<![CDATA[Quiksilver Blog]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog Mon, 14 Sep 2020 03:15:06 +0000 https://static.quiksilver.com.au/skin/frontend/enterprise/default/images/logo.gif <![CDATA[Quiksilver Blog]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[International Surfing Day]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/international-surfing-day-2020 https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/international-surfing-day-2020 @font-face { font-family: 'hurmeBlack'; src: url(https://www.quiksilver.com.au/media/qs/other/font/hgs-black.otf); } @font-face { font-family: 'hurmeSb'; src: url(https://www.quiksilver.com.au/media/qs/other/font/hgs-semibold.otf); } @font-face { font-family: 'hurmeReg'; src: url(https://www.quiksilver.com.au/media/qs/other/font/hgs-reg.otf); } .blogqs { margin: 0 auto; width: 100%; font-family: sans-serif; color: #171717; } .page-title { margin: 0 auto!important; text-align: center!important; margin-top: 15px!important; } .blog-paragraphs { max-width: 1000px; font-family: 'hurmeReg'; line-height: 20px; margin: 0 auto; text-align: center; letter-spacing: 0.3px; color: #1F1F1F; } .blog-image { max-width: 1000px; margin: 0 auto; padding: 25px; width: 100%; } .date { max-width: 1000px; font-family: 'hurmeReg'; line-height: 18px; margin: 0 auto; text-align: center; letter-spacing: 0.3px; color: #1F1F1F; font-size: 12px; padding-bottom: 15px; } .socials { margin: 0 auto; opacity: 0.3; padding-bottom: 30px; } .socials img { margin: 7px; }
SURF - June 20, 2020
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We think you should celebrate surfing as often as you can. If you have the right attitude, there’s no such thing as a bad surf session. That said, today is special: It’s International Surfing Day. To celebrate, we asked our team what surfing means to them. Here are their answers.

Maybe it’ll make you think about surfing differently, or even appreciate it more.

By the way, what does surfing mean to you? It’s a fun question to consider. And if you’re having a hard time thinking of an answer, we can help. Click here to try our new filter on Instagram — you might find inspiration, humor or a bit of both.

Fri, 19 Jun 2020 03:54:26 +0000
<![CDATA[Watch: Finn Bilous, Growing Pains]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/growing-pains https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/growing-pains @font-face { font-family: 'hurmeBlack'; src: url(https://www.quiksilver.com.au/media/qs/other/font/hgs-black.otf); } @font-face { font-family: 'hurmeSb'; src: url(https://www.quiksilver.com.au/media/qs/other/font/hgs-semibold.otf); } @font-face { font-family: 'hurmeReg'; src: url(https://www.quiksilver.com.au/media/qs/other/font/hgs-reg.otf); } .blogqs { margin: 0 auto; width: 100%; font-family: sans-serif; color: #171717; } .page-title { margin: 0 auto!important; text-align: center!important; margin-top: 15px!important; } .blog-paragraphs { max-width: 1000px; font-family: 'hurmeReg'; line-height: 20px; margin: 0 auto; text-align: center; letter-spacing: 0.3px; color: #1F1F1F; } .blog-image { max-width: 1000px; margin: 0 auto; padding: 25px; width: 100%; } .date { max-width: 1000px; font-family: 'hurmeReg'; line-height: 18px; margin: 0 auto; text-align: center; letter-spacing: 0.3px; color: #1F1F1F; font-size: 12px; padding-bottom: 15px; } .socials { margin: 0 auto; opacity: 0.3; padding-bottom: 30px; } .socials img { margin: 7px; }
SNOW - June 18, 2020
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Some people choose skiing. But, in Finn Bilous’ case, it seems more like skiing chose him.

Finn was born and raised in New Zealand’s Southern Alps, with a heli-ski guide/avalanche safety instructor for a father. His mother is a passionate skier and his older brother is as talented as they come.

Nothing like a sibling rivalry to fuel a career. So, really, it should come as no surprise to learn that Finn has spent a good chunk of his life standing on a podium. In 2016, at the age of 16, Finn brought home two gold medals at the Youth Olympics Games. In 2018, Finn competed in the Olympic Games in South Korea and he just keeps getting better and better.

When he’s not on skis, you can find Finn on a surfboard. Or on a mountain bike. Or running a marathon. Or doing anything and everything that involves the outdoors and an accelerated heart rate.

Try. Learn. Grow. This is a simple, but proven, formula for success. And it definitely worked for New Zealand skier Finn Billous.

The 20-year-old has been making a big name for himself in the last few years, but this edit feels like a whole new level. It’s got a little bit of everything, with bangers all over the place. Slopestyle. Big air. Half pipe. Free ride. As Finn puts it, “I hope its showcases my versatility as a rider.”

The name? Growing Pains. Though, based on the conditions he scored and the tricks he’s nailing, it doesn’t look all that painful to us.

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Wed, 17 Jun 2020 22:52:49 +0000
<![CDATA[WATCH: Mikey Wright Is Back In The Water]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/mikey-wright-is-back https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/mikey-wright-is-back @font-face { font-family: 'hurmeBlack'; src: url(https://www.quiksilver.com.au/media/qs/other/font/hgs-black.otf); } @font-face { font-family: 'hurmeSb'; src: url(https://www.quiksilver.com.au/media/qs/other/font/hgs-semibold.otf); } @font-face { font-family: 'hurmeReg'; src: url(https://www.quiksilver.com.au/media/qs/other/font/hgs-reg.otf); } .blogqs { margin: 0 auto; width: 100%; font-family: sans-serif; color: #171717; } .page-title { margin: 0 auto!important; text-align: center!important; margin-top: 15px!important; } .blog-paragraphs { max-width: 1000px; font-family: 'hurmeReg'; line-height: 20px; margin: 0 auto; text-align: center; letter-spacing: 0.3px; color: #1F1F1F; } .blog-image { max-width: 1000px; margin: 0 auto; padding: 25px; width: 100%; } .date { max-width: 1000px; font-family: 'hurmeReg'; line-height: 18px; margin: 0 auto; text-align: center; letter-spacing: 0.3px; color: #1F1F1F; font-size: 12px; padding-bottom: 15px; } .socials { margin: 0 auto; opacity: 0.3; padding-bottom: 30px; } .socials img { margin: 7px; }
SURF - April 24, 2020
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In early 2018, Mikey Wright fell on a wave while competing at Pipeline. This lead to a herniated L4/L5 disc and spinal stenosis. The pain was so bad that he could hardly sleep.

For the remainder of the year, Mikey competed in 8 events and finished 12th on the CT. He was mostly unable to free surf throughout this time.

In 2019, he competed in the first three CT events before withdrawing to deal with his injury. After 10 months out of the water, this is where Mikey’s at now.

This edit features footage from Australia, Fiji, Hawaii and Texas from early 2020. Mikey’s back to chasing swells, going hard and getting clips — and there’s plenty more to come.

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Thu, 23 Apr 2020 23:05:58 +0000
<![CDATA[Mathieu Crepel - Chione]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/chione https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/chione @font-face { font-family: 'hurmeBlack'; src: url(https://www.quiksilver.com.au/media/qs/other/font/hgs-black.otf); } @font-face { font-family: 'hurmeSb'; src: url(https://www.quiksilver.com.au/media/qs/other/font/hgs-semibold.otf); } @font-face { font-family: 'hurmeReg'; src: url(https://www.quiksilver.com.au/media/qs/other/font/hgs-reg.otf); } .blogqs { margin: 0 auto; width: 100%; font-family: sans-serif; color: #171717; } .page-title { margin: 0 auto!important; text-align: center!important; margin-top: 15px!important; } .blog-paragraphs { max-width: 1000px; font-family: 'hurmeReg'; line-height: 20px; margin: 0 auto; text-align: center; letter-spacing: 0.3px; color: #1F1F1F; } .blog-image { max-width: 1000px; margin: 0 auto; padding: 25px; width: 100%; } .date { max-width: 1000px; font-family: 'hurmeReg'; line-height: 18px; margin: 0 auto; text-align: center; letter-spacing: 0.3px; color: #1F1F1F; font-size: 12px; padding-bottom: 15px; } .socials { margin: 0 auto; opacity: 0.3; padding-bottom: 30px; } .socials img { margin: 7px; }
SNOW - April 21, 2020
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Mat Crepel: A Winter Well Spent .

Fun fact: In Greek mythology, Chione (or Khione) is the goddess of snow. Cool, right? Just maybe not as cool as this edit of Mat Crepel. Mat’s 2018 - 2019 winter was one to remember. He got good snow all over the world Baldface in Canada, Minakami in Japan and Lofoten in Norway, where Mat even bagged a few waves. Something tells us Chione would be proud of it all. Hit play and get psyched.

Tue, 21 Apr 2020 04:49:12 +0000
<![CDATA[Couch surfing with Joel Paxton]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/couch-surfing-with-joel-paxton https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/couch-surfing-with-joel-paxton @font-face { font-family: 'hurmeBlack'; src: url(https://www.quiksilver.com.au/media/qs/other/font/hgs-black.otf); } @font-face { font-family: 'hurmeSb'; src: url(https://www.quiksilver.com.au/media/qs/other/font/hgs-semibold.otf); } @font-face { font-family: 'hurmeReg'; src: url(https://www.quiksilver.com.au/media/qs/other/font/hgs-reg.otf); } .blogqs { margin: 0 auto; width: 100%; font-family: sans-serif; color: #171717; } .page-title { margin: 0 auto!important; text-align: center!important; margin-top: 15px!important; } .blog-paragraphs { max-width: 1000px; font-family: 'hurmeReg'; line-height: 20px; margin: 0 auto; text-align: center; letter-spacing: 0.3px; color: #1F1F1F; } .blog-image { max-width: 1000px; margin: 0 auto; padding: 25px; width: 100%; } .date { max-width: 1000px; font-family: 'hurmeReg'; line-height: 18px; margin: 0 auto; text-align: center; letter-spacing: 0.3px; color: #1F1F1F; font-size: 12px; padding-bottom: 15px; } .socials { margin: 0 auto; opacity: 0.3; padding-bottom: 30px; } .socials img { margin: 7px; }
STORIES - April 15, 2020
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We spoke with Joel Paxton on a couple of his top 5 movies, meals and Netflix shows to keep him entertained while he is couch surfing. Have a read below

1. What are your top 5 #quikflix to watch?
Surfers of fortune
Life in General
High octane
Young guns II

2. What are your top 5 meals to eat
Special k
Crunchy nut
Sultana bran

3. What’s the album you have on repeat
Sleeps holy mountain

4. What are you watching on Netflixs at the moment.
Big Wednesday is always welcome
Hannibal Lecter?? Torched
Quintin Tarantino flicks
Old star wars

5. What are your top 5 instagram accounts your visiting.

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Wed, 15 Apr 2020 01:13:49 +0000
<![CDATA[Watch: Blud Brothers]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/blud-brothers https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/blud-brothers @font-face { font-family: 'hurmeBlack'; src: url(https://www.quiksilver.com.au/media/qs/other/font/hgs-black.otf); } @font-face { font-family: 'hurmeSb'; src: url(https://www.quiksilver.com.au/media/qs/other/font/hgs-semibold.otf); } @font-face { font-family: 'hurmeReg'; src: url(https://www.quiksilver.com.au/media/qs/other/font/hgs-reg.otf); } .blogqs { margin: 0 auto; width: 100%; font-family: sans-serif; color: #171717; } .page-title { margin: 0 auto!important; text-align: center!important; margin-top: 15px!important; } .blog-paragraphs { max-width: 1000px; font-family: 'hurmeReg'; line-height: 20px; margin: 0 auto; text-align: center; letter-spacing: 0.3px; color: #1F1F1F; } .blog-image { max-width: 1000px; margin: 0 auto; padding: 25px; width: 100%; } .date { max-width: 1000px; font-family: 'hurmeReg'; line-height: 18px; margin: 0 auto; text-align: center; letter-spacing: 0.3px; color: #1F1F1F; font-size: 12px; padding-bottom: 15px; } .socials { margin: 0 auto; opacity: 0.3; padding-bottom: 30px; } .socials img { margin: 7px; }
SURF - April 14, 2020
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Blud Brothers Warm water. Fresh coconuts. Cold beers. Cool sites. Good friends. Good times. Waterfalls. Boardshorts all day and all night. Add in a healthy mix of waves — some serious, some fun — and you’ve got yourself a dream trip.

There’s a reason why one of Puerto Rico’s nicknames is la Isla del Encanto, which translates to the Island of Enchantment.

Micky Clarke recently went there to meet up with fellow Quik surfer and PR local Rolando Montes. Hunter Martinez and Claire Murphy came along to document it, and the result is pretty much enchanted.

A fast, fun edit and some cool photos?

That’s exactly what we need right now to keep the vibes high and the positivity flowing As Rolstie puts it: “I hope everyone that watches it enjoys it as much as we enjoyed creating it.”

Tue, 14 Apr 2020 02:54:28 +0000
<![CDATA[Watch: Kanoa Igarashi’s 'Freedom']]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/freedom https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/freedom @font-face { font-family: 'hurmeBlack'; src: url(https://www.quiksilver.com.au/media/qs/other/font/hgs-black.otf); } @font-face { font-family: 'hurmeSb'; src: url(https://www.quiksilver.com.au/media/qs/other/font/hgs-semibold.otf); } @font-face { font-family: 'hurmeReg'; src: url(https://www.quiksilver.com.au/media/qs/other/font/hgs-reg.otf); } .blogqs { margin: 0 auto; width: 100%; font-family: sans-serif; color: #171717; } .page-title { margin: 0 auto!important; text-align: center!important; margin-top: 15px!important; } .blog-paragraphs { max-width: 1000px; font-family: 'hurmeReg'; line-height: 20px; margin: 0 auto; text-align: center; letter-spacing: 0.3px; color: #1F1F1F; } .blog-image { max-width: 1000px; margin: 0 auto; padding: 25px; width: 100%; } .date { max-width: 1000px; font-family: 'hurmeReg'; line-height: 18px; margin: 0 auto; text-align: center; letter-spacing: 0.3px; color: #1F1F1F; font-size: 12px; padding-bottom: 15px; } .socials { margin: 0 auto; opacity: 0.3; padding-bottom: 30px; } .socials img { margin: 7px; }
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Thu, 27 Feb 2020 04:47:28 +0000
<![CDATA[Jeremy Flores’ Winter Sessions]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/winter-sessions https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/winter-sessions @font-face { font-family: 'hurmeBlack'; src: url(https://www.quiksilver.com.au/media/qs/other/font/hgs-black.otf); } @font-face { font-family: 'hurmeSb'; src: url(https://www.quiksilver.com.au/media/qs/other/font/hgs-semibold.otf); } @font-face { font-family: 'hurmeReg'; src: url(https://www.quiksilver.com.au/media/qs/other/font/hgs-reg.otf); } .blogqs { margin: 0 auto; width: 100%; font-family: sans-serif; color: #171717; } .page-title { margin: 0 auto!important; text-align: center!important; margin-top: 15px!important; } .blog-paragraphs { max-width: 1000px; font-family: 'hurmeReg'; line-height: 20px; margin: 0 auto; text-align: center; letter-spacing: 0.3px; color: #1F1F1F; } .blog-image { max-width: 1000px; margin: 0 auto; padding: 25px; width: 100%; } .date { max-width: 1000px; font-family: 'hurmeReg'; line-height: 18px; margin: 0 auto; text-align: center; letter-spacing: 0.3px; color: #1F1F1F; font-size: 12px; padding-bottom: 15px; } .socials { margin: 0 auto; opacity: 0.3; padding-bottom: 30px; } .socials img { margin: 7px; }
SURF - Jan 30, 2020
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“I’ve always had a special connection with La Gravière,” Jeremy Flores says. “I’ve been surfing there since I was super young, but I used to feel like I had a love/hate relationship with the wave. I would have so much fun free surfing there, but would seem to struggle in contests.”

That suddenly changed last October. Jeremy won the 2019 Quiksilver Pro France in a rowdy way, dropping the highest heat totals in nearly every round leading up to the final. He had found a rhythm, a zone. He was unstoppable.

“Ever since I won, I feel like I have more of a supernatural connection to the waves here.”

Want proof? Press play and watch one of this generation’s best tube riders do his thing. But before you do, here’s one last note from Jeremy.

“I think the best thing about surfing in winter is being able to share an uncrowded lineup with your friends [like Marc Lacomare, who has a cameo in this clip]. Even though I’m an island guy, I had a day where I surfed for six hours in a five mil. Years ago, there's no way I would have done that — but suits are just so good these days.”

We agree. Now, get to frothing.

Thu, 27 Feb 2020 03:58:30 +0000
<![CDATA[Koa Rothman - This is livin' 2.0]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/this-is-livin-2.0 https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/this-is-livin-2.0 .blogqs { margin: 0 auto; width: 100%; font-family: sans-serif; color: #171717; } .blogqs h2 { font-size: 22px; } .blogqs p { font-size: 14px; line-height: 20px; } .fw-img { width: 100%; margin-bottom: 20px; } .hw-img { width: 48%; margin-bottom: 20px; display: inline-block } .bpcontent { width: 70%; text-align: center; margin: 0 auto; padding-bottom: 25px; padding-top: 25px; } .bpt-heading { width: 70%; text-align: center; margin: 0 auto; padding-top: 20px; padding-bottom: 25px; } .bp-clip { margin: 0 auto; text-align: center; }

Premiere Photos | Surfer the Bar | January 24th 2020

Thu, 06 Feb 2020 03:48:41 +0000
<![CDATA[Quiksilver presents the 26th annual Torquay Boardriders Club Single Fin]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/Torquay-Boardriders-Club-Comp https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/Torquay-Boardriders-Club-Comp


In response to the devastating fires that ripped through the town of Mallacoota @quiksilver @torquayboardridersclub and @surfingvictoria teamed up to put on the 26th annual single fin event in Torquay. A total of $7,492 dollars was raised through a number of initiatives including the some of the bar takings at the presentation hosted by @birdrockjj. All funds raised will be going straight back into the @mallacootaboardriders community as they rebuild their beautiful town on the east coast of Victoria.


Tue, 04 Feb 2020 21:46:22 +0000
<![CDATA[Mullets by Mikey]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/mullets-by-mikey https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/mullets-by-mikey .blogqs { margin: 0 auto; width: 100%; font-family: sans-serif; color: #171717; } .blogqs h2 { font-size: 22px; } .blogqs p { font-size: 14px; line-height: 20px; } .fw-img { width: 100%; margin-bottom: 20px; } .hw-img { width: 48%; margin-bottom: 20px; display: inline-block } .bpcontent { width: 70%; text-align: center; margin: 0 auto; padding-bottom: 25px; padding-top: 25px; } .bpt-heading { width: 70%; text-align: center; margin: 0 auto; padding-top: 20px; padding-bottom: 25px; } .bp-clip { margin: 0 auto; text-align: center; }

A local band, projected surf clips, ice-cold cans, tacos and mullets cut in by Mikey Wright.

All had fun, even a noise complaint that cut "The Quids" set short didn't stop anyone from having a good time.

Bummed you missed out?

Fri, 17 Jan 2020 05:48:53 +0000
<![CDATA[Kepa Acero: It’s Not Only About Waves]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/its-not-only-about-waves https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/its-not-only-about-waves .blogqs { margin: 0 auto; width: 100%; font-family: sans-serif; color: #171717; } .blogqs h2 { font-size: 22px; } .blogqs p { font-size: 14px; line-height: 20px; } .fw-img { width: 100%; margin-bottom: 20px; } .hw-img { width: 48%; margin-bottom: 20px; display: inline-block } .bpcontent { width: 70%; text-align: center; margin: 0 auto; padding-bottom: 25px; padding-top: 25px; } .bpt-heading { width: 70%; text-align: center; margin: 0 auto; padding-top: 20px; padding-bottom: 25px; } .bp-clip { margin: 0 auto; text-align: center; }

A surfboard drive to Africa and a fascinating human experience in the heart of Africa, directed by Kepa Acero.

It’s true.

Surfing isn’t only about waves. It’s about connecting with nature. It’s about the sensation of gliding through space and time on a fun little piece of foam. It’s about experiencing new cultures. It’s about expanding your horizons in life. It’s about being part of a community.

And, sometimes, it’s about giving back to that community.

Kepa Acero recently went on a surf trip to Africa with one simple intention: To give more than he takes. He knew how much joy he’d get out of surfing good waves, so he wanted to match that with something greater. His way of doing so? Hit play, find out and feel a little bit brighter for the rest of your day.

Wed, 08 Jan 2020 04:56:14 +0000
<![CDATA[Quiksilver is supporting the first opus from the documentary series “Sounds of Surfing (S.O.S)]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/sound-of-surfing https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/sound-of-surfing .blogqs { margin: 0 auto; width: 100%; font-family: sans-serif; color: #171717; } .blogqs h2 { font-size: 22px; } .blogqs p { font-size: 14px; line-height: 20px; } .fw-img { width: 100%; margin-bottom: 20px; } .hw-img { width: 48%; margin-bottom: 20px; display: inline-block } .bpcontent { width: 70%; text-align: center; margin: 0 auto; padding-bottom: 25px; padding-top: 25px; } .bpt-heading { width: 70%; text-align: center; margin: 0 auto; padding-top: 20px; padding-bottom: 25px; } .bp-clip { margin: 0 auto; text-align: center; }

Photos : @goledzinowski

Quiksilver is supporting the first opus from the documentary series “Sounds of Surfing (S.O.S)” alongside the electronic music label Ed Banger and the audio equipment brand Sennheiser. Produced by LK RTEL and directed by Vincent Kardasik, S.O.S dives head first into the unexpected combination of big wave surfing and electronic music.

The concept of Sounds Of Surfing (S.O.S)

February 2019, Nazaré: the musician and electro-music producer Romain de la Haye-Serafini aka “Molécule” (Ed Banger Records) set himself a new artistic challenge: to create music that emphasises the power of the legendary surf spot Nazaré by sourcing sound directly from the natural phenomenon.

Under the guidance of filmmaker Vincent Kardasik, the LK RTEL team and the world’s big wave surfing elite including Quiksilver team rider Othmane Choufani, Molecule literally submerged himself in the ocean and the in big wave surf culture, learning the codes from those who take on extraordinary swells, building a bridge and uniting two universes, with one common denominator: adventure.


Few electronic artists can claim to have the audacity of Romain De La Haye, alias Molécule. Musician, producer, DJ, Molecule is an adventurer, literally and figuratively speaking, who likes to confront extraordinary experiences and territories to nourish his imagination and extract an extraordinary sound and visual material. The result is powerful, abyssal music that takes shape in fascinating and moving performances. Thrills guaranteed.

"60°43 North" is the project that has made him "the pioneer of nomadic electronic music". In 2013, he leaves on board an industrial trawler, with his "home studio" to compose music as close as possible to the storm. The result: the album "60°43 North" composed in-situ in 34 days without stopovers in the extreme conditions of the North Atlantic Ocean, bordering Iceland and Scotland.

In the winter of 2017, Molécule left again, heading for Greenland. He spent 5 weeks in a small, totally isolated hunting village. With the silences recorded on the ice floe, he composed the album "-22.7°C" entirely on site. An album that bears witness to the beauty and fragility of nature in a polar environment.

Molécule, about the SOS Project: "Used to extreme lonely adventures, this project has brought me more than any other to my own limitations. These monumental, almost animal waves once again showed me all the power and fascinating beauty of nature. Listening to these elements is for me an almost vital, necessary need.”

Vincent Kardasik (LKRTEL)

Vincent Kardasik is a producer and movie maker who founded LK RTEL in 2008. Since the very beginning, the Hossegor based company, hasn’t stopped pushing the boundaries of film production in surfing and beyond, playing to their strengths in digital cinema.

LK RTEL has international acclaim, and between filming campaigns for the biggest brands in the action sports industry, collaborating on cinema sets and advertising film sets, the team also find time to produce more personal and involved projects, such as Vague A l’Ame (2018) or this new project S.O.S, who sounds like a new inspiration to him: “Keeping in line with cinematographic documentaries, S.O.S is an extension of my work, with the objective of opening up the closed universe of big wave surfing and electronic music to the public, by humanising it”.

Pedro Winter, Ed Banger records

Pedro Winter is a world-famous electronic music DJ (Busy P) and funder of the label Ed Banger founded in 2003 and representing the French touch (Justice, Beakbot, Mr Oizo, Dj Mehdi, Busy P, Myd) in the four corners of the world. Pedro Winter is a big fan of action sports, and a longtime friend of the Quiksilver family. No surprise that this SOS Project has a special taste for him: "I have been following Molécule's work for a few years. The world is his studio, from a trawler to an igloo, we now find him at the foot of an ocean monster, Nazaré! Accompanying this kind of artist is a pleasure.’’

Othmane Choufani

Othmane is a big-wave surfer from Morocco and Quiksilver Team Surfer, who chases the biggest swells of the planet ans spends every winter few weeks in Nazaré. For hi the experience was totally unique: “It sounds funny to say it, but we were literally fishing for sounds, to the rhythm of the big waves. I’d say what really struck us the most when we finished a session, was to hear the loud thud of the impact of the wave on the water.’’

> Creative Timeline of the Sounds of Surfing Project:

- February 2019: Recording the sound of Nazaré wave

- June 2019: Molécule composes his works at Saint Jean de Luz (Basque Country), in the Quiksilver House, with a sea view.

- July 2019: Mixing session at the Quiksilver Drop-In Studio + "Marées Alternatives" party in Bidart (South West of France)

Molecule EP and the 26-minute documentary Sounds Of Surfing will be released on January 17th, 2020. Stay tuned.

Wed, 08 Jan 2020 04:43:25 +0000
<![CDATA[The Leonardo Fioravanti Story]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/the-leonardo-fioravanti-story https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/the-leonardo-fioravanti-story .blogqs { margin: 0 auto; width: 100%; font-family: sans-serif; color: #171717; } .blogqs h2 { font-size: 22px; } .blogqs p { font-size: 14px; line-height: 20px; } .fw-img { width: 100%; margin-bottom: 20px; } .hw-img { width: 48%; margin-bottom: 20px; display: inline-block } .bpcontent { width: 70%; text-align: center; margin: 0 auto; padding-bottom: 25px; padding-top: 25px; } .bpt-heading { width: 70%; text-align: center; margin: 0 auto; padding-top: 20px; padding-bottom: 25px; } .bp-clip { margin: 0 auto; text-align: center; }

Of course, you know Leonardo Fioravanti.

You know that he’s from Italy. And that he competes on the WSL’s Championship Tour. And that he rips in all conditions

But do you know his whole story? The ins, the outs, the trials, the tribulations, the details. Fortunately, we got you covered. Here’s a little profile piece on Leo. Hit play and get the scoop on his prolific rise from an unknown Italian grom to a force to be reckoned with on the World Tour.

We do have to admit that there is one lie in there, though — as of the 2019 Quiksilver Pro France, Leo’s now 3-0 against the greatest surfer of all time.

Wed, 08 Jan 2020 04:13:46 +0000
<![CDATA[One Board, Two Worlds]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/one-board-two-worlds https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/one-board-two-worlds .blogqs { margin: 0 auto; width: 100%; font-family: sans-serif; color: #171717; } .blogqs h2 { font-size: 22px; } .blogqs p { font-size: 14px; line-height: 20px; } .fw-img { width: 100%; margin-bottom: 20px; } .hw-img { width: 48%; margin-bottom: 20px; display: inline-block } .bpcontent { width: 70%; text-align: center; margin: 0 auto; padding-bottom: 25px; padding-top: 25px; } .bpt-heading { width: 70%; text-align: center; margin: 0 auto; padding-top: 20px; padding-bottom: 25px; } .bp-clip { margin: 0 auto; text-align: center; }

Quiksilver presents "One Board, Two Worlds",
the latest project of Mathieu Crepel, born from a crazy dream:
to ride the mountain and the ocean with the same board.

From the first prototype designed 'for fun' in the workshop of the famous shaper Axel Lorentz from Pukas, to the reality of a hybrid board, the result is amazing.

"One Board, Two Worlds" takes us between the waves of the Basque Country and the mountains of the Pyrenees, for a unique encounter of these two elements.

An adventure filmed by the videographer-photographer Guillaume Arrieta.

The mini-film will be released in March 2020.

Wed, 08 Jan 2020 03:55:01 +0000
<![CDATA[Rooster Tail - A short film by Austen Sweetin and Sean Lucey]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/rooster-tail https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/rooster-tail .blogqs { margin: 0 auto; width: 100%; font-family: sans-serif; color: #171717; } .blogqs h2 { font-size: 22px; } .blogqs p { font-size: 14px; line-height: 20px; } .fw-img { width: 100%; margin-bottom: 20px; } .hw-img { width: 48%; margin-bottom: 20px; display: inline-block } .bpcontent { width: 70%; text-align: center; margin: 0 auto; padding-bottom: 25px; padding-top: 25px; } .bpt-heading { width: 70%; text-align: center; margin: 0 auto; padding-top: 20px; padding-bottom: 25px; } .bp-clip { margin: 0 auto; text-align: center; }

Rooster Tail is a short film by Austen Sweetin and Sean Lucey.

It documents the elusive rooster tail — something you may never see but will always feel when laying into a long, drawn out turn.

From deep days at Mount Baker to the psychotic terrain of the Purcell Mountains, Rooster Tail proves that there are, in fact, friends on a powder day.

Austen linked up with Robin Van Gyn, Blair Habenicht, Bryan Fox and Travis Rice for the film, which will rev you up to create a few rooster tails of your own.

Whether it’s snowboarding, skating, surfing or pretty much anything that could be considered fun, you won’t find many people more fired up than Austen Sweetin.

The 28-year-old Seattle native earned a reputation for dropping banger parts in Absinthe snowboard movies and Travis Rice’s The Fourth Phase.

Last year, he branched out and worked with Quiksilver to release High Octane, which was nominated for short film of the year at the Rider’s Poll. This year, Rooster Tail takes things to a new level.

“We chased bottomless pow and brought our abstract vision of snowboarding to life.” -Austen Sweetin

Wed, 08 Jan 2020 03:40:44 +0000
<![CDATA[Coming Soon: Travis Rice's New Movie, Dark Matter]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/Coming-Soon-Travis-Rice-Dark-Matter https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/Coming-Soon-Travis-Rice-Dark-Matter


World-renowned snowboarders Travis Rice and Elias Elhardt team up with legendary director Curt Morgan for a celebration of space and time filmed in the deep backcountry of Alaska exclusively on location at Tordrillo Mountain Lodge.


World Premiere in Boulder Co.  Dec 5 @ The Roam Awards

Dec 6 Bellingham Washington @ Evil Bicycles HQ

Dec 7th Seattle @ Union Binding HQ

Dec 9th Denver @ BOA HQ


Additional tour stops will be announced here.

Available for purchase online later this month. Stay tuned.

Tue, 03 Dec 2019 18:03:44 +0000
<![CDATA[Sammy Carlson - Over Time]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/over-time https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/over-time

There are a lot of moving parts when it comes to creating something like Sammy Carlson’s new short film, Over Time. 


You need a vision. You need storms to deliver snow. You need the weather to work in your favor. You need to consistently be at the top of your game. You need a good crew. You need good terrain. And more than anything, you need time for all of these things to align. 

Sammy Carlson Over Time

Sammy Carlson Over Time

Sammy Carlson Over Time



Well, Sammy Carlson started last season with a vision. 

And over time, the conditions came together. 

Over time, he collected hard drives full of A+ clips. 

Over time, that vision came to life. 

Filmed purely in the heart of the British Columbian backcountry, Over Time’s got it all: Powder, pillows, lines, backcountry booters and a bunch of follow-cams. It’s beautifully filmed and produced and, of course, the skiing speaks for itself. 

We hope it inspires you to use your time wisely. After all, if you’re in the Northern Hemisphere, winter is on its way.



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Mon, 21 Oct 2019 22:18:17 +0000
<![CDATA[Jeremy Flores Wins 2019 Quiksilver Pro France]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/Jeremy-Flores-Quiksilver-Pro-France-2019 https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/Jeremy-Flores-Quiksilver-Pro-France-2019 It was the final day of the 2019 Quiksilver Pro France. The waves were well overhead. The wind was crisp and offshore. The sun had just risen and the sky looked beautiful. Jeremy Flores was in the first heat and found a perfect tube on his very first wave. 


From that point forward, it was pretty clear that it was Jeremy’s day.


He dropped the highest heat total in every single round, beating Jordy Smith in the Round of 16, Ryan Callinan in the Quarters and Jack Freestone in the Semis to earn a spot against Italo Ferreira in the final. 


And, of course, he started that heat with the same strategy he’d been employing all day: Standing in tubes. Within five minutes, he put a 9.67 on the board. 


Jeremy Flores Winning Barrel Quiksilver Pro France

Jeremy Flores Winning Barrel Exit Quiksilver Pro France


Jeremy continued to do what he does best: Stand in tubes. The crowd went wild with every wave and by the time it was finished, Jeremy had put up 15 points and became the first Frenchman to win the Quiksilver Pro France. The trophy will look good next to the brass from his other CT wins at Teahupo’o and Pipe. 


Jeremy Flores Chaired Up Beach Quiksilver Pro France

Jeremy Flores Chaired Up Beach Close Up Quiksilver Pro France


In an emotional post-heat interview, Jeremy dedicated his win to Pierre Agnes. The beach was filled with cheers, tears and beers as the sun began to sink into the Atlantic. 


What a day. 

Jeremy Flores Thanking Crowd Quiksilver Pro France


Also, we have to give a shoutout to Leonardo Fioravanti for making the Semis in his first event back from a shoulder injury. Nice work, boys.


Leo Quiksilver Pro France



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Fri, 11 Oct 2019 15:59:34 +0000
<![CDATA[SNOW TEAM 2019 — WEEK OF PRIVILEGE]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/WEEK-OF-PRIVILEGE https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/WEEK-OF-PRIVILEGE

FILMED FEB 23 - 28 2019



Wed, 25 Sep 2019 17:54:05 +0000
<![CDATA[A Deeper Look At Jeremy Flores]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/a-deeper-look-at-jeremy-flores https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/a-deeper-look-at-jeremy-flores .blog p { width: 70%; }

Rookie of the year. Teahupo’o champion. 2x Pipe Masters champion. Jeremy Flores has accomplished a lot in his thirteen years of competing on the WSL’s Championship Tour. But it hasn’t all been sunshine and rainbows.

It’s a well-known fact that Jeremy runs hot. He’s passionate. If he feels a certain way, he’s not afraid to show it. His fiery attitude even led him to a notorious meltdown at J-Bay Open in 2014.

But at the same time, this passion serves as fuel for Jeremy. More often than not, it’s the source of good things. “I just want to prove that I deserve to be where I'm at,” he says.

This short film gives you a deeper look at Jeremy Flores. It shows you who he is and where he came from, complete with thoughts from some of the people who’ve been close to him throughout his life and career.

It ends with solid advice.

“Surfing is all about your mindset. If you’re in the right mindset, I think everything goes your way. You gotta have fun. You gotta enjoy. You gotta be surrounded by good people.” Amen.

Mon, 02 Sep 2019 01:50:39 +0000
<![CDATA[Holy Bowly 2019]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/holy-bowly https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/holy-bowly

What is Holy Bowly? It’s is an insane new style of event that’s gained huge popularity in the Northern Hemisphere based around shredding a one-of-a-kind custom setup with no rules on how to find the right line. Presented by Snowboy Productions, Thredbo, Quiksilver, Libtech and Modest Eyewear the legendary Holy Bowly will take over Antons Terrain Park for the biggest and coolest snowboarding event to ever take place in the Southern Hemisphere…for an entire week…with the world’s best snowboarders!

The event is going down across 9-15 September, with the course open for public shredding on the 14th & 15th! What does that mean? It means that you and your mates a free to shred the entire set up all you want on the Saturday and Sunday alongside the best snowboarders in the world.

It’s so much more than a snowboarding event, Holy Bowly is an annual international gathering of riders committed to getting as creative as possible on unique hand-shaped bowls, hips, spines, berms and transitions for all those looking to surf the snow, with the ultimate goal of sharing the true stoke of snowboarding.
Off the mountain, there’s just as much good times and action throughout the entire week with jam-packed après schedule filled with parties, live concerts, pro rider signings, art exhibitions, talks, movie screenings and tonnes more.

Keen to get involved in what will be an incredible week of snowboarding Down Under?

Monday 9th | Schuss Bar - 6pm

Keen to get involved in what will be an incredible week of snowboarding Down Under?

Tuesday 10th | 4pm - Thredbo Skate Park

Come hang with some of Quiksilvers pro skaters and shred Thredbo’s skate park after a big day on the mountain…A big BBQ session will go down alongside the skate park.

Wednesday 11th | 5pm - Jindabyne Bowling Club

Hit the green in Jindabyne and enjoy a fun afternoon playing the Aussie classic…BOWLS! Hit it off with pro riders as they figure their way around the iconic ‘Bowls’.

Thursday 12th | 6pm - Quiksilver Short Films Night - Schuss Bar

Join in n what will be an amazing ‘Heritage Night’! Enjoy talks from some of the original pro’s in the scene, a gallery of old memorabilia and art plus live music.

Friday 13th | House of Ullr - 5pm

Join Quiksilver & Lib Tech for a WAX PARTY! Meet with some of Quiksilver’s pro team while you get your board waxed and ready for a big weekend of shredding Holy Bowly.

Saturday 14th | Alpine Bar - 2:00-7:30pm | Keller Bar - 8:30am til Late

After a massive day shredding the Holy Bowly setup head straight to the Thredbo Alpine Hotel for one of Thredbo’s biggest après parties…FIRST BASE! Party the night away with Tom Tilley, Hugo Gruzman and special guests Happiness Is Wealth.

After First Base…Hit up the Keller Bar for an iconic Full Moon party featuring Quikilver’s DJ Eddy from 8:30pm til late.

]]> Thu, 15 Aug 2019 06:06:18 +0000 <![CDATA[Tumbling Sudiantara Posts Perfect 10 Point Ride to Win the Quiksilver Uluwatu Challenge]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/ulu-challenge-2019 https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/ulu-challenge-2019  



Locals. Legends. Good times and a better future. This is the Bali Eco Weekend. ? ?


The event was created by Quiksilver in 2007 and has been held every year since. The concept is simple. Assemble a rad crew. Get some waves at Uluwatu. Have a fun comp, raise money and give it to local environmental charities. ? ?


Here are the highlights from this year’s installment. It features Quik legends Jeff Hakman, Matt Hoy and Simon Anderson as well as some of the best Balinese talent around. ? ?


We think the real star here — other than event champ Tumbling Sudiantara — is Ulu’s. Thanks for all the fun.


Simon Anderson



Dede Suryana



Jef Hakman & Simon Anderson



Matt Hoy






Jeff Hakman







Big Congrats Tumbling Sudiantara

It was an amazing Sunday with a spectacular finish at the Quiksilver Uluwatu Challenge, where 56 competitors including legends Matt Hoy, Simon Anderson, Jeff Hakman, Jim Banks, Wayan Gantiyasa, Made Switra, Ketut Menda, Made Lana and a host of other pros and punters surfed Bali’s most legendary lefthander in excellent 3-4 foot waves, all to raise awareness about the environmental challenges facing Bali. The Ulu Challenge is unique in that the public can pay a Rp1,000,000  ($70) entry fee to surf Uluwatu with only 5 other people including local and international legends, with the proceeds then being donated to local NGO, Eco Surf Rescue Uluwatu.  During the day Competitors, Uluwatu locals and the Eco Surf Rescue Uluwatu team also performed a beach clean-up where 156kg of plastic trash was removed from the cliff, reef and cave that all come together to make Uluwatu the iconic surf location it is. 

Following the beach clean-up, it was all about the action in the water and in the last heat of the day Uluwatu Boardrider, Tumbling Sudiantara, posted the event’s highest score of the day to take out the challenge.  Ryuki Waida had put himself solidly into the lead in Heat 7 of Round 1 with two excellent scores of an 8.17 and an 8.83 for a total of 17 points out of a possible 20. Ryuki looked to have a lock on the event win with the closest competitor needing an excellent score of 8.6 or better.  Ryuki was runner up last year and no doubt still smarting from being pipped at the post by Tipi Jabrik last year. But luck once again deserted the young ripper in Heat 7 of Round 2 where he was knocked out by Koki Hendrawan, who claimed a 9.70 ride for a chunky barrel that grinded through Racetracks.

Koki was already at the Edge, set to celebrate his victory when Tumbling Sudiantara used all of his local knowledge by first scoring a 9.53 and then the event’s only perfect 10 point wave in the final minutes of the last heat of the day to end the 2019 Uluwatu Challenge in a climactic finale. 

Tumbling was all smiles talking about his heat, saying “I was so happy on that second wave when I tucked in and then came out of the first barrel…then I saw the second section was opening so I pulled in again and came out….it just happened so quick! “Uluwatu is my home and we all need to continue to educate everyone in Uluwatu to respect the ocean by limiting their use of plastic and using the waste bins that have been provided at Uluwatu….We need Uluwatu to stay magical for the next generation,” he said.
Vaughan Blakey, guest commentator and editor of Surfing World was over the moon at being able to surf in the event and do some commentating as well. When asked what the highlight of the day was for him, he replied, “It was definitely the fact that in the last heat of the day, a guy that wasn’t even in the running could get a 9.5 and then follow it with a perfect 10 to win the whole thing…Uluwatu and Bali are such special places to the global surf community so it’s great that this event can promote a clean and green eco message that needs to be continually pushed in Indonesia.”

Legends Simon Anderson, Matt Hoy, and Jeff Hakman were all honored with return invitations. Hakman was stoked to take part again saying “Last year was my first time back to Uluwatu in 45 years and obviously it has changed a lot in that time, but I'm happy to see the local NGO’s, Quiksilver, and Uluwatu Boardriders Club working together to conserve Uluwatu for the future. This year, I was able to surf so it was so good to get out in the water and catch a few waves with everyone.”

Quiksilver’s Sammy Gosling summed up the day by saying, it is great to see the local and global surf community come together for this event to bring attention to the environmental challenges facing Bali.  We were stoked to work with Eco Surf Rescue Uluwatu and conduct a beach clean-up during the day so that we can continue to try and have a positive impact in securing Uluwatu for future generations. Globally, Quiksilver has turned more than 100 million recycled plastic bottles into boardshorts through our Repreve partnership and over the past 10 years Quiksilver has removed 34 million kilograms of trash from Bali’s beaches through its involvement in the Bali Beach Clean Up program, so it is great that we can continue to play our role to ensure we can make a positive impact on ensuring the mountains and waves are protected for future generations.  




Tue, 30 Jul 2019 16:47:17 +0000
<![CDATA[Kanoa Igarashi takes out the Corona Bali Protected]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/kanoa-igarashi-takes-out-the-corona-bali-protected https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/kanoa-igarashi-takes-out-the-corona-bali-protected

What a day. What a comp. And what a win. Kanoa Igarashi just took out the Corona Bali Protected after going blow for blow with fellow Quik rider Jeremy Flores in the final. It was the first CT victory of the 21-year-old’s career. Congrats boys! ?

“All the work. All the time in the gym. All the time you spend surfing alone, going hard when nobody is watching. It all makes sense now.” ??

Kanoa Igarashi, after winning his first-ever CT event at the 2019 Corona Bali Protected. The 21-year-old is now ranked second in the world. Congrats Kanoa! ??







Tue, 28 May 2019 04:22:44 +0000
<![CDATA[Leo Fioravanti: Balance]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/leo-fioravanti-balance https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/leo-fioravanti-balance

“I really believe last year I found the perfect balance,” says Leonardo Fioravanti.

