<![CDATA[Official Blog]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/ Sun, 07 Feb 2016 08:49:35 +0000 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Mont Blanc 360]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/mont-blanc-360/

Google has launched a new experience that allows you to immerse yourself in Mont Blanc from the perspective of mountain-loving athletes like Candide Thovex. Check out the interactive map, 360-degree photos and videos as Candide explores the Mont Blanc massif.








Thu, 21 Jan 2016 02:55:44 +0000
<![CDATA[Mikey Wright: RAGE]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/mikey-wright-rage/

Mikey Wright and filmer Wade Carroll spent three weeks on the North Shore shooting between Rocky Point and Pipe with Mikey rocking a freshly touched up mullet.

Mon, 18 Jan 2016 06:06:04 +0000
<![CDATA[Lennox Chell: The Ropes]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/lennox-chell-the-ropes/

A groms' eye view of the 2015/16 Hawaiian surf season. Three weeks on the North Shore with Riley Lang, Frazer Dovel, Caleb Tancred & Lennox Chell under guidance of former WSL surfer & coach Glenn “Micro” Hall. ]]> Wed, 13 Jan 2016 00:59:02 +0000 <![CDATA[Bosko's picks from Hawaii]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/bosko-hawaii/ Passion isn’t something Quiksilver photographer Peter Bosko is short of. The man loves surfing and loves taking photos. (Don’t ask him about soccer.) Combine the two, add a Redbull, and you’ve got a category 5 hurricane that no one could prepare for. “I do this shit all day mate. I love it. I’ll stand on this beach and shoot from sunrise to sunset. It’s the best job in the world.” And that he did. If a Quiksilver team rider wanted to surf, Bosk was there to shoot. From Sunset to Logs he had them in frame. Two weeks later he’s filled enough hard drives to rebuild the Great Wall of China. And out of those 237,345,242 files, we asked him to pick his top 10. This is Bosko’s Pick from Hawaii 2015-16.

If mullet haircuts make you go higher and make you surf like one of the world’s best, then I’ll have one please. What can I say about the kid who has a heart of gold but is also a cheeky little larrikin? He absolutely rips. People were constantly asking me on the beach in Hawaii this season “Who is dat kid?” I would proudly I say, “That’s the new Dane Reynolds. His name is Mikey Wright and don’t you forget it.” This is Mikey, at one of my favourite places to get shots exactly like this, Rocky Point.

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Jesse Mendez totally smashed Rocky Point this year. I love the way this guy surfs. He hails from Brazil and will be another one that will qualify for world tour in the future. I’m certain of that. Look at this turn, so sick!

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My little Italian mate, Leo. I have known this kid since he was a grommet and last year he had a horrific injury at Pipeline that could have easily ended his career. Through his strong will and persistence he has overcome the odds and here he is charging Backdoor like it’s nothing. I’m so happy to see him back in the water. He was charging this year, not holding back one bit. I can guarantee that he will also make the WCT one day soon. He has all the attributes to be one of the best in the world. 

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The Wiggerz! I love this guy’s surfing. Here he is at Pipe one late afternoon. He just loves big left barrels and has one of the best backhands I have shot in my career. Look out for the Wiggerz next year, I have a feeling he’s gonna go mad.

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Rockpiles, when it’s on, is one of the best waves I have ever shot. Just look at this beast, it’s solid 10 foot and unridden. Think you would go? 



This is one of the best sunsets I have ever seen in Hawaii, and fittingly enough, it happened at one of the most spiritual moments in surfing and any sport or event – The Eddie Aikau Opening Ceremony. This day has such an incredible atmosphere. I had goose bumps witnessing it. I shot this majestic afternoon from the top of Waimea Hill.

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Tom Carroll. What a legend. I watched Tommy paddle out by himself at Rockpiles this day. I love this turn, he came out so wide and just carved the ocean water like he was riding a hot knife through butter. He is in a league of his own. I love this shit!! 

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All eyes are on Kanoa next year as he has qualified for the WSL World Tour!  This day Kanoa called me and said there was “a sick right hand sand bar at Beach Park” so I grabbed my camera and ran straight down there. He was ripping so hard he even had random people on the beach taking photos of him.

I think he will be a dark horse next year to any competitors that will be matched up against him. Good luck Kanoa, smash it!

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Steph was destroying Rocky Point this day. She was surfing better than 90 per cent of the guys out there. I love the way she surfs; she is so smooth and graceful. I could watch her all day long and never get bored. It’s always been a dream of mine to do a trip with her and Mark Richards together. I think it would be incredible. If you're reading this guys, let’s make it happen! 

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Very late afternoon and Pipe was pumping. Here is a rare sight, an untouched one doing its thing.



Thu, 07 Jan 2016 22:39:58 +0000
<![CDATA[Aritz Aranburu: Mundaka and Motörhead]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/artiz-aranburu-mundaka-motorhead/

Aritz Aranburu doing some serious backside tube riding at Mundaka in the Basque Country to the sounds of Motörhead.

Wed, 06 Jan 2016 05:44:42 +0000
<![CDATA[King of the Groms: Meet the World's Best Groms]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/kotg-meet-the-worlds-best-groms/

The world’s 10 best under 18 surfers were in Brazil’s Fernando de Noronha, for the final of Quiksilver’s 2015 King Of The Groms. While they were there, Matt Hoy chatted to each of the groms for Stab magazine to talk all things surf.

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Check out Kian Martin's full profile here

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Check out Sandon Whittaker's full profile here

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Check out Vitor Mendes' full profile here

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Check out Samuel Pupo's full profile here

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Check out Kael Walsh's full profile here

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Check out Malakai Martinez's full profile here

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Check out Tane Bowden's full profile here

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Check out Jordy Collins' full profile here

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Check out Kyuss King's full profile here

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Sebastian's full profile coming soon.

Tue, 15 Dec 2015 23:31:43 +0000
<![CDATA[Tyler Hollmer-Cross - Wipeout of the Year & Wave of the Year Entry - WSL Big Wave Awards]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/tyler-hollmer-cross-wsl-big-wave-wipeout/ Tyler Hollmer-Cross (Hobart, Tasmania) slips up and pays some dues at Shipstern Bluff, Tasmania, Australia on August 26, 2015. Video by Tim Bonython. An entry in the TAG Heuer of the Year category of the 2016 WSL Big Wave Awards.

Tyler Hollmer-Cross (Hobart, Tasmania) is shown in a bird's eye view as he deals with the steps down the face and then a huge foam ball at Shipstern Bluff, Tasmania, Australia on August 26, 2015.

Wed, 09 Dec 2015 03:16:21 +0000
<![CDATA[Candide Thovex doesn't wait for winter]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/candide-thovex-doesnt-wait-for-winter/

Candide Thovex, creator of the “One Of Those Days” videos has recently directed an innovative, new video for the automotive brand Audi as part of the new quattro campaign.

The 3-time X-Games gold medallist, Freeride World champion, and state of the art filmmaker has applied his magic touch to another astounding audio visual masterpiece.

What makes his latest creation literally earth shattering is that the entirety of the French skier’s performance is orchestrated and filmed without a snowflake in sight.

Tue, 08 Dec 2015 17:23:33 +0000
<![CDATA[31st Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau Opening Ceremony]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/31st-eddie-opening-ceremony/

There’s a certain heaviness to the water here. Not that it physically feels any thicker than the combination of two parts hydrogen, one part oxygen and a pinch of salt found anywhere else in the world — it just has a different energy. Something about this water feels sacred. And once you dip in, you can’t help but engage with it and respect it.


The best big-wave surfers in the world just paddled out at Waimea Bay and have formed a circle outside the lineup. Hands are clasped together — the tender display of a bond — while prayers and smiles are being offered to whoever may be listening. It’s the Opening Ceremony for the 30th Annual Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau Invitational, an event that rips the hands off surfing’s clock, breaks them into small pieces and throws them into a pile in the sand. The word timeless alone just wouldn’t do it justice.


To be invited here is an honor. But to win the event is a dream. The last time that dream was realized was by Bruce Irons in 2009. In the past six years, there hasn’t been a swell that warrants the Eddie Aikau seal of approval. It has to be big for this thing to run. Really big. Scary big. Sacred big. You need the type of swell that sets itself apart from the rest and reserves its place in your memory bank.


Bruce’s late brother Andy surfed in the Eddie that year, as have many other members of surfing’s elite who’ve left this world behind. The list of honorary invitees could put goosebumps on even the thickest patch of skin. Maybe those honorary invitees are the ones hearing the aforementioned prayers. At the very least, they’re appreciating the smiles.


The collection of competitors here aren’t decided via a qualification series. They don’t come from a trials event and brands can’t buy an athlete’s ticket in. The selection process — headed by the Aikau family — is based off of sheer merit. And, year after year, nobody argues the list.

“Getting an invite to compete in this event felt surreal,” said Albee Layer, a 24-year-old first-time invitee. “Even though I grew up in Hawaii, the Eddie still seemed like it was so far away. I think that’s because I looked at all the guys surfing in it as superheroes.”


Eventually, the superheroes point their boards towards shore and paddled back to the beach. They invitees collect their gift bags. This year, those bags include a Quiksilver Deeply Deploy inflatable vest — an innovative tool that could save lives when lives need saving. As everyone packs up, the sun starts sinking back into that heavy water. For a moment, a collective gaze is shot at the sunset. That ancient energy sweeps back in like a breeze. Something feels different this time. El Niño, which is notorious for sending Eddie-esque swells to the North Shore, is giving us hope and the air seems to be telling us something.

You get the sense that this won’t be the last time this group gathers at Waimea Bay this winter.



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Fri, 04 Dec 2015 07:04:21 +0000
<![CDATA[Stay High Tour Indonesia]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/stay-high-tour-indonesia/

Kelompok Penerbang Rocket (KPR) played gigs at Pretty Poison in Canggu, Straw Hut in Seminyak and Single Fin at Uluwatu for the Stay High Tour 2015. Check it out.

Fri, 04 Dec 2015 05:50:06 +0000
<![CDATA[The ODISEA expedition - 5 weeks in Alaska with Mathieu Crepel]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/odisea-expedition-alaska-mathieu-crepel/ EPISODE 5

After a run of bad weather, the rain stops and the wind calms down allowing Mathieu and Damien to take Noah for his first ever surf lesson. It brings them luck as the sky brightens up and waves get cleaner. Damien can finally share his passion for wild and cold-water surf with Mathieu.


Damien and Mathieu finally make it to the ocean. Damien is pumped to be back on familiar territory where as Mathieu is not so keen on the idea of surfing in such a wild and hostile environment. Damien's stoke soon fades when the weather turns and conditions are looking less inviting.


Switching Snowboards for whitewater rafts, Mathieu and Damien finally make it to the riverside. The next challenge is to find their Gold Digger friend somewhere along the trail stake a land claim and start mining.


Damien and Mathieu spend a week hiking the peaks around the camp. Mathieu feels right at home, but the splitboard gives him a new approach to snowboarding in Alaska by accessing the lines by foot. While for Damien, it’s a real challenge. He has to adapt to an environment and a sport he is not totally familiar with. The first part of their adventure is nearly done as they make their way towards the river.


In this episode, meet Mathieu and Damien and get to understand what led them to go on an adventure following the course of water in Alaska.

As they get there, they meet Will, a big mountain guide that will spend the first part of their journey with them. They also meet Drake, a legendary bush-pilot that will drop the Odisea Team on the glacier where they’ll set up their base camp and start exploring the glaciers.



Imagine loading up the truck in ALASKA and dropping off the radar for a 5 week adventure, hunting down fresh pow and empty waves.. That's exactly what the Odisea expedition is about, a five part series all about shredding the Mountain and the Wave or as Mathieu describes it:


"The goal of the ODISEA expedition is to discover. Discover a place where Nature makes its own way far from any human interference. Discover the cycle of water and the interdependence of the environments with two of the best action sports riders. Surfing and snowboarding as a common language to get closer to Nature."


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Thu, 03 Dec 2015 23:46:05 +0000
<![CDATA[Bryan Fox - Something else on the internet]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/bryan-fox-something-else-on-the-internet/

This video part doesn’t necessarily have a title…maybe we just call it “Something Else On The Internet”. Regardless, when Bryan Fox makes video parts, he makes them hoping they have the same effect on you, that they had on him when he was young. That it makes you want to go snowboard. Makes you want to text your buddy and plan a trip. That it makes you want to go ride powder and try backflips off little jumps in the woods.

Thu, 03 Dec 2015 17:27:30 +0000
<![CDATA[Kael Walsh: Sessions Episode 1]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/kael-walsh-sessions-episode-1/

Kael Walsh ripping with Felix Leaver on a sunny day in WA.

Wed, 25 Nov 2015 03:35:40 +0000
<![CDATA[The Eddie Official Trailer 2015 / 16]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/the-eddie-official-trailer/

For those who don't know, the Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau is a one-day big wave riding event with strict wave height requirements; it will only take place when waves meet or exceed the Hawaiian 20-foot minimum (wave face heights of approximately 40 feet). This was the threshold at which Eddie enjoyed to ride the Bay. The event has a three-month holding period that will begin December 1, 2015, and run through February 29, 2016.

Tue, 24 Nov 2015 03:45:09 +0000
<![CDATA[FIRST LOOK: TRAVIS RICE’S HIGHLY-ANTICIPATED SNOWBOARD FILM “THE FOURTH PHASE”]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/1stlookfourthphase/

We know “The Art of FLIGHT” was a game changer, the pinnacle of snowboarding films. Today we get a peek at into Travis Rice’s highly-anticipated cinematic return “The Fourth Phase.” The film’s teaser marks the first glimpse into the project, which began production in 2013 and has been kept tightly under wraps until today.

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"The beauty of this new project is that we made a vow to never shoot anything that we’ve ever filmed before; it’s proving to be incredibly challenging,” said Rice. "We have a team of some of the most committed riders, and a production crew that has gone all in. We’re headed back into the field soon, but before we go dark again we wanted to share a taste of what we’ve been working on to whet your appetite for next fall.”

Travis Rice

Rice and some of snowboarding's most innovative riders including Mark Landvik, Mikkel Bang, Eric Jackson, Pat Moore, Bryan Iguchi and more have set off on an adventure spanning multiple seasons to some of the most remote locations ever ridden.
“We redefined the action sports film genre, and dramatically expanded it’s audience, with the Art of FLIGHT,” said Scott Bradfield, Head of Production and Development. "Working with a team that can reach the world’s most daunting environments, combined Travis’ vision, and developed highly cinematic narrative; we hope to raise the bar again with our biggest feature film to date.”

 Travis Rice

Brain Farm Cinema’s latest arsenal of camera technology is capturing all the action in 4K ultra high-definition with four times the pixel count of HD to bring viewers even closer to the experience and breath-taking scenery. Dolby Vision™ grade and Dolby Atmos® mix will combine spectacular image and sound technologies to deliver audiences a captivating cinematic experience employed only on a select handful of the highest profile, major studio features.

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“Making this film has been one of the most challenging, yet gratifying experiences in my life. Our team has pushed deep into the backcountry with new technology in hopes to capture snowboarding in a way it has never been seen before,” said Curt Morgan, CEO of Brain Farm and co-director of the film. “From the adventure, to the outstanding athleticism, to the very real story that unfolds this film will undoubtedly be unique.”

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Stay tuned to TheFourthPhase.com for more glimpses into the film leading up to the October 2, 2016 global premiere. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram to catch more sneak peeks into “The Fourth Phase” throughout the year. 

Wed, 18 Nov 2015 20:08:35 +0000
<![CDATA[The Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau Invitees]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/quiksilver-eddie-aikau-invitees/ In collaboration with the Aikau Family, we are pleased to announce the official Invitees and Alternates for the 31st annual Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau at Waimea Bay. Our Invitees will attend the official Opening celebration held on Thursday, December 3rd, 3pm, at Waimea Bay.

For those who don't know, the Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau is a one-day big wave riding event with strict wave height requirements; it will only take place when waves meet or exceed the Hawaiian 20-foot minimum (wave face heights of approximately 40 feet). This was the threshold at which Eddie enjoyed to ride the Bay. The event has a three-month holding period that will begin December 1, 2015, and run through February 29, 2016.

Eddie Aikau

The Eddie is the original big wave riding event and stands as the measure for every big wave event that exists in the world today. It honors Hawaiian hero Eddie Aikau, whose respect of the ocean; concern for the safety of all who entered it on his watch as lifeguard of Waimea Bay; and the way with which he rode Waimea Bay on its most giant and memorable days.

On the occasion of this year's Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau, the exhibition "The Big Wave Riders of Hawaii" will make a stop in Honolulu. Dedicated to the intriguing parallels that connect the histories of surfing and photography, the exhibition showcase a handpicked selection of collodion plate portraits by Bernard Testemale.

Eddie Aikau

As part of Quiksilver's commitment to perpetuating ocean safety - a hallmark of Aikau's life, Quiksilver is delighted to announce that for the first time ever, its new Inflatable Ocean Safety vest will be made available to all contestants in the 2016 edition.

Developed in collaboration with Aqua Lung, a global leader in personal aquatic equipment for professional and recreational Use, the QUIKSILVER X AQUA LUNG IOS vest is the culmination of two year's development and represents the cutting edge of big wave surfing safety technology. Worn over the top of any type of wet-suit or lycra, the IOS is a reinforced neoprene inflatable vest designed to rapidly and safely bring the wearer to the surface in a heavy hold-down situation.

The Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau has only been held a total of 8 times, most recently on December 9, 2009, won by California's Greg Long.

When the contest happens, it will be live webcast here.

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The 2015/2016 Invitees are: (listed first name alphabetical order)

Aaron Gold
Albee Layer
Bruce Irons
Clyde Aikau
Dave Wassel
Garrett McNamara
Grant Baker
Greg Long
Ian Walsh
Jamie Mitchell
Jamie O’Brien
Jeremy Flores
John John Florence
Kala Alexander
Kelly Slater
Kohl Christensen
Makua Rothman
Mark Healey
Nathan Fletcher
Noah Johnson
Peter Mel
Ramon Navarro
Reef McIntosh
Ross Clarke-Jones
Shane Dorian
Sunny Garcia
Takayuki Wakita
Tom Carroll

Official Alternates (in seeding order):
Mason Ho (Aikau Pick)
Danilo Couto
Mark Matthews
Koa Rothman
Ben Wilkinson
Jamie Sterling
Billy Kemper
Shawn Dollar
Carlos Burle
Kealii Mamala
Gabriel Villaran
Michael Ho
Kai Lenny
Kahea Hart
Nathan Florence
Damien Hobgood
Kalani Chapman
Ryan Hipwood
Danny Fuller
Nic Lamb
Anthony Tashnick
Rusty Long
Derek Dunfee
Brock Little

Event past winners:
1984/1985: Denton Miyamura (Haw)
1986/1987: Clyde Aikau (Haw)
1989/1990: Keone Downing (Haw)
1998/1999: Noah Johnson (Haw)
2000/2001: Ross Clarke-Jones (Aus)
2004/2005: Bruce Irons (Haw)
2001/2002: Kelly Slater (USA)
2009/2010: Greg Long (USA)
]]> Mon, 16 Nov 2015 22:53:26 +0000 <![CDATA[Cody Robinson: Now and Tomorrow]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/cody-robinson-now-tomorrow/

Tracks mag recently travelled to the Mentawai Islands with seven young Aussie competitors who are making the transition from the cosy corners of junior surfing to the unforgiving realm of the WQS. Introducing Shaun Manners, Cody Robinson, Monty Tait, Reef Heazlewood, Quinn Bruce, Kalani Ball and Jared Hickel. The destiny of Australian surfing is in their hands..

Mon, 16 Nov 2015 00:38:56 +0000
<![CDATA[Rio Waida - Mental + Wise]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/mentalwise/ Rio Waida is an Indonesian-Japanese surfer living in Bali. He recently went on a trip to the Mentawais and enjoyed everything on offer, demonstrating his versatility and style: he enjoyed a bird's eye view landing sick airs, carved out plenty of space for himself with his powerful turns and still had time to get barrelled...repeatedly.

Mon, 26 Oct 2015 22:35:56 +0000
<![CDATA[Le Bosko's pick from the #Quikpro]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/le-bosko-pick-from-quikpro/

"This was one of the most memorable afternoons for me from the #quikpro. I knew the waves would get good as soon as the tide started to push back in and I really wanted to shoot with Jeremy Flores. This was my last day and his as well before bailing to Portugal for the WCT event.

After a few minutes conversation on the phone, Jezza said he would come down for a surf, he had such a hectic, busy day and could have easily brushed me off. It was around 6pm and the light was amazing, the waves were so much fun. Jeremy destroyed it, going for big turns and airs. This was shot just down the track from where the Quiksilver WCT house is situated, not a bad peak to have out the front of your place.

To top off the afternoon, Josh Kerr who was also surfing with Jeremy came in, got dressed and walked over to me with a bag. The bag had a bottle of red wine, baguettes and other goodies. Jeremy came in and we sat and watched the sun go down on an epic afternoon in France."

Dane Reynolds

"This was shot at a break called Les Estagnot, it was a peak that offered rippable right and left handers, it was 4 foot and really clean. I texted Dane earlier to let him know it was fun, i knew it was his last day in France but i was not sure he had time for a surf.

I was already on the beach when Dane was coming down. I knew if he got the right waves it would be a slaughter with displaced chunks of ocean getting sprayed everywhere. Another great afternoon in France."

Leo Fioravanti

"The night before this shot was taken, there was froth and excitement, people running around organising jet skis and preparing for the big swell to hit. Leo and Mikey shared a ski and were doing step offs, i was on the beach trying to locate them as there were a few others out on skis doing the same.

Finally i got my sights on them, they were 200 meters north of the contest, Leo had a bright green wetsuit on so it was easy to spot the boys. This was the best wave Leo got in 3 hours, definitely his cleanest. He got tubed on a few others, but the wave in this shot was really perfect.

Leo is ripping and has made a remarkable comeback after back surgery from a horrific wipeout and Pipeline. Every day the kid gets stronger and confident, it's great to see, i hate to see anyone with such talent injured."

Mikey Wright

"This was the same day as the Leo shot. We got up really early, the sun doesn’t hit the water until about 8.15am, it's still kind of dark even then.

Then the next problem was the fog, had to wait for it to lift before i could get a clear shot. Mikey got this one about 500 meters north of the Quik Pro WSL event. For me it was the cleanest and best shaped wave Mikey caught in 3 hours. i love his style and the flair on the wave, not to mention he rips."

Koa Rothman

"This was the first time I shot with Koa Rothman, such a nice polite kid. i was really impressed with his backhand surfing, this right was really testing him and he smashed it.

As you can see, he has a smooth and graceful style, this was shot at Les Estagnot one late afternoon."

Dane Reynolds

"This afternoon was so crazy, people started flocking to the beach when they saw Dane and Mikey run down for a surf at a break called Les Estagnot.

It was wild, people were clapping, whistling, ooohs and aaaahs after every turn or air, having a great afternoon. With standing room only being behind me on the hill, it was chockers with lots of frothers enjoying the free show of power surfing at its most radical.

I love when people are passionate about watching surfing as they are when watching football."

Mikey Wright

"Kanoa rrocked up to France out of the blue, he was just in Portugal competing and decided to come to Hossegor for 3 days. He knew Pierre, the CEO of Quiksilver, was holding a massive barbecue for the athletes and staff. Kanoa loves food and there was no way he was going to miss out on a free banquet..

Here he is the morning after the banquet, punting in front of some grommets full of food and full of energy. Beats me how he got that high."

Kanoa Igarashi

"It was the Dane and Mikey show at Les Estagnot, France. That's Jimmy Graham filming with another filmer, Nick Pollet, looking on as Mikey impresses."

Dane Reynolds

"Another moment of Dane in the Dane and Mikey show!"

Michael Dunphy

"First time i shot this Dunphy and he f'n rips. His front side hacks are nuts, can’t wait to shoot him in perfect rights with big hack sections."

Thu, 22 Oct 2015 00:55:58 +0000
<![CDATA[No Breakfast - A Surf Clip by a Snowboarder]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/no-breakfast/ No Breakfast - A surf clip by a snowboarder Bryan Fox. Featuring Dane Reynolds, Mikey Wright, Steph Gilmore, Koa Rothman and Michael Dunphy. Editor Bryan Fox explains: “This is a movie I made for Quiksilver. They flew me to France for the Quiksilver Pro and while I was there I asked them if I could edit a couple clips together from the week. They obliged and here it is. It's titled "No Breakfast" because, with all due respect, the French suck at making breakfast. They are like the soup nazi in that seinfeld episode...no breakfast for you!"

Tue, 20 Oct 2015 21:33:03 +0000
<![CDATA[Leonardo Fioravanti ISA World Games winner and new World Junior Champion]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/leonardo-fioravanti-new-world-junior-champion/ Quiksilver’s rising talent Leonardo Fioravanti (Ita) has been crowned ISA World Junior Champion yesterday night in California (USA).

In the most anticipated heat of the day, Leonardo Fioravanti saved his best performance for last, notching the highest heat score of the entire competition (19.23). Fioravanti came out of the gates firing, scoring a perfect 10-point ride with a radical aerial maneuver followed by another amazing 9.23-point ride. France’s Nommé Mignot is second with 17.43 pts.

“I’ve been doing the ISA World Juniors for so many years and this year is my last,” said Leonardo Fioravanti. “I told myself I have to go all in. The final had so many good surfers so I had to go huge. I went for it and made it and I am so happy.” “It’s huge for Italy! We’re not a big surfing country. To bring this home for Italy it’s the biggest thing ever. I’m an Italian World Champion, I’m so stoked!”

On the raod to the final, breaking his back only 8 months ago didn't wasn't even on his mind - a true inspiration to eveyone following his performance out there.

Mon, 19 Oct 2015 16:01:06 +0000
<![CDATA[Gabriel Medina wins the 2015 Quiksilver Pro France]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/gabriel-medina-wins-the-quiksilver-pro-france/ A massive congratulations to Gabriel Medina. His first World Surf League event win for the 2015 season, making for an even more exciting title race with only 2 events remaining. Gabz just dominated the #quikpro from kick off, racking up two 10point rides on the way to the final.


Stop No. 9 on the 2015 Samsung Galaxy WSL Championship Tour, the Quiksilver and Roxy Pro France delivered a week’s worth of the world’s best surfing with the WSL elite and classic Autumn conditions combining for a high- performance surfing extravaganza.

Medina, who claimed his maiden CT victory in France in 2011, was dominant throughout the 35-minute Final, blasting the clean righthanders with speed, power and progression to post a 17.50 out of a possible 20 and claim an emphatic win.


“It feels so good, I’ve been trying so hard this year. I’m so stoked, my board felt really good and everything went my way,” Medina said. “I’m really glad to be back on the podium and especially for a win. I’m stoked to be back in France, France has always been good to me. I promised myself I would win an event this year for my grandfather who passed away a couple of months ago. ”

Durbidge, whose form throughout the 2015 Quiksilver Pro France was undeniable, found himself out of rhythm in the final heat of the event, finishing Runner-Up for the second time this season. Durbdige’s French performance moves him to 10th in the world heading into Portugal.

“I had some really good heats, but the final was just one-sided, Gaby was on every good wave,” Durbidge said. “It was just one of those heats that you don’t want to have again. But I have to just look at the positives, it’s another podium finish and I’m right there for a win, I’ll try to bring it home next time. The judges were loving my surfing, I got two 18-point heat totals so that was good. I love Portugal and have done well there in the past so I look forward to that.”

Despite an exciting opening heat this morning in which he posted massive scores, Julian Wilson (AUS), 26, was stopped in the Semifinals, lacking opportunities to perform. However, Wilson’s Equal 3rd in France provides another excellent result for the Queenslander this season, moving him to 4th on the WSL Jeep Rankings.

“It was a really good event, we had some nice conditions, France delivered again,” Wilson said. “I love coming here, it’s always throwing different conditions and you’re always changing boards for airs, barrels, turns. You get to do it all so I think it’s a super exciting part about surfing this event.”

In an all-Brazilian Semifinal matchup, Adriano De Souza (BRA), 28, seemed in control up until Medina posted his second perfect 10 point ride of the event to turn the table in the dying moments. With a third place under the belt in France, De Souza solidifies second position on the Jeep Leaderboard, well within striking distance of Fanning when the title race resumes in Portugal next week.

“Always a pleasure to surf against Gabriel (Medina) but frustrating to lose in challenging conditions,” De Souza said. “Semifinals is another good result though and I’m excited about the next stop in Portugal. Always feel comfortable there and hopefully we get good waves.” 
Thu, 15 Oct 2015 16:11:25 +0000
<![CDATA[Movember: Tom Carroll]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/movember-tom-carroll/

Tom Carroll has been a Mo Ambassador for seven years now. Movember headed to Sydney's northern beaches with our mates from Surfing Australia​ to talk surfing, drug addiction and the power of a conversation.

Thu, 15 Oct 2015 03:25:13 +0000
<![CDATA[REV HED]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/mikey-wright-rev-head/

"REV HED" Mikey Wright surfing mostly around his home on the south coast NSW, Australia with a small dabble of French beachies in the mix.

Shot through various months through out 2015 "rev hed" is a fun over look on what mike gets up to around home in between his travels.

Tue, 13 Oct 2015 08:42:37 +0000
<![CDATA[Quiksilver Pro France Round 4 & 5 wrap up]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/quiksilver-pro-france-round-four-and-five/ The Quiksilver Pro and Roxy Pro France, Stop No. 9 on the 2015 Samsung Galaxy World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT), ran in pumping conditions, deciding the men’s and women’s Quarterfinalists at Culs Nus. Huge crowds gathered on the water’s edge to witness an epic day of mind-blowing performances from the world’s best surfers.

The pumping conditions allowed the world's best to rack up some impressive scores with heat winners' scores in the high 8s and above for round 4. As the heats progressed, the scores escalated with world champ, Gabriel Medina, scoring a 19.83 including the first perfect 10 of the event with impressive air-reverse. He backed it up with some impressive hacks that earned him a 9.83. Medina will be up against John John Florence in the quarterfinals.

The first highlight of round 5 was Bede Durbidge whose surfing continued to be on point with a dramatic cutback earning him a 9.33 and a total of 18.30 in heat 2. Owen Wright was up against French local Jeremy Flores in heat 3 and utilised the glassy conditions to dial up his rail-to-rail surfing for a 9.60 score and an 18.50 total. Wright is matched with Adriano de Souza in the quarterfinals.

]]> Mon, 12 Oct 2015 09:20:18 +0000 <![CDATA[Quiksilver Pro France Round 3 wrap up]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/quiksilver-pro-france-round-three/ Round 2 of the women’s event and Round 3 of the men’s event delivered high drama and huge upsets, defining Elimination Rounds.

Round 3 highlights kicked off with Kolohe Andino landing a frontside air about 5 feet above the lip and scoring him an 8.50 in heat 3 against Kelly Slater. Slater scored a 7.00 for finding a barrel in the smaller conditions and following up with an alleyoop. Slater couldn't find what he was looking for and lost the heat with a 14.20 to Andino's 15.77.

The highest average waves score of round 3 was in heat 5 with Bede Durbidge and Ace Buchan. Buchan kicked off the heat with powerful fins-free hacks of the lip and scoring a 9.23 for his first wave. Durbidge answered back with a 9.20 and the high scores continued throughout the heat. Durbidge dominated with powerful hacks and his second wave score of 9.17. These two rides pushed him through to the next round with a heat score of 18.37 against Buchan's 17.40.

It was a big heat for Mick Fanning who had to win to continue to be in the run for the World Title. Local wildcard Maxime Huscenot dominated the heat until the final moments when Fanning scored a 9.03 and winning the heat with a 17.83 over Huscenot's 16.04.

Gabriel Medina was on fire in heat 10 and was in the lead from the beginning dropping a 9.00 and a 9.70 with powerful hacks eliminating CJ Hobgood who scored a 6.00 and an 8.23.

]]> Sun, 11 Oct 2015 08:06:27 +0000 <![CDATA[Quiksilver Pro France Round 2]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/quiksilver-pro-france-round-two/ Round 2 of the Quiksilver Pro kicked off at first light in pumping six-to-eight foot (2 - 2.5 metre) waves at Culs Nus for another exciting day of action. Competition ran through the second round of the men’s event followed by Round 1 and Heats 1 - 3 of Round 2 of the women’s event.

The waves may have been pumping but the average heat scores were low with the highest average heat score of 6.66 in heat 2 with Owen Wright and Caio Ibelli. Wright scored a 14.57 and Ibelli a 12.07.

The highest score of the round was by 11 time World Champ Kelly Slater who scored a 17.67 in heat 3 against Aritz Aranburu. Slater scored some barrels and back-to-back scores of 8.67 and 8.70 against Aranburu's heat total of 1.93.

]]> Sat, 10 Oct 2015 07:51:14 +0000 <![CDATA[Quiksilver Pro France Round 1]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/quiksilver-pro-france-round-one/ Round 1 of the Quiksilver Pro France, Stop No. 9 of 11 on the 2015 Samsung Galaxy WSL Championship Tour, was completed today in clean six-to-eight foot (2 - 2.5 metre waves) at Culs Nus.

Offshore winds groomed the solid swell on offer, creating a tube riding feast for the world’s best surfers, who proceeded to put on a high-performance surfing spectacle for the thousands on the beach and millions watching online and via broadcasts around the world.

Heat 3 saw the first 9 point rides with Julian Wilson dropping a 9.50 and a 9.30 consecutively, winning the heat. In heat 6, Mick Fanning raced through a heavy overhead barrel and scored a 9.73 winning the heat.

Defending champion, John John Florence, scored the highest score of round 1 with a 9.93 sitting deep in a hollow barrel and finishing off with an impressive layback.

The final big score of round one was in heat 9 by Adrian Buchan. He sailed through a perfect barrel and finished with a beautiful cutback in a rare left hand barrel and scored a 9.50.

Fri, 09 Oct 2015 10:14:02 +0000
<![CDATA[And your 10 King of the Groms finalists are...]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/king-of-the-groms-finalists/ After 1016 entries and 50,000 votes, we have our #kingofthegrom Final 10.



