Ocean Pacific Apparel Corp. (Op) today announced the return of Taylor Knox to its professional surfing team.
“Op sponsored Taylor when he started up the ranks and we’re glad to have him back with us during his prime, where we can afford him the resources he needs to advance to even further heights like so many other Op-sponsored world champions-in-the-making have before him, says Op Vice President of Marketing and Advertising Michael Marckx. “Our common heritage in So Cal, Taylor’s depth of abilities and his dedication to the sport and spirit of surfing make this a really natural fit for both Taylor and Op.
Knox, a 13-year standout on the Association of Surfing Professional’s (ASP) World Championship Tour (WCT) and No. 7 in the world in 2003, inaugurated his five-year agreement with Op on Oahu’s North Shore during last month’s climactic Rip Curl Cup and X-Box Pipeline Masters championships.
A resident of Carlsbad, Calif., Knox has eight professional career victories to his name, including the ’98 K2 Big Wave Challenge, won on the face a 52-foot wall of water at Todos Santos. A perennial suitor to the World Championship throne, he was rated as high as No. 4 in the world in 2001, boasts career earnings approaching a half-million dollars and is looking to eclipse all his previous marks in 2004 en-route to the top spot in professional surfing.