ERICEIRA, Portugal (Tuesday, January 18, 2011) – Tiago Pires (PRT), 30, entering his fourth season as an ASP World Tour campaigner has just signed a 10-year contract with international powerhouse Quiksilver. The “Portuguese Tiger” had this to say: “It’s official. I’m part of the Quiksilver family from today and on for the next ten years.
New WCT qualifier Julian Wilson signed a stand-out agreement with Nike 6.0 that should catapult him on to the world stage. The five-year agreement, which is reportedly worth a staggering $1 million a year, is believed to be among the largest individual sponsorship deals in the sport’s history and will provide the Coolum Beach competitor with a tidal wave of support for his assault on the 2011 Association of Surfing Professionals World Tour.
Pro Surfing News indicated in a previous article that Julian was “a budding surf star who had the potential to be World Champion one day.”Bart Wilson, Julian’s brother and manager said “The timing of the move couldn’t have been any better.” Wilson continued, “This is the next step in his career. “I’m not going to talk about how much the deal is worth, but it’s a 5-year deal with Nike 6.0, which is an action sport off-shoot of Nike. “It means Nike will support him on the world tour and in anything else he wants to do. He joins a Nike sporting stable which includes the likes of sporting superstars Tiger Woods, Serena Williams, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lance Armstrong. With his iconic surfer looks and exciting surfing style, Julian is seen by many pundits as one of the rising stars in the sport.
In a statement, the 22-year-old said he was “really excited about the move”. “With where I’m at in my career right now, it seemed like the right time to make a transition and an excellent opportunity,” he said. “Nike has been pushing the direction of the sport of late and I’m really eager to be part of that movement.”
According to Sunshine Coast surfing identity and former professional Robbie Sherwell, Julian is one of the most marketable characters in the sport. “Just look at him. He’s a good-looking young guy, he’s well grounded and has a good family background,” Mr Sherwell said. “As far as surfing goes he’s got everything going for him and as far as Nike 6.0 is concerned he could be the next world champion.” “Quiksilver have marketed him as the next Kelly Slater over the last couple of years – and he’s beaten Kelly Slater two or three times.” Bart said Julian, who is away from the Coast on a photo shoot, had enjoyed a strong relationship with former sponsor Quiksilver, but was eager to forge his career with Nike, a relative newcomer to the sport. “Julian has stepped down from using the traditional surf brands that 90% of professional surfers still use but Nike is moving in an exciting direction,” Bart said. See the original article.
Lost Surfboard shaper, Matt Biolos bested five other shapers to win the Tribute to the Masters Shape-off honoring Simon Anderson presented by US Blanks during the Sacred Craft Consumer Surfboard Expo a few weeks ago.
Matt Biolos is the founder and head shaper behind …LOST Surfboards. Biolos competed against a field of stellar craftsman which included Pat Rawson, Brian Bulkley, Larry Mabile, Jason Bennett and Michael Barron. Biolos’ name will be etched onto the Mike Marshall perpetual trophy and Biolos also received $1000, which he quickly offered to a local charity.
According to Biolos, “This was a bit of redemption for me, as I am sometimes pegged as a guy who is only known for his marketing expertise, and maybe I don’t get credit for my shaping ability,” said Biolos in front of a large crowd on Sunday at Sacred Craft. “It is real honor to win this event, as Simon Anderson is a true legend.” “Matt’s board was the clear winner and an easy choice, as the deck and nose rocker were spot on, and the bottom curve exact as well,” said judge and tribute honoree Simon Anderson. “Of course all the boards were exceptionally shaped, and I am very honored to have these six great craftsman turn out for this event, it means a lot to me.”
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Is Matt Biolos the Best Shaper in the World Today? The question should be asked as Biolos won the prestigious, Shaper of the Year Award just nine months ago from Surfing Magazine. Like Al Merrick and Rusty, Biolos has developed a stellar reputation with the elite surfers on the ASP world tour. The bottom line, is that ” They wouldn’t ride his boards if they didn’t make a difference.” Biolos is well liked partly because he is known for not taking himself too seriously. The bottom line is that Biolos has become a truly innovative shaper and that’s why …Lost Surfboards is the most querried surf board manufacturer on the internet.
Shaper Q & A with Surfing Magazine’s 2009 Shaper of the Year Matt Biolos
What makes your label different from the other surfboards in the market? “Innovation, creativity, and a sense of humor.”
Tell us about the changes you’ve seen in recent years in the shaping realm, and how it has affected your craft. “CAD design and pre-shape machines have gotten more dialed. We’ve been able to fine-tune the designs and make minute changes to boards at levels never before achievable.”
How do you think surfboards and shaping/glassing boards will change in the next decade? “I have believed for years that if you can snowboard Alaska on a 5′ snowboard, and ride Jaws on a 5′ tow board, then conventional surfboards should, and will, be shorter.”
What is the one key component of your company or your surfboards that you’d like us to emphasize in your brand’s profile? “We put the fun in ‘surfun.’”
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