Congratulations to the groms voted through by the public, here's a recap of their Round 2 entries:


Here's my video entry (Combo) into the @quiksilver #KingOfTheGroms for the #KingOfTheCombo

A video posted by Kyuss King (@kyussking) on

Stoked to get this one on film! @quiksilver @craig__anderson #kingoftheair #Kingofthegroms

Une vidéo publiée par Malakai (@mpsmalakai_deez) le30 Mai 2015 à 10h14 PDT


#KingOfTheGroms @quiksilver #KingOfTheAir @craig__anderson

A video posted by Samuel Pupo (@samuel_pupo) on

@quiksilver #kingofthegroms #kingoftherail

A video posted by Tane Bowden (@tanebowden) on

]]> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 18:07:28 +0000 <![CDATA[The Big Wave Riders of Hawaii]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/the-big-wave-riders-of-hawaii/ Last week the doors at Galerie Joseph in Paris’ Las Marais quarter opened to an exhibition dedicated to the 30 year anniversary of The Eddie Big Wave invitational and the most iconic figures of Hawaiian surfing.

Taken through the lens of Bernard Testemale were a collection of portraits captured using a technique developed over 150 years ago. Faces of World champions from past and present such as Kelly Slater, Tom Curren and Tom Carroll sit next to surfing legends like Titus Kinimaka, Mickey Munoz, Clyde Aikau and Mel Puu.

Paying their respects to the deep Hawaiian heritage and their shared passion for riding gigantic waves were Jeremy Flores, Koa Rothman, Freddy Patacchia, Pete Mel and Julian Wilson, along with the sports heroes Shawn Stussy and Brad Gerlach.

The exhibition will travel to New York, Tokyo and Hawaii and the book "The Big Wave Riders Of Hawaii” will be available online from November 1.

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]]> Mon, 05 Oct 2015 00:21:52 +0000 <![CDATA[Boardriders Torquay Opening]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/boardriders-torquay-opening/

Check out the opening night shenanigans at the Quiksilver Boardriders Torquay on Friday, 18 September.

]]> Wed, 30 Sep 2015 05:28:52 +0000 <![CDATA[Leo Fioravanti: al·loch·tho·nous]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/allochthonous/

al·loch·tho·nous (ə-lŏk′thə-nəs) describes an organism that originates from a place different to where it is found.

Born and raised on the Italian peninsula Leonardo Fioravanti is most commonly found in places and situations that some might deem unusual for an Italian.

Originally from the city of Rome, Leo's determination and focus has seen him forge a way into professional surfing. After a serious back injury during the Volcom Pipeline Pro 2015, Leonardo is back and more motivated than ever to finish what he started in 2015.

Tue, 29 Sep 2015 20:40:33 +0000
<![CDATA[Noa Mizuno - Back to Class]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/backtoclass/ It's back to class and the lunch ladies probably aren't all that excited to see your faces either, so relax. The tolling of the metaphorical school bell to Honolulu's, sixteen year old Noa Mizuno sounds a lot like crashing waves and oddly hearing the word "FIRING" from the mouths of friends every time his math teacher opens her mouth. Though he can't get in the water until he's done doodling in each subject's notebook for a few hours, Noa's schooling doesn't just end at Punahou. Class is back in session but here in the water he's not the one taking notes. ]]> Fri, 25 Sep 2015 00:04:40 +0000 <![CDATA[Koa Rothman: Kandui]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/koa-rothman-kandui/

What you’re witnessing here is Koa Rothman absolutely manhandling the now famous Kandui swell from a few months ago. Check it out.

Wed, 23 Sep 2015 00:38:27 +0000
<![CDATA[Postcard Oregon]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/postcard-oregon/

A film by Quiksilver and What Youth starring Mikey Wright, Bryan Fox and Javier Mendizabal.

Maybe it was an experiment, or maybe it just happened. But whatever the case may be: we ended up in Oregon, on a big hill, blitzing down it — and at another point we were were surfing in front of a forest, and then we were in a city. We were a lot of things, but mostly we were us.

With professional surfer Mikey Wright, professional snowboarder Bryan Fox and professional skater Javier Mendizabal we began by participating in Bryan Fox’s Rat Race event in Mount Hood, OR. And once that wrapped, we ventured into a variety of places to rip and experience. Which is what we do. Come see.

Tue, 22 Sep 2015 22:45:56 +0000
<![CDATA[Boardriders Torquay Opening Party]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/boardriders-torquay-opening-party/ Anticipation had been mounting for months as Torquay locals watched the transformation of the old Quiksilver store morph into the new Boardriders Torquay, so on Friday night there was much to celebrate. Legends Tom Carroll, Matt Hoy and Mark Richards plus Matt Banting and local Cody Robinson joined the party along with 300 locals to get amongst the paella, beers and free barber haircuts as DJ Claire Elliott and Calling All Cars amped the crowd. Good vibes all round.

For more photos check out Boardriders Torquay Facebook page.

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Mon, 21 Sep 2015 00:41:48 +0000
<![CDATA[#2inamillion: Win a Trip for Two to the Quik Pro France]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/2-in-million-win-a-trip-quik-pro-france/
Want to get involved this year? As in a free VIP trip involved?

Here's how you do it.

As we paddle towards 1 million followers on the gram, we want to say merci beaucoup. To celebrate we are giving away a VIP trip to Quiksilver Pro France for one lucky follower and a friend.

All you gotta do is recruit a buddy who isn’t currently following @quiksilver and get them to follow us. Tag them and @quiksilver in the next photo you post's description and hashtag #2inamillion.

Once we crack the big mill, we will select the most creative submission and make the dream come true. What are you waiting for? Get recruiting kid.

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Tue, 15 Sep 2015 02:06:40 +0000
<![CDATA[Ice Cream and Hotdogs! with Leo Fioravanti]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/ice-cream-hotdogs-leo-fioravanti/
While all our Rnd 2 finalists are busy cutting their clip ready for your votes, Stab caught up with #KingOfTheGroms finalist Leo Fioravanti.
Mon, 14 Sep 2015 07:14:22 +0000
<![CDATA[Freddy P: Thanks, Legend]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/freddy-p-thanks-legend/

Thu, 10 Sep 2015 05:08:45 +0000
<![CDATA[Liquid Monuments: Koa Rothman in Code Red Teahupoo]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/koa-rothman-liquid-monuments/ ]]> Mon, 07 Sep 2015 06:24:57 +0000 <![CDATA[Ice Cream and Hotdogs! with Cole Houshmand]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/ice-cream-hotdogs-cole-houshmand/
Mon, 07 Sep 2015 06:09:47 +0000
<![CDATA[Jeremy Flores: Thanks Tahiti]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/jeremy-flores-thanks-tahiti/ Jeremy Flores is all smiles after his win in Tahiti on one of the most epic waves on the tour.

Thu, 03 Sep 2015 03:51:39 +0000
<![CDATA[Ice Cream and Hotdogs! With Kyuss King]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/kyuss-king/ While all our Rnd 2 finalists are busy cutting their clip ready for your votes, Stab caught up with #KingOfTheGroms finalists Kyuss King.

Thu, 27 Aug 2015 08:28:47 +0000
<![CDATA[Jeremy Flores: Winner of Billabong Pro Tahiti]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/jeremy-flores-back-in-the-line-up/ While free surfing at Lakey Peak 8 weeks ago Jeremy Flores suffered a head injury that sidelined him for J-Bay and nearly cost him entry to the Teahupoo event. But a speedy recovery, a safety helmet, and the determination to surf as deep as possible in the barrel allowed him to not only compete, but win, the Teahupoo event against current World Champion, Gabriel Medina. Congratulations, Jeremy!

On the eve of the Billabong Pro in Tahiti, Jeremy took some time out to give us the run down on his courageous comeback to the lineup.

It’s been almost 8 weeks since your injury in Indonesia. How is your recovery going?

My recovery is doing pretty good. I’m feeling positive and my surfing is basically back to 100%. It might take a little longer for me to get my confidence in bigger waves but I’m confident I’ll get there. The doctors are happy how everything is healing but its a slow process.

For those who don’t know, tell us what happened that day out Lakey Peak?

It was kind of a small day at Lakey Peak and Wiggolly, Banting, Kanoa and I were surfing the right. The tide was getting pretty low but there was some fun looking ramps. I don’t know why I did but I ended up trying a few rotations. One threw me out into the flats and I landed headfirst on the reef. I slammed the right side of my head against the reef and suffered a small brain hemorrhage, a bunch of deep cuts to my face and a solid concussion. I had a complete memory loss. I couldn’t remember anything for over an hour. I didn’t even know who I was or where I was. It was really scary.

How long have you been back in the water and how does it all feel?

I started surfing again at home (Hossegor, France) just over a week ago. There has been some pretty good waves for summer and I’ve have had some fun sessions. I haven’t really surfed in anything heavy yet though. I’ve decided to come to Tahiti anyways but i’m hoping the waves don’t get too big. If they do I will have to pull out of the event. I think I will surf up to around 6 feet, anything bigger than that and i’ll have to re-think.

What precautions do you have to take now your surfing again, and why? 

Inside my brain there is a small blood clot that is like a small rock. It’s just floating around in there. It causes me to to get really bad headaches. They are starting to be less painful which is good. I have to wear a helmet when I’m surfing for a couple of months at least. Once the blood clot has dissolved everything should be fine.

How long do you think will you need to take them before your back to 100%?

I’m feeling 100% now in terms of my technical abilities. When I hit my head it caused a lot of pressure to build up inside my brain and the doctors have said surfing larger waves could cause some problems. It’s definitely a little scary. I think once i get a few waves I will be fine.

How are you feeling heading into Tahiti?

I’m feeling good. I’m so happy to be back in the water and back in Tahiti. Tahiti is one of my favorite places in the world. I love Teahupoo, I love the island and the people. I’m really stoked to be back here and surfing again.

Wed, 26 Aug 2015 00:00:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Craig Anderson: La Danse Macarbe by Desillusion]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/craig-anderson-la-danse-macarbre/

During a sleepless night, Craig Anderson spent some time on the streets with Desillusion's editor-in-chief, Sebastien Zanella, talking about his life, fears and love of surfing.

Tue, 25 Aug 2015 05:20:02 +0000
<![CDATA[Leo Fioravanti: When From Rome]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/leo-fioravanti-when-from-rome/

Leo Fioravanti has spent most of the year in rehab for a back injury during the Backdoor Shootout at Pipe. He's now back in the surf and charging towards his goal of one day joining the WSL tour.

Tue, 25 Aug 2015 01:12:03 +0000
<![CDATA[Quiksilver Uluwatu Challenge]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/quiksilver-uluwatu-challenge/ The Quiksilver Uluwatu Challenge wrapped up yesterday and despite the drop in swell, the finalists gave it everything they got. And so did our legends Tom Carroll and Matt Hoy alongside some of our ROXY team riders in the hour-long expression session. Tom and Matt headed towards Temples to pick off the best waves coming through and the ROXY girls made the most of uncrowded Ulus.

After the expression session finalists Australian Jared Hilla and Brazilian Jean de Silva battled it out with Jared utilising his forehand attack and scoring an 8.00 to secure the win. As the sunset Matt Hoy and Mark Richards took to the stage at Single Fin to present Jared the trophy - and then the Sunday session was taken up a notch.

Mon, 17 Aug 2015 03:26:37 +0000
<![CDATA[Bali's Big Eco Weekend 2015]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/bali-big-eco-weekend-2015/

Mark Richards first visited Bali in 1981 for the Om Bali Pro held at Kuta Beach and back then there wasn’t really much going on except the locals doing what they do and the occasional surfer. When he headed up to Ulus, he felt he’d struck gold. And that stoke rush seeing the Uluwatu line-up never changes no matter what year it is, where you’re from, or your board of choice.

What has unfortunately changed over the past few years is the influx of trash on Bali’s beaches and it’s at its worst during the wet season. To combat this problem Quiksilver partnered with Coke and since 2007 have employed a 75 strong beach clean-up crew who work every single day of the year on a stretch of beach from Kuta to Kedonganan. The result is over 29 million kilograms of rubbish collected since 2008.

To raise awareness Quiksilver host Bali’s Big Eco Weekend each year and this year surfing legends Tom Carroll, Mark Richards, Matt Hoy and Jake Paterson came along to show their support. Since the clean-up began the stretch of beach has seen sea turtles return and this afternoon 1000 baby sea turtles were released back into the ocean in celebration followed by a traditional Kecat dance at sunset.

Today it’s a day of surfing at the Quiksilver Uluwatu Challenge. The final will run along with a two-hour expression session with Tom Carroll, MR, TC and Hoy along with some of the ROXY team riders and the forecast is looking offshore and clean.

Sun, 16 Aug 2015 02:15:12 +0000
<![CDATA[Natxo Gonzales charging Puerto Escondido]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/natzo-gonzales-puerto-escondido/ 19 year old team rider and current European Junior number 1, Natxo Gonzales, chased down the swell of the year that hit Puerto Escondido.

Fri, 07 Aug 2015 14:38:12 +0000
<![CDATA[Quiksilver x The Ramones]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/quiksilver-x-the-ramones/ If you've lived under a rock and haven't heard them, The Ramones may just be cooler than everything you've ever listen to. Quiksilver icon and 2x World Champ Tom Carroll would tell you the same thing and was rockin out with these legends back in the day.


"We used to froth out so hard on Joey & Johnny and their band The Ramones back in the late 70s early 80s. I also loved using a camera, lens and film whenever I had a chance, used it as much as possible on outings like these - exposure was purely guess work, so these images are classic flukes".

Photo taken by Tom


"This concert was winter 1979 in a small underground venue, The Checkers Club, CBD Sydney. In our state we were lucky to get in and it was jampacked with two maybe three thousand crazed rockers. I bashed my way to the side of the stage and observed the boys hammering away at their latest "Beat on the Brat" - with a baseball bat, "Blitzkrieg Bop" & "I Wanna Be Sedated" nobody stopped me shooting. Them's were some fun times!!!"


Make these guys your playlist for the day. Stream the rest of their tracks on Spotify, Rdio or Apple Music.
If like Tom you're a fan of the Ramones and / or other Universal classics, check out our tee collaboration quiksilver.com/universal

Thu, 06 Aug 2015 16:01:12 +0000
<![CDATA[Dane Reynolds: Boiler Boys]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/dane-reynolds-boiler-boys/ Dane headed to Taghazout, Morocco with his filmer, Mini Blanchard, and surfers Dillon Perillo and Yadin Nicol to wait for a swell that was worth waiting for.

Mon, 03 Aug 2015 03:56:14 +0000
<![CDATA[Marc Lacomare: Cruising Down the Islands]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/marc-lacomare-cruising-down-the-islands/ Skateboarders have Barcelona and surfers have the Mentawais. Marc Lacomare recently did a 10 day boat trip in the Mentawais - and it looks like it was a good one.

Tue, 28 Jul 2015 00:33:07 +0000
<![CDATA[Dane Reynolds - J-Bay Free Surf]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/dane-reynolds-free-surf/ Once J-bay wrapped up, Dane was mixing in with locals a couple of beaches down from the event site.

Mon, 27 Jul 2015 13:00:29 +0000
<![CDATA[Quik whip clip]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/quik-whip-clip/ ]]> Fri, 24 Jul 2015 15:08:58 +0000 <![CDATA[Nicaragua Surf Grom Camp]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/nicaragua-surf-grom-camp/

Chad Wells US team manager recently took the junior team to Nicaragua. They stayed at Mark and Daves Surf Camp. The crew were: Taj Lindblad, Gus Day and Kade Matson from San Clemente. Griffin Foy and Keanu Igarashi from HB. Dimitri Polous and Micky Clarke from Ventura. Dagan Stagg from O’side. Ryder Guest from Kauai and Gabe Morvil from North Carolina.

They didn’t score all time Nica but got consistent swell and found waves by boat, taxi and a few long paddles. Colarados and Panga Drops were their main spots.

To keep things interesting there was a Single Fin Challenge with 3 rounds held over 3 days in 30 minute heats and best 1 wave scored out of the 3 allowed to ride. The venue was Panga Drops and day 1 proved to be the most challenging with 8/10ft surf and walk of shame paddle outs. Griffin Foy nailed the win, a round trip ticket to stay at our Pipe House and bragging rights.

Fri, 17 Jul 2015 07:16:54 +0000
<![CDATA[Drink Water Rat Race]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/rat-race/ Drink Water’s fourth annual Rat Race on Oregon’s Mt. Hood has been another raucous good time. The brainchild of Bryan Fox, Austin Smith & partners at Drink Water, a social enterprise promoting (you guessed it) water, the Rat Race has become a highlight of summer snowboarding, both to raise money for Water.org’s mission to provide clean water in parts of the word that lack access, and have a blast with friends.



The Rat Race draws some of the world’s best snowboarders, from all reaches of the community: style-masters, big mountain powder riders, urban rail destroyers, Olympic medalists design, and everything in between. Drink Water’s riders & volunteers come together, design & hand-shape the course, carving into the glacier. 



This year’s course may have been the most treacherous yet, located high on the mountain, on a steep face just hundreds of feet from a crevasse. With critical whoop sections that claimed more than a few with savage crashes, and banked berms calling for laydown turns on rail, the course was the setting for some of the world’s best boardriders to test their mettle and draw creative lines. 



Following the on-hill excitement, competitors and fans headed to Frog Lake for Drink Water’s family-hosted barbeque, lakeside hangout & awards ceremony. With prizes like Quiksilver & Roxy wetsuits, custom Nitro snowboards, GoPro cameras, Poler tents, and custom-shaped Christenson surfboards, the winners left with more than bragging rights. 



Bryan and Austin shared their gratitude to the crowd, the impact of the money raised for Water.org, and presented each award with a campfire-quality story. We’re proud to support the event, and we’ll see you all next year back at Mt. Hood! Without further ado, here are the results: 

Fri, 10 Jul 2015 01:51:01 +0000
<![CDATA[Dark Rituals]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/dark-rituals/

PM nighttime styles and street culture inform tough serious graphics from the 90s dark side of Quiksilver. The roots radical jacket, a beaten-up favorite flannel, skinny jeans and loose fitting tees complete this dirty and destroyed look. 

Thu, 09 Jul 2015 21:00:04 +0000
<![CDATA[Micky Clarke: Ventura Grom]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/micky-clarke-ventura-grommet/ Check out 15 year old Micky Clarke surfing Ventura. Fellow Venturan Dane Reynolds picked Micky for his top 10 King of the Groms #KingOfTheRail so we'll be seeing more of Micky's skills soon in round 2.

Fri, 03 Jul 2015 01:03:40 +0000
<![CDATA[Dane Reynolds: My Life as a Wildcard]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/dane-reynolds-my-life-as-a-wildcard/

The J-Bay WSL event is coming up next week and Dane Reynolds has been asked to compete as a wild card making it his third WCT event this year. The WSL crew caught up with Dane while he was in Fiji to ask him how he's wrapping his head around competing in these events.

Tue, 30 Jun 2015 07:01:17 +0000
<![CDATA[JEREMY FLORES: NZ LOW REZ]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/jeremy-flores-nz-low-rez/ Remember Cyclone Pam? Jeremy Flores hit the road in New Zealand with Koa Rothman and Dean Morrison during cyclone Pam with the intention to score as many waves as they could. And score they did. Check out the video and count the barrels.

Mon, 29 Jun 2015 07:09:49 +0000
<![CDATA[#FijiPro recap]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/fiji-pro-recap/ If you didn’t catch the #FijiPro this week, you blew it. Cloudbreak was absolutely firing and the top 34 were owning it. Here’s a quick recap.

In the lead up to the final, the Quiksilver team were on fire. Dane Reynolds took down the World #1 Adriano de Souza in Round 3 with a heat score of 18.34. If you didn't catch it live, watch it now.

Wiggolly Dantas had a Round 4 win earning a place in the quarterfinals and his best result on tour so far. Congrats Wiggolly! Watch the heat here.

Jeremy Flores was on a tear. In Round 4, he scored a 9.93 tube ride and finished with a total heat score of 18.70 defeating Kai Otton and Adam Melling. And in the quarterfinals, Jeremy locked in an 8 and 8.83 ride to knock out teammate and best friend on tour Wiggolly Dantas.

In the semifinals Jeremy took on Owen Wright both finding back-to-back barrels and making it one of the most exciting heats of the event. Unfortunately Jeremy was narrowly beaten with Owen edging in front by a minor 0.36 points. Although just missing out on a finals finish, this is an awesome result for Jeremy who will no doubt take this high into upcoming events.

Finally, credit where credit is due.

Owen Wright made history in the water with two perfect heat scores in both Round 5 and the Final. His two 20 point totals helped him secure a massive event win. A lot of respect and a big congrats to that guy.

Next event is J-Bay, so if you did miss this event and all this was news to you... get your sh#t together and log on July 8. Well done, boys!

Tue, 16 Jun 2015 07:31:46 +0000
<![CDATA[Dane Reynolds: Sampler]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/dane-reynolds-sampler/

Last week Dane Reynolds dropped 'Sampler' - a collection of B-sides that didn't make 'Cluster' but has still blown us all away. Watch then repeat. Make sure you check out Dane's explanation of why he made 'Sampler' over at his website.

Fri, 05 Jun 2015 01:08:17 +0000
<![CDATA[Jeremy Flores Talking How To Become #KingOfTheCombo]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/jeremy-flores-king-of-the-combo/ This year's King Of The Groms is turning out to be a worldwide digital expression session. With more than 400 entries and only 3 weeks to go until the end of Round 1, we're frothing on the level of surfing already seen and can't wait to find out who's gonna shred their way through to round 2. Choosing the qualifiers is down to our judges Dane, Ando and Jeremy. Here's the low down from Jezza on his category: #KingOfTheCombo:

What are you looking for from the Round 1 #kingofthecombo contestants?


To win the #KingOfTheCombo, we'll need some variation of strong maneuvers and different maneuvers on the same wave. So, the best I think would be to have a good carving maneuver followed by a good air or just a good combo in general.



Any tips or tricks to a winning combo?


I think you don't necessarily want a good wave but you want like 2 crazy maneuvers on the same wave – I think 2 is enough for a good combo. That includes barrels, airs and turns – if you can have all of these on the same wave it’s even better but if not, one barrel with a big air or one big air followed by a big lay back or something like that would be good.


Does wave size matter?


Of course wave size matters because, the more critical the wave is the more critical the turns get but I already saw some pretty crazy stuff on small waves. I think in bigger sized waves, i’d be a lot more impressed but unfortunately some kids aren't lucky enough to surf really good and big waves so i’ll be taking that in to consideration.



How important is being able to link manoeuvres into a combo for world qualifying and world tour judging criteria?


I think linking combination of maneuvers is the key for success. I think you’ve all seen nowadays, the best surfers in the word like John John Florence, Medina, Toledo.. all these guys they have really good combos. I think if you have good combos and good tricks in your repertoire, you’re able to do really well on the World Qualifying Series and on the WCT. It’s our goal, for all surfers on the world tour to have good combinations of maneuvers.



You qualified for the WT at just 17, what advice would you give yourself if you could go back today?


I qualified when I was 17 years old so I was really young. I was really young at the time but at the same time surfing was always my passion so I couldn't wait to be on tour with legends like Andy Irons, Occy, Kelly, all these guys. So now looking back, i'm glad I got on tour so early because I got to surf with all these guys. I think for all kids these days it's just a great opportunity to be living the dream, the passion, going to surf the best waves in the world with one other guy out so that's the main thing. If you're a surfer, you know, if you love you job then it's the ultimate thing to be on tour.



Think we might have a future world champ in this year's KOTG?


Yes, of course I think we will have a future world champ in this year's King Of The Groms, it might not be the one that wins this year but there's so much talent that I think it's gonna open the world's eyes. Some kids aren't lucky enough to do contests and events so as they post their good combination of maneuvers and they show themselves to the world, it's always a beginning. You know, I think the best kids in the world are going to be posting some crazy surfing in this year's King Of The Groms.



Our judges, Jeremy Flores (#KingOfTheCombo), Dane Reynolds (#KingOfTheRail) and Craig Anderson (#KingOfTheAir) will each choose 10 entries from their category to go through to round 2. If you're under 18yrs old and haven't posted your entry to this year's Quiksilver King Of The Groms, here's a taster of what you're up against, more info on: quiksilver.com/kotg

Fri, 29 May 2015 10:04:18 +0000
<![CDATA[Aritz Aranburu - Tahiti]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/aritz-aranburu-tahiti/

Aritz Aranburu is a soft-spoken, well behaved gentleman out of the water. Get him into pumping barrels and it's a different story.

Tue, 26 May 2015 18:40:13 +0000
<![CDATA[The Crowd Went Crazy: Alex Ribeiro Wins #QUIKPROSAQUA]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/the-crowd-went-crazy/ Alex Ribeiro (BRA), 25, came from behind in the Final to defeat Jeremy Flores (FRA) by a score of 14.93 to 14.17 at the 2015 Quiksilver Pro Saquarema presented by Powerade. With his victory today (Sunday), Ribeiro received U$ 40,000 in prize money and 10,000 World Surf League Qualifying Series points. After starting off the competition in 57th place on the QS ranking, Ribeiro catapulted up to 2nd place as a result of his performance. In addition to the event win, Ribeiro also received the last wildcard position available for the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Championship Tour event, the Oi Rio Pro at Barra da Tijuca, which begins on Monday. 

Flores jumped to an early lead in the Final after scoring an 8.60 on his best wave and a 5.57 on his back up. However, Ribeiro’s composure paid off and with 10 seconds remaining in the heat, he paddled into his last opportunity and blasted a combination of huge hacks to leap into first place and straight to victory.

“I was relaxed going into the Final because I thought I had already gotten the wildcard spot for the CT in Rio,” stated Ribeiro. “But then someone told me that I had to win the event to get it, so I was very focused on getting the victory. I stayed patient and waited until the very end for that last wave because I knew it would come. Jeremy (Flores) had the high score in the heat and I had two medium scores. But I knew that if a good wave came, I knew I could get the score. I’m stoked that my strategy worked out. I’m so happy I’m in 2nd on the QS and I get to compete in the CT too. It’s a lot of excitement for just one day!”

Flores has been on a torrid streak in May. He started off the month with a 2nd place finish at the first QS 10,000 ranked contest of the year, the Oakley Lowers Pro, in California. After succumbing to Filipe Toledo (BRA) at Trestles, the experienced Frenchman quickly packed his bags for the long flight to Brazil for the Quiksilver Pro Saquarema. Flores showed solid form throughout the competition and guaranteed another substantial result at Praia de Itauna.

“I’m still very pleased with this result,” said Flores. “It’s very difficult to reach the Finals, but I was a little disappointed that I didn’t win. But that’s what competition is like. There can only be one winner. So congrats to Alex (Ribeiro) for the victory. Everything happens for a reason. I got two great results against an incredible group of talented surfers in the last two events. I feel good, my boards feel great, my head’s in a good place and I’m healthy. So I’m stoked and ready to compete in Rio de Janeiro during the next few weeks.”

The setting for the final day of action at the Quiksilver Pro Saquarema was spectacular. Warm weather, sunny skies, light winds and rippable waves in the 3-4 foot range (1-1.5 meters) were on hand for the outcome of the 2nd QS 10,000 event of the year.

The day began with the remaining 4 heats from Round 4 before competition segued into the Quarterfinals. Yesterday, Ribeiro eliminated Italo Ferreira (BRA) in Round 4 before defeating Nate Yeomans (USA) in the Quarters, Noe Mar McGonagle (CRI) in the Semifinals and ultimately prevailing over Flores in the Finals.

Flores had an even longer route to the Finals after having to compete in Round 4 to begin the day. He began by beating Jesse Mendes (BRA) in Heat 8 of Round 4. He then displayed his powerful surfing over the lightening-quick surfer from Costa Rica, Carlos Munoz. In the Semis, Flores scored an 18.17 heat total to take down Caio Ibelli (BRA) before claiming his second runner-up finish in as many contests.

Things have shaken up on the WSL QS rankings after completion of the 2015 Quiksilver Pro Saquarema. Only the Top-10 ranked surfers on the QS at the end of the year will qualify for the 2016 WSL Championship Tour (CT). Four new surfers have moved into eligibility. Alex Ribeiro (BRA), Ryan Callinan (AUS), Caio Ibelli (BRA) and Noe Mar McGonagle (CRI) have moved into the Top-10, while Michael Rodrigues (BRA), Michael Dunphy (USA), Wade Carmichael (AUS) and Charles Martin (GLP) have moved down in the rankings.

McGonagle looked impressive throughout the competition by exhibiting a powerful, yet polished, style of surfing. The young Costa Rican was ecstatic after earning a Semifinal result at the Quiksilver Pro Saquarema.

“It’s a great feeling to be part of the top ten in the ranking,” declared McGonagle. “Us Costa Ricans work together as a team and I believe that our unity makes a big difference. We work together every day and we’re like a family. A win for one is like a win for all of us. I’m very satisfied with my result in Saquarema. It was my first time here and the event was perfect. I’ll definitely be here next year.”




Winner: Alex Ribeiro (BRA) 14.93 points (8.00 + 6.93) – U$ 40,000 and 10,000 points

Runner-up: Jeremy Flores (FRA) 14.17 points (8.60 + 5.57) – U$ 20,000 and 8,000 points


SEMIFINALS – 3rd place = U$ 11,000 and 6,500 points:

Heat 1: Alex Ribeiro (BRA) 15.87 x 15.60 Noe Mar McGonagle (CRI)

Heat 2: Jeremy Flores (FRA) 18.17 x 12.20 Caio Ibelli (BRA)


QUARTERFINALS – 5th place = U$ 7,000 and 5,200 points:

Heat 1: Alex Ribeiro (BRA) 13.67 x 13.33 Nathan Yeomans (USA)

Heat 2: Noe Mar McGonagle (CRI) 18.23 x 13.87 Cooper Chapman (AUS)

Heat 3: Caio Ibelli (BRA) 17.67 x 16.57 Tom Whitaker (AUS)

Heat 4: Jeremy Flores (FRA) 15.77 x 13.40 Carlos Munoz (CRI)



1st: Jeremy Flores (FRA) – 16,400 points

2nd: Alex Ribeiro (BRA) – 12,420

3rd: Jesse Mendes (BRA) – 12,250

4th: Jack Freestone (AUS) – 11,950

5th: Stu Kennedy (AUS) – 10,495

6th: Filipe Toledo (BRA) – 10,000

7th: Ryan Callinan (AUS) – 9,850

8th: Joan Duru (FRA) – 9,680

9th: Kolohe Andino (USA) – 9,360

10th: Dusty Payne (HAW) – 9,255

11th: Caio Ibelli (BRA) – 8,800

12th: Noe Mar McGonagle (CRI) – 8,770



Sun, 10 May 2015 21:09:13 +0000
<![CDATA[Pumping Conditions on Day 5 of Quiksilver Pro Saquarema]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/pumping-day5-quik-pro-saqua/  

Initial Quarterfinalists decided at QS 10,000 event at Praia de Itauna, Brazil.


On Saturday, competition continued in pumping surf with waves in the 4-6 foot range (1.5–2 meters) at Praia de Itauna for Day 5 of the 2015 Quiksilver Pro Saquarema presented by Powerade. An overnight build in swell, sunny skies and offshore winds provided a great start to the World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series (QS) 10,000 event. 



Maxime Huscenot (FRA), furnished the day’s highest heat total by scoring an 18.30 (9.23 + 9.07) on his two best waves in Heat 7 of Round 3.


“That was one of the best heats I’ve ever surfed, with some big airs too. I’m just so happy that I got some good waves,” stated Huscenot. “I’m stoked they didn’t run yesterday because conditions were really tough. Today it’s pumping, so when it’s like that, you just need to enjoy it. Practicing in the Reunion Islands for years has given me a good base for my backhand. My coach and my dad have given me great information, keeping it top to bottom, so it’s helped me out a lot.”


In the following heat, fellow Frenchman Jeremy Flores (FRA) scored a 9.83 in Heat 8 of Round 3 for the highest single score at the Quiksilver Pro Saquarema.


“This wave is similar to Florianopolis, where they used to have the CT, but this is definitely way better than Rio. Sorry, but this is a world-class wave,” declared the always-honest Flores. “I’m just happy to be able to surf another heat in these types of waves. I don’t know how tomorrow is looking, but I’m sure it’s going to be pretty good again. I’m just going to stick to my game plan and worry about my surfing and not what my opponent’s doing. At this point of the contest, everyone rips. If they’re in the Quarters, it’s because they’re ripping. All the QS events are gnarly, so it’s good to pass any heats.”



In the same heat as Flores, Carlos Munoz (CRI) boosted a huge air reverse to earn a 9.50 to advance in 2nd place, eliminating Samsung Galaxy Championship Tour rookie, Matt Banting (AUS).


Light offshore winds picked up throughout the day and changed direction, becoming side-shore. But due to the outcrop of rocks on the pointbreak at Praia de Itauna, conditions remained super-consistent as the first four Quarterfinalists were decided at the Quiksilver Pro Saquarema.


In the first man-on man heat in Heat 1 of Round 4, Alex Ribeiro (BRA) won a closely fought battle over CT competitor Italo Ferreira (BRA) by a score of 14.83 to 14.77 respectively.



“I needed a big score and I felt like I didn’t get it when I was coming out of the water,” stated Ribeiro. “But my friends ran up congratulating me, telling me that I advanced. So I was really surprised. I’m so happy to make it into the Quarters. I feel like I can do well here, my board feels so good and I’m excited to compete again tomorrow.”


With his result today, Ribeiro leaped to 15th place on the WSL QS rankings up from 57th. Only the Top-10 ranked surfers at the end of the year will qualify for the 2016 Championship Tour.



In Heat 2 of Round 4, veteran surfer Nathan Yeomans (USA) displayed textbook surfing and solid rail-work to advance into the next round in another close battle over Granger Larsen (HAW), 13.94 to 12.73.


“I was having a ball but some good scores were getting out from under me,” stated Yeomans. “I just figured I’d keep riding waves cause there’s that wonk from the backwash. I think ultimately Granger (Larsen) sat too far inside. He needed a six, but I think he was just out of position. I’m stoked because sometimes things don’t go your way, but this time it did. There are some variables. The sun’s right in your eyes and you can feel the backwash, so I’m gonna go back home, do some squats, widen my stance and maybe I’ll come out of some of those,” Yeomans jokingly said.



