![CDATA[Storm Surfers Playlist]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/storm-surfers-playlist/ ]]> Tue, 28 Aug 2012 04:53:33 +0000 <![CDATA[Garrett Parkes - Tropical Day Fun]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/garrett-parkes-tropical-day-fun/ "..A few weeks back now before i left for Europe, Poppy and I had a sunny little sesh across the road from my house. Theres nothing better then crystal clear water, blue skies and some fun waves with no one around!.."]]> Mon, 20 Aug 2012 23:19:15 +0000 <![CDATA[Clay Marzo - Borrowed Board]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/clay-borrowed-board/

Clay busted a board, the tide was right, so he borrowed a board from a friend. Looks like this one went ok! ]]>
Mon, 20 Aug 2012 02:14:21 +0000
<![CDATA[Dane Reynolds - Entitled]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/dane-reynolds-entitled/

Winter is coming to an end and we'll soon be battling with epic crowds, wide boards and gutless beach breaks. Here Dane shows us how it's done in his latest clip via marinelayerproduction.com track: tyvek - 'bicycle fantasy 1'

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Thu, 16 Aug 2012 07:35:27 +0000
<![CDATA[Jesse Mendes - Arica ]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/jesse-mendes-arica/

Jesse Mendes - Arica, Chile 2012 from Quiksilver Brasil on Vimeo.

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Thu, 09 Aug 2012 01:55:11 +0000
<![CDATA[Win Craig Anderson's Quiver!]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/win-andos-quiver/

"Want to slide around like Ando? Win Craig Anderson's Quiver for you and a friend valued at over 5k!! Enter here! Comp ends soon....!

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Thu, 02 Aug 2012 05:44:04 +0000
<![CDATA[Quiksilver: Awakening the Spirit of Surfing That Lives in Everyone]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/quiksilver-awaken-the-spirit/

Whether you’re a surfer, skateboarder, snowboarder or skier, whether you’re landing crazy tricks or setting out on your first adventure, the passion is the same. It’s all about having fun and pushing the limits again and again.

Since the beginning, Quiksilver’s been about awakening the spirit of surfing that lives in everyone. Featuring the greatest legends that have paved the way, pushed the boundaries and broken records, this new video from Quiksilver celebrates the values that have stood at the very core of the brand since 1969.

Unafraid to take it to the next level and go where their hearts take them, the legends who have been inspiring us to shred for years; Kelly Slater, Stephanie Gilmore, Tony Hawk, Travis Rice, Jeff Hakman and more, share their contagious quest for adventure, defining innovation and inspiring creativity with all their fans.

None of this would be worth doing without sharing the fun, passion, victories and challenges with others and it’s these values that have united over 2 Million fans on Facebook to share the stoke. The perfect time to celebrate all that has come before and that is ahead of Quiksilver.

So don’t be afraid to have fun and be confident to do it your own way. After all it’s not just a sport, it’s our life so join the ride at http://www.facebook.com/quiksilverAus.

 

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Wed, 01 Aug 2012 01:32:33 +0000
<![CDATA[Sandspitting in Santa Barbara]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/sandspitting-in-santa-barbara/ Santa Barbara’s Brandon Smith weaves through some shallow dredgers at Sandspit.]]> Tue, 31 Jul 2012 00:12:22 +0000 <![CDATA[Ry Craike - Java]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/ry-craike-java/

Java from Mike Riley on Vimeo.

Ry Craike visits Java in search of epic waves and a bit of fun]]>
Mon, 30 Jul 2012 04:23:28 +0000
<![CDATA[Quiksilver - No Agenda]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/quiksilver-no-agenda/

Sometimes having No Agenda is a good thing. Global riders, local groms, 1 foot slop, 40 foot chaos, old clips, new clips and everything in between this video has something for everyone... please don't take it too serious..]]>
Mon, 30 Jul 2012 01:51:56 +0000
<![CDATA[Dew Video Battle 2012 - Quiksilver]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/dew-video-battle-2012-quiksilver/

Vote Team Quiksilver now!!! Quiksilver’s top Pro snowboards, Tom Pelley and Jason Maxfield have been filming with master mind filmer Mic Simpson for the last month or so for the Mt Dew Video Battle. 10 Grand up for grabs!! Show your support, click here to vote!!

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Thu, 26 Jul 2012 03:43:04 +0000
<![CDATA[Tom Carroll - Storm Surfers]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/tom-carroll-storm-surfers/

Who is the real Tom Carroll? Find out what one of Australia's legendary surfers gets up to in his spare time…Visit  Storm Surfers to find out more.

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Wed, 25 Jul 2012 05:18:07 +0000
<![CDATA[Tony Hawk - Left Coast Tour]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/tony-hawk-left-coast-tour/

Tony Hawk and the Birdhouse team visit Woodward Tahoe, and Grant’s Pass, OR in part two of their Left Coast Tour.]]>
Mon, 23 Jul 2012 23:32:27 +0000
<![CDATA[Queenstown Winterfest]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/queenstown-winterfest/

Queenstown Winterfest from Quiksilver Australia on Vimeo.

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Thu, 19 Jul 2012 06:21:05 +0000
<![CDATA[Matt Banting - North of Home]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/matt-banting-sessions/

Nahn Doe from Matt Banting on Vimeo.

Matt Banting and a few fun sessions around Lennox and the Gold Coast.]]>
Wed, 18 Jul 2012 05:52:12 +0000
<![CDATA[Jesse Mendes - Bali 2012]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/jesse-mendes-bali-12/

Jesse Mendes knows how to thread a tube, here is his latest trip to Bali.. lots of tubes!]]>
Tue, 17 Jul 2012 00:06:14 +0000
<![CDATA[Tom Pelley - Wins Cattleman's Rail Jam]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/tom-pelley-rail-jam/

Mt Buller, Saturday 14th July 2012 – Tom Pelley, 23, from Sydney has become only the second rider to ever win two Burton Cattleman’s Rail Jams, in a riveting showdown between 15 of the country’s best snowboarders on Mt Buller’s famed Cattleman’s Stair Set.]]>
Mon, 16 Jul 2012 04:36:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Maz Quinn - Heli Surf to Snow]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/maz-quinn-heli-surf-snow/

Diaries Downunder Episode 1 from Diaries Downunder on Vimeo.

We pick up NZ professional surfer Maz Quinn and take him straight up to Snow Park NZ to see how his skills transfer on the snow! The next morning heli tours picks up the crew and fly's straight to the West Coast to go surfing, with Maz in his element the snowboarders get shown how it's done before flying back to Snow Park for a couple of lazy afternoon laps. An epic day!]]>
Mon, 16 Jul 2012 00:03:16 +0000
<![CDATA[Leonardo Fioravanti - On the Goldy]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/leo-on-the-goldy/

"X" Leonardo Fioravanti from Francesco Thilo Sili on Vimeo.

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Thu, 12 Jul 2012 23:47:36 +0000
<![CDATA[Ry and Marzo - Onshore Froth]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/ry-marzo-onshore-froth/

onshore froth from Mike Riley on Vimeo.

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Mon, 09 Jul 2012 01:55:08 +0000
<![CDATA[Matt Hoy's Playlist]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/hoy-playlist/

A common trend you’ll find in Novocastrian Matt Hoy’s mix is guitar jams. He likes his music the way he likes his surfing – fast and flowing, but jarring. And powerful. So, so powerful. This mix’ll blow your head off, then bring you straight back down to earth. Don’t waste another minute! Dive in!

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Mon, 02 Jul 2012 07:19:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Craig Anderson - Show And Tell]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/ando-show-and-tell/

If Ando didn't surf he would be a Plumber or a Labourer, we are all stoked he surfs... Here he is shredding at home..]]>
Thu, 28 Jun 2012 01:36:23 +0000
<![CDATA[Battle of the Brands - Quiksilver team]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/battle-of-the-brands-quik-team/ ]]> Wed, 27 Jun 2012 01:09:37 +0000 <![CDATA[QUIK (short skate film x The Berrics)]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/austyn-gillette-on-the-berrics/ Even with all the skateparks nowadays pushing through the streets with no planned destination is still the best. Random hill bombs, undiscovered ledges, make shift construction spots and perfect curb-cuts are all awaiting…you just need to get out there. To prove this point Austyn Gillette teamed up with The Berrics to push around East LA discovering new spots in not so new neighborhoods and the result is pure originality sprung from a process that is 100% a labor of love.]]> Mon, 25 Jun 2012 06:26:52 +0000 <![CDATA[Is Kelly Slater the Best Athlete Ever? ]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/kelly-slater-info/ It is common knowledge among our tribe that June 20th is recognized as International Surfing Day so who better to celebrate then Kelly Slater, 11X ASP World Champion. We’ve created an Infographic comparing Slater to athletes from traditional sports who have made history and measured their achievements to our Champ’s. Have a look and decide for yourself if Slater truly is “The Greatest Athlete of All Time”.

Do you think Kelly Slater is “The Greatest Athlete of All Time”? If yes, share this with your friends!

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Wed, 20 Jun 2012 07:06:32 +0000
<![CDATA[Here And Now -- Official Trailer]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/here-and-now-trailer/

This film was shot in one day. More than 25 filmmakers and surfers worked in unison to document the world of surfing in a single 24-hour period: May 2, 2012. From world champs like Kelly Slater and Stephanie Gilmore to free spirits like Dave Rastovich, Ozzy Wright and Alex Knost, this project brings together shapers, photographers, legends, beginners, third world, first world and surf world. Some scored big. Others couldn't find a ripple. It's all part of the surfing experience. From contests to camping, hanging at home or hitting the road, veteran surf filmmaker Taylor Steele pulls together an epic, international cast to prove the best place to be is here and now.

STARRING: Kelly Slater, Dave Rastovich, Ozzy Wright, Alex Knost, Rob Machado, Stephanie Gilmore, Conner Coffin, Matt Meola, Jay Davies, Albee Layer, Ford Archbold, Gabriel Villaran, Dede Suryana, Leif Engstrom, Peter Devries, Reubyn Ash, Grant Baker, Garut Widiarta, Mikala Jones, Steve Sherman, Ellis Ericson, Brad Gerlach, Noah Cohen, Alex Gray, Ezekial Lau, Andrew Serrano, Junior Faria, Gilbert Brown, Lauren Lindsey Hill, Jack Robinson

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Wed, 20 Jun 2012 05:43:51 +0000
<![CDATA[Jack Robinson, Show the people what you do!]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/jack-robinson-what-youth/

Ty Segall is a musician who splits time between San Francisco and Orange County in California. He makes good rock and roll of the independent variety and once played a show inside a toilet stall all alone at Cake Shop in New York. We like that.

Jack Robinson was born last Thursday and already gets standups at North Point, snaps boards and stuffs boogies, and we like him too.

