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Kelly Slater Ends 23-Year Partnership with Quiksilver

Kelly Slater, widely considered to be the greatest surfer in the history of the sport, announced through his official Facebook page that he is ending a 23-year partnership with longtime sponsor Quiksilver.

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. 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. Under the tutelage of Bob McKnight, Bruce Raymond, Alan Green, Pierre Agnes and Danny Kwock (and many others), Quiksilver signed me to a 100% sponsorship deal in 1990, finishing up my amateur career and guiding me into my professional life and adulthood. Having their support group around the world allowed me to create a life I only dreamt of as a child…making a documentary (Kelly Slater In Black and White) about the start of my professional career, going on boat trips and small charter planes to remote locations I’d likely never see, taking long car rides and promo tours to places I’d otherwise never visit, doing film trips to tropical islands few people have ever seen, etc. There could have been no better partner for me to have than Quiksilver. The memories I have of joining the team and becoming like brothers with my heroes and team riders Tom Carroll and Ross Clarke-Jones and making lifelong friendships with Stephen Bell and others has fulfilled my life exponentially. There aren’t enough pages or words to express my heartfelt thanks and appreciation for the experiences that have come from this relationship we’ve shared together. So it is with a heavy heart and a lifetime of positive memories that I move in a new chapter of my life.

As I contemplate the amazing opportunities I’ve had in life and the amount of good fortune I’ve encountered along the way, I’m excited to announce today that I’m embarking on a new journey. For years I’ve dreamt of developing a brand that combines my love of clean living, responsibility and style. The inspiration for this brand comes from the people and cultures I encounter in my constant global travels and this is my opportunity to build something the way I have always wanted to. So I am excited to tell you that I’ve chosen The Kering Group as a partner. They share my values and have the ability to support me in all of my endeavors. I look forward to exploring all of the new opportunities this partnership will provide, but this hasn’t happened by chance, nor has it happened without an incredible amount of work by a few key individuals. As I embark on this new journey, I am sticking to my gut instincts and the belief that your dreams can become reality with the right intentions. I look forward to sharing more about it soon…

– Kelly

Slater, 42, signed with Quiksilver when he was 18-years-old and since then achieved nearly every significant record in surfing.  Slater became the youngest World Champion in Association of Surfing Professionals history, winning his first World Title at the age of 20.  Slater also set the record for being the oldest surfer to claim a World Title, winning his 11th ASP World Championship at the age of 39.  Slater holds the record for the most World Titles in ASP history with 11 and in the past 2 years finished runner-up in the overall standings, coming just short of achieving an unprecedented 12th ASP World Title.  Slater also holds the record for the most contest victories ever, winning a startling 54 career events.

Quiksilver founder and Executive Chairman Bob McKnight released a statement about Slater’s departure from his company.

“Kelly has been a part of the Quiksilver family for over 20 years,” said McKnight.  “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. We wish Kelly all the best as he enters this next phase of his career.”

It’s unknown was exactly led to the split.  Quiksilver has struggled financially for years, with their stock value plummeting from a high of $16.79 in June of 2005 to its current price of $7.87.  The surf industry has seen its share of financial success decline through the years with numerous labels cutting ties with their sponsored athletes.

It’s likely though that it was Slater who pulled the trigger and made the decision to leave Quiksilver.  Given his status as the greatest surfer ever and the amount of success he brought the company, it shouldn’t have come as a surprise that he decided to leave given he gets paid less money than Hurley surfer John John Florence and, perhaps more importantly, fellow Quiksilver team member Dane Reynolds.

Slater is joining The Kering Group, a fashion corporation featuring luxury and sports divisions including such major brands as Gucci, Volcom and Electric.  The organization has tremendous resources particularly with logistics, distribution, and marketing, and offered collaboration with Slater for his own clothing line in addition to supporting him for passion projects of sustainability-related initiatives.

Immediately following the announcement, Slater was getting ready to compete in the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro, where he was photographed without the Quiksilver logo on his surfboard for the first time in nearly 24 years.

Here’s an interview with Slater following his opening round heat at the event where he elaborated on the decision to leave Quiksilver. Slater also explained why April 1st was the day he made the announcement, saying the most recent contract he previously signed with Quiksilver was on that same day five years ago.

The Week in Surf News for June 1st, 2013

A recap of the week in surf news hosted by Natalie Rose.

ASP Announces Acquisition of Big Wave World Tour

The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) International is pleased to announce the acquisition of the global Big Wave World Tour (BWWT), with arrangements for support in 2013 and formal sanctioning commencing in 2014.

Currently servicing six international big wave events in Pichilemu/Chile, Punta Hermosa/Peru, Lincoln City/Oregon, Half Moon Bay/California, Baja California/Mexico and Punta Galea/Spain the new-found arrangement between the ASP and the BWWT will allow for top ASP surfers such as 11-time ASP World Champion Kelly Slater (USA), 41, reigning ASP World Champion Joel Parkinson (AUS), 32, Hawaiian phenom John John Florence (HAW), 20, amongst others to join respected BWWT surfers like Greg Long (USA), 28, Grant Baker (ZAF), 40, and Carlos Burle (BRA), 45, in competition with waves in the 25-foot-and-above range.

