Hawai’i Wins Gold At The 2005 Quiksilver ISA World JuniorSurfing Championships Hosted By Surfing America

Individual Golds Go to Stephanie Gilmore of Australia, Tonino Benson ofHawaii and Jeferson Silva of Brazil

Huntington Beach, Calif., October 16, 2005 — The Quiksilver ISA World JuniorSurfing Championships concluded Sunday awarding Hawaii the 2005 World JuniorSurfing Champions with 5,904 total points. Brazil earned silver with 5,321points, USA bronze with 5,173 points and Australia copper with 4,966 points.Individual gold medals and world titles went to Jéferson Silva of Brazil inBoys Under 18, the defending junior world title holder Stephanie Gilmore ofAustralia in Girls Under 18 and Tonino Benson of Hawaii in Boys Under 16.

The nine day event began last Saturday, October 8, gathering 28 teams fromaround the world representing the global surfing community and marking thelargest junior event to date. Some teams arrived with full squads of 12surfers plus coaches, managers, translators and alternates, while otherslike the Dominican Republic, Germany, Guatemala and Ireland came with onlyone or two surfers to represent their country. The International SurfingAssociation (ISA), the world governing authority for wave-riding asrecognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), organized theannual event.

“The 2005 Quiksilver ISA World Junior Surfing Championships has been atriumph of love for surfing, said ISA President Fernando Aguerre. “We’vejust seen nearly 300 junior surfers from 28 countries surf almost 5,000waves in 270 heats over eight days with the conditions in Huntingtonremaining good throughout. Some athletes came from nations where the costof a plane ticket is one year’s salary and they’ve gone home knowing they’verepresented their countries well, worn their colors, waved their flags anddone it all while doing what they love most, surfing. We’ve shown the worldwhat the ISA and our surfing tribe know: There is more that unites us assurfers and human beings than separates us. With this amazing network offamily, friends and supporters from around the globe this has been possible.Muchas gracias to Quiksilver and to all the teams.

Today saw some of the best surfing action in the world as the last sixremaining countries, Australia, Brazil, Hawaii, New Zealand, South Africaand the USA competed in nine heats of semi-finals, finals and grand finals.Wrapping up the week-long contest and with the competition very close, theinconsistent and windy conditions added to the challenge for the surfers inthe water. Yet the talent of the surfers prevailed.

It was a case of déjà  vu in the Girls Under 18 final where Stephanie Gilmoreof Australia secured her second consecutive World Title and the gold medalwith a solid two-wave combined score of 17.70 followed by USA’s KarinaPetroni earning silver for the second year in a row with a 12.20. “Therehas been a lot of learning, said Stephanie Gilmore. “I am preparing forthe ‘CT, and am feeling more confident for the ‘QS. I have had a little bitmore experience than the other girls, but I still see myself on the samelevel as them. I can’t get too cocky because you never know what’s aroundthe corner.

Hawaii’s Carissa Moore and Lani Hunter secured the bronze and copper medalsrespectively. Petroni and Moore, examples of how surfers can lose in aqualifier and work back up into the finals through the repercharge rounds,both had lost heats earlier in the contest.

The climactic Boys Under 16 division ended with Tonino Benson taking thewin, title and medal. Taking some big risks paid off for the Hawaiian teamwith both Benson and teammate/Quiksilver team rider Clay Marzo successfullylanding some huge maneuvers and taking the gold and silver respectively. “Iam stoked I got the win, said 15-year-old Tonino Benson from Kona, Hawaii.”It’s the biggest win of my career. Hawaii has very different waves fromhere. It’s pretty challenging, but I just got off the East Coast and thathelped me prepare for the waves here. Finally all my work is paying off.

Australian David Delr-Carr came in third for the bronze and BrazilianWiggolly Dantas took copper, dropping from first to fourth in the last fewminutes of the heat for an interference call against him.

Boys Under 18, the only final not to have a Hawaiian representative, was ashowdown between two of Brazil’s best Jéferson Silva and Thomas Hermes, USASurf Team member Tanner Gudauskas and South Africa’s Jordy Smith. Theheated contest was anyone’s game all the way until the closing minutes.Brazil was in the lead with Hermes in first and Silva in second, Gudauskasmade a breakaway for the gold on a wave that opened up out the back.Waiting for the scores to still come in, Silva returned the move with a lefttowards the pier connecting all the way to the sand with powerful smoothturns. The scores dropped, Gudauskas, a 7.37 and then Silva, an 8.37.Knowing he could do no more before the heat ended, Silva exited the waterwhile the time counted down. The Brazilian team charged the sand, liftingSilva to their shoulders and adorning him in the green and yellow Brazilianflag. “He is 18 now so this was his last chance to ride for Brazil, saidBrazilian Coach Marcos Conde, speaking on behalf of Silva who doesn’t speakEnglish. “He is very happy for his win and for his country.