Before this clip Jack and Ty were unrelated, but now they’re joined in harmony forever, or at least until someone unplugs the Internet. Jack Robinson and Ty Segall, ripping, together. via: whatyouth.com

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Tue, 19 Jun 2012 06:29:06 +0000
<![CDATA[Connor O'Leary wins in Korea]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/connor-oleary-wins-korea/

Connor O'Leary Wins First ASP Event In Korea, Murasaki Quiksilver Jeju Open Of Surfing JEJU ISLAND, Republic of Korea (Sunday, June 17th, 2012) - The first ever international pro surfing event in South Korea, the MURASAKI QUIKSILVER JEJU OPEN of Surfing concluded at Jungmun Beach in Jeju Island and crowed the inaugural event champion. The conditions at Jungmun Beach were 2 feet (1 meter) with sunny skies. Young gun Connor O'Leary (Cronulla beach, NSW/AUS) takes the win over former elite ASP World Championship Tour surfer Nathan Hedge (North Narrabeen, NSW/AUS) in an exciting final and is crowed champion today. O'Leary put on a sensational performance in the Final, scoring a 9.00 (out of a possible 10) on his opening ride and backing that up with a 9.50. With two solid waves under his belt O'Leary put all of the pressure on hi opponent and when the siren sounded he was crowned event champion. "The waves were really fun at the start of the Final," O'Leary said. "Then the tide turned and got a bit more difficult, luckily I got some good scores early in the heat and they were enough to give me the win. This is a huge result for me, it's the best I've ever done at a contest." Hedge put a fight in the final, posting some solid scores, an 8.00 and 8.50 for a combined heat total of 16.50 but it wasn't enough to overcome his younger opponent. "He's having a blinder at this comp," said Hedge. "He was a better man on the day, congrats to Connor (O'Leary), he's been on fire all event. Thanks to the people of Korea and Jeju island, and all the sponsors, this event has been great." Murasaki Sports has been supporting surfing events in the Republic of Korea for a decade now, and 2012 will mark the first year that the event has been officially sanctioned by the ASP JAPAN.

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Mon, 18 Jun 2012 02:00:29 +0000
<![CDATA[Beach VS Beach Winners - Game 2]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/beach-vs-beach-winners-game-2/

Congrats to Cameron, Lukey, Peter and Haydn for winning Game 2 of the Coastalwatch Beach vs Beach competition. You all win yourselves a pair of State of Origin boardies!

The give away continues for State Of Origin Game 3, find out how to enter here...

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Thu, 14 Jun 2012 07:01:26 +0000
<![CDATA[Connor O'Leary - Bio]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/connor-oleary/

The goofyfooters of Cronulla have always had something going on. Going back over the years you’ve got Banksy, Occy and Dog to name a few, and now you can add the name Connor O’Leary to that list. The 17-year-old with the crispy forehand fin throw has got some big ol’ dreams of making the world tour, and is on the golden path already. Last year he traveled to Peru as to contest the Quiksilver ISA World Junior Surfing Championships, and like Jake Sylvester, has scored himself a scholarship with Surfing Australia’s High Performance Centre. This year Connor embarked on a round the world trip cruising through Asia with a win in the Inaugural WQS event in Korea and is currently in the middle of an extensive European leg of the tour.

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Thu, 14 Jun 2012 00:45:07 +0000
<![CDATA[Kelly Slater takes Tavarua]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/kelly-slater-wins-fiji-pro/

Kelly Slater, reigning 11-time ASP World Champion, claimed his 49th elite tour victory today, taking out the Fiji Pro over Gabriel Medina, in pumping four-to-six foot (1.5 – 2 metre) surf at Cloudbreak.

Slater didn't post a heat total less than 18 points in the finals! You can watch the comp on demand over at Red Bull TV or watch Kelly freesurfing cloudbreak in his Moments clip below.


The 2012 ASP World Championship Tour will continue in Teahupoo from August 16 – 27, 2012.

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Mon, 11 Jun 2012 00:10:08 +0000
<![CDATA[NEO GOO IS HERE]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/neo-goo-is-here/

IGNITE NEO -- GOO, the world's first boot and glove to be fully dipped in liquid neoprene. Available in 3mm FIBER-LITE Neoprene split-toe boots and 2mm FIBER-LITE Neoprene gloves. No leaks, Flexible, warm and light. 

Neo Goo Booties and Gloves available online now!

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Thu, 07 Jun 2012 23:45:47 +0000
<![CDATA[Moments 2 leftovers with Jeremy Flores]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/moments-2-leftovers-jeremy-flores/

Here's some behind the scenes footage of Jeremy Flores from Moments 2. If you haven't seen Moments 2 check it out over here.

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Thu, 07 Jun 2012 01:26:11 +0000
<![CDATA[Help Kelly Slater Save Our Oceans]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/help-kelly-save-our-oceans/

11x World champion surfer, Kelly Slater, and The Nature Conservancy are working to save our oceans. Visit nature.org to find out how you can help.

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Tue, 05 Jun 2012 04:55:08 +0000
<![CDATA[Moments 2 - Full Movie]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/moments2-full-movie/

Moments 2 delves into the individuality of Quiksilver's global surf team. 

Go from urban sprawl to island perfection with Jeremy, have fun and sip coconuts with Dane, see what dreams are made of with the 11x World Champ and get lost in the timeless groove of Ando

Though each rider's style is unique, the film captures moments in time of their common bond...surfing. filmed in Indonesia, Tahiti, Fiji, Australia, Costa Rica, Mexico and Reunion Island with appearances from the new crop of Young Guns.

Download to your desktop/laptop: http://on.fb.me/Le3ZlU
Watch on your mobile device: http://bit.ly/Jg0XcC

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Mon, 28 May 2012 00:58:58 +0000
<![CDATA[King of the Groms Teaser]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/king-of-the-groms/ King of the Groms Official Banner


Quiksilver King of the Groms will take place over 20 countries in order to SELECT the BEST 18 YOUNG SURFERS for the International Final during the Quiksilver Pro France (September 28 – October 8, 2012).

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Sun, 27 May 2012 23:54:30 +0000
<![CDATA[Travis Rice Hubble Goggle]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/travis-rice-hubble-goggle/

Hubble Goggle Available Online

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Sun, 27 May 2012 08:00:23 +0000
<![CDATA[Best Of Boardriding - 2012]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/best-of-boardring-2012/

BEST OF BOARDRIDING 2012 - Snapper Rocks, Gold Coast, Australia. (Feb 27 - March 9 2012) Featuring the BEST moments from the number 1 stop on the ASP World Professional Surfing Tour the Quiksilver Pro and Roxy Pro presented by Land Rover.

With world class performances from the likes of 11x World Champion Kelly Slater, Dane Reynolds, Adriano De Souza, Taj Burrow, Julian Wilson, Mick Fanning, Joel Parkinson and the fresh talents of John John Florence, Kolohe Andino and Gabriel Medina.

Not to be out done the growing respect and awareness for Womens surfing was again raised to an all time high leading the charge was local favourite 4 x World Champion Steph Gilmore along with Laura Enever, Coco Ho, Carissa Moore and Lakey Peterson.

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Fri, 25 May 2012 06:35:19 +0000
<![CDATA[Bevan Hall backside 360]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/bevan-hall-lands-a-cover/ Quik Team rider Bevan Hall lands the cover of Manual Mag's 2012 Winter issue.]]> Fri, 25 May 2012 05:45:56 +0000 <![CDATA[Beach VS Beach Winners - Game 1]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/beach-vs-beach-winners/ beach vs bech comp winners breaking wave sunset Crow blocking the view of surfcam New South Wales Beach

Congrats to the four Coastalwatch game one Beach VS Beach comp winners who all won a pair of State of Origin Boardies.

Give away continues for State of Origin Game 2 & 3, Find out how to enter here...

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Thu, 24 May 2012 06:23:20 +0000
<![CDATA[Hawk In The Combi ]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/tony-hawk-in-the-combi/

The amount of legends at the 2012 Pro-Tec Pool Party was unreal. Tony finished runner up to Cab in the Masters division with some inspiring skating. Proof that you're never to old for a pool session.

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Wed, 23 May 2012 00:06:09 +0000
<![CDATA[Beach VS Beach - Surf Cam Comp ]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/surf-camera-competition/ Quiksilver Coastal Watch Competiton State Of Orgin Competition

The State of Origin series is kicking off next week and with that comes rivalry between states!

There's a passion reserved for origin that's not seen in international fixtures, and the pride of wearing the blue or maroon jersey runs through the blood of most Rugby League players from an early age.

We've teamed up with Coastalwatch to run a competition for the duration of the State of Origin series, all you need to do is snap a picture of one of Coastalwatch's surf cams.

It's beach against beach, state against state and the best snaps will WIN a pair of custom made Quiksilver State of Origin Boardies.

With over 100 surf cams to choose from this will be easy, we want to see your local cam in all its glory! 

There will be TWO Winners drawn each game day! Send in a screen shot or iphone app grab of the Gold Coast points pumping, your local beachie turning it on, maybe an awesome sunrise or the largo (late arvo glass off) or just a funny snap like below.

You can enter by emailing your pictures to instagram@coastalwatch.com or #beachVSbeach on instagram. it's that simple and you could be wearing you're own pair of QLD or NSW Quiksilver boardies on game day! 

Start snapping and best of luck!


Terms & Conditions apply.. Can't be bothered taking part but still want a pair of boardies? They're available to buy over here.

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Fri, 18 May 2012 05:33:47 +0000
<![CDATA[Quik Team in Namibia]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/quik-namibia/

Quiksilver team riders score perfect, throaty tubes in the Wild West of Africa with plenty of seals and possibly sharks, no humans though..

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Fri, 11 May 2012 07:47:38 +0000
<![CDATA[Kelly Slater and Steph Gilmore to host International Surf Day]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/kelly-steph-international-surf-day/

The Surfrider Foundation announced this week that World Champion surfers Kelly Slater and Stephanie Gilmore have signed on to be this year’s International Surfing Day Ambassadors.  Observed globally on June 20th International Surfing Day celebrates the sport of surfing and helps raise awareness about issues facing our oceans, waves and beaches.

Kelly Slater has dominated competitive surfing for two decades, garnering an unprecedented 11 ASP World Championships, 48 Elite Tour wins, two ESPN X Games gold medals, 14 Surfer Poll Awards, a four time Laureus World Action Sportsman of the Year Award, and induction into the Surfing Hall of Fame.  He has also received high praise from the U.S. House of Representatives with a (unanimous) bipartisan resolution passed in May 2010 recognizing his outstanding and unprecedented achievements in the world of surfing and for being an ambassador of the sport and excellent role model.  Kelly’s professionalism, philanthropic work, character and style have also redefined the archetype of a surfer.  He is committed to protecting the world’s oceans and its marine habitats, using his influence and status to educate the public about important environmental issues.

“International Surfing Day is a day to take some time to appreciate this wonderful world we have and this incredible relationship we each have with the ocean,” says Slater.  “It is a day for environmentalism, family, friendships, travel and, most of all, riding waves.  For us, this should be our big holiday right up there with Christmas and Halloween and Thanksgiving and Valentine’s Day.  It is a good time to remember all we’ve done and all the people and places we’ve gotten to know and reflect on where we’re going to be in the future.  Every day is a good day for all of these things, but this one just reminds us how good we have it and to not take it for granted.”

At 24 years old, Australian native Stephanie Gilmore has already become one of the most accomplished surfers in the world.  She’s won four consecutive ASP Women’s World titles, and still remains the only surfer to take the title during her rookie year.  Like Kelly, Stephanie also holds a Laureus Award for her groundbreaking achievements in women’s professional surfing.  Since coming into the women’s professional surfing scene, Stephanie has received an ESPY for Female Action Sports Person of the Year, three Hawaiian Triple Crown victories, two Surfer Poll Awards and 19 Elite Tour Victories.  When she’s out of the water, Stephanie can be found strumming her guitar and snapping photos of her world travels.

“ISD will be a special day to celebrate the beauty of our surfing lifestyles. All the enjoyment, passion, stoke, challenges and life changing experiences that we encounter at the beach are limitless, and ISD is the perfect way to pause for a moment, appreciate this rare relationship we humans have with the ocean, and encourage others less familiar to join in.”

“We’re extremely excited to have both Stephanie and Kelly on-board as this year’s International Surfing Day ambassadors,” says Matt McClain, Surfrider Foundation’s Director of Marketing and Communications.  “Their positive influence as surfing and environmental role models to so many youths aligns perfectly with the goals of ISD and we hope that their involvement helps us reach a wider audience.”