Kelly Slater unveils his passion for martial arts

Kelly Slater has dressed his kimono and returned to the tatami. The 11-time world surfing champion has challenged Flavio Canto, a Brazilian judoka champion, for a jiu-jitsu combat. It’s an old passion. Kelly Slater has a special connection with martial arts, since he was a just another little Floridian kid.

“When I was eight or nine, I met a guy called Don Dragon Wilson, who had been a world kickboxing champion. Me and my brother enrolled in his academy and did karate for a while”, tells Slater. Slater always felt attracted by martial arts and only stopped training because of surfing. “I’ve only learned more about jiu-jitsu when I visited Brazil for the first time, in 1982. I met and became friends with many people of the Gracie family. Rickson used to surf in California and we exchanged surfboards for jiu-jitsu classes”, adds the Floridian.

Kelly Slater: ‘Surfing is my religion’

At 41, Kelly Slater is old enough to be the father of some of his competitors on the Surfing World Tour. But the 11-time world champion — dubbed “King Kelly” — is far from washed up. At a time when his friends are settled down with families, the original surfing pin-up boy is still scoring perfect 10s on the international circuit. “Friends that were on tour with me 20 years ago, 10 years ago, are now family guys married with kids,” he said. “They say ‘I can’t believe you’re still doing it, that you’re looking for waves every day. But I want to surf better tomorrow. I want to surf better in 10 years. When I’m 50 I want to be a better surfer than I am now — for me it’s a lifelong journey.”

“Surfing is my religion, if I have one,” he said. “The barrel [the hollow of a breaking wave] is really the ultimate ride for any surfer. It’s the eye of the storm. Some guys say it’s like being in the womb. “For me it’s sort of like time slows down. You become hyper aware of a lot of different things — the way the wave is breaking, timing, putting yourself in the right part of the barrel. It takes all of your mental capacity to do it just right.”

State eyes parking fees at Northern California beaches

Sunbathers flocking to Southern California beaches are used to feeding the meter or paying a parking attendant. Not so along the less developed north coast where it’s customary to ditch cars on the shoulder of Highway 1 to surf, swim or picnic.

That sandy line that long defined the state’s disparate beach culture may soon fade.

In search of new revenue, the state parks system is eyeing parking fees for parts of the Northern California shoreline where none existed or considering hiking rates to visit popular beaches south of Los Angeles during peak periods.

Out of California’s 1,100 miles of beach, a third is controlled by the state Department of Parks and Recreation. Officials say they’re under legislative orders to seek new sources of revenue and that a revamp of the parking payment structure is necessary to keep beaches open and to fund deferred maintenance.

Laird Hamilton It’s Okay If Lance Armstrong Cheated

Surfing legend Laird Hamilton thinks it’s BS that Lance Armstrong got stripped of his Tour de France titles, but not because he thinks doping is wrong, but because everyone was doing it. Hamilton took the unusual position when our our photog bumped into him yesterday in Malibu saying he believes that if everyone is cheating in a sport, then it’s “still an even playing field, it’s still the best guy wins.”

Hamilton also said he thinks the public coming down on athletes who are found to be cheating isn’t right, saying, “I think it’s a little bit of hypocrisy that we think these athletes are sterile people that are eating dry toast and then they’re performing at these high levels. Rocket ships need rocket fuel to go to space. Athletes need the fuel they need to do what they need to do and let’s be realistic about that.”

Laird Hamilton Jet Ski ‘Clowns’ RUINED MY SURFING SPOT!!!

Laird Hamilton’s latest surfin’ safari was a TOTAL DISASTER … all because greedy jet skiers have overrun and RUINED the Tahitian spot he made famous … the surfing icon tells TMZ. “They are so much more concerned with catching the next wave than with other surfers,” the 49-year-old big-wave pioneer said. “The chaos of the jet skis’ movement has a circus-like aspect. Some behaviors were borderline clownish.” Laird recalls several near-collisions at his famed spot off of Teahupo’o this week … even a few wipeouts caused by wave-grubbing jet skiers thrusting themselves in front of boarders. “I watched a few surfers go down hard,” he said.

He’s also taking issue with the number of wave-riders taking crazy risks just to capture video … “They’re all wearing a bunch of cameras, taking off on waves they have NO chance of making,” Laird told us. “They drop in just so they can have a photo of themselves … ‘Wow, look at me!'” For the uninitiated … back in 2000, Laird became a major name in surfing after dropping into a dangerous monster wave at the Teahupo’o break … forever cementing it as a go-to spot for big-wave surfers. The irony — he was only able to do it by being towed in … by a jet ski.