Growing up at the renowned lefthand pointbreak in Pavones, the young Costa Rican surfer, Noe Mar McGonagle, has displayed his powerful backhand surfing throughout the event on the waves at Itauna. In Heat 3 of Round 4, McGonagle ripped a wave apart and impressed the judges enough to earn a 9.43 on his best wave over Joan Duru (FRA) in the closest match-up so far at the 2015 Quiksilver Pro Saquarema, 14.10 to 14.07.



“It’s really hard to stick that second maneuver out there, said McGonagle. “I really had a hard time. I had that one really good wave, but I couldn’t back it up. It was really nerve-racking when (Duru) got that wave. It looked long, but I couldn’t see it that well. I definitely dodged a bullet-and-a-half there. I’m just stoked to be into the last day. Last year in Maresias I got a 9th, so it’s good to be doing one better here. This year’s been kind of frustrating. I’ve lost a lot of close heats. So it feels good to climb the ladder a little bit higher.”


When asked about Carlos Munoz (CRI), his fellow countryman and traveling buddy, McGonagle commented by saying, “We help each other out and feel at home together since we’re from the same part of the country. Thank God that he’s been sending us these great waves and I hope we meet each other in the Finals.”


In the last heat of the day, Cooper Chapman (AUS) was able to overcome Conner O’Leary (AUS) by a score of 12.00 to 10.66 in Heat 4 of Round 3.



“It was a really crazy heat,” claimed Chapman. “Conner (O’Leary) and I both got pounded by the sets. The waves here are very similar to North Narrabeen, where I’m from, so I felt comfortable out there. I’m stoked I got through, especially since today is my birthday in Australia. But here in Brazil, I can only celebrate tomorrow (Sunday).”


A call is set for 7:00 am local time for continuation of the 2015 Quiksilver Pro Saquarema. When competition resumes on Sunday (Finals Day), up-and-comer Ryan Callinan (AUS) will face veteran Tom Whitaker in Heat 5 of Round 4. Watch all the action live: quiksilver.com/probrazil

Sun, 10 May 2015 00:04:16 +0000
<![CDATA[Field Narrows And Excitement Continues At Praia De Itauna In Brazil.]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/day-3-quik-pro-saqua/ On Thursday, competition was carried out until Heat 6 of the Round of 48 at the 2015 WSL Quiksilver Pro Saquarema presented by Powerade. Clean conditions with waves in the 3-4 foot range (1-1.5 meters) progressively deteriorated as onshore winds picked up. However, plenty of high scoring opportunities were on hand as the international field of surfers battled for the 10,000 World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series (QS) ranking points available at Praia de Itauna, in Rio de Janeiro. 



Veteran surfer Tom Whitaker (AUS) displayed his prowess and experience as he scored the day’s highest heat wave total of a 17.50 (9.43 + 8.07) in Heat 18 of the Round of 96. Michael Dunphy (USA) advanced in 2nd place over Willian Cardoso (BRA) and Jose Ferreira (PRT) respectively.



“It was incredible!” stated Whitaker. “I felt very comfortable in these types of conditions, there were plenty of good waves during the heat and I had a lot of fun. Priority was crucial for wave selection, and without a doubt that helped me out a lot and I was lucky enough to take advantage of that perfect wave.”



The defending champion at the Quiksilver Pro Saquarema, Wiggolly Dantas (BRA) remained in sync with the waves at Praia de Itauna and was able to advance into the Round of 48 alongside Maxime Huscenot (FRA). Deivid Silva (BRA) and Medi Veminardi (REU) were both eliminated from competition.



“The waves have gotten smaller today (Thursday), but they’re breaking better over the sandbank. It’s easier to surf and I found two waves that were good enough to get me into first place in the heat,” said Dantas. “I’m feeling very focused and relaxed. I won here last year and it was an important result in qualifying for the CT. Saquarema’s a special place. There are always good waves and it fits in well with my style of surfing. It feels great to be here again.”



Current Samsung Galaxy Championship Tour surfer Italo Ferreira (BRA) looked solid as he scored a 15.74 heat total to take top honors in Heat 3 of the Round of 48. Granger Larsen (HAW) also advanced in second place. However, Takumi Yasui (JPN) and WSL Qualifying Series ranking leader, Alejo Muniz (BRA) were defeated at the Quiksilver Pro Saquarema.



“Thank God I was able to find some good waves,” claimed Ferreira. “My strategy worked out. I switched to a smaller board, which was the one I had been using every day before the competition. It felt perfect and I hope to maintain my rhythm and get as far as possible in this event. It took a long time for the sets to come, so I wanted to catch as many waves as possible in the beginning of the heat. I got some good scores and was able to put some pressure on my opponents.”


Only 36 surfers from 11 different nations remain in contention for the U$ 40,000 in prize money and 10,000 WSL QS ranking points on offer for the winner of the 2015 Quiksilver Pro Saquarema presented by Powerade.



Action will continue tomorrow (Friday) in the Round of 48. In Heat 7, Michael Wright (AUS), Nic Von Rupp (PRT), Hiroto Ohhara (JPN) and Adam Melling (AUS) will face off to see who will advance in competition at the 2015 Quiksilver Pro Saquarema. Watch live on: quiksilver.com/probrazil




Fri, 08 May 2015 00:06:50 +0000
<![CDATA[Crispy Grindz]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/crispy-grindz-leonardo-fioravanti/

After busting his back in February, Leonardo Fioravanti is working his ass off to get back to more of this..

Thu, 07 May 2015 15:59:11 +0000
<![CDATA[Intense Action On Opening Day of Quiksilver Pro Saquarema]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/opening-day-quik-pro-saqua/ Full day of upsets and high scores at QS 10,000 in Brazil.


The first day of competition at the Quiksilver Pro Saquarema presented by Powerade is in the books after an exciting day of action at Praia de Itauna, in the State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Waves in the 3-5 foot range (1-1.5 meters) provided lengthy rides and punchy sections, which resulted in big scores and major maneuvers from the field of international athletes at the 2nd World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series (QS) 10,000 level event of 2015.


Dusty Payne (HAW) displayed a combination of power, technique and strategy to earn the highest heat total of the day by scoring a 16.95 (8.75 + 8.23) in Heat 10 of the Round of 96. Aritz Aranburu (ESP) advanced along with Payne into the Round of 48 by defeating Kiron Jabour (HAW) and Cahill Bell-Warren (AUS) respectively.


“I planned out a strategy before my heat and it worked out,” declared Payne, who remains red-hot after a Semifinal result at last week’s Oakley Lowers Pro in California. “I noticed that no one was going on the rights that started breaking, and so even without priority, I stuck to them and I was able to find some nice ones. I was exhausted from the flight, so I was thrilled we had that lay day to rest up. I practically slept all day. I only got up to catch a few waves and get to know the spot.”


Another athlete that also stuck to the rights for high scores was Ryan Callinan (AUS), who blew one wave apart for a 9.50 point ride; the highest of the event so far. Hiroto Ohhara (JPN) advanced in 2nd place behind Callinan, eliminating current Samsung Galaxy Championship Tour surfer Brett Simpson (USA) and Gonzalo Zubizarreta (ESP) in Heat 15.


“Nothing feels better than coming out of the water with a score like that. It’s amazing,” exclaimed Callinan. “I got lucky. Brett Simpson let one go and it turned out to be a really good one. I had to rush to catch it, but I took advantage of the opportunity and did everything I had to. Last year was the first time I fully committed to the QS and I made a lot of mistakes. So I hope I can learn from that experience and continue getting better this year.”


Callinan currently sits in 13th place on the 2015 WSL QS rankings and hopes to improve his place in the standings with a strong result at the Quiksilver Pro Saquarema.



In Heat 13 of the Round of 96, one the most unexpected and stunning upsets of the day happened when Quiksilver Pro Saquarema wildcard invitee Michael Wright (AUS), 18, took control of a stacked heat and looked explosive by netting a heat total of 16.83 (9.00 + 7.83) to earn 1st place and advance into the Round of 48 alongside Caio Ibelli (BRA). Jadson Andre (BRA) and Hiroto Arai (JPN) were eliminated from the event.


“Just being here is a blessing and being able to advance in first place after such a complicated heat is even better,” remarked Wright, who is also the younger sibling of elite CT surfers Owen and Tyler Wright. “When that wave came, I knew I had to get the most out of it.” The young Australian arrived in Brazil in 357th place on the WSL Qualifying Series rankings.




In contrast, Alejo Muniz (BRA) currently leads the WSL Qualifying Series rankings after a sizzling start to the 2015 season. Looking fiery and focused, Muniz scored a 16.17 (8.57 + 7.60) in Heat 6 and advanced in 1st place, followed by Marlon Lipke (PRT) in 2nd. Ramzi Boukhiam (MAR) and Yadin Nicol (AUS) were both eliminated from the Quiksilver Pro Saquarema.


“I watched all of the heats before mine and I didn’t expect it to have some of the higher scores,” said Muniz. “Right at the end, Ramzi (Boukhiam) almost got the score he needed, but luckily I caught another that turned out to be the high score of the heat. I’m feeling very focused and trying to surf well heat by heat. This contest is very important for me to get back on the CT. I want to do well here and get a good result so I won’t have that much pressure later on in the year. It feels great to compete here in Saquarema. It has a long history in our sport, it produces talented athletes and I always say that it has some of the best waves in Brazil. There are always perfect lefts and rights breaking here. I think it was a good call for the lay day yesterday because today (Wednesday) is a lot better and the forecast looks great.”


A call is set for 7:30 am (local time) with a possible 8:00 am start. Competition will resume with Heat 17 of the Round of 96. Hitting the water will be last year’s event winner Wiggolly Dantas (BRA), Maxime Huscenot (FRA), Deivid Silva (BRA) and Medi Veminardi (REU). Watch all the action LIVE via: Quiksilver.com/ProBrazil

Thu, 07 May 2015 00:35:48 +0000
<![CDATA[Quiksilver Pro Saquarema: Literal Brazilian Storm]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/literal-brazilian-storm/ Heavy rains and subpar conditions at Praia de Itauna have forced event organizers to call a lay day at the 2015 WSL Quiksilver Pro Saquarema presented by Powerade. The forecast however shows favourable conditions for the remainder of the event window and will provide an exciting competitive atmosphere for the second World Surf League QS 10,000 in 2015.

After consulting with the WSL Qualifying Series Deputy Commissioner, Travis Logie (ZAF) and the Quiksilver Pro Saquarema Contest Director, Sergio Lindemann (BRA), the Head Judge for the event, Luli Pereira (BRA), provided the following statement:

"A lot of rain, a declining swell and strong winds forecast for this afternoon gave us no opportunity to run the contest today, so we’re going on hold until 7:30 am tomorrow (Wednesday) for a new call. The forecast looks good for the rest of the week. We’re predicting a good-sized swell, especially for the weekend, so we’ve got everything setup for a good contest with plenty of waves for the athletes to compete in quality conditions."

Despite the heavy downpour and adverse conditions, several athletes were on hand at the event site to test out equipment and get acclimated to competition during the morning freesurf.

Currently sitting in 17th place on the QS rankings, Ian Gouveia (BRA) commented on this morning’s conditions.

"I arrived at 5:40 am. It was still dark, but there were two people in the water already. But you could tell from the horizon that a huge storm was coming. Soon it started pouring, but you could still find some good waves. If the forecast didn’t look so solid, we could have run today. But since conditions are looking so good, it made sense to call it off until tomorrow."

After beginning the year in the Top-10 group of surfers ranked on the Qualifying Series that will be eligible for the 2016 Samsung Galaxy Championship Tour, Gouveia is looking for a solid result after an early exit at last week’s QS 10,000 Oakley Lowers Pro held at Lower Trestles, in San Clemente.

"Now’s the time of the year when the events offering larger ranking points begin. These are the ones you want to do well in and are the most important to make it onto the CT," said Gouveia. "The first QS 10,000 was at Trestles, but I didn’t do too well and ended up falling in the rankings. But I have another chance here and whoever gets a good result at this event will definitely move up in the rankings."

With the exception of Kolohe Andino (USA), who currently sits in 4th place on the WSL QS rankings, all of the remaining athletes on the Top-10 are present at the Quiksilver Pro Saquarema and are hungry for the substantial amount of ranking points available at Praia de Itauna.

Heat 1 of the Round of 96 will see Adrian Buchan (AUS), Torrey Meister (HAW), Alex Ribeiro (BRA) and Tomas Fernandes (PRT) initiate competition and will provide an example of the diverse field of international athletes competing at the Quiksilver Pro Saquarema.

Wed, 06 May 2015 03:51:49 +0000
<![CDATA[High Stakes For Quiksilver Pro Saquarema]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/high-stakes-for-quiksilver-pro-saquarema/

For the seventh consecutive year, the iconic pointbreak at Itauna Beach in Rio de Janeiro will host the World Surf League (WLS) men's Qualifying Series (QS) Quiksilver Pro Saquarema. The 10,000-point event will be the first international competition on Brazilian soil since Gabriel Medina's historic Title-clinching victory of the 2014 Samsung Galaxy Championship Tour (CT). Ninety-six athletes will battle it out for the $250,000 in prize money and a monumental 10,000 WSL ranking points.

The Quiksilver Pro Saquarema will immediately precede the arrival of the Top 34 for Stop No. 4 on the elite Tour, the Rio Pro, prompting many of the world's best to enter the QS competition as well.

"The entire international surfing community had been waiting anxiously for the confirmation of the Saquarema QS10000," said WSL South America Regional Director Roberto Perdigao. "For the athletes, the pointbreak at Saquarema has built a solid reputation as having some of the best waves on the international circuit. This year, due to the fact that the contest will be held one week prior to the Championship Tour event in Rio de Janeiro, the amount of elite athletes participating in Saquarema has increased considerably. As a reflection, the entire contest structure has increased in size and quality."

A variety of musical attractions, official parties and environmental activities have been planned to allure the energetic Brazilian fans to the event site in Itaúna.

"It's great to host a surf contest of this size on our coastline," stated the Secretary of Athletics, Marco Antonio Cabral. "Rio de Janeiro State has many beautiful beaches and the goal of the Department of Athletics, Youth and Leisure is to bring more and more sporting events to other regions in the state. We welcome all the athletes and hope they get great waves."

Saquarema Past Champions: 2014: Wiggolly Dantas (BRA) 2013: Mitch Coleborn (AUS) 2012: Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 2011: Kai Otton (AUS) 2010: Willian Cardoso (BRA) 2009: Neco Padaratz (BRA) ]]>
Tue, 05 May 2015 22:10:43 +0000
<![CDATA[It's Mike, not Mikey]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/its-mike-not-mikey/

JIMMY - the film guy

Mikey and I were in Hawaii for the late season. It was mid-January and everyone was talking about this giant swell coming to hit the North Shore. So big that there was a chance of the The Eddie running. At the same time, Banting and Andrew Shields were trying to pull a crew together to go to P-Pass and wanted me to come film. The same swell was due to hit there a few days later and everything looked pretty perfect. I asked Mikey if he wanted to come and he was psyched.

There were kind of two crews there: Alex Grey, Davey Cathels, Laura Enever and Asher Pacey. Our crew was Jay Davis, Banting and Mikey. The ambience was amazing. From the boat everyone was just screaming, watching the boys get tube after tube. I’ve done a few surf trips and these were probably the craziest waves I’ve ever seen.

Carpark Jacket

The swell hit a few days after we got there and Mikey surfed for eight hours straight and got all the bombs. He was just patient. He sat in the pack and chatted with the crew, calling a bunch of them in. Even when it was his turn and a good one would come through he would call someone else in. He was out there for one thing, to get the bombs. Alex Grey and Mikey set the standard that day. They took it to the next level. Jay Davis told me after that session that it was the best tube riding he'd ever seen from any 18 year old.

It was a pretty big gamble for us; leaving the North Shore. When you’re meant to be filming the team and you bail to go shoot at another location it's pretty risky. I was kinda stressing. After Mikey got that one wave I knew the trip was worthwhile. He took off so deep and I thought he was gone for sure. It was a mutant one. I always shoot until the end of the wave just in case and Mikey made it look too easy. He just popped up over the shoulder and didn’t claim or anything. It was crazy. After that day he didn’t surf again.


I’ve never seen waves that good in my life. It almost looked like reverse Chopes on a couple. It's crazy. I’ve never been out in the surf where there have been constant perfect waves with 10 people max. That day was the best day of my life. Definitely. It was honestly perfect. Every time you would get one there was always someone coming through on the next wave in a sick pit just standing tall. You’d just be sitting in the channel screaming “Yeahhhhh”.

On the low tide it’s almost un-surfable. It would be so gnarly if you fell off on some of ‘em. You’d go straight over into the reef. I was sitting further out when it started to pick up. It was so strange. All of a sudden you would see this big wall of water appear out of nowhere and all the water in front of it would be getting sucked dry. Pretty much below sea level. The waves caught all of us by surprise. It just kept getting bigger.

It was so fun. I can’t believe how many waves everyone got. Some of them were almost too easy the way they would let you out. It was so sick. The morning session was perfect, but by the end of the day we had all forgotten about the morning session. Coming back in on the boat after that arvo session everyone was quiet and hardly talking, we all just had the biggest grins on our faces but we were all so buggered. I pretty much slept for two days after that surf.

Mon, 04 May 2015 07:22:23 +0000
<![CDATA[Big Wave Event: Quiksilver Ceremonial Chile]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/ceremonial-chile/ Despite having a three and a half month event window, The Quiksilver Ceremonial Chile is only called on in optimal conditions and hadn’t run in four years. Then only four days ago, Big Wave World Tour Commissioner Pete Mel set the event to Green Alert. At a moment's notice, the world's best big wave surfers flocked to Chile and everything was set to go. Round one ran yesterday in heavy waves as planned but then Pete Mel decided to hold off the remainder of the event until this morning May 1. Watch all the highlights below.






Congrats to event champ and now Big Wave World Tour ratings leader Makuakai Rothman!

Fri, 01 May 2015 21:41:24 +0000
<![CDATA[Jesse Mendes - In Chile]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/jesse-mendes-in-chile/

The benefits of taking on icy Chilean waters is an uncrowded lineup. Check out a suited and booted Jesse Mendes making the most of it.

Tue, 28 Apr 2015 19:15:55 +0000
<![CDATA[Leo Fioravanti: Jesus Balcony View]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/leo-fioravanti-jesus-balcony-view/

Leo Fioravanti enjoying a sunset session at Lanzarote in the Canary Islands.

Fri, 17 Apr 2015 01:14:19 +0000
<![CDATA[Matt Banting: Weekend Away]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/matt-banting-weekend-away/

Filmed over 2 days just south of home, in between Bells & WA, Matt Banting spent time dialling his carves, nose picks and barrels.

Tue, 14 Apr 2015 23:48:33 +0000
<![CDATA[Jeremy Flores: Golden Coast]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/jeremy-flores-golden-coast/

Jeremy Flores, pretty much considered a Snapper Rocks local, getting in some free surf sessions between heats and amongst the crowds during the Quiksilver Pro earlier this year.

Fri, 10 Apr 2015 03:52:00 +0000
<![CDATA[PRIORITY Episode 1 Feat. Matt Banting]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/priority-ep1-feat-matt-banting/

As much fun as Championship Tour surfers have chasing waves around the globe, there are specific pressures that exist in and out of a jersey, from managing family to travel, training, and more. The World Surf League's (WSL) new series Priority takes you inside the lives of the world's best at each stop of the Dream Tour, revealing a side of these elite athletes more often reserved for friends and family.

Episode 1 follows Australians Josh Kerr, Laura Enever and rookie Matt Banting during the Quiksilver Pro and Roxy Pro Gold Coast.

Thu, 02 Apr 2015 18:53:21 +0000
<![CDATA[#QuikPro: Finals Day Wrap-up]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/quik-pro-finals-day-wrap-up/

Wiggolly Dantas

Finals day kicked off with Brazilians Wiggolly Dantas and Miguel Pupo in the quarter final with an extremely close heat with Pupo going through to the semi-final with a 13.70 against 13.67.

Taj Burrow

Heat 2 was an Australian match-up between Julian Wilson and Taj Burrow. Wilson started the heat with an explosive 9.77 putting Burrow in a combo situation. Wilson won the heat with 15.94 against Burrow’s 11.17.

Adriano de Souza

Mick Fanning was up against Adriano de Souza in heat 3 and took out local Fanning with 15.07 over Fanning’s 13.23.

Filipe Toledo

Heat 4 saw another high scoring wave with Filipe Toledo’s 9.67. Durbidge answered back with an 8.40 but his score of 16.23 wasn’t enough to get through to the semifinals to Toledo’s 17.34.

The semifinals were heavily weighted with a Brazilian presence of Miguel Pupo, Adriano de Souza and Filipe Toledo and sole Australian, Julian Wilson.

Julian Wilson

In front of a huge crowd, Miguel Pupo and Julian Wilson started slowly in heat 1 but Wilson took to the air against Pupo’s backhand snaps and it was the airs that took Wilson through to the final with a 16.26 against Pupo’s 15.60.

The final between Julian Wilson and Filipe Toledo was a slow start for Wilson who let over 15 minutes pass before taking his first wave and on his second wave scored a 9.10. Toledo kept busy and started the final with an 8.00 ride and scored a 9.60 followed soon with a 9.17, finishing with a 10 point ride. Wilson couldn’t find a score to match and finished with a 14.70.

Filipe Toledo

Fri, 13 Mar 2015 04:34:42 +0000
<![CDATA[Surfing by numbers]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/wsl-surfing-by-numbers/ This year the WSL has introduced personalised numbers for all surfers on the World Tour. A way to align a number with a hero and (we think) a way to sell merchandise off the back of those signature digits. Who chose what and why did they choose it? We grabbed the Quik pro team and got the breakdown.

Jeremy Flores #40 - My postcode in my home town of Hossegor is 40150 so I went with 40. I wanted 69 but they (WSL) wouldn’t give it to me because it would cause too much “suspicion”.

Matt Banting #94 - I went with the year I was born; 1994. I asked for 69 like Jeremy but got told no, even though I said it was because 1969 was the year Quiksilver was founded.

Wiggolly Dantas #06 - I wanted 16 because I was born on 16 December 1989 but Kai Otton already had it. So i chose 06 because its my lucky number.

Freddy Patacchia #50 - Right now (Quiksilver Pro) my rashvest says #88. I chose that because of my home town of Hawaii’s area code and because…aces and eights man, you never fold, you always go for it. But Steph (Stephanie Gilmore) has #88, something to do with the symbol for infinity. I can’t have the same number as a 6x World Champion so I’m changing to #50. Hawaii’s is America's 50th state and the 50th star on the American flag. I’ll be changing over to that number at Bells.

What numbers are the other WCT riders wearing?

Gabriel Medina #10, Mick Fanning #7, John John Florence #12, Kelly Slater #11, Michel Bourez #9, Joel Parkinson #81, Jordy Smith #23, Adriano de Souza #13, Taj Burrow #99, Josh Kerr #84, Kolohe Andino #22, Owen Wright #3, Nat Young #2, Julian Wilson #17, Adrian Buchan #21, Bede Durbidge #33, Filipe Toledo #77, Kai Otton #16, Miguel Pupo #91, Sebastien Zietz #14, Jadson Andre #5, Adam Melling #67, Italo Ferreira #15, Matt Wilkinson #8, Keanu Asing #4, Dusty Payne #87, Brett Simpson #48, Ricardo Christie #18, CJ Hobgood #85, Glenn Hall #25

Thu, 12 Mar 2015 08:55:33 +0000
<![CDATA[#QuikPro: Rounds 3, 4 and 5 wrap-up]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/quikpro-round-3-4-5-wrap-up/

Kelly Slater

Round 3, heat 1 kicked off early with Brazilian rookie Italo Ferreira taking on Kelly Slater. After a board swap for Slater the waves didn’t deliver and Ferreira won the heat with 13.00 against 8.77 with the first upset of the day.

Heat 2 saw Miguel Pupo take on Josh Kerr for the second year in a row and Kerr narrowly losing with 13.20 to Pupo’s 13.67.

Wiggolly Dantas

Wiggolly Dantas had a strong start throwing buckets to heat 3 with a 7.67 in slow waves. Dantas’ wave selection gave him the win of 15.77 against Joel Parkinson’s 9.93 with the second upset of the day, the first time ever Parko won’t make it through to round 4 at Snapper Rocks.

Heat 4 saw Taj Burrow scoring the first high score of the day with a 9.43 on his second wave. Sebastien Zietz couldn’t match Burrow’s 16.90 and lost with a 11.90 score.

Taj Burrows

Julian Wilson and Nat Young both notched up average 4.84 scores in heat 5 and Wilson took the win with 10.43 over Young’s 8.94.

Heat 6 was world champ Gabriel Medina taking on Glen ‘Micro’ Hall in a close heat. An interference by Medina took Hall through to the next round, the biggest upset of the round to date with a score of 14.23 with Medina’s score reduced to 7.50.

Glen Hall

Mick Fanning scored a 9.13 in heat 7 against Dusty Payne who couldn’t find a score to match and lost with 14.54 to Fanning’s 17.56.

Heat 8 had Owen Wright and Bede Durbidge in the water with Durbidge kicking off the heat with a 8.23. Durbidge maintained the lead winning the heat with 15.90 over Wright’s 14.44.

Adriano de Souza

Adriano de Souza utilized the inner walls to rack up two 7.33 scores. Freddy Patacchia didn’t take off until five minutes left in heat 9 but couldn’t find a wave to experience one of the worst heats he’s ever had with a score of 1.13 against de Souza’s 14.76.

Rookie Matt Banting kept busy in heat 10 and veteran Jordy Smith scored an 8.10 with a total score of 14.67 to Banting’s 13.90.

Matt Banting

Filipe Toledo started heat 11 with a massive 9.57 score and didn’t score big again until his last wave with an 8.93. Kolohe Andino didn’t find his groove until his last wave of 9.07 but this wasn’t enough to beat Toledo’s 18.50, the biggest heat score of the day.

The final heat of round 2 had another big upset with Matt Wilkinson scoring 17.83 against John John Florence’s 16.13. Florence’s 9.23 ride wasn’t enough to progress through to round 3.

John John Florence

Round 4

The first heat of round 4 was a battle between the Brazilians with Miguel Pupo scoring an 8.50 and 8.73 taking the lead over Wiggolly Dantas’ 13.47 and Italo Ferreira’s 13.37.

Julian Wilson confidently took on Taj Burrow and Glen Hall with a win of 15.73 against Burrow’s 11.13 and Hall’s 10.50 in heat 2.

Heat 3 saw the first tie of the Quik Pro between Mick Fanning and Adriano de Souza both scoring 16.50 and Bede Durbidge close behind with 14.50.

The final heat of round 4 saw Filipe Toledo with a strong performance of a 9.23 wave and a total of 17.83 beating Jordy Smith’s 16.57 and Matt Wilkinson’s 12.23.

Round 5

Heat 1 kicked off with rookie Wiggolly Dantas showing his determination with a strong score of 17.34 easily defeating Glen Hall with 13.33.

Wiggolly Dantas

Taj Burrow and Italo Ferreira battled out heat 2 with Burrow’s narrowly taking the heat with only a 0.23 win of 15.73 against Ferreira’s 15.50.

Matt Wilkinson was selective in his wave choice in heat 3 with a 16.07 score and Adriano de Souza taking the win with 16.94.

The final heat of the day saw Bede Durbidge stay on form with a high score of 9.50 and total of 15.83 taking him through to the quarter finals and leaving Jordy Smith behind on 11.83.

Bede Durbidge

Thu, 12 Mar 2015 07:16:56 +0000
<![CDATA[#QuikPro: Round 2 wrap-up]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/quik-pro-round-2-wrap-up/ After 11 consecutive lay days, Round 2 finally got underway in two to three foot conditions with Mick Fanning against Dane Reynolds in Heat 1. Mick Fanning utilised the knowledge of his home break with the highest score of the heat with a 8.50. In fairly slow conditions, Fanning kept busy and took the heat with 15.50 against Reynolds’ 9.43..

Dane Reynolds

Kelly Slater hadn’t been in a round 2 heat since 2007 and took on trials winner local Jack Freestone. Freestone struggled to find his flow losing a heat and Slater utilised his priority winning the heat 13.33 against Freestone’s 10.63.

Kelly Slater

Heat 3 saw wildcard Irishman Glenn ‘Micro’ Hall take on Tahitian Michel Bourez and made it through to round 3 with a win of 12.77 against 11.67, making it through the first upset of the day.

Adriano De Souza

A clash between veterans Adriano de Souza against wildcard CJ Hobgood in heat 4. Hobgood switched to a more buoyant board halfway through the heat but de Souza still took the heat with 13.83 against Hobgood’s 11.00.

After a few hours break, heat 5 resumed with Taj Burrow kicking off with an 8.00 ride against New Zealand rookie Ricardo Christie. Burrow’s 15.17 score beat Christie’s 9.84 who couldn’t find the waves in the slow conditions.

Ricardo Christie

Heat 6 saw some more swell on offer but with unpredictable bigger waves rolling through. The heat saw a close heat with Josh Kerr winning the heat with 12.74 in front of his home crowd against Brett Simpson’s 10.40.

Jeremy Flores and Kolohe Andino took advantage of the increased energy in the waves and went head to head heat with less than a point separating the competitors with Andino moving through to round 3 with 15.83 against Flores’ 15.53.

Jeremy Flores

Heat 7 kicked off with Owen Wright’s first wave scoring a 8.93, one of the best of the day. Asing struggled to find a high scoring wave and lost the heat with 12.33 to Wright’s 16.60.

Adrian Buchan took on another rookie and fellow goofy footer, Italo Ferreira. Buchan was selective in his wave choice and just missed out on going through to round 3 with rookie Ferreira taking the win over 11.67 to Buchan’s 11.10, the second upset for round 2.

Filipe Toledo showed his dynamic style and power in heat 10 to beat Adam Melling who scored a 13.10 against Toledo’s 16.47.

Adam Melling

Rookie Wiggolly Dantas took to the water against Kai Otton and after being in combo Wiggolly broke out with a 14.16 just beating Otton’s 13.93 to go through to round 3.

Miguel Pupo and Jadson Andre started heat 12 at sunset with Pupo scoring a 7.00 on his first wave. Andre struggled to find the right positioning and couldn’t match Pupo’s 14.10 with a 10.00.

Wiggolly Dantas

Wed, 11 Mar 2015 05:39:26 +0000
<![CDATA[Wiggolly Dantas: The Coolest Name in Surfing]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/wiggolly-dantas-coolest-name-surfing/

Wiggolly Dantas is not your typical Brazilian surfer. He loves big waves, he surfs with a powerful rail game and is part of the Da hui family. 2015 marks Wiggolly’s maiden year on tour and instead of rolling with the Brazilian pack, he chooses to pave his own path. Standing side by side with best friend Jeremy Flores, he won’t settle for less than a top 10 finish. Come meet the rookie with the coolest name in surfing.


I starting surfing around 3 years old. My older brother started pushing me into waves at our local break. My mum owned a shop right on the beach that sold coconuts, drinks and food so we spent our lives on the beach. I would watch my brother and sister surf all day from the shore and I would try to grab my brother’s board and go surfing any time he wasn’t using it.

I started surfing competitions when I was 6 years old. My first contest ever, there was only one heat and it was actually the final. I rode one of my sister’s boards and got 3rd. I remember being so happy and thinking, ‘This is the life I want to have. I want to be a professional surfer.’ I started reading magazines and watching movies and just telling myself, “You’re going to be a pro surfer. You’re going to be a pro surfer.”


My dad saw how much I loved surfing and he gave me my first surfboard. His dream was always to have one of his children be a professional surfer. Now that I have qualified for the world tour he is so happy and so proud.

Everything I’ve ever done my family has supported me and helped me. My family are really close and we help each other out as much as possible. All of us surf and we are all goofy footers. My younger brother is 16 and surfs so much better than I did at that age. Last time I was at home I saw him land 2 airs on one wave. He is just about to start surfing on the WQS. He is going to be amazing.


I grinded it out on the World Qualifying Series (WQS) for 7 years and almost made it on the World Tour 3 or 4 times. The year before last I almost quit. I didn't want to compete anymore. I was burnt out. On the WQS you compete so much that you get tired of surfing. It's too much. I wasn’t having fun anymore. I just wanted to travel and surf big waves and get barreled. I decided to give it one last shot. I chose to surf only in the competitions that I wanted to surf in and did some surf trips for fun as well. I went to Tahiti and Fiji for 10 days each and just got barreling, perfect waves. I think that played a big part in me qualifying for the World Tour. You need that balance in surfing.


I love surfing big waves. I love the challenge. I love pushing myself. It makes me feel alive. Last year I saw a swell was going to hit Jaws and I raced there as fast as I could. I got big, crazy waves and a couple good ones. I spent a lot of time in Hawaii growing up. Soon as I see it’s big in Hawaii, I pack my boards and go. I’m up to my 9th season over there.

On my first trip I sat in the lineup at Pipe for 6 hours and did not catch one wave. I remember going home so bummed and the boys back at the house were just laughing at me. I didn’t give up though, I just kept trying to get waves out there and in the last few years I have started to get some good ones. With Hawaii you have to respect the locals. Hawaii is my second home and now when I go there I stay with the Rothman Family. They have helped me a lot.


Jeremy is like a brother to me. I’ve known him since I was 8 years old. I remember the first time I went to France to stay with him I didn't have a wetsuit and Jeremy was telling me, ‘The water is freezing. You need a wetsuit.’ I didn't speak any English at the time so I was just looking at him with no idea what he was saying. He went into his room and grabbed me a new wetsuit and gave it to me. Ever since then we have just cruised together. He is like family to me.

It's so special to me that finally we are surfing together on the World Tour. It almost didn’t happen though...I spoke to him at the end of last year and he was stressed out about not qualifying and I looked at him and said, ‘You better qualify...you can do it. You’re surfing so good. You deserve to be on there. You’re one of the best 34 Surfers in the world for sure.’ I knew he could do it.


This year my goal is to surf good every single contest. I know it’s going to be hard and I'm prepared for that. At the end of the year I want to finish in the top 10. I’m trying to learn as much as I can. I know I need to surf more on my rail and surf better in long point breaks.