Follow Kelly on Facebook (facebook.com/KellySlater) and Twitter (@KellySlater), and Stephanie (@steph_gilmore) on Twitter as they update fans on what they are doing for International Surfing Day, and how supporters can get involved with a local event and give back to our oceans, waves and beaches.

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Fri, 11 May 2012 01:39:24 +0000
<![CDATA[Hominids & Pinnipeds: A Case Study ]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/theyre-warm-because-theyre-sealed/

They're warm because they're sealed - Fuseflex Wetsuits available here

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Wed, 09 May 2012 05:30:41 +0000
<![CDATA[Jesse And Hoy ]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/jesse-and-hoy/

Its all about NSW beachies at the moment, it's been pumping lately! Jesse Adam and Matt Hoy enjoying some fun waves over the last few weeks, inside and above the lip.

Photos: Jack Taylor

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Mon, 07 May 2012 00:24:08 +0000
<![CDATA[Boardriders Week, South West France]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/boardriders-camp-france/

WHATEVER YOUR SURF LEVEL, COME AND SPEND A WEEK WITH THE PRO-SURFER OF YOUR CHOICE 

One week of board-culture immersion in Hossegor South West France from April to October. With coaching from pro-surfers such as Jeremy Flores, Aritz Aranburu, Marc Lacomare, Lee-Ann Curren, Bixente Lizarazu, Lisa Andersen, Tiago Pires, and Robby Naish. Fred Robin, a pro-surfer and pioneer of professional surfing in Europe will join the surf camp as the in-house coach on a quasi-permanent basis.

The athletes will share their experiences with you and you'll discover the world of surfing with a visit to a surfboard shapers, you'll also try stand up paddling and Yoga and stretching lessons with live concerts in the evening.

After your surf lessons you can kick back in the incredible Boardriders House which offers sports grounds, a games room, an authentic library, video room and internet point... the perfect setting for the ultimate surf experience.

Find out more at boardriders-week.com

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Thu, 03 May 2012 23:36:38 +0000
<![CDATA[Candide Thovex - Few Words Teaser]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/candide-thovex-few-words-teaser/ Quiksilver Presents 'progressive freestyle skier’ Candide Thovex

This long anticipated movie has finally become a reality for Candide Thovex , while we take a look back at his youth and early days skiing Candide shows you what it took to get to this point in his career, winning X-games gold's and breaking his back before winning the free-ride world tour. Now embarking on a mission spending 2 winters and summers filming and traveling over the world to get the best conditions possible Matt Pain and crew have captured Candide in his element and the stunning nature surrounding.

Few Words will Premier in October in Paris with a world tour to follow in a city near you.

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Thu, 03 May 2012 04:57:21 +0000
<![CDATA[Matt Chojnacki - Indo Trip]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/matt-cho-indo-trip/

Team Rider Matty Chojnacki recently went on a trip to Indo.. Looks like he scored some fun waves!

Images via Deus Customs 

 

 

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Wed, 02 May 2012 05:42:29 +0000
<![CDATA[Ando At Home]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/ando-at-home/

It looks like Ando has been killing it at home lately, we asked fellow local and Quik team rider Jesse Adam the story behind these pics....

"...i know that two or all three of these pics were shot at a spot called "the Wedge" in the city. It's called the wedge cause it breaks right off of the newcastle harbour wall and makes some heavy wedgey left peaks. Im pretty sure its Craigs favourite wave at home (besides merewether) Its epic for airs and barrells. I've seen Craig throw down some of his biggest tricks out there. He films there a lot with filmer jay grant and i think they were shooting while jack was snapping picks for an up and coming film project craig is working on. All the photos are rad and ive seen the clips from this session and he stomps all of this shit! He was nailing it this session - Jesse Adam"

Photos : Jack Taylor

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Wed, 02 May 2012 04:50:57 +0000
<![CDATA[Maz Quinn's - King of the Groms]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/maz-quinn-king-of-the-groms/

Check out the highlights from Maz Quinns King of the Groms contest held in fun waves over the weekend of 28th - 29th April 2012, Wainui Beach, Gisborne. Read the full story over at Surfing NZ

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Wed, 02 May 2012 04:36:29 +0000
<![CDATA[Ando's Place]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/vauxlair-feature/ Vauxlair, captured a photographic look into Craig Anderson pad...

Ando's kicks are available to buy over at DC Shoes: The Pool LE Shoe & The Boost Unilite Shoe.

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Thu, 26 Apr 2012 01:48:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Garrett Parkes - Byron Bay Easter Classic]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/garrett-parkes-bb-easter-classic/

Garrett Parkes has retained his Easter Classic title with back to back wins at Byron Bay. Here are some shots of Garrett shredding

Photos: Bertrand Pommier, Finscape Photography

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Thu, 26 Apr 2012 01:44:19 +0000
<![CDATA[Garrett Parkes - Sumatra]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/garrett-parkes-sumatra/

Team rider Garrett Parkes has just started his new website and blog, here's Garrett shredding in Sumatra. via garrettparkes.com

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Sun, 22 Apr 2012 23:35:15 +0000
<![CDATA[Jesse Adam - Merewether ]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/jesse-adam-merewether/

Photos: Jack Taylor

Jesse Adam looking more comfortable in the air than on the ski... If you don't remember, let the clip below remind you of the classic Quik Pro 2012 stack.

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Thu, 19 Apr 2012 07:33:03 +0000
<![CDATA[Travis Rice: Masters of Movement]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/travis-rice-degrees-masters-of-movement/

There is no question that Quiksilver team rider Travis Rice is a master of his craft. For the terrain he is riding, and the features he is hitting he has to have every step of the way planned out ahead of time, otherwise the consequences could be deadly. In this video, Travis flies 90 miles deep into the Canadian Rockies to tackle an infamous backcountry arch known as the "Hole In The Wall".

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Thu, 19 Apr 2012 07:07:12 +0000
<![CDATA[Matt Banting - Fun In The Sun]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/matt-banting-fun-in-the-sun/ ]]> Wed, 18 Apr 2012 06:51:07 +0000 <![CDATA[Ry Craike - Cloudy Glass]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/ry-craike-cloudyglass/

"...here`s a new clip from a sesh we had yesterday. Been flat out the last month working on a exiting new project. keep an eye out for crazy new stuff coming soon" Craiky

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Fri, 13 Apr 2012 06:31:15 +0000
<![CDATA[Craig Anderson - Destination India]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/craig-anderson-destination-india/

India doesn’t have surf. Yeah, right! Craig Anderson and friends journey to the Lakshadweep Islands off the Southwest coast of India and score! via Surfline

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Thu, 12 Apr 2012 00:45:11 +0000
<![CDATA[Tony Hawk - Tony's Crew]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/tony-hawk-tonys-crew/ ]]> Tue, 10 Apr 2012 01:27:34 +0000 <![CDATA[Jeremy Flores - Hells Bells]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/jeremy-flores-hellsbells/ "…i had a great time here in Victoria, probably the funnest time i ever had, the weather was amazing, warm, the waves were good, water was nice, local people were so welcoming, i really had a good time. Oh and huge congrats to Mick Fanning and Kelly for this amazing final, very inspiring."
Click here to read Jeremy's full review on the event, some tough decisions and curveballs thrown his way. Well done Jeremy!

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Tue, 10 Apr 2012 00:46:29 +0000
<![CDATA[Dane Reynolds' Playlist ]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/dane-playlist/

One of the things that sets Dane's online portal MarineLayerProductions aside (apart from the best surfing in the world), is the sounds. Some detest, some wonder where he finds such genius. Whatever side of the fence y'sitting on, Dane's music is stirring. These songs are the creme of his clip soundtracks from the year gone by. Many are from his Mexican sojourn Lost Interest. Some appear in the Singles series. All dazzle.

1 > Evening - By Tops. 2 > Johnny Dance - By Suicide. 3 > Pocket Calculator - By Kraftwerk. 4 > Craigness - By The Fall. 5 > Arbuckle's Swan Song - By Ambulance Ltd. 6 > Coast To Coast - By Dirty Beaches. 7 > Marshmallow Yellow - By Peaking Lights. 8 > A To B - By Peepak Alypse. 9 > Sonora, By Tyvek. 10 > Duck Blinds, By Tyvek. 11 > Aloha - By Bo Diddley.

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Mon, 02 Apr 2012 00:24:07 +0000
<![CDATA[Quiksilver Byron Bay Apartments]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/byron-bay-apartments/

Sun, sand, surf and live music make Quiksilver Apartments Byron Bay's most exciting location. Positioned above the new landmark Quiksilver store, the apartments are across the road from, The Beach Hotel just steps away from Main Beach and Byron Bay's best cafes.

Check out legendary surf breaks "The Pass" and "The Wreck" from your private, sun-drenched deck. Wake up to the sound of the waves and go surfing or do laps in the 50 metre public pool out front. Kick back with a beer and a local band at "The Beachie" or take an afternoon stroll to the lighthouse and watch the sun setting over the hinterland.

White-washed interiors, sun-kissed timber floors and the uber-cool, surf-inspired decor provide the ultimate chill-out zone.

Features: 2 bedrooms with 1 bathroom, stunning ocean views, ducted air-conditioning, private parking, dishwasher, washing machine / dryer and fully-equipped kitchenette.

Book Online


Book Online

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Wed, 28 Mar 2012 07:20:41 +0000
<![CDATA[Quiksilver Torquay Wetsuit and Surfboard Demo ]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/quiksilver-torquay-wetsuit-and-surfboard-demo/

Location: Jan Juc | Date: Friday 6th April, 8AM-Noon*

Meet Quiksilver surfers & shapers and test-drive the latest equipment.

Jeremy Flores | Travis Logie | Fred PattachiA | Tiago Pires | Jake Paterson | Mark Richards | Brett Warner | Christian Bradley | Mark Phipps | Greg Brown

Shapers will be in store at Quiksilver Torquay Friday – Monday offering their expert advice. come by for daily give-a-ways and prizes.

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Wed, 28 Mar 2012 06:01:50 +0000
<![CDATA[Epic Quik Pro Flip Book]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/flipbook-quikpro/

Surfing Magazine put together a 125 page flip book documenting the Quik Pro, it captures the excitement at and around the event.

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Mon, 26 Mar 2012 01:05:39 +0000
<![CDATA[Before the Bondi Hipsters]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/before-the-bondi-hipsters/ Before becoming a Bondi Hipster, friend of Quik, Christian Van Vuuren tried to learn to surf..

"Some surfing tips from Kelly Slater, Matt Banting and Tom Carroll, after spending a weekend at Snapper Rocks for the Quiksilver Pro. Hot chicks, big waves, big names, and one massive kook." Christian Van Vuuren – Bondi Hipsters.

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Thu, 22 Mar 2012 23:47:57 +0000
<![CDATA[Kelly Slater in Western Australia]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/slater-in-west-oz/ Dominating the Telstra Drug Aware Pro at Margaret River wasn't enough for Kelly Slater today, he also surfed a nearby shallow wave known as “The Box”. Photo Credit: ASP/Robertson]]> Wed, 21 Mar 2012 08:50:45 +0000 <![CDATA[Frothing At Home With Clay Marzo ]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/frothing-at-home-with-clay-marzo/

Clay Marzo throwing tail all over Maui.

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Tue, 20 Mar 2012 06:02:53 +0000
<![CDATA[Off The Grid w/ Reese Forbes & Sebo Walker]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/off-the-grid-with-reese-forbes-and-sebo-walker/ Click to watch the video

Can't decide where to skate? Why not throw a dart at a giant map and let that determine your spot... Like Reese Forbes' kicks? Grab a pair here.

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Mon, 19 Mar 2012 00:13:41 +0000
<![CDATA[Dane Reynolds’ “Excerpt” ]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/dane-reynolds-excerpt/

'Excerpt' is fragments from a couple of Dane's most recent Marine Layer Production. Track 1 is Tops - Evening. Track 2 is Ariel Pinks Haunted Graffiti - Underground.