The perfect balance means winning an event and re-qualifying for the CT while chasing swells and scoring waves around the world all in the same year. Yep, it’s fair to say the 21-year-old had a great 2018.

Here are a few highlights from Leo’s time spent out of the comp jersey last year. It features the Philippines, Ireland, Indonesia and Morocco — a great balance of waves, with a great balance of surfing, for a great balance of a year.

]]> Thu, 09 May 2019 04:20:19 +0000 <![CDATA[Italo Ferreira Wins 2019 Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/Italo-Ferreira-Wins-2019-Quiksilver-Pro-Gold-Coast https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/Italo-Ferreira-Wins-2019-Quiksilver-Pro-Gold-Coast


A new year. A new season. And so many new reasons to fall in love with surfing.


The 2019 Quiksilver Pro started the WSL season off with a bang. Some are claiming it generated the most high-performance heats in the history of competitive surfing. Hey, we’ll take it.



After the amazing run of swell during Hurricane Oma, the Superbank was left looking far less than super. No surf at our normal venue of Snapper? No problem. One of the most fun waves in the world, Duranbah, is just around the corner. Let’s run there.


This proved to be a good call, as the action was incredible. Like, mind-melting stuff — and it wasn’t just that Australian sun.



It all culminated with the final. Brazilian Italo Ferreira came up against American Kolohe Andino and the packed beach was here for it. The final featured everything you could want in a heat. Airs, turns, high scores and of course, drama.


Needing a big score, Italo caught a smaller wave in the dying minutes of the heat. He stuck a flat full-rotation for a 7.07 — which put him .14 points above Kolohe for the win. Some people think he deserved it. Some don’t. A fiery debate ensued, raging across all corners of the surf world.



So, what do you think? Who should have won? Either way, that’s the beauty of surfing. It’s fast, fun, subjective and so fun to watch. If the Quik Pro is any indication, it’s going to be on hell of a year.


Tue, 09 Apr 2019 18:40:22 +0000
<![CDATA[What's On At The Quik Pro 2019]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/whats-on-at-the-quik-pro-2019 https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/whats-on-at-the-quik-pro-2019

Want to watch the world’s best surfers at the world’s best sandbar? Yeah, us too. That’s why we put on the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast every year. Never disappoints.

But, as great as the surf contest may be, the event is so much more than high-fives and heat wins. It’s a party. A festival. A gathering of people, art, culture, chaos and classic times. Quite simply, it’s an event you can’t miss - trust us. And trust this guide. It’s our official list of recommendations for what to do at the Quik Pro. Consider it your fun atlas.

April 2nd: Watch The Trials

Sixteen surfers. Two spots in the main event. Sparks are inevitable. Watch some of the best up-and-coming and local surfers battle it out to realize the dream of competing in an event on surfing’s biggest stage.

April 3rd: Watch the Event

Thirty-six surfers. One big trophy. Sparks are seriously inevitable. As the first event of the WSL season, the Quik Pro is notorious for producing some major surprises and setting the tone for the entire year.

April 5th- Meet & Greet athletes

Is chasing a surfer down the beach with a big crowd in a wild buffalo sort of stampede your thing? Yeah? Nothing wrong with that - in fact, we encourage it. But, if you prefer a more mellow atmosphere, we’re holding a meet and greet with Quiksilver’s A Team at the Boardrider’s Shop in Coolangatta at 5PM. There will be food. There will be drink. There will be no stampede of wild buffalo.

April 6th: The Drop Festival

The Drop festival. Surfing and music go hand in hand. We’ve known that since the very beginning. Since ETR, since Mad Wax. You like it, we like it. Let's go enjoy it. The likes of The Dune Rats, San Sisco, Holy Holy, Safia and Ruby fields will be bringing you some tunes from 4pm to 10pm at Ebenezer Park, (or Dbah.) Head to https://thedropfestival.com to get your tickets.

April 7th: Get the best wave of your life

There’s nothing really special about this day - we just have a good feeling for you.

April 14th: Take a deep breath

In. Out. In. Out. How you feeling? If you took advantage of the past 12 days, you’ll have tried four new surfboards, got the best wave of your life, met your favorite surfer, heard your favorite band, watched an amazing contest and maybe even got a new tattoo. Time to relax now - you deserve it. Until next year, friends.

Can't make it to the Goldy? Don't sweat, literally. Just follow us on Instagram.

Thu, 28 Mar 2019 06:00:37 +0000
<![CDATA[Miles Fallon Wins 2019 Quiksilver Young Guns Snow]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/miles-fallon-wins-2019-quiksilver-young-guns-snow https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/miles-fallon-wins-2019-quiksilver-young-guns-snow Five days. Four Young Guns. Epic powder & crazy terrain.

It all came down to the very end.

Last day. Last run. A helicopter waited in the distance while the four Young Guns Snow finalists stood on top of a mountain somewhere in the British Columbian backcountry. They were looking down at a pillow field and wondering what they could possibly do to convince the #YGSnow judges to cut them a check for $10k before the sun snuck behind a nearby peak. 

What a way to end. 

It had been a long run for the finalists — Jadyn Chomlack, William Buffey, Jack Coyne and Miles Fallon. The contest started on Instagram as a challenge to anybody between the ages of 13 - 18. Hundreds of entries flooded in from all corners of the globe. 

Top 4 Young Gun Snow competitors YG Snow champion Miles Falcon

Austen Sweetin and the crew at Snowboarder scanned every entry and picked a Top 8. After that, it was up to the public to send one of those eight kids to the final. Voting was held on @quiksilver’s Instagram story and the people picked Jadyn to hit Revelstoke for the final. 

Then Austen and Snowboarder re-visited their Top 8 and chose three of the remaining seven to give us four finalists contending for the big win. Just getting picked for the final was a victory in itself — it meant you get to rip Revy for five days and hit the backcountry with the help of a heli — but there was still a $10k check waiting for one Young Gun to step up and win the title. 

Here’s the trick to winning: Just snowboard better than everyone else during those five days. Simple, right? It was pretty much a long-term jam session. And all four of the finalists did plenty of jamming leading up to the last day. 


Oh, about that — sorry to leave you on a cliffhanger before.

The Young Guns chose their lines, dropped in and ripped down to the helicopter, knowing they had one last chance to seal the deal. After going back and forth for ten minutes, Austen and Mark Clavin from Snowboarder decided Miles was the champ. 


He came this close to winning last year, only edged out by Jack McDougal. This year, he wouldn’t accept the same fate. He shined on the four days around the Resort and proved it in the backcountry.

It was a great way to end a great event, and the helicopter was full of smiles as it darted back into town.  

Miles Falcon Young Guns Snow winner Miles Falcon, Austen Sweetin and other competitors.

Tue, 26 Feb 2019 00:12:47 +0000
<![CDATA[Cole Richardson Wins 2019 Quiksilver Young Guns Ski]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/cole-richardson-wins-2019-young-guns-ski https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/cole-richardson-wins-2019-young-guns-ski

Five days. Four Young Guns. Epic Powder & crazy terrain.


This never felt like a contest. It just felt like the best week of my life.


That’s what Cole Richardson had to say after winning the 2019 Quiksilver Young Guns Ski contest. And to be honest, he had a fair point. Cole spent five days riding with Sammy Carlson and friends, sent it off of some of Revelstoke’s most notorious hits, went heli-skiing for the first time in his life and walked away with an oversized check for $10k. Hard to top a week like that. Let’s talk about how he got there.



Young Guns Ski started as an Instagram contest open to anybody between the ages of 13 - 18. It got over 1000 entries from all over the world.



Sammy Carlson and the crew at Newschoolers went through all of the entries and hand-picked their Top 8. Tough job — there were so many incredible edits — but it had to be done. Then the Top 8 went through a round of public voting on the @quiksilver Instagram Story.




Cole won the pubic’s hearts and votes, which earned him a ticket to the final in Revelstoke. Sammy and Newschoolers picked three more Young Guns out of their original Top 8 to leave us with four finalists.





Zane Severson, Tim Sivignon and Kiernan Fagan joined Cole for the final. They were four kids from three different countries, all ready to push their limits and try to win the Young Guns title and $10k prize.



The format for the final was simple: It was essentially a five-day jam session. Sammy and Newschooler’s Cam Kieth would watch it all unfold — while getting their runs in too, of course — and would pick the best overall skier as the champion.


From the very first session, it was on. The boys all went huge and bonded instantly. The next four days were a blur. And on the fifth and final day, the finalists went heli-skiing — a first for all of them.





The heli day gave the finalists one last chance to prove to Sammy and Cam that they were worthy of the $10k and bragging rights. And while everybody was on fire all week, Cole was really shining. From his triple backflip in the side country to his big mountain lines on the last day, he was simply on another level.



Out there in British Columbian backcountry, Sammy and Cam declared him the winner and handed him the big check.


Cole was right — it really never felt like a contest. But it sure was a great week.



]]> Tue, 26 Feb 2019 00:11:45 +0000 <![CDATA[Ten Things That’ll Make You A Better Snowboarder]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/ten_things_that_will_make_you_a_better_snowboarder https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/ten_things_that_will_make_you_a_better_snowboarder The best snowboarder on the mountain is the one having the most fun — and most of the time, Austen Sweetin is the one having the most fun. 


The 24-year-old from Washington has beeb blowing up lately. He’s hanging with the #YGSnow finalists and we asked him for three things that’ll make you a better snowboarder. He ended up giving us ten. That’s the kind of guy he is. 


And that’s the kind of approach you should take to snowboarding. 


Find a comfortable stance 

Mess around with your stance until you find most comfortable. I actually change my stance about five times a year. Tweaking things so that I’m always feeling. comfortable. 


Trust your edges

A lot of people who are just getting started don’t use their edges properly — they kind of just float on top of the snow instead of digging into it. You gotta bend your knees and commit to the turn. It’ll be more fun and you’ll have way more control.   



Get good gear

It’s obvious, but it’s true. If you get cold or wet out there, you’re just not going to have fun. Comfort should come first. 


Take care of your board 

Your board should be your best friend — you gotta take care of it. Make sure to wax it and tune it pretty regularly. 


Use the mountain

You can use little bumps to gain speed or find natural jumps and landings. You gotta see the mountain. It’s all out there. 



Know what you like 

Figure out what aspect of snowboarding gets you most stoked to go out and ride, then do that. It could be ripping groomers, riding park, chasing pow, sending it down mogul fields, whatever. If you know what you like, you’ll always be more fired up to ride, which will only make you a better snowboarder. 


But also ride powder

It’s a completely different feeling from anything else and it’ll translate to other aspects of your riding. Plus, it’s just so fun — it’s pretty much impossible to not get addicted. 



Keep your knees bent 

Going straight legged is how you wreck yourself. Nice bent knees will help keep you balanced and ripping. 


Know your line 

I’m usually like two steps ahead. Projection. See your line in your head before you start it. And when you’re riding, always know what you want to do next. That’ll help you really start to link some nice lines. 


Watch snowboarding movies 

You can see how someone does something then go out and try to replicate it or at least incorporate it into your approach. For example, I love how Bryan does toe-side turns all laid out. I can take that and put some of it into mine. Plus, watching snowboarding movies just gets you fired up to get out there. 91-91


Fri, 15 Feb 2019 23:05:31 +0000
<![CDATA[Here’s What The Young Guns Ski Finalists Are Riding]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/heres_what_the_yg_ski_finalists_are_riding https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/heres_what_the_yg_ski_finalists_are_riding


Zane Severson 


Brand: Völkl 

Model: Revolt

Mount: 2.5 back from center 


They’re powerful. You can ski over anything in them. Plus, the graphics are gas. 



Kieran Fagan 


Brand: Atomic

Model: Bent Chetler 

Mount: 2.5 back from center 


They’re stiff so you can hit big landings but also light so you can throw some big stuff. They’re definitely good if you want to try big tricks. 



Tim Sivignon 


Brand: Faction 

Model: Prodigy 1.0 

Mount: 1 back from center 


It’s flexible, which makes it feel super playful. I also think it’s pretty versatile. It can do anything. 



Cole Richardson 


Brand: Head

Model: Kore 

Mount: 2.5 back from center 


They’re pretty stiff, but still super light. I think that gives them a balance of being playful but still being solid for big landings — you can definitely charge on them. They’re a great all around ski. 

Mon, 11 Feb 2019 18:44:13 +0000
<![CDATA[Everything You Need To Know About Visiting Revelstoke]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/everything_you_need_to_know_about_revelstoke_ https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/everything_you_need_to_know_about_revelstoke_


They call it being Revelstuck. 


Most people who visit Revelstoke never want to leave. A very small percentage of those people find a way to make that dream a reality — hence, becoming happily Revelstuck. They become captors to its beauty and are incapable of leaving. Like, ever.  


The harsh truth? This probably won’t happen to you. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t treat yourself to the feeling of wanting to get Revelstuck. 


With a population of just under 7000, it’s a small place that’s much harder to get to than some of North America’s more famous mountain towns. It’s a hub for heli and cat-skiing and has a reputation for some of the best backcountry around. 


Plus, when you visit, you get to make a lot of stoke puns. Now let’s break it down. 


How To Get There 

The most convenient major(ish) airport is located in Kelowna, which is about two and a half hours away by car. You could also fly into Calgary, which is a five-hour drive away. It’s fairly easy to find shuttles from either airport to Revelstoke — but with bad conditions, the drive is nearly impossible, bringing a whole new meaning to the term Revelstuck. 



When To Go 

Well, it’s beautiful all summer. You can go biking, hiking, etc. You’d love it, but let’s be honest — you’re on this page because you want to ride. January to April are prime time for the best snow. 


Where To Stay 

Valley Retreat - This is a rad bed and breakfast catered to skiers and snowboarders. 

Hill Crest - It ain’t cheap, but it’s one of the more iconic places in town. 

Stoke Hotel - It’s cool. It’s clean. And it’s one of the less expensive options around. 

Airbnb - Depending on how big your crew is, you could be able to find some good options — but you’ll have to book way in advance. 


Where To Eat 

Big Eddy - A pub. A restaurant. And a cozy atmosphere. It’s a must-hit. 

La Baguette - Just trust us on this one. 

Dose - If you like good coffee, don’t miss it. 


What To Do 

You mean other than riding? If you do Revelstoke right, you’ll leave the mountain tuckered out every day. But if you still want to go out and get your kicks, there’s a bowling alley in town. If you’re craving a drink, you can always find a good crowd at the Village Idiot. 


But if you want to go full Canadian, you can go to a place called Peak and throw axes at wooden target — potentially bringing yet another meaning to Revelstuck. 

Thu, 07 Feb 2019 19:09:40 +0000
<![CDATA[How To Win $10k At The Young Guns Ski Final]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/how-to-win-10k-at-the-young-guns-ski-final https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/how-to-win-10k-at-the-young-guns-ski-final
Can you feel the heat?

We’ll be honest — it’s kind of hard to. That’s what happens when the temp drops to -9 degrees Fahrenheit (-23 Celsius). But no matter how cold it is, there’s still a little flame burning here. Call it froth. Or better yet, stoke.

I mean, we are in Revelstoke.

The 2019 Young Guns Ski final just started. Kiernan Fagan, Cole Richardson, Zane Severson and Tim Sivignon are here and in five days, one of them is going to be $10k richer.

A lot of epic skiing is going to happen between now and then. But before it goes down, let’s talk about how we got here.

The #YGSkiContest started on Instagram with over 700 entries from around the world. Sammy Carlson scanned them all and picked his eight favorites. Those eight went through a public voting round. The winner earned a ticket to the final, then Sammy picked three others to round it out with four finalists.

Here are the entries the entries that earned tickets to Revelstoke.

Cole was chosen via public voting and the rest were Sammy’s picks.

Speaking of Sammy, did we mention that he’s going to rolling with us over the next five days. He’s your official YG judge, which means he’s in charge of awarding the $10k check to the champ.

The format is simple — it’s pretty much a five-day jam session.

We’ll spend four days tearing around Revelstoke and one day heli-skiing in the backcountry. Sammy will be encouraging the boys to get creative — if they see something they want to hit, call it out and we’ll make it happen.

The mountain is theirs to slay. And based on the freakish level these kids are at, the 10k could be going to any of them.

Hit our Instagram story to get real-time updates as it happens.

Wed, 06 Feb 2019 01:39:50 +0000
<![CDATA[Koa Rothman: A Year Of Livin’ ]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/koa-rothman-a-year-of-livin https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/koa-rothman-a-year-of-livin

It has been nearly a year since Koa Rothman dropped the first episode of his YouTube series, This Is Livin.

It’s all been a beautiful whirlwind since then. The series has chased countless swells. Pursued endless good times. It’s given us perfect days, hectic wipeouts, wild nights out, viral boat accidents and So. Many. Good. Waves.

All up, there have been thirty-seven episodes of fast livin’ so far.

Reflecting on the the past few months Koa and his filmer/producer Jack Germain decided to make a movie.

Watch that movie, below.

And be sure to subscribe to Koa’s YouTube channel here. 2019 is just getting started and the boys ain’t done livin’ yet!

Tue, 22 Jan 2019 23:57:17 +0000
<![CDATA[Tekehukehu- Ft. Kehu Butler]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/kehu-butler-in-tekehukehu https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/kehu-butler-in-tekehukehu

Te Kehukehu is actually Kehu Butler's indigenous Māori name. Above he shreds some waves around his home of Mt Maunganui, Australia's east coast as well as a little bit off Bali mixed in too. Enjoy.

Te Kehukehu Butler

A film by Billy Lee-Pope

Additional Filming: Thomas Crews


Mt Kimble - Delta

Drake - Nonstop

Tue, 08 Jan 2019 23:23:19 +0000
<![CDATA[Jesse Mendes Wins 2018 Triple Crown Of Surfing ]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/jesse-mendes-vans-triple-crown-champion https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/jesse-mendes-vans-triple-crown-champion

A positive attitude always pays off.

If you need proof, just examine the case of Jesse Mendes.

Going into the 2018 Hawaii season — aka crunch time for any competitive surfer — Jesse needed a huge result to keep his place on the WSL’s Championship Tour. Most people would have cracked under the pressure. They would have been overly nervous and made things hard for themselves. But Jesse just put his head down, worked hard and stayed positive.


The result? Not only did Jesse re-qualify for the Tour, he also won one of the most prestigious events in our world — the Triple Crown of Surfing.


For most people, it’s an honour second only to a World Title. And for Jesse, it’s a moment he’ll remember for the rest of his life.


Congrats Jesse — and here’s to staying positive.

Thu, 20 Dec 2018 05:35:18 +0000
<![CDATA[Truffle Pigs, an Alaskan odyssey]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/truffle-pigs-travis-rice https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/truffle-pigs-travis-rice

Last winter, Travis Rice and Chris Rasman went deep into Alaska’s Tordillo Mountains. Their trip coincided with about five feet of fresh snow — which was followed up by about 100 MPH winds.

This lead to long days of searching and even longer nights in the lodge, sipping exotic wines and contemplating fate or at least thinking about where, oh where, those pockets of good snow might be hiding.

By the end of it, Travis and Chris started to feel like truffle pigs — animals known for their acute ability to find rare objects or situations. You know, like geographical oddities and good snow.

In other words, they nailed it.

Hit play and enjoy. You’ll walk away inspired to be a truffle pig in your very own special way.

Sat, 08 Dec 2018 05:11:40 +0000
<![CDATA[Sammy Carlson - Rejoice]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/sammy-carlson-rejoice https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/sammy-carlson-rejoice

If you live in the Northern Hemisphere, winter is here. It’s time to rejoice.

And if you live in the Southern Hemisphere, summer is here. It’s still time to rejoice because

A) You get to wear boardshorts and

B) You still get to watch this new Sammy Carlson edit, appropriately titled Rejoice.

Sammy grew up skiing around Mt Hood, Oregon, but he’s currently a resident of Revelstoke, Canada. The new location gives him easy access to British Columbia’s Interior Mountains — safe to say he took full advantage of that access last season.

Press play and watch this generation’s best backcountry freestyle skier go HAM.

Wed, 21 Nov 2018 04:00:27 +0000
<![CDATA[Austen Sweetin’s New Short Film Will Fire You Up For The Season]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/austen-sweetin-high-octane https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/austen-sweetin-high-octane




Austen Sweetin, Sean Lucey, and Quiksilver present HIGH OCTANE: A Snowboard Short. It’s an 8 1/2 minute climactic portrayal of snowboard savagery featuring Austen alongside fellow boarders Robin Van Gyn, Travis Rice, Rusty Ockenden, Chris Rasman, Phil Hansen and Brandon Reis. 

As Austen puts it, 

“Two weeks of Japan’s deepest and lightest snow filled our days with endless mountain waves and then we set out to film two days of pillow-bashing, leg-burning pow smashing boarding with Travis Rice at Stellar Heli in BC. There were a few days in Whistler and Alpental scattered in between and now we proudly present to you HIGH OCTANE. Press play, get stoked, grab your board and go psycho!” 

Don’t blink or you’ll miss something worth seeing.


burning pow smashing boarding with Travis Rice at Stellar Heli in BC. A few days in Whistler and Alpental scattered between and we proudly present to you HIGH OCTANE. Press play, get stoked, grab your board, and go psycho!


Just two pals bashin' down a line of pillows...

Austen and Travis in third gear.


High Octane diet...


Night and day. Never a dull moment.



]]> Fri, 09 Nov 2018 05:27:39 +0000 <![CDATA[A Conversation With One Of This Generation’s Most Interesting Surfers]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/conversation-with-one-of-this-generations-most-interesting-surfers https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/conversation-with-one-of-this-generations-most-interesting-surfers

Andy Nieblas’ surfing is hard to put into words. It’s functional but funky. Innovative but timeless. Wild but controlled. More than anything, it leaves you really wanting to go ride some waves.

Which makes Andy one of the most interesting surfers of this generation.

The iconic Surfer Magazine recently had a chat with him. Hit play to learn everything from what he named his van to the lowdown on his Native American heritage.

And, of course, the whole thing is paired with his groovy surfing. Dive in and enjoy.

Thu, 08 Nov 2018 01:42:06 +0000
<![CDATA[This Is Livin! Ft. Koa Rothman]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/this-is-livin-koa-rothman https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/this-is-livin-koa-rothman @koarothman has been pretty much been livin, on an appropriately titled video series that gives you a behind the scenes look into his charmed life - Come back here to find the series as it rolls out.


Episode 37: 

Surfboard Review & Surfing Pipeline



Episode 36: 

The Da Hui Backdoor shootout



Episode 35: 




Episode 34: 

Chasing Mavericks Pt. 2



Episode 33: 

Chasing Mavericks & Pipe Masters



Episode 32: 

Pipeline's not always good!



Episode 31: 

Eddie Aikau Opening Ceremony & Beach Days



Episode 30: 

Koa Rothman gets wildcard at Jaws (Pe?ahi) Big Wave World Tour



Episode 29: 

Keiki Shorebreak and Beach Party



Episode 28: 

Foiling & Surfing NorthShore



Episode 27: 

"Last Days In Tahiti (Teahupo'o)"




Episode 26: 

"Surfing Secret Spots In Tahiti"



Episode 25: 

"Tahitian Dream (Surfing Teahupo'o)"




Episode 24: 

"Keiki Shorebreak & Winter Prep"




Episode 23: 

"Pipeline Turns On!"



Episode 22: 

"Hurricane Swell"



Episode 21: 

"California to Hawaii"





Episode 20: 

"California Part 2"





Episode 19: 

"California Part 1"




Episode 18: 

"Summer Time"



Episode 17: 




Episode 16: 

"Indonesia, Bali For A Day"



Episode 15: 

"Nias part 2"



Episode 14: 

"Indonesia Part 1"



Episode 13: 

"The Sunrise Shack"






Episode 12: 

"Back Home"






Episode 11: 

"Africa Part 2"





Episode 10: 







Episode 9: 

"Late Season Swell"





Episode 8: 

"Training Day"




Episode 7: 

"Fiji Pt 4"





Episode 6: 

"Fiji Pt 3"





Episode 5: 

"Fiji Pt 2"



Episode 4: 

"Fiji Pt 1"





Episode 3: 

"Home Pt 3"



Episode 2: 

"Home Pt 2"



Episode 1: 




This is the first Episode of a series Featuring Koa Rothman and friends as they travel the world searching for the best waves and good times.

Thu, 08 Nov 2018 01:31:29 +0000
<![CDATA[Zeke Lau Brings The Heat In Europe]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/zeke-lau-brings-the-heat-in-europe https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/zeke-lau-brings-the-heat-in-europe

It’s all about bringing the heat — especially in heats.

Want proof? Here’s a little wrap of Zeke Lau’s European leg of the CT. It features his best clips from heats at the Quiksilver Pro France and Rip Curl Pro Portugal. There are some airs. A few barrels. And a whole lot of power surfing — just what you’d expect from a surfer as well-rounded as Zeke.

It’s a good reminder of how much great surfing goes down in a comp jersey.

Fri, 02 Nov 2018 01:40:19 +0000
<![CDATA[Never Lose Hope: An Adventure In India]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/never-lose-hope-an-adventure-in-india https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/never-lose-hope-an-adventure-in-india

“Uncertainty is the essence of adventure.”

That’s what Kepa Acero says, and we certainly believe him. Kepa has found waves in some of the wildest (see: most uncertain) places on earth. His passion for exploring is never-ending and his contributions to surfing are undeniable.

In 2012, Kepa found what he thought could be a world-class wave on an island off the coast of India. So he waited for a swell, booked a ticket, grabbed a board, went alone and tried to make it happen.

Unfortunately, it didn’t work out.

Kepa needed to hire a boat to take him out to the island — but, due to the language barrier, he wasn’t able to communicate that to the locals. As a result, he stayed on the mainland. So close yet so far from his dream. All he could do was let his mind run wild with visions of perfection just out of reach.

Over five years later, Natxo Gonzalez called and convinced him to try again. The pair grabbed another close friend, Aritz Aranburu, and that’s where the adventure began.

We don’t want to spoil it for you, so we’ll just leave it at this: they eventually found themselves written about in a local Indian newspaper for all the wrong reasons.

Hit play and enjoy the ride.

Fri, 02 Nov 2018 01:20:39 +0000
<![CDATA[Chemtrails: 2018 France Sessions ]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/chemtrails https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/chemtrails


Every year, France seems to fire during the Quiksilver Pro. And this year was no different. 
There were peaks everywhere. Barrels. Ramps. Long walls and lots of sections. Once it started, it wouldn’t stop — and our team was there to enjoy it. 
Need proof? Here’s an edit starring Jesse Mendes, Jeremy Flores, Wiggolly Dantas, Ramzi Boukhiam, Mikey February, Connor O’Leary, Marc Lacomare, Aritz Aranburu, Kanoa Igarashi, Zeke Lau, Joel Paxton, Kael Walsh and Mikey Wright. 
Hit play above and beware of the Chemtrails. 


Wiggoly DantasSunsetChemtrailsRamzi BoukhaimZeke LauZeke LauMikey WrightRamzi BoukhaimMikey WrightMikey FebruaryMikey FebruaryMikey Wright & Kelia MonizMarc LacomareLine UpSunsetBarrelLineup Leo FioravantiLandscapeKael WalshKanoa IgarashiKael WalshKael WalshKael WalshKael WalshKael WalshJoel PaxtonJoel PaxtonJesse MendesJeremy FloresJackson BunchAussie MungrelsFrench CrewConnor O'Leary & Bryan FoxChemtrailsConnor O'learyKael WalshAritz Arnaburu & Mikey FebAritz Aranburu

]]> Tue, 16 Oct 2018 17:03:11 +0000 <![CDATA[Austen Sweetin: Surfing* In Montana]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/austen-sweetin-surfing-in-montana https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/austen-sweetin-surfing-in-montana

There’s nothing like a good road trip. A van, some friends, endless pavement and the heartbeat of now. 


Austen Sweetin recently hit the road with some friends. The location? Montana. Yep, that Montana. Austen is a man of many boards. He’s a professional snowboarder who froths on surfing and skating as hard as anyone. Which, in other words, means he’s always riding something. 



Turns out it’s pretty hard to find waves or snow in Montana during the summer, so Austen skated through the road trip. However, you don’t have to look too hard to see the surf/snow influence in his skating. 


It’s fast, fun and radical. Just like a road trip.


]]> Tue, 18 Sep 2018 04:53:56 +0000 <![CDATA[Our World, Animated: The Mountain And The Wave]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/our-world-animated-the-mountain-and-the-wave https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/our-world-animated-the-mountain-and-the-wave

Bomb dropping out of a helicopter on a snowboard. Jumping the Great Wall of China on a skateboard. Doing a snap on a wave that can kill you on a surfboard.

These are the moments that we’re made of — because the world is our playground and with enough imagination, nothing is out of bounds.

Want to experience more life on the mountain and the wave? Hit quiksilver.com or follow us on Instagram @quiksilver.

]]> Tue, 11 Sep 2018 04:35:20 +0000 <![CDATA[Natxo Gonzalez And A Dream Revisited]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/natxo-gonzalez-and-a-dream-revisited https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/natxo-gonzalez-and-a-dream-revisited

Last year, Natxo Gonzalez discovered a perfect wave, tracked a swell there and surfed it completely alone.

It was a lifelong dream come true. And it turns out that dream ain’t over.

Natxo recently returned to his discovery — and this time, he brought some company. As Natxo puts it, “It’s the best thing in the world if you can share perfect waves with your best friends.”

Don’t believe him? Just press play and watch him and the crew try to wrangle this beautiful-but-psycho wave.

]]> Tue, 04 Sep 2018 11:00:30 +0000 <![CDATA[This Ryder Guest Clip Will Make You Want To Get Barreled]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/ryder-guest https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/ryder-guest

Here is a definitive list of activities that are more fun than getting barreled:




That’s right. Nothing. Nothing is more enjoyable than getting barreled. Which is exactly what makes this Ryder Guest clip such a treat.


It spans a few weeks with Ryder all over Indonesia. This kid is only 17 years old and he’s probably the best barrel-rider you’ll see today. So, go ahead, hit play. Then do whatever it takes to find your next tube.

]]> Thu, 30 Aug 2018 18:27:35 +0000 <![CDATA[Living The Goofyfooter’s Dream With John Mel]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/living-the-goofyfooters-dream-with-john-mel https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/living-the-goofyfooters-dream-with-john-mel

A few spots come to mind when you start to think of a goofyfooter’s dream wave.

Mundaka? Check. Desert Point? Check. G-Land? Check. Them pointbreaks down in Chile? Shit, not sure if we’re supposed to talk about those in public but you best believe they are worth that check.

But, above all the rest, Skeleton Bay is the one.

Miles and miles of spitting lefthand barrels somewhere out in the Namibian nothingness. You can’t beat it.

John Mel recently hit it for a swell and the results demand your attention. Now, hit play and start dreaming.

Tue, 28 Aug 2018 07:55:21 +0000
<![CDATA[Treat Yourself To Cody Young’s Mixed Plate]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/cody-young-mixed-plate https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/cody-young-mixed-plate


Airs. Tubes. Carves. More airs. This truly is a Mixed Plate.

Here’s a steezy edit from Quiksilver’s Cody Young and his friend Imaikalani Devault. It features the two tangoing and tearing around Maui last winter.

And, as the title suggests, it’s got a little bit of everything. Hit play and dig in.

Wed, 22 Aug 2018 04:45:40 +0000
<![CDATA[Highlight Reel: Ramzi Boukhiam]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/highlight-reel-ramzi-boukhiam https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/highlight-reel-ramzi-boukhiam Got five minutes?


Of course you do. And of course you’re going to spend them with Ramzi Boukhiam.


Dig his highlight reel from the past season. It opens up with some flaring in France, then heads south to Morocco — and that’s when things really heat up. Ramzi was raised in the long, dreamy right-handers of the Northern African surf hub. And, yep, he sure as hell knows how to surf ‘em.


Hit play, then go demolish the nearest backhand wall.


Mon, 20 Aug 2018 17:11:45 +0000
<![CDATA[Uluwatu Challenge 2018]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/uluwatu-challenge-2018 https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/uluwatu-challenge-2018 You usually don’t need much convincing to surf pumping Uluwatu. But, in case you did, check out the Quiksilver Uluwatu Challenge - which got people very barreled for a very good cause.

Tue, 07 Aug 2018 02:31:37 +0000
<![CDATA[Kanoa Igarashi Wins 2018 US Open Of Surfing]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/kanoa-igarashi-wins-2018-US-open-of-surfing https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/kanoa-igarashi-wins-2018-US-open-of-surfing


“I don’t even remember the wave. I just stood up and something else took over.”

There were less than two minutes left in the final when things became a blur for Kanoa Igarashi. He was surfing in front of tens of thousands of people in his hometown of Huntington Beach, California and needed a score to get the lead off of Griffin Colapinto.


That wave ended up being an 8.17 and it earned Kanoa his second-straight US Open Of Surfing victory.

The 20-year-old, who is already in his third year of competing on the CT, has been on the up-and-up lately. After dropping some of the highest scoring waves at the 2018 J-Bay Open, you knew he’d be the one to watch at this event.

He might not remember the wave that sealed the deal — but something tells us he’ll remember what it did for him.


2x US Open Champ, Kanoa Igarashi, On Four Boards From Three Generations

As featured on stabmag.com

]]> Mon, 06 Aug 2018 06:23:45 +0000 <![CDATA[2018 Quiksilver Young Guns: The WSL Surf Ranch Showdown]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/ygsurfshowdown https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/ygsurfshowdown

Somewhere west of the Mississippi River — and about 150 miles east of the Pacific Ocean — a group of Young Guns convened. There was Samuel Pupo from Maresias, Brazil, Jett Schilling from San Clemente, USA, Justin Becret from Seignosse, France and Marco Mignot, who’s from France but currently resides in Mexico. 

There would be a showdown and one of these Young Guns was bound to win $10k.

The showdown used an innovative format that broke the wave up into different sections in order to emphasize airs, power surfing and big maneuvers instead of complete rides from start to finish. When you bring the world’s best teenage surfers to the world’s best man-made wave, fireworks are pretty much a guarantee. 
Leonardo Fioravanti and Kanoa Igarashi watched every air, hack, tube and turn. They took notes. Then they thought long and hard. Then they picked the best surfer and handed them an oversized check. 

So...how’d it all go? Hit play and find out.


Samuel Pupo Jett Schilling Marco Mignot Justin Becret

Mon, 30 Jul 2018 23:20:04 +0000
<![CDATA[Winter Wonders, With Thibault Magnin]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/winter-wonders-with-thibault-magnin https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/winter-wonders-with-thibault-magnin

Of course you remember Thibault Magnin.

He won our #YGSkiContest last year in Whistler, Canada by going huge in the backcountry and owning it in the park. He blew our minds that week. He blew Sammy Carlson’s mind, too. We all walked away from it knowing we just had to put him on the team.

So, without further ado, here’s Thib’s first clip as an official member of the Quiksilver family. Hit play and keep your eye out for this kid in the future.

Thu, 26 Jul 2018 08:46:56 +0000
<![CDATA[Kael Walsh And A Postcard From Chile]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/kael-walsh-and-a-postcard-from-chile https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/kael-walsh-and-a-postcard-from-chile

Do you like standing tall in tubes? Are you a fan of sending full rotations into the flats? Can you speak perfectly fluent Spanish? If you answered “yes,” “absolutely” and “no, but I can order a beer” then, friend, Chile is for you.

Jump in on a thrash real, here. Then hit Google Flights and rack up some credit card debt.

Mon, 16 Jul 2018 05:28:25 +0000
<![CDATA[Watch Now: The Best Wave Of Kauli Vaast’s Life]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/the-best-wave-of-kauli-vaasts-life https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/the-best-wave-of-kauli-vaasts-life

You can’t plan when, where or how you’ll get the wave of your life.

It could be today. It could be tomorrow. It could be in 12 years. The ocean is unpredictable — which is partly what makes this whole dance so fun. All you can do is try to put yourself in the right place at the right time and hope for the best.

Someday, it’ll all align.

Just ask 16-year-old Kauli Vaast. He just whipped into the wave of his life at Teahupo’o, and here’s what had to say in an interview with Surfline.

“That was the wave of my life! Baptiste Gossein, my tow partner, and I were waiting for two and a half hours for this wave. We had priority when it came, and Baptiste dropped me in at the perfect place. I did a short bottom turn before finding my line down the wave. Then the wave came into the west bowl and I had a hard time finding my balance. The foam ball hit me two times, the spit came and ejected me into the middle of the boats. Far and away my best surf memory — and I can’t wait to feel it again.”

Can’t wait to feel it again…

That’s the other thing about getting the wave of your life — it’s an endless journey. Once you’ve got one, well, that just means you have to get another.

Mon, 16 Jul 2018 05:23:04 +0000
<![CDATA[Gone Tomorrow- Australia]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/gone-tomorrow-australia https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/gone-tomorrow-australia GoneTomorrowHawaii

“More than anything, I just want to leave my own mark.”

When it comes to surfing, that is Michael February primary goal. And, at age 25, he’s already off to a good start.

Mikey rides waves like nobody else. He’s got a style that’s impossible to manufacture. He’s also got the uncanny ability to make a full-roter look like it came from an era when people didn’t refer to surfing as a sport. Every turn, every movement seems artistic.

This year, he’s been turning a lot of heads as the world’s first non-white African surfer. The Inertia had him tell the story of how he got to where there.

Jump in on the conversation, above.

Thu, 05 Jul 2018 06:19:08 +0000
<![CDATA[One Dreamy Winter With 12-Year-Old Jesse Parkinson]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/jesse-parkinson-2018-northern-hemi-winter https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/jesse-parkinson-2018-northern-hemi-winter

Winters come. Winters go. But Jesse Parkinson chases them around the globe.

The 12-year-old was born on Australia’s Sunshine Coast, but you won’t often find him there. In the Australian summer, Jesse typically bases himself out of Japan. Then chases the snow back to Oz when the seasons turn. The endless winter is real.

Here’s his highlight reel from this year’s northern hemisphere winter. Press play and enjoy.

Thu, 05 Jul 2018 02:34:10 +0000
<![CDATA[100 Million Bottles Into Boardshorts]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/100-mil https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/100-mil

Out of all the plastic consumed in the world — some estimate the amount to be more than 250 million tons a year — only 10% is recycled. As a result, enough plastic to fill an entire garbage truck enters the ocean every minute.



Not cool. But that’s enough with the gloomy statistics — let’s talk action.



Three simple words can help us collectively address the world’s plastic problem: reduce, reuse and recycle. For now, let’s focus on the last one.


Our favorite form of recycling? Making boardshorts, of course.



With the help of Repreve technology, Quiksilver has been turning plastic bottles into boardshorts and other products for over five years. Producing boardshorts with recycled polyester consumes 45% less energy and 20% less water than conventional methods. Overall, the recycled product is responsible for one third fewer greenhouse gases than conventional polyester — and it helps prevent bottles from making it into our lineups.



Over the next few years, our goal is to incorporate recycled plastic into every boardshort we make. Working towards that goal, a major milestone has been reached — Quiksilver has officially recycled 100 million bottles into boardshorts and other goods.


To celebrate, we’re donating $10 for every Repreve boardshort purchased on International Surfing Day (June 16th) to a non-profit organization called 5 Gyres. 5 Gyres use science, art, education and adventure to help make the world a better place.



Shop the range here and find a pair of boardshorts that you can feel good in and feel good about.


In the end, we believe that if you’re kind to the planet, the planet will be kind to you — which means you’ll get more barreled. So, here’s to catching a few waves to celebrate International Surfing Day. And here’s to enjoying a clean, healthy planet on all the International Surfing Days to come.


Thu, 14 Jun 2018 18:52:38 +0000
<![CDATA[Welcome To The Team, Mateus Herdy]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/welcome-to-the-team-mateus-herdy https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/welcome-to-the-team-mateus-herdy

The Quiksilver family just got a little more spark. We’re proud to announce the signing of 17-year-old Brazilian surfer Mateus Herdy.

Born to a well-known surfing family in Florianopolis, Mateus has earned a reputation of his own in the surf world. He’s won a varsity of international events, including the 2015 TCT World Championships at Lower Trestles, and released a handful of must-watch edits from trips all over the globe. His surfing is fast, fiery and futuristic — and it keeps on getting better and better.


“I’m super excited to join the Quiksilver team,” Mateus said. “The brand has such a deep history in surfing and I look up to a lot of the guys that are currently on the team. I’m stoked to do some trips with everybody and represent Quiksilver in Brazil!”


According to Mateus, the future of surfing is going to be all about going bigger, higher and deeper.

Thanks to surfers like him, that future starts now.



Thu, 17 May 2018 07:58:01 +0000
<![CDATA[Radical Times Southern California]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/radical-times-southern-california https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/radical-times-southern-california

Book a flight. Pack a bag. Put your head down and go — a proper strike mission allows no time for hesitation.

When Aritz Aranburu and Leonardo Fioravanti saw a swell lining up for a slab in Ireland a few weeks ago, they wasted no time in pulling the trigger. Their decision resulted in a scramble of last-minute flights, all-night drives, a three-hour night of sleep and, finally, some of the best waves of their lives. Yep, it was worth it.

Footage: Andy Benetrix // @andybenetrixproduction

Water footage: Clem Mcinerney // @clemmcinerney

Music: The Chiwoks

Sat, 05 May 2018 01:09:27 +0000
<![CDATA[How Othmane Choufani And Ramzi Boukhiam Are Changing The African Surf Scene]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/othmane-choufani-ramzi-boukhiam-changing-the-african-surf-scene https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/othmane-choufani-ramzi-boukhiam-changing-the-african-surf-scene

When Othmane Choufani and Ramzi Boukhiam were growing up in Agadir, Morocco, becoming a professional surfer was not a viable option.

There were plenty of world-class waves around — waves good enough to sculpt a champion — but nobody from Morocco had done it before. And, really, the idea of it all seemed farfetched.

Othmane and Ramzi changed that.

In their 20s now, both of them are making an impact as pros on the world scene.

Ramzi went the competitive route, hammering the QS and knocking on the CT’s door — when you watch him surf, you realize it’s just a matter of time before he cracks into the big leagues.

Meanwhile, Othmane has gotten heavy into the big wave scene. You name it, he’s charged it. Jaws. Maverick’s. Nazare. Puerto. He’s part of the new generation of big wave surfers, a cult of lunatics who’ll paddle into anything and try to do maneuvers on the wave instead of just survive it.

This edit covers their two paths. Hit play, kick back and enjoy.

Thu, 03 May 2018 01:10:18 +0000
<![CDATA[Go Mad!]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/gomad https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/gomad

This bar of wax can teleport you to any wave in the world…or at least teleport you back to a time when surf movies weren’t so serious. Here’s a Red Bull remake of Quiksilver’s 1987 film, Mad Max with Kanoa Igarashi, Leonardo Fioravanti, Caroline Marks and Ross Clarke-Jones.

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 23:02:30 +0000
<![CDATA[Rest In Peace, Willy Morris ]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/Willy-RIP https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/Willy-RIP


Former Quiksilver surfer and employee Willy Morris passed away at the age of 56, evoking a flood of both tears and fond memories in anyone fortunate enough to have crossed paths with him. 


Willy was born in 1962 in Woodland Hills, California. Raised in a surf-obsessed family, he quickly became a recognizable face in the lineups around LA. Willy rose to the top of the completive surf scene and remained up there a while. 


He won the USA Championships in 1981 and nabbed a few major pro event wins in his day. Many will remember Willy for his surfing in Quiksilver’s 1984 movie, The Performers. Willy’s big, broad frame was well-suited to the waves in Hawaii — he was one of the best to ever lay into one at the Sunset Bowl.


