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Quiksilver Footwear: Coming Soon

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

Coming Soon… Quik Footwear

quiksilver footwear

Checking out fashion blogs for work this morning I stumbled upon some buzz of a new footwear line and shoe from an old time action sports brand. Seems as though Quiksilver is expanding beyond surf and clothing products and is moving into footwear. Quik has put out a few shoes over the years but a whole footwear line is something new for the company. The only photo I could find was of the Quiksilver Capri, set to release sometime in May.

The Quiksilver Limited Collection Capri retails for $65 and offer a subtle high top silhouette with muted colors, clean and classic, something any chuck wearer could appreciate. I will keep my eye out to see if anything else pops up, but check out the Quik site next month for your kicks fix.

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Quiksilver’s Diamond Dobby: Who Wears Short Shorts?

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

After lining up the opportunity to meet with one of the truest watermen throughout surfing today in Mark Healey, our fine friends at Quiksilver generously sent me a new pair of boardshorts made with Diamond Dobby technology. No expectations were ever mentioned, in my view it was just a kind gesture and an opportunity to show off a product that Quiksilver is obviously very proud of. And who doesn’t love a pair of new boardies?

quiksilver diamond dobby

To be honest, when Quik first mentioned they were sending them, I had no clue what they meant by Diamond Dobby and more than anything was just stoked to be receiving free goods. Once I tore those bad boys out of the box, however, I quickly put two and two together. The material that Quiksilver made with the Diamond Dobby technology is pretty smooth….almost silky smooth. The insides of the shorts have this crazy diamond-patterned lining that keeps the shorts away from your legs. This is crucial for enduring long sessions in the water without ending up painfully chaffed…and nobody I know is a fan of said chaffing. The stretch factor of the shorts reminds me a lot of the Hurley Phantoms. The quik-dryability of the Dobby’s is also a huge plus to factor in when checking them out.

The Flip Side:

I only saw two issues that could be of concern for anyone sussing out the Diamond Dobby trunks. First, the standard price for the boardies coming out with Diamond Dobby Technology is sitting right around $60. They’re one hell of a pair of boardshorts, but in my opinion the overall price of boardshorts is out of hand and my cheap ass isn’t really one to consistently drop that type of money on boardies…even more so with this disatster of an economic crisis we currently find ourselves in. However if you’re spending hours upon hours in the water, having a material like this surrounding your goods is highly recommended. Secondly, and this is as much attributed to my scrawny bird-legs as anything else, the Tunnel Vision’s with Dobby Technology that Quiksilver sent over are pretty dang short. Now I realize they make these in regular lengths too and I’m not sure why they choose to send me the retro shorties, but they kind of give an old school feel to the shorts. On the flip side, they easily keeps them from grabbing at your knees. I personally wouldn’t have minded another 2-3 inches of material, but I guess as is the case with any pair of boardshorts, it all boils down to personal taste and usability.

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Kelly Slater Enlists In Neptune’s Navy: Proceeds from New Board Shorts To Benefit Sea Shepherd Cause

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

Although the fury that Kelly Slater has and continues to unleash on waves during heats and video parts may be to some, reminiscent of an aquatic slaughter, let there be no mistake about it. When it comes to the slaughter of marine wildlife, Kelly is not down and not afraid to get in the fight to oppose it.

kelly slater sea shepherd

Photo credit: Surfer Mag

Last time we checked in with Captain Paul Watson and his noble band of sea shepherd pirates back in early February, they were busy giving hell to the Japanese whaling fleet down in the Southern Ocean. Last week, Watson was back on land at the Quiksilver Pro, arm in arm with the nine time world champ promoting their latest effort to rally support for the cause: a brand new Kelly Slater signature model boardshort featuring the notorious jolly roger emblem of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. According to Quiksilver Australia’s website…

For every Sea Shepherd product sold, Quiksilver will donate $5 to the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.

kelly slater sea shepherd boardshortAlthough Slater isn’t the first surfer to represent the Sea Shepherd cause, he is perhaps the most high profile and I’m optimistic that this recent team-up will bring a lot of attention and stoke to the Sea Shepherd cause just like David Rastovich and company did back during the 2007 Taiji, Japan dolphin campaign. In fact, it was Surfer Magazine’s coverage of that standoff that introduced me to Sea Shepherd to begin with. The shots of Rastovich and company facing down the Japanese authorities sent chills down my spine and had me wondering right then where I could get my hands on a Sea Shepherd Crew hoody. Now, with Slater on board, I’m definitely throwing down for some anti-whaling merch.

