Dave Prodan ASP.
Today, in a move tantamount to Michael Jordan splitting with Nike or David Beckham with Adidas, Kelly Slater has announced his parting ways from 23-year sponsor Quiksilver.
Slater signed with Quiksilver in 1990 at the age of 18 just before winning the US$100,000 Body Glove Surfbout at Lower Trestles and announcing himself as a contender on the international stage. Slater secured his first of 11 ASP World Titles in 1992 at the age of 20.
Here is Slater's open letter on the move....
Whats underneath our waves we ride? Another world...deeply connected and dependent on us.
This month makes 110 years! The Waikiki Aquarium has a long and venerable history. Open on March 19, 1904, it is the second-oldest public aquarium in the United States. Then known as the Honolulu Aquarium, it was established as a commercial venture by the Honolulu Rapid Transit and Land Company, who wished to “show the world the riches of Hawaii’s reefs.”
Kekoa "BAM" Bacalso bursted onto the competitive scene winning everything. Beginning with an NSSA National Title, an ASP World Junior Title, and a WCT Rookie of the Year award, Kekoa was no stranger to hoisting trophies over his head. After falling off tour a few years back, Kekoa has re-emerged as a stand out in the Hawaiian surf scene. From his contagious smile and aloha vibes, to his stand-up pits at Off-The-Wall and power gaffs displacing water all across the 7-Mile Miracle, Surfing Is Everything to Kekoa.
It was another waiting game for the Surf n Sea Pipeline Womens Pro. As time wound down only one day remained in the waiting period and a nice spring swell was the call of the day for the ASP one star event. Surf was 3-5 foot with rights and lefts coming into the break, not a typical Pipeline situation but great waves none the less. The ladies pulled off some hard snaps and a few cover ups in the disorganized surf and were impressive. The first heat was the indicator, Bethany Hamilton was on fire pulling some giant snaps in both directions and snagging a cover up. She was after the Banzai Sushi award for the best tube ride right off the bat. Moana Jones was kicking her tail right behind the Kauai native. Jones pulled off some great turns to advance!
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