After a successful career in professional surfing, Willy took a job as a sales representative for Quiksilver. With his tremendously warm personality, he was very successful in that realm, blazing a trail of smiles and sales up and down the California coast. 


Willy surfed with power and he lived with passion. He made an immeasurable impact on everyone he came in contact with and helped push Quiksilver to where it is today. 


Rest in peace, Willy. You’ll be missed. We’ll lay one on rail for you. 

Sat, 14 Apr 2018 00:03:44 +0000
<![CDATA[Watch Now: A South African Tear]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/watch-now-a-south-african-tear https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/watch-now-a-south-african-tear

Fiery surfing. Fast song. Five minutes or less.

Now that’s the formula for a good edit.

Meet BYOB, a South African edit from Steven Michelsen. It features Quiksilver surfers Michael February, Kael Walsh, David Van Zyl, Dan Redman, Joel Paxton, Sebastian Williams and Shane Sykes.

And, yep, it’s going to fire you to go for a thrash.

Wed, 04 Apr 2018 02:05:23 +0000
<![CDATA[Leonardo Fioravanti Dedicates Martinique Surf Pro Victory To Lost Loved Ones]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/leonardo-fioravanti-wins-martinique-pro https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/leonardo-fioravanti-wins-martinique-pro

Winning the 2018 Martinique Surf Pro was an emotional ride for Leonardo Fioravanti.

Not only because it was a loud and clear statement after having a rough rookie year on the CT. Not only because it was his first QS win since 2014. Not only because he beat an in-form Nat Young in a nail-biting final.

But also because Leo was surfing for more than himself. Dripping wet, standing on stage in front of a big crowd, he took some time to express his emotions.

Thank you Martinique

A post shared by Leonardo Fioravanti (@lfioravanti) on

"I'm stoked to win this one for me but also for the Europeans and everybody in Italy supporting me,” Leo said. “I want to dedicate this win to two people I've lost recently, my grandmother, and Pierre Agnes from Quiksilver, who we all miss dearly."

It’d been a long week battling it out against the Qualifying Series’ finest surfers. If nothing else, the win reaffirms the fact that Leo surfs with his heart. After breaking his back in 2015, he rallied in 2016 to defy the odds and qualify for the CT.

With a meaningful win like this, 2018 is already setting up to be a big year for the 20-year-old Italian.

Layback or Clayback? #MartiniqueSurfPro @wsl

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Tue, 27 Mar 2018 00:24:23 +0000
<![CDATA[Everything you need to see from the Quik Pro]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/20180316074850NEWS547570269531 https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/20180316074850NEWS547570269531

Great waves. Crazy surfing. Big crowds. Sunny skies. And just the right amount of fun after dark. The 2018 Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast will be one to remember.


So, what exactly went down?


The event marked the changing of the guard. It was Mick Fanning’s last event competing at home on the Gold Coast. The crowd turned up and went hard for him every heat, but Mick eventually lost in Round 4 — thanks to the WSL’s new rule of eliminating the third place surfer in that heat.


Other surprises? How about Griffin Colapinto thrashing his way to the semifinals. The 19-year-old Californian even dropped a perfect 10 at Kirra. His future is oh so shiny.


And you can’t talk about the 2018 Quik Pro without talking about Mikey Wright. He only made it to Round 4, but he took out some big scalps along the way. Namely, John John Florence and Gabriel Medina — the two best young surfers in the world. Mikey is currenlty ranked 1st on the QS and could very well be on the CT full-time next year. Cross your fingers.


Lastly, let’s talk Julian Wilson. He separated his shoulder while mountain biking in January. At the Quik Pro, he fought through a world of pain — even crying at times — and won the final in some heavy surf. What a day it was.


And what an event.



Fri, 16 Mar 2018 07:03:41 +0000
<![CDATA[Quik Pro Day 2: This One’s For The Underdogs]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/quikpro-day2-2018 https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/quikpro-day2-2018  

You know the last time a reigning World Champ got knocked out in Round 2 at the first event of the year? 


Well, it was this morning. But before that, it was in 1991. 


Mikey Wright stunned the world by beating John John Florence in the first heat this morning at the 2018 Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast. It kinda set the tone for the day — and what a day it was. Here are some highlights. 

Heat Of The Day

Come on now — you thought we wouldn’t give this to John John and Mikey? 



Wave Of The Day

Joel Parko’s 8.70. Call it skill. Call it luck. Call it local knowledge. We’ll just call it a hell of a tube. 


Biggest surprise 

Matt Wilkinson won the Quik Pro in 2016 and made it to the Finals in 2017. This year, though? He lost to Mikey February in the second round. As a result of Mick Fanning’s retirement, Mikey officially qualified for the 2018 CT. Looks like the stylish South African is off to a good start. 




The inside scoop 

Tomorrow and the next day should have amazing waves — which means we could be crowning a champion by Thursday. That means non-stop surfing until now and then. It’s all about setting a rhythm, right? 

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 04:32:21 +0000
<![CDATA[A Quik Start On The Gold Coast ]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/quik-start-on-the-goldie https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/quik-start-on-the-goldie

The waiting period for the 2018 Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast opened today. With superbly fun head-high waves on tap, the action got started straight away. And, yes, of course there were fireworks. 


Didn’t happen to catch it live? Don’t worry, we got you covered. And even if you saw it all and enjoyed every minute, it’s always fun to relive the best moments, no? 


Wave of the day 

Filipe Toledo’s 8.23. There’s a reason why Filipe won this contest in 2015 — hard to believe that was three years ago, by the way. His speedy, flair-filled surfing is a perfect fit for Snapper. Keep a close eye on him this year. 

Heat of the day 

Want to talk anticipation? Talk about the rookie, the wildcard and the World Champ. Griffin Colapinto, Mikey Wright and John John Florence squared up today. Who took it out? Griffin, the rookie. Meanwhile, Mikey and JJF have a rematch when the comp comes back on for Round 2. 


Biggest surprise 

Julian Wilson’s injury…or lack thereof. The new father fought through some recent shoulder damage and surfed like he had mouths to feed, earning himself a ticket to Round 3 and some time to rest. 




The inside scoop  

Kelly Slater had surgery on his foot a few weeks ago and was a no-show for his heat today. While he’s still recovering, we’ve heard reports of him surfing in Hawaii. Rumor has it he’s trying to make it here as quickly as he can. But if he’s not here by the morning call tomorrow, Mikey February will take his spot in the Quik Pro. The forecast looks like it could go either way, so we’ll see what happens. 


You here? We’ll see you the beach. If you can’t make it, our Instagram story is the next best thing. 

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 21:43:24 +0000
<![CDATA[Noa Dupouy’s Beachbreak Blitz ]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/noa-dupouy-panama https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/noa-dupouy-panama

What happens when you set a 13-year-old loose at one of the world’s most fun beachbreaks? Well, this.

Here’s a quick minute with France’s Noa Dupouy at Bocas Del Toro, Panama. It’s got tubes, turns, airs and just the right amount of flair. And it’s a good reminder — you probably need more boardshorts and beachbreaks in your life.

Mon, 05 Mar 2018 07:42:14 +0000
<![CDATA[What's On at The Quik Pro 2018]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/whats-on-at-the-quik-pro-2018 https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/whats-on-at-the-quik-pro-2018

Want to watch the world’s best surfers at the world’s best sandbar? Yeah, us too. That’s why we put on the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast every year. Never disappoints.

But, as great as the surf contest may be, the event is so much more than high-fives and heat wins. It’s a party. A festival. A gathering of people, art, culture, chaos and classic times. Quite simply, it’s an event you can’t miss - trust us. And trust this guide. It’s our official list of recommendations for what to do at the Quik Pro. Consider it your fun atlas.

March 9th- Meet & Greet athletes

Is chasing a surfer down the beach with a big crowd in a wild buffalo sort of stampede your thing? Yeah? Nothing wrong with that - in fact, we encourage it. But, if you prefer a more mellow atmosphere, we’re holding a meet and greet with Quiksilver’s A Team at the Boardrider’s Shop in Coolangatta at 5PM. There will be food. There will be drink. There will be no stampede of wild buffalo.

March 9th: Opening Night

Opening night at Boardriders Coolangatta. The Quiksilver pro is finally here, the first event of the World Tour at Snapper Rocks. Lets celebrate a rad start to the year at Cafe 28 Coolangatta from 7pm onwards. (after athlete meet and greet)

March 10th: Watch The Trials

Sixteen surfers. Two spots in the main event. Sparks are inevitable. Watch some of the best up-and-coming and local surfers battle it out to realize the dream of competing in an event on surfing’s biggest stage.

March 11th-22nd: Watch the Event

Thirty-six surfers. One big trophy. Sparks are seriously inevitable. As the first event of the WSL season, the Quik Pro is notorious for producing some major surprises and setting the tone for the entire year.

March 17th: The Drop Festival

The Drop festival. Surfing and music go hand in hand. We’ve known that since the very beginning. Since ETR, since Mad Wax. You like it, we like it. Let's go enjoy it. The likes of The Dune Rats, San Sisco, Holy Holy, Safia and Ruby fields will be bringing you some tunes from 4pm to 10pm at Ebenezer Park, (or Dbah.) Head to https://thedropfestival.com to get your tickets.


March 19th: Get the best wave of your life

There’s nothing really special about this day - we just have a good feeling for you.

March 17th: Poor Specimen Movies night @ Boardriders Cooly

Poor Specimen Movie night. If you're not into partying in the form of a festival, but just like reminiscing in the world of surf- then get down to Boardriders Coolangatta to kick back and watch some classic surf movies from some of the best- Poor Specimen Productions.


March 11th-22nd: The Valiant

Oh you didn't know we were giving it away? And you can win it? Well, click here. But also- this will be its last run on the goldy so keep an eye out on socials @quiksilver and you just might find yourself getting a ride!

March 23rd: Take a deep breath

In. Out. In. Out. How you feeling? If you took advantage of the past 12 days, you’ll have tried four new surfboards, got the best wave of your life, met your favorite surfer, heard your favorite band, watched an amazing contest and maybe even got a ride in the Val. Time to relax now - you deserve it. Until next year, friends.

Can't make it to the Goldy? Don't sweat, literally. Just follow us on Instagram.

Mon, 05 Mar 2018 05:41:19 +0000
<![CDATA[2018 Quiksilver Young Guns Snow]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/2018-quiksilver-young-guns-snow https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/2018-quiksilver-young-guns-snow

“The future of snowboarding is in good hands.”

That’s what Austen Sweetin said after the 2018 Quiksilver Young Guns Snow final. Austen, the YG Snow head judge, had just spent four days boarding with the four finalists — Miles Falcon, Jadyn Chomlack, Jack Macdougal and Cooper Whittier. He was blown away by the level of riding.

He was also blown away by how much fun they’d just had. On the first day, Austen and the boys went heli-boarding with Travis Rice. Not a bad start. They spent the next three days ripping around the mountain, hitting anything and everything, lapping the park, bombarding the lodge, letting loose and having the time of their lives. There were zero down moments.

The result? Some damn good clips, a ridiculous amount of fun, a $10k check for the YG Snow Champ and this edit from one of the best new contests in youth snowboarding.

Fri, 02 Mar 2018 10:56:32 +0000
<![CDATA[Mad Wax The Movie]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/mad-wax-the-movie https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/mad-wax-the-movie


The year was ’87. The film was Mad Wax. And the artwork by Peter Webb was too good not to revisit. Backed by the type of authenticity that only an old surf movie can provide, the new Mad Wax collection is a modernized strand of Quiksilver’s DNA - because we’re still a little mad after all these years.

Thu, 01 Mar 2018 05:06:41 +0000
<![CDATA[2017 Cottage By The Sea X Quiksilver Surf Day]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/2017-cottage-by-the-sea-surf-day https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/2017-cottage-by-the-sea-surf-day

In 2017 Quiksilver celebrated its 10 Year anniversary working in collaboration with Cottage by the Sea. Each December the Quiksilver Foundation and Cottage by the Sea hold a surf day in Torquay enabling up to 40 kids from some disadvantaged backgrounds to experience surfing for the first time. This special day is part of the CBTS Reef Program, which helps kids gain confidence and resilience to battle the challenges life has to offer. From this program many children and have had greater opportunities and stronger control over their own futures.

Through the Cottage by the Sea, the Quiksilver Foundation also donates clothing to help families in need and support throughout the year.

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 00:45:13 +0000
<![CDATA[Two Minutes Of Tearing With Dimitri Poulos]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/two-minutes-tearing-with-dimitri-poulos https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/two-minutes-tearing-with-dimitri-poulos

It’s a simple formula. Good surfing + fast song = sick edit.

For proof, just press play. Our boy Dimitri Poulos — who is 15 years old and hails from Ventura, CA — dropped it after a few winter sessions around home. Give it two minutes of your undivided attention then go for a tear.

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 06:10:43 +0000
<![CDATA[Homeland: Featuring Leonardo Fioravanti]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/homeland-featuringleonardo-fioravanti https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/homeland-featuringleonardo-fioravanti

There’s no place like home.

For Leonardo Fioravanti, home means Italy. A land of impossible beauty, where craggy mountains sink into the dreamy Mediterranean, creating a surreal picture that’ll paint itself inside your mind for good. It’s one of the best places on the globe — the only thing that’s missing is consistent waves.

But when it’s on, it’s on.

These days, Leo is a citizen of the world. He’s fluent in five languages and his passport essentially looks like an atlas. But when Leo saw a good swell squaring up with his homeland, he dropped everything to get there ASAP. And of course it paid off.

Because, after all, there is no place like home — especially when home looks like this.

Fri, 02 Feb 2018 06:34:37 +0000
<![CDATA[A Collection Of Big Wave Moments Around The World]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/collection-of-big-wave-moments-around-the-world https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/collection-of-big-wave-moments-around-the-world

Bruce Brown’s 1966 hit The Endless Summer is an unforgettable film about the serendipity, joy and easygoing kicks of life on the road with a surfboard and some friends. It is also a lie.

Or at least the title is. While The Endless Summer is a great representation of our culture, the reality is that surfers actually chase winter. In almost every major surf destination around the world, winter is the prime season of surf. So, really, we’re out there pursuing an endless winter. The goal is to just make it feel like summer.

So, with the Northern Hemisphere winter in full swing, we wanted to share some of the season’s finer moments with you.

Jamie Mitchell- Mavs. Shot by Tony Canadas

Reef McIntosh and Kael Walsh, Himalayas.

The common thread? Our Highline AirLift vest, an innovative safety tool for big wave surfing. Every photo you see here features one of our riders wearing an AirLift — it’s pretty much the outfit of the winter.

Wed, 24 Jan 2018 05:56:26 +0000
<![CDATA[Welcome to the team Sammy Carlson]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/welcome-to-the-team-sammy-carlson https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/welcome-to-the-team-sammy-carlson

He’s fearless. He’s technical. And he skis by his own rules. He’s Sammy Carlson, and he’s the newest member of the Quiksilver family.

The 29-year-old from Mount Hood, Oregon gained international notoriety for his success in competitive Freesking early in his career before decided to ditch the podium and focus on progressing the sport through other mediums.

After winning numerous Big Air events, standing on the podium of the Dew Tour, and grabbing four X Games medals — including Slopestyle gold in 2011 — Sammy has shifted his sights on pushing the limits outside of competition. He felt as though the runs had become predictable and boring and was ready to migrate his creative energy towards filming feats never before seen on skis. Sammy was the first ever skier to land a switch 1260 and has changed the game in terms of backcountry riding.

“I want to focus 100% on the type of riding that excites me and aim towards the unimaginable. With skiing, your mind is the only limit. So I just let my imagination take over and follow the visions I have in my head of certain jumps, lines or both. The terrain is endless, you just gotta find it!”

Sammy joins Travis Rice, Mat Crepel, Bryan Fox and Austen Sweetin on Quik’s team. You can expect to see this core group of people hanging together and pushing the limits of what’s possible in the snow.

“I want to keep getting further into the mountains and surround myself with people that motivate me” Sammy said. “I’m also super excited to judge the Quiksilver Young Guns Ski event — it’ll be rad to go out to Whistler with some of the world’s best kids and hand one of them $10K. Overall, I’m just stoked to join the Quiksilver family. The brand has such a deep history and I can’t wait to help progress the legend of the mountain and the wave in the future.”

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 22:53:26 +0000
<![CDATA[One Year In Dreamland: Rio Waida’s 2017]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/one-year-in-dreamland-rio-waida-2017 https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/one-year-in-dreamland-rio-waida-2017

Unbelievable. Flawless. Borderline insane. These are all appropriate terms to describe the surf conditions in and around Indonesia.

Need proof? Look no further than this highlight reel of Rio Waida’s 2017.

Rio was born in Bali. Which, in other words, means he was born to surf. He’s 17 years old now and widely regarded as one of the world’s best up-and-coming wave riders. In 2016, he even took out the Quiksilver Young Guns Surf challenge for $10K — kid’s legit.

This edit features Rio surfing around home. It’s a simple formula: great surfing in great waves. Now press play and spend some time in Dreamland.

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 06:55:33 +0000
<![CDATA[How To Rip Into Your Forties, With Matt Hoy]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/rip-into-your-forties-with-matt-hoy https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/rip-into-your-forties-with-matt-hoy

We’re all getting older. You know it. We know it. Stevie Nicks knows it. That’s just the nature of time, baby.

As bones begin to rot, joints start nagging and skin gets weathered, there are different theories on how to age well and keep ripping into the later decades of your life. Some stretch all day. Eat healthy. Go to bed at 10, wake up at 6. You know the drill.

Then there’s Matt Hoy.

Hoy’s made a career out of living fast. He was once ranked Top 5 in the World and indulged in all of the extra-circular activities available to a professional surfer along the way. Oh, weren’t the 1990s special?

Here’s a quick clip of Hoy, who is soon to be 47, going HAM on a recent trip to the Mentawai Islands. Maybe the secret aging well is living like Hoy.

Well, there’s only one way to find out.

Clip by @isaacjones_

Long live HOY

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 22:50:09 +0000
<![CDATA[Watch: Kael Walsh In Benedict]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/kael-walsh-benedict https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/kael-walsh-benedict

Cut by: Myles Carroll

Shot by: Myles Carroll, Wade Carroll, Jimmy Graham, Steven Michelson, Wyatt Davies

Music: The New South Whales- 'Spece In Hell'

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 06:57:07 +0000
<![CDATA[Watch: Noa Dupouy]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/watch-noa-dupouy-2017 https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/watch-noa-dupouy-2017

Powerful. Progressive. Fearless. A combination of these traits would be a great thing for any surfer to possess, let alone someone Noa Dupouy's age. The 13-year-old Frenchman turns heads every single time he surfs, so we only assume this little edit he sent through will make some noise.

Thu, 21 Dec 2017 00:02:08 +0000
<![CDATA[2017 Pipeline Master: Jeremy Flores]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/2017-pipeline-master-jeremy-flores https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/2017-pipeline-master-jeremy-flores

Winning the Pipe Masters once is a competitive surfer's dream. Winning it twice is straight legendary. Congratulations @floresjeremy. Winner of the 2017 (and 2010) Pipeline Masters - “I’m so so stoked! I couldn’t think of any better way to win. I’ve had so many ups and downs the last few years and my goal was to win this event. This is crazy. To everyone who supported me, thank you so much. This is for you.”

The 2010 Pipe Master took out friend and teammate Kanoa Igarashi and World Title hopeful Gabriel Medina en route to the Final against the new WSL Champion. Today's victory was Jeremy's best result of the season and his first CT win since Tahiti in 2015. With that, he rounds out the year at 15th place on the Jeep Leaderboard and solidifies his place on the 2018 CT.

“Winning the Pipe Masters against John John Florence like that in perfect Backdoor in the last seconds, that’s the best way to win,” Flores said. “I couldn’t think of any better way to win this Pipe Master. I’m so, so stoked and there’s a lot of emotions. Congrats to everyone. Congrats to John John and Gabriel, these guys are next level. My goal was to win this event but this is crazy, I’m so happy."

“To be honest, I don’t like to be that guy that’s deciding titles - it should be a showdown between John and Gabriel, these guys work so hard,” Flores continued. “That’s why honestly when I beat Gabriel I felt bad. It’s been an emotional day and yesterday was stressful. I had to make one heat to re-qualify pretty much and I made it with a 4 and a 2. I just wanted to have fun today and I did and the waves showed up. Through all the ups and downs I have so much good support and this is for everyone so thank you. I won this title for France and it doesn’t happen very much!”


After a slow start to the Final, JJF found the highest score in the heat, a long barrel worth 8.93 points. Jeremy answered with a 7.90, but the World Champ was right behind him with a clean another clean tube for 7.23 points and a solid heat lead. Jeremy was left searching for an 8.27 in order to claim his second Pipe Masters victory, but opportunities were limited and time was winding down. In the final seconds, our boy finally found an opportunity and put it to good use with a deep tube. The crowd waited anxiously for the result. The score? An 8.33. The Quiksilver house lit up, as did Jeremy- your 2017 Pipeline Master!

Congratulations Jeremy!

Images courtesy of the WSL

Tue, 19 Dec 2017 05:59:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Connor O’Leary Is Your WSL Rookie Of The Year]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/connor-oleary-rookie-of-the-year https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/connor-oleary-rookie-of-the-year

It would impossible not to love Connor O’Leary.

He’s too kind. Too humble. And his backstory is simply too good to ignore.

In a generation of six-figure contracts and huge amounts of hype, Connor has been an underdog for most of his career. As a matter of fact, up until a few years ago, he was teaching surf lessons just to fund a Qualifying Series campaign. And, somehow, that gamble paid off — he shook the world and won the QS in 2016.

Nobody really knew what to expect from Connor during his first season on Tour, but he wasted no time in making his intentions damn clear. He stormed to the Quarters in his first-ever CT event, the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast, and even made a Final a few events later in Fiji.

Then, in the last event of the season, the Pipeline Masters, Connor officially sealed his spot as Rookie Of The Year. And it’s only the beginning for the 24-year-old kid from Cronulla.

“Becoming Rookie of the Year is a big deal for me. You only get one shot at that, and I feel like this year has more talented rookies than ever. To stand out amongst these guys is a massive confidence booster.”

We’ll see what that confidence boost does for him in 2018 — but, rest assured, it’ll lead to some big things. Congrats Connor!

]]> Mon, 18 Dec 2017 22:55:20 +0000 <![CDATA[Meet Maui’s Next Big Thing: Jackson Bunch]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/jackson-bunch-maui-weapon https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/jackson-bunch-maui-weapon TheFourthPhase

They call Jackson Bunch the little weapon.

Little because he’s only 13-years-old. And weapon because, well, just watch him surf.

Here’s a new edit featuring footage from Jackson’s home on Maui with a few hits of Indonesia mixed in. It also gives you a good feel for Jackson’s personality and whips you into a few conversations with Maui’s best surfers. The general consensus? Jackson is a little weapon.

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 03:09:25 +0000
<![CDATA[2017 Quiksilver Foundation Reveg Day]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/2017-Quiksilver-Foundation-Reveg-Day https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/2017-Quiksilver-Foundation-Reveg-Day

Quiksilver Foundation Revegetation Day Torquay 2017 from quiksilver on Vimeo.

The Quiksilver Foundation teamed up with the Surfcoast Landcare Group for their 10th year in a row, committing to revegetating Torquay's vast coastal area.

Quiksilver runs an employee volunteer program which provides an important social opportunity to interact and engage in numerous programs developed by the Quiksilver Foundation, partnering with groups in our community.

The Revegetation Project has worked on several sites along the Surfcoast, however due to its fragile state for the fifth year the focus has been on Bowmans Track - Spring Creek region. This area is particularly significant and important as it is becoming increasingly surrounded by urban development and associated use for a range of recreational activities.We gathered down at Spring Creek Reserve to partake in Tree Planting which is ideally in Quiksilver's backyard, being the wildlife pathway that separates Torquay from Jan Juc leading into the Torquay Surf Beach. This year we had around 60 employees from Quiksilver, ROXY and DC including 20 children to help plant and mulch the surrounding areas of Spring Creek.

Over the past 5 years, it has been amazing to watch the area of Spring Creek grow and flourish with the help of the conservation efforts the community has put in, the results are incredible. Something that the Quiksilver Foundation and all of our employees are very proud of. Check out some of the moments from the day below.

Considerable planning, first with the local indigenous community, followed by onsite meetings and site preparation with the Surf Coast Shire are needed to organise the day. Westcoast Indigenous Plants Nursery collected seed and propagated all the plants, including the 10,000 grasses and trees that have been planted during these Revegetation days over the past 10 years

]]> Thu, 23 Nov 2017 05:43:27 +0000 <![CDATA[On The Cusp Of A Dream]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/On-The-Cusp-Of-A-Dream https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/On-The-Cusp-Of-A-Dream

Last year, Jesse Mendes finished two spots away from achieving his dream of qualifying for the WSL’s Championship Tour. A dazzling talent, Jesse had been slugging it out for years on the QS — which is a notoriously difficult tour. Slugging it out there means a lot of time away from home and a lot of heats in 2-foot wind swell that would disgust even the most frothed-out of individuals. At one point, he even considered giving up.

Then he won the biggest event of his life, the 2016 Billabong Pro Cascais, and it felt like the tides were finally turning. But when the end of the year rolled around, he still didn’t have enough points to qualify. The kid couldn’t couldn’t catch a break. So instead of waiting for one, he created one.

A new year started and Jesse came out hot. He won some events, immediately grabbed the lead on the QS and he hasn’t left the top of the rankings since. Now, he’s officially qualified for the 2018 World Tour — even though the two biggest events of the year have yet to happen.

And then came these two...

Along with Jesse, Quiksilver surfers Mikey Wright and Mikey February are both looking to qualify for the 2018 tour. Though their courses have been different, they’re both on the cusp for the 2018 CT.

“This is my first year back from injury,” Mikey Wright explains. “I had to get a wildcard to get into the first Prime event of the year, but I did well enough there to get into the rest of the events. I really want to qualify.The tour is where I want to be and I where I feel like I belong.”

Meanwhile, Mikey Feb explains his path. “I’ve been on the Q for a few years now and my results have been improving every single season. This year, I don’t really feel like I’ve been doing anything differently. I’ve just been having fun, surfing and it’s been working out.”

Both Mikeys have a few good results, but they’ll need more if they want to join Jesse on Tour next year. If all goes according to plan, they’ll be back here next year as surfers on the CT. Rest assured, they’re surfing like they deserve it.

Mikey and Mikey could be vocalizing similar sentiments once the end of the year rolls around. Those two events remaining, by the way? Sunset Beach and Haleiwa, two jewels of the Triple Crown. Based off the way everyone was surfing here in France this year, don’t be surprised if Mikey Wright and Mikey Feb get the results they need and break on through. But until then, they’ll be on the cusp of a dream.

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 03:33:44 +0000
<![CDATA[Gone Tomorrow- France]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/Gone-Tomorrow-France https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/Gone-Tomorrow-France

Our world moves fast. It goes a million miles a minute, spinning at the speed of infinity and never slowing down. You’re here today — fully here, engaged — then you’re gone tomorrow. Onto the next one. A new coast to explore, the next swell to surf, another moment to fall in love with.

Gone Tomorrow celebrates that spirit of now.

The France edition features Mikey February, Connor O’Leary, Zeke Lau, Kanoa Igarashi, Leonardo Fioravanti, Jeremy Flores, Ramzi Boukhiam, Aritz Aranburu, Marc Lacomare, Kael Walsh, Sebastian Williams and Mikey Wright. Filmed over a two week beach break blur, it’s guaranteed to make you want to go surfing.














Mon, 23 Oct 2017 01:24:17 +0000
<![CDATA[Watch: Quiksilver Pro Finals Day Highlights]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/Watch-Quiksilver-Pro-Finals-Day-Highlights https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/Watch-Quiksilver-Pro-Finals-Day-Highlights

Tubes, turns, airs, sunburns, sunsets, hot afternoons, cold beers and three straight days of madness - it was one hell of a year at the Quiksilver Pro France.

And after all that, Gabriel Medina earned himself the crown. Congrats!




Tue, 17 Oct 2017 08:37:26 +0000
<![CDATA[John John Florence (Probably) Wins The 2017 World Title]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/John-John-Florence-Wins-The-2017-World-Title https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/John-John-Florence-Wins-The-2017-World-Title

Jordy Smith is out of France and more airs and upsets from the Quiksilver Pro.


Some call it luck. Some karma. Some believe a bearded man who lives in the sky willed it into being.

Whatever the source, there’s something about being in the right place at the right time. France is a great place and autumn is a beautiful time here — but luck or the lord demanded more than that to succeed at the Quik Pro today. You needed to find the right place at the right time, navigating a maze of multiple banks, hectic tide swings, naked men with their baguettes flopping in the gentle breeze. Or maybe just hit the chapel on Sunday and have what’s his name sort it.

The good news? The period dropped and it was much hollower than yesterday, and would have been a blast to free surf. But it looked damned tricky to get two good waves in thirty minutes. In an early heat, Bede Durbidge and Wiggolly Dantas surfed about a kilometer apart.

I wouldn’t recommend re-watching any of the early heats. I would recommend re-watching all of these:

Owen Wright vs Stuart Kennedy

Boring. Boring. Boring. For the first twenty or so minutes, Stu was winning with a two-wave total of 8.60 then Owen got a 9.17 with less than five minutes left. The day's action officially began. Owen’s still in contention to drive that Jeep off into the sunset and win the Title this year.

Miguel Pupo vs Adriano de Souza

Miggy started with an 8, then another 8, essentially while paddling back out. Right place. Right time. Great surfing.

Marc Lacomare vs Jordy Smith

I talked to Marc before the event. The conversation was mostly platitudes— probably due to the language barrier — but he said one thing that stuck out. His biggest advantage, in his mind, was being so used to the big tide swings. Anybody on Tour can surf a wave like La Grav well — they just need to get the right ones. Marc got the right ones, ripped them, and beat the (former) Ratings leader.

John John Florence vs Ethan Ewing

I was worried that John John would hold back. Ethan has been having a year that only Ricky Basnett might envy while right now John can win most heats surfing at 60%. Instead, John stuck two f#@ed up airs and came in with a 19.16 total.

The Judges vs Jeremy Flores

Ah, another lick the hottest flame war in surfing. The judges may have a winning record against Jeremy — although he won a big one with his high-performance display at J-Bay in 2014 — but this is always a matchup to watch. In today’s installment, the judges once again got the best of him to the tune of .24 points.

Gabriel Medina vs Leonardo Fioravanti

A brief reminder that Gabriel Medina is still tremendously good at riding a surfboard.


Stephen Bell vs Gravity

Gravity won. Belly handled it like a champ, though.

Nat Young vs Matt Wilkinson

Was the surfing anything special here? Nah. But it’s still a little treat for any hard-working blue jean fellas out there who value stern backhand surfing more than they value their significant other. But…I still miss Bobby Martinez.

John John Florence vs Mick Fanning vs Joel Parkinson vs Dean Morrison (In Spirit)

John cucked the Yellow Jersey right off Jordy’s back here. When you factor out the two 13ths he’s carrying, JJF’s World Title campaign is looking sharp. Fear that beard. Trust that scruff*. Actually, fuck that—don't trust scruff. Trust me. He’ll get a sub-par result at Portugal then win it all at Pipe. Write it down, thank me later. Side note: Is Mick Fanning the most criticized surfer on Tour? And not because of his surfing, but because of the surfing he wins with.

Miguel Pupo, Marc Lacomare and xxx also earned spots in the Quarters

— but without doing anything overtly exciting. With only 11 heats left to run (plus three from the Roxy Pro), the current plan is for the contest to finish tomorrow. The surf will be slightly smaller, but clean all day. Bring your bordeaux, it should be a beautiful day in France.

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 14:25:05 +0000
<![CDATA[Marc Lacomare Is Ready For The World]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/Marc-Lacomare-Is-Ready-For-The-World https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/Marc-Lacomare-Is-Ready-For-The-World

Local wildcard, Marc Lacomarewas hyped up and didn't disappoint. So far he’s taken down world title contender Julian Wilson, current #1 Jordy Smith in round 3, then took out his next heat sending him straight to the Quarter Finals. He (and his opponents) know anything is possible.

So far he’s taken down world title contender Julian Wilson and current #1 Jordy Smith in round 3. He (and his opponents) know anything is possible.

Somehow, he doesn’t feel any pressure.


“I just want to deliver my best surfing,” he explained. “Coming into the event as a wildcard, I knew I’d be facing up against the highest seed. And honestly, I think that’s one of the most exciting things about it. I don’t have to worry about points or anything like that, so I think that takes the pressure off of me. I’m just focused on getting good waves and showing the world what I can do.”

At 27 years old, Marc has been knocking on the CT’s door for a few years now. He’s won some major contests in his career, but nothing would compare to winning an event like this in front of his home crowd. Speaking of home, let’s see how it puts Marc at an advantage.

“I know the waves and the sandbanks better than pretty much everyone in this event. I don’t think the guys on Tour are used to surfing waves that are so affected by the tide. But I grew up with it. I know how to handle it.”

With a swell and great conditions lining up for the next few days, a wise eye would stay focused on Marc.


He’s running wild. Say salut to your 2017 #QuikPro France wildcard, @marclacomare.

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Sat, 14 Oct 2017 09:15:54 +0000
<![CDATA[Five Predictions For The Quiksiver Pro France]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/5predicitions-quikpro https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/5predicitions-quikpro

After five consecutive lay days, the Quik Pro is all set. And now that we’ve had a taste of the waves and know what to expect for conditions (see: hot fire). Here are some Nostradamus-level predictions for this year’s Pro. 


There will be 10-point rides left and right. 

Literally. The bank at La Graviere, where the Quik Pro will be held this year, offers both a left and a right. With stellar conditions on the forecast, the world’s best surfers will be getting perfect rides all over the joint. The WSL’s judging staff will essentially sit on their mighty perch and administer 10s in the same way that Oprah points and shouts at her audience while giving away free cars. You get a 10! You get a 10! 

Somebody will stomp the air of the year. 

Remember Filipe Toledo’s air from last year? Or Gabriel Medina’s from the year prior? Probably. Not only because you have a great memory (akin to an elephant) but also because they were some of the best airs of their respective seasons. The punchy beach breaks of France offer some of the biggest ramps the CT sees all year. The question is: who’ll hit em? Who’s going to send themselves to the flats? We’ll see! 


It’ll be a tough few days for foam and fiberglass. 

Wearing the weight of a proper French wave on your back is like getting tackled by a bulldozer made of water balloons. It’s easy to break bones. Even easier to break boards. You can expect La Graviere to chew through plenty of foam and fiberglass at the Quik Pro this year. A tear will be brought to many a shaper’s eyes. 


Upsets? Oh, there’ll be upsets. 

Ah, World Title season. When contenders attempt to put their heads down and grind out the last few heat wins they need in order to carve their name into surfing history….then inevitably end up losing early on in a battle they totally expected to win! Nothing like a good upset. We’ve got a feeling there’ll be plenty this year. Don’t be surprised when you’re surprised, folks.  

quikprofrance />Nobody will sleep. Like, at all. 

Great waves. Great winds. Great surfing. Great weather. Great parties. There is an excessive amount of great things lining up for the weekend. And, honestly, who has time to sleep when all that greatness is just waiting to be indulged in? Nobody! After all, if you can’t rock n roll…. 

]]> Wed, 11 Oct 2017 18:21:19 +0000 <![CDATA[SoCal: Classic Post-Surf Eateries]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/Classic-Post-Surf-Eateries https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/Classic-Post-Surf-Eateries

Let’s face it:riding a board makes you hungry. With a culture deeply rooted in boardriding, California has a number of eateries that have grown a reputation and developed into iconic locations to gorge out after a session. Here are some of the most notable.


Sugar Shack, Huntington Beach

This place has the vibe of a classic American diner — probably because it is one. Sugar Shack has been crafting smiles out of pancakes and hot coffee since 1967. It’s owned by a local surf family and is a must-hit in HB


Al Cappucino, Newport Beach

An inconspicuous hole-in-the-wall tucked into a small plaza, Al Cap would be easy to pass by if you hadn’t laid eyes on this guide. It’s a local favorite and for good reason. Try the Al Cap special bagel and send us a thank you note.


Pedros Tacos, San Clemente

Their slogan: World’s best tacos since 1986. We’ll let you be the judge of that. Just be sure to grab some hot sauce on the way to your judging bench


Seaside Market, Cardiff

An upscale grocery store with a food counter, Seaside’s got it all. You can eat super healthy. Or super not. They do a tri-tip that is locally known as “Cardiff Crack.” Quiksilver assumes no responsibility for any potential addictions.


Mon, 02 Oct 2017 06:04:22 +0000
<![CDATA[Watch: Full Speed With Noa Mizuno]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/full-speed-noa-mizuno https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/full-speed-noa-mizuno You’re 18. You’re graduating with a great GPA from one of your state’s most prestigious high schools. Your best friends are starting to map out their lives — they’re enrolling in universities, choosing majors, figuring out what they want to do for careers. Meanwhile, you’re not even sure which continent you’ll be on next week. So, what do you do? 

For Noa Mizuno, the answer is simple: you surf. 

A natural talent, Noa quickly became a name to know in the Hawaii scene. And now, as he enters into early adulthood, he’s got a diploma in one hand and a Pro Junior trophy in the other. He won’t be going to college. Not now, at least. He’s got a dream to chase and he’s moving forward at Full Speed. 

Spend some time with Noa in this short film below. Keep an eye on him. Actually, keep two.

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 17:59:08 +0000
<![CDATA[California Classics: Checklist To So-Cal]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/California-Classics-Checklist-To-So-Cal https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/California-Classics-Checklist-To-So-Cal radicaltimes

You like checklists?

Well, you do now. Here are some boxes that deserve a tick on your trip.


-Burn a celebrity at Malibu.


-Put something outlandish on the Cardiff Kook.


-Land an air at Lowers.


-Enjoy a sunset without your camera.


-Shoot the HB pier.


-Hike the Hollywood sign. Take your camera ;)

]]> Tue, 26 Sep 2017 07:25:43 +0000 <![CDATA[Meet Travis Rice’s New Movie, Depth Perception]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/meet-travis-rices-new-movie-depth-perception https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/meet-travis-rices-new-movie-depth-perception

Meet Depth Perception — Travis Rice’s latest brainchild starring fellow Quiksilver riders Bryan Fox, Austen Sweetin, Roxy’s Robin Van Gyn and the master himself.

Set deep in the layers of British Columbia’s temperate forest, the furthest inland rainforest in the world, Depth Perception returns to the roots of snowboarding and showcases the unique connection each rider shares with nature. The film sucks you into a supernatural wonderland and invites you to enjoy the best backcountry snowboarding this planet has to offer.


Narrated in a style reminiscent of Wes Anderson’s films, Depth Perception gives you the backstory on each of the riders and the BC environment. It will make you laugh, make you learn and most of all make you want to ride.


The movie will be premiered on October 16 in Bozeman, Montana. After that, Depth Perception will be screened at the following locations throughout Europe and North America. Come on out and meet Travis Rice — we’ll see you there.

World Premiere

Oct 16th - Bozeman, Montana

Oct 17th - Jackson, Wyoming

European Tour

Oct 19th - Innsbruck, Austria

October 23 - Munich, Germany

Oct 25th - Moscow, Russia

Oct 27th - London, United Kingdom

North American Tour

Oct 30th - New York City, New York

Nov 6th - Denver, Colorado

Nov 7th - Salt Lake City, Utah

Nov 8th - Newport Beach, California

Nov 9th - San Francisco, California

Nov 10th - Portland, Oregon

Nov 11th - Seattle, Washington

Nov 13th - Vancouver, Canada

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 23:47:10 +0000
<![CDATA[SoCal By The Numbers]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/SoCal-By-The-Numbers https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/SoCal-By-The-Numbers radicaltimes


Radical Times In California, by the numbers that really count.




Year surfing was first introduced to California by George Freeth.




Percentage of daily caloric intake that you should consume via burritos




Miles from Hollywood to the beach. Good luck with traffic, though.




Hours to Big Bear Mountain from the beach. There are plenty of skateparks on the way, in case you’re going for the trifecta.




Year skateboarding’s Z-Boys came into existence in Venice Beach.




Amount of sponsorship stickers you’ll see at Lowers on a good day




Average nightly price of a hotel.




Average nightly price of your friend’s couch...


Seen the clip? Dive in below.

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 06:30:55 +0000
<![CDATA[The Wonders Down Under]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/The-Wonders-Down-Under https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/The-Wonders-Down-Under

When you think about Australia, what comes to mind?

Kangaroos? Meat pies? Snakes, spiders and sharks that can kill you with one little nibble? Snow? Yeah, probably not snow.

However, snowboarders Bryan Fox and Austen Sweetin have quite a few mates from the land down under and they know that Australia’s got what they need when it’s summertime back home. The boys came out last year for Radical Times with Mates, where they competed in the Annual Transfer Banked Slalom Event up at Mount Thredbo. Austen won, of course.

2017 has been quite the snow season in Australia, so Bryan and Austen came back for another go at the event. What should have been a nice week to build a course essentially turned into a blizzard. Alas, the 2017 Annual Transfer Banked Slalom Event was postponed. But were Austen and Bryan stressing? Hell no.

They were blessed with some of the best snow you can get in Australia — half a meter of fresh powder with a solid base — and even snuck into a few waves while they were at it. Lay backs on the hill, high lines in the water, and nothing but Radical Times in between.

“Australia is amazing,” Bryan said. “I’m a big fan of this country and the bizarre humans that inhabit it. Oddly enough, we scored the best two days of the year at Thredbo and then headed to the Central Coast to get pounded by some big swell that had ‘too much east it in MATE!’”


“This was only my second time to Straya and i loved i twice as much” said Austen. “We managed to score Thredbo the two deepest days of winter and got the Central Coast during a decent swell. Felt good to slash pow and take a few bombers to the head. Can’t wait to come back!” He also may have stated on the Saturday night that Client Liaison were his new favourite band.


So, what did this trip teach us? Don’t let a change of plans throw you off. Go out and chase adventure anyway. Good things will come — just ask Bryan and Austen.


Photos by

Peter Boskovich (Coast)

Andrew Fawcett (Mountains)

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 06:43:46 +0000
<![CDATA[Sammy Pupo Wins 2017 Quiksilver Young Guns Surf ]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/Sammy-Pupo-Wins-Quiksilver-Young-Guns-Surf https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/Sammy-Pupo-Wins-Quiksilver-Young-Guns-Surf Third time’s a charm. And $10K

“You have to express yourself. We’re judging the moment.”

Matt Hoy said that a week ago, while Indonesian dancers stood behind him and twirled their ornate dresses into the Sumatran night. It was the opening ceremony of the 2017 Quiksilver Young Guns Final and excitement (along with smoke from a brush fire) was in the air. Hoy judged a lot of moments between then and now. His criteria was damn clear.

Expressing yourself is one thing when it comes to putting pen to paper or paint to canvas, but the Young Guns were tasked with putting board to wave in order to externalize something. Initially, every teenager in the world was challenged to woo Mikey Wright, Ezekiel Lau and Jeremy Flores with an air, turn or combo. After over a thousand kids stepped up, Mikey picked the top 10 airs, Zeke picked the top 10 turns and Jermey picked the top 10 combos. Those 30 kids made edits and you, the public, voted for the top 5. Then Jeremy, Zeke and Mikey chucked in their favorites and we had ourselves a final.

