“Letting Go” Premiers in Seven Locations along the East Coast
(Huntington Beach, CA) June 22, 2006 — Seven-time world surfingchampion and Quiksilver team rider, Kelly Slater just wrapped up hiswhirlwind tour of the East Coast celebrating and sharing his recenttriumph while promoting his highly acclaimed new DVD, “Letting Go.” Itwas his first homecoming tour in 10 years and a victory lap forthousands of Slater fans from NYC to Puerto Rico to share in.
The Letting Go East Coast Tour kicked off with a classy gathering atChelsea Piers in NYC on June 12. Along with the good people atSurfrider Foundation New York, Quiksilver welcomed nearly 450 fans andmembers of the media to the screening, Q&A and a very special rafflethat sent a few lucky fans home with Kelly Slater’s boards and prizepacks from Quiksilver and Roxy. At 11:00 p.m. the after-party kickedinto gear at nearby Stereo and went until…who knows it might still begoing.
The next day, Kelly and the Quiksilver crew headed down to Jersey on theQuiksilver Bus. Despite being pulled over by a state trooper houndingfor an autograph, Kelly made it to The Surf Club at Ortley Beach just intime to watch the movie with the 1500 raging groms, Jersey girls andsalty surf dogs.
“I have to say thank you to Quiksilver for putting together a greatevent tonight.” said Ryan Conboy, one of the many Slater fans fromJersey. “I appreciate the generosity with my VIP tickets. I got tohang out with Kelly tonight and it was simply excellent.”
Despite a downpour from Tropical Storm Alberto, the next stop inVirginia Beach went off without a hitch as hundreds of Kelly’s fanspacked the Peabody’s venue. Wrightsville Beach premiere, the next day,was utterly spectacular – band, barbeque stand, homemade movie screen,live news report and over 2000 people in the Wrightsville Beach Park -pure American Pie. The question on everyone’s lips was, “Where’sKelly?” When an SUV pulled up a few minutes after dark, the groms wereon it. “There he is!” The crowds were so heavy that a local policeofficer had to escort him from the car to the grassy stage area by thescreen as the amping groms tried to get to him. But the really coolthing was, once it was all under control, it became the best premiere in
Wrightsville anyone could remember. Kelly sat down right in front withall the kids and watched the movie along with them. Everyone paidreverent attention – eyes fixed to the screen, cheering the best wavesand giving the film a standing ovation as the credits rolled.
Tony Butler from Sweet Water in Wrightsville Beach said, “I was sostoked to see the amount of people that came out to the park and I wasbuzzing so hard from it all night that I couldn’t sleep afterwards.”
After Wrightsville, the tour made its way down to Florida forback-to-back insane events in Jacksonville and Fort Lauderdale. Thehealthy doses of hot girls, live music, all night parties, news crews,and, of course, mobs of Slater fans reminded everyone why Kelly stillkeeps a home in Florida.
After a short jet trip, the crew arrived in Old San Juan Puerto Rico forthe final event and a fitting close-out to a bang-up tour. The champwent out for a quick surf, his first since sustaining a rib injury inTahiti, and then headed over to the Hard Rock for a two-hour autographsigning, a pre-film appearance and an introduction that he did inSpanish, and then a dinner with the mayor of San Juan. To add to theoverall stoke for the locals, half of the night’s proceeds were donatedto the local Children’s hospital.
Puerto Rican surfer, Carlos Cabrero, when asked about the premiere,said, “this is the biggest thing that has ever happened to the surfcommunity in the island. I have never seen so many people impacted, fromgroms to all ages of surfers. This will be stamped forever on everybodylives.”
After the tour, Kelly headed straight for the Rip Curl WCT in Mexico,where despite a lack of exercise, a plethora of rich food,, a borrowedboard and not nearly enough sleep, he somehow posted a perfect ten inhis first heat on his way to victory in the first round .
The charmed life of the greatest surfer of all time continues…
Quiksilver would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Kelly Slaterfor his continued dedication to the sport, the fans and the brand.
About Quiksilver, Inc.
Quiksilver, Inc. (NYSE:ZQK) is the world’s leading outdoor sportslifestyle company, which designs, produces and distributes a diversifiedmix of branded apparel, wintersports and golf equipment, footwear,accessories and related products. The Company’s apparel and footwearbrands represent a casual lifestyle for young-minded people that connectwith its boardriding culture and heritage, while its wintersports andgolf brands symbolize a long standing commitment to technical expertiseand competitive success on the mountains and on the links. The reputation of Quiksilver’s brands is based on different outdoorsports. The Company’s Quiksilver, Roxy, DC Shoes and Hawk brands aresynonymous with the heritage and culture of surfing, skateboarding andsnowboarding, and its beach and water oriented swimwear brands includeRaisins, Radio Fiji and Leilani. The Rossignol, Dynastar, Lange, Lookand Kerma brands are leaders in the alpine ski market, and the Companymakes snowboarding equipment under its Rossignol, Dynastar, DC Shoes,Roxy, Lib Technologies, Gnu and Bent Metal labels. The Company’s golfbusiness includes Cleveland Golf, as well as Never Compromise puttersand Fidra apparel. Gotcha is the Company’s surf-based European brandaddressing street fashion. The Company’s products are sold in over 90 countries in a wide range ofdistribution, including surf shops, ski shops, skateboard shops,snowboard shops, proprietary Boardriders Club shops, other specialtystores and select department stores. The European headquarters are inSt. Jean de Luz and Voiron, France; and the Asia/Pacific headquartersare in Torquay, Australia. Quiksilver’s corporate and Americas’headquarters are in Huntington Beach, California, while its Europeanheadquarters are in St. Jean de Luz and Voiron, France, and itsAsia/Pacific headquarters are in Torquay, Australia.