The Old Show

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January 15th, 2012 – Greg Long Part 1
January 15th, 2012 – Greg Long Part 2
December 18th, 2011 – Danny Way Part 1
December 18th, 2011 – Danny Way Part 2
December 11th, 2011 – Tara Dakides Part 1
December 11th, 2011 – Tara Dakides Part 2
November 20th, 2011 – Kelly Slater
November 20th, 2011 – John John Florence and Joel Parkinson
October 2nd, 2011 – Dave Rastovich Part 1
October 2nd, 2011 – Dave Rastovich Part 2
September 25th, 2011 – Gerard Butler and Michelle Monaghan In-Studio
September 11th, 2011 – Laura Enever
August 14th, 2011 – Lakey Peterson Part 1
August 14th, 2011 – Lakey Peterson Part 2
August 14th, 2011 – Malia Manuel
July 10th, 2011 – Jesse Eisenberg and Aziz Ansari In-Studio
June 11th, 2011 – Rob Dyrdek Part 1
June 11th, 2011 – Rob Dyrdek Part 2
May 29th, 2011 – Monyca Byrne-Wickey
May 29th, 2011 – Hannah Teter
May 22nd, 2011 – Jamie Sterling
May 8th, 2011 – Donavon Frankenreiter Part 1
May 8th, 2011 – Donavon Frankenreiter Part 2
April 14th, 2011 – Rob Machado
March 21st, 2011 – Eric Byrnes
December 20th, 2010 – Tom Curren
October 14th, 2010 – Edward Norton In-Studio
October 12th, 2010 – Johnny Knoxville and Jeff Tremaine In-Studio
August 18th, 2010 – Jordy Smith
August 15th, 2009 – Ross Rebagliati
August 1st, 2009 – Pete Devries Part 1
August 1st, 2009 – Pete Devries Part 2
May 16th, 2009 – Marcus Sanders
April 18th, 2009 – Greg Long
April 18th, 2009  – Grant “Twiggy” Baker
March 28th, 2009 – Lewis Samuels
March 28th, 2009 – Sarah Burke
March 7th, 2009 – Chris Malloy
February 28th, 2009 – Stacy Peralta
February 7th, 2009 – Jonathan Cheechoo
January 31st, 2009 – Mason Aguirre
December 8th, 2008 – Tristan Prettyman
December 6th, 2008 – Greg Long
November 22nd, 2008 – Laird Hamilton
November 22nd, 2008 – Tara Dakides
October 29th, 2008 – Grete Eliassen
October 4th, 2008 – Barry Zito
September 20th, 2008 – Shane Dorian
September 13th, 2008 – Bede Durbidge
September 13th, 2008 – Kevin Pierce
July 26th, 2008 – Shaun Tomson
July 26th, 2008 – Gretchen Bleiler
July 12th, 2008 – Julian Wilson
March 10th, 2008 – Torah Bright
February 9th, 2008 – Kelly Slater Part 1
February 9th, 2008 – Kelly Slater Part 2
February 9th, 2008 – Kelly Slater Part 3
February 3rd, 2008 – Kristin Cavallari
January 19th, 2008 – Greg Long In-Studio
January 5th, 2008 – Elena Hight
September 22nd, 2007 – Shaun White
September 14th, 2007 – Emile Hirsch
June 16th, 2007 – Jeremy “Twitch” Stenberg
July 16th, 2007 – Greg Lutzka
June 5th, 2007 – Chad Kagy
May 17th, 2007 – Carey Hart
May 12th, 2007 – Tristan Prettyman
March 31st, 2007 – Ryan Sheckler
February 23rd, 2007 – Marissa Miller
February 12th, 2007 – Kelly Slater and Jeff Clark In-Studio
February 3rd, 2007 – Lauren Conrad
September 16th, 2006 – Johnny Knoxville and Jeff Tremaine In-Studio
September 16th, 2006 – Chris Pontius
September 16th, 2006 – Steve O
August 5th, 2006 – Johnny Moseley and G. Love In-Studio
August 5th, 2006 – G. Love In-Studio
August 4th, 2006 – Carey Hart
August 3rd, 2006 – Steve Lemme and Erik Stolhanske with Broken Lizard
July 18th, 2006 – Laird Hamilton
May 17th, 2006 – CJ Hobgood
April 20th, 2006 – Ben Harper
April 16th, 2006 – Brad Gerlach
April 12th 2006 – Danny Way
April 10th, 2006 – Andy Finch
June 6th, 2005 – Bruce Irons
March 7th, 2005 – Jack Johnson In-Studio
February 12th, 2005 – Hannah Teter
January 17th, 2005 – Chuck Liddell
December 14th, 2004 – Bam Margera
August 4th, 2004 and April 14th, 2007 – Dallas Friday
July 16th, 2004 – Greg Noll
January 9th, 2004 and January 11th, 2005 – Andy Irons
November 20th, 2003 and August 3rd, 2004 – Brian Deegan
December 4th, 2003 – Taj Burrow