The day also included the final for the ISA Cup, a tag team event and uniqueISA tradition. Australia, France, South Africa and the USA competed withFrance taking gold, South Africa silver, USA bronze and Australia copper.Although the tag team has no bearing on the championship results, it’s a funaside to the contest that shows a different surfing format and gives teamsanother chance for medals.

In the awards ceremony, special medals were given to the head judges, GlenElliot and Midget Smith and the entire judging staff who assisted for theeight days of the contest. The panel of judges was made up of 16 countrieswith each of the major surfing countries represented. “I’d like tocongratulate all the teams that are here, said Elliot. “With the standardof surfing demonstrated here, we don’t have to worry about the future of oursport. I’d like to thank my panel of judges. All of you have done afantastic job.

Medals were also presented to the first through fourth place finishes forthe tag team ISA Cup event, followed by the crowning of the champions ineach division and singing the national anthem for each country who won goldmedals.

After the individual medals were given out, the team medals were awardedbeginning with fourth place. For the first time in ISA history, Hawaii wascrowned the World Champion. In addition to gold medals the team was awardedthe International Olympic Committee President’s Trophy. “There was a lot ofhard work and last minute scrambling, but the help, funding and support ofall the parents coming together got us here, said Rainos Hayes, Hawaii’scoach. “The event is incredible in itself because it’s the closest thingsurfing has to the Olympics. Surfing is such an international sport thesedays; you can’t deny that with the turnout here. There is so muchcamaraderie and bringing together the spirit of the whole thing. It reallyhelps for the recognition of the sport as a sport and not just a past time.

This year’s contest was hosted by Surfing America, the national governingbody (NGB) for the sport of surfing in the United States and a member of theISA. In addition to hosting the event, Surfing America, which is based inSurf City USA„¢ Huntington Beach, California, also selects the USA Surf Teamand organizes competitions within the United States. Surfing America andthe city of Huntington Beach will also host the 2006 World Surfing Gamesnext October. (Note: Hawaii and the USA are recognized as separate membersof the ISA, in part to honor the historical contribution Hawaii has made tothe sport of surfing.)

“Surfing America and the USA Surf Team is proud and honored to have sharedour hometown, Surf City USA, Huntington Beach, California with the world,said Surfing America Executive Director Mike Gerard. “What a tremendousevent to take place on U.S. shores, where we’ve seen the whole future ofsurfing converge. Surfing America strives to provide a venue to grow andfoster young surfing talent and we’ve certainly seen the best of the besthere this week. There’s no doubt that several of these juniors will go on tobe the leaders in professional surfing and our industry.

May 2006 will bring the Quiksilver ISA World Junior Surfing Championships toMaresias, Brazil hosted by the Brazilian Surfing Confederation.

Quiksilver, the title sponsor for this year’s contest has been involved withjunior surfing for more than 20 years. In the opening ceremonies,Quiksilver announced they will continue their sponsorship for the QuiksilverISA World Junior Surfing Championships for another three years. “This eventhas been a huge success and has exceeded our expectations, said Jeff Booth,Quiksilver Brand Manager. “It has been an honor to be involved with the ISAand this event and to see the stoke of all the countries coming toHuntington Beach to compete.

For complete competition results and complimentary photos go toquiksilver.com/isa. For more information on Surfing America and ISA,visit surfingamerica.org and isasurf.org. An internationaltelevision news feed will be available beginning Monday, October 17th and a30-minute highlight tape will also be available. Confirmed feed times,coordinates and details are attached.

About International Surfing Association (ISA)The International Surfing Association (ISA) is recognized by theInternational Olympic Committee (IOC) as the World Governing Authority forSurfing, Bodyboarding and Surfriding. It was originally founded as theInternational Surfing Federation in 1964 and has been running worldchampionships since 1964, and the Junior World Championships since 1980.

ISA membership includes the surfing National Governing Bodies (NGBs) of over50 countries on six continents. Its headquarters are located in San Diego,California. It is presided by Fernando Aguerre, first elected in 1994 inRio, and re-elected five times since. The ISA’s four Vice Presidents arefrom South Africa, Australia, Hawaii and the USA.

Inspired by the Olympic spirit, the Quiksilver ISA World Junior SurfingChampionships showcases athletes competing on behalf of their country. Thetop four finalists will be awarded gold, silver, bronze and copper medals.Like in the Olympics, cultural identity, team spirit and moments of greatpersonal triumph are hallmarks of the event. For more information, visit:www.isasurf.org.