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Fri, 16 Mar 2012 05:53:42 +0000
<![CDATA[Hoyshow - Moments]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/hoyshow-moments/

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Thu, 15 Mar 2012 23:17:42 +0000
<![CDATA[Tony Hawk and Crew Skate Venice Beach]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/tony-hawk-and-crew-skate-venice-beach/

In Episode 5, Tony and the Crew Skate the Sonic Generations Contest in Venice Beach where amazing skateboarding goes back to its roots. Watch as Tony, Andy McDonald and Mitchi Brusco pad up and drop in for a little triples vert action.

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Wed, 14 Mar 2012 22:55:22 +0000
<![CDATA[New Byron Bay Store & Apartments]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/byron-bay-store-and-apartments/

For over forty years Quiksilver has travelled to the world's greatest beaches, supported legends like Kelly Slater and witnessed some of the greatest moments in sporting history. Last night marked a new milestone for the brand and an Australian first for a surf brand, with the opening of the new Quiksilver Apartments and Flagship Store in Australia's premier surfing destination, Byron Bay. Click here to view the Full Press Release. Store opens between 9am - 5:30pm click here to view location in Store Locator.

For more information on the Quiksilver Apartments, click here.

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Wed, 14 Mar 2012 01:09:22 +0000
<![CDATA[SurfGroms at the Quiksilver Pro]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/surfgroms-at-the-quiksilverpro/

Eight VEGEMITE SurfGroms were living the dream on the Gold Coast as VIP guests to the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast. Read full news story here.

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Tue, 06 Mar 2012 08:11:49 +0000
<![CDATA[Quiksilver Pro Finals Highlights]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/quik-pro-finals-highlights/ ]]> Mon, 05 Mar 2012 20:59:05 +0000 <![CDATA[Taj Burrow takes Quiksilver PRo]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/taj-burrow-takes-quiksilver-pro/ Watch every heat on demand at QuiksilverPro.com.au]]> Sun, 04 Mar 2012 07:15:57 +0000 <![CDATA[Quiksilver Pro Round 4 & 5 - Highlights]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/quik-pro-round-fourandfive-highlights/ ]]> Wed, 29 Feb 2012 01:00:18 +0000 <![CDATA[Quiksilver and TransWorld Skateboarding Present The Program - Part 1]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/the-program-part-one/ ]]> Tue, 28 Feb 2012 04:15:41 +0000 <![CDATA[Tony Hawk - NYC]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/tony-hawk-nyc/ ]]> Tue, 28 Feb 2012 04:08:24 +0000 <![CDATA[No, That's The Title]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/no-thats-the-title/ ]]> Tue, 28 Feb 2012 04:00:43 +0000 <![CDATA[Roam]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/reese-forbes-roam/ ]]> Tue, 28 Feb 2012 03:55:33 +0000 <![CDATA[Outhouse, Warehouse, Flophouse]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/danny-garcia/ ]]> Tue, 28 Feb 2012 03:38:33 +0000 <![CDATA[Quiksilver Pro Round Three - Highlights]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/quik-pro-round-three-highlights/ ]]> Tue, 28 Feb 2012 00:26:53 +0000 <![CDATA[FOOTY AND SURFING LEGENDS UNITE FOR LIMITED EDITION COLLABORATION ]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/quik-nrl/

Surfing icons Tom Carroll and Matt Hoy along with former NRL stars Andrew Johns and Mat Rogers, introduced the new range to waiting fans, which represents all 16 NRL teams via their own specific boardshort.

The boardshorts feature designs based around the NRL logos and team colours and are made from Quiksilver's game-changing Diamond Dobby DLX four-way stretch fabric, making them incredibly light, stretchy and rash resistant. 

The NRL greats got amongst the action at Australia's leading surf contest, heading into the surf with Quiksilver's surfing ambassadors to try out the new threads.  Despite the torrential downpour, hundreds of waiting fans were on hand to catch a glimpse of the boys in action.

"The Quiksilver Pro is the ultimate surf contest in Australia, so we're excited to be here for the first day of trials to launch the new Quiksilver NRL Boardshorts," said Tom Carroll.  "Personally, I'm a Quiksilver Pro fan so I guess it's a good thing Johnsy and Mat were here to represent some of the other teams!"

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Mon, 27 Feb 2012 08:32:09 +0000
<![CDATA[Quiksilver Pro Round Two - Highlights]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/quik-pro-round-two-highlights/ ]]> Sun, 26 Feb 2012 20:46:29 +0000 <![CDATA[Quiksilver Pro Round Two Completed]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/quik-pro-round-two-complete/ The Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast presented by Land Rover, the opening stop on the 2012 ASP World Championship Tour, was back on today with the elimination Round 2 completed in clean three-to-four foot (1 metre) conditions at Snapper Rocks.
Jeremy Flores (FRA), 23, snuck through a tight heat against Jadson Andre (BRA), 21. Flores and Andre both pulled into multiple tubes but failed to find exits, until Flores threaded a classic behind-the-rock barrel to score an 8.17 (out of a possible 10) and take the win.
"I knew there was going to be some barrels on the low tide," Flores said. "I wanted to get barrelled, I got a few and was so close to coming out and didn't make any except the one. Maybe it was the pressure. I'm feeling a lot of pressure at this event, like I'm a rookie again. I don't know why, this is my sixth year on tour. I'm only 23-years-old, but kind of feel like an old guy with all these rookies. It's good it makes us work more. I've been trying to push myself and do some turns that I haven't done before."]]>
Sun, 26 Feb 2012 09:08:22 +0000
<![CDATA[Quiksilver Pro Round One - Highlights]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/quik-pro-round-one-highlights/ ]]> Sat, 25 Feb 2012 20:48:42 +0000 <![CDATA[BEST of Boardriding]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/bestofboardriding/ The BEST OF BOARDRIDING is a celebration of the BEST moments, athletes, memories and experiences showcased during the biggest and BEST events on the ASP World Tour the Quiksilver & Roxy Pro, Gold Coast Australia 2012.

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Sat, 25 Feb 2012 08:11:49 +0000
<![CDATA[RCJ Inducted into the Surfing Hall of Fame]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/rossclarkejones-hall-of-fame/
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Thu, 16 Feb 2012 22:45:03 +0000
<![CDATA[#12 Eddie Update - Mavericks]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/12-eddie-update-mavericks/ ]]> Thu, 16 Feb 2012 00:28:22 +0000 <![CDATA[Shyama Buttonshaw - Pipeline]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/shyama-buttonshaw-pipe/ Shyama Buttonshaw snagged the set of the day at Pipe.. Charging! ]]> Sun, 12 Feb 2012 22:56:11 +0000 <![CDATA[Todd Richards ]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/todd-richards/ Todd Richards is a legend, straight up. He’s a pioneer, a business owner, a ripping shredder, and he’s one of the gnarliest “would you rather” players in the game. Todd’s been toting board bags around the world as a pillar of the snowboarding community for going on two decades now, and it’s just as fun to him now as it was those twenty years ago. Looking back to his days as a wee lad, Todd claims that he was “destined for lamesness”. Thankfully time has since proved him wrong, as Todd is one of the best shredders and most un-lame people snowboarding has ever known. These days you can find Todd rolling heavily modified Audi’s around Encinitas in and out of the Omatic headquarters, tucking into the green room at the local Richard’s Reef, outshining kids on the Northstar jump line, and tucked away in his basement playing video games that his kids don’t even know dad has.]]> Sun, 12 Feb 2012 04:14:14 +0000 <![CDATA[ASL Oakley Big Wave Awards]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/asl-oakley-big-wave-awards/

Quik team has taken out 2 of the 3 categories. Jamie Mitchell won the biggest paddle-in award with a gem at Cow Reef
Tyler Holmer-Cross won the biggest Slab award amongst the hundred entries from a crazy Shipsterns Bluff session

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Fri, 10 Feb 2012 05:28:52 +0000
<![CDATA[#11 Eddie Update - Big Wave Boards]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/11eddie-update-big-wave-boards/ ]]> Tue, 07 Feb 2012 03:03:42 +0000 <![CDATA[Jeremy Flores Outer Reefs Hawaii]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/jeremy-surfs-outerreefs-hawaii/ Jeremy Flores finds fun and big waves in Hawaii."There has been non stop swell on the north shore, some big waves, i’m happy i got to try my big boards and got to surf Waimea bay. i had a lot of fun. was a very good vibe and got to share some nice ones with friends."

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Tue, 07 Feb 2012 00:09:13 +0000
<![CDATA[Shyama Buttonshaw - Hawaii]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/shyama_buttonshaw_hawaii/ Shyama Buttonshaw deep on a bomb. Hawaii ]]> Mon, 06 Feb 2012 23:27:25 +0000 <![CDATA[Mushy Places 5th at Margarets]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/nic-mushcroft-places-5th-at-margaret-river/

Telstra Drug Aware Pro Margaret River - Photo Credit: ASP/Robertson

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Wed, 01 Feb 2012 23:47:57 +0000
<![CDATA[Singles Pt. 3 .epilogue]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/singles-pt-3-epilogue/ mars; short lived no wave noise that resonates on a cellular level in a haunting sort of way. 11,000 volts; recorded 1978. surfing took place during singles pt. 3 or between jan. 14th, 2012 and jan. 24th, 2012 except two rides, which were recorded well before that.]]> Tue, 31 Jan 2012 05:51:24 +0000 <![CDATA[#10 Eddie Update - Waimea Left]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/10-eddie-update-waimea-left/ ]]> Tue, 31 Jan 2012 00:41:44 +0000 <![CDATA[Garrett Parkes - World Junior's Runner up]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/garrett-parkes-wjrunnerup/ After a week of rain and average conditions Quik and Roxy have Garrett Parkes and Phillipa Anderson both runner ups in the World Juniors. Garrett brought his A-Grade approach to this event. The showdown between Garrett and Felipe Toledo in the quarters was dominated by Garrett. All he had to do was stick a little closer to Toledo in the last 2 minutes of the heat with priority as Toledo needed an 8.2. Somehow, Toledo sneaked onto a little double up and did one of the biggest air reverses of the event and finished the wave getting the score. If Garrett had won that quarter final he had the title all wrapped up. Instead he finished on equal points with Ciao Ibelli, and because it was for a world title, it dosen't go to a count back, but a surf off. The surf off didn't go so well for Garrett. He had lost that mojo and wasn't throwing the fins like he was for the whole event. Although he nailed a big air reverse at the end of the surf off and was given a 7.17 just falling short of the score he required. Garrett and Felipe Toledo were the stand outs of the event, taking nothing away from unsponsored Wade Charmicheal, who won the trials and then beat the top seeds to go on and win the event.