Just one thing is puzzling to me. If you search Quiksilver.com (not Quiksilver Australia’s site) for ‘Sea Shepherd’ or ‘Kelly Slater Sea Shepherd Trunks’ there are no results. Which leaves me wondering why it’s only Quiksilver Australia that seems to be representing the Sea Shepherd cause? Is there a conspiracy? Also, after a few minutes of research, it seems like the only place to get these shorts here in the States is through online surf shops, most of which say that they only donate a buck of each sale to Sea Shepherd. I definitely want all five bucks from my purchase going towards bottles of butyric acid and whatever else is needed give these poachers a miserable time.

In closing, the shorts do look pretty nice. High-tech and super comfortable. I just wish they made them in a different color than black. I just don’t like wearing black shorts. I guess I would wear it for the cause if necessary, but you’d think that an industry giant like Quiksilver would dish out for a few more colors/designs and that Sea Shepherd would want a more visible logo than black on black (which is how it appears on the shorts.) How about whale Grey, or cetacean Blue?

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Joel Parkinson Blows Up, Wins at Thrilling Quiksilver Pro

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

joel parkinson wins quiksilver pro

Everyone on the ASP World Tour might want to take notice….Joel Parkinson is a man on a mission. Following an impressive performance at the 2008 version of the Billabong Pipeline Masters, one that saw Parko seal his first ever Triple Crown of Surfing, it’s been reported that Parkinson has been pushing himself to the brink, driven by a roaring hunger to finally win an ASP World Championship. With that being the goal, Parko is off to one hell of a start for 2009 as he surfed almost flawlessly enroute to victory at a thrilling Quiksilver Pro at Snapper Rocks. While it’s just the first event of the year, Parko surfed with an added edge and confidence to his game. Couple that with the fact that the last 3 winners of the inaugural tour stop have gone on to win the overall crown, the rest of the WCT, including Kelly Slater, already has a monumental hill to climb if Joel Parkinson continues to bring what he brought to the Quiksilver Pro at Snapper Rocks.

Here are some of the goods brought to us by the 2009 Quiksilver Pro at Snapper Rocks:

Jordy, Dane, Adriano, and Julian Wilson- You hear it all the time….the WCT is just not going to be that exciting once Slater retires, right? Not even…The young crew of up and comers are bringing an added level of excitement to the ‘CT with an explosive, go for broke approach to the contests that was as exciting as I’ve ever witnessed. Julian boldly dethroned Slater, Dane got swiped of what should have been a huge win over Taj Burrow, and Adriano de Souza went balls to the wall the whole event, culminating in an impressive finals stand against the man to beat, Joel Parkinson. If these guys end up staying on the WCT throughout the upcoming years….

Mick Fanning V. Joel Parkinson- Everyone knew it when these two were paired up in the semifinal…the eventual winner would go on to win it all. With that in mind, the two Coolangatta surfers went on to put up one of the all-time heats as they went head to head in said semifinal, Parko just simply wouldn’t be denied. If you have a few minutes, use a little bit of Google magic and find highlights of this head to head match-up. To use a term that doesn’t get used very often in the world of surfing, it was simply epic.

Is it the size that matters, or the motion in the ocean?- We all like to tell ourselves that size doesn’t really matter, but it looks like the judges agree with the chicks…bigger is better. While Kelly Slater struggled in his rd. 3 loss to Julian WIlson, it appeared throughout the contest that the judges were none to impressed with his self-made 5′4″. He was constantly underscored throughout the event. Are the ASP judges sending Slater a message for the rest of the year? Will Mr. 9-time continue to ride his little creations at Bells? Guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

The Kirra Effect- The man upstairs might be sending us a message- Bring Kirra Back! In a year that is being dedicated to the restoration of the famed break at Kirra, how crazy is it that the stars aligned and allowed the final rounds of the event to be showcased at it’s current form. It was the first time an ASP World Tour event had been held at the iconic right-hand point break in 12 years, and allowed a perfect opportunity to raise awareness of the battle going on to bring Kirra back to what it once was.

Congratulations Joel Parkinson, winner of the 2009 Quiksilver Pro at Snapper Rocks

SF 1: Joel Parkinson (AUS) def. Mick Fanning (AUS)
SF 2: Adriano de Souza (BRA) def. Taj Burrow (AUS)

QF 1: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 15.00 def. C.J. Hobgood (USA) 4.37
QF 2: Mick Fanning (AUS) 18.53 def. Damien Hobgood (USA) 13.00
QF 3: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 17.86 def. Bede Durbidge (AUS) 6.77
QF 4: Taj Burrow (AUS) 14.40 def. Adrian Buchan (AUS) 14.00