Dwight Pastrana, Kyuss King, Kehu Butler, Sandy Whitaker, Sammy Pupo, Kael Walsh and Kade Matson showed up for the big dance in Indo with dreams of $10K. Each of them surfed three hour-long heats and tried to fulfill the same criteria that got them here: airs, turns and combos. They let their personalities shine through on every single wave. Wild behavior on land lead to recklessness in the water while poise on the beach transitioned into calculation when the sets rolled in. Ain’t if funny how people truly surf like themselves? Expression, eh Hoy?

Things get interesting, though, when your canvas can hold you underwater for 15-seconds and bounce you across jagged reef. When it came time for the hour-long Super Final featuring the best aerialists, turners and comboers from the aforementioned heats — Kael Walsh, Sammy Pupo, Kade Matson and Kyuss King — the ocean wasn’t exactly in a playful mood. 6-8 foot waves thundered down the point, while the occasional wash-through turned the lineup into a furious milk bath. Should we run it? Should we not run it? $10K was on the line. Let’s make these kids earn it.

Kyuss and Kade picked long waves and tagged them all the way through. Kael got barreled and squared up with sections that nobody else even looked at. You need more than a chunk of foam in order to attack a lip that wants to make your face bleed. You need attitude. The Great Hoy was pleased with this. But then, Sammy got the two largest waves of the heat and surfed them to complete perfection. Every single movement was in unison with the ocean. It was like a song you never want to end.

So, who won?

Hoy paddled out with a $10K novelty check under his chest and the finalists met him in the channel. With the appropriate amount of ado, he announced the champ. After three years of making the Young Guns Final, Sammy Pupo finally took the thing out.

Everybody clapped and cheered and then got annihilated when the biggest set of the day stampeded into the shore pound. Sammy desperately tried to hang on to his check and the last board of his Sumatran quiver and inevitably snapped both.

After an explosion of laugher, the rest of the Young Guns put Sammy on their shoulders and chaired him up the beach. “This was the best contest ever,” he said from his perch, while his yard sale dragged behind him. Though, really, it never even felt like a contest at all.

]]> Thu, 17 Aug 2017 22:23:11 +0000 <![CDATA[PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT | ROOT! presented by ROOT!]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/MIKEY-WRIGHT-WADE CARROLL-in-ROOT-by-ROOTlegit https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/MIKEY-WRIGHT-WADE CARROLL-in-ROOT-by-ROOTlegit

ROOT! Mikey Wright's latest clip, shot over a few sessions in WA.


]]> Wed, 09 Aug 2017 06:36:24 +0000 <![CDATA[Two Wins For Quiksilver At The US Open]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/Two-Wins-For-Quiksilver-At-The-USOpen https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/Two-Wins-For-Quiksilver-At-The-USOpen


Kanoa Igarashi and Young Gun Cody Young claimed victory this weekend at the Vans US Open of Surfing in two-to-four foot waves on the southside of the Huntington Beach Pier today and we are psyched.

"It's about time."

His voice, magnified by the strength of a dozen mega-speakers, gusted across a beach populated by 100,000 or so of his closest friends. After making the semifinals on two separate occasions in the past few years, Kanoa Igarashi had just won the US Open of Surfing in his hometown of Huntington Beach. Indeed, it was about time. 

"I grew up here. I learned how to surf here. I did everything here," Kanoa said. "This is the best day of my life.” 

The best day of his life consisted of waking up early to beat Ricardo Christie in the Quarterfinals and proceeded to ice Filipe Toledo in the Semifinals. 

Filipe had just won the J-Bay Open and was considered the surfer to beat all event, but Kanoa surfed a smart heat and coupled it with flair to take the W. By then, there was only one person who stood between him and the place he'd dreamt of ever since he was a little kid. His name? Tomas Hermes. Kanoa carried his momentum all the way to the podium. Dream, realized. 



Meanwhile, in the Juniors, Hawaiian Cody Young made a name for himself with a huge win. Of course, we'd already heard of him - he's been part of the Quiksilver family for years. This statement win just shows the rest of the world what he's made of. We're looking at you, WQS. 


Images courtesy of WSL 

Congrats Kanoa and Cody!

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 07:52:45 +0000
<![CDATA[Bali Legend, Made Switra Wins The Uluwatu Challenge 2017]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/Made-Switra-Wins-Uluwatu-Challenge-2017 https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/Made-Switra-Wins-Uluwatu-Challenge-2017

In a fitting climax to the Quiksilver and Coca-Cola Amatil sponsored Bali Big Eco Weekend, Bali legend Made Switra barreled his way to victory and celebrated his win at Single Fin as the sun set on a day of epic waves. The event brought tourists, local surf community members and legendary local and international surfers together to surf Uluwatu in order to highlight its beauty and the need to continue to improve the environmental welfare of Bali.

For his win, Switra had the honor of adding his name to the perpetual Quiksilver Uluwatu Challenge trophy and having it presented to him at Single Fin by none other than 4-time World Champion Mark Richards and Simon Anderson, the inventor of the thruster surfboard.

Switra shared, “I didn’t think about winning the contest today, I just wanted to enjoy good waves with good friends and have some fun. I was winning already when I paddled out but it’s great to be the chosen winner of this event and I want to say thanks to God, thanks to the Ulu boys and to all the legends that joined in as well.

For just Rp2 million ($150 USD) entry fee, the lucky 40+ surfers paddled out in perfect 4-5ft Uluwatu to compete with Quiksilver legends including Mark Richards, Matt Hoy, Tom Carroll, and Simon Anderson. Joining the international legends were Bali legends that included Ketut Menda, Made Switra, Made Lana, Tipi Jabrik, Dede Suryana and Rizal Tanjung as well first time international competitors Dylan Longbottom, Ozzie Wright and professional snowboarder Matt Crepel for a total of 54 participants. This year’s Quiksilver Uluwatu Challenge was run in the Eddie Aikau 6-person heat format where each surfer competes in two 30-minute heats and their two highest scores from their four best waves were then scored and totaled. Switra was the surfer with the highest two-wave score total of 17.5 (out of a possible 20 points) with a 9.0 (out of a possible 10 points) in Heat 1, and then an 8.5 in Heat 2, both being deep Racetrack barrels.

The 5th annual Quiksilver Uluwatu Challenge this year was a fundraiser by Quiksilver and Coca-Cola Amatil Indonesia for the Uluwatu based NGO, Project Clean Uluwatu (PCU), to raise money that will go towards new infrastructure programs at Uluwatu that will keep the world-class wave clean and pristine for generations to come. Bringing world-renowned surfing legends to Bali helps to draw attention to the challenges it faces with accelerating tourism growth.

4-time World Champion Mark Richards (AUS) didn’t get to surf in the competition this year due to a back injury, but counts this as one of the most enjoyable and important events he attends each year, saying “Bali is being loved to death by tourism, so it is under an incredible amount of environmental stress, so I think it’s important that anyone that is trying to make a difference is supported, because we need to preserve the beauty and uniqueness of this place for future generations.”

Richards added, “I know there are a lot of people that still long for the old days where there was just a couple warungs here at Uluwatu and you walked in over the fields, but unfortunately that’s not the reality of life…when you find something special, it’s impossible to just keep it for yourself, and I guess Bali is the classic case of where people from all nations come and want to enjoy this place, not just for surfing but the culture and just general tourism as well, so its vital that each of us, to whatever level we can, do our part to preserve Bali for the future.”

2-time World Champion Tom Carroll (AUS) recently underwent a complete knee replacement so was unable to surf with a conventional surfboard, but not to be denied Carroll gamely swam out on a surf mat to take on the 4-6 foot Uluwatu barrels. When asked about his adventure out in the Uluwatu lineup he replied, “Even though I couldn’t stand up on a board, I knew I had to go out and have a go! I figured it is also really good rehab for my knee by activating the muscles… I’ve been doing some training in the pool with little trainer fins but it was a different story getting flogged by those sets out there today… it was great fun!”

Regarding the event itself, Carroll said, “It is so great to see all the positive energy around this event…engaging the locals, local businesses, and the government, Coca Cola Amatil and Quiksilver have built an amazing CSR program that shows what industry can do to have a positive impact in the areas it conducts business. With the Indonesian government planning to increase tourism numbers to Bali there will be even more ecological pressure on the environment, so it’s going to be even more important to be in the forefront, keeping the flame alive and keeping up the visibility, which is the aim of the annual Bali Big Eco Weekend and Uluwatu Challenge. I can’t wait to come back next year when I’ll be back on my surfboard and getting barreled again at Uluwatu with the boys!”

Former world tour surfer, Matt Hoy, also carried an injury into the event having hurt it in the recent swell that lashed the Australian east cost, but as with Carroll, it wasn’t enough to stop him from surfing perfect Uluwatu with only a few other guys saying “As I grow older the friendships I have made through 30 years of professional surfing become the most important thing to me and to be able to share in the Bali Big Eco Weekend with Indonesian and International friends and highlight the importance of keeping our oceans clean is an event I pencil into my calendar at the beginning of each year.”

World renown as the inventor of the Thruster style surfboard (three fins), Simon Anderson thoroughly enjoyed himself, and when asked what were his highlights from the weekend he replied, “The surfing here at Uluwatu was the highlight of the weekend for me…I was hoping to get one good wave today, which I did this year, so I’m pretty stoked. I’m traveling with my wife this trip and she enjoyed the turtle release where the Bali Beach Clean Up program has now released more than 140,000 turtles back to the sea.”

Photos by Tim Hain and Josh Symon

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 02:50:29 +0000
<![CDATA[The 6th Annual- Drink Water Rat Race]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/The-6th-Annual-DrinkWater-Rat-Race https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/The-6th-Annual-DrinkWater-Rat-Race


For better or for worse, snowboard comps have grown to a grand stage. Gold medals. Mega prize purses. Huge crowds, corporate support.

Which is exactly why events like the Drink Water Rat Race are so special.


The Rat Race cuts straight back to the core. The course is designed and built by the competitors. The trophies and hand-made. The vibe is rootsy and the whole thing raises money for a good cause. It’s all about riding and having fun.

Here’s what the 2017 edition of the Race looked like. Maybe we’ll see you next year.



Master builder @curtisciszek |@tylerorton_ #drinkwaterratrace

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Photos by Robert Plumb. Thanks to the crew at Drink Water for yet another, RAD event!

]]> Wed, 19 Jul 2017 00:13:26 +0000 <![CDATA[Fantasy Island, With Natxo Gonzalez And Friends]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/Fantasy-Island-With-Natxo-Gonzalez https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/Fantasy-Island-With-Natxo-Gonzalez


Fantasy is a relative term. Everyone has a different way of defining it, and some fantasies even polarize each other. Take, for example, Natxo Gonzalez’s fantasy. It’s a big scary wave in front of a bigger, scarier cliff and it explodes with both anger and perfection at the same time. Maybe not fun for everyone.

But for Natxo, it truly is a dream.

Not too long ago, the stars aligned and that dream came true. He met up with Chilean big wave legend Ramon Navarro and surfed it with some of the best up and coming surfers in all of Chile. Jump in on the fantastic experience here.

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 04:54:40 +0000
<![CDATA[Bali's Big Eco Weekend 2017]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/Bali-Big-Eco-Weekend-2017 https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/Bali-Big-Eco-Weekend-2017

What comes to mind when you think of Bali?For most, the answer sounds something like this: amazing waves, warm water, wild nights and an ice-cold Bintang always within an arm’s reach. It sure can feel like paradise

Each year, we host The Annual Big Bali Eco Weekend to raise awareness for the cause and celebrate the efforts of those working hard to correct the island’s environmental issues.

As part of our commitment to keeping Bali clean, we have supported the breeding of sea turtles at Kuta Beach since 2007. In that time, we have released over 140,000 sea turtles back into the ocean. The 2017 Big Bali Eco Weekend gives you a chance to get involved and bump that number up even higher. To get involved, get down to Kuta Beach on Saturday the 29th of July. The beach clean up will be at 4pm followed by the Sea Turtle release at 5pm.



What about the part where you actually get to go surfing? Yeah, just here.

Part of the weekend includes a surf contest, which means you get to paddle out at Uluwatu...with only 4 guys out. There are 40 spots on a first-come, first served basis. Just get there early on the morning of July 30th.

This year, Quiksilver and Coca-Cola Amatil Indonesia will work closely with Uluwatu based NGO, Project Clean Uluwatu (PCU) and the local Uluwatu Boardriders to raise funds that will go towards new infrastructure at Uluwatu that will keep the world class wave clean and pristine for generations to come.

The lucky 40+ surfers will get to paddle out and compete with Quiksilver legends including Mark Richards, Matt Hoy, Tom Carroll and Simon Anderson. Joining the international legends will be Bali legends that include Made Kasim, Ketut Menda, Made Switra, Made Lana, Tipi Jabrik, Dede Suryana and Rizal Tanjung for a total of 54 participants.

Need we say more? Here are some photos from last year... This could be yours for about $150 US

To register for the Quiksilver Uluwatu Challenge event, please send your name and contact information via email to quiksilver.challenge@quiksilver.co.id.


See you at Racetracks!

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 04:41:10 +0000
<![CDATA[Skeleton Bay Is Legendary]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/Skeleton-Bay-Is-Legendary https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/Skeleton-Bay-Is-Legendary TheFourthPhase

Picture this:

It’s before dawn in Africa. You’re driving a 4x4 through some sand dunes in the desert and, just as the day beings to pop, you pull up to a desolate point break. Thought the hazy glow of the sun, you can see the waves just well enough to realize that they are utterly perfect. You…

A) Prepare your equipment and stretch.

B) Do a warmup workout on the beach.

C) Scream uncontrollably then get into the water as soon as humanly possible.

D) I don’t know. Maybe go back to sleep.

Once you make it 20 seconds into the film below, you’ll know exactly which option Natxo Gonzalez rolled with. But, don’t worry, he stops screaming eventually. And when he does, you’ll understand exactly where all that yelling came from to begin with.

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 07:44:49 +0000
<![CDATA[Koa Rothman Explains His Near-Death Experience]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/Koa-Rothman-Near-Death-Experience https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/Koa-Rothman-Near-Death-Experience


It’s fair to say that Koa Rothman has had a lot of wipeouts. Like, a lot of wipeouts.

We’re talking waves the size of buildings crashing down on his back. Hold-downs that would make Jacque Cousteau blue in the cheeks. Violent tropical thrashings that send him bouncing like a rag doll off of some foreign reef.

Such is life when you’re as fearless as Koa.

But, just recently, Koa experienced the worst wipeout of his entire career. And in came in quite the unusual form. He was surfing a not-to-be-named spot, got barreled and just as he was coming out, he copped a stranger’s surfboard right in the face. Here’s the footage and Koa’s explanation.

“I’m in the barrel, and all of a sudden I saw this like flash of red — it was this guy’s board. I put my head down a little bit, ‘cause it was coming straight to my face and it just cleaned me out on the side of my head. And as soon as that happened, my teeth shattered together on top of each other. Broken in half. And as soon as that happened, I hit the water and swallowed my teeth.”

Ever felt a big wave board? There’s a lot of foam there. And they’re built to be extraordinarily heavy — not exactly the type of object you want beelining at your face.

When Koa made it back to the surface, he was convinced that something was severely wrong with his. He asked someone in the lineup to describe his injury, and they said they couldn’t see any damage. Until he smiled, that is. Bad news for his teeth. Good news for his temple.

Koa was concussed. And he sprained his neck. And he’s got five new teeth. And he plans on being back in the water in five weeks. As for his mindset?

I’m not mad at the person who ditched their board, I’m just happy I’m not worse. If it hit me a little bit differently, I could have been blind or even dead.”

Here’s to a speedy recovery, you trooper.

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 01:34:38 +0000
<![CDATA[Kepa Acero- Reflections Of Mundaka]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/Kepa-Acero-Reflections-Of-Mundaka https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/Kepa-Acero-Reflections-Of-Mundaka

When I paddled for that wave, I never thought that could happen.

We had been surfing Mundaka with much more dangerous conditions for weeks. January 2nd was a smaller day and it was very slow, but there were a few perfect waves.

I jumped in the water and waited about an hour until a wave of about four feet arrived. It was a bomb, a shaky wave, but not much different from the thousands of waves I've caught there in the last 25 years.

I got a lot of speed because the section was growing, entered the tube and suddenly the foamball took the board off my feet as if it made me trip. I remembering being sent flying to the bottom and suddenly feeling a strong blow to the head. I do not remember much more. It was like when you turn off the television. My head went out.

Seconds later, I woke up under the water. I tried to give several strokes to reach the surface and breathe, but I realized that my arms and legs did not respond. I literally thought I was going to drown. Luckily, I was wearing a very thick suit and floated to the surface.

I lost control again and lost my sight. I was blind and could barely move my body. I cannot believe how close I was to death.

Fortunately, a friend was very close and saw me floating. I?igo, along with other friends like Gaizka, Eukeni, Natxo and Nando saved my life. They pushed me to the edge and called an ambulance. I gradually regained my sight and mobility. The moment I got ashore, I thought it was over. I was taken straight to the hospital.



When I arrived at the hospital, I was very sore but very quiet. I had an MRI and when the doctor entered the room, he had a somber face. I did not know how bad the news could be. He did some sensitivity tests on my arms and feet and fortunately, I could move decently well.

He then told me that I had two broken cervicals, a cervical displacement and a broken back. He told me it was a miracle I was not in a wheelchair. I burst into tears and ever since that moment, I have been giving thanks to life every single day.

I had surgery a week later and luckily everything went well.

It’s only been 5 months since I had surgery and I'm nearly back to 100% surfing. I am planning to go to Africa soon and keep doing solo expeditions.


Sustaining an injury like this is difficult. But at the same time, it was the most beautiful and enriching experience I have ever lived. Being in the hospital and having friends and family visit you is something unique. You feel like you’re about to die, but you’re surrounded by people who believe the world is better when you’re here. Humanly it is a fascinating experience and you learn to value friendship and value every moment.

I have always said that you have to enjoy life, but after having an experience like that, I say it more forcefully. As soon as I get better, I will not stop traveling and fulfilling my dreams.

For rehabilitation, I would advise anyone who suffers an injury like this to be passionate and have patience, to not lose hope. Enthusiasm is an engine in life.

I have been happy to think that I will return to Mundaka and that soon I will be paddling into same wave with which I had the accident. I dream of getting into that tube again.



Featured Surfers:

Kepa Acero - @kepaacero


Footage -

Eva Diez

Mauricio Zina

Koldo Boulandier

Edu Bartolome

Job Aspuru

Alex Laurel

Isio Noya

Igor Bellido

Music -

Unai Azkune

Paolo Nutini

Presented by:

Quiksilver - @quiksilver

]]> Tue, 20 Jun 2017 11:10:10 +0000 <![CDATA[Connor O’Leary Makes Final In Fiji]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/Connor-OLeary-Makes-Final-In-Fiji https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/Connor-OLeary-Makes-Final-In-Fiji ConnorOleary

Imagine you're a World Tour rookie. Then imagine you're surfing your first contest at Cloudbreak. Then, 6 heats, countless tubes and a lot of emotion later, you're standing on a podium trying to take in all the feelings surrounding your first ever WT final.

Connor O’Leary didn’t have to imagine any of this. For him, it was simply another day in the life.

After winning the World Qualifying Series last year, Connor turned up and turned heads at the season opening 2017 Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast. The end result? A Quarterfinal finish. And a clear statement: this is where I belong.

He just reaffirmed that notion in Fiji. Connor was a standout all event, winning both of his heats in the no-loser rounds and looking sharp while doing it. This shouldn’t have surprised you — you watched his Fiji Gold edit, right?


Thu, 15 Jun 2017 10:53:40 +0000
<![CDATA[Aritz Aranburu And Friends Tear Around Home]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/Aritz-Aranburu-And-Friends-Tear-Around-Home https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/Aritz-Aranburu-And-Friends-Tear-Around-Home

There’s an old saying we have in surfing: never leave waves to find waves.

That means you shouldn’t put in a bunch of effort to get to a new spot when the spot in front of you looks just fine. In Aritz Aranburu’s case, the spot in front of him very regularly looks just fine.

He grew up in a special place — the Basque coast of Spain — and has a deep variety of great local waves to choose from. Aritz is a well-traveled man. He knows the joy of experiencing a new wave in a foreign place, and as a result has gotten comfortable with many of the world’s best waves.

But he also knows that, sometimes, there really is no place like home.

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 07:16:14 +0000
<![CDATA[Paradise Revealed: Behind The Scenes In Fiji]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/Paradise-Revealed-Behind-The-Scenes-In-Fiji https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/Paradise-Revealed-Behind-The-Scenes-In-Fiji

Paradise Revealed

White sand. Blue water. Hot days and cold drinks. It’s impossible not to love Fiji — and we haven’t even mentioned the waves yet.

Our CT team is currently enjoying the paradisiacal properties of Tavarua. So is photographer Ryan Miller. He took his lens behind the scenes to give you a taste of what life’s like on the island. So, don’t be shy now — dig in.

Paradise Revealed

Ever seen a competitor’s area on a boat before? Neither had Connor O’Leary. Here, the rookie enjoys the perks of life on the CT.

Paradise Revealed

No reason not to smile. Leo Fioravanti.

Paradise Revealed

Life on the island is pretty laid back. Wiggolly Dantas.

Paradise Revealed

Give respect. Get respect (and some kava). Zeke Lau enjoys the opening ceremony.

Paradise Revealed

Bottom’s up — Kanoa Igarashi leans into one.

Paradise Revealed

Just call it fisheye.

Paradise Revealed

That’s one way to hide from the rain. Connor O’Leary, seeking shelter.

Paradise Revealed

Breathe in. Breathe out. Take it all in. Jeremy Flores.

]]> Wed, 07 Jun 2017 04:43:32 +0000 <![CDATA[Best Of: One Week On Instagram]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/Best-Of-One-Week-On-Instagram https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/Best-Of-One-Week-On-Instagram

Down time at home! @coleyamane

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The CT has a very intense, very demanding schedule and time between events should should be spent relaxing — rookie Zeke Lau didn’t get that memo.

Goes fishing once** @lauraenever

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There are only two times in Fiji. Contest time, and leisure time. Here’s Steph Gilmore with a quick look at the latter.

Waiting for the swell with @cody_young_ like.... @carlocoral

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Kanoa Igarashi. Cody Young. Firing Keramas. What more do you need?

Fun surf at the @wavegarden_official the other day! @guillaume_arrieta

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Believe the wave pool hype. Believe in Jeremy Flores’ rail game while you’re at it.

Koa Rothman is not in the upcoming WSL event in Fiji…but here’s a reminder that he probably should be.

See that face? That smile? Get used to it. We don’t want to jinx it, but we’d say there’s about a 300% chance Jesse Mendes will be on the CT next year.

A few before the @vans_za surf pro classic , which starts today /// @vanssurf /// @lee_man

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Can’t teach style — you either have it or you don’t. Luckily, Mikey Feb’s got plenty.

Sun, 04 Jun 2017 23:57:58 +0000
<![CDATA[There’s Something Erupting On The Canary Islands]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/Something-Erupting-On-The-Canary-Islands https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/Something-Erupting-On-The-Canary-Islands

There is, in fact, something erupting on the Canary Islands. Its name is Luis Diaz.

After winning the Pro Junior at the US Open of Surfing last year, Luis made damn sure the world would remember his name. Since then, he’s experienced some success on the QS and the Pro Junior series. And now, he’s erupting.

Here’s his latest edit, filmed at home on the Canary Islands.

Sun, 04 Jun 2017 23:45:46 +0000
<![CDATA[Fiji Gold]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/fiji-gold-connor-zac https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/fiji-gold-connor-zac

See a swell. Find some flights. Pull the trigger. Go. Strike missions really are that simple.

Our boys Connor O’Leary and Zac Wightman recently dropped everything to hit Fiji. For Connor, it was a chance to warm up before competing in the 2017 Outerknown Pro at Cloudbreak. For Zac, it was an opportunity to stand tall and reckless in some oversized tubes. For you, it’s a quick daydream and a reminder to always roll the dice on a good strike.

Strike mission it to Fiji for a swell and it delivered.


Film/Edit - Shannon Mackie

Additional Footage - Tyler Bell

Music - Joy Division - Love Will Tear Us Apart

Thu, 01 Jun 2017 05:55:03 +0000
<![CDATA[How To Care For Boardshorts]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/How-To-Care-For-Boardshorts https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/How-To-Care-For-Boardshorts

Keep them out of direct sunlight.

Exposure to the sun’s harmful UVA and UVB rays may cause your boardshorts to fade at an accelerated rate. Keep them in the shade whenever possible.

Always air dry.

Electric dryers can put a beating on your boardies and cause irreversible damage to the fabric.

Wash on gentle.

Seriously — does this look like a good way to treat your boardshorts? Be better.

Store in a cool place.

Overexposure to heat can melt your boardshorts. To ensure longevity, make sure you store them in a cool place — preferably a party, a barbecue or a beach with friends.

On a serious note, sunshine…

We hope you care for your boardshorts as best you can. Really, we do...but we also want you to live in them. Fully live in them. So, go ahead. Bounce them off the reef at Pipeline. Tear them climbing a barbed wire fence in pursuit of some mysto wave in Guatemala. Spill foreign substances on them at a seedy bar. Take chances and have fun. Boardshorts don’t last forever, but they are capable of creating stories that do.


]]> Thu, 01 Jun 2017 02:08:50 +0000 <![CDATA[Aritz Aranburu: Two Worlds, One Edit]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/Aritz-Aranburu-Two-Worlds-One-Edit https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/Aritz-Aranburu-Two-Worlds-One-Edit
Two countries. Two oceans. Two worlds.

Here’s an edit of two trips with Aritz Aranburu. The first trip takes him to Morocco and the second to Norway. The two countries are wildly different — in terms of culture, cuisine, waves, everything and anything. But in the latest episode of Go Aritz, you get to experience both with Aritz.

Wed, 24 May 2017 06:00:50 +0000
<![CDATA[Marc Lacomare And A Winter Well-Spent]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/Marc-Lacomare-And-A-Winter-Well-Spent https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/Marc-Lacomare-And-A-Winter-Well-Spent
Cold. Dark. Harsh. Stormy. That’s wintertime in France, baby.

But it ain’t all sullen! There are some windows of glory within the season of gloom. Need proof? Sure. See below.

Wed, 24 May 2017 05:30:34 +0000
<![CDATA[Watch Cody Robinson's New Edit: Winki Pop]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/Watch-Cody-Robinsons-New-Edit-Winki Pop https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/Watch-Cody-Robinsons-New-Edit-Winki Pop TheFourthPhase

Go to Winki. Bring some pop. No need to fill us in on the results.

Here’s a quick clip of our boy Cody Robinson surfing his home break, Winkipop. He’s got turns, airs, turns and more airs. Dig in!

Thu, 11 May 2017 02:19:49 +0000
<![CDATA[Kade Matson Wins International GromSearch Final As A Wildcard]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/Kade-Matson-Wins-International-GromSearch-Final-As-A-Wildcard https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/Kade-Matson-Wins-International-GromSearch-Final-As-A-Wildcard

KadeMatson GromSearch Winner

Underage. Over-performing.

Kade Matson snuck into the GromSearch — at 14 years old, he was technically too young for the 16-and-under main event. But, the good folks at Rip Curl allowed him to enter as a wildcard. They gave the kid a chance. And that’s all he needed.

After winning the regional event in the USA, Kade marched his way to Maresias, Brazil for the International final. He took down some big names and met fellow Quiksilver surfer Rio Waida in the final.

“Rio is such a good competitor,” said Kade. “But I kept finding myself on the best waves. That moment when I started thinking ‘I might be able to win this thing’ was awesome. You always go in to an event with the mindset you can win it, but being so young, I didn’t have too many expectations. I’m so stoked right now! This is definitely the biggest accomplishment of my career so far.”

The event was hosted by Gabriel Medina, who was admittedly impressed with the level of youth surfing.

“The Interational GromSearch Final is a big deal – I won it, and a lot of other competitors on the CT have competed in it. Most of them, actually. So just know that this is the next generation of surfers headed towards the World Tour.”

We’re down on that. Congrats Kade!

KadeMatson CarolineMarks

]]> Mon, 08 May 2017 00:30:48 +0000 <![CDATA[Chris Peel: Why To Choose Adventure]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/Chris-Peel-Why-To-Choose-Adventure https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/Chris-Peel-Why-To-Choose-Adventure

Life is a myriad of choices. You make them all day, every day. And when it comes down to it, the only thing that separates your fantasy from your reality is a choice.

Chris Peel is a person who has chosen to bridge that gap. The 25-year-old Australian native lives a lucid dream, working on a surf charter boat in Papua New Guinea. Because, as Chris puts it, “If you want to see the most amazing things in the world, you won’t find them online. They’ll be out on the boundaries, away from roads, electricity, flush toilets and phone signal.”

But we’re not here to tell his story — we’re here to have him tell it.

QUIKSILVER: Give us a little background on yourself.

CHRIS PEEL: I’m from the Sunshine Coast in Queensland but moved to Byron Bay when I was 4 years old. I spent a lot of time traveling and looking for good waves as a teenager. Now, I split my time in Papua New Guinea, Byron and Japan.

What brought you to Papua New Guinea?

I went there on a surf trip when I was a little kid and met (Skipper) Andrew Rigby for the first time. Then I did another trip with him when I was about 19 and we got on really well. As I grew older, I decided I want to explore new waves and experience a culture that hasn’t been skewed by the west — PNG has both of those things. Then, one day, I got a message from him saying that a position had become available on his boat and asked if I was keen to come on board. I jumped straight in.

That was 2.5 years ago, and each year I find myself more and more excited to get back. I love it.

Why do you love it?

It’s much wilder than anywhere I’ve been. Every day is a full-blown adventure. We still have big pods of dolphin, lots of pelagic fish, reef fish, sailfish, whales, giant clams and big turtles. There are crocs in the big rivers, the reefs are all alive, the local people are rad and to top it all off, the surf we get to access by boat is epic. That's what brought me here.

What’s your life like over there?

I’m on a boat for 10 days straight when we’re on charter. It feels like an epic surf adventure with a different bunch of mates every time when we’re out there so the line between personal life and work life can be pretty blurry.

And when we’re not on the boat, we spend a couple days in port switching guests, restocking provisions, bunkering fuel, fixing anything that broke, doing all the things you do with a busy charter boat. The boat anchors a short swim away from Shaun Keane’s Nusa Island Retreat, which has a bar, so we have a bunch of fun there.

What’s the best part of your life out there?

The new discoveries. That feeling seeing an amazing wave that nobody has ever surfed is pretty special. I also love hanging out with Andrew every day. Learning about boats, reefs and weather from a legend like him is amazing. It's all pretty memorable and the fact that I have a giant archive of images of these experiences makes it even better.

What do you like about photography?

If you nail a shot of a guest on the wave of a lifetime, the stoke they get is amazing and 100% contagious — it's almost as good as getting the wave yourself. Shooting regular surfers is really different than shooting pros. The stuff you’re chasing is totally different. You want to capture all those little moments when a guest is totally and utterly stoked and that’s much easier than getting a pro surfer on that same page.

What’s next for you?

I’m getting better at understanding a photograph’s full journey — from when I capture it, to it going out to promote what we’re doing, to somebody seeing it and feeling all the stoke that's in it and booking a trip to come experience it for themselves.

We just added a new boat to the PNG Surfaris roster called Ultimate One. It's a super high-end wave-piercing catamaran. I’m getting to be involved a bit more directly with the whole operation of that one with booking, marketing, all that.

Any advice for people on the fence about pursuing an adventure like yours?

Sometimes you’ll be broke, tired and wondering what the hell you were thinking. Sometimes you’ll be pinching yourself and wondering whether or not you’re dreaming. People think that all the adventure in the world is gone, but that's not true. All the easy adventure is gone. There is still a lot waiting out there for anyone who wants it bad enough.

If you really want to see the most amazing things in the world, it's not going to be on Instagram or Facebook. It’s not going to be online. It's going to be out on the boundaries, away from roads, electricity flush toilets and mobile phone signal. You have to really want it, and you have to be OK with the reality of your dream being a lot different than what you’d imagined. Because, in a lot of ways, it’ll be even better.

Follow Chris' next journey Here

Fri, 05 May 2017 05:12:08 +0000
<![CDATA[Ramzi Boukhiam: African Express]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/Ramzi-Boukhiam-African-Express https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/Ramzi-Boukhiam-African-Express

One swell. Two mornings. A whole lot of waves.

A few months back, Moroccan surfer Ramzi Boukhiam eyed up the last winter swell of the season, packed his car full of boards, darted up the coast to one of his favorite spots, and indulged. As he puts it, “It was super fun and there were a couple of really good ones, but the wave gets way crazier than this.” We’ll have to wait until next winter for proof. Until then, just press play and watch Ramzi tear.

Thu, 04 May 2017 05:29:59 +0000
<![CDATA[The Event That Changed Pro Surfing For Good]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/The-Event-That-Changed-Pro-Surfing-For-Good https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/The-Event-That-Changed-Pro-Surfing-For-Good


Here’s an old story:

In the 1970s, World Champion Rabbit Bartholomew walked into a bank to apply for a loan. He needed a quick $2K for a plane ticket to Hawaii. His plan was to get over there, compete in a few events, win himself some coin and pay the bank back. Easy.

Rab fills his paperwork out and writes “professional surfer” as his occupation. So he’s sitting there, waiting patiently for approval. The bank manager rolls out of his office. Rab stands up to shake his hand...and is quickly told that “professional surfing” is not a job and gets escorted out of the bank. Damn.

Fast-forward a few decades and surfers have contracts in the multi-millions. There’s a highly-respected, virally-viewed international tour that pays millions of dollars and is broadcasted around the world. It. Is. Legit. We’re allowed in banks now.


A lot of factors have contributed to the acceptance, growth and admiration of it all — but there was one moment that made more impact than the rest. One event that changed everything: the 1977 Stubbies Pro at Burleigh Heads.

A lot of factors have contributed to the acceptance, growth and admiration of it all — but there was one moment that made more impact than the rest. One event that changed everything: the 1977 Stubbies Pro at Burleigh Heads.

It was the first contest of its kind, introducing the man-on-man competitive format. It offered the biggest purse. It drew the biggest crowd. It was unbelievable. And Mark Richards experienced it all firsthand.

So, MR...what was it like?

“We went into it not knowing what it’d be like. The man-on-man format was a completely new invention and it turned out to be a game changer in terms of competitive surfing. Before that, you’d get caught up in all the hassling. A lot of time you were winning or losing a heat based off of tactics. But with this new format, you were actually able to strategize what you were going to and concentrate on your performance. Plus, it made it easier for the judges because they could actually see all the waves. It also made more sense from a spectator point of view.

First prize in the Stubbies was $3000, which was huge back then. In my memory, sponsorship was pretty much nonexistent in those days. If you got free boardshorts and wetties, you were stoked. I didn’t have much of a vision of what it’d all become in terms of legitimizing the sport. I just thought it was a ton of fun.”

The current empire of professional surfing wasn’t born overnight — it was a slow process involving an extraordinary amount of factors. However, the blueprint was laid out at the ‘77 Stubbies Pro. And surfing changed for good.


Not satisfied? Need more? Find the full Radical Times Gold Coast experience below.



When Connor O’Leary made the Quarterfinals in his first ever CT appearance at the 2017 Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast, a lot of people said he came out of nowhere.

He didn’t.

As a matter of fact, Connor came out of somewhere. That somewhere is Cronulla, right near Sydney in Australia. He won the QS last year and even though he’s flown under the radar for most of his career, his success on Tour was a long time coming.

This profile from the WSL invites you into Connor’s life and tells you exactly where he came from.

]]> Thu, 04 May 2017 01:08:14 +0000 <![CDATA[A Name To Remember: Rolando Montes]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/A-Name-To-Remember-Rolando-Montes https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/A-Name-To-Remember-Rolando-Montes


Everybody has this dream.

They’ll go to Hawaii. Pack some mutants at Pipe. Lay into a few hacks at Off The Wall. Impress everyone, have a dream season, end up starring in the sequel of North Shore. This rarely translates to reality.

But it did for Puerto Rico’s Rolando Montes. The kid is 21-years-old and mostly unheard of outside La Isla del Encanto — that changes now. Press play and get familiar.

Mon, 01 May 2017 05:56:05 +0000
<![CDATA[Insane Indo With Aritz Aranburu And Leonardo Fioravanti]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/Insane-Indo-AritzAranburu-Leonardo-Fioravanti https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/Insane-Indo-AritzAranburu-Leonardo-Fioravanti


We’ve all seen plenty of footage from Indonesia.

From VHS tapes to Snapchat vids, the archipelago and its jewels have been documented, documented and documented some more. And let’s face it: even perfection begins to feel dull over time. It’s only human nature.

And then something like this comes in.

Here’s an edit of Aritz Aranburu and Leonardo Fioravanti from Nias last year. It is firing. Crazy firing. Insane firing. Just press play and dream up the courage to swing on one of those beasts.

Mon, 01 May 2017 05:08:29 +0000
<![CDATA[Gold Coast from A-Z]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/Gold-Coast-from-A-Z https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/Gold-Coast-from-A-Z

When we created Radical Times on the Gold Coast, our goal was to break the place down for you from A - Z. We believe we did just that with the video and boardrider’s guide. But if it left you wanting more, here’s another — more literal — version.

- The Alley. It’s a wave in Currumbin, and sneaky one of the Gold Coast’s best spots.

- Barrels. Duh.

- Carool. The holiday apartment complex that overlooks both Snapper and Duranbah. Stay there.

- Vitamin D. Substance your body creates as a chemical reaction to sunlight. Pro tip: You can't overdose on it.

- Euphoria. A feeling of immense pleasure that you’ve been chasing since exiting the womb. We have an idea of where you can find it...

- Four X. The local beer of choice. It tastes like happiness.


- Grower. A wave that starts small then gets bigger and bigger as it parades down the Superbank. Lock. Into. One.

- Hot. The temperature of the chicken parmi you’ll be served at Rainbow Bay Surf Club overlooking Snapper Rocks.

- Illegal. That local legislative status on the act of dodging a barrel at Kirra.

- Jellurgal. The Aboriginal Culture Center right next to Burleigh Heads. Very worth your time.

- Kangaroo. Meat served in almost every local dish...kidding.

- Lemoore. The city in California where Kelly Slater has his wavepool. You won’t need to visit, though, because Snapper smokes it.

- Mikey Wright. He lives on the Gold Coast now. You’ll probably see him in the water.

- Northeast. Wind direction that’ll send you straight to Straddie for some tubes.


- OOL. The Gold Coast airport’s code. Ohh la la.

- Pies. As in, meat pies. As in, the food that should make up no less than 30% of your meals when you’re on the Goldy. As in, yum.

- Queensland. The Australian state the Gold Coast is in. V royal.

- Rattlesnake. A nightclub in Coolangatta potentially more venomous than the snake itself.


- Sharks. There’s plenty here. They’re friendly though. Probably. Maybe.

- Tugan. Home of your new favorite skatepark.

- Usain Bolt. Name of the fastest man on earth. Match his speed if you want to make a good one at Kirra when it’s proper.

- Vivid. The finest type of memory. Make them here.

- Wildlife. Overarching name for the creatures that inhabit the Gold Coast’s forests and oceans. And sometimes nightclubs.

- Spot X. The zone between Greenmount and Kirra, which is usually the least crowded stretch of the Superbank.

- “Yeah, nah.” A term you’ll be hearing a lot here. It probably means both.


- Zero. Total amount of reasons you have not to visit the Goldy.

Not satisfied? Need more? Find the full Radical Times Gold Coast experience below.


]]> Fri, 28 Apr 2017 07:12:25 +0000 <![CDATA[Jesse Parkinson- A Season in Japan]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/Jesse-Parkinson-Season-Japan https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/Jesse-Parkinson-Season-Japan

Remember when we introduced you too young Jesse Parkinson a month ago? And we told you his go-to trick was a Cork 720? Good, you'd wanna remember this kid.

Here's Jesse in his Season Edit from Japan, featuring everything from chest deep pow to 50 foot booters. Enjoy!

Above, Jesse already blurring the lines between The Mountain and The Wave. Below, Jesse settles back into life on the Sunny Coast- BYO boardshorts. We’re pretty damn jealous Jesse! Keeping shredding dude!

]]> Mon, 24 Apr 2017 05:00:18 +0000 <![CDATA[How Plastic Bottles Turn Into Boardshorts]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/How-Plastic-Bottles-Turn-Into-Boardshorts https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/How-Plastic-Bottles-Turn-Into-Boardshorts

Ever enjoy a great surf in great waves on a great day and seen the not-so-great sight of plastic bottles strewn about the back-to-great beach? It creates a very deep, very specific breed of sadness. One that cuts you to the core.

But, to heal that wound, we have two pieces of good news for you:

1) You have the power to commit yourself to a lifetime of environmentally conscious decision-making, thus becoming part of the solution to this hideous problem.

2) We make boardshorts out of plastic bottles.

You’ve certainly heard the first bit before — whether or not you’ve acted on it is up to you. If you haven’t, then now is the time. Just think about that beach.

How about that second bit, though? It’s true! Working with our friends at Repreve, we’re able to turn the bottles you hate into the boardshorts that you love. The process is simple and complex at the same time.

The simplicity stems from the fact that most plastic bottles are made from something called PET (polyethylene terephthalate). PET also makes polyester, which is used in boardshorts and a variety of other goods. The complexity stems from the fact that it takes a little bit of work and a whole lot of ingenuity to get from bottle to boardshort. In short: the bottle gets broken down into chips. Then they become a fiber. Then it becomes a yarn. Then it gets sewn into your new favorite pair of boardshorts.

Learn more at repreve’s website. And find a pair of Repreve boardshorts in our range here.

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 06:51:47 +0000
<![CDATA[How The Superbank Works]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/How-The-Superbank-Works https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/How-The-Superbank-Works

Since the dawn of time, humans have had an eminent knack for improving on what nature has made readily available for us. Nature gave us New York, humans made it a city. Nature gave us sugarcane, humans fermented it into rum and then baked it into cookies when they were hungover in that awful equatorial heat the next morning. Nature gave us a swell-ridden Gold Coast and few points — Snapper, Greenmount and Kirra used to be three different waves — then humans went ahead and finished that project by creating the Superbank.

The Superbank.

It won’t help you with your 401K very much, but it might give you a wave that’ll make you forget about the idea of money entirely and believe that saving for retirement is a giant sham — who constructed that notion anyway?

And more importantly, who built the Superbank? One of Coolangatta’s finest filmmakers — and a man who is very tuned into the ebb and flow of the sand — Simon “Shagga” Saffigna broke it down for us. The explanation is well worth the investment of your time.


It all started with a dredge. They used to dredge out at the inlet of the Tweed River so that boats could safely go out and come in, then they would pump all the sand they took from there out and put it in front of Snapper. So the Superbank wasn’t an intentional creation. With time, they realized how good it was for surfing and tourism so they set up a bypass system where the sand can filter through on its own. They have pipes at D-Bah and pipes at Froggies and whenever the sand is getting a bit funky, they’ll just start pumping the sand and it will all filter around the corner.

It’s good and it’s bad. It’s good because we get great waves but it’s bad because it messed with Kirra for a while. I think that once you start messing with it, you set yourself up for a ton of work. You have to constantly think about it and then try to figure out what to do and when to do it. There have been university studies done to figure out what’s the best method to get the best waves and there are also guys like Rabbit that are on the city council and have some say in it. It’s a lot of effort, man. But I think no matter how much work they put into pumping the sand, Mother Nature is always going to have her way with it and have the final say.

Not satisfied? Need more? Find the full Radical Times Gold Coast experience below.