I can’t wait to surf the big waves like Teahupo’o and Fiji. But if I could win one event this year I would want to win the Pipe Masters. I would love to beat Kelly in the final. Haha. The world tour is amazing because you surf in the best waves against the best surfers. Everyone on the tour is the best surfer in the world so you have to surf as good as you can. You only have 12 chances in the year to win. A lot of people don’t know me and I want to show them I can surf. I can surf good in big waves as well as small waves. I want to show the world I am one of the best surfers in the world and make my family proud.

Tue, 10 Mar 2015 10:29:04 +0000
<![CDATA[Few Words starring Candide Thovex]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/few-words/ Candide's recent hit with One of those days 2 has clocked up over 15 million views amongst youtubers around the world and if you're part of that number, you probably want to see more free-ski madness from the man himself. Look no further, here's your chance to watch his film, Few Words:

Tue, 10 Mar 2015 02:30:27 +0000
<![CDATA[Bryan Fox: Asadachi]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/bryan-fox-asadachi-japan/

Early January I always start looking for places to go, tracking storms and texting friends. I talked to a buddy in Japan who said it hadn’t stopped snowing in weeks. I was talking to Foster that night and asked him if he wanted to rent a van and travel around the north island of Japan, ride some resorts and do some hiking. It’s a really good place to go early season and get the legs warmed up. The island is very exposed and has large mountains very close to the coast, so when big storms come from Siberia, they pull a lot of moisture from the ocean right before depositing heavily on the mountain ranges.

Foster operates on his own program, he does what he wants. Odd jobs, passion projects, builds shit, takes photos and makes videos. A renaissance man. He hates it, but he’s instagram famous. Either way, I knew Foster would be down for a trip to Japan, he was, and we bought tickets 10 minutes later. We flew into Sapporo and rented a van, and drove around for the next 10 days. We didn’t have plans or any real objective. Just snowboard every day and soak in onsens (hot springs) every night.

Japan is a special place, the people are extremely kind and have a real affection for nature. One morning, Foster and I were hiking through the woods and ran into three local guys. I knew who one of them was, not his name, but I knew his likeness. He wears all orange, I just knew him as the orange guy. We got to talking, they invited us to go on a hike with them, or maybe we invited ourselves. We ended up hanging with these guys the next two days. The orange guy’s name was Yama, he explained that the orange was a head nod to the monks who wear all orange to simplify life, less time thinking about clothing. Always cool to see people completely committed to snowboarding, not for fame or money, just for the enjoyment.

We rode deep, dry snow every day of the trip, randomly met up with a couple friends in the middle of their travels and spent days exploring new zones with them. Not sure if by going there you immerse yourself in the Japanese culture or if the stars have just always aligned, but every time I’ve been to Japan, it has been magic. That’s pretty cheesy to say, but it’s the truth, I always leave with a clearer mind. In this case, I didn’t leave, Foster flew out and I stayed. When it’s good somewhere, don’t leave.

Tue, 10 Mar 2015 01:22:03 +0000
<![CDATA[Cluster with the Groms]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/cluster-with-the-groms/

The other night Cluster Flick premiered in Coolangatta at Kirra Surf. Groms Marco Mignot, Kehu Butler, Kael Walsh, Rio Waida and Lennox Chell watched it and critique it the next day over some Fish and Chips.

Kai Neville’s Cluster will be available on iTunes later this month. This What Youth surf video features sections from: Craig Anderson, Noa Deane, Dane Reynolds, Chippa Wilson, Mitch Coleborn, Ryan Callinan, Creed McTaggart, Conner Coffin, Jack Freestone, Dion Agius, Dillon Perillo and Brendon Gibbens.

Sun, 08 Mar 2015 00:43:44 +0000
<![CDATA[Dane Reynolds: comp quiver]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/dane-reynolds-comp-quiver/

With the Quiksilver Pro in lay day overdrive, wildcard Dane Reynolds has been working hard to experiment with his equipment and get the right boards under his feet. Traveling from the USA with a total of 12 Al Merricks in his board bag (and one hell of an excess baggage fee) we got the inside word on what he’ll be riding in round 2 against Mick Fanning.

Board of choice

I don’t ride this model very often however this particular board I got from the Australian shaper of Channel Islands. It really feels good. The Fred Rubble model is a really well rounded board, especially if the waves are mushy. It’s not excessively fast or loose or drivey, it’s just a really neutral board. When I’m preparing for competing I just want something really neutral. I want a board that is going to roll rail to rail and not catch on a wave when I really need a score. That’s why i like this board, it isn’t going to surprise me. I’ve been on this board almost everyday since I’ve been in Australia and I’ve ridden it in a bunch of different conditions. Even if the conditions were all-time snapper, I would probably ride that board.

Backup Board

This board is shaped by Britt Merrick who is Al Merrick's son. I used to work with Britt a bunch in my teenage years and in the past 6 months or so I’ve been working with him pretty closely again. For this model, he took the original Proton shape which his Dad designed and put his take on it. He altered it and made it a little more mod. He mellowed out the entry a little, made it flatter and gave it a bit of a wider tail block. This board has a bunch of rocker and I don’t generally like that for point breaks. It still needs a lot of push because it is a curvy board. I prefer to ride it in punchier days out at Burleigh or D-Bah. This board is really just a backup board that I’ll ride if I snap my other one or something.

All the sprays I just do myself with a marker when I’m sitting around in my room. They mean nothing really. I’m just fucking around. There is a couple in there I hate. I sit here all day and look at them against the wall and some of them I like I guess. I kinda dig the Proton one actually.

Sat, 07 Mar 2015 04:06:43 +0000
<![CDATA[#QuikPro: Lay Day Boosts]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/quik-pro-lay-day-boosts/ After running round 1 of the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast, the swell dropped off forcing multiple lay days here at Snapper Rocks. But this didn't seem to get in the way of the crew scoring some fun peaks up and down the coast. Judge for yourself.

Fri, 06 Mar 2015 07:28:01 +0000
<![CDATA[Jeremy Flores: Please Stay Positive]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/jeremy-flores-please-stay-positive/ At only 18, Jeremy Flores was the youngest surfer to be on the WCT, the world's surfing elite. Surrounded by a team of professionals and an entire nation, Jeremy even won the most prestigious of competitions, at Pipeline Hawaii, in 2010.

But the pressure, criticism, and his fiery temperament eroded little by little his hopes of becoming world champion. At the end of his tether, on July 13, 2014 at JBay in South Africa, after losing a heat, Jeremy Flores immediately contested his score with the judges, 
in what was deemed a verbal assault by the World Surfing League. 
As a result of his actions, Flores received a one-month ban
 from the competition for bringing the sport into disrepute.

This film was shot during his hiatus in Tahiti. Jeremy Flores is also published in Desillusion Magazine available on store.dslmag.com

Please stay positive - Jeremy Flores from Desillusion Magazine on Vimeo.

Fri, 06 Mar 2015 03:48:04 +0000
<![CDATA[A new year, A new Jeremy]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/jeremy-flores-new-year/ It’s a new year and a new Jeremy. After a rough 2014 he decided to shift his focus from constant worry about what other people were thinking to what really matters - looking after himself, both mentally and physically. The new Jeremy is having fun, feeling calm - and his surfing is all the better for it. 2015 just might be one of Jeremy’s best.

So it's a new year and it's so good to see Jeremy looking sharp and looking happy and smiling. What's going on?

The last few years I wasn't really happy and I think in life I finally understand that when you're not happy, negative things happen. Now I'm finally back on track, I changed a few things in life - the training part and the nutrition part. I lost 8 kilos last year in a few months just from eating better. Also I've been spending a lot of time doing yoga. I think for a guy like me that can be a strong character, I think I needed that.

In free surf, I feel like I've been surfing better than ever, so now I just want to surf in heats without thinking a million things and no matter what the result is, I'm definitely more happy, so now let's see what the future brings but I'm definitely a better Jeremy this year. [laughs]

It's very interesting to hear you talk about nutrition.

I was always the biggest eater of shit. All my life, I was never careful about that stuff, even though when I was younger and being on the same team with guys like Kelly Slater I was lucky enough to have him tell me a lot of things about nutrition. So now I finally get that nutrition is really important, not only physically but mentally too.

You didn't make your first round but you are looking sharp and surfing good and feeling good and on the ball. What were you feeling in the heat?

I felt good in the heat. I had one good wave and I just needed a second one but nowadays every heat is so hard and if you want to win a heat you're going to have to get two good waves. At the end, I sat for the rest of the heat and waited for a good wave to come, but it didn't come. I wasn't frustrated, I was happy about my performance. I was really excited to surf in that heat because I wanted to show the difference in my surfing. I wanted to show a different Jeremy this year. Even though I lost, I think I'm showing a lot more motivation and a lot more aggression - in a good way [laughs].

It's almost like you're a rookie again, I feel because you've got the lowest seeding you've ever earned since you started on tour. Does it feel like less pressure because you are more free and you have less to prove?

I don't feel like a rookie because I've been around for so long. The last few years I've been thinking so much about everything - I was thinking about what people would think about my surfing, I was thinking about other people always judging me, but I wasn't really thinking about impressing myself. This year I want to impress myself. I want to surf and at the end of the wave I want to think 'yeah that was sick'.

A quick question about your roommate, he's the rookie.

Wiggolly is the rookie - finally. I was expecting him to get on the world tour a long time ago really. We grew up together and he's one of my best friends and I know his talent. I know if he got on the world tour, he would blow minds away and I think he did that in the first heat against Medina. His backside was the best that day. People are going to freak out about his talent this year, in small waves, in big waves.

So potentially he's going to be your roommate for the rest of this season.

Yeah, for sure. Since we've been kids we've been dreaming about that and I've been on tour for so long every year I've been telling him, 'Qualify, man, I'm waiting for you. I'm waiting for you'. And now he's finally done it except he qualified earlier than me last year. He was sure to qualify and I wasn't so I was like 'Are you kidding? You're going to qualify and I'm going to fall off the tour? That's not right!’ So I'm glad at the end of the year I gave it an extra push and qualified somehow. I think I can help him with experience as I've been around for a long time.

Mon, 02 Mar 2015 23:34:37 +0000
<![CDATA[Groms: Watching and Learning at the Quik Pro]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/groms-watching-learning/ When you’re a grommet and you find out you’re going to be sponsored, it’s pretty much a dream come true. When you’re a sponsored grommet and you’re flown to the Quik Pro for two weeks to sit in the Snapper lineup and be sprayed in the face by world champions, be given tips on what it’s like being a pro surfer by Jeremy Flores and Freddy P and have a professional photographer teach you how to get the sickest shot, that’s just next level. Kehu Butler from New Zealand, Lennox Shell from Avoca, Rio Waida from Indonesia, Kael Walsh from Western Australia and Marco Mignot from France have been living the dream and now they've got the taste of life on tour, there's no turning back.

Sun, 01 Mar 2015 08:16:41 +0000
<![CDATA[Round 1 completed at Day 1 of the Quik Pro]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/round-1-quiksilver-pro-gold-coast/ Round 1 of the Quik Pro kicked off at 8am today with Brett Simpson taking the first wave soon after the starter horn in heat 1 against Joel Parkinson and Miguel Pupo. Parko took out the heat with 15.16.

Freddy Patacchia had a great start to the comp winning heat 3 with a score of 17.06 against Kelly Slater’s 14.43 and CJ Hobgood’s 12.50.

John John Florence took out the first high score of the day in heat 4 with a 9.70.

Heats 5 and 6 pitted world champs, newcomers and wildcards against each other resulting in high scores and loud cheers from the crowd. Matt Banting’s debut onto the WCT in heat 5 was notable with a heat score of 17.76 against Mick Fanning’s 17.06 and wildcard Jack Freestone’s 15.83. Mick Fanning took out the highest score of the day with 9.73. Wiggolly Dantas also made his debut onto the WCT with a heat against current world champ Gabriel Medina and wild card Dane Reynolds. Medina took the heat with a score of 18.30 and a 9.50 wave.

Jeremy Flores couldn’t find what he was looking for in heat 7 with a score of 12.67 against Jordy Smith’s 16.14 and Kai Otton’s 15.03.

Dusty Payne returned to tour with a bang notching up a 9.67 in heat 8 and secured him a spot in round 3 with a heat score of 16.34 against Adriano de Souza’s 12.53 and Filipe Toledo’s 11.66.

Bede Durbidge scored two 8 point rides in his heat for a 17.10 win against Taj Burrow’s 15.80 and Keanu Asing’s 12.43 in heat 9.

In heat 10, Matt Wilkinson who was also nearly shy of re-qualifying for this year’s tour, sailed through his heat scoring 13.44 beating Adrian Buchan’s 5.04 and Josh Kerr’s 4.10.

Julian Wilson who was perilously close to falling off tour last year started the comp with a win of 15.43 against Italo Ferreira’s 14.97 and Kolohe Andino’s 10.43 in heat 11.

The final heat of the men’s round 1 wrapped up with Nat Young’s score of 15.80 taking out the heat against Adam Melling’s 10.30 and Owen Wright’s 9.10.

Tune in tomorrow at 7.30am for the Morning Show and the official call and follow all the latest in contest on quiksilver.com/progoldcoast.

All photos courtesy WSL.]]> Sat, 28 Feb 2015 04:51:25 +0000 <![CDATA[Boardriders Coolangatta Opening Party]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/boardriders-coolangatta-opening-party/ Vibes were high at the opening party of the Coolangatta Boardriders store last night - it was the combination of our Quiksilver and Roxy team riders stoking out hundreds of grommets and surf fans at a signing, LeeAnn Curren’s band Betty the Shark and Brisbane band Orphan Orphans channelling the perfect mix of Jim Morrison and Ian Curtis, and the anticipation of the Pro kicking off today.

Sat, 28 Feb 2015 01:13:51 +0000
<![CDATA[Matt Banting is Riding Clean]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/matt-banting-riding-clean/

Matt Banting really is about to get his first taste of living fast in the world's highest level of competitive surfing. 2015 is gonna be the best kind of blur for the kid, but while most rookies show up to their first event with a wobbly jaw and star blinding each eye, Matt wears only rose-coloured lenses and a leisurely grin. Noteworthy facts? He isn't trying to grow up too fast. He's enjoying the ride. And, he's a beast of consistency. This edit, from Jimmy Graham, is part message to future opponents, part re-introduction to the world, and top to bottom surfing fire. It's gonna be a good year.

PS. John John and Julian's alley oop records could be in a shade o' danger.

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 23:28:57 +0000
<![CDATA[What to do at the Quik Pro]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/quiksilver-pro-gold-coast-event-guide/


If you’re lucky enough to be at the Gold Coast between February 28 and March 11, there’s more than the first event of the 2015 WSL World Championship to watch. There’s bands, a store opening party, team rider signings and even a yoga class or two. All free. Get involved.



Thursday 26 February

The WSL Banquet will crown 2014 World Champs Gabriel Medina and Stephanie Gilmore in an evening where the world’s best trade bikinis and boardshorts for suits and heels. Other awards include the heat of the year, breakthrough performers, rookies of the year and junior champions.


Friday 27 February

Trials Day kicks off at 8am at Snapper Rocks where you’ll be able to watch international up and coming athletes and talented locals chasing that one spot in each of the Quiksilver and Roxy Pros.


Come to the opening party of the Coolangatta Boardriders Store. From 5pm til 6pm you can meet the Quiksilver and Roxy team riders and pick up a signed poster and from 6pm ROXY team rider Leanne Curren’s band Betty the Shark will play followed by Brisbane collective Orphan Orphans taking at 8pm.


Saturday 28 February - Wednesday 11 March

The competition window kicks off – tune into the WSL daily Morning Show at 7.30am and wait for the call. Come down to watch the event and visit our pop-up store to check out the gear, the tunes, grab a drink and watch the sunset.


Saturday February 28, Monday March 2 & Wednesday March 4

There’s also FREE beach yoga classes done the ROXY way – DJ, drinks, Organic Avenue juices and Blue Dinosaur paleo bars to take home. First 200 people will get a free yoga mat! Come down to Rainbow Bay Beach for an 8am start and stretch alongside ROXY team riders, Kelia Moniz, Lisa Andersen, Rosy Hodge, LeeAnn Curren and Monyca Eleogram.

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 11:29:05 +0000
<![CDATA[Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/quiksilver-pro-gold-coast-trailer/

The pros will be back in action with the first men's Samsung Galaxy WSL Championship Tour event of the year at Snapper Rocks, kicking off on February 28 to March 11.

Wed, 18 Feb 2015 22:20:39 +0000
<![CDATA[La Dolce Vita - Leonardo Fioravanti]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/la-dolce-vita-leonardo-fioravanti/ Italy isn't exactly known for generating groundbreaking talent in the surfing world, but in Leonardo Fioravanti they've produced just that. A hidden gem. The next great prodigy in world surfing.

Desillusion Magazine's editor-in-chief Sebastien Zanella followed Leo from Hawaii to Roma to gain an insight into his remarkable adolescence. The video is based on the article "La Dolce Vita" published in Desillusion Magazine 48 , Tome 4 available on store.dslmag.com

Tue, 17 Feb 2015 00:37:17 +0000
<![CDATA[Marc Lacomare: Dirty Wax and Borrowed Boards]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/marc-lacomare-dirty-wax-borrowed-boards/

Dirty Wax and Borrowed Boards from Alex Laurel Photographie on Vimeo.

Surf trips don't always go to plan - boards get lost or arrive late and you're stuck watching unridden A-frames. Not so for Marc Lacomare and Benjamin Sanchis on this trip. They borrowed some boards and got busy.

Thu, 12 Feb 2015 00:57:01 +0000
<![CDATA[Jeremy Flores: Late season on the North Shore]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/jeremy-flores-late-season-north-shore/

Jeremy Flores and his mates making every wave count as the North Shore season comes to an end.

Tue, 10 Feb 2015 23:37:29 +0000
<![CDATA[Golden Tales: Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast Freesurfing Sessions]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/golden-tales-quik-pro-freesurfing/

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.

Fri, 06 Feb 2015 11:02:54 +0000
<![CDATA[Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast: Kicking Off The 2015 World Championship Tour]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/quiksilver-pro-kicking-off-world-championship-tour/ The WSL Championship tour is going to kick off on February 28 at Snapper Rocks on the Gold Coast.

Current world champion, Gabriel Medina took out the first of his three tour wins at last year’s Quiksilver Pro will no doubt be chasing another Snapper victory this year. With only a few weeks to go, the world's 34 top surfers are ready to kick off the 2015 World Championship Tour. Some have spent the past few months charging on the North Shore while others have been shredding their home breaks – and they will bring their progression, innovation and froth to Snapper Rocks.

Check out last year's final day highlights & don't forget to join the conversation via #QuikPro.

Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast Winners Board
2014: Gabriel Medina (BRA)
2013: Kelly Slater (USA)
2012: Taj Burrow (AUS)
2011: Kelly Slater (USA)
2010: Taj Burrow (AUS)
2009: Joel Parkinson (AUS)
2008: Kelly Slater (USA)
2007: Mick Fanning (AUS)
2006: Kelly Slater (USA)
2005: Mick Fanning (AUS)
2004: Michael Lowe (AUS)
2003: Dean Morrison (AUS)
2002: Joel Parkinson (AUS)

Thu, 05 Feb 2015 01:23:22 +0000
<![CDATA[Quiksilver In Memory Of Eddie Aikau Officially A “No Go” For This Week]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/eddie-no-go-this-week/

An official "NO GO" call for the Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau was made by the event organizers at 9am today. Organizers have been following the development of a swell scheduled to hit the North Shore of Oahu this week Wednesday. Citing inconsistency and a lack of the minimum 40-foot wave face heights that the event requires for a full eight-hour day of competition, the event will wait this one out. 

The Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau, a WSL sanctioned specialty event, has until February 28, 2015 to run, and organizers will continue to assess winter swell episodes as they develop throughout the period.

"After assessing all available forecast sources, we are not seeing sufficient energy to run the event this week," said Event Director Glen Moncata. "The Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau requires a full eight hour day of waves with minimum 40-foot faces. What we are seeing simply does not meet the criteria. Yes, there will be some waves of that height in the latter half of the day, but not a full day of consistent surf. We will wait."

The limiting factor to this swell episode appears to be a strong westerly component which results in Kauai island producing a shadowing effect for the North Shore of Oahu, reducing the size and consistency of the swell that will impact Waimea Bay.
The Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau is the original big wave invitational and celebrates its 30th anniversary this winter. The last time this one-day event was held was December 8, 2009. The holding period began on December 1, 2014, and runs through February 28, 2015.




Heat 1: Shane Dorian (HAW); Kohl Christensen (HAW); Greg Long (USA); Ramon Navarro (Chile); Sunny Garcia (HAW); Ross Clarke-Jones (AUS); Jamie Mitchell (AUS)

Heat 2: Kelly Slater (USA); David Wassel (HAW); Grant Baker (ZAF); Reef McIntosh (HAW); Jamie O'Brien (HAW); Aaron Gold (HAW); Tom Carroll (AUS)

Heat 3: John John Florence (HAW); Mark Healey (HAW); Clyde Aikau (HAW); Nathan Fletcher (USA); Noah Johnson (HAW); Peter Mel (USA); Takayuki Wakita (JPN)

Heat 4: Bruce Irons (HAW); Makuakai Rothman (HAW); Ian Walsh (HAW); Jamie Sterling (HAW); Kala Alexander (HAW); Garrett McNamara (HAW); Jeremy Flores (FRA) 



Heat 1: Shane Dorian; Kohl Christensen; Greg Long; Reef McIntosh; Jamie O'Brien; Aaron Gold; Tom Carroll

Heat 2: Kelly Slater; David Wassel; Grant Baker; Ramon Navarro; Sunny Garcia; Ross Clarke-Jones; Jamie Mitchell

Heat 3: John John Florence; Mark Healey; Clyde Aikau; Jamie Sterling; Kala Alexander; Garrett McNamara; Jeremy Flores

Heat 4: Bruce Irons; Makuakai Rothman; Ian Walsh; Nathan Fletcher; Noah Johnson; Peter Mel; Takayuki Wakita


Past Winners

1985/1986 : Denton Miyamura (Haw)

1989/1990 : Keone Downing (Haw)

2000/2001 : Ross Clarke-Jones (Aus)

2004/2005 : Bruce Irons (Haw)

1986/1987 : Clyde Aikau (Haw)

1998/1999 : Noah Johnson (Haw)

2001/2002 : Kelly Slater (USA)

2009/2010 : Greg Long (USA)

To know what makes an Eddie Swell head over to Surflines Mechanics of the Bay

Mon, 19 Jan 2015 20:21:49 +0000
<![CDATA[Forecast Update: Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/forecast-update-quiksilver-eddie-aikau/

Organisers of the Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau continue to monitor a developing system in the Pacific NorthWest. As of Sunday evening (Hawaii time), the extra large swell scheduled to arrive to the Hawaiian Islands this Wednesday is not currently showing signs of delivering a full day of Eddie-sized swell. To run the Eddie, the event requires a consistent minimum of wave face heights of approximately 40-feet. Organisers will reconvene in the morning to continue to assess latest developments and will update the report then. Aloha.

Mon, 19 Jan 2015 06:24:05 +0000
<![CDATA[Yellow Alert: Quiksilver In Memory Of Eddie Aikau Monitoring Developing Swell Systems]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/eddie-on-yellow-alert/

** Next Alert Sunday Afternoon Hawaii Time

Organizers of the Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau big wave invitational at Waimea Bay, on the North Shore of Oahu, are on alert and monitoring a developing swell as the NW Pacific enters an active winter surf phase. The outlook is for an extra large swell to develop in the coming days that may hold potential for the event next week.


"It's still early days," said the event’s Director Glen Moncata. "At this early stage we anticipate it may not deliver the intensity and power we require for this event, but we will get a clearer idea as it develops through the weekend. Our goal at this time is to alert our competitors and let them know we are keeping a close eye on this. The winds look good and the weather looks great. But it's all about the size of the surf for The Eddie. We will issue our next alert on Sunday."


With competitors from as far afield as Brazil, Chile, South Africa and Australia, the Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau requires tight execution in order to gather surfers, make the right call, and run a single 8-hour day of competition in wave face heights that must maintain a minimum of 40 feet.


The Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau is the original big wave invitational and celebrates its 30th anniversary this winter. The last time this one-day event was held was December 8, 2009. The holding period began on December 1, 2014, and runs through February 28, 2015.




Heat 1: Shane Dorian (HAW); Kohl Christensen (HAW); Greg Long (USA); Ramon Navarro (Chile); Sunny Garcia (HAW); Ross Clarke-Jones (AUS); Jamie Mitchell (AUS)

Heat 2: Kelly Slater (USA); David Wassel (HAW); Grant Baker (ZAF); Reef McIntosh (HAW); Jamie O'Brien (HAW); Aaron Gold (HAW); Tom Carroll (AUS)

Heat 3: John John Florence (HAW); Mark Healey (HAW); Clyde Aikau (HAW); Nathan Fletcher (USA); Noah Johnson (HAW); Peter Mel (USA); Takayuki Wakita (JPN)

Heat 4: Bruce Irons (HAW); Makuakai Rothman (HAW); Ian Walsh (HAW); Jamie Sterling (HAW); Kala Alexander (HAW); Garrett McNamara (HAW); Jeremy Flores (FRA) 



Heat 1: Shane Dorian; Kohl Christensen; Greg Long; Reef McIntosh; Jamie O'Brien; Aaron Gold; Tom Carroll

Heat 2: Kelly Slater; David Wassel; Grant Baker; Ramon Navarro; Sunny Garcia; Ross Clarke-Jones; Jamie Mitchell

Heat 3: John John Florence; Mark Healey; Clyde Aikau; Jamie Sterling; Kala Alexander; Garrett McNamara; Jeremy Flores

Heat 4: Bruce Irons; Makuakai Rothman; Ian Walsh; Nathan Fletcher; Noah Johnson; Peter Mel; Takayuki Wakita


Past Winners

1985/1986 : Denton Miyamura (Haw)

1989/1990 : Keone Downing (Haw)

2000/2001 : Ross Clarke-Jones (Aus)

2004/2005 : Bruce Irons (Haw)

1986/1987 : Clyde Aikau (Haw)

1998/1999 : Noah Johnson (Haw)

2001/2002 : Kelly Slater (USA)

2009/2010 : Greg Long (USA)

To know what makes an Eddie Swell head over to Surflines Mechanics of the Bay

Fri, 16 Jan 2015 22:01:07 +0000
<![CDATA[Candide Thovex - One of those days 2]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/candide-thovex-one-of-those-days-2/ Arguably one of the best Free Skiers on the planet right now, Candide Thovex just threw all the rules out of the window once more, with his sequel to One Of Those Days. Filming mostly in POV, Candide gives us mortals a chance to see the impossible from his ski mask.

If you haven’t seen the tourist slalom, flat lining, Police car jumping madness from the first clip last year, here it is.

Check out the latest snow gear here .

Follow Candide on Instagram,FacebookandTwitter.

Thu, 15 Jan 2015 22:44:39 +0000
<![CDATA[Mid-Winter on the North Shore]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/mid-winter-on-the-north-shore/ We’re already halfway through winter on the North Shore and after a great December, January brought some ugly northerlies, but this didn’t stop our boys from getting out there. The full artillery of young guns have arrived to prep for the Sunset Pro Junior next week so now there’s two team houses on the go – one at Sunset and the other at Pipeline. The final day of the Da Hui Backdoor Shootout will run any day and our team are locked and loaded.

Quiksilver Team Captain and past winner of the Shootout Reef Mcintosh signing his waiver before his first heat. "Compete at your own risk“

No contest jerseys for the Shootout so lots of opportunity to get some great action shots of the boys in empty Pipe. Leonardo Fioravanti getting slotted “

Leo, Kanoa and Kai Warner taking out the honours on the pool table.

Koa Rothman and Dede Suryana deciding what boards to take out for their first end heat of the Backdoor Shootout.

Leo getting patched up bye the Doc after his bounce off the bottom.

Luis Diaz, Riaru Ito, Leo Fioravanti, Kanoa Igarashi, Kai Warner, Mikey Wright.

Wed, 14 Jan 2015 06:24:02 +0000
<![CDATA[Best of the freesurfing from Snapper and D-Bah at the Quik Pro 2014]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/best-freesurfing-quik-pro-2014/ Last year there was plenty of freesurf action between heats from all of our athletes - WCT competitors snuck in some surfing on lay days and young guns Leo Fioravanti, Kanoa Igarashi were rarely out of the water. Our photographers had their cameras trained on our team riders as they made every wave count.

Mon, 05 Jan 2015 23:48:53 +0000
<![CDATA[John John Florence Talks Eddie:]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/john-john-florence-the-eddie/

Guest Blogger: Scott Hulet

With a field as broad as it is deep, calling the 30th Annual Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau “stacked” would be a gross understatement. Dynamic personal histories; far-flung geographical waypoints; wildly contrasting skill sets... all are in evidence this year.


With a 30-year spread between the youngest and oldest participants, you can be assured of divergent approaches to the chessboard that is Waimea Bay. Where pure high-performance is concerned, one young surfer stands alone. John John Florence brings the flair.


Born less than two miles from the Waimea take-off spot, Florence was reared on the North Shore. His comfort level in ridiculous conditions is baked in, leading to a relaxed, experimental attack in waves that have most surfers tapping the brakes. That said, The Bay is a different beast entire.


“I'm pretty terrified when I go out [there],” says Florence. “You'd have to be scared unless you were crazy, you know? I think everyone is scared.”


Indeed, he finds trouble even finding an appreciation for the experience until safely back on the beach.  “It's how you feel at the end of the day— it's the most amazing ever,” he says. “You've surfed big waves with your friends and the preparation, the session, this whole thing comes together in one big package.”


Waimea’s net effect is much more than waves alone. The ancient valley, the ancestral burial heiau on the ridge, and the modern surf history of the site sees to that. The gravitas of place and the legacy of the event’s namesake isn’t lost on the 22-year-old. In fact, he has been tracking with it his whole life.


“I've been going to the [opening] ceremony with my friends and little brothers since we were little kids,” he says. “To be in the actual event… It's definitely kind of scary, the amount of people and the power of Waimea. Even when you're out there on a normal day, it's a pretty intense wave. It's right there on the rocks, right off the boil. During the Eddie it's the most people we have on the North Shore ever. It's crazy. People camp at Waimea to be there for the next day. I'm definitely pretty nervous thinking about that.”


It’s a poetic time for the young regular foot to be pressed into action. Indeed, the iconic action photo of Eddie bombing across a boil-ridden Waimea wall was snapped when Aikau was almost exactly John John’s age. Like Eddie before him, Florence will have to hold his ground, wheel in with a couple of extra strokes for good measure, and fling himself down the shaft.


Humble and self-effacing, Florence knows the Aikau had the sort of bona fides that can’t be duplicated with a simple contest victory. He sums it up succinctly:


“You hear the stories of Eddie your whole life growing up. He was that guy who was going out to save people. To put yourself in that position when the waves were big, that was incredible.” 


While Florence-the-pro-surfer is a different man than Aikau-the Waimea-lifeguard, John John brings a style of surfing that has both classicists and the new school cheering for him. If that sounds familiar, one need only look back to 2002 Eddie champion Kelly Slater. John John recognizes the symmetry. When asked what it would be like to sit shoulder-to-shoulder with surfing’s greatest competitor of all time, Florence grins and respectfully chuckles through his dream scenario.


“Kelly is so unpredictable. You'll forget that he's a big wave surfer until you watch him pulling into  giant barrels at Waimea, [like] the last time they ran the Eddie. I definitely want to do better than him, sit by him... and catch his waves.”

Tue, 23 Dec 2014 05:34:20 +0000
<![CDATA[Mikey Wright: Cached]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/mikey-wright-cached/ Before Mikey Wright set up camp in Hawaii, he was getting barreled in France, and before he was in France he was getting shacked in Tahiti – and those are just the trips he did with the Quiksilver team. Check out ‘Cached’ a clip Mikey has just dropped from the France trip. You’ll want to pack your bags, stat.

Mon, 15 Dec 2014 03:49:33 +0000
<![CDATA[An epic year for Dede Suryana]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/epic-year-dede-suryana/

Some years are better than others – and Dede Suryana’s 2014 has been epic, especially the last couple of months. Within a few weeks he became a father for the first time, then a couple of days later he won the ASP 1 star Komune Bali Pro in Keramas – which also happened to be his birthday. Then he won the 2014 ASC Men’s Championship in Taiwan. What a year. We asked him to talk us through his crazy day at Keramas.

“Two days before my daughter was born. I'd just got through to round three at the Komune Bali Pro and I got a message from my brother saying 'Congratulations, you're a father now' and I was like 'What!?'. I didn't know she'd gone to the hospital. I called my wife and she told me the baby was born and everything was good. I wanted to go home to Java but my wife wanted me to focus on the contest. So I made another heat and I made the final on the Saturday and it was my birthday and then I won the contest too. What a day!”

To round-off his epic year he’s going to surf Pipeline for a month and he’s taking local Indonesian grommet Rio Waida along for the trip. What a way to end an epic year.

All pics courtesy of ASC / Tim Hain]]>
Thu, 11 Dec 2014 04:57:43 +0000
<![CDATA[Mat Crepel: backcountry style]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/mat-crepel-backcountry-style/ Mat Crepel and the Absinthe and Almo crew scored the best off-piste and back country on offer in Switzerland, Italy and Haines-Alaska. They also just so happened to be shooting their latest clip: No One Knows.

Here's Mat's interview and his part from the film dropping later this week:

You mentioned on social media there were also scary times on the shoot – just how scary was it riding out that avalanche?

Well those kind of things always happen when you let your guard down. I kind of knew that this face could slide, but I thought it was a small face and wouldn’t do much damage even if it did. I was wrong, it slid as soon as I touched the face. The snow was a bit heavy so I manage to stay on top and make my way out. I guess surfing helped me on that one!!! When it happens you’re on auto-pilot and let your sub-conscious do the job, but when you think about it afterwards, it’s pretty scary!

That was some of the sickest back to back free ride footage we've seen from you in a while, who's inspiring you and your bag of tricks right now?

There is a younger generation of backcountry riders coming through and pushing hard, so I just wanted to show them that I’m still here!!! Freeriding needs experience and with experience comes confidence so I guess that allows me to take my freestyle skills background to Alaska faces for example. That’s really the way I see my riding evolving in the future.

You're now well known on the freeride scene, do you ever consider putting the contest bib back on?