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Sun, 29 Jan 2012 22:45:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Jack Robinson Chronological]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/jack-robinson-chronological/ ]]> Sun, 29 Jan 2012 22:07:37 +0000 <![CDATA[Shyama Buttonshaw]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/shyama_buttonshaw/ ]]> Sat, 28 Jan 2012 23:19:09 +0000 <![CDATA[Hoyshow - Iggor Cavelera]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/iggor-cavalera-matt-hoy/

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Sat, 28 Jan 2012 23:01:50 +0000
<![CDATA[Iouri Podladtchikov - Best Of Boardriding]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/iouri-best-of-boardriding/ ]]> Thu, 26 Jan 2012 00:29:14 +0000 <![CDATA[Iouri Podladtchikov]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/louri-podlatchikov-images/ Iouri Podladtchikov is one of the sickest riders on the slopes as well as a true charmer who befriends everyone he meets with a smart and funny character. This young half Suisse, half Russian young gun is living the dream, traveling the world and winning contests every winter season. Growing up in Davos, Switzerland; Iouri’s snowboarding was heavily influenced by close friend and former Olympic Gold medalist Gian Simmen. Iouri began seriously competing in 2005 and ended his rookie 2006/2007 season with a ranking of 6th place overall in the TTR World Snowboard Tour. Iouri’s accomplishments have racked up quite quickly and in 2010 he took the 2nd place overall title in the TTR World Snowboarding Tour and also secured himself a spot on the elite Swiss Olympic Snowboard Team. The halfpipe is Iouri’s favorite event. In 2009, he scored second place in the Dew Action Sports Tour and first place at the 2010 O’Neill Evolution. Iouri also took first at Giacomo Kratter’s Rock The Spot event. Only the twelve best riders in the sport were invited, and Iouri came out victorious. Quite an accomplishment considering the legends he was up against. Iouri, who is known in the snowboarding industry as I-POD, also enjoys skating and surfing in his free time. Iouri’s future plans are geared toward advancing himself and progressing in snowboarding after this strong last season. He has a passion for riding in the backcountry and is always looking to build out his skills for upcoming video parts.]]> Thu, 26 Jan 2012 00:25:39 +0000 <![CDATA[Jesse Houghton - Video 2011]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/jesse-hougton-10-11/ ]]> Wed, 25 Jan 2012 23:10:38 +0000 <![CDATA[Jesse Houghton ]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/jesse-hougton-rotation/ ]]> Wed, 25 Jan 2012 23:05:40 +0000 <![CDATA[Tony Hawk in Black & White]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/tony-hawk-in-black-and-white/

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Wed, 25 Jan 2012 00:48:26 +0000
<![CDATA[Facebook Fans Meet Tony Hawk]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/quiksilver-australia-facebook-fans-meet-tony-hawk/
Last Friday we offered crew that like Facebook.com/QuiksilverAus a private Tony Hawk meet & greet at an undisclosed location. Today fans had a chat with Tony and watch him skate Bondi Bowl. More photos here

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Tue, 24 Jan 2012 04:10:39 +0000
<![CDATA[#9 Eddie Update - Skydiving]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/8eddieupdatemarkhealy-skydiving/ ]]> Tue, 24 Jan 2012 00:01:02 +0000 <![CDATA[Craig Anderson Moments]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/craig-anderson-moments/
Craig 'Ando' Anderson is one of the most stylish and progressive free surfing talents on the planet. Hailing from Mereweather, NSW, stomping grounds of twin fin innovator and 4x World Campion Mark Richards. Ando's signature Flint boardie takes inspiration from MR's iconic late 70's Quiksilver boardshort design with a shorter 19" outseam, inset color blocked side panel and arched leg opening all with the unmatched comfort and flexibility of Quiksilver's Diamond Dobby 4-Way Stretch construction.  ]]>
Sun, 15 Jan 2012 20:22:36 +0000
<![CDATA[Made In Taiwan]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/made-in-taiwan/ Here is our clip from my trip to taiwan. Coming from the desert of western australia, it was a really cool contrast for me to go and check out, the scenery was amazing and the people really friendly. There was also some fun waves too! This clip has a little more than just surfing and i hope you guys enjoy cheers craiky]]> Sun, 15 Jan 2012 17:33:08 +0000 <![CDATA[Singles pt. 3]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/single-part-3-dane-reynolds/

fierce social commentary from the fall, 1982, set to a thundering tribal beat and meandering tuneless ukulele. surfing done dec. 24th, 2011 - jan. 11th, 2012, except three rides, which were recorded sometime before that.

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Sun, 15 Jan 2012 13:19:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Water Dancer - Tiler Peck ]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/water-dancer-tiler-peck/ ]]> Sun, 15 Jan 2012 12:19:33 +0000 <![CDATA[#8 Eddie Update - Backdoor Shootout]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/8eddieupdatemarkhealy-backdoordshootout/ ]]> Sun, 15 Jan 2012 01:10:01 +0000 <![CDATA[#7 Eddie Update with Mark Healy - Jaws]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/7eddieupdatewithmarkhealy-jaws/ ]]> Sat, 14 Jan 2012 00:32:33 +0000 <![CDATA[Watch Live Surfing from China]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/watch-live-surfing-from-china/

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Thu, 12 Jan 2012 01:28:56 +0000
<![CDATA[Rowley's Boardshorts have traveled a long way]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/jeff-rowleys-custom-boardshorts/

Did you see Jeff Rowley paddling Jaws on the weekend news and think where can I get some custom made boardshorts that match my board? Fear not.. go to the Quiksilver Custom Boardshorts site and design your own. They cost $99 and are hand made in Australia!

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Thu, 12 Jan 2012 00:49:49 +0000
<![CDATA[#6 Eddie Update With Mark Healey - Diving]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/6eddieupdatewithmarkhealeydiving/ ]]> Tue, 10 Jan 2012 22:31:45 +0000 <![CDATA[Clay Comes to Stay]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/clay-comes-to-stay/

Clay Marzo, Ry Craike and friends cross vast deserts in pursuit of shallow slabs.

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Thu, 05 Jan 2012 03:40:02 +0000
<![CDATA[Crailtap's Slice of Life with Alex Olson]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/alex-olsen-crailtaps/ ]]> Tue, 03 Jan 2012 04:48:03 +0000 <![CDATA[Charmed Life]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/charmed-life-dane-reynolds/
"this video is called charmed life. it's not a very serious video. it was created a few weeks ago, in hawaii, where we were vibing with the jad fair and daniel johnston album 'it's spooky' which is also not very serious. 'first day at work' is not the best song on the album and i did not catch the best waves on the north shore during my stay. i did, however, listen to 'first day at work' nearly every day in the car on the way to foodland or haliewa to get a sandwich. mini would laugh when i put it on. the kind of laugh you do when you're annoyed. we talked about how it would be rad to make a video with it, but he didn't think i was serious. then as it unfolded it just made sense. then we sank deeper into jad fair-ness and finished with two half japanese tracks. in the end it almost seems to make a statement. to speak for itself. we surely never intended on that, but when that shit just happens, you can't argue." Dane

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Tue, 03 Jan 2012 03:14:43 +0000
<![CDATA[Happy New Years All!!]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/happynewyears/

Feat. Kelly Slater, Travis Rice, Tony Hawk and the rest of the Quiksilver Team.

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Sat, 31 Dec 2011 03:43:56 +0000
<![CDATA[#5 Eddie Update With Mark Healey - Fishing]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/5eddieupdatewithmarkhealeyfishing/ ]]> Sat, 31 Dec 2011 01:49:08 +0000 <![CDATA[Bryan Fox]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/bryan-fox-profile/ Bryan Fox was reared in the eastern most reaches of San Diego County, in a dusty little place called Ramona. Ramona is far from any sort of breeding ground for great snowboarders, more like dirt bikers and chicken farmers. That said, Bryan high tailed it to Oregon the day after he graduated high school where he lived in his car and snowboarded every day. Fox broke onto the scene in Neoproto’s Some Kinda Life with a stellar part, and has continued to produce year after year with the Neoproto turned Mack Dawg People crew. Bryan has never smoked a cigarette, and has no more than tasted alcohol. Aside from strapping into his snowboard and pushing his skateboard, Bryan loves America, heavy metal, and the full spectrum of the color black.]]> Mon, 26 Dec 2011 00:48:32 +0000 <![CDATA[#4 Eddie Update With Mark Healey - Pipeline]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/4eddieupdatewithmarkhealeypipeline/ ]]> Wed, 21 Dec 2011 01:00:24 +0000 <![CDATA[Merry Xmas]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/xmas/ from the team at Quik]]> Tue, 20 Dec 2011 04:32:20 +0000 <![CDATA[Kelly Slater Moments]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/kelly-slater-moments/
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Tue, 20 Dec 2011 00:48:37 +0000
<![CDATA[Quiksilver Groms Cut Loose in Mainland’s Beachies and Points]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/quiksilver-groms-cut-loose/

Quiksilver Groms shred the points and beach breaks along the Central America coastline.. images via surfline.com

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Mon, 19 Dec 2011 22:59:58 +0000
<![CDATA[Snow - Eh Road Trip - Episode 1 ]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/eh-road-trip-ep1/ ]]> Mon, 19 Dec 2011 05:12:09 +0000 <![CDATA[Billy Morgan Triple Rodeo]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/billy-morgan-triple-rodeo/

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Mon, 19 Dec 2011 03:49:58 +0000
<![CDATA[Dane Reynolds Moments]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/dane-reynolds-moments/ MEXICO

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Mon, 19 Dec 2011 03:39:48 +0000
<![CDATA[2011/12 Pipe House Chronicles Episode 1]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/pipe-house-chronicles-1/

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Mon, 19 Dec 2011 03:20:01 +0000
<![CDATA[Travis Rice for Adventurer of the Year ]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/travis-rice-adventurer-of-the-year/ Quiksilver's Travis Rice has been nominated for National Geographic’s ‘People’s Choice Adventurer of the Year’! With the recent success of his film the Art of Flight and his relentless pursuit to push the boundaries of what is possible on a snowboard is there really any question why he shouldn’t win?

Vote for Travis here and continue to vote every day through January 18, 2012.

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Sat, 17 Dec 2011 06:07:59 +0000
<![CDATA[Tony Hawk Show India - Mumbai ]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/tony-hawk-show-india-mumbai/

Quiksilver's Tony Hawk, the greatest skateboarder of all time, made an astonishing performance in Mumbai for the first skateboard event ever organized in India. In front of almost 5000 spectators massed at Dhirubhai Ambani International School Grounds.

Tony Hawk, along with his friends Kevin Staab, Andy MacDonald, Sam Bosworth and young prodigy Mitchie Brusco, surpassed themselves to entertain the massive and enthusiastic crowd packed up around one of the world's biggest portable vert ramp especially built up for the show by Quiksilver.

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Thu, 15 Dec 2011 22:12:49 +0000
<![CDATA[#3 Eddie Update featuring Kala Alexander]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/3eddieupdatewithmarkhealey/ ]]> Tue, 13 Dec 2011 07:30:51 +0000 <![CDATA[THERE'S WAVES IN TAIWAN???]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/theres_waves_in_taiwan/

Just got back from a trip to taiwan. it was heaps of fun!!! we actually scored some really fun waves and id love to go back one day. it was a cool contrast to come from the desert and set foot into the concrete jungle! my good mate rick rifici came along and shot the whole thing for me. these are a few frame grabs from the trip…. stay tuned for the clip to come soon. oh yeah we also stopped by java on the way back home and scored a fun little left in a magic little bay. it was a fun trip yew craiky

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Mon, 12 Dec 2011 22:27:31 +0000
<![CDATA[SurfGroms School Holiday Programs]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/surfgroms-school-holiday-programs/

The world-first national junior surfing development program will be taking over Australian beaches during summer and there are programs available throughout the school holidays.

Already more than 3000 children across Australia have enjoyed SurfGroms programs, which offers youngsters aged 5-12 years old an opportunity to develop strong ocean awareness and beach safety skills, while also developing a proficiency in surfing.

SurfGroms is supported by an extensive and robust website – surfgroms.com.au – which will allow all children and parents to register for a safe and secure social network called the GromRoom. It will allow participants to share their favourite SurfGroms moments with family and friends.

Parents can still register their children through the website with programs available throughout summer through the Surfing Australia Surf Schools Network with more than 60 delivery centres around the country.

Every child signing up to SurfGroms will receive an awesome Quiksilver backpack bursting with surfing merchandise including a Quiksilver t-shirt, hat, rash vest, towel and wrist band, plus two Wahu beach products and a tube of Vegemite Spread. 