]]> Thu, 20 Apr 2017 04:35:11 +0000 <![CDATA[Where Surfboards Are Born]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/Where-Surfboards-Are-Born https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/Where-Surfboards-Are-Born

It's like a chemistry lab in here. Or a Detroit automobile factory. But also kind of like an old surf dog’s garage. In other words, I’ve never seen anything like it.

Standing inside the Burford Blanks factory on the Gold Coast, there’s a lot to be taken in. Handmade machines sprawl across the concrete floor. Classic rock booms out of an dusty old stereo. Giant vats of foreign substances stand tall while old surf posters line the walls around them. The air is beaming with phantom traces of a thousand tales told, sometimes truthful, sometimes tall.

You get the sense that this place is sacred. This is where surfboards are born.

Darren Burford, the current keeper in a new generation of this family-owned business, is giving us the tour. The process is relatively simple. You take a little bit of this goo, a little bit of that goo and mix it all together. The concoction begins to expand rapidly, mushrooming its way out of the bucket. If you just sit there and let it, well, foam, the mixture would expand to enough to coat the entire floor of this joint. So you throw it into a mold and put some boundaries on all that expansion.

Hours later, it comes out in one solid piece. From there, it’s cut in half and glued back together with a stringer. Just like that, you’ve got yourself a blank.

The Burfords have been doing this since 1966 — they quite literally have it down to a science. Now, some things have changed since then. They’ve got nicer tools. Adopted a few new business practices. They’ve welcomed that constant tug of evolution. But, a lot hasn’t changed too. Namely: the heart and soul of this whole operation.

You can feel it. You can see it, too. Everyone working, while deeply involved in their tasks, seems to have that subtle, almost subconscious smile that comes from knowing all the joy that their work will someday provide. Everyone here surfs. They know that when their job is done, these blanks will be shaped, glassed, sanded, bought, sold and surfed. They know this is a source of bliss.

They claim to use a combination of substances, imagination and hard work to make blanks here. But, really, I think they make magic.

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 04:53:33 +0000
<![CDATA[You Gotta Win It To Ringa It]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/You-gotta-win-it-to-Ringa-it https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/You-gotta-win-it-to-Ringa-it

Meet this year's Rip Curl Pro Victorian wildcard, again. Glyndyn Ringrose.

Glyndyn Ringrose was on the World Tour in 1999 and 2000 finishing 9th place at the Rip Curl Pro in 2000, that was also his last year on the tour. Yep, all of 17 years ago, Ringa surfed his last event world tour event at the Pipe masters.

Since then, he has become a father of two young boys and still shapes to this day at Island Surfboards on Phillip Island. So yeah, he will also be the only guy surfing at Bells who mowed the foam under his own feet..

“The last time I was in a World Tour event was 2000 at the Pipe Masters, it’s so awesome to be able to surf again against the best in the world.”

You know the guys that whip the surfers out the back on skis after they catch a wave? Ringa is also one of them- he does it for the #QuikPro on the Gold Coast and also over in Fiji for the WSL events. Pretty sweet life huh, shaping your own boards and racin’ around on jet skis? Goodluck! Ringa!

Here’s a couple from the archives. Images also courtesy of WSL and Surfing Victoria

]]> Tue, 11 Apr 2017 05:25:00 +0000 <![CDATA[How To Get Waves At The Superbank]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/How-To-Get-Waves-At-The-Superbank https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/How-To-Get-Waves-At-The-Superbank

The Superbank is one of the world’s greatest waves. It’s also one of the world’s most difficult.

Not when you’re actually on a wave — that’s simple. Just lock in, do a turn, get a tube, do a turn, get a tube, do three turns, get two tubes and maybe even mix an air if you get the right section. So, no, actually surfing the wave isn’t the problem. The crowd is.

Because the wave is so good, a lot of people want a piece. The skill level is incredibly high — everybody rips. Sometimes, it feels impossible to get a wave out there. But nothing’s impossible, right? We’re here to help you get waves out there. Here are some hot tips.

Pick a zone:

The Superbank is more than just Snapper and Kirra. You can almost always find a little honey hole with a minimal crowd somewhere on the stretch. It won’t be the best part of the bank, but it could be the most fun considering the crowd.

Be a psycho:

Not into going down to Greenmount? Alright, tough guy. Try taking off behind the rock then. When it’s good, it’s proper back there. It separates the boys from the men and the men from the lunatics. Just know that you’re smoked if you fall. Oh, and don’t mind the backwash.

Wild and untempered alertness:

Remember when we said turn, tube, turn, air? Yeah, turns out a lot of people get caught up somewhere in that combination. That means you should always be ready to swing on something last minute — especially if you see someone trying something big (see: Mikey Wright below).

Find a grower:

Picking a grower is 50% luck, 50% skill and 100% amazing. A grower, by the way, is a small wave that grows into a bigger and bigger wave as it parades down the bank. Look for a good line and hope for the best.


You might get mad when you can’t get a wave. Here’s an idea: don’t. Just don’t. Instead, kick back and appreciate what’s going down in front of you. The wave itself is truly mind bending. The surfing going down is world class. The sun is probably shining and isn’t life great? That’s rhetorical. It is.

Plus, positivity and fortune go hand in hand. And coincidentally, it takes two hands to paddle into a wave.

Not satisfied? Want more? Get the full Radical Times Gold Coast experience below.

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 05:36:07 +0000
<![CDATA[Zac Wightman: Buttery]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/Zac-Wightman-Buttery https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/Zac-Wightman-Buttery

Can’t force style. You either have it or you don’t.

Zac Wightman falls into the former category. The kid’s got style for days. Or years. Decades, even. Spend two sessions with him in a quick clip, right here and right now. Then you should probably go surfing — stylishly, of course.


The kids got all kinda style...

Mon, 03 Apr 2017 05:31:25 +0000
<![CDATA[Koa Rothman Wins 2016 - 2017 Wave Of The Winter]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/Koa-Rothman-Wins-wotw https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/Koa-Rothman-Wins-wotw


Every generation of surfing has had a crew of surfers who thrive at Pipeline. But over the years, there have been a select few who have flat-out owned the place in their prime.

We’re talking guys like Butch Van Artsdalen, Gerry Lopez, Tom Carroll, Derek Ho, Kelly Slater and Jamie O’Brien. Guys that seem to have a bizarre, almost-psychic rhythm with the wave. Guys that have shoved surfing forward one tube at a time.

Koa Rothman is putting his name in that category.

He’s been doing well at Pipe for a while — getting covers, making noise, etc. But this year was a banner one for him. He won both the Backdoor Shootout and Wave Of The Winter. Thats’ huge — it’s a feat nobody else has ever accomplished. Seasons don’t really don’t get any better than this.

Let him take you through the winning wave, right here. Congrats Koa!

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 01:08:35 +0000
<![CDATA[Radical Times Gold Coast]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/radical-times-gold-coast-2017 https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/radical-times-gold-coast-2017 ]]> Mon, 27 Mar 2017 07:14:09 +0000 <![CDATA[Anthony Holland Wins 2017 Ride The Snake At Chamonix]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/ride-the-snake-anthony-holland https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/ride-the-snake-anthony-holland

They came. They built. They rode. Some conquered, and some got conquered — that’s just the way The Snake operates.

The Snake, meaning the Ride The Snake trail that Mat Crepel and his crew built for the annual snowboarding event. It’s half race, half pipe, and all core. Ride The Snake is built for imagination. And that’s exactly what Anthony Holland hit it with.

As a result, Tonton gets the prizes and prestige of winning one of Europe’s best snowboarding events. And you? Well, you get to enjoy these photos and go Ride The Snake yourself - the trail will be open to public until it melts away this spring. Get after it!

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 11:50:44 +0000
<![CDATA[Jesse Mendes Scores Empty Waves In California]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/Jesse-Mendes-Scores https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/Jesse-Mendes-Scores

When most folks think of California, they think of crowds. They think of waves like Lowers, Rincon and Malibu being shoulder-to-shoulder with an amount of people so dense that it defies both logic and imagination. They think it’s impossible to escape this, so you might as well just grab a burrito and burn someone.

But, there is a trick to scoring empty waves in California. It’s called: the automobile.

If ever you want to escape the madness of CA’s premier spots, just find four wheels, point that compass north and hard-nose the highway. Central and Northern California are stacked with waves. And they ain’t stacked with crew trying to ride them.

Jesse Mendes, who is currently ranked 1st on the QS, recently proved this to be true. Watch him tear through empty Californian bliss, right here.

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 01:36:23 +0000
<![CDATA[Kehu Butler Wins Subway Pro Junior Trigg Beach]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/Kehu-Butler-Wins-Subway-Pro-junior https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/Kehu-Butler-Wins-Subway-Pro-junior

Last week, Kehu Butler was on the Gold Coast with the rest of the Quiksilver team.

He was a familiar face in the waters around Coolangatta. Punting airs at D-bah. Man-hacking his way down the point at Snapper. Linking combos upon combos everywhere. But then, one day, he went missing.

He had to bail. There was a Pro Junior in Western Australia.

Two days later, he returned with him a big trophy and an even bigger grin.

Kehu dominated the Subway Pro Junior Trigg, winning every single heat he surfed. He faced fellow Quiksilver rider Kael Walsh in the final. Kael’s from WA and surfs with the gusto of a man not afraid to sacrifice a limb via a punt gone wrong — in other words, he’s hard to beat. But Kehu’s powerful, progressive surfing was able to do just that.

Good job boys!

Images courtesy of the WSL

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 01:07:31 +0000
<![CDATA[Life of a grom: lennox Chell]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/life-of-a-grom-lennox-chell https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/life-of-a-grom-lennox-chell

Imagine you’re 12 years old.

Then imagine you’re in Australia. And you’re staying at a big apartment overlooking Snapper Rocks. And that the best kids your age are right alongside you. And that the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast is on, so the best kids that aren’t your age (see: adults on the CT) are here too. In heaven yet?

Nope. Still earth — but a really, really awesome life on earth. It’s the life Lennox Chell has been living this week.

We sat down with him to find out exactly how it all feels.

What’s the best thing about being here?

It’s all been amazing. I get to hang with friends from all over the world and go surf. Plus, we get to surf with all the pro guys and try to copy what they do.

So, who’s been surfing the best?

Maybe Wilko. Or Connor O’Leary. And Mick and Parko. My hero is Gabriel Medina, and I’ve got to see him surf which was sick. But I think I like Mick the best because he’s such a nice guy and always has time to say hello and that.

What do you do when you’re not surfing?

Just hang out and do some homework. I’ve been asking some of the older boys stuff about chicks and all that and hearing heaps of funny stories. But I’m not on Tinder just yet.

Been getting into any trouble?

We were yelling at people off the veranda one day then trying to hide when they looked up. We yelled at Kelly and I think he got real mad at us.

Anything you’ve learned from being here?

Watching all the pro guys, you get to see how they approach a wave and how they approach a session. And then you get to see all the guys taking photos and learn how to get a good one. It’s been rad!

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 08:53:10 +0000
<![CDATA[The Moment That Defined The 2017 Quiksilver Pro]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/the-moment-quik-pro-2017 https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/the-moment-quik-pro-2017 “Seeing you last year was one of the saddest things I’ve ever been through. So if anybody was going to beat me today, I’m glad it was you.”


That’s what Matt Wilkinson had to say to one of his best friends, Owen Wright, 20 seconds after the final horn of the 2017 Quiksilver Pro.



Last year, Wilko was winning this very contest. Meanwhile, Owen was laying in bed, suffering from dizzy spells, wondering what had happened, wondering if he’d ever be able to surf like himself again.

In December of 2015, Owen sustained a head injury at Pipeline. A serious one — so serious that he had to take a year off from competitive surfing. It was a year full of trials and certainly. Nobody knew if Owen would ever come back. Then, a clip was leaked of him riding a long board. Then a clip of him riding a shortboard. Then he entered a few smaller events and did just OK.

Then he was here. Talking to Wilko. Not even trying to hold back the tears.



Shortly after those words were spoken, Owen dissappeared on the back of a Jet Ski. He stepped into a whirlwind of people cheering, people yelling, people crying, people asking him for photos. From there it was all madness.


But that, in the water out there, was the moment that defined the 2017 Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast.


What a year.



Sun, 19 Mar 2017 07:51:16 +0000
<![CDATA[The Spectator’s View]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/spectators-view https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/spectators-view

You been taking advantage of your Backstage Pass to the Quiksilver Pro?

If so, that means you’ve had a conversation with a first-time CTer. You’ve fondled a couple comp boards. You’ve joined us for some free surfs. You watched the best waves of the event and even chatted with the wildest card.

Now, it’s time to get on the beach and mix it up with an average spectator. Well, not so average — she’s lovely in fact. Her name is Joelle and she’s from Australia’s Sunshine Coast. She’s standing just there. Rady to roll?



This your first time at a professional surf contest?

I’ve been to other surf contests before but this one is definitely the biggest. I live a few hours north so we just rented a cheap little apartment here for a couple of nights and it’s been amazing.


You been enjoying it?

Yeah, for sure. The weather’s been perfect and there’s so much going on.



Like what?

Well, this contest obviously. But then the nightlife has been really good too.


What do you like most about the actual contest?

Hmm. I don’t know. I’ve been to other sporting events before, but this doesn’t really feel like that. I guess my favorite thing is how everybody cheers for everything here instead cheering of just cheering for certain teams. It makes it feel like a party.



Who do you think is going to win?

Honestly, I have no idea.


Just say Connor O’Leary then. Z

OK, Connor O’Leary.


Sat, 18 Mar 2017 08:43:51 +0000
<![CDATA[Comp Board: Mikey Wright]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/Comp-Board-mikey-wright https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/Comp-Board-mikey-wright

The Details

6’0” 1/2 x 18 4/5 x 2 1/3 JS. Monster 6. Thruster.

How it feels

It’s really fast and it fits into the steep sections here well. But what I like the most about it is that it lets me turn as hard as I want. On this board, I feel like I never have to hold back.

Why he chose it

I’ve been working with JS and we refined my boards while I was injured. This new batch has some of the best boards I’ve ever owned, and this is the best board in that batch. It’s funny, because it’s the board I like the most but ride the least cause I want to save it for heats.

That board can be seen in use below, signed- Mongrel Mike ;)

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 04:44:23 +0000
<![CDATA[Gallery: Everything Else]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/freesurfday4 https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/freesurfday4 Tired of watching heats? Neither were we — but we decided to dip away from the comp and sneak a surf in anyway. The Quik team went HAM at a nearby beach break.




Sat, 18 Mar 2017 02:20:58 +0000
<![CDATA[Quik Pro Day 4 ]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/quikpro-day4-2017 https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/quikpro-day4-2017

There are good waves. There are great waves. And then there are the type of waves we had today — words don’t do them justice. These photos do, though.

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 23:45:34 +0000
<![CDATA[Comp Board: Zeke Lau]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/Comp-Board-zeke-lau https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/Comp-Board-zeke-lau

The Details

6’0” x 19 x 2 1/2. Thruster. Channel Islands Rook 15

How it feels

This board has a lot of drive and you can really push it through turns. It fits well in steeper waves too. It even feels good for airs — it’s an all around great high performance board.

Why this board

Just started working with Britt Merrick and this is one of the best boards I’ve ever had from Channel Islands. I got a lot of Rook 15s in the batch I got for Snapper. I’ve been riding a few day-to-day free surfing, but this one felt better than the rest so it’s been on ice for heats.

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 10:17:06 +0000
<![CDATA[What’s better than a free beer? An unlimited supply of free beer. ]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/freebeer https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/freebeer

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 03:38:07 +0000
<![CDATA[The Wild Mind Of Mikey]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/wild-mind https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/wild-mind

He showed up with a JS, a mullet and whole lot of attitude — then he beat the defending World Champion. Mikey Wright made a bold statement last year as a wildcard at the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast. And this year, he’s back. He still has a mullet. He’s still riding JS. And that attitude sure as hell hasn’t gone anywhere. We hit him with a few questions before the event started.

You’ve got the wildcard into the Quik Pro again this year. How are you feeling going into it?

Yeah, I’m feeling good. I’ve had a bunch of fun surfs leading up to the event. Me and Wadeo have been filming and we got a couple clips that went pretty well.


A post shared by Quiksilver (@quiksilver) onMar 7, 2017 at 10:06pm PST

Sick. You’re coming off an injury, so most people haven’t seen you surf in a while. Do you feel like you have anything to prove?

This will be the first event where I don’t have to wear a brace or tape my ankle, so I’m really excited about that. I’m not really thinking about proving anything in the heats though — I just want to a chance to surf against the best guys in the world and see what I can do.

Do you legitimately enjoy competing?

I loved it growing up, then I decided to take a few years off and build my profile. I wanted to get stronger, get better at surfing and put out some clips. I’m happy I took the time to do all that. And being injured just now made me take a step back and really think about things. I feel clearer now, and I feel like I really want to compete again.

A lot of guys on tour tone down their surfing to win heats. Are you cool with that?

Honestly, I just surf. If a section is there, I’m not gonna do a half-assed turn. I’m going go big. Then I’ll keep going if the wave keeps linking up. I’m gonna put everything into every turn I do no matter what.

Are you more concerned about winning or putting on a good show?

I don’t really think about what the end of the heat is going to look like. My only goal here is to go out there and surf how I surf.


A post shared by Quiksilver (@quiksilver) onMar 15, 2017 at 5:01pm PDT


Fri, 17 Mar 2017 00:04:23 +0000
<![CDATA[Comp Board: Kanoa Igarashi]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/Comp-Board-Kanoa-Igarashi https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/Comp-Board-Kanoa-Igarashi

The details

5’11 x 18 7/16 x 2 5/16 Model: DFR. Thruster with JS fins. It’s got continuous rocker and a deep single concave.

How it feels

This board is really responsive and lets me do whatever I want. It’s super reliable and doesn’t ever do anything I’m not expecting. Like, it’s never going to surprise me by turning super fast out of nowhere.

Why he chose it

To be honest, this is the better of two boards that I thought I might ride at Snapper. I used to travel to each event with 15 boards that I would potentially ride and it just got super confusing. This year, I’m all about simplifying - I just want to bring a few boards I trust to each stop.

]]> Wed, 15 Mar 2017 06:04:56 +0000 <![CDATA[Comp Board: Connor O'leary]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/Comp-Board-Connor-Oleary https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/Comp-Board-Connor-Oleary

The details

6’1” x 19 x 2 2/16. Rounded pin thruster, shaped by the kind hands of Channel Islands.

How it feels

It’s so drivey and easy to ride. I feel like I have so much control over it. I can go off the bottom and hit a section as hard as I want without having to worry about it sliding out — I know it’s not going to wig out on me. It even feels good above the lip too.

Why he chose it

I don’t nerd out too hard on boards, but I’m always into trying new things. It could spark up a new perspective that you’d never experience if you didn’t try something new. a massive change in the size of my boards. Went up in everything. Rounded pins on normal shorties. QS is kinda hard to do that, so this one feels great in good waves. This is the best of the new ones.


Tue, 14 Mar 2017 00:20:56 +0000
<![CDATA[One Team. One Tour.]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/one-team-one-tour https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/one-team-one-tour
This year, Quiksilver has six surfers on the WSL’s Championship Tour, each representing a different region: Jeremy Flores (FRA), Ezekiel Lau (HAW), Wiggolly Dantas (BRA), Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA), Kanoa Igarashi (USA), Connor O’Leary (AUS). Ranging in age from 19 to 28, they are the new generation of Quiksilver surfers to make noise on surfing’s biggest stage. Good luck in 2017 boys.


Jeremy Flores - @floresjeremy

Date Of Birth: 4/27/1988

Hometown: Hossegor, France

Passionate. That’s what Jeremy Flores is. In the water, out of the water, all the time. He was born on Reunion Island, raised in Madagascar and currently resides in France. Jeremy’s talent was recognized early on and he quickly found himself traveling the world with big names like Kelly Slater. That diverse, worldly experience translated to his surfing- he’s powerful, he’s progressive and he’s absolutely fearless when the waves get heavy. So far, he’s won two CT events in his career - 2010 Pipeline Masters and the 2015 Billabong Pro Tahiti - and has consistently remained a must-watch every time he surfs a heat.

Wiggolly Dantas - @wiggolly

Date Of Birth: 12/16/1989

Hometown: Ubatuba, Brazil

Wiggolly Dantas’ surfing speaks for itself. After winning the Quiksilver Saquerema Prime event in 2014, he qualified for the CT and began to unleash his surfing alongside the world’s best. He charges as if there is no tomorrow, or even a slight idea of a tomorrow, and his backhand is powerful enough to make almost any wave disintegrate. Plus, he’s got the airs. The Brazilian is one of the most well-rounded surfers of this generation and you’ll surely see him standing on a podium or in the belly of an oversized wave at Pipeline soon enough.

Kanoa Igarashi - @kanoaigarashi

Date Of Birth: 10/1/1997

Hometown: Huntington Beach

USA Kanoa Igarashi is a truly complete surfer. He’s technical. He’s progressive. He’s consistently surprising and surprisingly consistent. The Japanese-American grew up as a surf prodigy in Huntington Beach, CA and has lived up to every bit of hype. It’s damn near impossible to find a flaw in his game. He’s won a few major WQS events so far in his career, like the 2016 Pantin Classic Galicia Pro and the 2015 Mahalo Surf Eco Festival. And on the CT level, he made the finals of the 2016 Billabong Pipeline Masters during his rookie year. The future may have a lot in store for Kanoa, but Kanoa has even more in store for the future.

Connor O’Leary - @connoroleary

Date Of Birth: 12/10/1993

Hometown: Cronulla, Australia

After an impressive junior career in Australia, Connor O’Leary disappeared into the depths of the WQS for a little while. While his surfing was just as fast, powerful and progressive as ever, it wasn’t translating into the results that he deserved. At one point, he even took up teaching surf lessons in order to gain the funds to keep chasing his dream. And then one day it all clicked: he finished two spots away from qualification in 2015, then made it up to himself by winning the whole series in 2016. His miraculous runincluded a win at the 2016 Ballito Pro. Boom. Just like that, Connor is back to where he belongs.

Leonardo Fioravanti - @lfioravanti

Date Of Birth: 12/8/1997

Hometown: Rome, Italy

Leonardo Fioravanti is no stranger to the surf world. And the surf world is certainly no stranger to him. The Italian charmer has had a spotlight shining on him since before he even hit his teens. And why not? He had eerily good form, a myriad of airs, a fearless approach to fearsome waves and a carve as big as his smile. The world was his, and the hype was inevitable. But those days are over. Leo’s an adult now. He’s had a certain fire in him ever since returning to the water after breaking his back at Pipeline. He qualified for the CT in 2016 at only 18-years-old and he has already beaten both Kelly Slater and 2015 World Champ Adriano de Souza as a wildcard on the WSL. From here on out, Leo’s just going to let his surfing do the talking. Rest assured, the whole world will be listening.

Ezekiel Lau - @zekelau

Date Of Birth: 11/23/1993

Hometown: Honolulu, Hawaii

Talent. Motivation. Positivity. And a touch of grit. That’s a formula for success in surfing, and that’s the formula that has taken Zeke Lau to the top. The proud Hawaiian has faced a few major setbacks in his career - including some bouts with back injury - but he always fights hard and comes back. In 2015, he power-surfed his way onto the CT where he’ll be producing big, bold surfing that’ll please judges and spectators alike. His ultimate goal is a World Title. Don’t expect him to sleep until he gets there.

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 06:03:03 +0000
<![CDATA[How to get into the #QuikPro trials]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/How-to-get-into-the-QuikPro-trials https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/How-to-get-into-the-QuikPro-trials You probably already knew that the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast has trials to hand over a few spots in the main event — but did you know that there are trials to get into the trials? Yep, sure are. And we held em today. 


At an empty beachbreak a short drive away from Snapper, Michael Dunphy, Kehu Butler and Cody Robinson proved their merit in front of their peers. Tonight, they’ll sleep well. Tomorrow, they’ll surf in the actual trials. And the day after that, they could be facing the cream of the CT crop at Snapper. The path to victory sure ain’t short. But then again, nobody said it would be.

Sun, 12 Mar 2017 11:08:24 +0000
<![CDATA[Generations of Quiksilver]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/generations https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/generations Thu, 09 Mar 2017 20:20:23 +0000 <![CDATA[Quik Pro- Moments]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/quik-pro-moments https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/quik-pro-moments

]]> Thu, 09 Mar 2017 05:15:02 +0000 <![CDATA[Whats on at the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast 2017]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/whats-on-at-the-pro-2017 https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/whats-on-at-the-pro-2017

Want to watch the world’s best surfers at the world’s best sandbar? Yeah, us too. That’s why we put on the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast every year. Never disappoints.

But, as great as the surf contest may be, the event is so much more than high-fives and heat wins. It’s a party. A festival. A gathering of people, art, culture, chaos and classic times. Quite simply, it’s an event you can’t miss - trust us.

And trust this guide. It’s our official list of recommendations for what to do at the Quik Pro. Consider it your fun atlas.


March 13: Watch the trials

Sixteen surfers. Two spots in the main event. Sparks are inevitable. Watch some of the best up-and-coming and local surfers battle it out to realize the dream of competing in an event on surfing’s biggest stage.

March 14 - 25: Watch the event

Thirty-six surfers. One big trophy. Sparks are seriously inevitable. As the first event of the WSL season, the Quik Pro is notorious for producing some major surprises and setting the tone for the entire year.

March 17: Get some autographs

Is chasing a surfer down the beach with a big crowd in a wild buffalo sort of stampede your thing? Yeah? Nothing wrong with that - in fact, we encourage it. But, if you prefer a more mellow atmosphere, we’re holding a meet and greet with Quiksilver’s A Team at the Boardrider’s Shop in Coolangatta at 5PM. There will be food. There will be drink. There will be no stampede of wild buffalo.

March 18: Try some boards

What if we were to tell you that you could grab a sled straight from the foam-dusted hands of one of the world’s greatest shapers and surf it for an hour and a half, all for free and all with no obligation to ever purchase it? This ain’t a joke! There’ll be demos all day on March 18th. Do your feet a favor and dig in.

March 18: Listen to some music

You feel too burnt out from a day in the sun and just want to go home and get to bed early? Of course you don’t! So, waltz your way over to the Cooly Beachfest and hear some of the hottest sounds of summer played live.

March 19: Get fit

Yoga. A run. Some SUPing. That’s what the Roxy Fitness event is all about. Women of all ages are welcome to join, men of all ages are welcome to cheer them on.

March 23: Get the best wave of your life

There’s nothing really special about this day - we just have a good feeling for you.

March 26: Take a deep breath

In. Out. In. Out. How you feeling? If you took advantage of the past 12 days, you’ll have tried four new surfboards, got the best wave of your life, met your favorite surfer, heard your favorite band, watched an amazing contest and maybe even mixed in some yoga. Time to relax now - you deserve it. Until next year, friends.

Can't make it to the goldy? Don't sweat, literally. Follow us on Instagram. Or if you wanna see what really goes on at the pro, follow us on snapchat ;)

Instagram, Twitter and Facebook]]> Mon, 06 Mar 2017 03:26:17 +0000 <![CDATA[Jesse Mendes Wins The Australian Open Of Surfing ]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/jesse-mendes-wins-aus-open-of-surf https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/jesse-mendes-wins-aus-open-of-surf

Last year, Jesse Mendes almost qualified for the CT. Last week, he almost won a major QS event in Newcastle. Today, he won the Australian Open of Surfing. How's that for upward toil?

"I knew I was going to have to surf my best," Jesse said, with his competition singlet bleeding drops

of water onto the podium. "So that's what I did."

Surfing his best meant laying it on rail. It meant going north of the lip every chance he got. It meant watching CT surfer Julian Wilson start the final with an 8.37 and a 9.33, then responding with two of the highest scores of the event. Victory didn't come to Jesse. Jesse came to victory.

And now, he leads the QS rankings. The Australian leg hasn't been so kind to Jesse in years past, so you better believe it feels good for him to leave with two huge results. You also better believe it's going to be this kid's year. Trust us. "Almost" is over.

Images courtesy of the WSL

]]> Sun, 05 Mar 2017 22:07:29 +0000 <![CDATA[Mat Crepel Compares Surfing And Snowboarding]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/Mat-Crepel-Compares-Surfing-And-Snowboarding https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/Mat-Crepel-Compares-Surfing-And-Snowboarding TheFourthPhase

What’s it called when you grab a board and slide down a collection of water that has been brought to you by the forces of nature?

Surfing? Or snowboarding? The correct answer is both.

While the connection between the two is obvious, our friends at Surfline wanted to see just how deep it runs. So, they talked to two pro snowboarders who surf and two pro surfers who snowboard. One of the pro snowboarders was our boy Mat Crepel. We think you’ll really dig what he had to say. Check it out below, and treat yourself to the full piece here.

On the feeling

“Technically, it’s not the same thing at all. You don’t know why a barrel feels amazing, it’s just like time is suspended when you’re in there. It’s the same when you do a huge turn in the pow. You see all the snow floating around you, then you go through the white room — not long, maybe seconds, kind of like a barrel. I don’t think I’ve gotten a barrel longer than three or four seconds. But you come out screaming and try not to claim because it’s not cool, but sometimes you can’t help it, and it’s the same with powder. You do a sick turn and you just scream. You can really explain it, but it’s the best thing.”

On inspiration

“The father and the mother, the Adam and Eve, of all action sports is surfing. It all comes from surfing, and we adapt ourselves to skateboarding and snowboarding. The way I see snowboarding and the way I snowboard is directly inspired by surfing, more than other friends that don’t surf as much. If I see a lip I’m gonna try to slash it – do a little layback or a hand-drag — to get that feeling.”

On airs

“With airs in the halfpipe, you want to land as high as possible in the coping to keep your speed for the next air on the other side. I feel like a halfpipe is pretty close to a wave, but at first I was trying to do airs surfing the same way I do airs in the pipe, and I’d always land on the back of the wave. I didn’t really understand why, so then I watched some surf videos, and figured out guys were actually pointing their nose towards the beach instead of towards the wave, like you would in a halfpipe. That is one of the main differences. Once you get this, once you’re in the air and trying to grab, it’s pretty similar.”

On big waves and backcountry

“Big waves and big mountains are where snowboarding and surfing are the closest in spirit – the way you have to commit to things. You have to train, but it has to come with experience, as well. You can’t really train for the big mountain. It takes time to get to know the snow and the terrain, how the wind affects the snow, for security reasons. And I think big-wave surfing is kind of the same. You can train as much as you want in the swimming pool, but you have to spend time in the ocean, too. You can’t just train all the time then step on a 15-foot wave right away, you have to surf six, eight, ten-foot…”

Read the full story here.]]>
Fri, 03 Mar 2017 05:00:51 +0000
<![CDATA[Surf and snow on the same trip?]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/Surf-and-snow-on-the-same-trip https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/Surf-and-snow-on-the-same-trip

Packing for a surf trip is hard. Packing for a snow trip is hard. Packing for a surf and snow trip that’ll whisk you through a variety of different climates is damn-near impossible.

Key word there: nearly.

Packing for a combo trip may be difficult, but it’s doable – and totally worth it. One journey, two different forms of water to ride? Now that’s living.

Our boy Bryan Fox wants to help you plan for a double entendre. Bryan hunts powder for a living and chases peaks for a passion. There’s nothing he loves more than combining the two into one itinerary. As a matter of fact, he just jumped on our Radical Times in Spain trip to do just that. While here, he took a minute to lay out his essentials for you. Watch him put them all to use by following the trip on our Instagram and Snapchat.


When packing for a trip like this, bring the most versatile boards in your quiver. You obviously want to get both the best waves and the best snow, but reality will almost certainly find a way to derail that. Accept the fact that you probably won’t score both. So unless you’re serious about getting in the backcountry or surfing a certain wave, bring boards that you’d be comfortable riding in any condition.

Tip: If you have a coffin-style surfboard bag, you can fit a snowboard in it too. Just be sure to pack it properly so nothing gets damaged – use wetsuits or jackets to make the most out of the space you have.

Quiksilver puffy jacket.

They’re warm. They’re comfortable. They look good. They’re great for planes. They’re great for trains. They fend off bears...maybe. In other words, they’re your best friend.


For the snow, you need: jacket, pants, boots, gloves, hat and goggles. For the surf: 5-mil, boots and gloves…and maybe goggles if you’re, like, a weirdo.

Tip: If you’re planning on going somewhere seriously freezing, pack petroleum jelly. It’ll save you from getting all chapped up and you can even slab some on your face before you surf…we wish we were kidding.


You live in them. You breathe in them. You sweat in them, bleed in them, eat in them and probably spill food on them. T-shirts are the most essential of all the essentials.

Camera gear

Bryan likes to document his adventures. You probably like to document your adventures, too. It doesn’t matter if you roll with a Holga or a Red Cam, just don’t leave home without it.

Sweat pants

They’re super comfy and great for layering in the cold. Plus, depending on your trip, you might end up sharing a room with six of your best friends. You’re probably better off sleeping in sweatpants than nude, no?

First aid kit

Better to be safe than slapped in the face by some cruel circumstance. Bryan’s First Aid kid features a whistle, a fire starter, a compass and more. Maybe stash a little bit of wax in there too. You don’t want to go all the way to Chile just to do a split on your first wave, do you?

Tip: You can use surf wax as a stomp pad on your snowboard.

Surf and snow on the same trip? Here’s how to pack. from quiksilver on Vimeo.

]]> Thu, 02 Mar 2017 05:13:25 +0000 <![CDATA[Marc Lacomare, Daydreaming In France]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/Marc Lacomare-Daydreaming-In-France https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/Marc Lacomare-Daydreaming-In-France

Sometimes your mind slips into a dream during the day. Other times, the moments of your day feel less like reality and more like a dream. Here’s Marc Lacomare and that second definition.

Compiled from a few sessions at his home sands of Hossegor. Marc had a good year on the QS in 2016 - he ended up finishing 23rd, and making a final at Hawaiian Pro at Haleiwa to finish strong. But, of course, he wants more. And he won’t settle until he gets more. Marc’s back at it with more fire than ever. This could be the year he cracks the CT. We’ve got a feeling.

And this daydream right here is how he re-charged his batteries. Dive in.

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 03:55:14 +0000
<![CDATA[Radical Times Spain]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/radical-times-in-spain https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/radical-times-in-spain ]]> Mon, 27 Feb 2017 07:07:26 +0000 <![CDATA[Michael Dunphy Found Paradise Three Times]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/Michael-Dunphy-Found-Paradise-Three-Times https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/Michael-Dunphy-Found-Paradise-Three-Times

Paradise. It's a state of mind.

To some, maybe it's 2-foot and offshore and it sounds like a commercially successful Bob Marley song and it tastes like an acai bowl and it uses the word "manifestation" un-ironically. In public settings, too.

To Mick Fanning, maybe it's a wild right with nobody around in a country that still enslaves people or possibly a peaceful corner of the globe that nobody's ever thought to graze. Maybe it's both. Maybe it's just driving the internet insane.

But, to many of us, paradise is boardshorts, blue water, and a consistent peak that really does beg to be painted with rail. The simple things, right?

Michael Dunphy pleads so.

Dunph took some time in the past year to go searching for his idea of paradise. His efforts lead lead him to Bali, Bocas Del Toro and a beautiful little speck in the Caribbean. And that, in turn, lead him to a lot of painting with rail - all of which you can admire here. Paradise may be subjective, but damn does this look good.

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 23:51:53 +0000
<![CDATA[Meet Jesse Parkinson]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/Meet-Jesse-Parkinson https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/Meet-Jesse-Parkinson


Yaroomba, Australia

Been riding for:
3 years

Go-to trick:
Cork back 720, switch back 540

New trick:

Park or pow:
I love it all!

Rails or jumps:
Both, but I love spinning off a huge kicker

Mark McMorris, Travis Rice, Scotty James

Not many 11-year-old Australians get to call Japan home for the snow season. But then again, not many 11-year-old Australians can huck 900s off 50-footers.

In other words, Jesse Parkinson is an interesting little fella.

Jesse grew up on the Sunshine Coast of Australia. And while he rips in the water, he spends most of his time in the mountains - which are a solid 16-hour drive from his hometown. Even further, though, is Japan.


‘’My family got a place in Japan about 2 or 3 years ago,’’ Jesse explains. ‘’It's up on the northern island of Hokkaido, in the forest near a place called Higashiyama. We’re at the foot of the mountain and my brother and I go can go for a 15-minute walk up the hill, ride a great little powder run through trees with no one else around. It’s so sick!’’

But...does he miss the ocean? (Thats Jesse 'No'boarding above, which is much like surfing because, well, you ain't strapped in!)

‘’I spend 3-4 months a year in Japan, and I really miss surfing when I'm here. I got to meet and ride with Gerry Lopez once and he said surf is where you find it. A great powder day is really similar to surfing good waves. And that run right by my house is like having a surf at your local with 3-4 foot offshore waves and no one out!’’

3-4 foot waves at your local are fun and all - but experiencing a new culture really opens your eyes. To what’s possible in life. To what exists in the world. And, even in an 11-year-old mind, to the core spirit of boardriding.

‘’I love going into the backcountry here. We have some great Japanese friends who are also the best guides in Niseko. They take my brother and I for walks, show us the best spots and teach us how to be safe in that terrain. They are true snow surfers in every way.’’

Images by @kagephoto

]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 23:19:25 +0000 <![CDATA[Jesse Adam gets barrelled in Indo]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/Jesse-Adam-gets-barrelled-in-Indo https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/Jesse-Adam-gets-barrelled-in-Indo Dog Stole My Campur from Jesse Adam on Vimeo.

Newcastles Jesse Adam just got barreled in Indo- we'll let him do the talking

"Zac and I had a small window to go just about anywhere in Indonesia," says Jesse. "We were sitting in a little joint in Bali trying to map out where to go. We narrowed it down to two options: Nias or Sumbawa. Although Sumbawa looked a little on the big side, we chose that option simply for wave variety and booked the tickets. Two out of the six days, the waves were waaaay to big and totally washed the place out, most guys bailed and went elsewhere. We stayed and scored three days of fun waves. During the trip I copped my board in the balls and almost drowned because of it. Later I got pinned on my back and the impact left a decent sized lump in my lower back. I didn't surf for a day, and struggled the last day. I didn't sleep on my back for two weeks. It later turned out to be a Hematoma (phew). The day we returned from Indo to Australia we arrived smack in the middle of the swell of the century in Newcastle. We didn't even unpack our bags, we just got out there. Two waves in I tore the ATFL in my ankle, badly. Dog Stole My Campur is the last time I surfed properly, titled because a Bali dog actually stole Zac Heath's Nasi Campur lunch. All in all, we got two days of fun waves."

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 05:53:03 +0000
<![CDATA[Why Should You Go To Spain?]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/Why-Should-You-Go-To-Spain https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/Why-Should-You-Go-To-Spain

Feeling that itch to plan a trip?

Good. Maybe it’s time to embrace it.

We recently went on a surf/skate/snow/culture/madness/fun adventure through Spain and made a short film out of it. Watch it, right here and right now. It’ll probably leave you feeling like Spain is the perfect place to scratch the itch we just talked about. Which is convenient, because we already built a Boardrider’s Guide to help you get a grip on that beautiful land.

But in case you require any more persuasion, the Radical Times crew laid it out for you straight up. Here’s why you should visit Spain.

Now it’s up to you to take them up on it.

Discovering new places, having lots of fun, laughs and amazing food! What else do you need in life?

-Natxo Gonzalez

Spain is a full boardriding trip. Each part of the country offered something special and different, whether it was surfing, skating, snowboarding or just checking things out and enjoying life. This place really has it all .

-Mikey February

Spain is a beautiful country, both culturally and visually. It’s a full on boardrider’s adventure. You can skate some of the most amazing spots in the world and get some amazing scenic surf.

-Zach Miller

Spain is a magical country filled with magical humans. Skate, surf, snow, art, pintxos, tapas futbol...everything is incredible. The Spanish, Basque and Catalan communities will show you nothing but kindness. Find a cheap flight, rent a van, bring all your boards, bring all your homies. Maybe even follow our route - you won’t be disappointed!

-Bryan Fox

Pintxos before surf and pintxos after surf with a few more pintxos after that!

-Austen Sweetin

You can discover sick boardriding spots and incredible scenery where mountains meet the sea. If you're looking for an adventure, grab some mates and a few boards then hit the road!

-Mat Crepel

Photos by Ryan Heywood

Check out Radical Times below

]]> Mon, 20 Feb 2017 06:29:07 +0000 <![CDATA[Watch: Stanley Norman In Portugal]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/Stanley-Norman-In-Portugal https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/Stanley-Norman-In-Portugal

We know exactly what you think you’re getting when you click into an edit of a modern 13-year-old surfer: a redundancy of airs, airs, airs and airs.

Well, Stanley Norman has quite the surprise for you.

Here’s an edit from his recent trip to Portugal. In it, you’ll find turns and barrels and barrels and turns. Quite refreshing stuff from the youth, no? Dive straight in.

Mon, 06 Feb 2017 04:10:07 +0000
<![CDATA[Kanoa Igarashi: Blocked Vee Boardshort]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/Kanoa-Igarashi-Blocked-Vee-Boardshort https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/Kanoa-Igarashi-Blocked-Vee-Boardshort


Like that stretch? You’ll like it even more when you’re surfing. Diamond Deluxe is made to work with you, not on you.


You’re attracted to water, Diamond Deluxe repels it. Which translates to a quick dry time and a farewell to wet car seats.


It’s what’s inside that counts. Our mini-diamond weave fabric and Neo Fly are designed to limit surface area and promote airflow in order to keep you rash free- especially where it counts ;)

/]]> Thu, 02 Feb 2017 05:51:00 +0000 <![CDATA[Rio Waida And Len's Arancibia Let Loose In Bali]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/rio-waida-lens-arancibia-bali https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/rio-waida-lens-arancibia-bali

One island. Two teenagers. Too many waves. Simple as the formula may be, it still equates to a grand result. Our boys Len's Arancibia and Rio Waida recently teamed up and rampaged around Bali. Need proof? See below. And take it as a reminder to start planning your next surf trip.

Wed, 01 Feb 2017 23:15:32 +0000
<![CDATA[Gabriel Villaran Breaks Leg At Pipeline]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/Gabriel-Villaran-Breaks-Leg-At-Pipeline https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/Gabriel-Villaran-Breaks-Leg-At-Pipeline

Playing with fire is one thing. But playing with Pipeline is a whole ‘nother beast. Where fire is predictable, Pipeline is spontaneous. You never know what the wave has in store for you. It could kill you. It could give you the best moment of your life. That’s what keeps us all playing the game. Unfortunately, we don’t always win.

Yesterday, while warming up for the Volcom Pipe Pro, our boy Gabriel Villaran broke his leg. He had to straighten out on a wave and the lip chased him. It exploded on him with the force of all the Pacific and compressed him to hell. Luckily, a crew of kind hearts was nearby to assist him out of the water. While we would have loved to see Gabriel compete, we’re just happy he’s OK. And we know he’s going to come back better, faster, stronger and more motivated for another dance with the beast.

See the wipeout here.]]> Mon, 30 Jan 2017 00:46:41 +0000 <![CDATA[Radical Times Hawaii]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/radical-times-in-hawaii https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/radical-times-in-hawaii ]]> Fri, 27 Jan 2017 07:03:24 +0000 <![CDATA[Zeke Lau Is Going To Da League]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/Zeke-Lau-Is-Going-To-Da-League https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/Zeke-Lau-Is-Going-To-Da-League

That’s right. It’s official. Ezekiel Lau is going to the League in 2017. The League, meaning the World Surf League. Or more specifically, its Championship Tour. For Zeke, this is a dream realized. For other CT competitors, it’s a brand new name to fear. And for everyone else, it’s an opportunity to watch progressive power surfing on a whole new level.

