Symbolic And Colorful “Parade Of Nations” And “Sands Of The World”Ceremonies Will Kick Off The 2005 Quiksilver ISA World Junior SurfingChampionships On October 8, 2005
U.S.A to Host the International Event Convening 26 Nations in HuntingtonBeach, Calif.
Huntington Beach, Calif., September 22, 2005 – On October 8, 2005, at 2p.m., the world’s most prestigious junior surfing contest, theQuiksilver ISA World Junior Surfing Championships, will officially kickoff with the colorful “Parade of Nations” followed by the traditional”Sands of the World” ceremony. Teams from 26 countries including:Argentina, Australia, Barbados, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica,Ecuador, El Salvador, France, Hawaii, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan,Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Portugal, Puerto Rico, South Africa, Tahiti,Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom, United States and Venezuela willparticipate in the parade and sand ceremony. Both ceremonies will be avisual and emotional beginning to the week-long contest.
In the “Parade of Nations,” similar to an Olympic opening ceremony,teams will march in alphabetical order by country down the HuntingtonBeach pier and through the contest area proudly touting their nation’sflag and wearing their national colors. Once assembled, the “Sands ofthe World” ceremony will commence. In this ceremony, an InternationalSurfing Association (ISA) tradition created by ISA President FernandoAguerre for the World Surfing Games in 1996, each team will pour sandbrought from their respective country into a specially crafted box in adisplay of unity and fraternal spirit. The significance of the ceremonyis paramount to the ISA’s hopes for a peaceful world and is symbolic ofthe spirit of community throughout the sport of surfing worldwide. Theceremony will also feature welcoming speeches by a host of dignitaries.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC), the world’s most importantsport body, recognizes the ISA as the world governing authority forsurfing and waveriding sports. Inspired by the Olympic spirit, theQuiksilver ISA World Junior Surfing Championships showcases athletescompeting on behalf of their country. The top four finalists will beawarded gold, silver, bronze and copper medals. Like in the Olympics,cultural identity, team spirit and moments of great personal triumph arehallmarks of the event. For more information, visit:www.surfingamerica.org or www.isasurf.org
About Surfing America
Surfing America is the ISA-recognized National Governing Body forSurfing in the United States. The International Surfing Association(ISA) is recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as theWorld Governing Authority for Surfing, Bodyboarding, and Surfriding.www.surfingamerica.org
Surfing America is also the North America Regional Office of theAssociation of Surfing Professionals (ASP). http://www.aspworldtour.com
Surfing America is an IRS recognized 501(c) 3 charitable organization.All donations made to Surfing America are tax deductible to the fullestextent allowed by the law. Donation checks should be made payable to:Surfing America, P.O. Box 309, Huntington Beach, CA 92648. End of yeartax receipts are sent to every individual donor of more than $250. Fordonations under $250, a cancelled check or credit card statement issufficient evidence for IRS purposes. Surfing America will send a taxreceipt to any donor who requests one.
The International Surfing Association (ISA) is recognized by theInternational Olympic Committee (IOC) as the World Governing Authorityfor Surfing, Bodyboarding and Surfriding. www.isasurf.org
About Quiksilver, Inc.
Quiksilver, Inc. (NYSE:ZQK) is the world’s leading outdoor sportscompany, which designs, produces and distributes a diversified mix ofbranded apparel, wintersports and golf equipment, footwear, accessoriesand related products. The Company’s apparel and footwear brandsrepresent a casual lifestyle for young-minded people that connect withits bboardriding culture and heritage, while its wintersports and golfbrands symbolize a long standing commitment to technical expertise andcompetitive 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, Leilani and Island Soul. The Rossignol, Dynastar,Lange, Look and Kerma brands are leaders in the alpine ski market, andthe Company makes snowboarding equipment under its Rossignol, Dynastar,DC Shoes, Roxy, Lib Technologies, Gnu and Bent Metal labels. TheCompany’s golf business includes Cleveland Golf, as well as NeverCompromise putters and Fidra apparel by John Ashworth. Gotcha is theCompany’s surf-based European brand addressing 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.
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