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Sun, 11 Dec 2011 01:37:31 +0000
<![CDATA[Kelly Slater To Test Prototype Xplosive Wetsuit In Competition During Hawaii’s Pipeline Masters ]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/kelly-slater-to-test-prototype-xplosive-wetsuit-in-competition-during-hawaii-pipeline-masters/
Update: Images of Slater wearing the Xplosive spring suit at Pipe. Photos: Cestari


Quiksilver’s Xplosive Wetsuit, the company’s most innovative wetsuit with unparalleled technical design, will be tested this week on Hawaii’s North Shore by Kelly Slater as he competes in The Pipeline Masters, the final stop of the 2011 ASP World Tour. Slater first wore the distinctive, handmade and anatomically designed wetsuit in San Francisco last month when he won an historic 11 X ASP World Championship.

Following the success of the Quiksilver Xplosive Boardshort, launched in June of 2011, the Xplosive wetsuit is the answer to what’s next in Quiksilver’s technically designed apparel. The Quiksilver R&D team has been working with leading sports physiotherapist Malcolm Browne to create a wetsuit that assists “explosive” movements, reacts to changes in position and aids control of major muscles- an important factor in reducing injury.

“The power lines have been designed to mimic the naturally-occurring stretch reflexes within the body,” says Browne. ”By adding these lines to the already established reflexes we can amplify the body response of action and reaction. This allows the athlete to move smoothly through all actions which are required by their sport but in a highly energized way. The athlete’s awareness of their body is both complemented and enhanced by the suit.”

XPLOSIVE WETSUIT DESIGN FEATURES INCLUDE:

XPLOSIVE PANELS/BANDS: Anatomically placed panels/bands with a rubber band like quality designed to exaggerate the body’ s response for action with corresponding recoil to bring the body back to its normal position with technology to assist amplified explosive movements.

PROPRIOCEPTION: The athlete’s awareness of their body is both complemented and enhanced by the suit. The quicker the body acts in a sporting sense the quicker the suit will react to that change in position.

INJURY PREVENTION: The wetsuit aids the control of major muscles during explosive actions and also allows for smooth movement. This is highly important in injury prevention.

Slater wearing the Xplosive wetsuit in San Francisco
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Fri, 09 Dec 2011 01:38:31 +0000
<![CDATA[From the OFFICE of...Teaser ]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/snow-from-the-office-of-teaser/
6 unique riders with 6 different perspectives on style, terrain and snowboarding. 'From the OFFICE of' lets you into the offices of Travis Rice, Bryan Fox, Iouri Podladtchikov, Eric Willett, Will Lavigne and Todd Richards. Watch the stories of each rider and discover their unique office environments.]]>
Fri, 09 Dec 2011 01:20:31 +0000
<![CDATA[Steph Gilmore, Water Dancer Coming 12/1/12]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/water-dancer-steph-gilmore/
World champion surfer Stephanie Gilmore explores the art of dance through conversations with three of New York's premier dancers to learn what inspires and drives them. ]]>
Fri, 09 Dec 2011 01:11:40 +0000
<![CDATA[Quiksilver Team Riders 1 & 2 at Surfer Poll Awards]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/quiksilver-team-riders-one-and-two-at-surfer-poll-awards/

Kelly and Dane Take Number 1 and 2 at Surfer Poll

Last night, Surfer Magazine hosted their 41st Annual Surfer Poll awards at Turtle Bay Resort on Oahu. Quiksilver had a tremendous showing with Kelly taking first and Dane in second. Congrats guys!

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Thu, 08 Dec 2011 03:36:08 +0000
<![CDATA[Tony Hawk and Friends set fire to Mumbai]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/tony-hawk-and-friends-set-fire-to-mumbai/
Quiksilver's Tony Hawk, the greatest skateboarder of all time, made an astonishing performance in Mumbai for the first skateboard event ever organized in India. In front of almost 5000 spectators massed at Dhirubhai Ambani International School Grounds. Tony Hawk, along with his friends Kevin Staab, Andy MacDonald, Sam Bosworth and young prodigy Mitchie Brusco, surpassed themselves to entertain the massive and enthusiastic crowd packed up around one of the world's biggest portable vert ramp especially built up for the show by Quiksilver.]]>
Thu, 08 Dec 2011 01:53:40 +0000
<![CDATA[Ry Craike Tunnel Vision]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/ry-craike-tunnel-vision/

Check out Ry's latest clip of a few summer sessions, heaps of tunnel vision.

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Wed, 07 Dec 2011 03:39:39 +0000
<![CDATA[#2 Eddie Update With Mark Healey]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/2eddieupdatewithmarkhealey/ ]]> Tue, 06 Dec 2011 08:09:15 +0000 <![CDATA[Eddie Opening Ceremony]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/eddie-opening-ceremony/

It's a rare international sporting event that can have no set date, be held just eight times in a span of 27 years, and still gain strength. But the lifeblood of the big wave Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau lies in what one man's life represented: the best that surfing and Hawaii have to offer the world. Official Eddie Merch is available here.

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Mon, 05 Dec 2011 05:22:34 +0000
<![CDATA[Tony Hawk in India]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/tony-hawk-in-india/
Quiksilver’s legendary skateboarder Tony Hawk will be heading to Mumbai, India in December 2011 for the first ever skateboarding demo in the country. Along with some of the best ramp riders such as Kevin Staab, Andy MacDonald, Sam Bosworth and young prodigy Mitchie Brusco, Tony Hawk will defy the laws of gravity on a monumental vert ramp (4,50m high, 19m large and 18m deep). Stay tuned for full event coverage.]]>
Mon, 05 Dec 2011 01:21:36 +0000
<![CDATA[ ELI STEALS THE ACTION SPORTS READY AUSTRALIAN JUNIOR SURFING TITLE]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/eli-steals-the-action-sports-ready-australian-junior-titles/

Saturday December 3 Coffs Harbour NSW

THE FINAL DAY of the Action Sports Ready Australian Junior Surfing Titles presented by Soundwave saw high flying action as Australia’s top junior surfers decided Australian Junior Champions for 2011 across individual and school divisions.

Eli Steele (Sunshine Coast Qld) was the standout surfer of the day taking out the premier Boy’s under 18 title.

Steele’s performance was so strong in the final he left his fellow competitors chasing a combination of scores with the final score-line seeing Steele on 16.65 ahead of Sydney surfer Jordan Lawler on 13.65, Tommy Boucatt (Ocean Shores NSW) 12.60 and Kelly Norris (Sunshine Coast Qld) 10.95.

“I’m really pleased to win this event – it sets me up for a shot at the World under 18 championships early next year in South America and there’s been heaps of great surfers win this event in the past so it’s a great feeling – I was never over confident here, just took every heat as it came and did my best and luckily that was enough to take the title” said Steele.

Steele displayed great aerial skills in the final along with a powerful and precise style throughout the event to take a deserved win.


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Sun, 04 Dec 2011 23:24:38 +0000
<![CDATA[Unleashed Beach Sounds]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/dane-unleashedbeachsounds/

Dane looks motivated, warm, happy....like he’s enjoying his Fuseflex wettie... He’s ripping too.. Clip via Marine Layer Productions

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Thu, 01 Dec 2011 00:56:06 +0000
<![CDATA[#1 Eddie Update With Mark Healey]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/1eddieupdatewithmarkhealey/ ]]> Tue, 29 Nov 2011 00:49:09 +0000 <![CDATA[SUMMER 12 PHOTOSHOOT]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/summer-12-photoshoot/

Some behind the scenes pics of Craig Ando, Matt Banting, Maz Quinn, Connor O'Leary, Jesse Adam and Matt Hoy on the summer 12 photoshoot. The guys dropped the ski in the water to take advantage of some little wedges. They're loving their Diamond Dobby™ Four Way Stretch Boardies.

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Wed, 23 Nov 2011 22:23:28 +0000
<![CDATA[RY CRAIKE - GOPRO PIPES ]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/ry-craike-gopro-pipes/

the waves have been super fun at home the last few days with plenty of fun pits around. my filmer tom swam out with his water housing to get some shots yesterday when it sprung a leek and flooded the camera, bummer!!!! (luckily his camera came good after lying in a bed of rice overnight) anyway i was keen to try and get some shots still so i grabbed my old mans go pro. it ended up been heaps of fun and i nailed a few pretty cool clips, stoked!! there is a few frame grabs below to check out and we are planning on releasing a sweet little clip soon. cheers. craiky ]]>
Mon, 21 Nov 2011 05:29:06 +0000
<![CDATA[Alex Olsen]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/alex-olsen/ Hometown: Santa Monica, California Sponsors: Girl, Independent, Quiksilver, Spitfire, Vans Stance: Goofy

The apple didn't fall far from the tree for the son of 70s skating star Steve Olson, but with Alex, this apple landed with a deafening thud. Anyone that sees him skate in person is an instant fan, and with his debut video part in Lakai's Fully Flared released in November of 2007, he showed us that he's already good enough to be pro. Alex has since split with Lakai and will make any shoe team ecstatic with his addition very shortly. Aside from the footwear world, mainstream magazines and fashion designers have courted him as well, but don’t let his young age fool you-Alex has an old soul. The mainstream route isn't a game he'll play anytime soon, even a pro board with his first and current board sponsor, Girl, doesn't seem to be on his agenda, though it’s obviously in the near future. Alex can be seen regularly shredding the Supreme L.A. bowl, or perhaps just hauling ass down the street. Like father like son.]]>
Tue, 15 Nov 2011 04:38:55 +0000
<![CDATA[Kelly Slater 11x World Champion!]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/kelly-slater-11x-world-champion/

Quiksilver's Kelly Slater clinched an historic and unprecedented 11th ASP World Title today in the cold and challenging waters of San Francisco's Ocean Beach. Slater, 39, is the first surfer to achieve 11 ASP World Titles, an accomplishment spanning two decades of an astounding career during which he has dominated competitive surfing as both the youngest and oldest ASP World Champion.

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Tue, 08 Nov 2011 06:58:35 +0000
<![CDATA[Craig Anderson]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/craig-anderson/

Craig Anderson might just be the most watchable surfer in the world. Ando is a guy who oozes style, a guy who makes every turn look syrupy and effortless, the kind of guy who looks good just standing still on a wave. He’ll surf across a wave with cat-like nonchalance, drawing the coolest and most casual lines, only to launch and land an obscene air to close it out. Craig first joined the Quiksilver team as a grommet back home in South Africa, before moving to Merewether, Australia with his family as a 15-year-old. In the years since, his fusion of progressive aerial surfing and classic, silky lines has seen him gain a global cult following. Anderson was announced as the 2010 Breakthrough Performer of the Year at the prestigious Surfer Poll Awards, and his surfing has been lauded in feature films Moments, Modern Collective, Castles in the Sky and Innersection. He has surfed in ASP World Tour events and featured on the covers of magazines across the world from Australia to the USA, Japan and Europe. The Godfather of Merewether, the great Mark Richards, describes Ando’s surfing as, “someone in tune with the moment.” Ando describes it this way: “I do my own thing. Whatever makes me feel happy when I kick out on a wave.”

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Tue, 08 Nov 2011 06:58:32 +0000
<![CDATA[Dane Reynolds]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/dane-reynolds/



Dane Reynolds may very well be the best free surfer in the world, as many of the media and his peers have anointed him, but don’t tell that to Dane. He is relentlessly humble and shies away from the spotlight. His surfing, however, is so spectacular that he’ll be getting tons of attention for many years to come whether he likes it or not. 


Dane’s also refreshing in that he follows his own path and always speaks his mind. He’s an avid reader and his taste in music tends toward indie bands. He loves surf films and was a key contributor not only for his mind-blowing surfing, but also for his creative eye on his 2006 Surfer Poll winning signature film, "First Chapter."