In Going To Da League, Zeke explains exactly what this move means to him. He shares bits of his childhood and invites us into his (shaved) head. He provides us with lessons in both Hawaiian history and auto detailing. And, of course, he flaunts that damn fine surfing that got him here.

]]> Tue, 24 Jan 2017 22:46:23 +0000 <![CDATA[It's the long weekend, let's pack up and get livin']]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/long-weekend-australia-day https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/long-weekend-australia-day

Mikey Wright is no stranger to a Radical Time. The 20-year-old mongrel has a taste for cold beers, fast cars and pumping waves – everyone’s dream, right? Especially on Australia Day Weekend.

Maybe you plan on celebrating the 26th of January with a flag on your back, a tin in your hand, snags on the barby and Triple J’s hottest 100 turned up to well, 100. Or maybe not. Whatever your taste, we want to wake that restless spirit of adventure that lives within all of us this weekend.

Post up on a secluded beach with perfect A-frames. Explore that stretch of coast you’ve been meaning to check out. Surf a new wave, ride a new board. Or simply kick back on the sand at your local with nothing but the bare essentials: boardshorts and some good mates. We’ll be embracing every nook and cranny of this beautiful country we call home, and we hope you do the same.

So pack up and go this weekend! Explore, have fun, be safe, and do whatever it is that makes you feel Australian.

Images courtesy of @wadecarroll

Here's playlist full of Australian records that'll bring back memories, make you sing along or psych you up for your next adventure.

]]> Mon, 23 Jan 2017 05:57:06 +0000 <![CDATA[Travis Rice Wins Big Mountain Rider Of The Year]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/Travis-Rice-Big-Mountain-Rider-Of-The-Year https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/Travis-Rice-Big-Mountain-Rider-Of-The-Year

‘’He must be out of the fourth dimension or so...definitely out of another space-time continuum.’’

That’s an observation made by one of Travis Rice’s peers, Wolfgang Nyvelt. Wolfgang said it in regards to Travis’ riding – more specifically, his riding last season.

T. Rice had a banner year and put out one of the best movies in snowboarding history, The Fourth Phase, while he was at it. And the payoff? He earned Snowboarder Big Mountain Magazine’s Rider Of The Year. And bagged their #4 Rider Of The Year while he was at it.

Snowboarder put together a sick site for their Rider Of The Year awards. Check out Travis’s page here and Austen Sweetin’s here.

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 05:55:40 +0000
<![CDATA[Getting Deep With Travis Rice]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/Getting-Deep-With-Travis-Rice https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/Getting-Deep-With-Travis-Rice

Here’s an introduction to Travis Rice: _________________.

That’s it. He doesn’t need one. He’s one of the greatest to ever set foot on a snowboard, and the man behind some of the best films in the history of the sport. The word legend doesn’t even do him justice.

But this interview by our friends at Transworld Snowboarding does.

They go deep with Travis. Find time to read it. But for now, here’s a taste. And a reminder: we are giving away a free trip to go riding with Travis at Jackson Hole. Seriously. You, yes you, can win. Enter here.

I’m the same person, but I have changed completely. In my early 20s, I was still a positive and compassionate human being, but I was also a fucking rock and roll, party, snowboard animal, living life at volume 11.

We get to decide how we perceive any situation. We are so quick to put something in the bucket of good or bad, but it’s our choosing what a bad thing is. It’s the idea that you actually do have complete control to translate and define any situation in life. Over the years, I have really begun to love the failures. All of the times when shit doesn’t go well, it’s an opportunity to try to apply this grandiose idea.

Over the years I have been trying to acquire more discipline. Part of my lack of discipline is the fact that I need to isolate myself to get to the place I’m trying to go. Hats off to people that are able to find the discipline in their life to meditate, to take an hour in the morning and not stimulate themselves, to check in with reality.

Life is really fucking fun. I’m blessed. It has been an amazing ride and I look forward for what’s to come, but there came a point when the biggest questions in life were not being answered. I realized that I was using snowboarding as an escape, and not just a conscious celebration of what it is

If you take the word “adventure,” it’s this external seeking; it’s always going someplace outside of yourself. I had a paradigm shift where I realized that adventure is not an accurate word. So I made up the word “inventure.” The more I thought about it, “inventure” is actually a much more accurate description of what adventure really is. It’s the exploration of putting one’s self into situations where you don’t really know how you’re going to react.

]]> Mon, 23 Jan 2017 05:46:31 +0000 <![CDATA[Bryan Fox: "One Of The Most Mental Trips I've Ever Been On"]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/bryan-fox-mental-trip-british-colombia https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/bryan-fox-mental-trip-british-colombia

Think about the best trip of your life, and all the things that came together in order to make it so.

Probably had a lot to do with the people. And a lot to do with the place. And a lot to do with the particular things you did to pass the time. Yeah?

Yeah. Duh.

Now here's Bryan Fox and one of the best (or most mental) trips of his well-traveled life. He went with a great crew of friends to a great backcountry area of British Columbia, Canada. And what'd they do while they were there? Well now, we couldn't think of anything much greater.

We dare you to use this as inspiration to go live the best trip of your life. Then find a way to top it.

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 01:18:31 +0000
<![CDATA[How Austen Sweetin Became One Of The Top 10 Snowboarders In The World]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/Austen-sweetin-top-10-snowboarder https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/Austen-sweetin-top-10-snowboarder

If you haven’t got the picture yet, Austen is incredibly respected by everyone who is incredibly respected in the snowboarding community. A more in-depth explanation of Austen’s rise, including a must-watch clip can be found atSnowboarder’s site here. It’s well worth a read.

The results are in: according to a high-level list of snowboarding’s elite, Austen Sweetin is the 6th best snowboarder in the world right now. The results we speak of came from Snowboarder Magazine’s annual Peer Poll. Once you get voted in the Top 10, you get to vote for the Top 10. So a collection of past and present snowboarding legends combined to give Austen that very special tip of the cap. But how’d he earn it? Mostly his part in Absinthe Films’ AfterForver. As Torstein Horgmo puts it, ‘’From start to finish, raw shredding on all levels. So much energy and style.’’ Or, as Mark McMorris puts it, ‘’His part is insanely well-rounded and makes me want to go snowboarding! Surf shreddy style.’’ Or, as Lukas Hoffman says, ‘’ I saw a lot of great riders this year throwing down insane tricks. What made Austen stand out was his style. Austen has a style and grace that is all his own and this genuine approach to snowboarding, partnered with serious talent, is why he gets my vote.’’ If you haven’t got the picture yet, Austen is incredibly respected by everyone who is incredibly respected in the snowboarding community. A more in-depth explanation of Austen’s rise, including a must-watch clip can be found at Snowboarder’s site hereIt’s well worth a read.

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 01:06:07 +0000
<![CDATA[The Honest Guide To Caring For Your Wetsuit]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/The-Honest-Guide-To-Caring-For-Your-Wetsuit https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/The-Honest-Guide-To-Caring-For-Your-Wetsuit bluewetsuit

A lot of people know what it's like to put on a new wetsuit — but nobody knows what's it like to read the care tag on a new wetsuit.

The truth is, most of us don't treat our wetsuits the way we should. We toss them on the ground. We leave them out in the freezing cold. We put them in driers. We pee in them. Damn. Tough life for that neoprene. And a tricky life for its owner.

But we're here to help you out with the last bit.

This is an honest guide to what you should and shouldn't do to your suit, along with a few cold water surf tips spliced throughout. We're not coming at you with the high demands on a care tag on this – we're keeping it real. As in, giving you realistic advice that you can actually take to heart. Drumroll please…


Leaving a wetsuit out in the freezing cold won't yield particularly positive results, but it ain't gonna ruin anything either. Worst case scenario, depending on your suit, the interior fabric might lose a bit of softness. So it's OK if your forgetful mind leaves it in the frost every now and then, but don't make a habit out of it.

Don't get too excited when putting your suit on. 95% of all wetsuit tears are the direct result of an ill-placed hand tugging with too much force in the parking lot. We made that figure up, but still, be careful.

Never, ever, under any circumstances, no matter what, put your wetsuit in the dryer. Unless the waves are firing and it's freezing and some gooey-warm rubber means the difference between your third surf of the day and an afternoon on the couch. But seriously: this is harmful. You might be able to get away with it once or twice with little side effects — but if you care about your suit, don't even try it.

Complaining about the water temperature makes your feet go numb quicker. There is no currently no science that supports this. There is also no science that doesn't.

Plastic bags are horrible for the environment and you should dodge them at any and all costs. But if you happen to have a few kicking around, they can give you a hand when putting on a damp wetsuit. A foot, rather. Put the bags over your hooves and you'll glide through that stubborn neoprene with ease.


Peeing in your suit will cause irreversible damage to a passenger's nostrils if you leave it in your car uncleaned. Really, urine poses no threat to the structure of your suit. But be damn sure to rinse it out after to avoid that dreaded stink.

Petroleum jelly is your pal. If a new suit is literally rubbing you the wrong way, slap some on the rash area and get back out there. Also, in freakishly cold water, you can put vaseline on your face to protect it from the wind. Probably not the best call if your prone to acne.

In closing, be kind to your suit. Use common sense. And, most of all, have fun.

]]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 00:23:46 +0000 <![CDATA[The Ultimate Young Gun Travel Essentials]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/The-Ultimate-Young-Gun-Travel-Essentials https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/The-Ultimate-Young-Gun-Travel-Essentials

Life ain’t too bad for a Young Gun. You surf pretty much all day long. And if you’re not surfing, you’re probably eating. And if you’re not eating, you’re probably mucking around and if you’re not mucking around, you’re probably sleeping so that you can wake up and do all of those three things over again the next day.

A simple life, for sure. But still, it requires a few essentials to run smoothly.

At the start of 2017, two of our Young Guns set out on a 3-month long journey of chasing comps and Radical Times. We caught up with Kehu Butler and Rio Waida in Torquay, Australia, where they filled us in on what they simply refuse to leave home without.

What? You weren’t going to skimp on the accessories, were you? Bring a portable charger. And a bluetooth speaker. And a waterproof case. And some headphones.

Drink water! This is not only a plug for our friends over at Drink Water, but also a plea for you to stay hydrated. Much like Saharan camels, our boys know the importance of a steady supply of H2O, and they carry these suckers with them all day long.

You don’t have to use it. You don’t even have to know how to use it. But if you travel with them, people will think that you train really hard and in turn won’t judge you when you order three desserts...at lunch. Rio said he was gonna swim, but it was “too cold.”

A key necessity for livin’. If you don’t pack a pair of boardshorts with you everywhere you go, then you’re doing it so very wrong. Hell, these kids came to the coldest part of Australia and they all brought boardies with them. Simple truth: you never know when you’re going to need a pair.

Unless you’re chronically obese. Or a polar bear. Or a giant chunk of neoprene that gained consciousness in a miraculous event that defied both science and theology, then developed an appetite for the finer things in life, like traveling, surfing and Stevie Winwood. Wait, Stevie Winwood? Huh?

“The only thing worse than being the person who always bums wax off of their friends is being the person who has to walk into a foreign surf shop and purchase a bar of wax at full price.” -Aristotle

Ever seen a big blank concrete wall and thought wow, that looks bland? So have we. And that’s why stickers exist - to make the world a better place.

If you had eight hands, you could carry a surfboard, a wetsuit, a towel, some wax, a surf mag, a slingshot, a portable speaker and a granola (fine, candy) bar all at once. You probably don’t have eight hands. Which means you definitely need a backpack.

It will hold your cash, your coins, your cards and a small but very noticeable amount of sand that spills out onto the counter or the table any time you go to pay for something. And it’ll look good doing it. These are a grom classic.

]]> Thu, 19 Jan 2017 05:48:37 +0000 <![CDATA[Three Minutes Of Fire With Shane Sykes]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/3mins-with-shane-sykes https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/3mins-with-shane-sykes

We don’t want to do it.


It’s just too obvious. Too corny.


We could sit here and say that this new edit of 19-year-old South African Shane Sykes will make you feel something phonetically similar to his last name.


Instead, we’ll say that it’s going to get you excited. Get you pumped. Get you stoked, possibly. It’ll get you…ah whatever. Press play and get psyched!  


Tue, 17 Jan 2017 17:34:50 +0000
<![CDATA[Kanoa Igarashi Wins Shoe City Pro]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/kanoa-shoey https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/kanoa-shoey



It exists. Look around. Or better yet, listen. Or best yet, think about Kanoa Igarashi.


About a month ago, Kanoa went into Pipe Masters – the last CT of his rookie year - with all the pressure in the world on his back. He was sitting in a safe space on the good side of the re-qualification race but one of his best friends, Ezekial Lau, didn’t share the same fortune. If Kanoa did well, Zeke would be on the CT for 2017. If not, Zeke would be back on the QS for another year.


Kanoa ended up charging all the way to the final and taking some huge names out along the way. Mission complete. Thanks, Backdoor. You’re welcome, Zeke.


Fast-forward to yesterday and you’ll see Kanoa getting chaired up the sand at his home break in Huntington Beach. He’d just won the Shoe City Pro in a dominating fashion. It was his first event since Pipe and he earned the only result better that would one-up his performance.


Suffice to say, the kid is in rhythm. With the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast less than two months away, that could mean very big things for his sophomore season. 


]]> Mon, 16 Jan 2017 23:32:14 +0000 <![CDATA[Nightmare: Travis Rice VS Alaskan Avalanche]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/Travis-Rice-VS-Alaskan-Avalanche https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/Travis-Rice-VS-Alaskan-Avalanche

It's the deepest fear of anyone who digs riding powder. A wildly terrifying scenario that exists someone out there in the dark realm of chance. It's a nightmare.

But, for Travis Rice, it became a reality.

While filming for The Fourth Phase in the backcountry of Alaska, Travis got caught in an avalanche. He was executing his line to perfection when the slab of snow beneath him started spidering and suddenly turned into a stampede of misty white horses. He was absorbed by the avalanche's power. It threw him off a cliff.

He could've died. Some folks would've died. But somehow, Travis lived to tell the tale — which is exactly what he does in this video.

Hit play and pay attention to the takeaway: if you ride powder, take an avalanche course. It's that simple. For more info, our boy Bryan Fox breaks it down here.

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 03:41:44 +0000
<![CDATA[Ride Powder? Here’s Why You Should Take An Avalanche Class]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/ride-powder-take-an-avalanche-course https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/ride-powder-take-an-avalanche-course

Accidents can happen. And accidents do happen.

Above all else, Quiksilver exists to inspire you to make the most out of life and have a radical time at every twist, bend and turn. But we want you to be able to wake up and do it all over again the next day.

So if you’re serious about riding powder, you should probably consider taking an avalanche class. Our boys Bryan Fox and Travis Rice just took one and came home raving about it. Here, let Bryan fill you in.

So…how was it?

It was cool. A lot of work, but it was all really worth it. Everybody who went loved it.

How long was the class?

Five days. It was intensive — we pretty much went hard the whole time. But it was the type of school that you’re super into, so it was all really fun.

Have you ever been involved in an avalanche incident?

I have. I got buried and a buddy had to dig me up, but it wasn’t that bad in the grand scheme of things. I didn’t get dragged or anything — that’s how must people die, from trauma after getting dragged over rocks or trees. Mine could have been way worse.

One of the dudes who came to the course last year recently had to dig up a guy who would have died. So he came back this year and went though the whole scenario. It was heavy. But it proved that classes like this one literally save people’s lives.


A video posted by @bryanwfox on

Do you feel like the class are growing in popularity?

They’ve been around a while and I think they’re getting more popular. I hope so, at least. I think anyone who wants to ride powder should take a class. It’s fun, it’s easy, it’s not that expensive and it could save your life.

What are they all about?

It all goes back to the philosophy of preventive healthcare being better than reactionary healthcare. When people learn about what causes avalanches, they become aware of potential danger. If they understand how things work, they could curb something bad before you have to worry about digging someone up. Plus, they teach you procedures so you’re ready if things actually do go wrong.

What’s was your biggest takeaway?

Always trust your gut and be communicative with the people around you. You need to always have an open line of communication. Most of the time something bad happens, somebody will speak up after the fact and say that they saw or felt that something was off. It can be socially awkward to speak up, but you need to do it when you have a bad feeling. It could be the difference between life and death.

]]> Wed, 11 Jan 2017 03:36:35 +0000 <![CDATA[Every Moment Counts: Zeke Lau's Winning Mindset]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/Every-Moment-Counts-Zeke-Lau https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/Every-Moment-Counts-Zeke-Lau

Lines of swell explode up and down the coast, far too big for most of the reefs to make sense out of. The sun is baking into the pale skin of confused tourists piling out of those hibiscus-painted busses at Sunset Beach. Luscious smoke escapes from small food truck kitchens and dances off into the breeze. The bike path is bustling with all forms of life. It’s just another day on the North Shore.

But it’s far more than that for Zeke Lau.

For Zeke, it’s the day before the biggest event of his life. The 2016 Triple Crown starts tomorrow, kicking off with the last two events in the QS season. Zeke is sitting just outside the qualification bubble. It’s a place he’d been in before, and lost. This time, though, something feels different.

We threw three questions his way to peer around the mind of someone on the brink of realizing their dream. Have a look.

How do you feel going into the Triple Crown?

It feels really good to be within an arm’s length of qualifying this year. I’ve just been trying to focus on what’s going on around me and be in the moment, but I pretty much can’t go anywhere without everyone talking about it. That’s been cool though. This is home for me, so I can feel all the support from my friends and family. Everything’s positive and I feel like I’m in a good place. I just hope we get waves so I can have some fun.

You’ve been in a similar place in the past. Anything you’ve learned from that?

I’ve had good years and bad years, so I’ve been reelecting a lot and trying to find the difference between the two. I’m trying to do the same things I’ve done in the successful years and re-create that mindset. Everything feels like it’s building up right now — this could be the year.

What exactly have you learned that you’re applying now?

I’ve surfed these breaks my whole life, so I’m not thinking about heat strategy or any of that. It’s more about being in the right mindset to allow myself to perform at my peak. When you try to focus so much on a certain result, you lose appreciation for where you’re at. So I’ve learned that I need to keep an open mind. I need to always be positive. I need to be in every moment and enjoy where I’m at. In my heats. In my career In life in general.

A few weeks, and a rollercoaster of a story later:

]]> Thu, 05 Jan 2017 04:43:32 +0000 <![CDATA[It’s Going To Be A White Winter]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/It’s-Going-To-Be-A-White-Winter https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/It’s-Going-To-Be-A-White-Winter

Tis the season, friends.

To be jolly, sure — but it’s also the season to be on a snow-smothered mountain with a board in your hands or, better yet, under your feet. That’s the plan, right?


Good news: the northern hemisphere winter outlooks seems to play right into that plan. Now, predicting the weather isn’t the most simple undertaking. There are mysteries and variables and mysterious variables and even variable mysteries. Despite that, these outlooks are typically accurate. Thanks for that, modern science.

So here’s what you can totally-maybe expect this season.

For North America, yum. The East Coast should anticipate a colder-than-average winter and a few good beltings from storms. The West Coast is said to face an above-average amount of storms rolling on into a good range of temperatures — still plenty cold enough to snow, though. Just maybe leave the glove warmers at home on some trips.

If you live in Europe, you should be in for a treat. And by “a treat,” we mean “a few great days on the mountain.” Most of the region is expected to experience above-average storm activity with a mild tinge to the air. That should add up to three things: snow, snow and snow.

And Japan? Already dumping there. Here’s our boy Austen Sweetin with proof.

So we suggest you get yourself, a friend who shreds and head north, cause winter is coming! Ya'll might even see one of our boys hangin out there! Enjoy.

]]> Wed, 04 Jan 2017 04:42:30 +0000 <![CDATA[How Mat Crepel Won The Legendary Banked Slalom]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/mat-crepel-won-the-legendary-banked-slalom https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/mat-crepel-won-the-legendary-banked-slalom

It’s one of the best events in snowboarding.

Historic doesn’t do it justice. Iconic might. Legendary definitely does.

The Legendary Banked Slalom, held at Mount Baker in Washington State, has been around since 1985. It has crowned some of the best names in snowboarding as its champion. It is cool and it is core and to win it is an honor that you’ll remember until the last of your days.

This year, Quik snowboarder Mat Crepel walked away with that honor.

In the lasted chapter of Cretins Des Aples by Almo Films, we join the boys at Mount Baker and see how Mat made it happen. Strap in and ride!

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 03:53:14 +0000
<![CDATA[Wild In The Alps]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/Wild-In-The-Alps https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/Wild-In-The-Alps

Snowboarding is supposed to be fun.

It’s a simple concept, and it should go without saying. But in today’s world, that sentiment somehow gets lost in all the seriousness. But the Almo crew…let’s just say they didn’t get the memo.

Here’s another installment of their latest and greatest video, Cretins Des Alpes. It features nudity, debauchery, mega-rotations and most of all, fun. Dive in!

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 03:29:21 +0000
<![CDATA[King Island: Dangerously Perfect]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/King-Island-Dangerously-Perfect https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/King-Island-Dangerously-Perfect

Real quick. Imagine you’re in your early twenties. You’ve just arrived at the biggest accomplishment of your life — something that you’ve been working towards forever, something few people will ever feel, a dream truly realized. Now you’ve got a few months to kick back before diving head-first into a brand new phase of your career. What do?

If you answered: Eh, I don’t know, probably take one of the most dangerous flights in the world in hopes of scoring a few barrels then your name is almost certainly Conner O’Leary.

Connor just won the WQS and earned a spot on the 2017 CT. But, instead of some preparative relaxation, he recently went to King Island with his good friend Soli Bailey. Fortunately, their plane didn’t crash. And even more fortunately, the waves were even better than they’d imagined.

Just goes to show you — when you’re hot, you’re hot. Let this serve as a reminder to the rest of the CT.

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 00:44:24 +0000
<![CDATA[Natxo González Wins La Vaca Gigante Big Wave Contest]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/Natxo-González-Wins-La-Vaca-Gigante https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/Natxo-González-Wins-La-Vaca-Gigante NatxoGonzalez""

Success in big wave surfing is all about boldness. It’s about acknowledging risk and subsequently ignoring it. It’s about making eye contact with a bull and charging at its horns — which is exactly what Natxo González did a few days ago during a big wave event at La Vaca Gigante.

That name of the wave loosely translates to “the gigantic bull.” Natxo rocked up and grabbed horns all day long, earning the event’s only perfect 10 and beating an international field of steeds. He went home with a big trophy and an even bigger smile — you couldn’t write up a better way to kick off winter for the Basque charger. Especially because there’s more swell coming.

We know exactly how Natxo will be approaching it.

Tue, 03 Jan 2017 23:47:20 +0000
<![CDATA[Snowboarding Into The Wild]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/Snowboarding-Into-The-Wild https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/Snowboarding-Into-The-Wild

Earn your turn — that’s the sentiment of the second chapter in Crétin Des Alpes.

In this day and age, most backcountry riding starts with an environmentally-destructive helicopter dropping you off on the perfect perch of a snow-covered summit. So for this trip, the Almo crew decided to take a different route. As in, a route from the base of the mountain.

They spent a few days camping in an Alaskan no-man’s-land and earned every turn they took. Hiking up, riding down, then settling back into some pizza and bloody mary’s back at base camp. Not a bad way to live. As long as you don’t mind the cold.

Join their journey, right here and right now. Then come on back next week for Chapter 3.

Tue, 03 Jan 2017 23:34:19 +0000
<![CDATA[The Enchanted Life Of Stanley Eric Norman]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/The-Enchanted-Life-Of-Stanley-Eric-Norman https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/The-Enchanted-Life-Of-Stanley-Eric-Norman

The mind of a 13-year-old is a beautiful thing.

It’s full of energy, excitement, curiosity and the occasional pubescent urge to, like, set a random object on fire. It’s an enchanted mind, really. Especially on someone like Stanley Eric Norman.

Stan is a 13-year-old from Cornwall, England and is most likely your new favorite surfer. Here’s a half-hour cinematic dive into his enchanted life and mind. Smiles are guaranteed.

STAN - A film about Stanley Eric Norman from Onterre Films on Vimeo.

]]> Tue, 03 Jan 2017 23:24:18 +0000 <![CDATA[Jamie Mitchell wins WSL Nazaré Challenge]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/Jamie-Mitchell-wins-WSL-Nazaré-Challenge https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/Jamie-Mitchell-wins-WSL-Nazaré-Challenge

Skill. Commitment. A little bit of luck, and a whole lot of flare. That's what it takes to win a Big Wave World Tour event. And that's exactly what Jamie Mitchell did today at Nazaré. Photo Credit @ricarbravo

The waves at the Portuguese phenomenon were huge. Scary huge. Psycho huge. Huge enough to shatter records and earn the wide-eyed attention and elevated heart rates of the entire world. In other words, they were the type of conditions Jamie thrives in.

The Quiksilver Waterman won every heat he surfed and finished way ahead of the pack in the final. Yet he was still, of course, gracious and humble about it all. He mostly just seemed to feel fortunate to be part of a historic day for surfing - especially because everybody actually survived.

That said, survival seemed to taste a little sweeter when it's served with a tall glass of champagne. Congrats to Jamie, and to everyone who competed!

Thu, 22 Dec 2016 02:26:31 +0000
<![CDATA[This Wave]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/intro-this-wave https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/intro-this-wave

It’s amazing when it all comes together. When a storm creates a wave that ripples across an entire ocean, finds its way to a foreign shore and is met by someone who is willing and able to ride it perfectly. The whole process is bizarre. And beautiful. And mostly insane. We couldn’t love it more.

Every wave is unique and, for lack of a better word, they all have personality. In Hawaii, a single one can make or break a career, humble you, hurt you, kill you or create a euphoric experience you’ll never forget. This season, we’re committed to showing you the wildest moments between man and wave meet. Our riders are going to give you raw and honest insight on what made the best (or most brutal) waves they’ve wrangled unique. We’re calling it #ThisWave and we’re inviting you to join us for the ride — follow us on Instagram to do just that.

We will keep this page updated with all the latest #thiswave posts, so keep an eye on it.

When the opportunity arises, GO! "All the local, really respected guys gave #ThisWave a look and didn’t really want it for some reason — I was baffled. I thought I was little deep, but I went anyway and it worked out pretty good.” -@cody_young_.]]> Mon, 19 Dec 2016 23:23:02 +0000 <![CDATA[Mat Crepel And Friends VS La Catapulta]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/Mat-Crepel-And-Friends-VS-La-Catapulta https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/Mat-Crepel-And-Friends-VS-La-Catapulta

They call it La Catapulta. You don’t need to have a degree in linguistics to translate that. And you don’t need to have a degree in physics to figure out why.

La Catapulta is a ramp that Mat Crepel and the crétins built in the Alps. Crétin, by the way, means “idiot” in French. While that title is surely a joke, you’d hardly be able to tell after seeing how they approach snowboarding — gotta have a few screws loose to go that big.

This is Chapter 1 from Almo Film’s “Crétin Des Alpes.” Every week, a new chapter from the movie will be released right here. So do yourself a favor and come back next week for more madness on the mountain!

]]> Mon, 19 Dec 2016 23:15:10 +0000 <![CDATA[Jackson Butler Cuts His Teeth At Pipeline…Literally]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/jackson-butler-cuts-teeth-pipeline https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/jackson-butler-cuts-teeth-pipeline

Pipeline ain’t a playground. It’s a proving ground. A pivotal place where you can show your peers that you’re not afraid of an 8-foot swell meeting a sharp chunk of reef and exploding into one of the heaviest barrels known to man (and woman). It’s where reputations are born. It’s where the next generation goes to cut their teeth in heavy waves.

Unfortunately, 14-year-old Quiksilver surfer Jackson Butler took that last bit a little too literally the other day.

Jackson got caught inside by a set and was sent face-first into the reef. He got ten stitches and lost a good chunk of teeth. Injuries like that are usually accompanied by a damaged psyche, but Jackson’s mindset remains as positive as ever. For example: his thoughts on healing up? “I’m going to get gold teeth.”

We wish you the swiftest of recoveries Jackson, you little legend.

]]> Mon, 19 Dec 2016 00:13:13 +0000 <![CDATA[Drink Water Double Tap: Your New Favorite Race]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/drink-water-double-tap https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/drink-water-double-tap

Two dudes. One double-sided course. Race and repeat. That’s the Double Tap.

The event brought some of best riders in the Pacific Northwest together to hang out, high-five and go really, really fast. Over 200 competitors showed up last weekend to do just that. Some set records. Some ate shit. And at the end of the day, champions were born.

Actually, that was a lie — that wasn’t really the end of the day.

The REAL end of the day went down at The Church for the awards ceremony and the premiere of event organizer Bryan Fox’s new movie Energy. There were tacos. There was beer. There was no better way to welcome winter.

All proceeds from this event went to water.org, an organization dedicated to providing access to clean water to all. If you’re in a position to give, please do so here.

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Thu, 15 Dec 2016 00:44:05 +0000
<![CDATA[MONGREL MIKE]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/mongrel-mike https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/mongrel-mike

The world needs more attitude. More fang. More character. More grit. More...MONGREL!


All images by Ryan Heywood

]]> Wed, 14 Dec 2016 06:07:14 +0000 <![CDATA[Snaketales: Sunset Beach]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/snaketales-sunset-beach https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/snaketales-sunset-beach

This is it. The last stop. After forty-nine events in twenty different countries, the 2017 WQS season is officially behind up. Want to see how it all ended? The latest edition of Snaketales has you covered, friends.

Go behind the scenes (and into the lineup) at Sunset Beach for the Vans World Cup Of Surfing. With the crew on the brink of qualification, see how they fare at the trickiest chunk of ocean this side of Haleiwa. There are turns, twists, jokes, emotions and, ummm, Zeke Lau gets a pie in his face [4:34]. Dive. Straight. In.

Tue, 13 Dec 2016 22:56:42 +0000
<![CDATA[Five Things You Should Know About Pipeline]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/Five-Things-You-Should-Know-About-Pipeline https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/Five-Things-You-Should-Know-About-Pipeline

Pipeline. It’s the most notorious stretch of sea in the world — and for damn good reason. The wave has produced some of the most memorable moments in the history of our beloved surfing. It has also taken a dozen lives, fractured hundreds of bones, broken thousands of boards and completely destroyed even more egos. Simply put, it’s a beast. But it’s a beautiful beast, and one that we adore.

With the 2016 Pipe Masters about to start, we figured it’d be a good time to share a few random facts about the wave. Go ahead — dive in.

1. It’s from a volcano.

The reef at Pipe? You know, the one that sits just a few feet below the surface and is notoriously (though incorrectly) said to consist of caves? Yeah, it’s made of lava. In fact, the entire Hawaiian archipelago is. After years and years of volcanic eruptions, the islands (and their surrounding reefs) were born. So the chunk that shapes the wave was once molten lava under the earth’s surface. Interesting.

2.It once hurt thirty people in a day.

Thirty people. One day. That was during a big swell in December of 1998. She may be pretty, but she doesn’t always play nice.

3. A shaper named it.

Ever notice how a good wave there looks perfectly round…kinda like a pipeline? So did Mike Diffenderfer. The California-born board builder suggested the wave be called Pipeline on a trip to Hawaii with Bruce Brown…and then he went surfing.

4. West is best.

Pipeline is many things — simple is not one of them. It takes a very special type of swell to make the wave break just right. The west-northwest direction is ideal. Too much north in it and most of the energy will focus on the other nearby reefs. Some of those reefs are great, but none of them are Pipeline.

5.There have been many kings.

From Butch Van Arsdalen to Gerry Lopez to Jamie O’Brien to John John Florence to, of course, Kelly Slater. Without fail, every era produces a new king of Pipeline. The reason behind this is simple — it’s because every generation continues to fall in love with Pipeline. And, hey, somebody’s gotta rise to the top.

Tue, 13 Dec 2016 03:55:05 +0000
<![CDATA[Connor O’Leary And Leonardo Fioravanti Qualify For 2017 World Tour]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/connor-leo-qualify-for-world-tour https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/connor-leo-qualify-for-world-tour

A season on the World Qualifying Series means a long year. Like, forty-nine events in twenty different nations long. And while not all of those events are must-dos, the relentless pace of the schedule is still enough to drive a man insane. It does, in fact, drive some men insane. But it drives other men to the World Tour.

This year, two of those men are Connor O’Leary and Leonardo Fioravanti.

The season just ended Connor, who is 23 years old and comes from Currumbin, Australia, finished first on the QS. After missing the World Tour by a few spots last year, Connor won the first Prime event of the season this year and never looked back. His surfing is precise, his attitude is positive and he’s got everything it takes to make (loud) noise on the big stage when the Quik Pro Gold Coast rolls around. Consider yourself warned. Seriously.

Leo, who is 18 years old and fresh out of Rome, Italy, had a totally different path to qualification. After breaking his back two years ago, he returned to competition this year a new man. He kicked 2017 off by making back-to-back finals then spearheading a few major upsets as a wildcard in the CT at Margaret River. From there, he kept on collecting results and put out a banger edit while he was at it. He’s the first Italian to ever qualify for the tour, and his names comes with the most hype rolling into next season.

Connor and Leo will join fellow Quik riders Jeremy Flores, Kanoa Igarashi and Wiggolly Dantas on the World Tour in 2017. Which, in other words, means it’s going to be one hell of a year.

]]> Tue, 13 Dec 2016 00:23:16 +0000 <![CDATA[The Eddie- 16/17 Opening Ceremony]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/the-eddie-opening-ceremony-16-17 https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/the-eddie-opening-ceremony-16-17

The opening ceremony for the Quiksilver In Memory Of Eddie Aikau Big Wave Invitational is one of surfing’s grandest gatherings. The best big wave riders in the world all converge at Waimea Bay. They come with boards, they come with respect, and they take part in native ceremonies there in the sacred sand. Eventually, they paddle out and form a prayer circle in the lineup — silhouettes of superheroes shadow off into sea as the sun melts into the Pacific. It really is something.

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 23:39:03 +0000
<![CDATA[Social Moments from the #EddieWouldGo Opening Ceremony]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/social-moments-eddie-opening-ceremony https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/social-moments-eddie-opening-ceremony

With the opening ceremony of the #eddieaikau #invational happening today, thought I'd post up this #picture of a super fun day I had with all the boys & uncle @davewassel .. Hopefully one day I will be invited to #surf in this #legendary event.. @quiksilver @quiksilver]]> Fri, 02 Dec 2016 04:55:53 +0000 <![CDATA[Zeke Lau's Makahiki Gathering]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/zeke-laus-makahiki-gathering https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/zeke-laus-makahiki-gathering

It’s about family. It’s about friends. It’s about keeping traditions alive and having a good time.

Makahiki is the Hawaiian New Year — an ancient endeavor that celebrates life and centers itself around community. It kicks of with a festival that involves plenty of eating and sports (not necessarily in that order), and it has been going down since the days of old. Last week, Zeke Lau hosted his own version of it — and he invited the entire North Shore to join him.

It was attended by everyone from Kelly Slater to the local children. Food was eaten. Fun was had. It was an amazing way to educate people and make them smile at the same time. Just dig the photos for proof.

]]> Wed, 30 Nov 2016 06:30:13 +0000 <![CDATA[Risk And Reward: A Note On Progressive Surfing]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/risk-and-reward-a-note-on-progressive-surfing https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/risk-and-reward-a-note-on-progressive-surfing

“I think you have to be ready to break your leg if you want to land a proper air.”

We’re hovering over a screen looking at photos from Rocky Point a few hours ago and at first, I laugh. This is the first time I’ve met 17-year-old Kael Walsh and there is currently no link in my mind between progressive surfing and fractured bone.

“No,” he says. “I’m serious.”

As the photos from Rockies continue to light up the screen, I realize just how serious he is — the kid surfs without a tinge of fear. He’s recklessly confident, hucking himself into the flats on big, heavy chunks of ocean. Simply put, he surfs like he’s invisible — probably because he’s willing to break to shatter some limbs in order to get a clip.

Here are a few photos for proof — look for a clip on Kael’s time in Hawaii to drop in a few months.

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 06:09:23 +0000
<![CDATA[Eddie Would Go. And The Eddie Will Go]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/eddie2016-7 https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/eddie2016-7

Eddie Would Go. And The Eddie Will Go — if we get a big enough swell. The waiting period for the 32nd annual Big Wave Invitational opens up with a ceremony on December 1st and runs until February 28th. Keep one eye on the ocean and two fingers crossed.

Quiksilver and the Aikau family have worked constructively together for the past several weeks in an effort to avoid interrupting the 31-year track record of the event being held. With the support of The World Surf League (WSL), which will produce the event and manage the broadcast and media, the event will proceed.

The Aikau Family’s strong commitment to keep Eddie’s legacy, aloha spirit, Hawaiian culture and Hawaiian traditions alive is at the heart of the surf contest named in his honor and the work of the Eddie Aikau Foundation. In that spirit, with women’s surfing reaching new heights, the Aikaus are excited to announce their decision to include a woman athlete on this year’s alternative list – the first in the history of The Eddie.

The invitation list this year is as follows:

The alternate invitation list is used to replace injured or unavailable surfers from the invi-tation list. Alternate invitations will be offered in the order set out below:

Luke Shephardson, Kai Lenny, Nathan Fletcher, Noah Johnson, Nathan Florence, Ramon Navarro, Keali Mamala, Predro Calado, Jamie Sterling, Nic Lamb, Keala Kenelly, Danilo Couto, Mark Matthews, Kalani Chapman, Ben Wilkinson, Gabriel Villaran, Damien Hobgood, Kahea Hart, Ryan Hipwood, Carlos Burle, Taio Shipman, Danny Fuller, Anthony Tashnick and Rusty Long.

]]> Mon, 28 Nov 2016 19:18:35 +0000 <![CDATA[Radical Times in France]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/ radical-times-in-france https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/ radical-times-in-france
]]> Mon, 28 Nov 2016 05:13:35 +0000 <![CDATA[Radical Times with Mates]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/radical-times-with-mates https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/radical-times-with-mates ]]> Mon, 28 Nov 2016 04:57:51 +0000 <![CDATA[Radical Times Reunion]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/radical-times-reunion https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/radical-times-reunion ]]> Fri, 25 Nov 2016 06:12:12 +0000 <![CDATA[Austen Sweetin- Welcome to the team!]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/austen-sweetin-welcome-to-the-team https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/austen-sweetin-welcome-to-the-team

Fast. Cool. Quirky. Stylish. Fun. Crazy. Creative. Bold. There are a ton of different ways to describe Austen Sweetin. And now, a Quiksilver team rider is one of them.

We’re proud to announce the signing of the Seattle native. At 25-years-old, Austen has already made a huge impact after being named one of Snowboarder Mag's top 10 riders and nailing the final section in Absinthe Films’ “After Forever”. He’s got a reputation as one of the world’s best all-terrain riders, which means and he rips at pretty much everything that can be ripped — street, park, back country, skating, surfing, guitar...life in general.

We’re proud to sign him. But more than proud, we’re stoked to see what he does next. Welcome to The Mountain & The Wave Austen!

Here's what Austins new fellow team mates had to say about our new inclusion:

Travis Rice:

“He is definitely one my favourite snowboarders to watch right now. That Miller flip over Craig’s Cross in After Forever? C’mon. Welcome to The Mountain and The Wave Austen.”

Bryan Fox:

“Austen is an extremely talented human being, but please don't let that take away from the fact that I was his coach for six days when he was 11 years old. I may or may not have taught him everything he knows....haha. Honestly though, he lives and breathes boardriding and is a perfect example of what Quiksilver is about: traveling the world and experiencing cultures with a board under your arm. Welcome to the team my friend.”

Todd Richards:

“I haven’t seen someone able to read terrain like he does in a long time…actually, I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone able to read terrain like he does. The kid is a freak! Great to have him on Team Quik.”

Mikey Wright:

“I love hanging out with the snow guys, so I'm super stoked to have another snowboarder on Quiksilver. And especially Austen. He’s such a legend. Easy to travel with, everyone loves him, and he pretty much rips at everything he does. Welcome to the team Austen! I took you to my hometown, when do I get an invite to yours?”

]]> Tue, 22 Nov 2016 03:49:29 +0000 <![CDATA[Connor O’Leary: On Realizing A Dream ]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/olearys-dream https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/olearys-dream

It was heartbreaking. More than enough to haunt even the headstrong.

Last year, Connor O’Leary finished 15th on the World Qualifying Series. That’s two spots away from World Tour qualification — which means a year’s worth of hard work, hundreds of flights, close wins, narrow losses and a rollercoaster of emotion all equated to a painful pile of nothing.

That’s where the dream dies for most. But not for Connor.

He didn’t start so strong this year — call it a hangover — but then something changed. Suddenly, he was standing on a stage in Ballito, South Africa. A crowd of people were gathered around him, clapping, yelling, cheersing and cheering. A stranger handed him an oversized check and a trophy. He’d just won the biggest event of his life.

“I didn’t even know what to do with my hands,” Connor laughs. “I remember thinking woah, I’m making some big heats. Then woah, I’m in the final. Then woah, I won. It literally felt like I was just dreaming it.”

He wasn’t.

The dream was real.

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 01:24:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Second Time’s A Charm]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/marc-ireland https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/marc-ireland

The forecast didn’t look great — it looked like it could be great, and there’s a big difference between the two. Still, they pulled the trigger. Tickets were booked, boards were packed and a few hours later, Marc Lacomare, Tikanui Smith and Alex Laurel were making their final descent into Dublin. The pot of gold was theirs to find.

Then they arrived at the beach to find a furious tangle of ocean that would only be approached by the clinically insane (unfortunately, Marc and Tika are just on the brink). After all, there’s a big difference between waves that are great and waves that could be great. And what they saw here was a jumbled mess of potential. It was a slab that could only be surfed on the highest of tides — low exposed a graveyard that looked a little bit like a rock formation and a lot like a trip to the hospital. It was wild and dangerous. It was enough to make them want to come back.

Which they did, a few months ago. The result? Push play and see for yourself.

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 00:48:03 +0000
<![CDATA[Psych Up Songs: Leo Fioravanti’s Qualification Soundtrack]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/leomix https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/leomix

Music sets the tone — literally. It has that transcendental capacity to affect our mood and put us in a whole new mindset. Wanna relax? Put on some tunes. Wanna focus? Tunes. Wanna psych up? Tunes, tunes, tunes and more tunes. Just push play and go.


Leonardo Fioravanti is a man who pushed play early this year and never looked back. Now the 18-year-old Italian is all but officially qualified for the 2017 World Tour. His secret? Well, mostly talent and hard work — but maybe a little bit of music. Since it lead him to the top, Leo wanted to share a five song pump-up playlist with you. It may or may not qualify you for the 2018 CT — but it will definitely make you want to go surfing.



Fri, 18 Nov 2016 19:37:46 +0000
<![CDATA[The Dos And Don’ts Of The North Shore]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/dos-and-donts-of-the-north-shore https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/dos-and-donts-of-the-north-shore

Freddy P. knows Hawaii. He was born here. Raised here. He rips here and he rules here. And most importantly, he knows how to have fun here. You couldn’t pick a better guy to help you navigate surfing’s sacred seven miles. So, without further ado, here’s Freddy P’s definitive list of North Shore dos and don’ts.

Do: Check out all the famous spots. Waves like Pipeline, Sunset and Waimea Bay are truly special places. If you’re a surfer, you have to go and see them at least once in your life.

