Industry News 2/28/2007

Quiksilver Big Wave Invitational, in Memory of Eddie Aikau Closes its Holding Period

Quiksilver Big Wave Invitational, in Memory of Eddie Aikau Closes its Holding Period

Event Returns December 2007

(Huntington Beach, CA) February 28, 2007 --- Quiksilver (, a division of Quiksilver Inc. (NYSE: ZQK) and the world’s boardriding industry leader, today announced the official closing of the 2006-2007 “Quiksilver Big Wave Invitational In Memory of Eddie Aikau” ( In the 22-year history of the event, it has only been held a total of seven times, due to stringent wave height requirements that keep the emphasis of the event true to the spirit of big-wave rider Aikau.

The holding period for the 22nd Anniversary event on Oahu’s famous North Shore began December 1, 2006 and ends today, the final possible day for competition. The last time it was held was in December of 2004, when Hawaii's Bruce Irons was the victor. The event will return in December of 2007.

Honoring revered big wave surfer and lifeguard Eddie Aikau, the Quiksilver Big Wave In Memory of Eddie Aikau Big Wave Invitational can only be held when the surf measures at least 20 feet (Hawaiian scale) for a full day of competition. The event came close to meeting the height requirements on several occasions this winter, however adverse wind and storm conditions ruled each opportunity out.

The unpredictable nature of the Quiksilver Big Wave Invitational In Memory of Eddie Aikau, as well as the respect paid to Aikau’s memory, makes it one of the most exciting and anticipated events in professional surfing. With a highly celebrated and hugely attended opening ceremony each year, Aikau is honored and the event is recognized globally, regardless of whether the ocean delivers huge waves. Over the years, the elusive nature of giant swells has only added to the anticipation of this event.

Surfing legend Eddie Aikau was the North Shore’s first full-time lifeguard, and earned the permanent guard chair at Waimea with a sterling reputation for his life-saving work. He was also a dedicated soul for Hawaii's indigenous people and the perpetuation of their culture. In 1978, during an historic voyage from Hawaii to Tahiti, the voyaging canoe he was on capsized, leaving him and nine other crew members stranded 12 miles east of Lanai. Aikau swam off in a heroic attempt to find assistance but, tragically, was never heard from again, despite the most intensive air-sea search in Hawaiian maritime history.

Quiksilver's corporate and Americas' headquarters are in Huntington Beach, California. 


About Quiksilver:

Quiksilver, Inc. (NYSE:ZQK) is the world's leading outdoor sports lifestyle company, which designs, produces and distributes a diversified mix of branded apparel, wintersports and golf equipment, footwear, accessories and related products. The Company's apparel and footwear brands represent a casual lifestyle for young-minded people that connect with its boardriding culture and heritage, while its wintersports and golf brands symbolize a long standing commitment to technical expertise and competitive success on the mountains and on the links.
The reputation of Quiksilver's brands is based on different outdoor sports. The Company's Quiksilver, Roxy, DC Shoes and Hawk brands are synonymous with the heritage and culture of surfing, skateboarding and snowboarding, and its beach and water oriented swimwear brands include Raisins, Radio Fiji and Leilani. The Rossignol, Dynastar, Lange, Look and Kerma brands are leaders in the alpine ski market, and the Company makes snowboarding equipment under its Rossignol, Dynastar, DC Shoes, Roxy, Lib Technologies, Gnu and Bent Metal labels. The Company's golf business includes Cleveland Golf, as well as Never Compromise putters and Fidra apparel. Gotcha is the Company's surf-based European brand addressing street fashion.
The Company's products are sold in over 90 countries in a wide range of distribution, including surf shops, ski shops, skateboard shops, snowboard shops, proprietary Boardriders Club shops, other specialty stores and select department stores.  Quiksilver's corporate and Americas' headquarters are in Huntington Beach, California, while its European headquarters are in St. Jean de Luz and St. Jean de Moirans, France, and its Asia/Pacific headquarters are in Torquay, Australia.