Actually not at all!!! I really don’t miss a thing from contest. I really liked it when I was on the tour, but I’m now doing something really different and I find it really interesting. There is no routine, you have to adapt to whatever the day brings and I love that.

With the new clip released and the season underway, what's lined up for you and the crew this winter?

A bunch of things. I’m working on a clip for early season shred to make people want to go ride and have fun. Not necessarily the craziest stuff or anything but just happy riding with friends.

Then I’m planning to go to Mount Baker for the 30th anniversary of the famous banked slalom. I won it in junior a few years ago so I’m invited to the legends race, that’s gonna be epic. The Baker Banked Slalom is the greatest contest in history of snowboarding, and we are planning to stick around for a few weeks to shoot backcountry as well.

And then I’m working on an expedition in Alaska to go hike mountains to snowboard, then float the rivers on raft to meet the ocean and surf. That’s a pretty big project that we’ve been planning with Damien Castera (French pro surfer) for a while and that we’re really exited about.

You recently added surfing one of Europe's big wave spots, Belharra, to your list of achievements. How does charging monster waves compare to Alaskan steeps?

Being used to speed and bumps definitely helped me approach Belharra. It’s a fun and scary feeling at the same time, but I need to spend more time training to be able to experience the full potential of the wave. Big wave surfing is something that excites me, but it’s like freeriding, you need to go step by step and gain experience. For now snowboarding takes most of my time so I can’t be fully ready when the big swells hit Europe in the winter, but I keep an eye on the forecast and if it’s looking good I’ll try to get back in time to get a few waves!!!

Thu, 11 Dec 2014 00:15:32 +0000
<![CDATA[30th Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau Opening Ceremony Wrap Up]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/30th-eddie-aikau-opening-ceremony/
Guest Blogger: Scott Hulet, Photos: Timo Jarvinen, Brian Bielmann, Tom Servais and Ryan Heywood

With todays's opening ceremony at Waimea Beach Park complete, all eyes turn northwest to the open Pacific, birthplace of the storms needed to run this most revered of all surfing competitions. And for one of those rare occasions in the event’s three-decade history, the fate—along with the computer models—are hinting at the possibility of a worthy swell. While nothing in nature is guaranteed, this winter looks to be loading up for something significant.



The Eddie demands nothing less. Indeed, it only runs if the conditions offer up truly dramatic, honest Waimea Bay bombs. The participants compete by invitation only. Chosen based on a matrix of skill, accomplishment, and general watermanship, it’s an honor that defies surfing trends, accumulated points, or mere name recognition. This is an event for the surfer’s surfer.



Originally minted to honor archetypal Hawaiian surfer and lifeguard Eddie Aikau, the contest has run just eight times in its 30-year history. Such uncompromising commitment speaks to the Aikau family legacy. This purely authentic event is unique in surfing and the world of sport. And it has never been more timely. The solitary act of clawing into roaring walls with your bare hands has reemerged as the most respected and compelling segment of big wave surfing. Despite the proliferation of big wave contests around the globe, Waimea Bay, a heritage break by any measure, remains the ultimate arena.



It’s a setting worthy of the man. The story of Eddie Aikau is a touchstone of surf history, filled with triumph and pathos. That Eddie perished in a quest to save his fellows’ lives is our culture’s most cherished and vibrational story. This event celebrates both his memory and the living embodiment of his spirit found in the modern big wave surfer. An invitation is tantamount to a knighthood, and considered the sport’s highest honor. And to win? That pinnacle has only been scaled by eight men: Denton Miyamura, Clyde Aikau, Keone Downing, Noah Johnson, Ross Clarke-Jones, Kelly Slater, Bruce Irons, and Greg Long.



If indeed this year “goes,” the victor will be drawn from one of the most dynamic and international lineups ever. Chile, Brazil, South Africa, California, Florida, Reunion Island, Australia, Japan, and of course Hawaii are all represented in this edition.


The theatre is full, the players award-winning, and the stage is set. The curtains have opened on this year’s Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau. Once again, the world turns its gaze to Waimea.


Fri, 05 Dec 2014 04:39:29 +0000
<![CDATA[Lennox Chell: Super Grom in the Mentawis]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/lennox-chell-super-grom-mentawis/

11 year old Lennox Chell has had an awesome year. He's just come back from his first boat trip to the Mentawis and had pretty a rad time. This week he's heading to Hawaii to hang out at the team rider house on the North Shore and watch and learn at the Pipe Masters. Not your average grommet education. We've signed him up for four years - he's a grom we want to keep an eye on.

Wed, 03 Dec 2014 04:57:14 +0000
<![CDATA[Ross Clarke-Jones: 28 years of the Eddie]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/ross-clarke-jones-28-years-eddie/

Ross Clarke-Jones has the crazy eye and it’s the kind of crazy eye you want to be around, both in and out of the water. He surfs like a hellman and tells awesome stories – what's not to like? This year is Ross’ 28th year of being invited to the Eddie Aikau – and just like we said, he’s the kind of surfer you want to have around, even the Aikaus think so.

So in 2001 you won the Eddie – what do you remember about that event?

It was one of the most perfect mornings because it was a bit stormy and overcast with a light wind and the swell was building during the day. I got four good waves and I was in the lead right off the bat. I was so calm that day, and usually I'm not calm … at all. Everyone had caught their waves within 20 minutes so I had 40 minutes by myself. I was laughing to myself going 'how good is this?'. I was letting perfect waves go. When I came into the shorebreak I felt lifted. I felt whole. I felt this weird energy.

It was pretty euphoric that one because I'd been waiting 14 years for it. I knew I could win it but I was young and had too much froth and was so frustrated when the event didn't run.

I swear to god it took me two weeks to realise I'd won because I'd been partying for two weeks. I was so out of it, but so excited as it was a dream come true.

I think when you're younger it might be about the money but now this competition is so established that if you're just invited to this event, it's a win. The Eddie is not a competition. You don't lose.

How do you handle the waiting period?

With experience. I used go mad, go incredibly insane. You can't do anything! You try and go snowboard or something because there's no surf and then sure enough the swell comes up. And it's right until the morning it might run that they can call it off so now I always like to hang in Hawaii close by. Really close by – a 10km radius within Waimea Bay. Even if you come in from the airport on the day you can't get there because there's only one road in and out and the traffic is so bad!

What's the vibe like during a heat?

The vibe's cool. That's the best thing. In my experience, the camaraderie is really strong. If you're in position, it's your wave. You're only allowed to catch four so you need to be selective. So you want the biggest ones but ... oh hang on, I'm not going to give my trade secret away. I like to get one straight off the bat. It doesn't matter. Just to settle those nerves. If you wait, you can start panicking and think you've waited too long.

A few Eddies ago, I had the first heat and my father had just died. I was feeling drained but I needed to get one wave. This massive wave came and I was too late and I thought 'I don't care, I'm just going'. I just jumped from the top and penetrated the water and came straight out the back and the board was beside me. It was weird. It was a nice start and thought 'Okay, my Dad's protecting me'. It was good, it kind of woke me up.

What do you think about the younger crew coming through?

Jeremy and John John are awesome. They're kids and have young men's immortality syndrome – nothing can hurt them. Experience comes with age and then there's bravado so there's a certain balance. I don't think anyone under 35 would win, but who knows? John John could win anything.

The Eddie goes to someone who really, really deserves it and needs it in their life. For example, Bruce Irons, I was coming first in that comp and it was between him and I. My father had just died and I was so drained, I didn't even train for three months because I was looking after my father. But I was saying to myself 'wow, I'm going to win' but I didn't feel anything.

I looked at Bruce and he was angry and crying – he was crying because of his brother. They'd had a massive fight and Bruce had a black eye and I said 'Fuck, how you going, man?'. He really needed the win as Andy had won the world title and it was all about Andy, and Bruce is as good if not better than Andy, so he really needed that win. He won it and couldn't contain his happiness after being so down.

What are your boards for the Eddie?

I don't take any boards, they're all there waiting for me. I usually have three boards on the day. I use the one I used the previous year, and two fresh ones. They're pretty much all the same shape over the last 30 years but maybe a little wider in the nose. They're all 10’ x 21" x 4" Bushmans with a scooped out deck - he's been making my boards for the last 29 years. They're such a thick board but I like it scooped like a catamaran so you can sit in it like a cockpit so you feel a little lower to the ground.

What it’s like taking off on a 20-foot wave?

The first thing you see is the stack of sets coming. Everyone tends to paddle too far out. There's probably a 20-foot sweet spot to sit in and if you're past that, you're not going to get it, but if you sit too far in, you're going to get launched. Finding that sweet spot is the trick but it does shift with the tide and current. It's a chess game.

What's the opening ceremony like?

I hate ceremonies but this is the one I love to go to. There's a Hawaiian priest, and he says the most relevant, genuine stuff. It feels right. It feels honest. He says, 'Guys, pull off your caps, get off your sunglasses, look at me. It's not about sponsors, this is celebrating a life, a person who had good morals and what Eddie Aikau stood for – he stood for saving lives, surfing big waves .... and women!’ The priest drops stuff like that and it's funny and warm. I guess it's a sermon in a way. But it's not about Jesus, it's about Eddie, and it's beautiful.

This year's Opening Ceremony will be on the 4th December.

Wed, 26 Nov 2014 23:32:11 +0000
<![CDATA[Taming the North Shore]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/taming-the-north-shore/ It's that time of year again where the team head to the North Shore for the Triple crown. Some of them deal with re-qualifying on the CT, others are just qualifying and the youngest are just here to get more experience, Hawaiian style.

Stoked on his 3rd place and getting those more than ever needed WQS points at the Reef Hawaiian Pro, Jeremy Flores is also on the list of invitees to the Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the big wave invitational and Jeremy being invited for his third year running since winning the Pipeline Masters at Bonzai Pipeline in 2010.

I'm honored to get an invitation for the Quiksilver Eddie Aikau. I've been chosen to be the European wildcard in the event for the third year. This is scary & exciting at the same time. The swell hasn't been quite big enough for it the last few years but I have a feeling that this year's the one. Mother nature will decide!!!

Not scared off by the crowded line-ups, best mates Leonardo Fioravanti and Kanoa Igarashi have been going guts for glory and making their mark for the younger team riders staying at the Quik house.

Leo riding another foam ball.

Kanoa answering back.

Needing high results at Sunset, Aritz (above) and Tiago (below) fine tuning their game plan with just under a week to go until the 2nd stage of the Triple Crown kicks off. We've got plenty more behind the scenes madness from the North Shore coming up, follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook for all the latest.


Wed, 19 Nov 2014 04:15:17 +0000
<![CDATA[Matt Banting & Wiggolly Dantas Qualify For The 2015 ASP World Tour]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/matt-banting-wiggolly-dantas-qualify-asp/ Australia’s Matt Banting and Brazil’s Wiggolly Dantas will be racking up the air miles and surfing line-ups with the world’s best next year on the ASP tour. Matt and Wiggolly have been on the Quiksilver surf team since they were grommets. They’ve both killed it on this year’s WQS competition already clocking up the points before the end of the season to qualify for the 2015 tour.

Current world n°2 on the WQS circuit so far, Matt Banting has had an awesome year including two victories at Burton Toyota Pro 6 stars event in Australia and Los Cabos Open of Surf 6 stars event in Mexico. Last week, the Aussie prodigy reached the final of the O’Neill Prime in Brazil.

Wiggolly Dantas is ranked 3rd on the 2014 WQS ranking thanks to his sweet victory at the Quiksilver Saquarema Prime in Rio, a 2nd place finish at Volcom Pipe Pro 5 stars event in Hawaii and a 3rd place at the Cascais Billabong Pro Prime event in Portugal earlier this year.

The last two Prime events of the season to be held in Hawaii will give our other Quiksilver surfers an opportunity to maybe grab a spot on the ASP tour next year. Brazilian Jesse Mendes has a pretty good chance to join Banting and Dantas in the Top 34. For French surfer Jeremy Flores, a 9th consecutive year on the ASP World Tour requires a couple of heat wins in the last two Prime events. As for Italian Leonardo Fioravanti, a ticket for the supreme circuit is subject to a double feat in Hawaii (two quarter finals).

Good luck, boys! ]]> Mon, 10 Nov 2014 23:41:28 +0000 <![CDATA[Quiksilver In Memory Of Eddie Aikau 2014-15 ]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/quiksilver-eddie-aikau/

This winter, big wave riding celebrates a special milestone with the 30th annual Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau at Waimea Bay, on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii. Quiksilver is pleased to announce the list of official 2014/15 Invitees and Alternates on this very special occasion.


Aaron Gold, Bruce Irons, Clyde Aikau, Dave Wassel, Garrett Mcnamara, Grant Baker, Greg Long, Ian Walsh, Jamie Mitchell, Jamie O'brien, Jamie Sterling, John John Florence, Kala Alexander, Kelly Slater, Kohl Christensen, Makua Rothman, Mark Healey, Nathan Fletcher, Noah Johnson, Peter Mel, Reef Mcintosh, Ramon Navarro, Shane Dorian, Sunny Garcia, Ross Clarke-jones, Takayuki Wakita ,Tom Carroll and Jeremy Flores


Mason Ho, Koa Rothman, Kalani Chapman, Danilo Couto, Billy Kemper, Anthony Tashnick, Carlos Burle, Albee Layer Ross, Williams Ben Wilkinson, Danny Fuller, Kealii Mamala, Michael Ho, Kai Lenny, Shawn Dollar, Gabriel Villaran, Evan Valiere, Kahea Hart, Keoni Watson, Derek Dunfee, Koby Abberton, Mark Mathews, Alex Gray and Laurie Towner.


Donnie Solomon, Andy Irons, Mark Foo, Marvin Foster, Ronnie Burns, Ricky Grigg ,Jay Moriarity, Lester Falatea, Mel Kinney, Peter Davi, Sion Milosky and Tiger Espere

Event format:

The Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau is a one-day big wave riding event that only takes place if and when waves meet a 20-foot minimum height, during the holding period of December 1 through February 28, each Hawaiian winter. The official Opening Ceremony with the Aikau Family will be held on Thursday, December 4th, 3pm, at Waimea Bay.

"The Eddie" is the original big wave riding event and stands as the measure for every big wave event that exists in the world today. It has become an iconic event through its honor, integrity and rarity.

The event honors Hawaiian hero Eddie Aikau, whose legacy is the respect he held for the ocean; his concern for the safety of all who entered it on his watch; and the way with which he rode Waimea Bay on its most giant and memorable days.

Adherence to strict wave height standards has ensured the integrity of the event; it is only held on days when waves meet or exceed the Hawaiian 20-foot minimum (wave face heights of approximately 40 feet). This was the threshold at which Eddie enjoyed to ride the Bay. It has been said that what makes The Eddie special is the times it doesn't run, because that is precisely its guarantee of integrity and quality days of giant surf.

The competition has only been held a total of 8 times: it's inaugural year at Sunset Beach, and then seven more times at its permanent home of Waimea Bay. The Eddie was last held on December 9, 2009, won by California's Greg Long.

Regardless of whether "The Bay Calls The Day" and the event runs, the annual Opening Ceremony is considered the annual celebration of Aikau's legacy as well as that of the sport of big wave riding, and is attended by the who's who of the surfing world. We hope you can join this year's Invitees, Alternates, and the Quiksilver & Aikau families.

Past Winners:

1985/1986 : Denton Miyamura (Haw)

1986/1987 : Clyde Aikau (Haw)

1989/1990 : Keone Downing (Haw)

1998/1999 : Noah Johnson (Haw)

2000/2001 : Ross Clarke-Jones (Aus)

2001/2002 : Kelly Slater (USA)

2004/2005 : Bruce Irons (Haw)

2009/2010 : Greg Long (USA)

About Eddie Aikau:

Just 31 years of age when he was lost at sea during an ill-fated voyage of Hawaii's Hokule'a double-hull sailing canoe in 1978, Aikau was a young man at the height of a career equally dedicated to big-wave riding and lifeguarding at historic Waimea Bay. Filled with a pure passion to ride giant surf, take care of his fellow man, and uphold his Hawaiian culture and family values, Aikau became the benchmark by which all big wave riders are measured.

]]> Tue, 04 Nov 2014 23:11:48 +0000 <![CDATA[Freddy P's North Shore Survival Tips ]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/freddy-p-north-shore-survival-tips/ You’ve watched ‘Bustin’ Down the Door’, read ‘Welcome to Paradise, Now Go to Hell’, maybe even surfed there. And if you haven't, chances are you know there's definite potential to find yourself in trouble on the North Shore. We wanted to know how to avoid pissing off the locals but still score a few waves, so asked North Shore native, Freddy P, for some tips.

What's the best way to go about getting a wave on the North Shore?

In comparison to other spots I've been to around the world, like Northern California or places in Australia and Chile, North Shore isn’t that bad. I've paddled out to spots and come in and my rent-a-car has been vandalised. I've gotten yelled out, kicked out of spots, told I couldn't surf there. The thing about Hawaii is everyone can go and paddle out to Pipeline. Everyone. Your car is not going to get vandalised, you're not going to get beat up, you're not going to get told to go in. But if you get in the way of someone, if you drop in on someone, then that's when something happens. So at least in Hawaii you get the benefit of the doubt to a certain extent. In order to get a wave it's really easy – you sit out in the line-up for about 10 or 15 minutes and observe who the guys are that are sitting at the peak, who is getting all the waves. You can calculate 'Okay, don't drop in on that guy, don't even look at a wave that that guy is looking at’ and you can pick off waves that way. A lot of people don't do that, they just go out and think they're going to get waves. But all you really have to do is assess the situation, figure it out and it will make your surf in Hawaii a lot easier.

Did you find out who it was?

No, I did not. I made a couple of calls but I'm still looking for who did that. In Hawaii, if you don't make your presence known that you're not going to tolerate that kind of stuff, you'll get walked all over. So that's why a lot of guys learn how to fight in Hawaii. (laughs) You got to stand your ground. You don't necessarily have to fight. I've never really gotten into anything out in the water before. You gain your respect through respecting the other guys. I get my waves that way.

On the topic of respect ... does the same rules apply to stay out of trouble at a party?

Any party that's on the North Shore – everyone is pretty much invited. Same with surfing though, if you come to a party on the North Shore you definitely want to assess the situation (laughs) because you know what it is? There's a shortage of women on the North Shore. You have to know whose girl is whose, you know? You can't act like you do at parties at home. I always tell people to take 10 minutes at a party to assess a situation and go from there. The biggest thing you have to do? You have to say hi to people. Shake someone's hand. If you go straight up to a local guy that's out there surfing and you say 'Hey, how's it goin' man?' and shake his hand and look him in the eye, give that little bit of respect. You can have a pretty clear path to having a great time.

Tue, 04 Nov 2014 19:19:20 +0000
<![CDATA[The 2009 Eddie contest day in pictures]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/2009-eddie-contest-in-pictures/ Today's techniques in predicting swell size and surf conditions is more advanced than ever but the sheer mass of a big wave is only clocked when there's someone charging down its face.

"Basic big wave riding hasn't changed because you still need to be in tip-top condition, you still need to have the spirit to want to ride the giants, you still need to have the skill. A lot of times when you get into a really bad situation I like to say that you're going to have to dig really deep into your soul and your reasoning. You reaching in is what's going to help you survive the massive wipeouts you're going to take." Clyde Aikau.

Relive the best of the 2009 Eddie Action that reset the bar for big wave surfing around the world and join the conversation around possible Eddie swells via #EddieWouldGo.

Ross Clarke-Jones and Mark Healey

The Bay

Kelly Slater and Reef McIntosh

The Lineup

Andy Irons

Maso Ho, Bruce Irons, Peter Mel

The Water Patrol

Kelly Slater

Reef McIntosh and Clyde Aikau

Kohl Christensen

Mark Healey

Mark Healey

Peter Mel

Peter Mel

Sun, 02 Nov 2014 03:43:51 +0000
<![CDATA[Format and Judging of The Eddie]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/format-judging-the-eddie/ The Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau is the world's most prestigious big wave invitational surf contest held at Waimea Bay on Oahu, Hawaii. The waiting period for the tournament is three months long, kicking off on the 1st of December and closing end of February which pretty much covers the North Shore's biggest swell period of the surf year.



The best big wave surfers in the world are on alert to jump on the next available plane, with no more than 12 hours notice, should an Eddie swell appear on the charts. With the minimum size required being 20 feet (6.1m), despite many close calls, the last time the event was able to run was in 2009 where Greg Long was crowned champion. 



Each year the official opening ceremony, held on the first Thursday of December, marks the start of the waiting period with the 28 invited surfers receiving the blessing of Eddie Aikau. If mother nature delivers the necessary swell and surf conditions, the participants will compete in two rounds each with a maximum wave count of 8 waves. The best four waves ridden by each surfer will be scored with a maximum individual wave score of 100 points based on size, risk and how well the wave was surfed. Here's more on the format and judging:


Sat, 01 Nov 2014 04:53:37 +0000
<![CDATA[Mini & Dane: The story of Marine Layer Productions]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/mini-and-dane/ If you surf the same break every day, you’ll see the same crew. And sometimes, you’ll make friendships that will move from the surf to the turf. Jason ‘Mini’ Blanchard and Dane Reynolds met surfing the same break when Dane Reynolds was a lanky 15 year old with ‘an insane backhand’. Mini saw something in Dane, Dane saw something in Mini – then they got to work. It’s been over 10 years and they’re still shooting. Watch all three episodes to see how Marine Layer Productions came about.

Visit marinelayerproductions.com

]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 17:41:33 +0000 <![CDATA[Noa Mizuno: Mentawi]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/noa-mizuno-mentawi/

A trip to the Mentawis is unforgettable no matter how old you are. 15 year old Hawaiian Noa Mizuno just had a game changer of a surf trip, multiple barrels and near death by fireworks included.

Thu, 30 Oct 2014 04:03:33 +0000
<![CDATA[Jeremy Flores - Euro Swells]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/jeremy-flores-euro-swells/

While the Pipeline Masters are soon to kick off on the other side of the planet, it's the North Atlantic coastlines of France, Spain and Portugal that have been firing and on home turf, Jeremy Flores just dropped a clip showing the rest of us what we missed in Euro-land.

Tue, 28 Oct 2014 13:29:52 +0000
<![CDATA[Bryan Fox: Pathology]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/bryan-fox-pathology/

Pathology from Cowabunga on Vimeo.

Bryan Fox premiered Pathology a couple of months ago with a few hundred of his closest friends – who also enjoyed the free booze and baked goods. We caught up with him to find out a bit more about the making of the film and what's up next. Check out the trailer now and don’t miss the online premiere on Snowboarder.com on November 19.

What inspired the half-doco / half-action format?

I think the overall goal of any snowboard, surf, or skate flick is to get someone excited to go do that activity – basically to inspire participation. And with the overall consumer maturing, I feel like there needs to be a little bit more substance and insight to inspire those same people who might have been children of the video star age. We tried to keep the talking stuff to a minimum, more just showcasing some emotion and community feeling to the whole thing. I also feel like the structure of really just promoting a certain guy to be some sort of hero is kind of lame. The best thing about these cultures is the group effect, it's not a team, it's just whoever you chose to spend your free time with, snowboarding or surfing, it’s that idea that doing shit you enjoy with people you like is a valuable part of living.

Why did you start your own production company?

I’m a bit of a control freak. It's easier to control shit when you and your friends are steering the ship.

At the premiere, how did people react?

People seemed genuinely excited to get out into the mountains so i feel like we succeeded. It was a good party, free booze, free homemade baked goods, a photo show and an auction for our bud who just got diagnosed with cancer. Around 450 people showed up.

What bits were talked about afterwards?

Mostly crashing. People love crashing, there is a good amount of it. I always felt like it was cool to show people trying stuff and fucking up, unmade tricks are just as cool as made ones.

What’s your next project?

I have been talking with Quiksilver about some specific projects that sound like they could be a riot. I'll most likely be working on a project with Snowboarder mag as well, maybe some other little one off videos and zines as well. Mostly about this time in the Fall my brain goes wild with random ideas, some of which will never come to fruition.

Photos by: Mark Welsh ]]> Mon, 27 Oct 2014 06:15:08 +0000 <![CDATA[Kind Surf Workshop in Capbreton]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/kind-surf-capbreton/

During a layday at the Quiksilver Pro France, Kind Surf held a workshop with a small group of disadvantaged local kids and adults in Capbreton. Kind Surf, an NGO headed up by international model and eco-activist Almudena Fernandez, hosts many workshops a year in Spain. Their motto is "Bring Happiness", and on this particular sunny afternoon is exactly what they did.

Participating in the event were five kids diagnosed with Autism along with two handicapped adults from the French association HandiSurf. Joining them were professional surfers Aritz Aranburu, Travis Logie, Freddy Patacchia, Marc Lacomare, Lucía Martiño, and current ASP World Champion Mick Fanning.

The participants and volunteers took part in two activities. First, a short workshop on environmental awareness and cleaning up the beach, where the crew learned the importance of looking after and preserving our coastlines. From there they set out to pick up a few pieces of trash along the beach. Next, they took to the shorebreak and had a surfing lesson with some of the world's elite.

Special thanks to the Santocha Surf Club and all of the volunteers who helped out with the event.

To learn more about Kind Surf and how to get involved, visit kindsurf.org

Photos: Bernard Testemale/Alex Postigo/Angel Ruiz ]]> Mon, 13 Oct 2014 00:05:54 +0000 <![CDATA[South West France is for Lovers]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/south-west-france-is-for-lovers/

As the 2014 Quiksilver Pro France comes to an end, we wanted to reflect one more time on the magical little region known as les Landes. For two weeks a year, Hossegor and the surrounding area becomes a playground for both the world's best surfers and the common folk looking to mix and mingle with the elite wave-sliders. To illustrate the point, we tapped Surf Europe Mag's editor-in-chief Paul Evans and legendary European photographers Bernard Testemale and Timo Jarvinen .

Imagine Huey, God of ocean swell, making expert love to an endless stretch of golden French sands.

Thrusting and parrying from his deep ocean lair, sending powerful, blue swell belts at a pristine, pine-fringed strip of steep, coarse, perfect sand. But no nervous teenage fumble. No. Expert, masterful lovemaking. Endurance, rhythm, skill, with just a whiff of danger. A mix of Sting in his 80's karma sutra phase, Rocco Siffredi and Bond. A gentleman lover of some prowess.

The result is the surfers' paradise of South West France. Where forest meets ocean meets mountains meets fun. And the beach? A willing recipient. Sculpted from coarse golden sands, she runs sleek and true from the Pyrenees foothills in the south to the Bordeaux vineyards in the north. Her curves sculpt steep and voluptuous at the water's edge, before plunging deep to the abyssal depths offshore. Her sultriest, most provocative asset? A deep trench offshore of Hossegor/Capbreton, a deep seabed gash that brings raw Atlantic energy all the way to shoreline unrestrained, where it romps into spinning shorebreaks with unapologetic violence.

If you come in autumn, the surf will pump, you might get sprayed in the face by your favourite pro. You might spray his face right back.

You could rent a dream dune-top palace designed in the architectural style of Le Corbus or Frank Lloyd-Whassisname, if you got the readies. Or maybe sleep in your piece-of-shit van, eating cheap pasta from a saucepan standing up, and get tubed out of your mind between al fresco plops. Or tent flap it at Le Camping. Or rent an apartment next to six German girls from whom you really need to ask to borrow a cup of sugar. Or sleep on the beach under the stars lullabied by roaring whitewater.

Leo Fioravanti & Ramzi Boukhiam

You'll surf the tide as it runs in calming the current, you surf it as it runs out, trying to drag you to Spain. If you come in autumn, the surf will pump, you might get sprayed in the face by your favourite pro. You might spray his face right back. The water stays balmy until Halloween and if you stay until the Beaujolais nouveau, you might see the ocean go mountainous. Or you might just come for a long weekend, a naughty French quickie. But don't say we didn't warn you; she's a mistress hard to rid yourself of. It'll be no one-off fling. As sure as the sun dips faithfully in the great Biscay west, you'll be coming crawling back for more.

Mikey Wright ]]>
Tue, 07 Oct 2014 22:56:52 +0000
<![CDATA[Quik Pro France - What happens on tour, stays on Instagram]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/quik-pro-france-instagram/ We like nothing better than a Quik Pro – it’s a good excuse to fly in our team riders from around the world so they can do what they do best – surf (or not… depending on how the fickle French sandbank is feeling), smash baguettes (or shoot them ) and give good haircuts (you be the judge).


@mikeywright1 @lfioravanti don't shut the door please#closethedoor#landes#capiquelesyeux#dusablepleinlescheveuc#myhairmakerisdead#leslandes

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Oooopss... @marclacomare

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Lil' backside sequence from the other night, pre Mohawk. Thanks for having us France @jimmy__graham #pressplay

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Today i got to surf with my favorite surfer @derekrabeloofficial in Hossegor. We got some fun waves. Always good to catch up brother. Check out the clip on http://vimeo.com/m/107731137 "jeremy & Derek in hossegor" edited by @danebmesquid . Thanks @lemosimages

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Would you trust this kid with hair clippers? Hahahah @mikeywright1

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Today was seriously humbling, I was lucky enough to take this beautiful human Valentin who is autistic for a surf. Her stoke and determination to learn was the most inspiring thing I've ever witnessed. Thank you so much @kind_surf @almudenanyc and @aritz_aranburu for an unforgettable experience . Keep up the amazing work!!! Pic: @thefrogeye

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Contest should be back ON tomorrow layday wasn't that bad, waves are sickkkk

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damn that 1-1/2 hr session really took it outta @craig__anderson

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Been wide awake since 3:30am. On my 2nd cup of coffee, geared up 5 boards, had a selfie photo shoot while hitting the foam roller, now contemplating my 3rd cup & cleaning the wax off my entire 18 board quiver. Not to mention another selfie that suggests I'm a dedicated athlete. Sun, please rise soon before I lose my sanity.

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Tue, 07 Oct 2014 03:05:19 +0000
<![CDATA[Kanoa Igarashi Wins The ASP 1-Star Shoe City Pro]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/kanoa-igarahi-first-qs-win/

Massive congrats to Quiksilver's Kanoa Igarashi on taking his first QS win at the ASP 1-Star Shoe City Pro in Huntington Beach, California (Saturday 4th Oct). 

Kanoa was on fire throughout the event on his home break, defeated rival local Chris Waring (USA) in a sunny, 3-5ft offshore day, here's what the champ had to say. 

""This is the one place where I would have loved to win my first QS event, so it’s funny how the stars align like that. I’m so stoked on getting this result, there’s really no other feeling like winning an event. I feel like I’ve been surfing pretty consistent lately and to get this win towards the end of the year just tops things off. Surfing against Chris (Waring) in the Final was awesome. I’ve looked up to him ever since I was a little kid and this is actually the first time we’ve had a heat with each other. He was the one guy I wanted to surf against throughout the event, so it’s crazy how everything came together in the end."


Mon, 06 Oct 2014 19:13:08 +0000
<![CDATA[JOHN JOHN FLORENCE WINS THE 2014 QUIKSILVER PRO FRANCE]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/john-john-florence-wins-the-quiksilver-pro-france/ As the 2014 Quiksilver Pro France comes to an end, we wanted to reflect one more time on the magical little region known as les Landes. For two weeks a year, Hossegor and the surrounding area becomes a playground for both the world's best surfers and the common folk looking to mix and mingle with the elite wave-sliders. To illustrate the point, we tapped Surf Europe Mag's editor-in-chief Paul Evans and legendary European photographers Bernard Testemale and Timo Jarvinen.



Imagine Huey, God of ocean swell, making expert love to an endless stretch of golden French sands. 


Thrusting and parrying from his deep ocean lair, sending powerful, blue swell belts at a pristine, pine-fringed strip of steep, coarse, perfect sand. But no nervous teenage fumble. No. Expert, masterful lovemaking. Endurance, rhythm, skill, with just a whiff of danger. A mix of Sting in his 80's karma sutra phase, Rocco Siffredi and Bond. A gentleman lover of some prowess.


The result is the surfers' paradise of South West France. Where forest meets ocean meets mountains meets fun.

And the beach? A willing recipient. Sculpted from coarse golden sands, she runs sleek and true from the Pyrenees foothills in the south to the Bordeaux vineyards in the north. Her curves sculpt steep and voluptuous at the water's edge, before plunging deep to the abyssal depths offshore. Her sultriest, most provocative asset? A deep trench offshore of Hossegor/Capbreton, a deep seabed gash that brings raw Atlantic energy all the way to shoreline unrestrained, where it romps into spinning shorebreaks with unapologetic violence. 



The result is the surfers' paradise of South West France. Where forest meets ocean meets mountains meets fun. Meets good people. Good people from all over Europe, from all over the world. Where accents in the line-up range from obscure Slavic tongues, to local Gascogne slang, to weird Basque to Scandinavian robot to broad New World English vowels. Where all said tongues mingle on dance-floors until dawn licks orange fire over the great pine expanse to east. And it starts all over again.



If you come in autumn, the surf will pump, you might get sprayed in the face by your favourite pro. You might spray his face right back. 


You could rent a dream dune-top palace designed in the architectural style of Le Corbus or Frank Lloyd-Whassisname, if you got the readies. Or maybe sleep in your piece-of-shit van, eating cheap pasta from a saucepan standing up, and get tubed out of your mind between al fresco plops. Or tent flap it at Le Camping. Or rent an apartment next to six German girls from whom you really need to ask to borrow a cup of sugar. Or sleep on the beach under the stars lullabied by roaring whitewater. 


Leo Fioravanti & Ramzi Boukhiam


You'll surf the tide as it runs in calming the current, you surf it as it runs out, trying to drag you to Spain. If you come in autumn, the surf will pump, you might get sprayed in the face by your favourite pro. You might spray his face right back. The water stays balmy until Halloween and if you stay until the Beaujolais nouveau, you might see the ocean go mountainous. Or you might just come for a long weekend, a naughty French quickie. But don't say we didn't warn you; she's a mistress hard to rid yourself of. It'll be no one-off fling. As sure as the sun dips faithfully in the great Biscay west, you'll be coming crawling back for more.