On the competition front, he took his full throttle approach to the ASP World Tour in 2008 and, despite an ankle injury, won Rookie of the Year. By staying true to himself and refusing to dial back his surfing for competition he’s winning over eve more fans and setting new standards every time he paddles out.

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Tue, 08 Nov 2011 06:58:30 +0000
<![CDATA[Jeremy Flores]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/jeremy-flores/


Jeremy Flores was born in Madagascar and grew up on Reunion Island.  He has been surfing every day since the age of 3 under the guidance of his father Patrick Flores who, over the years, has played a major role in Jeremy’s development as a competitive surfer. Jeremy and his family have spent long periods of time in Australia on Sydney’s Northern beaches, whole summers in Europe and notched up a string of seasons in Hawaii. Jeremy maintained his academic commitments through correspondence schooling and still found time to surf the amazing surfing venues of the globe. This worldly young surfer has had an unconventional upbringing but it has enabled Jeremy to experience life in different countries and cultures and has helped him to feel totally at ease on the World Tour. 

His career and personality are exceptional in more ways than one. Jeremy is not only the youngest surfer ever to break into the professional elite of world male surfers. His first year on the world tour saw him win the Rookie of the year” Award. Leading surfer of the Euroforce (European surfers of the ASP World Tour), which counts 7 members in the Top 45 this year. Last year, his second year on tour, was also a success, Jeremy finished the season in the top ten.

Jeremy spends a lot of his off time at his new house in Capbreton France, as soon as winter shows its head Jeremy follows the summer and spends time with this family in New Caledonia.These are the testing grounds for many of his boards that he develops with his shaper Mark Phipps. 

When Jeremy is not surfing he stays in shape mentally and physically with an intensive Jiu-jitsu training program. Don’t mess with Jeremy he’s a fighter.

For the 3rd year on the WCT world tour Jeremy is aiming at a top 5 finish or better. We believe that Jeremy has the potential to be the first ever European to win a world title. 

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Tue, 08 Nov 2011 06:58:27 +0000
<![CDATA[Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau ]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/quiksilver-in-memory-of-eddie-aikau/ Click to watch the video

The Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau is the most venerated big wave surfing event on Earth, held at Waimea Bay, Oahu Hawaii, on a single day between December 1st and February 29th when, and if, waves exceed the 20-foot (the minimum requirement). You can find this year's list of invitees, sign up for email alerts and follow Mark Healey's weekly updates from Waimea Bay at: quiksilver.com/eddie

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Tue, 08 Nov 2011 06:57:33 +0000
<![CDATA[Quik Pro - France]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/quiksilver-pro-france/ ]]> Tue, 08 Nov 2011 05:50:34 +0000 <![CDATA[Quik Pro - New York]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/quiksilver-pro-new-york/ ]]> Tue, 08 Nov 2011 05:45:10 +0000 <![CDATA[Quik Pro - Gold Coast ]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/quiksilver-pro-gold-coast/ ]]> Tue, 08 Nov 2011 05:30:17 +0000 <![CDATA[Jeremy Flores Injured ]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/jeremy-flores-injured/ ]]> Tue, 08 Nov 2011 05:16:08 +0000 <![CDATA[Clay Marzo Bio]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/clay-marzo/


Clay Marzo is an aquatic human who packs in more water time than most ocean mammals. He surfs like no one else and his style is spontaneous, creative and unpredictable. Don't try to figure out what he's going to do next because he has no idea. What is for certain is that this 20 year old is a rare talent who will be blowing minds for years to come. 


His parts in Young Guns 2, 3 and Tomorrow Today are the stuff of legend and he was up for Maneuver of the Year at the 2007 Surfer Poll Awards. He regularly scores covers and massive interviews and profiles in the major mags. 2008 saw the release of his signature video, 'Just Add Water'. 

Clay came to prominence in 2005 with the release of Young Guns II where Kelly Slater said Clay was surfing so insanely well that it actually intimidated him. Look for HUGE things in the future from him.

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Tue, 08 Nov 2011 03:13:54 +0000
<![CDATA[Ry Craike Bio]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/ry-craike/




Name: ry craike
D.O.B: 14/03/85
Discipline: keeping the girth in check ha ha
Hobbies: anything to do with the outdoors!!!!!
Favorite Trophy: im a freesurfer man!!!
What you ride: normal shortboard is  6"0 x 18 3/8 x 2 3/16 by super. ive also been running a bunch of little fishes to.
What you drive: 4 x 4 toyota prado
Personal Website: rycraike.com, check it out!!

A day of desert lefts, a dinner of barbecued crays and a night sleeping under a blanket of stars makes Ry Craike a happy boy. Craikey is a guy who knows the simplest pleasures in life are always it’s finest. Growing up on the isolated and featureless edge of the Western Australian desert, with a red horizon to the east and a blue horizon to the west, Craikey defines down to earth, a guy as likeable as the day is long. The closest wave to Ry’s Kalbarri home features a heaving outside barrel followed by a skate park inside section, so while he learned to tuberide like a man possessed, he also developed an explosive forehand finner that became his trademark, a turn Kelly Slater called the best forehand turn in the world, and a turn that’d take him far beyond the red dirt world he grew up in. Craikey never fancied surfing heats, instead traveling the world chasing the best waves he can find and burning it all on film. His movie creds include Campaign 2, Stranger Than Fiction, There’s No I In Go Ry and Quiksilver’s Young Gun series. Ry’s chase for perfect surf however, inevitably leads him home. “There’s nowhere on Earth I’d rather be when it’s like this the waves are all-time.”

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Tue, 08 Nov 2011 01:39:55 +0000
<![CDATA[Jack Robinson ]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/jack-robinson/

Regarded by many as the best grommet on the planet, the snowy-haired kid from Margaret River has redefined what a 13-year-old with a surfboard is capable of. His surfing at places like Grajagan, the North Shore of Oahu and Snapper Rocks has dented the egos of surfers twice his size and twice his age… while captivating them at the same time. We all know grommets like to surf, but no grommet likes to surf as much as Jack Robinson, frequently clocking up five, six, seven-hour sessions, only coming in when his ride home arrives or the sun disappears. The impish smile, the shock of bowl-fringed blond hair, every conversation referencing surfing, Jack embodies everything good about grommethood. The future for young Jack could just about hold anything, but for now though Jack is busy, “just going surfing. I’m not thinking too much right now about the future and where I’d like to go with my surfing. I just want to catch some waves and have some fun and whatever happens, happens.” 

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Sat, 05 Nov 2011 08:20:59 +0000
<![CDATA[Sally Fitzgibbons - Sea Turtles]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/sally-fitzgibbons-turtles/

Roxy’s Sally Fitzgibbons Hands 94 Million Rupiah Cheque to Kuta Beach Sea Turtle Conservation (KBSTC) on Behalf of Quiksilver Indonesia

On Tuesday November 1st, Roxy team rider and 2011 ASP Women’s Championship runner up Sally Fitzgibbons from Australia had the honor of handing over a whopping Rp. 94,830,204 (around $11,000 AUD) cheque on behalf of Quiksilver Indonesia to Pak Agung Tresna of the Kuta Beach Sea Turtle Conservation, in support of the on-going effort to preserve the endangered sea turtles of Bali and ensure their survival.

Want to know more about baby turtles? You can checkout the Zombie Kid that also likes turtles here or read more about Sea Turtle Conservation here.

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Tue, 01 Nov 2011 05:44:36 +0000
<![CDATA[Xplosive Boardshort x Jamie Mitchell]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/jamie-mitchell-xplosive-boardshort-clip/ ]]> Tue, 25 Oct 2011 00:01:03 +0000 <![CDATA[Clay in Puerto Escondido]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/clay-marzo-puerto/


Heres a few waves of Clay in Puerto Escondido. Clay loves Puerto, and we always get well taken care of when we are down there. Vive México!

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Fri, 21 Oct 2011 05:05:03 +0000
<![CDATA[ Quik Q&A with Mikey Wright]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/mikey-wright-quik-question-and-answer/

Hometown: Culburra Beach but currently residing in Lennox Head
Home break: Boulders 
The worst wipeout I've had that springs to mind is … doing a floater at bells, coming off and landing on my fins.
My favourite five posessions include: my dog, surf board, wii, ipod touch & my bed
My idea of happiness is … having fun
I Googled myself and I discovered … I'm a parliament minister
My musical talents include … guitar
Something not many peeps knowabout me, but should is … I like to ride moto bikes!
My best childhood memory is … waterbombing people
Sword or gun? Gun
Life Motto: Live Life Happy

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Mon, 17 Oct 2011 07:55:25 +0000
<![CDATA[The Wright Family]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/the-wright-family/ ]]> Mon, 17 Oct 2011 07:42:15 +0000 <![CDATA[Mikey Wright Bio]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/mikey-wright/


Go surfing, drop in on an executive of the biggest surf company in the world on one of the waves of the day, at one of the world’s most famous surf spots – and nail yourself a sponsor. 


That’s how Mikey Wright took his first unknowing steps towards surf stardom.

“I remember the wave, a little bit. It was when I turned eight, so 2005,” reflects Mikey, now aged 12, as if his young life has since become a blur.

“There was a surf comp on. Kelly Slater and Andy Irons and all that was there, it was a pro comp I think. Yeah, it was a WCT (World Championship Tour event).”

With his dad egging him on, Mikey flung himself down the face of a Bells Beach swell. It was a set wave on a decent sized day and Mikey, being all of 4’-foot-nothing, made the wave look twice its actual size.

He followed a committed top turn with a swift, ambitious tube ride. Made it, came out, ripped into a cuttie, then lined up the inside section and finished with a skillfully timed floater, like a satisfied carpenter hammering in his last nail.

The whole ride, Craig Stevenson, Global Brand Manager of the ubiquitous “Quik” was cruising behind Mikey, copping the spray of this little blonde-haired natural foot tear-away, and thinking only one thing: “Who is this little kid?”

Within 24 hours, eight year-old Mikey was almost certainly one of the youngest sponsored surfers in the world.

“It felt cool to get sponsored. I thought I was in trouble when he said drop by the office later. I went upstairs and my dad waited outside, and he said something like, ‘Hey, you’re the guy who dropped in on me. I’m not impressed,’ but then he laughed and said you’re getting a contract.

And while Mikey certainly has ‘it’, one look at the rest of his family will tell you if it wasn’t Stevenson that spotted him, someone else inevitably would have.

Older brother Owen claimed the Quiksilver World Junior Surfing Championships U/18 Boys division in 2006 and is now headed for the pro-ranks full-time. Sisters Kirby and Tyler are regular finalists and winners of Australian girls junior comps, and dad’s eldest, Tim, rips the bags out of it too.

“There’s six of us who surf in our family. Mum is the only one who doesn’t surf. We tried to take her out once at Byron Bay, at The Pass, she was having so much fun. We were just helping her out in the shore,” says Mikey.

“Owen gives me heaps of tips, tries to help me out. It helps heaps. We go a lot of places together. With the family we’ve had two trips overseas to Bali, and we’ve been to Fiji. But Uluwatu in Bali is my favourite wave. We had it pretty good. Pretty big. About six-foot.”

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Mon, 17 Oct 2011 07:17:56 +0000
<![CDATA[Matt Banting Bio]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/matt-banting/


D.O.B: 25/06/1994 
Discipline: Surfer 
Hobbies: training, footy, art, skating, girls... Lots of girls... Lots 
Favorite Trophy: ISA world title and my king of the groms crown :) 
What you ride: 5'11 x 18 1/2 x 2 1/8 
What you drive: my DC's till I get my P's haha but I'm co-pilot of the bus!
Personal Website: mattbanting.com 

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Mon, 17 Oct 2011 05:20:39 +0000
<![CDATA[Surfing Prodigy Jack Robinson ]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/surfing-prodigy-jack-robinson/

Regarded by many as the best young surfer on the planet, the snowy-haired Margaret River prodigy has redefined what a 13-year-old with a surfboard is capable of. His surfing at places like Grajagan, the North Shore of Oahu and Snapper Rocks has dented the egos of surfers twice his size and twice his age… while captivating them at the same time.