Heat 1: C.J. Hobgood (USA) 17.24 def. Jihad Khodr (BRA) 16.43
Heat 2: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 13.90 def. Chris Davidson (AUS) 10.90
Heat 3: Mick Fanning (AUS) 17.90 def. Jeremy Flores (FRA) 12.40
Heat 4: Damien Hobgood (USA) 16.30 def. Julian Wilson (AUS) 15.50
Heat 5: Bede Durbidge (AUS) 17.16 def. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 13.93
Heat 6: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 17.10 def. Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 11.00
Heat 7: Taj Burrow (AUS) 17.00 def. Dane Reynolds (USA) 16.23
Heat 8: Adrian Buchan (AUS) 14.33 def. Tom Whitaker (AUS) 11.33

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WCT Set To Kick-Off With Quik Pro at Snapper Rocks

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

And so it begins….If it seems like forever since we’ve had a competitive world championship race to keep tabs on, it’s because we pretty much have. Between Kelly Slater making the 2008 WCT his personal whipping boy and the later than usual start to the 2009 tour, there hasn’t been a whole lot of interest generated by the ‘CT over the past 8 or so months. That’s all about to change.

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As the holding period for the the 2009 Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast at Snapper Rocks opens today, the 2009 ASP World Tour also gets underway with everyone starting equally at ground zero. To pretend that anything other than Slater’s run for #10 will be the dominating storyline would be asinine. With that in mind, it appears that most have deemed Joel Parkinson as the chosen one to put a wrinkle in King Slater’s plans. Parko’s had a couple of solid runs and 2nd place finishes, but so far just hasn’t quite been able to make it over the hump. With the WCT once again starting off at his home break, Joel Parkinson is fired up and ready to start his 2009 campaign for a world championship.

“I can’t wait. I’m excited for another good year and hopefully we get really good waves. It’s such a bonus to start the season here at home where I’m familiar with everything and know the banks really well. I’m really excited. I’ve just been surfing a lot and training a lot. Just trying to get everything sorted before the season starts. In regards to Kelly, I haven’t really figured that one out yet. You just have to be bigger, stronger, faster and more determined. I’m hungry this season though.”

And in regards to Kelly…who knows what he has in store for this year’s version of the WCT. Word is that he’ll likely be surfing a big gun at Snapper, something in the 5′4″-5′6″ range. Whatever he ends up pulling out of his quiver may not really matter though. With a 10th world championship so close that he can almost taste it, Slater already has the competition sized up and is ready to let loose at the Quiksilver Pro.

“I’m not sure whether Dane and Jordy will pull straight up to that level to start this year or not, but I know that Parko’s always hungry and Mick goes without saying. C.J. got a taste of it last year again and will come out firing for sure. Taj will be hungry, but I wonder how his focus will be after a couple of really great seasons and not quite the results that his surfing shows all the time – he’s always one of the best at Snapper. Bede will quietly execute more people and Bobby is going to be the hungriest, starting the year without a main sponsor.”

The holding period for the 2009 Quiksilver Pro at Snapper Rocks runs February 28 through March 11, 2009.

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The “Eddie” 101

Friday, January 23rd, 2009

The Eddie…. For surfers, the mere sound of those two words alone incites an unexplainable feeling of reverence, respect, and awe. The holy grail of Big-Wave surfing competitions, the Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau is an event that goes far beyond determining which surfer rides the mammoth waves of Waimea Bay better than the rest. Year after year, whether the call is ever made to run it or not, the holding period for the Eddie serves as a time to reflect on the roots of our great sport, as well as revisit the legend that is Eddie Aikau.

Photo Credit: Hornbaker

But what about our friends who are on the outskirts of surfing and unfamiliar with why it is the Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau is so revered? How do we adequately explain to those unfamiliar with the Eddie just why it is that even the slightest chance of the call being made to go will send a buzz throughout an island of a million within minutes? How do we help them to really understand the sacred nature of the Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau? Well, we can start with the help of our friends over at Quiksilver, who along with the Aikau family, George Downing and Da Hui legend Eddie Rothman established the highly revered and sacred event.
The “Eddie “101-

Eddie Aikau was not the first, nor the greatest surfer to ride Waimea Bay.

Waimea Bay is not the biggest wave in the world.

Yet over the years, these two names have grown synonymous with big-wave riding, showing that meaning isn’t found in a title, but by living with passion.

These two names – Waimea Bay and Eddie Aikau, have risen over the decades because they represent those essential qualities of big wave riding that are also essential to life: dedication, respect, and commitment to the point of putting your life on the line.

Photo Credit: Joli

They are timeless: Waimea’s wave is today just as it was for the first-known riders 60 years ago, and just as it will be to those 100 years from now. Eddie’s story of a humble Hawaiian surfer and lifeguard who became an icon for living true to himself and to his ancestry, will stand the test of time in the same way.