Mikey Wright

Sun, 05 Oct 2014 11:41:12 +0000
<![CDATA[Contest Update: Quarter Finals]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/contest-update-quarter-finals/


The first ten point ride of the contest by john John Florence


Le Gardian, on the border of Hossegor and Seignosse, delivered eight-to-10 foot (2.5 - 3 m) waves for the Quiksilver Pro France today as the event completed Round 5 and the opening two heats of the Quarterfinals.


John John Florence (HAW), current ASP World No. 8, proved the form surfer of the day, eliminating reigning three-time ASP World Champion Mick Fanning (AUS) with a near-perfect 19.90 heat total in this morning’s Round 5 before besting contemporary Kolohe Andino (USA) in the Quarterfinals.


“The conditions today look amazing but can be all over the place out there,” Florence said. “I was lucky to find a rhythm in my first heat and seemed to be on all the good ones. Great waves, but you can feel the conditions changing with the onshore wind. My Quarterfinal against Kolohe (Andino) was harder to find scoring waves.”


Josh Kerr (AUS), current ASP World No. 13, delivered the upset of the event in the elimination of ratings’ frontrunner Gabriel Medina (BRA) in their Quarterfinal bout.


“Gabriel (Medina) has had an incredible year and it always pushes your surfing to come up against the No. 1 guy,” Kerr said. “I was fortunate to get him in our Quarterfinal match in Margaret River and to get another one on him today is great for the confidence heading into the last events of the season.”


Kelly Slater (USA), 11-time ASP World Champion and current World No. 2, defeated long-time rival Taj Burrow (AUS) in this morning’s Round 5 match before watching Medina fall to Kerr in the last heat of the day. Slater will not have opportunity to close the gap between himself and the Brazilian with a result in France.


“With Gabriel (Medina) falling in the Quarters, I have an opportunity to carve a few heats into his current lead,” Slater said. “It’s really on me to make headway now and make it harder for him to clinch in Portugal and hopefully bring it to Pipeline. We have two more days to really pick the eyes out of the swell for the last five heats so hopefully we see some good conditions again before the event finishes.”


Surfline, official forecasters for the Quiksilver and Roxy Pro France, are calling for:

Solid, mid period WNW swell will continue on Sunday. We’ll see bump and likely unfavorable wind first thing Sunday, but local wind and overall conditions should improve through the morning and into the early afternoon.Monday will see decreasing swell/surf with unfavorable onshore wind likely rebuilding.


When competition resumes, up first will be Miguel Pupo (BRA) vs. Jadson Andre (BRA) in QF 3.

Highlights from the Quiksilver Pro France will be available at ASPWorldTour.com


Quiksilver Pro France Round 5 Results (1st Advances to Quarterfinals, 2nd Finishes Equal 9th):

Heat 1: John John Florence (HAW) 19.90 def. Mick Fanning (AUS) 13.16

Heat 2: Josh Kerr (AUS) 7.34 def. Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 6.93

Heat 3: Jadson Andre (BRA) 9.23 def. Filipe Toledo (BRA) 5.33

Heat 4: Kelly Slater (USA) 15.24 def. Taj Burrow (AUS) 5.87


Quiksilver Pro France Quarterfinal Results (1st Advances to Semifinals, 2nd Finishes Equal 5th):

QF 1: John John Florence (HAW) 16.00 def. Kolohe Andino (USA) 9.17

QF 2: Josh Kerr (AUS) 12.83 def. Gabriel Medina (BRA) 8.90


Quiksilver Pro France Remaining Quarterfinal Match-Ups (1st Advances to Semifinals, 2nd Finishes Equal 5th):

QF 3: Miguel Pupo (BRA) vs. Jadson Andre (BRA)

QF 4: Jordy Smith (ZAF) vs. Kelly Slater (USA)

Sat, 04 Oct 2014 18:38:57 +0000
<![CDATA[Friday Freesurf Gallery]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/friday-freesurf-gallery/

A solid, long period swell filled in nicely over the last couple days which maxed out the sand banks at the contest site and a lay day was called. Plenty of waves were on offer, you just need to know where to look.


Freddy P

Leo Fioravanti

Dane Reynolds

Mikey Wright

Jeremy Flores

Travis Logie

Aritz Aranburu

Sat, 04 Oct 2014 18:33:15 +0000
<![CDATA[Big Performances As Le Gardian Turns On For Quiksilver Pro France]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/quiksilver-pro-france-round4/


The primary site of Le Gardian, on the border of Hossegor and Seignosse, delivered clean three-to-five foot (1 - 1.5 metre) waves today as the Quiksilver Pro France completed the remaining eight heats of Round 3 as well as the four non-elimination Round 4 heats. Stop No. 9 of 11 on the 2014 Samsung Galaxy ASP World Championship Tour, the Quiksilver Pro France holds the dual importance of playing a critical stop in the hunt for this season’s world surfing crown as well as a crucial opportunity for the world’s best surfers to attain qualification points for next year’s elite tour.


Gabriel Medina (BRA), current ASP World No. 1, continued his juggernaut performance of 2014 today, narrowly escaping a Round 3 bout against local Jeremy Flores (FRA) before reasserting his dominance in Round 4 this afternoon.


“With the swell increasing this afternoon, there is a lot of water moving and it’s easy to get lost out there,” Medina said. “Lucky I found some opportunity and was able to have a better heat than the one I had this morning. Hopefully we get some good waves tomorrow.”


Kolohe Andino (USA), current ASP World No. 9, put in a searing performance in his afternoon Round 4 heat, besting Australians Mick Fanning (AUS) and Matt Wilkinson (AUS) to advance directly through to the Quarterfinals.


“Mick (Fanning) is one of my favorite surfers and he’s the reigning world champ so of course I’m stoked to beat him,” Andino said. “Anytime you draw one of those guys, you have to lift your game. I feel like I’m getting more confident in my surfing this season and growing into a more comfortable competitor. Looking forward to a great finish for the event.”


Fanning, reigning three-time ASP World Champion and current World No. 4, will face off against John John Florence (HAW) in Round 5.


Miguel Pupo (BRA), current ASP World No. 16, is recovering from a mid-season slump, collecting a 9th at Trestles and now vaulting himself into the Quarterfinals with a Round 4 win over Kelly Slater (USA) and compatriot Filipe Toledo (BRA) this afternoon.


“Very difficult to get waves out there this afternoon,” Pupo said. “I found myself on a couple, but I just as easily could have ended up with none. Kelly (Slater) didn’t really get anything out there so you know it’s difficult. I had a good start to the year then had some bad events. Happy to be in the Quarters and hope to keep progressing.”


Slater, 11-time ASP World Champion and current World No. 2, takes on Taj Burrow (AUS) in Round 5 of competition.


Jordy Smith (ZAF), winner of the previous event in Southern California and current ASP World No. 11, closed out today’s competition with an inspired Round 4 performance showcasing his speed, power and potential.


“Conditions remained clean but it was hard work out there,” Smith said. “I’m feeling confident in my surfing and comfortable in competition recently. I have some great boards with me and I’m looking to keep the momentum from Trestles going here in Europe.”


When competition resumes, up first will be Mick Fanning (AUS) vs. John John Florence (HAW) in the opening heat of Round 5.


Surfline, official forecasters for the Quiksilver and Roxy Pro France, are calling for:


A larger and solid WNW swell arrives on Friday, as conditions remain favorable, before easing Saturday. A reinforcing pulse of WNW swell will build in for the final two days of the event waiting period.

Event organizers will reconvene tomorrow at 7:30am to assess conditions and make a call then.


Highlights from the Quiksilver Pro France are available at ASPWorldTour.com


Quiksilver Pro France Remaining Round 3 Results (1st Advances to Round 4, 2nd Finishes Equal 13th):

Heat 5: Josh Kerr (AUS) 10.90 def. Adrian Buchan (AUS) 10.77

Heat 6: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 9.40 def. Jeremy Flores (FRA) 7.50

Heat 7: Kelly Slater (USA) 13.27 def. Travis Logie (ZAF) 12.93

Heat 8: Miguel Pupo (BRA) 15.23 def. Owen Wright (AUS) 14.33

Heat 9: Filipe Toledo (BRA) 16.10 def. Adriano de Souza (BRA) 13.50

Heat 10: Taj Burrow (AUS) 15.14 def. Kai Otton (AUS) 11.36

Heat 11: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 17.03 def. Julian Wilson (AUS) 10.03

Heat 12: Jadson Andre (BRA) 14.70 def. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 12.86


Quiksilver Pro France Round 4 Results (1st Advances to Quarterfinals, 2nd and 3rd to Round 5):

Heat 1: Kolohe Andino (USA) 16.50, Mick Fanning (AUS) 13.24, Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 10.16

Heat 2: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 16.17, Josh Kerr (AUS) 9.93, John John Florence (HAW) 5.87

Heat 3: Miguel Pupo (BRA) 12.83, Filipe Toledo (BRA) 12.00, Kelly Slater (USA) 6.60

Heat 4: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 15.67, Taj Burrow (AUS) 10.60, Jadson Andre (BRA) 5.17


Quiksilver Pro France Round 5 Match-Ups (1st Advances to Quarterfinals, 2nd Finishes Equal 9th):

Heat 1: Mick Fanning (AUS) vs. John John Florence (HAW)

Heat 2: Josh Kerr (AUS) vs. Matt Wilkinson (AUS)

Heat 3: Filipe Toledo (BRA) vs. Jadson Andre (BRA)

Heat 4: Taj Burrow (AUS) vs. Kelly Slater (USA)


Quiksilver Pro France Quarterfinal Match-Ups (1st Advances to Semifinals, 2nd Finishes Equal 5th):

QF 1: Kolohe Andino (USA) vs. TBD

QF 2: Gabriel Medina (BRA) vs. TBD

QF 3: Miguel Pupo (BRA) vs. TBD

QF 4: Jordy Smith (ZAF) vs. TBD

More photos at aspworldtour.com

Thu, 02 Oct 2014 21:17:43 +0000
<![CDATA[Live Transmission From The Baguette Coast Via Dane Reynolds And Craig Anderson]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/live-transmission/

No strangers to the strange, Dane Reynolds and Craig Anderson have been enjoying the Baguette Coast aka les Landes over the last week. Between getting their rental car totally destroyed by an unhappy local and a few vin rouges, the crew cut together this little ditty. More on the way. 


Dane Reynolds


Mikey Wright


Thu, 02 Oct 2014 16:52:29 +0000
<![CDATA[House Music]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/house-music/
Sharing is caring at the Quiksilver WCT Team House, Les Guardians, Hossegor.



The Team House is carbon neutral in terms of the commute to the contest site. The Team House is a mere stone’s throw, or perhaps a sand wedge off a full swing, from the contest bank at Les Guardians. It’s literally just over the dune.


Of course houses are just houses. Bricks and mortar, walls, roof, floor. Perhaps silvered larch clad in the post-modern style, yes; pool, putting green, sauna equipped perhaps, but just buildings nonetheless. The fun only starts with the crew chemistry.



Aritz and girlfriend Almundena are the smilers, their pearly whites the most seen (if you were AA, you’d smile too). Aritz is one of the tour’s most likeable characters. He charges like a madman and rides the tube deep and true, he’s Mr Motivator when it’s small. Almundena is a top model, cover face of countless glossy fashion mags, champion of environmental causes. There are worse people to be told by that it’s your turn to do the washing up.


South Africa’s Trav Logie and his wife, and Hawaii’s Freddy P make up a cosmopolitan crew of roomies. Trav and Aritz have regular discussions over who is taller. Rather than the elephant, it’s the Shetland pony in the room. The tape measure comes out, the tape measure never lies. They are both convinced they have one more growth spurt due any day now... The tape measure is not so sure.



Freddy P’s own house dangles precariously over the beach on the infamous North Shore of Oahu. Here, at Guardians, he feels somewhat more guarded from the ravages of mother ocean. Here, he has a decent size dune between his king size and the drink. But a few more Atlantic winters like the last and the shorebreak inches closer to the Team House. Sand dunes, like fame, fortunes and WCT careers are transient, temporary. Only the stories endure.



The after party that went down in the Team House the year Kelly won has become something of an urban myth around these parts. You, they say, were either there or you weren’t. Almost the entire WCT was there, and then the freaks came out. Even Charlene, Princess of Monaco showed up at 1 am to shake her rump to French superstar DJ Falcon’s party set.


Walls have ears, maybe, but they can’t talk. Which is probably just as well.



Wed, 01 Oct 2014 21:16:55 +0000
<![CDATA[Layday In Les Landes]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/layday-in-les-landes-pro-france/ Yesterday was all about the freesurf down around Capbreton. While the WCT crew were off for the day, some of the team took advantage of another pleasant afternoon in France (isn't every afternoon pleasant though?)

Craig Anderson

Mikey Wright

Marc Lacomare

Leo Fioravanti

Craig Ando

Dane Reynolds




Ando & Mikey


Tue, 30 Sep 2014 18:18:30 +0000
<![CDATA[Euroglass: Shaping Bays And BBQs]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/euroglass-shaping-bays-and-bbq/

One of best BBQs on tour takes place each year during the Quiksilver Pro France. Just down the road from the contest site is Euroglass, Europe's largest surfboard manufacturer, and home to Quiksilver Surfboards. They not only crank out 1000's of boards a year from Europe's best shapers, but know how to make a crowd happy. Leo Fioravanti gave us a walk through of the factory (notice how clean the place is) before the party got wild. 

Welcome to Euroglass

Leo scopes out his next batch of blades 

Christian Bradley

ROXY crew: Monyca Eleogram, Bruna Schmitz, & Kelia Moniz

Justine Mouvin provided some sweet sounds

Leo is a man of many talents

Aritz Aranburu & Almudena Fernandez

Freddy Patacchia 

Tue, 30 Sep 2014 17:02:03 +0000
<![CDATA[Quiksilver Pro France Contest Update]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/pro-france-contest-update/ Sunday was another full day of surfing on the main contest site of Les Guardians, finishing Heat 4 of round 3 while on the Roxy side, Tyler Wright too this year's Roxy Pro France win. When competition resumes, up first will be Josh Kerr (AUS) up against Adrian Buchan (AUS) in Heat 5 of Round 3. For a full heat by heat recap, take a look at the ASP heat by heat break down.

If you missed Saturday's action, take a look at the ASP highlights below for a quick catch up on an epic day of contest that went down in three-to-four foot waves, completing nine heats of Round 2:

Mon, 29 Sep 2014 20:01:31 +0000
<![CDATA[#Quik Pro #Sequence Sundays]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/quik-pro-sequence-sundays/ Photographers shoot 1000's of frames that never get seen. It's just the way it goes. Between our soft-spot for the animated GIF and raw surf action, #SequenceSunday was born. Enjoy a few hundred frames of freesurf action from the past few days.


Mikey Wright battled the crowds just south of the contest site.

Matt Banting getting his wildcard game face on for an audience of one.


Local rider Marc Lacomare doing his thing on home breaks.


Ramzi Boukhiam is all about power jams right now.


Jeremy Flores with his patented nosepick grab in Round 1.


Dane Reynolds being Dane.

Mon, 29 Sep 2014 02:37:21 +0000
<![CDATA[Quik Pro France - A Tale of Two Sessions]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/quik-pro-france-tale-of-two-sessions/

On the plat du jour at the #QuikPro France were nothing but good vibes and both the WCT guys and freesurf crew were scoring both in and out of the contest jersey. Mikey Wright and Craig Anderson have been getting busy down the beach from the contest site while Dane Reynolds, Aritz, Freddy P, Jeremy Flores, Tiago Pires, and company enjoy small but clean contestable surf. The word was to look the other way at Les Culs Nus beach, a hot spot for naked dudes beach fishing.


All eyes were on local favourite, Jeremy Flores & with the added pressure of a tough season and some needed results and he was stoked with today's performance:

“This is a big event for me,” Flores said. “I have had a tough year and I am fighting for my life on tour in these last three events. I’ve never had a strong result here in France and I’m hoping to change that this season. Getting a win over Mick (Fanning), who I respect so much, in these conditions gives me great confidence for the week ahead. I appreciate all the hometown support I’ve received.”

Carrying on the good vibes, The Dedicated Nothing rocked out this year's concert along with Lee Ann Curren's band, Betty the Shark, and a DJ set down in Hossegor. Here's a peek at last night's madness and as usual, we'll be posting behind the scenes snaps through out the day so follow us on instagram and Twitter for updates.

Mon, 29 Sep 2014 01:56:08 +0000
<![CDATA[Quik Pro France - Firing up the French Beach Breaks]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/quik-pro-france-french-beach-breaks/ As one would imagine, settling into the French art-du-vivre doesn't take a twisting of the arm. Fresh baguettes. Beautiful women. Vin rouge! The Quiksilver WCT team and freesurfers are handling it just fine.

One of the other great things about the Les Landes coastal area is that there are over 60 kilometres of beach to choose from. So between a no-go called for Day 1 of the Quiksilver Pro France waiting period and notoriously big tidal swings to work around, a few of the team hunted down a peak south of the contest site and took it to the air. The sand banks are coming to life and solid action is on surely tap for the next few days.

Matt Banting. Photo: Timo.

Craig Anderson. Photo: Heywood

Mikey Wright. Photo: Heywood

Dane Reynolds. Photo: Heywood

Dane Reynolds. Photo: Heywood]]> Fri, 26 Sep 2014 08:40:32 +0000 <![CDATA[#QuikPro Day 1: Contest Off (For Now), Freesurf On]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/freesurf-on/ It's the first day of the Quik Pro France waiting period and the notorious beach breaks are beginning to awake. The men are off, for now, but aren't going far as there is a possibility to run some heats later in the afternoon. Endulge in a few snaps from yesterday's freesurf and press conference.

Thu, 25 Sep 2014 17:00:35 +0000
<![CDATA[Aussie Season wrap-up with Timmy Laidlaw]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/aussie-season-wrap-up-timmy-laidlaw/ The Australian snow season is winding up and it's been a good one. We caught up with Timmy Laidlaw as he catches the last of the Aussie season before heading north.

We chatted to you back at the beginning of the season and you were pretty amped. How’s it been for you so far? Having a good season?

The season has been pretty epic. I have just been riding the parks around Australia all season, shredding with everyone and the occasional competitions. Couldn’t have asked for a better Oz season.

Photo: Andrew Fawcett

Where have you been riding?

The majority of my season has been up in Perisher; it’s definitely worth the 8-hour drive for me. They have world-class terrain parks up that way and to go with it some amazing vibes on and off the hill.

Any new tricks in the bag?

Unfortunately I haven’t had the pleasure to claim any new tricks. However, I have been working on some other tricks that I have been able to lock away and had time to get different variations of them, this includes my Back and Cab 1260s.

Photo: Andrew Fawcett

How was The Mile High and Stylewars? Both Perisher and Falls slope style courses both looked amazing this year.

Yeah, the Australian Slopestyle Tour was awesome this year, we were able to ride some world-class courses and get to experience some pretty amazing talent. The jumps were so on point at both mountains, we were all so fortunate to throw down on them.

You must be pretty stoked to have competed against the world's best? Nervous or excited?

I’ve been on the World Cup circuit for the best two years and have been lucky enough to witness the world's best for a while now. No matter how many times I see them ride I still get so excited. It makes me so much hungrier to get to where they are riding now and pushes my riding to a whole other level just seeing their greatness get thrown down on our home soil.

Any standout riders this year?

The new generation of Aussie riders definitely are not far behind. This season I had the pleasure of working with the future of Australian riding at a development camp in Perisher. One guy that caught my eye was 14-year-old Josh Vagne; he already has such a mature style and has the bag of tricks to go with it.

What’s next? Where are you heading for the North Hemi season?

There’s some more spring riding that I’m going to take advantage of up in NSW. Then when snow starts to fall overseas I will be heading over to the US to shred again. I will be based in Breckenridge and Mammoth but will definitely be travelling around to find some epic snow and good times.

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Front 3 indy on the bottom jump at Stylewars, Falls Creek . Photo by Alex Roberts whilst hovering above in the heli. ]]> Thu, 25 Sep 2014 01:20:16 +0000 <![CDATA[Matt Banting - Wildcard Warm-Ups]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/matt-banting-wildcard-warm-ups/

Air strikes, canceled flights, lost boards. Matt Banting had to work a little magic to get to France but never flinched. It's somewhat fitting given the story of his year to date, grinding away on the QS to capture multiple contest wins and finding himself on top of the WQS ratings going into his Pro France wildcard debut.

After finally arriving on the balmy southwest France coastline, Matty flexed his pro-surfer carte blanche muscles and went straight to Euroglass to load up some new sticks. He then of course got busy warming up before the circus arrives to the normally sleepy town of Hossegor.

The ASP had this to say on Matt's climb to #1 on the WQS this year:

"Fresh-faced Banting broke out this year with a few big wins that shot him to the top of the QS. He kicked off 2014 with a win at the 6-Star Burton Toyota Pro, beating seasoned surfer and tube-master Nathan Hedge with a pair of nine-point rides in the Final. His next title win was the Los Cabos Open of Surf, another high-rated event, where he ousted World Championship Tour (WCT) campaigner Dion Atkinson(AUS).

Banting cemented his place atop the QS the next month by taking the Prime-rated Vans US Open Junior Pro in a four-man Final. Poised for a spot on the 2015 elite Tour, the French contest will be a good time to get acquainted with him. In Round 1, he's matched up against Kelly Slater(USA) and fellow Aussie Matt Wilkinson."]]>
Wed, 24 Sep 2014 20:06:27 +0000
<![CDATA[Meet the team and party at the Quiksilver Pro France]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/meet-team-party-quik-pro-france/

If you're in Hossegor for the Quiksilver and Roxy Pro France between the 23 September - 6 October come and meet the team and check out the live music and DJs. Good times.

25 September - 7pm until 11pm

Quiksilver & Roxy Party with Live Music from Taymir and DJ Set at the Boardriders store in Capbreton

26 September - 7pm until Midnight

Quiksilver Pro France concert at the l’Étiquette bar in Hossegor from with headline acts:

Betty the Shark
The Dedicated Nothing
DJ Set / Daz / Chloé

27 September - from 6-8pm

Signing session with the Quiksilver team and Roxy team at the Quiksilver & Roxy stores in Hossegor.

27 September - from 9-10pm

Quiksilver Pro France Projection at the main square (place des Landais) in Hossegor.


Mon, 22 Sep 2014 22:33:37 +0000
<![CDATA[Official Heat Draw For The Quik Pro France 2014]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/pro-france-heat-draw/

Stage 9 of the ASP World tour will kick off with Quiksilver team riders Freddy Patacchia and Travis Logie taking on Australia's Taj Burrow in Heat 1 of Round 1 at the Gardian beach, Hossegor. See below for the complete heat sheet and stay tuned for all the latest updates and behind the scenes action from the team. ]]> Mon, 22 Sep 2014 22:29:28 +0000 <![CDATA[Quiksilver Pro France 2014 Teaser]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/quiksilver-pro-france-2014-teaser/

Live from the South West coastlines of France, on the famous beach breaks of Hossegor, Seignosse and Capbreton, the 2014 Quiksilver Pro France kicks off from September 25 until October 6. ]]> Mon, 22 Sep 2014 22:14:07 +0000 <![CDATA[Quik Pro France defending champion, Mick Fanning]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/defending-champion-mick-fanning/

Mick Fanning (AUS) 32, won the Quiksilver Pro France 2013 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, clinched a historic fourth win at the Quiksilver Pro France making him the most decorated surfer of the event's 12-year history. This result marked the first event win for Fanning of the 2013 season and put him in 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 (AUS) 32 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 Top 34 and nets in France his best result of 2013.

"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."

1- Mick Fanning (AUS) 16.66
2- Gabriel Medina (BRA) 15.00

SF1: Mick Fanning (AUS) 16.10 def. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 15.03
SF2: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 17.87 def. Filipe Toledo (BRA) 12.93

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

]]> Mon, 22 Sep 2014 21:48:11 +0000 <![CDATA[Monster Children: Team Average 3]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/monster-children-team-average/

The Monster Children crew are fans of an off-the-grid trip – who isn’t? And to Sri Lanka? Yep, we’re in. Craig Anderson, Stephanie Gilmore, Dion Agius, Dylan Rieder and Andrew Allen switched off from the everyday to jump on a bus in search of empty waves, skate spots and good times. Hello, Team Average.

Photos: Andrew Peters

Photos: Morgan Maassen]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0000 <![CDATA[Vegemite SurfGroms: sign up a grom]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/vegemite-surfgroms/

Do you know a grommet who is frothing to surf? Join them up to the Vegemite SurfGroms program and over 8 to 12 hours, they'll learn how to surf and understand surf conditions. There's five levels of the program and if your grom completes the full five levels you'll feel stoked watching them comfortably paddle out into 3-4 foot conditions to show you how they rip.

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 05:53:58 +0000
<![CDATA[Monster Children: Team Average 3 launch party]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/monster-children-team-average-launch/ Tall and tanned and young and frothing was the Sydney crew turn-out for the Monster Children Team Average 3 premiere. Beers were necked, recent surf trip stories exchanged and no doubt more planned.

Ando drove with a mate the couple of hours from his hometown of Newcastle for the event. Any excuse for a road trip, right? Especially when there’s beers and fun to be had.

Shouts of ‘quiet!’ rang out through the crowd as the film played and the loud post-work boozy banter turned down just a notch to watch the Team Average crew talk about what makes a Monster Children trip so special. It’s the fool-proof plan of no plan. Film to drop this Wednesday. Read the full story in issue 44 out now.

Photos: About Last Night Follow on Instagram or Facebook

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 03:24:35 +0000
<![CDATA[Kael Walsh: 14 years old and charging]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/kael-walsh-14-years-old-and-charging/ Growing up in Western Australia has its perks, the biggest perk is uncrowded waves. Just check out local grommet Kael Walsh in the clip to see how many people are in the line-up of six to eight foot glassy offshore barrels. Count them. It won’t take long.

Wed, 10 Sep 2014 05:21:41 +0000
<![CDATA[Slade Prestwich: A Year Alone]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/slade-prestwich-year-alone/

Slade Prestwich has been keeping busy dropping clips and his latest above doesn't disappoint. How does Slade keep pushing out so much content? We caught up with him to find out.

So, tracking you down is like trying to herd cats.

Sorry bru, been getting barreled all day and haven’t been on the net. Just had one of the longest barrels of my life today, talking like 100 metres! Amazing.

Your barrels, hacks and air game all seem to be pretty dialed, where did it all begin?

It all started at my old local spot called Scottburgh which is on the south coast of Durban. It’s a really good barreling right hand point break and has a super fun beachie when you go further down the beach. I recently relocated to Durban where it can be unpleasant surf most of the time. So thats where my air game started to come into play.

How did it feel being called up for the Trials with the J-Bay event back on tour? How did you feel you went?

Really excited! I love J-Bay! Any time there is a swell or event coming to the town I always go. And being able to surf the trials was really insane. All my heats went according to plan, except the final. I had one good wave which I was comfortable about, I then sat waiting for another but there wasn’t enough time with the decreasing swell and inconsistency. J-Bay can get like that. I will be around for next year's trials for sure!

In most of your clips, you always seem to score sick waves with empty line ups. Is South Africa the land of secret spots? Which part of the coast did you shoot – just providing a vague area is understood!

Haha, yes South Africa has plenty of surf spots with minimal surfers around. I do a lot of shooting on the south coast of Durban. It's home with a lot of spots and few guys out, so I’m always getting waves in crystal clear water. We’re pretty spoilt in this area of the world. I should have more videos coming in October where you’ll see more of what these breaks have to offer.

Obviously South Africa's oceans has some aquatic life that sits at the top of the food chain. Does that ever run through your mind ? Any close encounters?

It does and the whole world knows this. I’m very conscious of where I surf and which spots to look out for. You do have to keep any eye out. No, no close encounters yet, touch wood! Haha.

What's 2015 got on the cards? More free surf shreds or contest jerseys?

2015 will be only contest jerseys. I love the events and traveling. Plus I want to qualify, that's my goal. If I have a gap I will make a trip to free surf and get some filming in.

Follow Slade and Quiksilver on instagram.]]> Thu, 04 Sep 2014 23:59:00 +0000 <![CDATA[Jeremy Flores in Tahiti: Outer Islands]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/jeremy-flores-tahiti/ Teahupoo is to Tahiti is what Pipeline is to Hawaii. When you find yourself there, you have to surf it – or go over the falls trying. If you’re feeling adventurous, there are plenty of other waves in Tahiti, you’ve just got to know where to find them. Back in January – and to have some fun before kicking off the 2014 tour – Jeremy surfed his brains out at some secret spots at the outer islands. Check out the clip to see J-Flo and his local mates do their thing on some of Tahiti’s finest.

Mon, 01 Sep 2014 05:09:13 +0000
<![CDATA[The Mels: the family that shreds together, stays together]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/the-mels/

There are some rad surfing families out there, the Rothmans, the Hobgoods, the Wrights, the Fletchers, the Lopezs, the Hos … and the Mels.

John, Peter and John Mel have saltwater running through their bloodline. John opened Freeline Surf Shop in Santa Cruz in 1969, the year Peter was born. Is there a more surefire way to know you'll be surfing every chance you can get? It also helps that John shaped Peter's boards back in the day too. Over the years Peter took his passion for surfing to the next level. We all know him as a hellman not shy of taking on a 40 foot wave. His son, John, froths as any grommet should. Who wouldn’t living the dream travelling with his Dad on the ASP tour and surfing the best waves in the world together in between heats?

John has all the makings of a surf star, and Papa Pete's experience gives him an edge over his NSSA counterparts. The technique, determination and flair are there so it's only matter of time. Rest assured you'll see a Mel father/son post-heat interview real soon.

All in a day's surf for Peter Mel. Cortes Bank, 2013. Photo: Glaser

John Mel making the most of a Teahupoo layday

Mel surf check

Rad Dad, John Senior

Like father...

Like son...

Follow Peter Mel and John Mel on Instagram.

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 05:19:02 +0000
<![CDATA[Tahiti Team Rider Wrap Up ]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/tahiti-team-rider-wrap-up/ Before the CT circus arrived some of our team riders flew to Tahiti for boardshort research and development. Between testing our latest AG47 performance boardies, getting shacked off their melons, product photoshoots and fighting with slow wifi, the team somehow managed to show us what they were up to. Follow too many kooks on insta? Don't worry, here's only the best.

Jezza scored some bittersweet barrels but like us he was left imagining how he would’ve scored in the comp.

Turning up and embodying the commitment of all adventurers out there was Leo Fioravanti. He got kegged straight after flying in from Los Angeles to Tahiti (11 hours in transit), then left Tahiti flying directly to France (racking up another 25 hours in transit) to take out 2nd place in a 5 star QS event.

Unfortunately Travis Logie had to pull out of the Billabong Pro Tahiti due to injury. Before making it official, Trav couldn't help but remind us why he is one of the funnier guys on instagram. Apparently he was injured while shooting this #PussyCat selfie.

The biggest blatant Quiksilver plug would have to go to Brandon Smith who shared how stoked he was with his new black board stickers and quiver of new wetsuits.

Tiago came in a close 2nd sharing the kit he was taking to Tahiti: Thongs, Tees and Boardshorts (literally all you need).

Follow us on insta to check out the latest happenings first hand.

Want more Tahiti? Click thru to last Thursday's blog "Tahiti Vibes". ]]> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 05:01:25 +0000 <![CDATA[Tahiti Vibes]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/tahiti-vibes/ Prehistoric landscape, world class surf, welcoming locals, days of rain, Hinano, and poisson cru. Tahiti has a way of making you forget about the creature comforts of home and replaces them with new smells, tastes, and sounds that after a few days absorb you right in. But don't get too comfortable; that perfect a-frame peak over there? Just below are a million razor blades waiting to turn your back into hamburger. Its exactly that raw, unexpected side we're interested in.

Our team riders from all corners of the globe have been taking full advantage of everything Tahiti has to offer over the last week. Here's a small sampling. Maururu.

Thu, 14 Aug 2014 01:08:49 +0000
<![CDATA[Have Board, Will Travel: Surfing Bali]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/have-board-will-travel-surfing-bali/

To get lost (then find themselves), some crew go surfing, some go travelling. In Hoyo’s case, he arrived in Bali, watched the sunset, drank some beers, then got lost in a rice field.

Triumphing over adversity, the next day Hoyo paddled out into 10 to 12 foot Uluwatu and got absolutely smashed.

Nice intro to Bali.

That was in 1990 and Hoyo has been coming back once or twice a year ever since.

If you’re Australian, you’ve probably done the same, but if you’re crossing time zones, there’s nothing like a few tips from an intrepid trouble-maker to get you started.

On a recent trip to Ulus, we sat down over Bintangs and asked Hoyo for his top 10 Indo travel tips.

1. Go straight to Ulus and watch the sunset (get it over with – ha! Nah, seriously, sunsets are the best)
2. Go and hang on the beach at Padma and have a beer – don’t go to a bar or stay in your hotel
3. Meet the local people
4. Drink Bintang
5. Don’t drink spirits (they’re not good for you over here – some can even be lethal)
6. Don’t do street drugs (a friend of a friend told me…)
7. Embrace the culture – the Balinese are amazing people
8. Don’t haggle too much – just pay the price because you’re going to pay next to nothing anyway
9. Eat off the street carts if you want to be experimental (with your guts)
10. Bring every board – from a fun little wave 5’10” board to an outside corner 7” and everything in-between. Boards break – the waves are a lot more powerful than you think.

‘If there’s no waves – drink, have a good time, hang out with the locals and watch the sunset.’

What happens after dark, that’s up to you.

As for surfing, hire a local boat charter to escape the crowded beach breaks and you’ll still be back in time for sunset beers at Kuta, Padma, Echo Beach, Canggu, wherever suits your vibe. Made Switra – local surfing legend and damn fine fisherman – knows exactly what wave you need. We asked Made the essentials.

When did you start your charter business?

Well, I’ve always been a fisherman and a surfer so starting my own boat charter business was the obvious thing to do. I wanted to share with everyone how much fun I was having with my friends on the boat. That was 18 years ago.

When’s the best time of year to go surfing?

Surfing is good all year, some waves will be smaller than others but there’s still waves. September to November is good for fishing. Before deciding where to go I’ll ask my fishermen friends and if there’s no fishing, I’ll go surfing.

What’s a day out on the boat with you involve?