Don’t: Feel like you have to surf all those spots. Those wave aren’t for everybody and you could have a lot more fun if you look around for something less crowded and intense. Plenty of awesome options nearby.

Do: Make friends. And once you meet someone, make sure to say hello to them every time you see them. Respect is big here.

Don’t: Feed the tourists. Seriously, don’t. They bite.

Do: Rent a house. Or find some friends to stay with. The best way to experience this place is through a local connection.

Don’t: Keep your shoes on in someone’s house. Never. Ever.

Do: Bring something to the barbecue. It’s a good move to contribute something. Heineken never fails.

Don’t: Turn down food. If somebody offers you something to eat, take them up on it. Trust me, you’re gonna end up eating well.

Do: Eat at Lei Lei’s. You kind of have to.

Don’t: Do it every night. Unless you want to go broke.

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 04:50:14 +0000
<![CDATA[Mikey Wright- Trunk Talk]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/mikey-wright-trunk-talk https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/mikey-wright-trunk-talk

Mikey Wright rolls with Stab and Surfstitch to present 'Trunk Talk.'

Surfing in trunks is one of life’s greatest joys. Want comfort, simplicity and freedom? Apply trunks and feel the vibes rise. Boardshorts are far more to a surfer than material. They are a symbol of good times, of summer, of living high; for many, they represent vacation, for others they are simply associated with freedom from the shackles of employment.

Thu, 10 Nov 2016 00:19:40 +0000
<![CDATA[Leo Fioravanti- In Bloom]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/leo-fioravanti-in-bloom https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/leo-fioravanti-in-bloom PART 1


By now, you should know a little more about Leo Fioravanti. If not, then get acquainted with the 2016 SURFING Peer Poll winner by buying the latest SURFING, Magazine.

But if you’ve been following, you know that the Italian born, globally-raised regular foot has had himself an undeniably electric year. QS success, top-notch freesurf clips, and an all around zest to his step are what we’re referring to and if you don’t believe us then have a look at the little number above.

Madness is his method and his riding can only be described as insane. If you need proof, just tap into this new series from our friends at GoPro. It invites you to join Travis behind the scenes of some of the finer moments from The Fourth Phase. You’ll go to Alaska first, then Wyoming and finally Japan. Press play and go. And, please, mind the edge.

Courtesy of Surfing Magazine

Tue, 08 Nov 2016 03:37:10 +0000
<![CDATA[Travis Rice Insanity Tour]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/travis-rice-insanity-tour https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/travis-rice-insanity-tour

Ever stood on something incredibly high and peered off the edge? Scary, isn’t it? Terror pierces through your psyche as you stare down at the world below and contemplate all the space that exists between you and the bottom. It’s trippy. But what’s even trippier is that Travis Rice stands on the edge of really high places and then throws himself off. Like, for a career.

Madness is his method and his riding can only be described as insane. If you need proof, just tap into this new series from our friends at GoPro. It invites you to join Travis behind the scenes of some of the finer moments from The Fourth Phase. You’ll go to Alaska first, then Wyoming and finally Japan. Press play and go. And, please, mind the edge.

Episode 1

Travis and fellow rider Eric Jackson take us to the top of powder-packed peaks and chutes across Alaska. Travis also goes on a search for the infamous "Alaska Crack." Not only does he slay that line, he goes on a binge, finding a ton of cracks across this zone - and he takes us along for the ride.

Episode 2

Step into Travis’ backyard, Jackson, Wyoming. Far beyond the legendary Jackson Hole Mountain Resort’s boundaries, Travis searches for the perfect unridden terrain. With his hometown crew of riders, led by snowboarding great Bryan Iguchi, Travis finds a bowl called “Mars” deep in the Wyoming backcountry – a zone that he has been trying to reach for 15 years.

Episode 3

In this third episode, Travis and longtime partner-in-crime Mark Landvik push the boundaries of the Japanese Alps on huge pillow lines as they chase the notoriously deep powder of this supernatural country. Mark’s sense of humor shines brightly bringing out the lighter side of Travis – and unveils a friendship built on decades of missions in the backcountry.

Episode 4

In the final episode, this GoPro series comes full circle as Travis and his fierce, but fresh-faced friend, Victor de Le Rue tackle some of Alaska’s most challenging terrain.

Wed, 02 Nov 2016 04:26:46 +0000
<![CDATA[Jesse Parkinson- Season Recap]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/jesse-parkinson-season-recap https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/jesse-parkinson-season-recap

At the humble age of 11, the boy from the sunshine coast - Jesse Parkinson has been turning heads all season on mountain between Victoria and New South Wales.

We introduced Jesse in ‘Radical Times with Mates’ when our global crew; Austin Sweetin, Mat Crepel, Bryan Fox and folks came down under to see what an Aussie road trip was all about. Jesse rolled with some of the best and had a hell time.

Now he is here to show you what he can pull together from a full season, with an extensive bag of tricks, a smooth buttery style and some classic surf influence. This kid is the full package, so keep an eye on him because we can guarantee ya’ll there is plenty more to come.

Wed, 02 Nov 2016 01:03:04 +0000
<![CDATA[Lennox Chell hits the Ments]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/lennox-chell-mentawais https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/lennox-chell-mentawais You wanna take yourself away from the job site, office desk or painful meeting and imagine you were a grom again? Here’s two minutes of pure stoke that might just help.

Lennox Chell. 13 years old from Avoca Beach, NSW. He's the kid you all saw in the ‘Stay High’ video with the grin from ear to ear. The name you keep hearing up and down the coast winning grom comps. The Goofy footer with a smoother frontside carve than the taste of the 6 poached eggs he eats every morning.

Lenno took all 4 feet of him, a bunch of boards to the Mentawais last month and this is what he produced. He’s not doing backflips, nor spinning and jiving on every piece of lip that throws itself at him, instead; drawing lines and surfing waves like a kid far beyond his years.

Oh, and you wonder why the clip only went for two minutes? Thats ‘cause Lenno’s dad Sam spent most of his time doing this…

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 05:18:53 +0000
<![CDATA[Pictures from Paris]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/pictures-from-paris https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/pictures-from-paris Riders: Zach Miller, Austen Sweetin, Bryan Fox and Javier Mendizabal. Images: Ryan Heywood

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 06:00:58 +0000
<![CDATA[Travis Rice- Virtual reality clip]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/travis-rice-virtual-reality-clip https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/travis-rice-virtual-reality-clip

There is only one person who experiences the world like Travis Rice and his name has already been said in this sentence. Very few people think the way Travis thinks and even less people act the way he acts. He is verifiably insane — that verification comes in the form of his films, which are some of the best in snowboarding history.

The latest one is called The Fourth Phase and you’d be cheating yourself if you haven’t yet watched it. Rectify that error here. But before you do, have a look inside Travis’ mind in this virtual reality clip from our friends at GoPro. Experience a rugged, lonely, powder-packed mountain in Alaska the way that only Travis experiences it. It’s temporary insanity at its absolute finest.

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 23:14:59 +0000
<![CDATA[Quiksilver Foundation Reveg Day 2016]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/foundation-reveg-day-2016 https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/foundation-reveg-day-2016

A few weeks back the team from Quiksilver got into some manual labour, along with some breeze in their hair and possibly some splinters in their hands as they happily participated in the 2016 Reveg Day on Victoria’s southern coast and the home of Quiksilver, Torquay.

This was the first year we had Reveg Day land on the school holidays so it was extra special to share this day and activity with our Quiksilver offspring.

Below we see the Spring Creek reserve captured in 2013. It is amazing to see how far we have come over the last 9 years that this program has been running.

As inevitable development continues to spread across the Surf Coast, these Quiksilver Foundation planting days have and continue to be instrumental in preserving our delicate and crucial biodiversity.

If you are looking to enjoy the SurfCoast, please take a moment at some point to wander up the Spring Creek Reserve track to the viewing platform. You will be inspired by the view, especially in reflection to how this area used to look.

Occasions like this provide an opportunity to genuinely ‘make a difference.’ It’s great the Quiksilver Foundation can facilitate this and give back the community where our organisation started.

Thanks to all involved for 2016 – Keep your eyes peeled for next year, its going to be our big 10 year Reveg anniversary!

Thankyous: Many people contribute to this day and on this occasion we had 52 enthusiastic workers including Landcare, Surfcoast Shire, Surfcoast Indigenous Nursery, Bunnings, Torquay IGA and Torquay Bakers Delight.

Sun, 09 Oct 2016 23:19:51 +0000
<![CDATA[Quiksilver Pro France Trailer]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/quiksilver-pro https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/quiksilver-pro


There’s no place like here. And there’s no time like now. Welcome to the 2016 Quiksilver Pro France.

The world’s best surfers will take to the sometimes perfect, sometimes punishing beachbreaks of Hossegor from October 4-15 and battle it out. Barrels will be had. Boards will be broken. A champion will rise above.

Tue, 04 Oct 2016 04:09:17 +0000
<![CDATA[From France to Spain]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/from-france-to-spain https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/from-france-to-spain


The mind of Travis Rice is a mysterious place. One half of it is consumed with an endless need to throw himself off mountaintops and defy death while strapped into a snowboard. The other is balanced with a calmness that finds solitude floating around the ocean powered simply by the wind.


Today, before premiering the last four years of his life and his third feature film: The Fourth Phase, Travis took us for a ride on the stable side. From the harbour of Saint Jean De Luz, France to the inlet of San Sebastian Spain, Captain T.Rice took the helm and steered a 40 foot catamaran manned with a close crew of friends including; Mark “Lando” Landvik and Victor De La Rue.


As we anchored up in the Old Town and unloaded off the boat, Travis looked relaxed and refreshed. Now it’s time to once again switch back the irrational side and showcase to a sold out Spanish theatre what it really takes to be the world’s most entertaining snowboarder.


]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 00:03:25 +0000 <![CDATA[Quik groms go nuts at GromSearch]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/quik-groms-gromsearch https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/quik-groms-gromsearch MR

The Quiksilver team was greeted to 3 to 4 foot Jan Juc on the final day of the Ripcurl Gromsearch. With multiple team riders still in the event it was going to be a long day at the beach supporting each other and watching heats.

Coming into the semi finals we had 5 surfers still in the event- Sandon Whittaker, Noah Stocca, Lennox Chell, Marlon Harrison and Paddy Hughes. Unfortunately we lost Paddy in his U12s semi final, he surfed exceptionally well but was unable to find a back up for his 9.17.

That left Sandon,Noah,Lennox and Marlon to bring the goods home for team Quik.

Lenno throwing a foamy one up

Marlon slicing through a clean Juc face

The boys didnt’t dissapoint. Sandon, after scoring the only 10 for the event in his semifinal went on to take out the U16 division in a wave starved heat. Noah unfortunately couldn’t buy a wave in the final but still came away with a very respectable 3rd place. After just joining the Quik team in the last month we couldn’t me more stoked for him.

U/16 final

It was then up to Lennox and Marlon to do some damage in the main peak lefts and rights at Jan Juc. Long time frother and young gun Lennox Chell had been surfing smart all event and he didn’t shy away from his game plan in the final despite the age difference with the rest of the field (Lennox is bottom age in the U14 division.) Lennox stuck to his game plan and came away with a solid 2nd place setting him up for the rest of the year to gain a good ranking in the GromSearch series, hopefully qualifying him for the national final.


U/14 final

However it was a dominate Marlon Harrison that stole the show in the U12 division. The cheeky grom from Snapper Rocks has recently rode a wave of success since shooting to stardom after footage of him threading barrel after barrel on the Super Bank surfaced on social media which pulled 100k views in less than 24hours. This event was no exception. Marlon was a stand out all event and capped it off with a unbelievable effort to combo the field in the final which included local favourite Ethan Huxtable.

U/12 final

All photos courtesy of Surfing Victoria.

]]> Wed, 21 Sep 2016 04:14:38 +0000 <![CDATA[Quik Pro France by the numbers]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/quikpro-by-numbers https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/quikpro-by-numbers Quik Pro France by the numbers

Years running.

Quik Pro France by the numbers



Times Mick Fanning has won the event,
the most out of any competitor.

Quik Pro France by the numbers

3Years of the longest Quiksilver Pro France winning streak.
Held by the one, the only, Andy Irons.

Quik Pro France by the numbers 

9th Event out of 11 in the CT year — hello, World Title race.

Quik Pro France by the numbers


5 Times the Quiksilver Pro France winner has went on to win the World Title.

Quik Pro France by the numbers


2Perfect scores awarded at the 2015 Quiksilver Pro France.

Mick Fanning 10-point ride Pro France 2015

10 Near-perfect (9.5 and above) scores awarded at the 2015 Quiksilver Pro France.

Quik Pro France by the numbers


100,000 Dollars that will flood the winner’s bank account this year.

Quik Pro France by the numbers


33 Degrees the average competitor will shift his route from scaffold to shoreline in order to walk past a topless sunbather.

 Quik Pro France by the numbers


1395 Bottles of wine estimated to be consumed in and around this year’s event.

Quik Pro France by the numbers


100 Percent of surfers, staff and spectators walking away from the event with a smile. 

Quik Pro France by the numbers


]]> Tue, 20 Sep 2016 23:47:28 +0000 <![CDATA[Peaking: Peter Mel]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/peaking-peter-mel2 https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/peaking-peter-mel2
"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]]>
Tue, 23 Aug 2016 04:28:33 +0000
<![CDATA[The Mels: the family that shreds together, stays together]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/the-mels 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

Mel surf check

Rad Dad, John Senior

Like father...

Like son...

Follow Peter Mel and John Mel on Instagram.

Tue, 23 Aug 2016 04:24:40 +0000
<![CDATA[Travis Rice Takes An Ambitious Journey Around The North Pacific]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/the-fourth-phase-trailer https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/the-fourth-phase-trailer

From sending it in the backcountry to working with us on his signature line of outerwear there's one thing we know for sure, Travis Rice always commits. His last three movies (Community Project, That's It That's All and The Art Of Flight) set the standard for high def movie production. Perfecting lighting and pro film crew aside, Travis’s new trailer is quite simply, a two minute cut down of years spent boardriding with his crew. Whether you’ve met Travis or not, if you’re a snowboarder, you’ll wanna see The Fourth Phase at the first chance you get.

"The mechanics of how our winters work have always been intriguing to me,” said Travis. “Creating ‘The Fourth Phase’ brought an incredible group of snowboarders together with the hardest working, most committed production crew in the game, to witness first-hand the many moods of the North Pacific storm engine. The journey was created under the premise that to know something and to truly understand something - you have to become it."





]]> Wed, 17 Aug 2016 02:41:56 +0000 <![CDATA[Bali's Big Eco Weekend 2016]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/bali-eco-weekend-2016 https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/bali-eco-weekend-2016

Surfers, tourists and locals joined with Quiksilver legends on the 30th and 31st July for The Big Bali Eco weekend 2016. With the event now in it’s 9th year, BBEW has helped to raise awareness, provide education and keep the 9.7km shoreline across 5 of Bali’s most popular beaches clean year round. The program enables and inspires local communities to take care of the environment, as well as tourists and surfers wanting to use this beautiful part of the world.


Although the cleaning program is an ongoing infrastructure that has been put in place by Quiksilver in partnership with Coca Cola, The Big Bali Eco Weekend is a great way to celebrate and communicate the initiative to the wider public.



Over the weekend, all sorts of stuff went down between a ROXY fitness event, kids beach soccer, Padma Surf Challenge, lifeguard race and who could forget the sea turtle release!

Since 2007, we have collected more than 31 million kilograms of rubbish and safely released over 130,000 baby sea turtles back into their natural habitat.


One of the highlights of the weekend, every year has to be the Uluwatu Challenge, 54 lucky surfers get to enjoy one of Bali’s most privileged point breaks - surfing the famous ‘Ulus’ with only 4 guys out! All in the name of raising money for environmental and beach clean-up programs in Bali.

Tai Graham in the spot we all wanna be

Blessed with 4-6 foot Uluwatu, offshore winds, and the sun out- everyone watched as tube after tube went down, rifling through the race track section of the wave. Anyone smart enough to realise the $200 entry fee was a bargain when it meant you had the iconic peeling lefts to share between you and Quiksilver legends Mark Richards, Tom Carroll, Matt Hoy, Peter McCabe or Simon Anderson.

Dede Suryana

Peter Mccabe

The event did not disappoint - and was a great way to sum up an amazing weekend which is really doing an incredible job to make a lasting impact on some of the most beautiful coastline in the world.

Terima Kasih, everyone who was involved.

]]> Thu, 11 Aug 2016 04:03:36 +0000 <![CDATA[Highline Wetsuit]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/highline-wetsuit https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/highline-wetsuit

Highline Wetsuits- the highpoint of wetsuit technology.

Wed, 10 Aug 2016 02:15:02 +0000
<![CDATA[It was a very quiet car ride]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/young-guns-surf-finals-day https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/young-guns-surf-finals-day Sandon Whittaker

Samuel Pupo

No trap music. Little conversation. Just a handful of undersized humans in an oversized van, all trying to get their heads right for the final day of the 2016 Quiksilver Young Guns final. A lot of money was on the line. A title, too.

The van stopped, but the silence kept on rolling as the kids piled out to greet 3-4 foot waves already being whipped by the wind. A blanket of grey clouds blocked the brightness, both literally and figuratively. That all changed fast.

Marco Mignot

Rio Waida

“The day started with an expression session for those who weren’t in the final. Malakai Martinez, that sly devil, won it with a chunky air reverse to the flats. His peers on the beach screamed, cheered, whistled, then realized they had to get their shit together and surf the final.

The final. The result of months of great surfing. Sammy Pupo, Marco Mignot, Sandy Whittaker and Rio Waida all posted Instagram clips that were hand-picked by Mikey Wright, Ezekiel Lau and Jermey Flores. Then they had to survive a round of public voting. Then a trip to California and four rounds of surfing here at DMJ’s, judged by Mikey, Zeke and Jeremy. The culmination of it all was an hour-long freesurf with no criteria. Whoever surfs the best wins. Fair to say the judges know what they’re doing.

Sandy and a rail game well beyond his years

Sammy started strong. Sandy started stronger. Marco started strongest. He opened with a few turns and an air, then settled into a pace of a good wave every few minutes. With time disappearing, he was all but chaired up the beach.


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But then, Rio.

Oceanside // Photo by @boskophoto // @quiksilver #quiksurf #ygsurf

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He had a few waves in the final. Nothing special, though, until he took the liberty of putting together one of the best combos of the event in the last thirty seconds.

The judges gathered. The tension built. A bird flew by, but it was symbolic of nothing. Then Mikey Wright paddled out with a check for $10K and handed it to Mister Waida.

Before this event, Rio didn’t have much — just access to some of the world’s finest surf and one of the best attitudes you could ever hope to encounter. He grew up on Bali and faced some serious medical and financial issues in his early life, but surfing was always there when he needed to escape. This was his first time to America. This was not a bad payday.

Rio Waida, Ecstatic

Rio caught a wave in and the feels came out. He was excited. Then in disbelief. Then “so happy.” then grateful. And finally, a mix of ‘em all. Everyone offered him a hug, a high-five or even a tear. It was an emotional moment, and in the best way possible.

He broke the chegue!

It was not a very quiet car ride back.

Mon, 08 Aug 2016 01:56:51 +0000
<![CDATA[THE YOUNG GUNS SURF FINAL - Day 1]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/the-young-guns-final https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/the-young-guns-final “What the f#$k! How am I supposed to score that?”

The Young Guns Final

Jeremy Flores is sitting in a plastic chair planted into the sand, and he is confused. To his right is Mikey Wright. To his left, Ezekiel Lau, and out in front of him, Marco Mignot just did two big backside turns and one hell of a tail-high air reverse. It was the first official wave of the 2016 Quiksilver Young Guns final in Southern California and Jeremy, who is here to judge the #YGcombo side of the event, has no idea what to do with it.

The Young Guns Final

“An 8,” he says with very little certainty. “Or it could be a 9.” After some discussion with his peers, Jeremy decides on an 8.5 and is comforted by the knowledge that he can adjust the score later if he so pleases — the best part of events like this is that improvisation is not condemned, but condoned.

The Young Guns Final

The Young Guns Final

None of this feels like a typical surf contest. Black Sabbath is blaring through a small speaker that someone had stowed away in a backpack. A few of the kids are playing catch and/or pegging each other with a football while waiting to surf their next heat. Everyone is taking turns scaring the shit out of everyone else via a slyly positioned bullhorn, and the honorable Mikey Wright just offered to tack an additional point onto any of the competitor’s scores if they approach the two-pack of young women strutting down the beach.

So, really, it feels less like a surf contest and more like a surf trip with some friends. It’s just that the “friends” happen to be nine of the world’s best young surfers and one of them is going to leave here with a lot of money and lot more bragging rights.

The surfing today was enough to dismantle even the most drastic and delusional of egos. Airs as tweaked as they were tech. Rail turns far beyond the adolescent weight class. Combos, combos and combos within combos. And don’t you worry, you’ll see all the clips right here soon enough. We just have to crown a champion first.

The Young Guns Final

There’s another full day of competition tomorrow. Another day of madness in the water and mischief on the beach. After that, we’ll trim the field of nine down to four. A final will be surfed and a champion crowned.

We’re pretty sure Jeremy will know how to score Marco’s wave by then.

Fri, 05 Aug 2016 05:27:37 +0000
<![CDATA[Quik Young Gun- Noa Dupouy]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/young-gun-noa-dupouy https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/young-gun-noa-dupouy

This clip of 11 year old Noa Dupouy is not designed to make you question your own ability to ride a surfboard...but it probably should. While most kids his age are out catching pokemon, he's out catching bombs. Watch and weep... He is 11!
]]> Tue, 26 Jul 2016 05:28:14 +0000 <![CDATA[Radical Times South Africa]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/radical-times-south-africa https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/radical-times-south-africa ]]> Tue, 19 Jul 2016 05:43:13 +0000 <![CDATA[Young Guns Surf - The Final Nine]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/young-guns-surf-final https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/young-guns-surf-final

This year Young Guns Surf is planning to go bigger, higher and deeper to find the best under-18 surfer on the planet. The final nine Young Guns will be packed up, blindfolded, and shipped off to a secret location where they will experience three days of surfing, competing, professional coaching and nonstop selfie moments.

This is where the pressure cooker gets turned on; the final contestant have gotta show up and blow up. No slouching. The format remains the same. They need to push some big rail turns, stomp some mega airs and combo it to the beach. With $10,000 USD up for grabs these 9 surfers want to bring their best game.

]]> Tue, 19 Jul 2016 01:34:16 +0000 <![CDATA[Young Guns Surf - Round 2 hype ]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/young-guns-surf-rd-2 https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/young-guns-surf-rd-2

Round 2 is live. The top 30 hype-clips are locked and loaded and the voting gates are open.?The only thing left to do now is for you to decide who will be packing their board bag for the final. The power is in your click. Get watching. The best under-18 surfers in the world are only a click away.

]]> Wed, 06 Jul 2016 04:14:03 +0000 <![CDATA[Radical Times in Namibia]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/radical-times-namibia https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/radical-times-namibia

It was 4:30 in the morning, and we were on our way to the wave. The first light of the morning was showing. The sea sounded strong. We drove alongside the coast at full speed, about to reach the spot, full of excitement. As we came around the bend in the coastline, we saw a wave slowing down in the fog. Finally, we could see what had since then been a longtime dream. We followed the shoreline 100 meters, 200 meters, 500 meters. The wave seemed so perfect and static at the same time, it’s barrel spinning tight. We couldn’t help but to start screaming.

The bay became a sacred temple of endless tubes. I'd never seen anything like it. If there was ever a reason to believe in a higher power, this was the place to find it.

After ten hours of tubes and pure bliss, we had ridden the best waves of our lives. We felt like the happiest men in the world. The swell was slowing down, and it would be gone tomorrow. But that day was the day. Those memories are ones we will never be able to forget.

Thu, 30 Jun 2016 00:50:56 +0000
<![CDATA[International Surfing Day 2016 ]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/international-surfing-day https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/international-surfing-day International Surfing Day 2016

Today, International Surfing Day, like everyone in our community we are supporting the Surfrider Foundation to spread their story and keep the stoke alive. We want you to head to your favorite beach to surf, participate in beach clean up, or just hang out and enjoy the view.

On top of supporting Surfrider we're also donating $10 from every boardshort sold today to the North Shore Lifeguard Association. In Koa Rothman's words, “No one would feel safe without them". Wherever you are today, take a moment to thank your local lifeguard.

To find out what’s happening on International Surfing Day across the globe, follow #ISD16. We'll be embedding the best posts below throughout the day.

High line @ryanheywood #internationalsurfingday @roxy @quiksilver

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@ryanheywood @quiksilver

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Surfing has given me everything. This is my home. Happy International Surfing Day @roxy #isd2016

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Apparently it's "International Surfing Day." Soooo, see you tomorrow.

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Snow season begins down under! This will get you psyched to shred, anyday

]]> Thu, 09 Jun 2016 06:45:00 +0000 <![CDATA[Ezekiel Lau- Views from Bali]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/views-from-bali https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/views-from-bali

Zeke Lau is a gent that deserves your attention. After you watch what’s floating above this bit of text you’ll get it. The cat’s been, as much as it pains me to say, “grinding” it out on the QS. Last winter he was a few heats shy of qualification and it’s a shame, high energy surfing of this caliber is what the tour’s lacking.

“Last year I had an all out shocker,” he tells me. “I needed to make two more heats at Sunset. But that’s usually how it happens. If you need something at Sunset it won’t transpire. If you don’t need anything, you’ll surf the best contest of your life,” he laughs. And, if you try to recall, like us you’ll be hard placed to pin down his last edit… which is what makes this particular dose of power combinations menthol-fresh.

]]> Wed, 08 Jun 2016 04:31:38 +0000 <![CDATA[Radical Times in WA]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/radical-times-wa https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/radical-times-wa
]]> Mon, 16 May 2016 06:28:35 +0000 <![CDATA[Young Guns Surf]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/young-guns-surf https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/young-guns-surf

Remember last year when 10 lucky groms got to travel to an exotic island off the coast of Brazil, cruise around in custom dune-buggies and surf perfect, uncrowded, warm water wedges? Well, dust off the FOMO and prepare your quiver, because Young Guns Surf is back!

]]> Tue, 03 May 2016 23:19:16 +0000 <![CDATA[Radical Times in Reunion Island]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/radical-times-reunion-island https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/radical-times-reunion-island

If you were to stand on the shoreline of Reunion Island’s 'Bocan Canot' beach today, it would be hard to imagine the crowded beach completely empty, however this was a reality only a few short months ago. 18 shark attacks over a five year period dramatically affected the Indian Ocean paradise both emotionally and economically.

“Reunion Island was an amazing place to grow up. It is where i caught my first waves and learnt to surf.” Remembers Top 10 World Tour Surfer Jeremy Flores. “It’s paradise. But it’s also where I have lost some of my closest friends. When you look at the stats for shark attacks worldwide, what has happened in Reunion Island in the last 5 year is really heavy.”

These tragedies motivated Jeremy's family to return to their homeland and embark on a campaign to protect the beaches that have given them so much. By winning a chair in the local council, Jeremy's father Patrick Flores has been able to initiate a program of shark netting and surveillance that has helped Reunion's beach lovers get back into the water. The campaign's success has been noticed by shark affected communities worldwide including the recently tragedy- that struck Ballina on Australia's east coast.

“We just wanted to help the island, we did it for the community. If you look now the beaches are packed, the restaurants are packed and the surf schools are about to reopen...It has affected so much more than the surfers.”

On a recent trip home, Jeremy hosted the first surf competition in 5 years at the newly protected 'Roche Noire' beach. The day finished a huge success seeing generations of Reunion Island locals come together to celebrate change, progress, and most importantly the lives of those that will forever be missed.

“This event was a big success. The ambiance and vibe was better than I expected. Everyone came together, from the youngest surfers to the oldest generation, all sharing waves...Surfing is so much more than a sport. It’s a way of living. A way of being close to nature and living with a passion. The adrenaline that surfing gives us, there is nothing like it. I don’t know what i would do without surfing. It’s the highest high.”

]]> Wed, 06 Apr 2016 00:34:26 +0000 <![CDATA[Matt Banting: Midnight Sun]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/matt-banting-midnight-sun https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/matt-banting-midnight-sun His first clip to be released since his 2015 Tour ending injury last year, Matt Banting is very much back in the water. Filmed over 2 months in the lead up and during the Quiksilver Pro, Matt hit a series of spots up the east coast of Australia with filmer Jimmy Graham and photographer Peter Boskovic on a mission to redefine and fine­tune his surfing.

The result: 2 minutes 30 seconds of fast paced, flawless, precision surfing. A style of surfing that Matt has becoming synonymous with. Be sure to grab your notebook and a pen fo this one, because Matt’s giving out a free lessons.

What exactly did you do to you knee in JBay last year?

I hyper­extended it by basically doing the splits on my board trying to land an air. This happened July 8th 2015. I only remember that because it was the day before the JBay comp started. The actual diagnosis was that I dislocated my knee and over stretched all my ligaments. Luckily I didn't snap any of them. On top of that I received internal bone bruising to the two biggest bones that connect the knee. They pretty much slammed together on impact.


How long did the doctors initially tell you you’d be out?

The first doctor I saw gave me 10 weeks, we were both being very optimistic. Then I got home to Australia and saw Chris Prosser (WSL Doctor) for a second opinion. Soon as he saw me he told me I was going to be out for a lot longer then first expected.


How long did it actually take before you were in the back in the water?

Even after a lot of rehab I still couldn't do a squat. It wasn’t really until late October that I could bend my knee with weight on it. I started surfing again early December 2015 but the surfing wasn't enjoyable. I still had a lot of minor pain and I was constantly worrying I was going to injury myself again. My knee just felt like it was going to snap with any kind of turn or twist. But injuries heal and I started enjoying surfing pain free in January.



What did rehab consist of?

I did a lot of physiotherapy with Chris Prosser combined with a Strength & Conditioning program with Pete Roberts in Lennox Head. Pete has been great, he put me on a bunch of different programs that have really accelerated my recovery.



What's your goal for the year?

I want to find my groove again. Both in competition and freesurfing. Obviously I’d love to do well on the CT and make the top 10. But outside of the WSL I really want to film a lot more, do more trips and put out good clips online. But mostly, I just make up for lost time.



width="789"]]> Sun, 03 Apr 2016 21:09:39 +0000 <![CDATA[Zeke, Ramzi, Leo: Gusty Breeze]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/zeke-ramzi-leo-gusty-breeze https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/zeke-ramzi-leo-gusty-breeze

Three aspiring World Tour pro surfers Zeke Lau, Leo Fioravanti and Ramzi Boukhiam, spend a week with their coach Jake Paterson in his home town in the south west of Western Australia preparing for the 2016 qualifying tour.

Wed, 30 Mar 2016 02:41:21 +0000
<![CDATA[Jeremy Flores: The Bah]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/jeremy-flores-the-bah https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/jeremy-flores-the-bah

Check out Jeremy Flores freesurfing at D-Bah during the Quik Pro Gold Coast.

Wed, 30 Mar 2016 01:20:32 +0000
<![CDATA[Radical Times on the Gold Coast]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/radical-times-gold-coast https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/radical-times-gold-coast ]]> Tue, 22 Mar 2016 23:44:02 +0000 <![CDATA[One of Your Days: Top 10 Finalists]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/one-of-your-days-top-10 https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/one-of-your-days-top-10 After 550 entries and hours of POV viewing, One of Your Days competition judge Candide Thovex has picked his top 10. Now it’s your turn to see the slopes through the eye’s of the finalists. Strap yourself in and maybe get a bucket ready, this stuff can cause some serious motion sickness.

Once you’ve recovered, prepare yourself for Round 2… the top 10 are already hard at it working on a one minute Candide inspired shred clip. This time around you’ll be the judge. Voting kicks off April 13.

Alta laps. #oneofyourdays @quiksilver @factionskis @girosnow

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damn the car is not running but i think my little line is it #OneOfYourDays @quiksilver

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Win a trip to Europe?! I'm down! Here's an entry for the @quiksilver #OneOfYourDays contest

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Session à Val Cenis #factionskis #oneofyourdays @quiksilver

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Tue, 22 Mar 2016 02:40:56 +0000
<![CDATA[Eddie Went: 31st Annual Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau ]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/eddie-went https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/eddie-went

John John Florence (HAW) brought a new style and a new generation to big wave surfing by winning the Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau Big Wave Invitational.













Sat, 19 Mar 2016 00:39:13 +0000
<![CDATA[Quik Pro Finals Wrap-up]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/quik-pro-finals-wrap-up https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/quik-pro-finals-wrap-up Three to four foot waves in light offshore winds saw Joel Parkinson and Filipe Toledo kick off the quarterfinals. It was a heat with the old school versus new school in style and Toledo took some early waves with Parko not finding his top two scores until later in the heat that weren’t enough to make it through to the semis with 12.34 to Toledo’s 12.16.

World champ Adriano de Souza hit the line-up with Matt Wilkinson for heat 2. Until the last ten minutes Wilko had the lead but de Souza unleashed and had the lead to the last ten seconds needing a 5.91 to win the heat. One of the major upsets of the contest saw Wilko take down the world champ with a 6.33 taking his heat score to 13.16 to de Souza’s 12.73.

he heat was working in Andino’s favour with two good scores pushing Buchan into a combo situation with a score of 0.50. Andino wasn’t able to find the waves he needed to Buchan’s 16.00 to his 4.50.

The final heat of the quarterfinals saw John John Florence and Stuart Kennedy hit the line-up. A fairly slow heat with Florence taking the lead but with one minute to go Kennedy needed a 7.11 and gave the last wave everything he had to win the heat with an 8.33 - one of the most exciting heats of the day. Kennedy goes through to the semis with a 15.23 win to Florence’s 14.00.

Filipe Toledo and Matt Wilkinson both had strong starts to the first semifinal heat. Toledo injured himself around halfway through the heat but battled through to take the lead. It was another nail-biting finish with Wilko taking a final wave to grab a 6.60 pushing him through to the final with a 14.43 to Toledo’s 13.27.

Stuart Kennedy and Kolohe Andino hit the rainy line-up and Andino kept busy during the heat clocking up over ten waves while Kennedy was more selective and scored the highest score of the heat in the final minutes with an 8.70. Again Andino answered back and was able to top Kennedy’s score with a 14.23 to Kennedy’s 14.20.

The finals match-up saw Kolohe Andino and Matt Wilkinson battle it out for the final - both of them for the first time at Snapper and to win a first time CT event. Wilko started strongly with an 8.60 and there was a see-saw between the lead between the two finalists down to the final seconds to see Wilko take the 14.20 win to Andino’s 13.66. Congratulations to Matt Wilkinson!

Tue, 15 Mar 2016 22:16:18 +0000
<![CDATA[Quik Pro Rounds 4 & 5 wrap-up]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/quik-pro-rounds-4-5-wrap-up https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/quik-pro-rounds-4-5-wrap-up Round 4 kicked off three-man heats with Filipe Toledo, Joel Parkinson and Conner Coffin. Toledo kicked off heat 1 with a 9.17 followed by a 9.20 then a 10 - the first of the season. Parko and Coffin were faced with combination situations with only a couple of minutes left on the clock. Toledo goes straight through to the quarterfinals with Parko and Coffin to battle it out in round 5.

Ibelli take to the water at sunset. Wilko continued to show his fire with the strongest score of 14.10 for the heat to de Souza’s 11.80 and Ibelli’s 10.50.

Heat 3 kicked off with the swell has dropped but the wind has swung to smooth out the waves with lines stacked out to sea. Sebastian Zietz, Kolohe Andino and Adrian Buchan hit the line-up and Seabass dropped a 9.00 early in the heat to kick things off. Andino was lagging behind but an air in the last few minutes of the competition brought him back into the heat with the final minutes a tight heat waiting for scores to drop after the horn. Andino goes through to quarterfinals with 16.10 against Buchan’s 15.74 and Zietz’s 15.33.

Kanoa Igarashi , John John Florence and Stuart Kennedy took to the water for heat 4. Kennedy dominated the heat with Florence getting busy as the horn went so waiting for scores to drop with Florence going straight through to the quarterfinals with 11.90 to Kennedy’s 11.43 and Igarashi’s 4.74.

In the afternoon, round 5 kicked off with Joel Parkinson and Caoli Ibelli having a slow start. There was a restart after 10 minutes then being called into the beach for the siren to blow with a beach start so the surfers had to run back through the keyhole into the line-up. After a few minutes Parko took the first wave with Ibelli to answer back immediately. Parko found the waves he needed after the slow start with a 16.07 to Ibelli’s 12.66.

Rookie Conner Coffin and world champ Adriano de Souza hit the line-up for heat 2. Coffin had an impressive start with an 8.00 but didn’t find the waves he needed to match de Souza’s power and 13.76 score to Coffin’s 12.77.

Heat 3 Kanoa Igarashi and Adrian Buchan were matched up. Igarashi was pushed into a combo situation with less than five minutes to go when Buchan’s only two waves of the heat were a 16.04 to Igarashi’s 9.87.

As the sun set the final heat of round 5 kicked off with Stuart Kennedy and Sebastian Zietz. Kennedy set the tone for his heat score with a 7.00 for his first wave and pushing Seabass into a combo situation in the final five minutes. Kennedy then dropped a 9.00 in the final minutes going through to the quarterfinals with a 17.67 to Zietz’s 10.77.

Tue, 15 Mar 2016 03:47:51 +0000
<![CDATA[Quik Pro Round 3 wrap-up]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/quik-pro-round-3-wrap-up https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/quik-pro-round-3-wrap-up The waves cleaned up overnight and the surf was pumping in four to five foot conditions with more predictable conditions for the competitors to chase the best scores.

To start the day saw the end of round 2, heat 11 with rookies Jack Freestone and Caio Ibelli take to the water for some short cover-ups to kick off the day. It was Ibelli’s heat who took the heat with 12.17 against local boy Freestone’s 10.80.

The last heat of round 2 saw Kolohe Andino and Matt Banting hit the line-up. Andino took the risk for some bigger moves knowing the waves wouldn’t travel through the second section where Banting had a different approach for a more relaxed style and longer rides. Andino found steeper walls to score 13.97 against Banting’s 12.23.

ledo, charged with his first two waves scoring in the 7 range pushing Ryan Callinan into a combo situation he was never able to recover from. Toledo progresses through to round 4 with a win of 16.60 to Carmichael’s 5.00

In heat 2 Parko took advantage of his local knowledge and turned it on for the supportive crowd taking the close heat with a 14.83 over Jadson Andre’s 13.66.

Italo Ferreira and Conner Coffin hit the water for heat 3 as the conditions continued to improve. The heat came down to the wire with both surfers finishing with some impressive moves with a close heat with Coffin to win with a 14.04 over Ferreira’s 13.83.

Heat 4 saw Josh Kerr and Caio Ibelli in the line-up with a low scoring heat to begin and the pressure building for Kerr who was unable to find what he needed in the scrappy heat for rookie Ibellie to go through to round 4 with 11.83 to Kerr’s 7.63.

Australians Taj Burrow and Matt Wilkinson took to the water with both surfers showing high energy resulting in a close heat and waiting for scores after the horn. Wilkinson knocked out Burrow with a 12.40 to 12.07.

After waiting a couple of hours for the tide to drop, wild card Mikey Wright and world champ Adriano de Souza matched up for heat 6 in one of the most anticipated heats of the day. Both Wright and de Souza battled it out through to the final minutes with de Souza with priority and Wright unable to find a wave to increase his 14.04 score to de Souza’s 16.17.

Sebastian Sietz and Mick Fanning were matched up in heat 7 and Sietz held on to a narrow lead where Fanning was never able to find the rhythm to charge for a big score. Zietz goes through to find round 3 with 14.50 to Fanning’s 12.50.

In heat 8 Wiggolly Dantas took on 10 year veteran Adrian Buchan and it was again down to the horn where Buchan and Dantas both took final waves and Buchan had the heat with 15.43 to Dantas’ 13.70.

Best friends Californians Nat Young and Kolohe Andino entered heat 9. Young scored in the 6 range for his first two waves with Andino answering back with a 9.50 and Young backing up with a 8.60. It was a close heat and Andino progressed to round 4 with 16.80 to Young’s 15.53.

Heat 10 saw Quiksilver team mates Jeremy Flores and Kanoa Igarashi up against each other. Both surfers were focused as they picked off the waves and Igarashi’s mature approach for his young age impressed the judges and he scored 13.30 to Flores’ 12.83.

John John Florence and Michel Bourez took on heat 11 and scored a 9.23 securing a lead over Bourez for the heat which Bourez wasn’t able to close finishing with a 11.84 to Florence’s 15.90.

To finish off round 3 Gabriel Medina and Stuart Kennedy kicked off heat 12 with strong scores and this was the heat of the day with Kennedy knocking out Medina with a 16.80 to 16.53.

Sun, 13 Mar 2016 23:39:05 +0000
<![CDATA[Quik Pro Round 2 wrap-up]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/quik-pro-day-round-2-wrap-up https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/quik-pro-day-round-2-wrap-up The swell built overnight to three to four foot and kicked off at 7.30am sirening most of the WCT surfers out of the free surf line-up.

Round 2 kicked off with wildcard Wade Carmichael taking on world champ Adriano de Souza. The first scores dropped to set the scene for the rest of the day for de Souza a 7.77 and 6.33 Carmichael for their opening ride. The waves at the point grew from three to four foot through sections allowing De Souza to pick out the best waves and take heat 1 with 15.30 to Carmichael’s 11.00.

Julian Wilson and Sebastian Zietz had a close heat with Wilson taking advantage of his priority for most of the heat. The judges called the next heat on hold to make a decision on Zietz’s final wave in the last 10 seconds for Zietz to move on to round 3 with a 13.10 to Wilson’s 11.87.

Heat 3 saw Kelly Slater and WCT replacement surfer Stuart Kennedy had a slow heat with Slater taking his time to choose waves while Kennedy kept busy. Kennedy scored the top wave score with a 9.50 with the first upset of the day eliminating Slater with a 13.10 to Kennedy’s 15.73.

After a few hours on hold while waiting for the tide and wind to drop, Australians Adam Melling and Josh Kerr took to the water. Kerr scored the highest wave with an 8.00 and Melling couldn’t find a score match to Kerr’s 13.50 and finished with a 10.83.

Heat 5 saw Jordy Smith take on rookie Ryan Callinan. Smith and Callinan exchanged the lead back and forth for a pressurised heat to see who would take the lead. Callinan landed a 8.07 and a 7.67 to make 15.74 against Smith’s 12.00.

John John Florence’s wave selection through heat 6 gave him a final score of 14.36 and the win over Davey Cathel’s 12.66.

Rookie Conner Coffin and Kai Otton were next to hit the line-up. 2016 marks Otton’s 10th year on tour against Coffin’s first year on tour. The CT rookie scraped past Otton to go through to round 3 with a 13.33 to 13.16.

Two goofy footers matched up in heat 8 with another CT rookie Alex Ribeiro against Adrian Buchan. Buchan scored the highest wave of the heat with an 8.17 and won the heat with 15.37 to Ribeiro’s 13.47.

CT rookie Kanoa Igarashi took on Keanu Asing in heat 9. Exciting exchanges between Igarashi and Asing throughout the heat ended in Igarashi taking his first CT win with a narrow lead of 12.27 to Asing’s 12.26.

The last heat of the day saw Brazilians Miguel Pupo and Jadson Andre enter the line-up for heat 10. It was a heat with small scores but loads of energy from the Brazilians with Andre heading through to round 3 with 11.43 to Pupo’s 9.07.

