Globe set to host WCT event at Tavarua in 2005.

Matt Hill, CEO of leading board sports and streetwear company Globe, said today that the company was proud and excited about entering the World Championship Tour of Surfing (WCT) by becoming naming rights sponsor of the Globe WCT- Fiji, one of the world’s premium surf events. The inaugural Globe WCT — Fiji is set for late May/ early June 2005.

“Globe is super stoked to have reached agreement with the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) and with the former naming rights sponsor of the event, Quiksilver, for Globe to take over this event, and we thank them both for all their assistance, Matt Hill, said today.

“Globe has been involved with the surf community since its inception and now to be able to give something more back through our sponsorship of the Globe WCT — Fiji is something we are delighted to be able to do. The decision for Globe to become naming rights sponsor of this icon event is also consistent with our strategy of continuing to invest heavily in supporting our brands when the right opportunities arise.

The Globe WCT — Fiji event will be run in the prime surf season of late May and early June at one of the world’s truly classic surf locations off the island of Tavarua in Fiji. The Globe WCT – Fiji will continue to uphold the spirit of World Championship Surfing which is centered on the dream tour concept of idyllic locations and awesome waves.

The president of the ASP, Wayne “Rabbit Bartholomew said, “The ASP is pleased that agreement has been reached for Globe to take over the event and from everything I have seen about them, I know they will uphold the tradition of Tavarua being one of the great events on the WCT calendar.

The surf set up off Tavarua Island Fiji is basically two super long left-hand breaking reef waves. Cloudbreak offers ideal surf from 4 to 12 feet, that suits full powered and radical wave face surfing together with long tube sections .Closer to Tavarua Island sits the break of Restaurants, a super fast, perfect barreling long left over shallow reef that comes into play when the outer Cloudbreak reef is maxing out. Both breaks epitomize all the best elements of surfing and with the world’s best surfers, surfing for World Championship Tour points; it’s simply an ideal location. All this in a paradise setting of the impeccably maintained and managed Tavarua Island — it doesn’t get any better!

2001 world champion and Globe Team Rider C.J. Hobgood, who is currently rated number three in the world with three events to go, said that the scores that were achieved at Tavarua earlier this year, not only reflected the standard of the competition, but also the quality of the surf.

“Cloudbreak is just a killer of a break with huge barrels and clean, open wave faces — it’s all we can ask for, but on top of that, we get the best tropical location — all in all, perfect, C.J. said.

The winner at Tavarua earlier this year, Globe Team Rider, Damien Hobgood said “I’m really happy that Globe has picked up the license for Fiji. The whole event is more like a surf trip, than a contest and I’m looking forward to defending my title.

In commenting on the event, last year’s world number three, and Globe Team Rider, Taj Burrow said “This announcement is super exciting for Pro Surfing. Globe will bring their unique and exciting event feel to this level of the sport and to be running it at Cloudbreak is just amazing. It will be a huge few weeks on the tour next year and it’s something I’m sure looking forward to!