We’ll start at 7am and surf twice for about six hours in total. We could head out to Kuta Reef or Airport Rights. Or we’ll go to Uluwatu and go down the whole west side to Yang Yang or 46, depending on the wind. People say that 46 is like Off the Wall in Hawaii when it’s four foot. It’s a fun wave and not too many people around.
If we go fishing and get a catch we can make a barbecue or have some sashimi on the beach.
The boat is pretty small so there’s room to bring drinks and boards for five people if we want to surf, or fishing for three.

How many day trips can someone hire you for?

I can take you on trips as many days as you like! I love taking people to less crowded spots and when the tide is changing I like to get them back on the boat and take off somewhere else.

If everyone is after the same kind of waves and they’re all travelling alone, I can take a bunch of people out that don’t know each other. Of course, it only works if everyone wants to surf the same size waves.

What’s your tip for someone who hasn’t been on a boat day trip before?

Bring some snacks to eat as you’ll be hungry during your six hour surf. You’ll need energy to get back in for your second surf. But if we surf Ulus and the waves aren’t too big, we'll go to Padang beach and you can swim in and grab something to eat or grab some beers.

So who chooses where we go surf?

I check Kuta beach every morning and I’ll know how big Ulus will be, how big Bingin will be and when the best time will be to go.
I know when it’s the best for every spot so I’ll let you know where I think we should go and then it’s up to you choose.

Hit up Made Switra here if you want to book a trip.

Follow Matt Hoy and Quiksilver

]]> Tue, 05 Aug 2014 01:12:59 +0000 <![CDATA[Mikey Wright: Head Dipping at Home]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/mikey-wright-head-dipping/ Call it what you will – getting shacked, pitted, slotted, canned – Mikey Wright grabs the lion’s share of head dips in-between surf trips at his home break in Lennox Head.

If you missed Mikey getting experimental and taking a finless sled for a spin, check it out.

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:33:29 +0000
<![CDATA[Local team riders warming up for J-Bay]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/warming-up-j-bay/

We're all pretty stoked to have Jeffreys Bay back on the ASP World Tour map - but probably no more than locals like Travis Logie who got in some pre-comp surfs with his home team along Durban's coastline (exact locations kept on the DL).

Travis competed in the main event and young guns, Slade Prestwich, Beyrick De Vries, Michael February and David Van Zyl surfed the trials. Here's the guys pre-event getting ready to shred in front of home crowds.

\ David Van Zyl finding some shade
Michael February throwing buckets
Slade’s text book bottom turn
Slade knocking the top off Photo: Patterson]]>
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 07:16:25 +0000
<![CDATA[J-Bay: What happens on tour, stays on tour (and Instagram)]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/jbay-tour-instagram/ Lions and tigers and barrels, hell yeah. There's a lot to love about J-Bay - if a lay day is called where else on tour can you go and hang out with lions and tigers ... or in Freddy P's case, puppies?

]]> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 06:07:44 +0000 <![CDATA[Jeremy Flores free surfs in Africa ]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/jeremy-flores-free-surfs-africa/ Jeremy Flores has made the most of his trip to Africa free surfing uncrowded glassy rights.

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:08:04 +0000
<![CDATA[Mikey Wright goes finless]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/mikey-wright-goes-finless/

First there was Derek Hynd and recently Brad Domke taking on Puerto Escondido. It seems more and more surfers are having a crack at riding finless boards. Why? Why not.

Recently Mikey Wright met shaper Matt Yeates and an afternoon was spent talking boards and watching finless surf clips.

Check out the clip to see Mikey take his new finless sled for a spin - you can feel the stoke as he embraces a new way of riding.

Mikey had found ‘something totally new and different to what I have ridden all my life’.

Can you imagine this finless style incorporated into competition surfing? Stranger things have happened.

Photo: Wade Carroll

Follow Mikey Wright on Instagram here and follow @Quiksilver here.

Thu, 17 Jul 2014 04:24:47 +0000
<![CDATA[Matt Banting - Killing it in 2014]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/matt-banting-killing-it-in-2014/

Matt Banting is killing it right now. He’s just won his third ASP 6-Star QS comp and the chances of qualifying for the WCT next year are looking pretty darn good.

We caught up with Matt in between trips – he’d just landed from South Africa and he’s about to jet off to LA for the US Open. Life’s tough.

Photo: Mariana Villela

You’ve been having an epic year – two wins on the ASP 6-Star. Obviously you're stoked. What’s your plan for the rest of the year? What are you looking forward to?

I’m so happy with the start I've had. I can't wait to compete in the US Open starting in a few weeks. We've also been working on a new clip featuring a bunch of trips. It should be coming out around September which I'm psyched on.

What are you riding these days? Any favourites? 

Luke Short (LSD) has been making me a lot of good boards this year. Probably about 40 – 50 in the last 6 months! My favourite at the moment is 5'10.5 x 18 3/4 x 2 1/4!

How’s your training? Are you doing a crazy healthy diet too?

It's been fun, I actually love training at home, the feeling of progressing with strength, or just surfing, is the best.

I've been eating a lot better than I used to but not losing any sleep over the diet – haha – I love food too much!

Who’s the crew you travel with? 

A couple of the Aussie guys, although I like staying by myself during competitions, way easier to get on your own program … A lot of guys do it just to cut the cost of it all, gets expensive! I've done a lot of travelling with my filmer, James Graham, which is always fun getting clips. Had a couple of good trips with Marc Lacomare, Derek Peters and Kanoa Igarashi as well!

You’ve been chasing waves all year – any favourite spots? And what about party spots?

Yeah, we did a trip to Mexico in April and had a ball. Got pumping beach breaks and a few fun points in Salina Cruz. The party scene in Puerto Escondido is pretty crazy! Lots of backpackers, there were like 30 Norwegian girls around 21 years old – haha! Sick to go party all night then get tubed the whole next day. The hold-downs aren't as fun though! Hahaha.

So let’s say you make the tour next year, who are the surfers you’d be stoked to compete against?

Still a long way off but it would be a treat! I'd love to surf against Slater again at Snapper. This year I was winning the heat the whole way until about the last minute which is pretty annoying. But I'd love to get one over him before he's out of the game – haha.

Photo: Bernard Testemale]]> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 00:42:48 +0000 <![CDATA[Uluwatu Challenge: Bali's Big Eco Weekend]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/uluwatu-challenge-balis-big-eco-weekend/

Nearly every surfer who visits Bali falls in love with the place – the waves, the culture, the food, the people, the sunsets, the good times. What’s not to love?

But over the years Bali has started to deal with a trash problem – and it’s not going away. For four months of every year during the wet season Bali’s beaches are full of rubbish. It sucks. So Quiksilver partnered with Coca-Cola Amatil and Garuda Indonesia and decided to do something about it. Since 2008, 75 local workers have been cleaning six miles of beach from Kuta to Jimbaran every single day – that’s 13,000 dump trucks of rubbish and counting.

Each year to raise awareness – and surf – we host Bali’s Big Eco Weekend. Last Saturday, our legends and team riders headed to Legian for a beach clean-up, release 1,000 freshly hatched sea turtles back into the ocean and to share the stoke with the local groms and tourists. To wrap up the day – and prepare for the Uluwatu Challenge – a Balinese Hindu priest welcomed the good spirits with a blessing on the beach of the team riders and legends at sunset.

Photos: Jason Childs.
The gods were smiling on Sunday as glassy sets rolled into Uluwatu. Surfing six person heats, our team riders sat in the line-up with frothing surfers whose entry fee pays to keep the clean-up project going. Everyone was stoked. Among the crew was a 16 year old from Barbados, expats, Uluwatu locals, and the Quiksilver work experience kid from the Bali office. They took turns to get barreled (or go over the falls trying) with team riders and legends. Freddy P, Matt Hoy, Craig Anderson, Jake Paterson, Mark Richards, Rosy Hodge, Bruna Schmitz and Kelia Moniz were in the water. Plus the local crew Dede Suryana, Tipi Jabrik, Rio Waida. Not a bad line-up.

Balinese Hindu offerings / Photo: Tim Hain

As the clean five foot sets rolled in, Kelia Moniz nose rode on one wave as Jake Paterson threw buckets on the wave behind. The guys hooted the girls, the girls hooted the guys. Everyone was super stoked. Freddy P scored a perfect 10, winning the comp.

At sunset, Bintangs were clinked, the music was cranked and Hoyo jumped up on stage to bang out some AC/DC at Single Fin. Epic. Make sure you’re there next year.

Photos: Jason Childs.
Mark Richards / Photo: Ryan Heywood
Craig Anderson & Kelia Moniz / Photo: Ryan Heywood

Rio Waida / Photo: Jason Childs

Jake Paterson / Photo: Jason Childs

Kelia Moniz / Photo: Jason Childs
Craig Anderson / Photo: Jason Childs
Photo: Tim Hain
Rosy Hodge & frothing local Billy Hangan / Photo: Jason Childs
Matt Hoy / Photo: Jason Childs
Mark Richards / Photo: Jason Childs
Jake Paterson / Photo: Tim Hain
Kelia Moniz and Bruna Schmitz / Photo: Jason Childs
Freddy P / Photo: Jason Childs
Rosy Hodge / Photo: Tim Hain]]>
Fri, 04 Jul 2014 00:45:35 +0000
<![CDATA[Leo Fioravanti – Hawaii]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/leo-fioravanti-hawaii/ Palm Trees, Sun & Barrels in beautiful Hawaii with young Italian surfer Leonardo Fioravanti. ]]> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 21:34:31 +0000 <![CDATA[Quiksilver & Roxy Celebrate International Surfing Day with Kind Surf]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/international-surfing-day-quiksilver-roxy-kind-surf/ Roxy teamed up with Kind Surf to host a beach day and share the stoke with disadvantaged kids in Valencia, Spain at Port Saplaya beach.

Kind Surf is an international non-profit organisation helping disadvantaged kids through surf lessons, environmental education – and a fun day at the beach. It was founded by Almudena Fernandez, an international model, eco-activist and OCEANA Ambassador who is passionate about sustainability and preserving the Earth’s natural resources for generations to come.

On Friday 20 June, 15 disadvantaged kids from different backgrounds headed to the beach:

• 8 kids from Adisto Fundation, which help those with Cerebral Palsy, Autism and Down’s Syndrome

• 7 kids from NovaVida Fundation, helping those at risk of social exclusion

• Plus 12 Kind Surf members, 5 volunteers, and Quiksilver team rider Aritz Aranburu

The Kind Surf team started the day off with an environmental class, teaching the importance of respecting the ocean’s creatures and keeping the beach clean from plastics and trash. After a quick beach clean-up, the kids warmed up for their surf sessions.

The conditions were perfect for some fun waves! After lots of laughs and some happy tears, the day ended with a group photo and Kind Surf tee shirts for all of the kids.

In addition to the Kind Surf day in Spain, Quiksilver and Roxy donated to Kind Surf a portion of sales from every boardshort and swim piece bought on Quiksilver.com and Roxy.com worldwide on International Surfing Day. This not only helped make a special day a reality for the 15 kids in attendance, but will ensure other kids can enjoy surf sessions and beach days in the future.

To learn more about Kind Surf and how you can get involved, visit KindSurf.org.

Tue, 01 Jul 2014 07:39:52 +0000
<![CDATA[Today Conditions Will Be Perfect On Every Beach]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/international-surfing-day-2014/ That's because today, June 20th, is International Surfing Day, and Quiksilver is supporting the Surfrider Foundation to spread the word and share the stoke.

Which means we're asking surfers and non-surfers alike to head to their favourite beach to surf, participate in a beach clean up, or just hang out and enjoy the weather.

And to sweeten the deal, Quiksilver is donating $10 from every boardshort sold* today to our selected charity, Kind Surf. Because good karma swells. And the oceans belong to everyone.

Kind Surf is an international non-profit organization that helps disadvantaged kids through the practice of surfing and environmental education. Kind Surf, Quiksilver and Roxy will be hosting a beach day today for disadvantaged kids in Valencia, Spain at Port Saplaya beach who would otherwise not have an opportunity to enjoy International Surfing Day.

Surfrider Foundation is hosting over 150 events across the globe to enable every person to give back to their local beach or favourite surf break. Find an International Surfing Day event near you.

Our Bali Big Eco Weekend event kicks off today as well, which will include beach cleanup efforts, surf lessons, and the Uluwatu Challenge.

To stay informed on International Surfing Day updates from our athletes across the globe, follow the #ISD14 hashtag on social media as well as Quiksilver on Instagram and Twitter.

*Purchases must be made on quiksilver.com on June 20, 2014 between 12:00 a.m. and 11:59 p.m., local time, and applies only to select styles. The total amount donated will not exceed a maximum of $10,000 U.S. dollars.]]>
Thu, 19 Jun 2014 23:15:28 +0000
<![CDATA[Uluwatu Challenge: Bali's Big Eco Weekend]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/uluwatu-challenge-bbew/

Have you ever wanted to surf Uluwatu uncrowded? Yep, so have we.

Have you ever wanted to surf with legends like Mark Richards, Matt Hoy or Jake Paterson? Or how about Craig Anderson or Freddy P? Or local Bali legends Made Kasim, Ketut Menda, and Made Lana and Quiksilver team riders Tipi Jabrik and Dede Suryana? Yep, so have we.

This Sunday 22 June, 32 lucky surfers will paddle out and compete with these legends and team riders to raise money for environmental and beach clean-up programs in Bali.

Our clean-up program employs a crew of 74 who collect rubbish every day from the Kuta, Kedonganan, Jimbaran, Seminyak, and Legian beaches. Since 2008, over 24 million tons of rubbish has been collected. Yep, that's truckloads.

Email nadia.masrunon@asiansurfingtour.com with your contact details. All entries are on a first come, first served basis. The entry fee is Rp. 2 million (about $180 USD) entry fee - and proceeds go to beach clean-up programs in Bali.

Successful applicants will be notified and expected to attend the opening party at the Boardriders Café on Jalan Legian in Kuta starting at 7:00pm on June 20, where they will pay an entry fee and view heat draws.

The event will run in an Eddie Aikau six-person heat format, where each surfer competes in two heats and the two highest scores from their four best waves will be scored and totaled. The surfer with the highest two-wave score total (out of a possible 20 points, maximum of 10 points per wave) will be declared the winner of the event.

“I travel all over the world and still rate Indo as my favorite…looking forward to getting on to some long lefts at Ulus!” says Craig Anderson.

After the competition the Single Fin bar will open up for a sunset party and host the awards presentation. Good times.

If you want to get more involved with Bali's Big Eco Weekend come down to Legian Beach all day Saturday for a community event - there's a beach clean-up and locals ripping in the Padma Challenge Surf Comp. Our legends and team riders crew will be sharing the stoke too. Come and get amongst it.

The Quiksilver Uluwatu Challenge is presented by Quiksilver, Coca-Cola Amatil Indonesia, Garuda Indonesia, Boardriders Café, Single Fin, Jim Beam, and San Miguel, with support by the Uluwatu Boardriders Club and the Asian Surfing Championships.

Photos by Jason Childs.
Thu, 19 Jun 2014 18:49:29 +0000
<![CDATA[A Road Trip to J-Bay]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/a-road-trip-to-j-bay/

A Road Trip to J-Bay from Quiksilver on Vimeo.

South African Quiksilver team riders Slade Prestwich, Beyrick De Vries, Michael February and David Van Zyl were recently at Supertubes, Jeffreys Bay. As the crew of frothers arrived, so did the swell. The waves turned on as stiff offshore winds and corduroy lines wrapped into the bay resulting in a firing lineup.

Look out for our global team Jeremy Flores, Tiago Pires, Travis Logie, Aritz Aranburu and Freddy Patacchia all making their way to the iconic right hand point break to compete in the ASP J-Bay Open from 10 to 21 July.

Photographer: Luke Patterson, Video: Steve Michelsen

Tue, 17 Jun 2014 03:27:47 +0000
<![CDATA[Freddy P on Freddy P]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/freddyp-on-freddyp/

(HEADSPACE): Fred Patacchia from The Inertia on Vimeo.

As part of their headspace series the inertia sat down with Freddy Patacchia.

Fri, 13 Jun 2014 23:20:06 +0000
<![CDATA[Tiago Pires: Rio Football Fever]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/tiago-pires-rio-football-fever/
Fri, 13 Jun 2014 06:45:54 +0000
<![CDATA[Jesse Houghton Talks Tinder and Travel]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/jesse-houghton-talks-tinder-travel/ Check out the interview at Mountainwatch.

Thu, 12 Jun 2014 06:00:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Free Roaming, Marc Lacomare]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/free-roaming-marc-lacomare/ in Mexico, Costa Rica and France.

When swell hit mainland Mexico's coastline, Marc was on the first flight to Oaxaca along with teammates Kanoa Igarashi and Matt Banting. Once the boys were all taco'd out, it was time to follow the swell south and get lost in Costa Rica before heading back to France to finish the edit.

Find out more about surf trips in Mexico here. 

The below Instagram shot scored Marc Lacomare the July cover of Tracks Magazine.

Tue, 10 Jun 2014 15:04:57 +0000
<![CDATA[Maldives Surf Trip with Tom Carroll]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/maldives-surf-trip-tom-carroll/ As part of the Quiksilver Pro at Snapper back in March we ran a comp where you and a friend could win a trip to the Maldives on board the Ocean Divine with Tom Carroll.

The holiday checklist: chef-prepared meals, on-board masseuse, surfing, free driving, fishing, SUP and hanging with Tom Carroll. Good times. Need to set the scene? Take a birds-eye view:

The trip may not have delivered the epic swell but this didn’t stop the stoke of the four winners. Did someone say beer o'clock?

Tom Carroll with Ocean Divine owners David and Gaelle and the four winners: Matthew, Richard, Steven and Jennifer.

Tom Carroll getting in some free diving with owner David.]]>
Tue, 10 Jun 2014 06:53:37 +0000
<![CDATA[Open Season: A Chat With Tim Laidlaw]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/open-season-tim-laidlaw/ But if you’re a Pro snowboarder like Tim Laidlaw you’ve been living the dream and snowboarding all year round. We chatted to Tim about what he’s been up to and what he’s amped about for this year’s Southern-Hemi season.

Backside 900 - Colorado.

360 Mute - Falls Creek.

So you’ve been chasing the year-round snow season – where have you been spending your time?
It’s a pretty crazy life to live, isn’t it? I just finished up my Northern-Hemi winter season. This year I was chasing the competition circuit and was fortunate enough to visit Austria, Canada and the US.
Backside Wallride - Gilman.

Any major highlights? Got any good stories from your trip?
The one that stands out would be the trip to Hintertux, Austria. We were there in November to get some early season park riding, however in two weeks I didn’t touch one rail or hit one park jump. This was because during the night it snowed about 20 centimetres and was sunny during the days. Though the weird thing was that for some reason the Austrians only stick to the piste so my mates and I chose a different face each day and shredded endless lines till we couldn’t stand.

What kind of music is on your riding playlist?
I’ve been influenced by the Melbourne culture. Lately I have been rocking some deep house or some 70s disco.

Front 360 Stale - Keystone

Power Turn - Hinterrux

When watching others in the park, what’s your favorite trick to watch?
It would have to be all the crazy, technical hand drags riders are doing over knuckles these days. People are finding all these different variations that blow me away.

Everyone has a trick that can't quite master, what’s yours?
It’s hard to say this but the infamous backflip. When I tell every non-snowboarder they immediately think I’m shit.

Backside 180 Mute - Keystone

Which Australian riders are you hyped on at the moment?
The ones I watch that get me hype are riders like Joel Cantle, Jye Kearney, Ryan Tiene, Louis Macindoe and Mahalah Mullins

Favourite thing to eat when you’re on the hill?

I have a little snowboard tradition that I like to stick to up on the hill; it includes a pie, ginger beer and a killer python. Absolute power meal.

Method - Brackenridge

Best thing about riding in Oz?

Best thing about riding in Australia, and what all the international riders are coming down for, are the spring conditions that stick around for the whole season. Soft snow, sunny weather, good vibes, couldn’t get any better if you ask me.

What are you pumped about for the Southern Hemi season and where will you be riding?
Well, obviously I’m pumped to ride some of that spring conditions that we all love. This year will be a little different though; I will be on the slopes less and in the streets more. This season I want to try ride in the streets and Australian backcountry for a change and see how that goes.

Follow Tim on Instagram.]]>
Wed, 04 Jun 2014 00:57:05 +0000
<![CDATA[Have Board, Will Travel: Surfing Mexico]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/have-board-will-travel-surfing-mexico/  

When planning a surf trip to Mexico there are some options to weigh up. Hit the famous spots like Puerto Escondido and deal with the crowds, or take yourself off the grid?

Kanoa Igarashi , Matt Banting and Marc Lacomare chose the latter and headed to southern Oaxaca. They chose wisely.

At his ripe young age, Kanoa is already a seasoned world traveler and has logged more tube time than just about anyone. What's a grom's take on a surf trip to Mexico? Here's his top 10 tips:

1. Bring your favourite good wave boards! No need for your standard Cali groveler.
2. Make sure you bring plenty of sunscreen and aloe vera – the sun is crazy there.
3. Don’t drink the tap water.

4. Bring Amphibians so jumping in and out of the water is no hassle.
5. Drink plenty of bottled water, I’ve been dehydrated many times there.
6. Eat as many tacos as you can! Best tacos you will have in your life.
7. Don't forget plenty of boardies (shameless plug - Check out the new AG47).
8. Soak in the Mexican culture and buy some local souvenirs to help out the local community.
9. Bring an extra board you don’t want or some surf stuff for the local groms that surf!
10. Most importantly, have fun and get barreled!

So, does the thought of warm barrels and piles of tacos have you frothing to plan a Mexico surf trip? For the downlow we hit up Josh Mulcoy, resident badass and travel pro.

Who are you and what the heck are you doing down in Mexico?
Well, I am Josh Mulcoy and have spent most of my life traveling and searching out new surf spots. I came to this area about 12 years ago and was in disbelief of what I saw. I love to surf long tubing sand points so Mexico is my happy place.

Where in the world is Las Palmeras and what's the setup?
Las Palmeras Surf Camp is in southern Oaxaca in a town called Salina Cruz, which is a major Mexican port on the Pacific side.

What’s the accommodation like and what's included?
We have a house set up with five rooms accommodating two to five people in each room depending on the size of the group. At the camp you get breakfast, lunch, dinner and guided surf trips each day with local guides. The food is absolutely amazing by the way, and I am a self-proclaimed "picky eater".

How far is the camp from the beach and how do you get there?
The closest spot is about 10 minutes away and then it is point after point. Tons of different waves in the area. There is a gnarly beach break right below the camp, but it's super heavy. We tend to stick to the points which range from 10 minutes to about 40 minutes away via 4 wheel drive.

What's the vibe? Do you need to sleep with one eye open?
Super safe, we have photographers traveling with tens of thousands of dollars worth of gear and there is never a problem. Actually probably more safe than where we are all from. I would never leave my camera bag in my car and go surfing, but down here people do it all the time.

Pro advice to folks visiting Oaxaca for the first time?
Flying out of Tijuana definitely saves money and is very easy to travel from. Traveling from LAX can be more expensive and sometimes a bit more of a layover. If you fly Aeromexico, pay for your boards online. Shhhhh...

What kind of waves are available in the area? Lefts? Rights? Reefs?
Salina Cruz is mostly all sand point rights with no reefs to cut your feet on. There are a couple of jetty waves that are super fun. We do have a few beach breaks with a few lefts. If you’re coming to this region, just figure you are going right.

What else is there to do if there’s no surf or the weather doesn't cooperate?
There are some cool ruins to hike to in the mountains and the fishing in the area is incredible. There are some really cool older towns to go check out as well.

What’s the best time of year to go to the area to score?
Really any time from April until mid-October can be really good. I still hear about the best day being in the middle of October about five years ago. You need south swells for the spots so it’s mostly a summer time thing.

What's something someone always forgets that they should bring?
Energy Bars, I always joke it's not easy surfing in Southern Oaxaca. What I mean is if you think about surfing all day in the sun with waves that can easily peel for a minute and then walking back up the beach and paddling back out, after a few days it gets very tiring. We supply lunch at the beach if you want to be there all day, but it’s always good to bring energy bars – it’s actually a necessity.

How many, and what kind, of boards do you recommend to bring on a trip?

 It’s funny in Mexico they only allow you to bring three boards into the country – any more than that and you can be taxed. Not many people do, but I have been taxed. So I usually bring three boards and depending on the forecast I will bring two normal shortboards and then a step-up, single fin or fish for the third board.

Vamos a Mexico ahora!

For more info on Las Palmeras, visit http://surflaspalmeras.com and tell them Quiksilver sent ya.

Photos: Bernard Testemale

Tue, 03 Jun 2014 04:28:55 +0000
<![CDATA[Road Test: AG47 New Wave Bonded Boardshort]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/ag47-new-wave-bonded-boardshort/
This product is the result of years of development alongside ASP World Tour surfers Freddy Patacchia (Hawaii), Jeremy Flores (France), Travis Logie (South Africa), Tiago Pires (Portugal), Aritz Aranburu (Spain), and Kanoa Igarashi (USA).

After putting the AG47 to test on some of the most intense surf breaks around the world, here's some first hand performance feedback from the world's elite.

Learn more about AG47 Boardshorts]]>
Thu, 29 May 2014 04:13:19 +0000
<![CDATA[Tom Carroll throwing buckets with the groms at Lowers]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/tom-carroll-with-groms-lowers/ Legendary waterman Tom Carroll happened to be in California this week and called the Quiksilver Juniors and Groms to arms for an assault on Lower Trestles.

The paddled out into a slight southerly breeze and three to five foot sets rolling through. Tom said, “You know, its always good to surf with the kids, they push you, ya know?”

Was it fun? The short answer: yes. The long answer: take a look at the photos and see for yourself.

Kanoa Igarashi

Griffin Foy

Kade Matson

Matt Passquindici

Thelen McKinna Worrell

Nick Hernandez

Micky Clarke

Keanu Igarashi

Kirk Weissinger]]>
Fri, 23 May 2014 01:23:39 +0000
<![CDATA[Quiksilver Saquarema Prime]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/quiksilver-saquarema-prime/
Tue, 20 May 2014 23:40:02 +0000
<![CDATA[There's more to Victoria than Bells Beach]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/more-to-victoria-than-bells-beach/
Fri, 16 May 2014 00:25:50 +0000
<![CDATA[Koa Rothman: Big Wave Charger Exclusive Clip]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/koa-rothman-exclusive-clip/ Koa Rothman, 20 year old Hawaiian big wave surfer, is always charging. The above clip, which you've probably watched twice already, features some of his latest barrels, plus the Teahupoo death slab that won him two awards at the XXL awards last weekend – Tube of the Year and Wipeout of the Year – for the same wave.

So what does it feel like getting rolled by a Teahupoo monster? Koa talks us through it.

Congrats on the double-win this year – when did it feel like it was going from barrel of the year to wipeout of the year? What happened? What was going through your mind?
Well, as I was towing into that wave everyone in the lineup was trying to go and Laird looked back and said, ‘This is your fucking wave! You better go!!!’ and I was like, ‘I guess I'm going.’

I let go of the rope and thought, ‘Oh okay, it’s bigger than I thought it was going to be.’

I got to the bottom and it was sucking up harder than anything I’ve ever seen and I remember trying to stay as straight as I could and just losing all my speed from the barrel sucking in so hard. I remember falling onto my back and realizing how big it really was and watching the biggest lip I’ve ever seen land next to my head.

Then when I fell it felt like it went silent for five seconds then it felt like I got hit by a semi-trailer truck and it dragged me around for about forty seconds. I thought I was going to die.

You’ve had multiple barrels and wipeouts, how does the win this year stack up against the others?
I’ve never actually won anything so this was just beyond anything I could imagine, and that wave was the craziest thing I’ve ever experienced – the ride and wipeout.

How did you feel the next day? How was your body feeling?
The next day I was just happy my brother was ok, he had hit his face on the reef really bad and needed surgery. I was feeling really sore and could barely surf – my whole body was sore, even my fingertips.

Compared to a lot of the other big wave surfers, you’re pretty young. How old were you when first started charging the bigger waves?
I think when I first started surfing big waves, like really big waves, I was probably 17, but even when I was a little kid I wanted to be out there.

What’s the plan for this year? Any trips coming up or are you going to hang at home?
I think this year I'm just gonna chase perfect waves around the world with good friends. Actually I think I see a huge swell going to Tahiti – haha.

Follow @KoaRothman and @Quiksilver on Instagram]]>
Thu, 08 May 2014 03:38:22 +0000
<![CDATA[A chat with Bosko: froth lord of surf photography]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/bosko-surf-photography/ You’ll be hard pressed to meet someone who froths out as much as Bosko. Peter Boskovic has been shooting for over 25 years yet after most sessions his arms will be flailing and his eyes bugging as he talks you through what was happening out in the water. It’s sick. And he’ll be the first person in the carpark at dawn the next day to do it all again, guaranteed.

How long have you been shooting for?

My Dad used to shoot and as a cocky young guy I used to look at his photos and thought I could do better. I went surfing in Hawaii in ‘88/’89 and had a camera, it wasn’t anything special, but people saw my photos and told me I had a good eye. Every time I surfed and was paddling out for a wave with someone doing a cutback in front of my face, I’d always have that image in my head.

I went back to Hawaii in ’90 with another camera, shooting at Pipeline, and slowly began understanding what lenses and equipment I needed to buy. I never asked other photographers because I didn’t want to leech info out of them, I wanted to figure it out for myself the hard way.

What are the rules of a shoot if there’s more than one surf photographer in the water? How does it work?

You try to do your best to stay out of each other’s way – just pick the spot where you think the best part of the wave is and where the surfer will do a turn. There are a lot of photographers out there, we know each other and we know what the go is, but if we see some kid who gets in our way I’ll have to talk to them. It’s a free-for-all though, you can’t do anything about it.

Have you had a massive wipeout?

Yeah, I’ve nearly drowned a few times – in Hawaii and a few other spots. You gotta really be careful. Guys will go out who’ve never taken photos before and get caught in rips.

One of the most dangerous things is getting photos of guys coming at you at 100 miles an hour trying to do aerials and turns. If they’re trying to do a cutback and skip out, they can take your head off. It’s happened to me a few times and my waterhousing has saved my face. One time the housing knocked the guy’s fin out totally and another board got cracked and all it did to my housing was unscrew the wingnut. But if I didn’t have it in front of my face, it would’ve cut me right up or killed me.

There’s so many elements you gotta put up with – drowning, sharks – there’s been sharks around a lot lately – and getting hit by boards. It can be a pretty dangerous job.

Do you think the extra talk about sharks in the media gets your toes tingling?

Yeah, it does and with the surfers as well. I’ve been with surfers who didn’t want to go surfing in Western Australia by themselves to shoot photos because they said it was too spooky. I understand that.

I only recently shot with Craig Anderson and the sun was going down and we were in a very well known shark breeding area and I was like ‘urrggh’. The water was dark green and I couldn’t even see my feet.

You try to get it out of your mind and focus on the job at hand. If you sit out there freaking out about the sharks you’re going to go stiff and not concentrate. I think you’d have to be pretty unlucky to be hit by a shark.

Where’s your favourite place to shoot?

I like shooting everywhere really. Winkipop is rippable. I like Rocky Point in Hawaii, Keramas, some other spots in Indonesia and there’s some spots close to my home in Newcastle. It’s hard to say what’s my favourite spot, every spot has its day.

What’s it like working with surfers in the water?

If I’m sitting in a spot and I see some ramps I’ll say ‘don’t worry about doing a cutback just get as much speed as you can and aim for the section and do a massive air’. You have to have a certain distance between you to get the photo we’re after, especially with a fish eye.

Is there anyone you’ve had a long relationship with?

There’s a lot of surfers I love. Everyone is different – it’s just a pond with a different bunch of fish. They’re all unreal. I’ll work with any surfer if they want to work. I love doing what I do.

What keeps you frothing especially as you’ve been doing it for so long? What gets you back in the water?

I just love surfing. If I can’t surf, shooting photos and getting a sick photo gets me frothing. I hate missing a session, it drives me crazy.

If I have a bunch of guys with me and we’re going somewhere I’m always thinking, ‘What angles are we going to get? Who’s with me? What can they do? What’s the wave going to do?’. If I’ve got Ando with me and we’ll find a wedgy left, I know exactly what angle I’m going to do. I just froth out. I’ve already got the pictures in my head before I’ve shot it. If he gets the right wave and does a crazy air, things happen.

Follow Bosko on Instagram here.

Thu, 01 May 2014 07:08:36 +0000
<![CDATA[Jeremy Flores, Downtime]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/jeremy-flores-downtime/

After the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast, Jeremy Flores spent a weekend away from the crowds road testing some new boards and the all new AG47 Boardshort.

The AG47 New Wave Bonded Boardshorts will be available to buy online this May.

Wed, 30 Apr 2014 19:43:30 +0000
<![CDATA[Travis Rice and the History of Baldface]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/travis-rice-and-the-history-of-baldface/
At Baldface there’s also the Natural Selection contest run, a.k.a, ‘the sickest place ever’.  Four years ago, Travis grabbed a chainsaw and worked side by side with the Baldface lodge founder Jeff Pensiero to build the course. And it’s epic. There’s no doubt it’s the future of competitive snowboarding and Baldface is where it began.

Check it out.

Wed, 30 Apr 2014 00:42:29 +0000
<![CDATA[Young Guns in Ecuador - ISA World Junior Surfing Championships]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/young-guns-in-ecuador/ Leo Fioravanti, Kanoa Igarashi, Noa Mizuno, Kehu Butler, Noe Mar McGonagle and Cody Robinson – competed in the 2014 ISA World Junior Surfing Championships at La Fae Beach, Salinas, Ecuador.

Leo Fioravanti represented Italy – as a team of one. So what was it like? Here’s what Leo had to say:

After 36 hours of traveling, I finally got to Las Salinas, Ecuador. I caught up with my good friend Kanoa Igarashi representing the USA team at the registration day and after some competitor photos and a video interview, we were finally able to get in the water. The wave is a left hand point break, long and really fun.

A couple of days later, the championships began with an opening ceremony – a two-mile walk along the promenade that ends in the town center. All the teams were there, and since I was the only person representing Italy, my mom Serena walked with me.