Sat, 12 Mar 2016 23:01:54 +0000
<![CDATA[Quik Pro Day 1 Wrap-up]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/quik-pro-day-1-wrap-up https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/quik-pro-day-1-wrap-up On the second day of the waiting period, competition kicked off at mid-tide with two-foot crumbly sets coming through.

Aussie Ryan Callinan, one of the Top 10 QS surfers to qualify for this year’s tour, hit the water with Brazilian Italo Ferreira and Hawaiian Keanu Asing for Round 1, Heat 1. Ferreira won by 0.90 over Callinan’s 11.10 and Asing’s 8.80 and goes straight through to round 3 alongside other winners of Round 1.

Heat 2 saw Tahitian Michel Bourez take the win with 11.50 over Australians Adam Melling’s 10.37 and Julian Wilson’s 6.06.

Last year’s winner Filipe Toledo and injury replacement Stuart Kennedy entered heat 3 with Brazilian Jadson Andre. Filipe showed a great heat 3 performance with a 14.36 win over Andre’s 13.30 and Kennedy’s 10.67.

low Brazilian Gabriel Medina and Hawaiian Sebastian Zietz. Medina kept busy and Zietz mixed things up to take the lead until Medina waited until the last minute to take an 8.50 and charge through to round 3 with 16.17 over Zietz’s 14.80 and Ibelli’s 8.60.


Snapper local Mick Fanning was in the water with Matt Banting returning from injury for his first WCT event in months and trials winner Wade Carmichael for Round 1, Heat 5 in an all Australian heat. Carmichael with nothing to lose grabbed a big score with a 8.93. Fanning answered back with a 8.37 and a heat total of 17.24 go to straight to round 3 with heat scores from Carmichael of 16.00 and Banting’s 9.90.


2015 World Champion Adriano de Souza entered the water for heat 6 with wildcard Mikey Wright and Kolohe Andino. Andino kicked off with a 9.10. It was a close heat with scores and Wright finished with the win of a score of 13.74 and de Souza’s 13.70 and and Andino’s 13.67 which dropped to a 9.10 for an interference.

The swell started to double-up and Jeremy Flores wasted no time kicking off his ninth year on tour by taking the first wave in heat 7 against Australian Adrian Buchan and rookie Australian Davey Cathels. Flores and Cathels showed their flair and kept close scores for the heat win by Flores with a 15.90 to Cathels 15.00 and Buchan’s 10.74.

Heat 8 saw Kelly Slater, Matt Wilkinson and rookie Conner Coffin in the water. Slater started with a 7.67 but didn’t find a solid second score to overtake Wilkinson who finished with a 9.33 taking his heat total to 17.00 over Slater’s 13.27 and Coffin’s 12.17.

An all goofy match-up with Australian Kai Otton, American Nat Young and Brazilian Alex Ribeiro in heat 9 saw a close heat with Young going through to round 3 with 12.87 and Ribeiro 12.14 and Otton’s 11.50.

Rookie Kanoa Igarashi hit the water with veterans Josh Kerr and Taj Burrow. Igarashi kept busy throughout the heat but couldn’t match Burrow’s 15.40 and Kerr’s 12.26 with his 11.40.

Jordy Smith returned to the tour in heat 11 against Wiggolly Dantas and Miguel Pupo. Dantas had a strong start to the heat with an 8.33 on his third wave and continued to dominate throughout to win with a 17.26 against Smith’s 13.43 and Pupo’s 12.47.

The final heat of round 1 saw Joel Parkinson, John John Florence and Jack Freestone wrap up the day. All started the heat with big scores of 8.60, 7.33 and 7.17 respectively. Parko took the heat with 14.10 to Florence’s 13.56 and Freestone’s 13.44.

]]> Fri, 11 Mar 2016 04:24:04 +0000 <![CDATA[#GoodLuckKanoa]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/good-luck-kanoa https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/good-luck-kanoa

Being born in California may put the American flag next to this name on tour, but he’s bringing Japanese culture, tradition and enthusiasm with him. Fluent in the language and customs, Kanoa Igarashi led us through every element of Japanese culture, illustrating how legitimately connected he is to this place. Each year he spends a good amount of time reconnecting to it, visiting family and engaging in the ancient and modern traditions. And even in the big city of Tokyo, he’s stopped for photos by the young and old, moms and kids, making it very apparent that this country has Kanoa’s back no matter what.

During our stay, we also stopped in with Japanese artist Usugrow who did some custom artwork for an upcoming quiver of Kanoa’s and embedded a deeper and special meaning about hanging on to his Japanese traditions in a cluttered world. Go home with Kanoa as he sets off for his rookie season on the WSL World Tour.

His debut heat. His maiden tour. @KanoaIgarashi #GoodLuckKanoa #QuikPro

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logo for @kanoaigarashi @quiksilver 2016 #GoodLuckKanoa #usugrow

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Thu, 10 Mar 2016 10:42:29 +0000
<![CDATA[Snaketales: Episode 2]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/snaketales-episode-2 https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/snaketales-episode-2

This is Snake Tales. An insiders look into successes and struggles of the 2016 World Qualifying Series. Starring Quiksilver team Leonardo Fioravanti, Ezekiel Lau, Ramzi Boukhiam, Marc Lacomare and Kanoa Igarashi. Episode 2 just dropped online for your eyeballs pleasure.

Wed, 09 Mar 2016 20:48:38 +0000
<![CDATA[Mikey Wright On Getting A Wildcard For The Quik Pro Gold Coast]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/mikey-wright-on-getting-a-wildcard-for-the-quik-pro-gold-coast https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/mikey-wright-on-getting-a-wildcard-for-the-quik-pro-gold-coast


How’s it feel to get the WSL Wildcard for the 2016 Quik Pro?

I’m so stoked.  I remember being a grommet and sitting down the beach here at Snapper watching these guys surf this event and dreaming of doing it one day myself. It’s crazy to think this year I will be. 


How are you feeling heading into the event?

I would be lying if I said I wasn’t a little bit nervous, but I’m probably more excited than nervous to be honest. This will be my first event surfing on the World Tour and getting the chance to surf against my idols is amazing. I’m just stoked I get to go out and share the line-up at Snapper with guys I’ve looked up to all my life.


How have you been preparing for the comp?

Well I moved up here about 3 months ago to train and get more consistent waves. The surf at Snapper has been pumping and I’ve been surfing it non-stop since I’ve been living here, trying to learn the banks and know where’s best to sit. 


I’ve also been working with Ex-World Tour surfers and Quiksilver team riders Troy Brooks and Matt Hoy. These guys are legends. They have been teaching me about heat tactics and giving me tips to help me win. 


How’s your quiver looking?

I’m surfing for JS Surfboards now and his boards go sick. I’ve got around 12 boards ready for the event. Some round tails and rounded squares. I’ve been riding the Monsta 6 the most. It’s rad. Super fast, responsive and holds up really well in all different conditions. 



If the event started tomorrow, what would you want to wake up to?

I’d be pumped if the conditions were 4 foot, clean barrels behind the rock and big walls for hacks. That would be perfect I think. Oh and I’d love to surf a heat against my brother Owen. I don’t know if I’d beat him but I know it would be a good heat. Next time, I guess.


What are you most looking forward to with at the Quik Pro?

Easy…Getting to do a post-heat interview with Rosy Hodge. Haha. 



Last words?

If you see a sick black Valiant with Stay High! stickers on it cruising around the event, come up and say hi. Cya down the comp! 

Wed, 09 Mar 2016 04:20:03 +0000
<![CDATA[Koa Rothman: Hawaii]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/koa-rothman-hawaii https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/koa-rothman-hawaii Koa Rothman spent the 2015-16 Hawaiian season focused on two things, making barrels, and riding big ass waves. Sit back, hit play and feel the jealousy rise.


Arguably one of the best Pipeline shots we have seen this winter.


Committed. Shot: Bielmann


When Pipe’s pumpin’ you know where to find Koa Rothman. Shot: Heff

Tue, 08 Mar 2016 04:19:18 +0000
<![CDATA[#GOARITZ - NAMIBIA]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/goartiz-namibia https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/goartiz-namibia Take a trip to Skeleton Bay with Aritz Aranburu, Natxo Gonzalez, and Alex Gironi in the next episode of #goaritz

Mon, 07 Mar 2016 03:03:59 +0000
<![CDATA[Snaketales - Episode 1]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/snaketales-episode-one https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/snaketales-episode-one

QS 6000 NEWCASTLE 5 Professional surfers chasing qualification for the World Surfer League Championship Tour. With coaching from Jake "The Snake" Paterson (Snaketales)

Sat, 05 Mar 2016 06:25:01 +0000
<![CDATA[What's on at the 2016 Pro]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/whats-on-at-the-2016-pro https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/whats-on-at-the-2016-pro

The Quik Pro on the Gold Coast kicks off the 2016 WSL World Championship Tour. If you’re going to be standing on the beach at Snapper Rocks watching the event live and wondering what to do once the event wraps for the day, we’re here to help.

Wednesday 9 March

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.

Friday 11 March

Head to the Boardriders Coolangatta to meet the Quiksilver and ROXY team riders from 5pm - 6pm and stick around afterwards for good times and d-floor action with Tropical Zombie.


What else will be on all day, every day?

Drop by the Quiksilver and ROXY tent and chill out on the back deck overlooking Rainbow Bay from 8am til 5pm. There will be a big screen TV with the event live streaming if you want to escape the crowds and sip on a cold drip or organic iced coffee.

Inside the retail tent there will be a selection of Bradley, DHD an Channel Islands boards to touch and feel favoured by our WCT surfers Kanoa Igarashi, Mikey Wright, Leo Fioravanti, Bianca Buitendag and Stephanie Gilmore.

You can even grab a haircut, shave or beard trim with our resident Quiksilver Boardriders barber doing a pop-up station at the tent.


Boardriders Coolangatta

On a lay day head down to the Boardriders Coolangatta to check out the store, hang out at the cafe and listen to the bands on Friday and Saturday nights. Check their Facebook page for details.


Tue, 01 Mar 2016 03:27:43 +0000
<![CDATA[John John Florence Wins #EDDIEWOULDGO]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/the-eddie-gladiators-monster-waves-wipeouts https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/the-eddie-gladiators-monster-waves-wipeouts

John John Florence (HAW) brought a new style and a new generation to big wave surfing today by winning the Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau Big Wave Invitational, a World Surf League Specialty Event, in waves of up to 60-feet. Florence won $75,000 - the biggest purse in Big Wave riding, with a 4-wave total of 301 out of 400 points.


“I was excited just to be part of the event,” said Florence. “I was so nervous, I thought, oh gosh, I just gotta get through this day and hopefully get a couple of waves! “I was riding my bike down here this-morning in the dark and just the energy of how many people were parked all the way down the street. I’ve lived here my whole life and I’ve never seen it like that. Walking down the beach, like Uncle Clyde was saying, people just screaming, and the energy was so crazy. I’ve never been a part of an event like this. It’s definitely the highlight of my life for sure. “Biggest of all, I want to say thanks to the Aikau family and Quiksilver for putting on this amazing event. I’ve only seen it run a couple of times in my life so to be a part of it, to be surfing in it, and to actually win it is such a dream come true…against all these legends. These guys are my heroes since I’ve been growing up. And thanks to my mom and my family and all my good friends who are here.”


Florence, 23, edged out previous event winner Ross Clarke-Jones (AUS) with a late charge in his second round heat, posting his top two rides of the day during a flurry of gigantic waves. Better known for his year-round pursuits on the WSL Championship Tour, Florence is fast forging himself a place at the head of the big wave riding movement that is regarded a discipline all its own.


Third place today was Shane Dorian (HAW); fourth went to Jamie Mitchell (AUS); fifth was Kelly Slater (USA); and sixth was Makuakai Rothman (HAW).


A capacity crowd of 25,000 lined the headland-to-headland arena of Waimea Bay, witnessing eight hours of uninterrupted, mind-blowing entertainment. They roared and gasped as the 28-man field offered up fearless rides and more than a few horrific wipeouts from sun up to sun down.

Today’s conditions were the most epic ever for an “Eddie” and will surely go down as the greatest one-day Big Wave event in history. The emotions and energy were on overload with what surfers were calling “Brock’s Swell,” in honor of long-time Eddie invitee and Hawaii Big Wave rider Brock Little, who lost his battle with cancer just last week.

Those who rode today were nothing short of gladiators, armed with surfboards of up to 11-feet in length that were still dwarfed by the ocean’s tonnage. They pitted world-class skills along with their lives against the adrenaline-inducing display of Mother Nature.


The undeniable crowd favorite, drawing a standing ovation wave as he walked from Waimea Bay Beach Park to the shoreline, was 66-year-old Clyde Aikau - Eddie Aikau’s younger brother, who has contested all nine Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau Big Wave Invitational events through 31 years, declaring this to be his last.

In all, 141 dramatic rides were logged today, including gutsy charges by Eddie Aikau rookies Koa Rothman (HAW) and Mason Ho (HAW); last minute Alternate starters Danilo Couto (BRZ) and Ben Wilkinson (AUS); and emotionally charged, seasoned rides by Slater and Dorian, in memory of close friend Brock Little.


The world famous Hawaiian Water Patrol were the bedrock of today’s event, without whose support the organizers would never have been able to call the day “on.” Their safety support and assistance in harrowing moments will see every surfer return home safe tonight.

At times it was as if there were two spectacular events going on at the same time as surfers dropped down feathering walls, and a fleet of rescue jet-skis gunned to outrun avalanches of water as they bolted towards beach or horizon.


Along with the Water Patrol support was the added layer of confidence athletes had with the Quiksilver x Aqua Lung Inflatable Vest - a technology that didn’t exist when The Eddie was last held in December of 2009. Only three of the 28 athletes today competed without a vest.

“It was actually nice to have it, to have the option,” said Ross Clarke-Jones. “Because if I don’t wear it, then I’m going to get hammered. I chose to wear it and I didn’t need it till the last wave. It was the last wave and I thought I’ll pull it anyway because I got pounded and it just came out like a breeze. It’s an incredible piece of equipment.”


Each surfer contested two rounds of 1-hour, 7-man heats, with their top four scoring rides at the end of the day producing their final event score. Each ride was scored out of a total of 100 points, with size of wave, critical nature of the take-off, and successful completion of a ride all factors.

Oahu’s Aaron Gold was awarded today with the The Quiksilver GO Challenge for a massive wave ridden at Pe’ahi a month ago that has been estimated at more than 70 feet. The special award was offered up to all Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau Invitees and Alternates for the biggest, most critical wave ridden in the Hawaiian Islands during the holding period of this event up to today. Gold won $10,000 for his efforts.


The Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau is the original one-day, Big Wave surfing event, started in memory of Hawaiian waterman, Waimea Bay lifeguard and Big Wave pioneer Eddie Aikau. What started 31 years ago to pay tribute to Aikau, has grown to become an almost mythic event whose elusiveness has only fueled its global appeal. The Eddie only runs when wave face heights reach a minimum of 40 feet at Waimea Bay… a day so rare it has only happened nine times in 31 years. Today was one of those days.

The Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau Final Results:

1 - John John Florence (HAW) 301

2 - Ross Clarke-Jones (AUS) 278

3 - Jamie Mitchell (AUS) 249

4 - Kelly Slater (USA) 238

5 - Dave Wassel (HAW) 230

Round 1/Heat 1 Results: Ross Clarke-Jones (AUS) 166, Jamie Mitchell (AUS) 83, Shane Dorian (HAW) 80, Kohl Christensen (HAW) 71, Sunny Garcia (HAW) 47, Greg Long (USA) 38, Ramon Navarro (CHL) 5

Round 1/Heat 2 Results: Kelly Slater (USA) 97, Aaron Gold (HAW) 85, Jamie O’Brien (HAW) 70, David Wassel (HAW) 65, Reef McIntosh (HAW) 46, Tom Carroll (AUS) 29, Grant Baker (ZAF) 23

Round 1/Heat 3 Results: John John Florence (HAW) 170, Takayuki Wakita (HAW) 104, Mark Healey (HAW) 101, Clyde Aikau (HAW) 65, Nathan Fletcher (USA) 39, Peter Mel (USA) 9, Noah Johnson (HAW) 0

Round 1/Heat 4 Results: Koa Rothman (HAW) 110, Makuakai Rothman (HAW) 103, Bruce Irons (HAW) 44, Danilo Couto (BRZ) 69, Mason Ho (HAW) 63, Ian Walsh (HAW) 10, Kala Alexander (HAW) 0

Round 2/Heat 1 Results: Shane Dorian (HAW) 207, Jamie O’Brien (HAW) 141, Reef McIntosh (HAW) 81, Aaron Gold (HAW) 76, Tom Carroll (AUS) 48, Kohl Christensen (HAW) 43, Greg Long (USA) 33

Round 2/Heat 2 Results: David Wassel (HAW) 230, Kelly Slater (USA) 201, Ross Clarke-Jones (AUS) 178, Jamie Mitchell (AUS) 172, Ramon Navarro (CHL) 95, Grant Baker (ZAF) 68, Sunny Garcia (HAW) 40

Round 2/Heat 3 Results: John John Florence (HAW) 206, Mason Ho (HAW) 144, Kala Alexander (HAW) 86, Mark Healey (HAW) 32, Danilo Couto (BRZ) 30, Clyde Aikau (HAW) 26, Koa Rothman (HAW) 7

Round 2/Heat 4 Results: Ian Walsh (HAW) 115, Makuakai Rothman (HAW) 91, Peter Mel (USA) 77, Bruce Irons (HAW) 57, Nathan Fletcher (USA) 54, Takayuki Wakita (HAW) 37, Ben Wilkinson (AUS) 37

Top 4 Waves (Both Rounds):

John John Florence (HAW) 301

Ross Clarke-Jones (AUS) 278

Shane Dorian (HAW) 270

Jamie Mitchell (AUS) 249

Kelly Slater (USA) 238

Makuakai Rothman (HAW) 231

David Wassel (HAW) 230

Mason Ho (HAW) 191

Jamie O’Brien (HAW) 180

Aaron Gold (HAW) 139

Mark Healey (HAW) 133

Takayuki Wakita (HAW) 123

Koa Rothman (HAW) 117

Ian Walsh (HAW) 115

Reef McIntosh (HAW) 112

Grant Baker (ZAF) 109

Kohl Christensen (HAW) 109

Bruce Irons (HAW) 101

Ramon Navarro (CHL) 100

Danilo Couto (BRZ) 93

Clyde Aikau (HAW) 91

Nathan Fletcher (USA) 88

Sunny Garcia (HAW) 87

Peter Mel (USA) 86

Kala Alexander (HAW) 86

Greg Long (USA) 71

Tom Carroll (AUS) 67

Noah Johnson (USA)/Ben Wilkinson (AUS) 37

Fri, 26 Feb 2016 00:58:00 +0000
<![CDATA[#EDDIEWOULDGO Starts In A Few Minutes]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/eddie-starts-minutes https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/eddie-starts-minutes The Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau, a WSL Specialty Event, has been officially been called ON for Thursday, February 25 at the world-renowned Waimea Bay with an 8am start. Conditions are in the giant category with wave face heights of 45 to 55 feet and occasional close-outs across the bay. Today’s swell is the second of two giant back-to-back swells to hit Oahu’s North Shore this week.


Today’s “Eddie” is being contested by 28 invitees, including defending Eddie winner and BWT current rankings’ leader Greg Long (USA); Clyde Aikau (HAW), Eddie’s brother and winner of the second Eddie event; and 11-time World Champion and 2001/2002 Eddie winner Kelly Slater (USA).

Unfortunately, the Frenchman Jeremy Flores will be missing this edition. Stucked in Reunion Island for a ceremony in memory of the shark attacks victims occurred over the past 5 years, the only Eddie European invitee wasn’t able to get on time in Hawaii for the event. He is replaced by Koa Rothman (Haw).

In the six years since this event last ran, technology has advanced considerably in the world of big wave riding and this will be the first year that participants have the option of wearing a specially designed inflatable vest. To ensure surfers safety, Quiksilver has developed in collaboration with Aqua Lung a new generation of big wave equipment, the newly released Quiksilver x Aqua Lung Inflatable Vest. This will be vital equipment for athletes given today’s conditions.



Round 1/Heat 1

Shane Dorian (HAW), Kohl Christensen (HAW), Greg Long (USA), Ramon Navarro (CHL), Sunny Garcia (HAW), Ross Clarke-Jones (AUS), Jamie Mitchell (AUS)


Round 1/Heat 2

Kelly Slater (USA), David Wassel (HAW), Grant Baker (ZAF), Reef McIntosh (HAW), Jamie O’Brien (HAW), Aaron Gold (HAW), Tom Carroll (AUS)


Round 1/Heat 3

John John Florence (HAW), Mark Healey (HAW), Clyde Aikau (HAW), Nathan Fletcher (USA), Noah Johnson (HAW), Peter Mel (USA), Takayuki Wakita (JPN)


Round 1/Heat 4

Bruce Irons (HAW), Makuakai Rothman (HAW), Ian Walsh (HAW), Danilo Couto (BRZ), Kala Alexander (HAW), Mason Ho (HAW), Koa Rothman (HAW)


Round 2/Heat 1

Shane Dorian (HAW), Kohl Christensen (HAW), Greg Long (USA), Reef McIntosh (HAW), Jamie O’Brien (HAW), Aaron Gold (HAW), Tom Carroll (AUS)


Round 2/Heat 2

Kelly Slater (USA), David Wassel (HAW), Grant Baker (ZAF), Ramon Navarro (CHL), Sunny Garcia (HAW), Ross Clarke-Jones (AUS), Jamie Mitchell (AUS)


Round 2/Heat 3

John John Florence (HAW), Mark Healey (HAW), Clyde Aikau (HAW), Danilo Couto (BRZ), Kala Alexander (HAW), Mason Ho (HAW), Koa Rothman (HAW)


Round 2/Heat 4

Bruce Irons (HAW), Makuakai Rothman (HAW), Ian Walsh (HAW), Nathan Fletcher (USA), Noah Johnson (HAW), Peter Mel (USA), Takayuki Wakita (JPN)

Thu, 25 Feb 2016 20:39:49 +0000
<![CDATA[Photos from the day before #EddieWouldGo]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/photos-from-the-day-before-eddie-would-go https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/photos-from-the-day-before-eddie-would-go

Clyde Aikau, Makua Rothman, Terry Ahue, Ross Clarke-Jones, Glen Moncata, Koa Rothman

Nathan Fletcher

Jamie Mitchell

Sunny Garcia, Terry Ahue, Ross Clarke-Jones, Koa Rothman & Glen Moncata

Thu, 25 Feb 2016 15:55:53 +0000
<![CDATA[One of Those Days 3]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/one-of-these-days-3 https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/one-of-these-days-3

Candide is ready to freeze the internet again with One of Those Days 3. His previous point of view clips One of Those Days and One of Those Days 2 have clocked up a combined 22 million YouTube views.

In the short history of freeskiing, there have been both masters of style and competition animals. Nature rarely manages to mix the DNA needed to combine these two disciplines...with exception to Candide Thovex.

The French skier defined his mogul style at Balme in the resort of La Clusaz, a natural playground, with its infinite number of lines. This landscape encouraged creativity and Candide benefitted from blending risk­taking, inventiveness, and originality. Over the years he has perfected the rare ability to move fluidly on snow as well as in the air.

Candide became the initiator and godfather of a new type of freestyle skiing, a type of skiiing that has set the bar higher in terms of difficulty than any other. There is no doubt Candide Thovex is the most daring act of his generation.

One Of Your Days.  He wants to the POV from your ski boots. Post your craziest POV clips to Instagram, hashtag #OneOfYourDays and tag @Quiksilver. Now you’re in the running to win 5 days in Verbier, Switzerland including flights, accommodation and a day skiing with your personal tour guide; Candide Thovex. Check out the details here.

Tue, 23 Feb 2016 20:06:33 +0000
<![CDATA[The Eddie: YELLOW Alert of Thursday 25 February]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/the-eddie-yellow-alert-february-25 https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/the-eddie-yellow-alert-february-25 width="789"

The Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau has been put on Yellow Alert for a possible run this Thursday, February 25. For the second time in this winter's waiting period invited big wave riders and organizers will gather at Waimea Bay in the morning to see if this year’s event meets the #EddieWouldGo strict wave height criteria. The call to GO will only be made at the beach on Thursday morning at 6am (local time) for 8am start. Not before.

As noted in an earlier update a lot has changed in 7 years, so this time around we’re bringing you The Eddie Psych Spotify playlist and we’ll be snapchatting live from the water. Follow username “radicaltimes69” to get your hit of massive swell goodness.



Heat 1: Shane Dorian (HAW), Kohl Christensen (HAW), Greg Long (CA), Ramon Navarro (CHI), Sunny Garcia (HAW), Ross Clarke-Jones (AUS), Jamie Mitchell (AUS)

Heat 2: Kelly Slater (FL), David Wassell (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 (CA), Noah Johnson (HAW), Peter Mel (CA), Takayuki Wakita (JPN)

Heat 4: Bruce Irons (HAW), Makuakai Rothman (HAW), Ian Walsh (HAW), Albee Layer (HAW), Kala Alexander (HAW), Garrett McNamara (HAW), Jeremy Flores (FRA)

Top 5 Alternates: Mason Ho (HAW), Danilo Couto (BRA), Mark Mathews (AUS), Koa Rothman (HAW), Ben Wilkinson (AUS)


Shane Dorian


Kelly Slater


Jeremy Flores


Dave Wassel


Noah Johnson


Kohl Kristensen


Titus Nihi Kinimaka


Collodion wet plate photographs from The Big Wave Riders of Hawaii Book.  

Tue, 23 Feb 2016 06:23:03 +0000
<![CDATA[Jeremy Flores: Lava Rides]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/lava-rides https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/lava-rides

Quick strike winter mission to the Canary islands featuring Jeremy Flores, Marc Lacomare & Dimitri Ouvre.

Tue, 23 Feb 2016 03:15:11 +0000
<![CDATA[Naxto Gonzalez: Lanzarote]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/naxto-gonzalez-lanzarote https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/naxto-gonzalez-lanzarote

Before the El Quemao Classic 2016, Natxo Gonzalez enjoyed some rides at Lanzarote in the Canary Islands.

Mon, 22 Feb 2016 06:11:02 +0000
<![CDATA[The Eddie : Banyak hal bisa berubah dalam 7 tahun]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/the-eddie-banyak-hal-bisa https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/the-eddie-banyak-hal-bisa width="789"

Tubuh manusia mampu mengalami perubahan besar-besaran dalam kurun waktu 7 tahun. Revolusi bisa muncul. Kerajaan bisa jatuh. Tren bisa datang, dan kemungkinan besar pergi. Namun, satu hal yang tidak bisa berubah dalam waktu 7 tahun – atau berapa lama pun – adalah semangat kontes selancar bertajuk The Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau.

Acara yang hanya berdasarkan pada undangan di Teluk Waimea di sebelah utara Oahu belum pernah terselenggara lagi selama 7 tahun. Kompetisi selancar lainnya di seluruh dunia akan berpusat ke laut dan penentuan pemenang akan berdasarkan kepada para juri, tetapi tidak dengan The Eddie, di mana lautan-lah yang memegang semua peranan tersebut. Lautan hanya menyedikan kanvas dan cat namun hasil lukisannya ada di tangan kekuatan alam. Acara tidak akan berjalan jika ombak tidak cukup besar untuk menggoncang daratan dan kondisi tersebut adalah kondisi yang sangat langka. Dalam kurun waktu 31 tahun, The Eddie hanya pernah dilaksanakan 8 kali.

“Ini adalah salah satu alasan yang membuat acara ini spesial,” ungkap salad sati undangan Jamie O'Brien. “Acara ini tidak dibesar-besarkan tiga atau empat hari sebum hari H. Kami hanya menyaksikan ombak besar menggulung dan semua orang akan datang ke Hawaii. Lalu kami akan terus terjaga dan ketika sudah dimulai maka tidak akan berhenti.“

Berbekal nasib baik, kita belakangan melihat ombak besar yang terus menggulung dan untuk pertama kalinya dal am 6 tahun, acara ini resmi akan diadakan.

Tahun 2009 adalah kali terakhir The Eddie diadakan. Andy Irons berselancar pada waktu itu. Instagram bahkan belum muncul. John John Florence baru berusia 16 tahun dan lagu Boom Boom Pow dari The Black Eyed Peas merupakan hit terbesar di tahun itu. Untungnya, beberapa hal sudah berubah.

Beberapa hal akan berbeda di tahun ini. Semua individu sudah berubah dan tiap perayaan memiliki daftar peselancar yang berbeda. Selancar di ombak besar sender telah berubah banyak dalam kurun waktu tersebut. Namun, hal yang velum berubah adalah spontanitas yang ada. Tingkat keaslian. Semangat The Eddie.

11 Februari 2016 (waktu Indonesia), the Bay will call the day.

Words: Brendan Buckley

Fri, 12 Feb 2016 00:28:51 +0000
<![CDATA[The Bay Calls the Day. The Eddie is No Go]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/eddie-is-no-go https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/eddie-is-no-go

In spite of every forecaster and model being in concurrence that this was going to be an epic day, the system changed dramatically during the late evening hours leaving us with much less and later arrival of swell than anticipated. In light of that, organizers deemed that today's conditions did not measure up to a true Eddie day. We expect the best we will see today will be 15-18 foot surf mid-afternoon, and not enough lingering energy into tomorrow to give us a second chance.

Here’s what Clyde Aikau had to say:

That’s just the way it goes. I mean nobody knows what’s going to happen. You’re dealing with Mother Nature. It’s just humbling that when I drove up here at 9 o’clock last night, for miles it was already packed with people. People camping, cooking out… it was real humbling you know. And it gets me real excited to ride some really nice waves because you have the great support of all the people. Not only in Hawaii, but around the world. It’s just so humbling that people still respect Eddie. To inspire the next generation is what Eddie’s legacy is all about and I’m so proud, and the family’s so proud.


Eddie and I and Peter Cole and Jose Angel, all the old guys, we used to ride Waimea Bay when it was 30-35 feet, Hawaiian scale, 60-70 feet national scale. And there was nobody on the beach, there were no cameras, just that love to ride the biggest waves in the world. And to ride it with friends that you really love, that you really have a lot of confidence in, that if you get into trouble they’ll help you out. And that’s really the same feeling that my family and myself want to bring to this event.


Over 31 years I think it has carried that so called ‘legacy’ again of how we used to ride Waimea. Not to ride a big wave to get on the front cover of Surfer Magazine or to get the center spread or make $100,00 a year, but just because you have that passion.


News by: Jodi Wilmott, Pictures: Jimmy Graham

Wed, 10 Feb 2016 22:31:11 +0000
<![CDATA[The Eddie: Clyde Aikau Interview]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/the-eddie-clyde-aikau-interview https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/the-eddie-clyde-aikau-interview

Clyde Aikau, younger brother of Eddie Aikau, first rode Waimea Bay in 1969. Today, at 66 years of age, he remains one of the most psyched big wave riders on the planet. His voice is excited and as energized as a frothing teenager as he talks about his preparations. If the Bay calls the day, expect him to be ready to lead the charge of those invited to ride in his brother’s name. We caught up with him between training sessions and surfs at the Bay.

Q: How is the anticipation for you with all the swells we’ve been having?

Clyde: There’s been a lot of anticipation with the El Ni?o weather pattern. It has been very stressful trying to keep track of the different swells that are coming in... that goes for everybody involved. Trying to maintain your conditioning and right frame of mind is the biggest challenge. For all the guys invited, it is a given that they have proven their big wave riding.

Q: And what about your preparation, at 66 years of age?

Clyde: I’m trying to up my physical conditioning - even at this late period. For me it’s more to psych my mind up to know that I can handle it. I’m in pretty good condition and I know I can hold my breath for a long time. I’m into running 3 miles a day, surfing, paddling, eating right, then you don’t feel that tiredness. I’m ready before the day. I know it’s kinda crazy… everybody comes up to me in the lineup - even the big dogs - and tell me they’re inspired. That jacks me up! My ankles are good, my knees are good, my hips and shoulders, all good. I guess this Hawaiian is set to go! For me, the shore break is the most challenging thing. The shore break and I have had a battle going for 40 years and I’ve always lost. But once I get to the lineup, it’s all rock and roll and I’m catching Eddie waves. That’s the truth.


Q: Do you wear the safety vest?

Clyde: I do wear a vest now. Everybody does. I think it’s a good idea.

Q: How has long range surf forecasting changed the sport of big wave riding? Back when Eddie had that famous ride - November 19, 1967 - there was no forecasting.

Clyde: Knowing that the swells are coming is more scary! (laughs) Not knowing, and it’s popping and you get a call: 'Waimea’s 20-25 feet'.. Shoots brah! Coming! But now with Instagram, social media, the forecasts, Guy Hagi on the news and the whole freakin' ocean is red! I’m thinking, “sheesh brah, I should have run six miles, not three!” (laughs) That’s the words of the last old dog: Uncle Clyde, psyching up to ride Waimea in a couple days!


Q: We talk about the Eddie being different to other big wave events because it’s not so much about the win as it is about the celebration, the heritage and the lineage of the brotherhood of big wave riding. How would you describe it?

Clyde: I woke up at 3am this morning, jacked from my surfing yesterday. In my garage I have every (Quiksilver Eddie Aikau) poster from over the years. I started going through each poster. Just 20, 30 minutes by yourself going through those posters... it’s chicken skin man, I tell you. You realize why this event is so special. When you see (Eddie) surfing on a wave, as a big wave rider you’re so proud to be invited. You’re so proud man. But you need to really look at him, how he rides this wave. He’s so committed. He’s not looking for a camera. It gets back to the passion. As an invitee, me, uncle Clyde, looking at each of those photos of Eddie totally committed from his toes to his head to his inner soul - totally committed to each wave. That’s what it’s about. Not a XXL list, or a sponsorship, or a photo. Just pure passion. That’s what it’s about.

Q: What does a day at the Bay, when it goes, mean to the Aikau family?

Clyde: It’s very humbling, but more exciting. The shore break is gigantic, guys are taking off, getting pitted, making rides. For the family, they’re focused on me. Hoping and praying. Before I go out I give a little aloha to the family. Real simple.


Wed, 10 Feb 2016 00:41:43 +0000
<![CDATA[The Eddie: A Lot Can Change in 7 Years]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/the-eddie-a-lot-can-change-in-7-years https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/the-eddie-a-lot-can-change-in-7-years width="789"

The human body is capable of undergoing massive transformations in that span of time. Revolutions can arise. Empires can fall. Trends can come, and trends can most certainly go. But one thing that cannot change in seven years — or any amount of time, for that matter — is the spirit of The Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau surf contest.

The event is an invite-only gathering at Waimea Bay on the North Shore of Oahu, and it has not run in 7 years. Every other surf contest in the world is centered around the ocean and leaves the decision-making up to the people, but The Eddie changes that. It allows the ocean call the shots. It provides an empty sheet and a ballpoint pen, but the script is only to be written by the forces of the wild. The event won’t run unless the waves are big enough to shake the earth and conditions like that are a bona fide rarity. In its 31-year history, The Eddie has only been held 8 times.

“That’s one of the things that makes it so special,” says invitee Jamie O’Brien. “They don’t call it three or four days in advance. We see a swell coming and everybody comes over to Hawaii if they’re not already here. Then we wake up that day and if it’s on, it’s on.“

As fate has it, we’re currently seeing a swell coming and for the first time in 6 years the event has been green-lit.

2009 was the last time The Eddie ran. Andy Irons surfed in it that year. Instagram didn’t even exist back then. John John Florence was only 16 and Boom Boom Pow by The Black Eyed Peas was officially the hottest song of the year. Thankfully, some things have changed.

Some things will be different this year. The roster is ever-evolving, and each ceremony features a different list of surfers. Big wave surfing itself has changed a lot in those years. But something that hasn’t changed is the spontaneity of it all. The realness, the rawness. The spirit of The Eddie.

February 10th 2016, the Bay will call the day.

Words: Brendan Buckley


Albee Layer - “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.”

J.O.B - ”People always talk about dreams coming true. But for me, winning The Eddie would be an actual dream that I had as a child coming true. It’d be out of this world.”

Aaron Gold - “It’s a huge honor just to be invited to this event, but to have a chance to actually surf in it is a whole different thing. It’d be amazing to compete in such a prestigious event with the best big wave surfers in the world.” …

“The special thing about The Eddie is that in only runs when the conditions are truly worthy, in conditions that Eddie Aikau himself would have approved of.”

“The actual contest part of it doesn’t mean that much to me. I think it’s all about everybody coming together. Big wave surfing is a brotherhood, and this event brings us all to a very special place and allows us to experience it together for a day. We all have each others back and it really feels like a family out there.”

img src="https://media.quiksilver.com.au/media/qs/blog/Greg_Long_quote.jpg" alt= width="789" class="img-responsive" />

Makua Rothman - “To be a part of this event is mind-blowing. It’s everything everybody’s ever shot for. It’s probably the most significant contest in the big wave community.”

Greg Long - “The Eddie is the most prestigious big wave event in the world but to me, it is far more than a competition...it's a celebration of the sport of big wave surfing, Eddie Aikau’s life, and the respect we share for the ocean and one another. Winning it in 2009 was a dream come true and undoubtedly the greatest surfing accomplishment of my life.”

Tue, 09 Feb 2016 02:55:17 +0000
<![CDATA[The Eddie is GO]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/eddie-is-go https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/eddie-is-go

The Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau will GO this Wednesday, February 10, at Waimea Bay. Organizers gave the event the green light early this-morning after consulting the latest round of forecasting models. This will be the 9th "Eddie" in 31 years. The event was last held in December of 2009, and was won by California's Greg Long.

Organizers anticipate a solid day of surf that will meet the event's strict wave face height requirement of 40 feet, with favorable light winds in the morning, turning light trades by afternoon.

"It has taken us six years to pull the trigger, but this is the first swell we have seen that is truly lining up as an Eddie swell," said Event Director Glen Moncata.

Moncata and the organizing team continue to confer with event patriarch George Downing, who has made the call on every event since its inception.

"As George has famously said, 'The Bay Calls the Day' and that will be Wednesday," added Moncata.

There will be various platforms on which to view the Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau:

Watch on www.quiksilver.com/eddie and www.worldsurfleague.com

Via App: WSL App



Heat 1:

Shane Dorian (HAW)

Kohl Christensen (HAW)

Greg Long (CA)

Ramon Navarro (CHI)

Sunny Garcia (HAW)

Ross Clarke-Jones (AUS)

Jamie Mitchell (AUS)

Heat 2:

Kelly Slater (FL)

David Wassell (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 (CA)

Noah Johnson (HAW)

Peter Mel (CA)

Takayuki Wakita (JPN)

Heat 4:

Bruce Irons (HAW)

Makuakai Rothman (HAW)

Ian Walsh (HAW)

Albee Layer (HAW)

Kala Alexander (HAW)

Garrett McNamara (HAW)

Jeremy Flores (FRA)


Mason Ho (HAW)

Danilo Couto (BRA)

Mark Mathews (AUS)

Koa Rothman (HAW)

Ben Wilkinson (AUS)

The Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau is a World Surf League sanctioned Specialty Event.

News by Jodi Wilmott

]]> Tue, 09 Feb 2016 02:31:28 +0000 <![CDATA[The Waida Brothers]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/the-waida-brothers https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/the-waida-brothers Quiksilver welcoming The Waida brothers. Rio dan Ryuki saat ini adalah peselancar Indonesia yang sedang naik daun, dan baru saja menandatangani kontrak baru dengan Quiksilver. Rio, yang baru saga berumur 16 di bulan ini, kembali dari Carve QS1000 di Maroubra – Sydney, dan Jr Runner Up untuk Asian Surfing Championship 2015 mengatakan "I'm super happy to have Quiksilver backing me up, I've been with the Mountain and the waves since I was just a toddler and the support they provide is unbelievable".

Sementara adiknya; Ryuki mengatakan hal yang sama menanggapi kontrak pertamanya dengan Quiksilver "I witnessed how Quiksilver mentored and taking care of my older brother, so now having them supporting me as well, it will be an interesting ride for sure". Sementara Sammy Gosling, Marketing Executive Quiksilver untuk Asia Tenggara menambahkan "Good attitude on land, ferocious on water, These boys are killing it! It's great to have them in team roster".





Wed, 03 Feb 2016 05:10:53 +0000
<![CDATA[Mont Blanc 360]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/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 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 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[Aritz Aranburu: Mundaka and Mot?rhead]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/artiz-aranburu-mundaka-motorhead 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 Mot?rhead.

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 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.

king of the groms
king of the groms

Check out Kian Martin's full profile here

king of the groms
king of the groms

Check out Sandon Whittaker's full profile here

king of the groms
king of the groms

Check out Vitor Mendes' full profile here

king of the groms
king of the groms

Check out Samuel Pupo's full profile here

king of the groms
king of the groms

Check out Kael Walsh's full profile here

king of the groms
king of the groms

Check out Malakai Martinez's full profile here

king of the groms
king of the groms

Check out Tane Bowden's full profile here

king of the groms
king of the groms

Check out Jordy Collins' full profile here

king of the groms
king of the groms

Check out Kyuss King's full profile here

king of the groms
king of the groms

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 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 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 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[The ODISEA expedition - 5 weeks in Alaska with Mathieu Crepel]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/odisea-expedition-alaska-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 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 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 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 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.

Travis Rice

"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.

Travis Rice

“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 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.

Eddie Aikau

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 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 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 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 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 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 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[REV HED]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/mikey-wright-rev-head 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 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 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 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 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[Here’s Your Chance to WIN a trip to the Maldives! ]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/here-s-your-chance-to-win-a-trip-to-the-maldives https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/here-s-your-chance-to-win-a-trip-to-the-maldives If the Maldives sits at the top of your dream holiday destinations, we could be helping you tick this one off you list. We are giving you and a friend the chance to climb aboard the Ocean Divine and surf, snorkel, SUP your days away in paradise!

Get set for white sand beaches, crystal clear turquoise water and an expert crew ready to show you the trip of a lifetime. Plus our beautiful (part mermaid) team rider Rosy Hodge or legendary Quiksilver Waterman Tom Carroll could be joining you on board!

All you have to do is sign up here and stay tuned for when and how you can take part to WIN! Don’t worry if you’re already signed up to our database, you are already in with a chance.

Until then, here’s a little holiday inspiration from the Ocean Divine insta feed -

Sultan is on today between two storms. Photo by our friend @rickylesser #Maldives #surf#boardridersquiksilverericeira

A photo posted by Ocean Divine Maldives (@ocean_divine) on

Enjoy your world. Happiness beneath the surface. Photo by geoff spiby #happy-place#snorkeling#maldives

A photo posted by Ocean Divine Maldives (@ocean_divine) on

Ocean divine Maldives

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Epic day at jails break today. Surfing the wave of life...with is up and down. Give a wave a day... #surf#paddleboarding#waves

A photo posted by Ocean Divine Maldives (@ocean_divine) on

Proudly... Surf the Maldives. @quiksilver@boardriders#surf#maldives

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Sun rise by Geoff Spiby. The good weather returns in maldives...? #paddleboarding #quiksilver #maldives

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Fri, 09 Oct 2015 08:59:57 +0000
<![CDATA[And your 10 King of the Groms finalists are...]]> https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/king-of-the-groms-finalists 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

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]]> 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 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.

Present on the night paying their respects to the deep Hawaiian heritage and their shared passion for riding gigantic waves were the likes of 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 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 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 https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/allochthonous

al·loch·tho·nous (?-l?k′th?-n?s) 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 https://www.quiksilver.com.au/blog/freddy-p-thanks-legend