In life, meeting and surviving our greatest challenges provides us with our most exquisite moments. That resulting “high” is precisely the lure of big waves to big-wave riders. Many of us can’t even imagine what it must be like to stand on the edge of a wave so big, hence our amazement with those who do. Waimea provides the perfect setting for us to stand close and witness the enormity.

But while most of us will never personally realize riding Waimea, we can appreciate what it takes because we know we will all face our own “Waimea” in life. For us, the thrill comes in that brief moment as we watch a surfer dangle perilously in the lip, on the knife-edge of a thrilling takeoff or a horrific wipeout; that gladiator-like fascination in each of us that forces us to contemplate the fine line between success and failure; life and death. It is precisely at that point that the experience of life is most acute and that we all share common ground: the surfer and the spectator; the maoli (native) and the malihini (visitor); the rescuer and the rescued.

That is big wave riding.

That is Waimea Bay.

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Todcast Tuesdays: Follow Todd Richards this Winter

Tuesday, January 13th, 2009

Former halfpipe dominator and all-around ripper, Todd Richards, is a pretty entertaining guy. He’s also obviously really into porn, as it’s a subject he brings up at least five times in his new video show, Todcast Tuesdays, that’s being hosted on Quiksilver’s blog, The Moutain and Wave.

The show’s plot is basically that Todd’s bringing his camera everywhere, filming everything and everyone, and turning it into a weekly video show. And talking a lot about porn.

todcast tuesdays

Kudos to Quiksilver for stepping up their social media game. Any brand that isn’t using video to connect with their audience this year will be left out of the cold. I found the show pretty entertaining and it’s at least worth a look.

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Danny Fuller Leaves Quik, Joins RVCA

Friday, January 9th, 2009

danny fuller

Kauai’s own model/pretty boy surfer, Danny Fuller has left the Quiksilver team to join the likes of Rothman, Archy, Jones and others on the RVCA team.

Danny is officially a member of the RVCA Tribe. A long time friend and the perfect ambassador for the brand, Danny fits into the mix perfect. He’s back in Hawaii now, getting ready for the Backdoor Shootout.

This is a great move by both parties. Fuller was never going to get the exposure he deserves riding for Quiksilver. I would imagine being in the shadows of Quik’s allstar lineup of Kelly Slater, Dane Reynolds, Julian Wilson, Ry Craike, Fred Patacchia, Clay Marzo, and Jeremy Flores is a very cold place to be. Danny will have a much better opportunity to break-through and show the world just how hard he charges being on a team that isn’t stacked to the roof with the world’s best surfers. Plus, RVCA’s all about the artsy stuff anyways, which seems to fit Danny’s lifestyle of modeling, photography, and philanthropy a lot better.

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Quiksilver and ESPN Resolve Lawsuit

Tuesday, January 6th, 2009

quiksilverMaking the rounds on the wires today is news that Quiksilver and ESPN have resolved their lawsuits over the “X” logo trademark. They’re both issuing similar statements saying how pleased they are that they can continue working together again, yada-yada-yada.

Robert B. McKnight, Jr., Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of Quiksilver, Inc., added, “We are pleased that we are once again working together with ESPN to use our collective influence in promoting action sports around the world. It’s clear that together we can make a bigger impact on the athletes and fans who, like us, participate in and follow action sports as a part of their lifestyle.”

But wait, wasn’t this news already reported a couple weeks ago? Yes, it was. Perhaps someone is just trying to squeeze a little juice out of their stock price now that they holidays are over and more folks will see it. Good timing, I suppose.

We put an email into some sources in hopes that we can gain insight into the settlement and we’ll update accordingly.

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Clay Marzo Set to Go Big in 2009

Thursday, January 1st, 2009

clay marzo just add water

You can put Clay Marzo’s name on the long list of surfers who came up big in 2008. When word that he had been diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome started to spread, I think I, like many others, had two questions pop into my head. First, what exactly is Asperger’s Syndrome? And secondly, how will this affect his life and his ability to surf?

Eventually it became known that Quiksilver was setting up a movie that would tackle these questions head on, and they ended up releasing Clay Marzo: Just Add Water. The movie answered the questions surrounding Clay and his diagnosis beautifully, and the result was an inspirational surf flick that touched thousands of people well beyond the realm of the surf community.

Not knowing what it is that set Clay apart from those around him couldn’t have been easy for Clay, as well as for those within his inner circle. But finally getting the answers they were searching for and gaining an understanding for what makes the Maui Young Gun tick, now makes it even easier for Clay to do just what he’s supposed to do: Surf and blow minds.

The 19 yr. old Marzo is coming into his prime years for surfing and is part of the super exciting next generation of surfers set to take the sport further than ever imagined. With the questions surrounding him having been answered, look for Clay Marzo to go big in 2009.

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