“I’m really stoked to be with Quiksilver,” says Jack. “I’ve had such a great time travelling to all these amazing places and surfing with all their best surfers. I’m really lucky, I reckon. Now I can do a lot more surfing with the guys I look up to and learn a few things from them while I do it.”

“I don’t think anyone in the world loves to surf more than Jack and we’re over the moon that he’s chosen to surf with us,” says Quiksilver Australia marketing manager and former World Tour surfer, Troy Brooks. “I could sit there for hours and watch him catch waves. For a kid so young he’s got such a mature style, and I can’t wait to see his surfing really blossom as he gets older. But it’s more than just his surfing, he’s a fun, well-grounded country kid who is really enjoying what he’s doing.”

“Jack’s just super stoked on surfing,” says Jack’s manager and fellow West Aussie surfer, Matt Syms from Octagon Sports Management. “He’s grateful for the opportunities he gets, he’s polite, and the little fella is becoming quite worldly for his age. Re-signing with Quiksilver was a natural next step for Jack. Quik’s global infrastructure and support systems are second to none, and the company’s commitment to ensuring they have the best athletes, the best events and the best products in the surf space shows where the brand is heading.”

Jack recently returned from the Quiksilver Pro on the Gold Coast, where in between watching and surfing with his heroes like Kelly Slater, he won the final of The King of the Groms against the best under-16 surfers from around Australia. The win earns Jack a ticket to France later this year where he will surf against the world’s best under-16 surfers in the international King of the Groms final at Hossegor.

“Of course, it is very early days in Jack’s career,” says Syms, “but if he stays as interested as he is now, there are no limits for him. I’ve already seen him pull off manoeuvres in contests and freesurfs that a lot of the World Tour competitors can’t do. Jack’s style and attention to detail is so far ahead of his years it’s incredible. His ability to visualise manoeuvres and then go out and perform them with style is a very special gift.”

For now though, Jack is busy, “just going surfing. I’m not thinking too much right now about the future and where I’d like to go with my surfing. I just want to catch some waves and have some fun and whatever happens, happens.”]]>
Sun, 16 Oct 2011 08:12:39 +0000
<![CDATA[Mikey Wright Clips]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/mikey-wright-vimeo/



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Sun, 16 Oct 2011 07:59:44 +0000
<![CDATA[Clay Marzo Moments Clip]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/clay-marzo-moments/ ]]> Sat, 15 Oct 2011 04:23:06 +0000 <![CDATA[Art of Flight Metal Trailer]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/art-of-flight-metal-trailer/

Artist: Arch Enemy
Title: "Vengeance Is Mine"

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Sat, 15 Oct 2011 02:07:04 +0000
<![CDATA[Art of Flight Trailer]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/art-of-flight/

The Art of Flight - Snowboarding film trailer with Travis Rice

Just when you thought the producers of "That's It, That's All" couldn't top themselves comes a new breed of snowboarding entertainment. The Art of FLIGHT follows Travis Rice, John Jackson, Mark Landvik, Scotty Lago, Jake Blauvelt, Nicolas Muller, Gigi Ruf, DCP and Pat Moore as they dream up new global adventures and progress the sport to unimaginable levels. Brain Farm has gathered an arsenal of the most advanced and progressive film making technology to bring the masses a snowboarding adventure of epic proportions. Filmed on location in Jackson Hole, Alaska, Chile, Aspen, Patagonia, British Columbia and more, FLIGHT brings the viewer along for the perfect blend of adventure/travel drama and high-energy snowboarding action. 

Artist: The Three Corners of The Earth
Title: "The Fire Shall Devour Us"

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Sat, 15 Oct 2011 02:03:33 +0000
<![CDATA[THE VILLAS AND THE VORTEX ]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/ry-craike-the-villas-and-the-vortex/

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Wed, 12 Oct 2011 05:18:21 +0000
<![CDATA[Jamie Mitchell]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/jamie-mitchell-bio/

“Waterman” is a surfing related term popularised in Hawaii and is used to describe only the most talented and knowledged of practitioners. Typically, a waterman either dives, swims, surfs, sails, paddles or fishes the sea. A waterman is always top of his class in at least two of these fields.

The Gold Coast’s Jamie Mitchell is a true Waterman.

He is an accomplished big and small wave surfer, tow-in surfing exponent, stand-up paddle boarder, professional lifeguard and the undisputed King of the World  when it comes to open ocean long distance paddling.
At the top of Jamie’s remarkable list of achievements is his unprecedented eight consecutive Molokai to Oahu Paddleboard Race wins.

The annual race is considered the world championship of paddle boarding and requires paddlers to traverse one of the roughest stretches of water in the world – the 32 mile wide Ka’iwi channel stretching between the North Shore of Molokai, Hawaii to the South Shore of Oahu.

Paddlers are subject to completely unpredictable currents and open-ocean swells sometimes reaching up to 30-feet. The ultimate test of endurance, the race challenges a participant’s surfing skills and ocean navigation skills.Jamie’s sixth win in 2007 remains the fastest finish in the race’s history: 4 hours, 48 minutes, 23 seconds. 

In 2002, Jamie also claimed the first of six consecutive US Paddleboarding Championships, proving that while he may have honed his skills on Queensland’s coast, he has certainly made his mark in America.

In 2007, a giant beast of a wave Jamie rode at Todos Santos, Mexico earned him a nomination into Billabong’s annual XXL Big Wave awards. It was quite an honour. From hundreds of video and photographic entries, just five were nominated in the “Monster Paddle In” category, proving once again Jamie’s arms – and almost certainly, his man-sized heart - are among his greatest assets. 

Surfer Magazine in the USA suggested the session was possibly the heaviest paddle sesh ever, which saw Jamie and fellow Quiksilver team rider Mark Healey take some of the worst wipe-outs of their lives and get caught inside numerous occasions.
Further though, it cemented Jamie’s place among the world’s elite big wave riding club, at least publicly. For many years, Jamie and his Hawaiian mates were members of their own unofficial “20-20” club. Open only to those who had paddled a minimum of 20 miles in the open ocean and readily rode waves exceeding 20 feet in size.
Jamie has since been invited to surf in the Mavericks Big Wave Contest (as an alternate in 2009), the Ku Ikaika Challenge, the world’s only stand-up paddle big wave invitational and the 2007 Peahi (Jaws) World Cup Tow-In Championships, Hawaii.

In Australia, Jamie works as a lifeguard at Burleigh Heads and runs the Jamie Mitchell School of Paddle and Surf along with business partner Jocelyn Kemp. The remainder of his time is divided between hang time with his girl, surfing on a completely diverse range of equipment (anything from a 5'10 fish to his 18ft paddleboard!) and of course his intense weekly training schedule.

“Molokai is my Everest,” explains Jamie. 

"This race is important to me personally, financially, in every way … The feeling you get when you cross the line … I don’t get that from anything else. That's why nothing comes close to it.”

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Sat, 24 Sep 2011 06:17:39 +0000
<![CDATA[Nic Muscroft]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/nic-muscroft-bio/

Victoria breeds a proud, resilient type of surfer and Jan Juc’s Nic Muscroft fits that mould perfectly. “Mushy” is one of just four Viccos to have qualified for the elite ASP World Tour in the modern era, earning his full-time spot in 2009 with a final placing of 8th on the 2008 World Qualifying Series (WQS). His grounded, no-nonsense approach is the product of the type of waves typical of the rugged stretches of coast on which he was raised – his home breaks, Winki Pop and Bells, are open to long-banded groundswells and the best days there can make haggling on friendlier, more populated beaches seem a little trivial by comparison. No surprises then that Mushy’s competitive highlights include wins in commanding locations such as the Canary Islands, where he has stormed the victory dais twice – first in the 4-Star WQS in 2007 at Gran Canaria, then again a year later in 2008 at a prime 6-star rated event held on Lanzarote. In Hawaii, semi-finals showings at man-sized Sunset and Haleiwa when it mattered most, at the pointy end of the season, have helped bolster Mushy’s rep as a fella comfortable in the ocean when it throws up a bit of chunk. Mushy’s early career saw him clean up on the local scene with multiple wins in the Victorian State Titles, and a second to Bede Durbidge in the Rusty Gromfest. Two victories in the Bells Beach Pro trials helped him gain early, valuable experience on the world stage and in 2008 he was awarded the injury wildcard into six ASP elite tour events after finishing highest on the cut on the WQS. No bio would be complete of course, without a quick mention of Mushy’s favourite Aussie Rules Football team, the Geelong Cats and the club’s two greatest icons, Gary Ablett Jnr and Snr “because they are the best AFL footy players I’ve ever seen” he says. Mushy’s worst wipeout and biggest wave have both been at Sunset Beach in Hawaii. “My biggest wave ever was probably 15 feet,” he says. “And my worst wipeout was probably at Sunset … I free-fell to the bottom, the water felt like concrete. I took the rest of the set on the head and ended up on the beach.” ]]>
Sat, 24 Sep 2011 06:15:57 +0000
<![CDATA[Maz Quinn - Quik Q&A]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/maz-quinn-quik-question-and-answer/ Hometown: Gisborne
Home break: Wainui Beach
What do you LOVE about your homebreak? There's no one around
What do you NOT like about your homebreak? No one to go surfing with sometimes
My biggest wave ever was: Massive sunset
The worst wipeout I've had that springs to mind is… Hammered in Tahiti, so cut up
My present state of mind is: creepy
And my last mobile bill was for: $240
My idea of misery is …not being able to surf
If I could be something or someone other than me, I would be… a racing car driver
In five years time, I will be: still living the dream

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Sat, 24 Sep 2011 05:35:21 +0000
<![CDATA[Garrett Parkes]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/garrett-parkes/ Name: Garrett Parkes D.O.B: 22-7-91 Hobbies: Music, skating, fishing, training Favorite Trophy: Rusty Gromfest 06 trophy is sick, cool painting on a canvas. What you ride: DHD's, between 5'6 and 5'9 What you drive: At the moment i have a ford courier four door ute. ]]> Thu, 22 Sep 2011 04:30:06 +0000 <![CDATA[Jack Robinson - Backstage - Quiksilver Pro France]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/jack-robinson-backstage-quiksilver-pro-france/ ]]> Wed, 21 Sep 2011 05:10:30 +0000 <![CDATA[Quiksilver Fuseflex Wetsuits ]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/quiksilver-cypher-fuseflex-wetsuits-clip/

Fuseflex Wetsuits available here

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Sun, 18 Sep 2011 02:10:07 +0000
<![CDATA[Travis Rice Bio]]> http://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/travis-rice/

Jackson, Wyoming’s favorite son has come a long way since first strapping in on the steep mountain slopes of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. Mixed into Travis’ ‘Rider of the Year’ accolades are iconic video parts, X Games medals and even his own video game character. Nearly a decade into the game, Travis has and continues to progress snowboarding in its entirety. Whether it be continually raising the bar with mind blowing “first ever” tricks; experimenting with new board technology; producing and starring in mega-budget snowboarding films; or pioneering next-level contests like the Quiksilver Natural Selection, Travis settles for nothing short of exceptional. With film credits including the award-winning “That’s It, That’s All” and his latest multi-year project, “The Art of FLIGHT,” Travis is not only pushing snowboarding’s limits, but bringing that progression to the masses.

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Fri, 09 Sep 2011 08:09:33 +0000