(Huntington Beach, CA) May 18, 2006 — Quiksilver and the Aikau Familyare pleased to announce a 10-year joint commitment to continue TheQuiksilver Big Wave Invitational, in Memory of Eddie Aikau at WaimeaBay, Hawaii, through the winter season of 2015/2016.
The Quiksilver Big Wave Invitational is held each winter at Waimea Bay,on the famous North Shore of Oahu, when wave face heights measure40-feet or greater. It specifically honors the memory of Hawaiian EddieAikau – the first official lifeguard of Waimea Bay, and pioneer big-waverider.
Aikau was lost at sea in 1978, during an ill-fated voyage of theHokule’a sailing canoe. Just 31 years of age, Aikau left behind theindelible mark of a hero and a legend by way of the giant waves he rode,the countless lives he saved, the message of ‘aloha’ he extended tothose during his international travels, and the love he showed for hisfellow man that ultimately cost him his life.
The inaugural Quiksilver/Eddie Aikau big-wave event was held in 1985.This new agreement ensures that the life of the event will at leastmirror that of Aikau’s, with its 31st anniversary being the winter of2015/2016.
Calling it “the Wimbledon of Surfing”, Quiksilver CEO Bob McKnightannounced the new deal today while pointing out that the event itselfwill retain its present format of 24 invited big-wave riders,independently selected by a committee of their peers.
“We are very excited about this 10-year agreement,” said McKnight. “Itis our commitment to the Aikaus, and to the memory of Eddie, that wewill ensure this event stays true to its roots, continuing on as aliving tribute to Aikau and to the brotherhood of big-wave riding. Wewill continue to show our respect for Waimea Bay and for the specialplace that surfing holds within the Hawaiian culture.”
Speaking on behalf of the Aikau Family, Eddie’s sister Myra Aikauexpressed what an honor it is to see the event continue.
“For us, it has been such an honor. We have been with Quiksilver allthese years and Eddie would be so proud of this. His legacy has done somuch for so many people and we know that means a lot to Quiksilver too.”
# # #
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 headquartters are in Torquay, Australia.