About Surfing America

Surfing America is the ISA-recognized National Governing Body for Surfing inthe United States. The International Surfing Association (ISA) is recognizedby the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as the World GoverningAuthority for Surfing, Bodyboarding, and Surfriding. www.surfingamerica.org

Surfing America is also the North America Regional Office of the Associationof Surfing Professionals (ASP). aspworldtour.com

Surfing America is an IRS recognized 501(c) 3 charitable organization. Alldonations made to Surfing America are tax deductible to the fullest extentallowed by the law. Donation checks should be made payable to: SurfingAmerica, P.O. Box 309, Huntington Beach, CA 92648. End of year tax receiptsare sent to every individual donor of more than $250. For donations under$250, a cancelled check or credit card statement is sufficient evidence forIRS purposes. Surfing America will send a tax receipt to any donor whorequests one.

About Quiksilver, Inc.

Quiksilver, Inc. (NYSE:ZQK) is the world’s leading outdoor sports company,which designs, produces and distributes a diversified mix of brandedapparel, wintersports and golf equipment, footwear, accessories and relatedd,said Surfing America Executive Director Mike Gerard. “What a tremendousevent to take place on U.S. shores, where we’ve seen the whole future ofsurfing converge. Surfing America strives to provide a venue to grow andfoster young surfing talent and we’ve certainly seen the best of the besthere this week. There’s no doubt that several of these juniors will go on tobe the leaders in professional surfing and our industry.

May 2006 will bring the Quiksilver ISA World Junior Surfing Championships toMaresias, Brazil hosted by the Brazilian Surfing Confederation.

Quiksilver, the title sponsor for this year’s contest has been involved withjunior surfing for more than 20 years. In the opening ceremonies,Quiksilver announced they will continue their sponsorship for the QuiksilverISA World Junior Surfing Championships for another three years. “This eventhas been a huge success and has exceeded our expectations, said Jeff Booth,Quiksilver Brand Manager. “It has been an honor to be involved with the ISAand this event and to see the stoke of all the countries coming toHuntington Beach to compete.

For complete competition results and complimentary photos go toquiksilver.com/isa. For more information on Surfing America and ISA,visit surfingamerica.org and isasurf.org. An internationaltelevision news feed will be available beginning Monday, October 17th and a30-minute highlight tape will also be available. Confirmed feed times,coordinates and details are attached.

About International Surfing Association (ISA)The International Surfing Association (ISA) is recognized by theInternational Olympic Committee (IOC) as the World Governing Authority forSurfing, Bodyboarding and Surfriding. It was originally founded as theInternational Surfing Federation in 1964 and has been running worldchampionships since 1964, and the Junior World Championships since 1980.

ISA membership includes the surfing National Governing Bodies (NGBs) of over50 countries on six continents. Its headquarters are located in San Diego,California. It is presided by Fernando Aguerre, first elected in 1994 inRio, and re-elected five times since. The ISA’s four Vice Presidents arefrom South Africa, Australia, Hawaii and the USA.

Inspired by the Olympic spirit, the Quiksilver ISA World Junior SurfingChampionships showcases athletes competing on behalf of their country. Thetop four finalists will be awarded gold, silver, bronze and copper medals.Like in the Olympics, cultural identity, team spirit and moments of greatpersonal triumph are hallmarks of the event. For more information, visit:www.isasurf.org.

About Surfing America

Surfing America is the ISA-recognized National Governing Body for Surfing inthe United States. The International Surfing Association (ISA) is recognizedby the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as the World GoverningAuthority for Surfing, Bodyboarding, and Surfriding. www.surfingamerica.org

Surfing America is also the North America Regional Office of the Associationof Surfing Professionals (ASP). aspworldtour.com

Surfing America is an IRS recognized 501(c) 3 charitable organization. Alldonations made to Surfing America are tax deductible to the fullest extentallowed by the law. Donation checks should be made payable to: SurfingAmerica, P.O. Box 309, Huntington Beach, CA 92648. End of year tax receiptsare sent to every individual donor of more than $250. For donations under$250, a cancelled check or credit card statement is sufficient evidence forIRS purposes. Surfing America will send a tax receipt to any donor whorequests one.

About Quiksilver, Inc.

Quiksilver, Inc. (NYSE:ZQK) is the world’s leading outdoor sports company,which designs, produces and distributes a diversified mix of brandedapparel, wintersports and golf equipment, footwear, accessories and relatedproducts. The Company’s apparel and footwear brands represent a casuallifestyle for young-minded people that connect with its boardriding cultureand heritage, while its wintersports and golf brands symbolize a longstanding commitment to technical expertise and competitive success on themountains and on the links. atedproducts. The Company’s apparel and footwear brands represent a casuallifestyle for young-minded people that connect with its boardriding cultureand heritage, while its wintersports and golf brands symbolize a longstanding commitment to technical expertise and competitive success on themountains and on the links.