The parade gives you a chance to meet a lot of the kids on different teams. I met some of the cute girls on team Chile, also met Ulu boy Napeahi from Hawaii who also happens to be a tiger shark attack survivor from Hawaii. One of the standout teams in the parade was Japan – they were on fire and had so much fun.

When the contest started, I surfed my first heat on the beach break and dropped a 7.83 and a 6.97 to win the heat. The next day I surfed my heat on the point. The waves were fun, but inconsistent, so I started with an 8.00 point ride then a 3.00 and missed advancing by 0.60 point.

So it was repechage time for me with lots of heats to surf. My plan was to give 100 per cent and go all the way!

After going into the repechage, I knew had about nine heats to make before the final. So I put my head down, concentrated on not making mistakes and surf my best.

The first day of repechage I saw a shark right next to the comp site while I was free surfing. The announcer told everyone to ‘go in immediately’ and the contest was called off for the day.

After that for four days in a row I surfed three heats every day and made all of my heats. I surfed a heat with Kanoa that we both made which was cool. I made it all the way to the repechage 10. On the final day, the waves were big and hard to surf, but still looked fun. I paddled out for my heat all excited cause I knew if I made it I would be in the grand final, but unfortunately I didn't find any good waves and finished fifth overall. It wasn't the result I wanted but still happy to have made it that far!
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 06:18:02 +0000
<![CDATA[Quik team rider Insta wrap-up]]> https://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]]> https://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]]> https://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.

Tue, 01 Apr 2014 08:08:18 +0000
<![CDATA[Mark Richards: Froth Lord]]> https://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]]> https://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.

Thu, 20 Mar 2014 22:05:13 +0000
<![CDATA[Gabriel Medina Wins The 2014 Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast]]> https://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]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/in-photos-quiksilver-pro-gold-coast-2014/ Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast event waiting period.

Photos by Bosko & Timo

Tue, 11 Mar 2014 08:39:28 +0000
<![CDATA[Takes One to Know One: Leo Fioravanti and Kanoa Igarashi Part Three]]> https://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]]> https://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.

Mon, 10 Mar 2014 03:48:18 +0000
<![CDATA[It's In The Bag: Jeremy Flores]]> https://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]]> https://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]]> https://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

Photos courtesy ASP/Kirstin/Cestari]]>
Sat, 08 Mar 2014 03:00:34 +0000
<![CDATA[Golden Tales: Jeremy Flores Part 2]]> https://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]]> https://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..

Fri, 07 Mar 2014 10:31:38 +0000
<![CDATA[Takes One to Know One: Leo Fioravanti and Kanoa Igarashi Part Two]]> https://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

Fri, 07 Mar 2014 09:40:20 +0000
<![CDATA[Golden Tales: Travis Logie]]> https://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]]> https://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


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]]> https://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]]> https://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

Wed, 05 Mar 2014 07:47:19 +0000
<![CDATA[Takes One to Know One: Leo Fioravanti and Kanoa Igarashi]]> https://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"

Wed, 05 Mar 2014 07:26:16 +0000
<![CDATA[Finally: Tony Hawk unveils the Back To The Future Hoverboard]]> https://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.

Tue, 04 Mar 2014 23:46:08 +0000
<![CDATA[Behind the Scenes at the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast]]> https://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.

Tue, 04 Mar 2014 09:56:28 +0000
<![CDATA[Golden Tales: Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast Freesurf Sessions ]]> https://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?]]> https://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.


Tue, 04 Mar 2014 00:59:21 +0000
<![CDATA[2014 Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast Round Two Recap]]> https://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

Mon, 03 Mar 2014 08:03:37 +0000
<![CDATA[Golden Tales: Tiago Pires]]> https://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.

Follow Tiago on Instagram]]>
Sun, 02 Mar 2014 23:05:34 +0000
<![CDATA[2014 Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast Round One Recap]]> https://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

© ASP / Cestari]]>
Sun, 02 Mar 2014 09:19:35 +0000
<![CDATA[Takes One To Know One: Dane Reynolds]]> https://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]]> https://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.
@mattbanting Soo psyched - just won the trials and into the Quiksilver Pro - woooooo]]>
Sat, 01 Mar 2014 07:37:21 +0000
<![CDATA[#QuikPro Instagram Roundup]]> https://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]]> https://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.

Thu, 27 Feb 2014 18:09:09 +0000
<![CDATA[Congratulations Iouri On An Incredible Season]]> https://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 >>

Wed, 26 Feb 2014 21:12:43 +0000
<![CDATA[Matt Banting Wins The Newcastle 6-Star]]> https://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!

Follow Matt (@mattbanting) on Instagram

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Wed, 26 Feb 2014 17:32:53 +0000
<![CDATA[The 2014 Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast]]> https://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.

Thu, 20 Feb 2014 05:27:17 +0000
<![CDATA[Marine Layer Productions Presents: LOADED]]> https://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.

Thu, 06 Feb 2014 03:17:40 +0000
<![CDATA[Tiago Pires – Power On]]> https://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

Follow Tiago on Facebook & Instagram

Wed, 05 Feb 2014 00:39:46 +0000
<![CDATA[Eddie Would Go: 2014 Eddie Event Bumper Sticker Giveaway]]> https://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.

Thu, 23 Jan 2014 04:34:26 +0000
<![CDATA[Matt Banting Locks In For The Next 3 Years]]> https://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

Wed, 22 Jan 2014 03:30:17 +0000
<![CDATA[KELLY SLATER WINS 7TH PIPE MASTERS TITLE]]> https://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.

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]]> https://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.

Mon, 09 Dec 2013 04:44:08 +0000
<![CDATA[Kanoa Igarashi 2K13]]> https://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.

Mon, 09 Dec 2013 00:55:05 +0000
<![CDATA[Dinner For Deux – A Short Film]]> https://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

Thu, 17 Oct 2013 23:57:44 +0000
<![CDATA[Leonardo Fioravanti - I Surf Italian Ep01]]> https://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

Jamie Tierney
Additional footage from Quiksilver
And Niccolo Violati

Thu, 17 Oct 2013 00:40:27 +0000
<![CDATA[Take It Easy]]> https://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. 

Mon, 14 Oct 2013 04:15:51 +0000
<![CDATA[‪Daily Highlights - Quiksilver Pro France 2013 Final‬]]> https://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.

Sat, 05 Oct 2013 00:38:01 +0000
<![CDATA[Mick Fanning Wins Fourth Quiksilver Pro France, Solidifies WCT Rankings Lead]]> https://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.”

1- Mick Fanning (AUS) 16.66
2- Gabriel Medina (BRA) 15.00

SF1: Mick Fanning (AUS) 16.10 def. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 15.03
SF2: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 17.87 def. Filipe Toledo (BRA) 12.93

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

Fri, 04 Oct 2013 00:31:46 +0000
<![CDATA[Quarter-finalists Decided at Quiksilver Pro France]]> https://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.

Fri, 04 Oct 2013 00:25:12 +0000
<![CDATA[Jake Marshall Wins King of The Groms World Final]]> https://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.

Thu, 03 Oct 2013 00:19:46 +0000
<![CDATA[Day 7 Highlights – Quiksilver Pro France 2013]]> https://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.

Thu, 03 Oct 2013 00:05:46 +0000
<![CDATA[Day 2 Highlights – Quiksilver Pro France 2013 & King of the Groms]]> https://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.”




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)




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

Mon, 30 Sep 2013 04:46:17 +0000
<![CDATA[Dinner For Deux – A Short Film Starring Dane Reynolds & Craig Anderson: Part 2]]> https://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.

Sun, 29 Sep 2013 23:30:21 +0000
<![CDATA[Round 1 Highlights – Quiksilver Pro France 2013]]> https://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).



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




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

Sat, 28 Sep 2013 04:38:57 +0000
<![CDATA[Short Film Starring Dane Reynolds & Craig Ando]]> https://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)…

Wed, 25 Sep 2013 01:21:39 +0000
<![CDATA[HAWAIIAN: THE LEGEND OF EDDIE AIKAU]]> https://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

Sun, 22 Sep 2013 23:54:58 +0000
<![CDATA[Limited Edition Zipperless Asymmetrical Wetsuits]]> https://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:


• Quiksilver Retail Stores across AU and NZ

• http://www.quiksilver.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.

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

Wed, 11 Sep 2013 23:51:04 +0000
<![CDATA[Julian Wilson - Throw Back Thursday]]> https://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.

Thu, 05 Sep 2013 23:47:18 +0000
<![CDATA[Kelly Slater - Throw Back Thursday]]> https://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!


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

Fri, 30 Aug 2013 00:05:44 +0000
<![CDATA[Kael Walsh ]]> https://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..

Wed, 28 Aug 2013 05:20:24 +0000
<![CDATA[Slow Dance Leftovers – The Photos]]> https://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.

Fri, 23 Aug 2013 00:32:33 +0000
<![CDATA[Kelly Slater Takes ASP Title Race Lead]]> https://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.

Mon, 19 Aug 2013 23:53:39 +0000
<![CDATA[KOTG 2013 INTERNATIONAL FINAL]]> https://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

Mon, 19 Aug 2013 00:04:56 +0000
<![CDATA[Matt Banting - Living California]]> https://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.

Wed, 14 Aug 2013 01:38:35 +0000
<![CDATA[Jeremy Flores - Wave Garden]]> https://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.

Mon, 12 Aug 2013 01:17:04 +0000
<![CDATA[Mikey Wright - Bad Poetry]]> https://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..

Tue, 30 Jul 2013 00:39:37 +0000
<![CDATA[Matt Banting finishes 3rd at US Open of Surfing]]> https://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.

Mon, 29 Jul 2013 01:32:23 +0000
<![CDATA[Slow Dance Premieres]]> https://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.

Mon, 29 Jul 2013 00:41:40 +0000
<![CDATA[Quiksilver Crowd's Call wins Social TV ]]> https://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

Thu, 18 Jul 2013 01:56:36 +0000
<![CDATA[Matt Banting - Glowing Green]]> https://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.

Wed, 17 Jul 2013 23:29:13 +0000
<![CDATA[Uluwatu Challenge - Big Bali Eco Weekend ]]> https://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]]> https://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

Tue, 25 Jun 2013 01:18:51 +0000
<![CDATA[Behind The Ad // Travis Rice]]> https://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.

Thu, 20 Jun 2013 07:19:10 +0000
<![CDATA[Kelly Slater Wins Fiji Pro]]> https://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

Wed, 12 Jun 2013 01:31:57 +0000
<![CDATA[Quiksilver Open Japan 2013]]> https://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.”

Mon, 03 Jun 2013 04:49:48 +0000
<![CDATA[The End of The Road]]> https://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:

Thu, 16 May 2013 07:09:43 +0000
<![CDATA[One of those days - Candide Thovex]]> https://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

Thu, 16 May 2013 00:09:57 +0000
<![CDATA[Winter 2013, King Island - Craike, Marzo & Banting]]> https://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.

Mon, 06 May 2013 04:11:55 +0000
<![CDATA[North Sumatra Surf Resort Winner]]> https://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. 

Mon, 06 May 2013 00:26:18 +0000
<![CDATA[Pro Surfer & Drift Stunt Man Ross Clarke Jones ]]> https://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

Mon, 29 Apr 2013 02:01:40 +0000
<![CDATA[Connor O'leary - Mixed bag of lollies]]> https://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

Mon, 15 Apr 2013 03:23:19 +0000
<![CDATA[Jake Sylvester]]> https://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

Tue, 09 Apr 2013 06:48:13 +0000
<![CDATA[Take it Easy Promo Clip]]> https://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!


Sun, 07 Apr 2013 23:48:56 +0000
<![CDATA[Matt Banting - Ramp Ramp City]]> https://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.

Wed, 27 Mar 2013 03:40:09 +0000
<![CDATA[Enjoy The Run-Ins - Craig Anderson]]> https://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

]]> Wed, 20 Mar 2013 23:18:33 +0000 <![CDATA[Enjoy The Original - Quiksilver Boardshorts]]> https://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!

Tue, 19 Mar 2013 00:14:59 +0000
<![CDATA[Tom Pelley]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/tom-pelley/
Photographer: Chris Frape]]>
Mon, 18 Mar 2013 04:57:08 +0000
<![CDATA[Joel Cantle - Breckenridge]]> https://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]]> https://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.

Tue, 05 Mar 2013 03:24:04 +0000
<![CDATA[ENJOY THE FROTH - Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast]]> https://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.

Thu, 28 Feb 2013 05:46:24 +0000
<![CDATA[ENJOY THE OUTTAKES - Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast]]> https://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.

Tue, 26 Feb 2013 02:27:33 +0000
<![CDATA[King of the Groms]]> https://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!

Wed, 20 Feb 2013 03:14:32 +0000
<![CDATA[Enjoy The Freedom - Dane Reynolds]]> https://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.

Fri, 15 Feb 2013 03:39:16 +0000
<![CDATA[ENJOY THE CHICKS - Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast 2013]]> https://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.

Enjoy the Sick Chicks and Filthy Pits! ]]>
Wed, 13 Feb 2013 03:45:35 +0000
<![CDATA[Kelly Slater's Urban Jungle ]]> https://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.

Wed, 30 Jan 2013 22:33:13 +0000
<![CDATA[Couple of waves around home - Kyle Imgraben ]]> https://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

Tue, 29 Jan 2013 23:38:55 +0000
<![CDATA[Matt Banting Somewhere Near Newcastle, NSW]]> https://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
Mon, 28 Jan 2013 21:48:48 +0000
<![CDATA[Mikey Wright - Home, Hawaii, P-Pass]]> https://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]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/dane-reynolds-materialized/

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

Fri, 18 Jan 2013 05:27:31 +0000
<![CDATA[We Have a Winner!! ]]> https://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 ]]> https://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]]> https://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

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

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

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

Hang Loose Pro (Santa Catarina, Brasil)

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)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gotcha Tahiti Pro presented by Globe (Tahiti)

Mountain Dew Pipe Masters (Hawaii)

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)

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)

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

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)

Marui Pro (Japan)

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

Body Glove Surfbout Trestles (California)


Kelly Slater Roam Boardshorts

Sat, 15 Dec 2012 06:58:15 +0000
<![CDATA[Quiksilver Team Go Big at Surfer Poll Awards]]> https://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.”

Sun, 09 Dec 2012 23:06:04 +0000
<![CDATA[The Eddie Opening Ceremony]]> https://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

Thu, 06 Dec 2012 23:50:11 +0000
<![CDATA[Quiksilver Tent]]> https://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

Mon, 03 Dec 2012 04:41:05 +0000
<![CDATA[Frank, a Webisode by Dane Reynolds]]> https://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.

Thu, 29 Nov 2012 22:56:57 +0000
<![CDATA[Danny Green - 4 x IBO World Champ]]> https://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.

Thu, 22 Nov 2012 00:22:02 +0000
<![CDATA[The Wax Head - In The Bay]]> https://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.

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

Sun, 04 Nov 2012 22:55:06 +0000
<![CDATA[Garrett & Balaram - France Land]]> https://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]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/alex-beebe-one-off/

Tue, 23 Oct 2012 22:53:37 +0000
<![CDATA[A Poolside Love Affair]]> https://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

Mon, 22 Oct 2012 05:11:53 +0000
<![CDATA[Quiksilver Pro France Round 4, 5 & Quarter Final]]> https://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..

Fri, 05 Oct 2012 08:53:29 +0000
<![CDATA[Quiksilver Pro France Round 2 & 3 Highlights]]> https://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.

Wed, 03 Oct 2012 09:37:02 +0000
<![CDATA[Quiksilver Pro France Round 1 Highlights]]> https://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!

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

Fri, 21 Sep 2012 01:33:31 +0000
<![CDATA[Ride A Model]]> https://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. 

Wed, 19 Sep 2012 02:29:51 +0000
<![CDATA[Matt Banting & the French Summer]]> https://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]]> https://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]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/brendon-gibbons-winter-bliss/ ]]> Mon, 10 Sep 2012 07:50:29 +0000 <![CDATA[SURFGROMS POWER INTO ITS SECOND YEAR]]> https://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

Mon, 10 Sep 2012 01:57:22 +0000
<![CDATA[Garrett Parkes - Welcome to the WQS ]]> https://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

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

Wed, 29 Aug 2012 23:37:12 +0000
<![CDATA[Ain't that swell with Craig Anderson]]> https://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.

Wed, 29 Aug 2012 07:05:46 +0000
<![CDATA[Storm Surfers Playlist]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/storm-surfers-playlist/ ]]> Tue, 28 Aug 2012 04:53:33 +0000 <![CDATA[Garrett Parkes - Tropical Day Fun]]> https://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]]> https://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]]> https://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'

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

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

Thu, 09 Aug 2012 01:55:11 +0000
<![CDATA[Win Craig Anderson's Quiver!]]> https://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....!

Thu, 02 Aug 2012 05:44:04 +0000
<![CDATA[Quiksilver: Awakening the Spirit of Surfing That Lives in Everyone]]> https://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.


Wed, 01 Aug 2012 01:32:33 +0000
<![CDATA[Sandspitting in Santa Barbara]]> https://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]]> https://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]]> https://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]]> https://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!!

Thu, 26 Jul 2012 03:43:04 +0000
<![CDATA[Tom Carroll - Storm Surfers]]> https://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.

Wed, 25 Jul 2012 05:18:07 +0000
<![CDATA[Tony Hawk - Left Coast Tour]]> https://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]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/queenstown-winterfest/

Queenstown Winterfest from Quiksilver Australia on Vimeo.

Thu, 19 Jul 2012 06:21:05 +0000
<![CDATA[Matt Banting - North of Home]]> https://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]]> https://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]]> https://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]]> https://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]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/leo-on-the-goldy/

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

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

onshore froth from Mike Riley on Vimeo.

Mon, 09 Jul 2012 01:55:08 +0000
<![CDATA[Matt Hoy's Playlist]]> https://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!

Mon, 02 Jul 2012 07:19:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Craig Anderson - Show And Tell]]> https://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]]> https://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)]]> https://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? ]]> https://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!

Wed, 20 Jun 2012 07:06:32 +0000
<![CDATA[Here And Now -- Official Trailer]]> https://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

Wed, 20 Jun 2012 05:43:51 +0000
<![CDATA[Connor O'Leary wins in Korea]]> https://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.

Mon, 18 Jun 2012 02:00:29 +0000
<![CDATA[Beach VS Beach Winners - Game 2]]> https://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...

Thu, 14 Jun 2012 07:01:26 +0000
<![CDATA[Connor O'Leary - Bio]]> https://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.

Thu, 14 Jun 2012 00:45:07 +0000
<![CDATA[Kelly Slater takes Tavarua]]> https://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.

Mon, 11 Jun 2012 00:10:08 +0000
<![CDATA[NEO GOO IS HERE]]> https://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!

Thu, 07 Jun 2012 23:45:47 +0000
<![CDATA[Moments 2 leftovers with Jeremy Flores]]> https://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.

Thu, 07 Jun 2012 01:26:11 +0000
<![CDATA[Help Kelly Slater Save Our Oceans]]> https://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.

Tue, 05 Jun 2012 04:55:08 +0000
<![CDATA[Moments 2 - Full Movie]]> https://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

Mon, 28 May 2012 00:58:58 +0000
<![CDATA[King of the Groms Teaser]]> https://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).

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

Hubble Goggle Available Online

Sun, 27 May 2012 08:00:23 +0000
<![CDATA[Best Of Boardriding - 2012]]> https://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.

Fri, 25 May 2012 06:35:19 +0000
<![CDATA[Bevan Hall backside 360]]> https://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]]> https://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...

Thu, 24 May 2012 06:23:20 +0000
<![CDATA[Hawk In The Combi ]]> https://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.

Wed, 23 May 2012 00:06:09 +0000
<![CDATA[Beach VS Beach - Surf Cam Comp ]]> https://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.

Fri, 18 May 2012 05:33:47 +0000
<![CDATA[Quik Team in Namibia]]> https://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..

Fri, 11 May 2012 07:47:38 +0000
<![CDATA[Kelly Slater and Steph Gilmore to host International Surf Day]]> https://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.

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

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

Wed, 09 May 2012 05:30:41 +0000
<![CDATA[Jesse And Hoy ]]> https://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

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


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

Thu, 03 May 2012 23:36:38 +0000
<![CDATA[Candide Thovex - Few Words Teaser]]> https://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.

Thu, 03 May 2012 04:57:21 +0000
<![CDATA[Matt Chojnacki - Indo Trip]]> https://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 



Wed, 02 May 2012 05:42:29 +0000
<![CDATA[Ando At Home]]> https://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

Wed, 02 May 2012 04:50:57 +0000
<![CDATA[Maz Quinn's - King of the Groms]]> https://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

Wed, 02 May 2012 04:36:29 +0000
<![CDATA[Ando's Place]]> https://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.

Thu, 26 Apr 2012 01:48:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Garrett Parkes - Byron Bay Easter Classic]]> https://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

Thu, 26 Apr 2012 01:44:19 +0000
<![CDATA[Garrett Parkes - Sumatra]]> https://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

Sun, 22 Apr 2012 23:35:15 +0000
<![CDATA[Jesse Adam - Merewether ]]> https://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.

Thu, 19 Apr 2012 07:33:03 +0000
<![CDATA[Travis Rice: Masters of Movement]]> https://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".

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

Fri, 13 Apr 2012 06:31:15 +0000
<![CDATA[Craig Anderson - Destination India]]> https://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

Thu, 12 Apr 2012 00:45:11 +0000
<![CDATA[Tony Hawk - Tony's Crew]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/tony-hawk-tonys-crew/ ]]> Tue, 10 Apr 2012 01:27:34 +0000 <![CDATA[Jeremy Flores - Hells Bells]]> https://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!

Tue, 10 Apr 2012 00:46:29 +0000
<![CDATA[Dane Reynolds' Playlist ]]> https://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.

Mon, 02 Apr 2012 00:24:07 +0000
<![CDATA[Quiksilver Byron Bay Apartments]]> https://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.

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Wed, 28 Mar 2012 07:20:41 +0000
<![CDATA[Quiksilver Torquay Wetsuit and Surfboard Demo ]]> https://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.

Wed, 28 Mar 2012 06:01:50 +0000
<![CDATA[Epic Quik Pro Flip Book]]> https://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.

Mon, 26 Mar 2012 01:05:39 +0000
<![CDATA[Before the Bondi Hipsters]]> https://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.

Thu, 22 Mar 2012 23:47:57 +0000
<![CDATA[Kelly Slater in Western Australia]]> https://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 ]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/frothing-at-home-with-clay-marzo/

Clay Marzo throwing tail all over Maui.

Tue, 20 Mar 2012 06:02:53 +0000
<![CDATA[Off The Grid w/ Reese Forbes & Sebo Walker]]> https://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.

Mon, 19 Mar 2012 00:13:41 +0000
<![CDATA[Dane Reynolds’ “Excerpt” ]]> https://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.

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

Thu, 15 Mar 2012 23:17:42 +0000
<![CDATA[Tony Hawk and Crew Skate Venice Beach]]> https://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.

Wed, 14 Mar 2012 22:55:22 +0000
<![CDATA[New Byron Bay Store & Apartments]]> https://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.

Wed, 14 Mar 2012 01:09:22 +0000
<![CDATA[SurfGroms at the Quiksilver Pro]]> https://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.

Tue, 06 Mar 2012 08:11:49 +0000
<![CDATA[Quiksilver Pro Finals Highlights]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/quik-pro-finals-highlights/ ]]> Mon, 05 Mar 2012 20:59:05 +0000 <![CDATA[Taj Burrow takes Quiksilver PRo]]> https://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]]> https://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]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/the-program-part-one/ ]]> Tue, 28 Feb 2012 04:15:41 +0000 <![CDATA[Tony Hawk - NYC]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/tony-hawk-nyc/ ]]> Tue, 28 Feb 2012 04:08:24 +0000 <![CDATA[No, That's The Title]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/no-thats-the-title/ ]]> Tue, 28 Feb 2012 04:00:43 +0000 <![CDATA[Roam]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/reese-forbes-roam/ ]]> Tue, 28 Feb 2012 03:55:33 +0000 <![CDATA[Outhouse, Warehouse, Flophouse]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/danny-garcia/ ]]> Tue, 28 Feb 2012 03:38:33 +0000 <![CDATA[Quiksilver Pro Round Three - Highlights]]> https://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 ]]> https://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!"

Mon, 27 Feb 2012 08:32:09 +0000
<![CDATA[Quiksilver Pro Round Two - Highlights]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/quik-pro-round-two-highlights/ ]]> Sun, 26 Feb 2012 20:46:29 +0000 <![CDATA[Quiksilver Pro Round Two Completed]]> https://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]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/quik-pro-round-one-highlights/ ]]> Sat, 25 Feb 2012 20:48:42 +0000 <![CDATA[BEST of Boardriding]]> https://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.

Sat, 25 Feb 2012 08:11:49 +0000
<![CDATA[RCJ Inducted into the Surfing Hall of Fame]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/rossclarkejones-hall-of-fame/
Thu, 16 Feb 2012 22:45:03 +0000
<![CDATA[#12 Eddie Update - Mavericks]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/12-eddie-update-mavericks/ ]]> Thu, 16 Feb 2012 00:28:22 +0000 <![CDATA[Shyama Buttonshaw - Pipeline]]> https://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 ]]> https://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]]> https://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

Fri, 10 Feb 2012 05:28:52 +0000
<![CDATA[#11 Eddie Update - Big Wave Boards]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/11eddie-update-big-wave-boards/ ]]> Tue, 07 Feb 2012 03:03:42 +0000 <![CDATA[Jeremy Flores Outer Reefs Hawaii]]> https://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."

Tue, 07 Feb 2012 00:09:13 +0000
<![CDATA[Shyama Buttonshaw - Hawaii]]> https://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]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/nic-mushcroft-places-5th-at-margaret-river/

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

Wed, 01 Feb 2012 23:47:57 +0000
<![CDATA[Singles Pt. 3 .epilogue]]> https://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]]> https://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]]> https://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.

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

Sat, 28 Jan 2012 23:01:50 +0000
<![CDATA[Iouri Podladtchikov - Best Of Boardriding]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/iouri-best-of-boardriding/ ]]> Thu, 26 Jan 2012 00:29:14 +0000 <![CDATA[Iouri Podladtchikov]]> https://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]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/jesse-hougton-10-11/ ]]> Wed, 25 Jan 2012 23:10:38 +0000 <![CDATA[Jesse Houghton ]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/jesse-hougton-rotation/ ]]> Wed, 25 Jan 2012 23:05:40 +0000 <![CDATA[Tony Hawk in Black & White]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/tony-hawk-in-black-and-white/

(Black and White to hide yesterday's overcast weather.)]]>
Wed, 25 Jan 2012 00:48:26 +0000
<![CDATA[Facebook Fans Meet Tony Hawk]]> https://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

Tue, 24 Jan 2012 04:10:39 +0000
<![CDATA[#9 Eddie Update - Skydiving]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/8eddieupdatemarkhealy-skydiving/ ]]> Tue, 24 Jan 2012 00:01:02 +0000 <![CDATA[Craig Anderson Moments]]> https://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]]> https://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]]> https://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.

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

Thu, 12 Jan 2012 01:28:56 +0000
<![CDATA[Rowley's Boardshorts have traveled a long way]]> https://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!

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

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

Thu, 05 Jan 2012 03:40:02 +0000
<![CDATA[Crailtap's Slice of Life with Alex Olson]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/alex-olsen-crailtaps/ ]]> Tue, 03 Jan 2012 04:48:03 +0000 <![CDATA[Charmed Life]]> https://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

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

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

Sat, 31 Dec 2011 03:43:56 +0000
<![CDATA[#5 Eddie Update With Mark Healey - Fishing]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/5eddieupdatewithmarkhealeyfishing/ ]]> Sat, 31 Dec 2011 01:49:08 +0000 <![CDATA[Bryan Fox]]> https://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]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/4eddieupdatewithmarkhealeypipeline/ ]]> Wed, 21 Dec 2011 01:00:24 +0000 <![CDATA[Merry Xmas]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/xmas/ from the team at Quik]]> Tue, 20 Dec 2011 04:32:20 +0000 <![CDATA[Kelly Slater Moments]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/kelly-slater-moments/
Tue, 20 Dec 2011 00:48:37 +0000
<![CDATA[Quiksilver Groms Cut Loose in Mainland’s Beachies and Points]]> https://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

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

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

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

Mon, 19 Dec 2011 03:20:01 +0000
<![CDATA[Travis Rice for Adventurer of the Year ]]> https://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.

Sat, 17 Dec 2011 06:07:59 +0000
<![CDATA[Tony Hawk Show India - Mumbai ]]> https://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.

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

Mon, 12 Dec 2011 22:27:31 +0000
<![CDATA[SurfGroms School Holiday Programs]]> https://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. 

Sun, 11 Dec 2011 01:37:31 +0000
<![CDATA[Kelly Slater To Test Prototype Xplosive Wetsuit In Competition During Hawaii’s Pipeline Masters ]]> https://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 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
Fri, 09 Dec 2011 01:38:31 +0000
<![CDATA[From the OFFICE of...Teaser ]]> https://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]]> https://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]]> https://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!

Thu, 08 Dec 2011 03:36:08 +0000
<![CDATA[Tony Hawk and Friends set fire to Mumbai]]> https://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]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/ry-craike-tunnel-vision/

Check out Ry's latest clip of a few summer sessions, heaps of tunnel vision.

Wed, 07 Dec 2011 03:39:39 +0000
<![CDATA[#2 Eddie Update With Mark Healey]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/2eddieupdatewithmarkhealey/ ]]> Tue, 06 Dec 2011 08:09:15 +0000 <![CDATA[Eddie Opening Ceremony]]> https://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.

Mon, 05 Dec 2011 05:22:34 +0000
<![CDATA[ ELI STEALS THE ACTION SPORTS READY AUSTRALIAN JUNIOR SURFING TITLE]]> https://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.

Sun, 04 Dec 2011 23:24:38 +0000
<![CDATA[Unleashed Beach Sounds]]> https://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

Thu, 01 Dec 2011 00:56:06 +0000
<![CDATA[#1 Eddie Update With Mark Healey]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/1eddieupdatewithmarkhealey/ ]]> Tue, 29 Nov 2011 00:49:09 +0000 <![CDATA[SUMMER 12 PHOTOSHOOT]]> https://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.

Wed, 23 Nov 2011 22:23:28 +0000
<![CDATA[RY CRAIKE - GOPRO PIPES ]]> https://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]]> https://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!]]> https://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.

Tue, 08 Nov 2011 06:58:35 +0000
<![CDATA[Craig Anderson]]> https://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.”

Tue, 08 Nov 2011 06:58:32 +0000
<![CDATA[Dane Reynolds]]> https://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.

Tue, 08 Nov 2011 06:58:30 +0000
<![CDATA[Jeremy Flores]]> https://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. 

Tue, 08 Nov 2011 06:58:27 +0000
<![CDATA[Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau ]]> https://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

Tue, 08 Nov 2011 06:57:33 +0000
<![CDATA[Quik Pro - France]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/quiksilver-pro-france/ ]]> Tue, 08 Nov 2011 05:50:34 +0000 <![CDATA[Quik Pro - New York]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/quiksilver-pro-new-york/ ]]> Tue, 08 Nov 2011 05:45:10 +0000 <![CDATA[Quik Pro - Gold Coast ]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/quiksilver-pro-gold-coast/ ]]> Tue, 08 Nov 2011 05:30:17 +0000 <![CDATA[Jeremy Flores Injured ]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/jeremy-flores-injured/ ]]> Tue, 08 Nov 2011 05:16:08 +0000 <![CDATA[Clay Marzo Bio]]> https://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.

Tue, 08 Nov 2011 03:13:54 +0000
<![CDATA[Ry Craike Bio]]> https://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.”

Tue, 08 Nov 2011 01:39:55 +0000
<![CDATA[Jack Robinson ]]> https://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.” 

Sat, 05 Nov 2011 08:20:59 +0000
<![CDATA[Xplosive Boardshort x Jamie Mitchell]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/jamie-mitchell-xplosive-boardshort-clip/ ]]> Tue, 25 Oct 2011 00:01:03 +0000 <![CDATA[Clay in Puerto Escondido]]> https://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!

Fri, 21 Oct 2011 05:05:03 +0000
<![CDATA[ Quik Q&A with Mikey Wright]]> https://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

Mon, 17 Oct 2011 07:55:25 +0000
<![CDATA[The Wright Family]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/the-wright-family/ ]]> Mon, 17 Oct 2011 07:42:15 +0000 <![CDATA[Mikey Wright Bio]]> https://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.”

Mon, 17 Oct 2011 07:17:56 +0000
<![CDATA[Matt Banting Bio]]> https://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 

Mon, 17 Oct 2011 05:20:39 +0000
<![CDATA[Surfing Prodigy Jack Robinson ]]> https://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]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/mikey-wright-vimeo/

Sun, 16 Oct 2011 07:59:44 +0000
<![CDATA[Clay Marzo Moments Clip]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/clay-marzo-moments/ ]]> Sat, 15 Oct 2011 04:23:06 +0000 <![CDATA[Art of Flight Metal Trailer]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/art-of-flight-metal-trailer/

Artist: Arch Enemy
Title: "Vengeance Is Mine"

Sat, 15 Oct 2011 02:07:04 +0000
<![CDATA[Art of Flight Trailer]]> https://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"

Sat, 15 Oct 2011 02:03:33 +0000
<![CDATA[THE VILLAS AND THE VORTEX ]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/ry-craike-the-villas-and-the-vortex/

Wed, 12 Oct 2011 05:18:21 +0000
<![CDATA[Jamie Mitchell]]> https://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.”

Sat, 24 Sep 2011 06:17:39 +0000
<![CDATA[Nic Muscroft]]> https://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]]> https://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

Sat, 24 Sep 2011 05:35:21 +0000
<![CDATA[Garrett Parkes]]> https://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]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/jack-robinson-backstage-quiksilver-pro-france/ ]]> Wed, 21 Sep 2011 05:10:30 +0000 <![CDATA[Quiksilver Fuseflex Wetsuits ]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/quiksilver-cypher-fuseflex-wetsuits-clip/

Fuseflex Wetsuits available here

Sun, 18 Sep 2011 02:10:07 +0000
<![CDATA[Travis Rice Bio]]> https://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.

Fri, 09 Sep 2011 08:09:33 +0000