Aggressive and Talented Rider Clinches 2005 World Surfing Crown with First Place Finish at Billabong Pro Maui; First Female Surfer Ever to Win World Title, Final Event and Vans Triple Crown of Surfing All In One
(Huntington Beach, CA) December 16, 2005 — Roxy, a division of Quiksilver, Inc. (NYSE: ZQK), the world’s leading outdoor lifestyle company, congratulates Team Rider Chelsea Georgeson for clinching her first-ever world surfing championship title today at the Billabong Pro Maui. As defending event champion, Georgeson entered the competition as the world’s number one ranked surfer and finished with a first place win overall. Georgeson also defended her title as the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing champion and is now the first female surfer in history to win all three titles. Georgeson just edged out best friend, Roxy teammate and 2004 world champion Sofia Mulanovich, who finishes the year as runner-up.
“Chelsea is a special athlete, and we are thrilled that her hard work has paid off in a world championship title, said Randy Hild, Senior Vice President of Global Marketing, Roxy. “It has been an incredible season and a very exciting race for the crown. Chelsea not only shined today by winning the world title, but also made history by winning the overall event and Vans Triple Crown. We’re extremely proud of both Chelsea and Sofia, and look forward to another awesome race next season!
I’ve worked so hard for this, and it feels great to win a world title, said Chelsea Georgeson. “It has been a challenging season and I’m so happy to finish it with a day like today. Winning this event again this year and also the Vans Triple Crown is an added bonus. I want to congratulate my teammate Sofia on a great season as well–she won the world title last year, so it was special competing against her all season. I think we really made each other better surfers.
Georgeson, a 22-year old goofy-footed Australian originally discovered by legendary 4-time world champion Lisa Andersen, began surfing at the age of 13, and qualified for the WCT on her first attempt in 2002. She has continued to improve on her eighth-place year-end ranking that season with a fourth place finish in 2003, third in 2004 and now first place in 2005. Georgeson, known for her smooth style and progressive maneuvers, as well as a particularly strong backhand attack, is now regarded on the elite world stage as one of the most gifted and aggressive female riders in the world.