Archive for the ‘Industry’ Category

December 12th, 2015

Slater and Machado No Longer Riding For Channel Islands Surfboards

We have received new information from the fine folks from Santa Barbara that Kelly Slater and Rob Machado are no longer riding for Channel Islands Surfboards.

Dane Reynolds is their #1 rider


December 2nd, 2015

Slater Designs – Kelly Slater Surfboard Company

Rumors have it that Kelly Slater has started his own surfboard company called Slater Designs. It is also said they will be attending Surf Expo, but nothing is saying so on their exhibitor list. Travis Lee who had left Channel Islands surfboards as their marketing/team manager this past year is said to be joining with Kelly.

So we took it to Google and found this


November 30th, 2015

Will Depactus Close Up Shop?

An inside source (surf industry veteran) has mentioned that Depactus may “close up shop and count your losses – how much is going out the door compared to what is coming in”. (he didn’t think they would claim bankruptcy)

Bruce Beach (co-founder) has departed just weeks after Vice President of Sales Tom Ruiz, left the company to take on a new job at Salty Crew. Luke Egan (former pro surfer and co-founder) is staying in along with Craig Stevenson, a former top executive at Quiksilver and a significant investor in Depactus, who is moving to Orange County from Australia to take on the CEO role.


November 30th, 2015

Luke Davis Dropped From Reef – Wasserman Suing VP

Luke Davis was picked up in 2012 by Reef and 3 years later his contract was up – Reef then resigned him, but then days after his interview came out in Stab magazine he was dropped. Luke now sponsorless and his agency (Wasserman Media Group) is taking legal action against the VP Corporation (parent company of Reef).

“I just want to get good waves now. I literally haven’t been barrelled in four months, and I’m starting to completely loose my mind.” – Luke Davis/The Inertia


November 25th, 2015

SurfStich Now Worth More Then Its Former Owner Billabong

“Billabong International Limited (ASX: BBG) saw its share price crash 22.9% to $0.54 after the surfwear retailer reported that a number of headwinds had impacted on earnings by $2.5 million in the first four months, compared to the prior year.” – Motley Fool


“Online surf and skate-wear retailer SurfStitch is now worth more than former parent Billabong International after a series of acquisitions turned the former e-commerce company into a manufacturer and digital media business. In comparison, Billabong, which was worth more than $6 billion five years ago and came close to collapse in 2013, is now worth $510 million.” – The Sydney Morning Herald


“Surfstitch today announced they’d acquired Surf Hardware International (SHI), makers of FCS and other surfing hard goods. The acquisition comes after the online clothing company recently bought STAB, Magic Seaweed, and Garage Entertainment. They paid $23.7 million for SHI which takes the total of recent purchases of $50 million not including share options.” – SwellNet


November 2nd, 2015

Quiksilver Removes Dane Reynolds From Their Website

Dane Reynolds was just removed from the Quiksilver website – the bidding war has just begun… We think VANS head to toe!


In other Quik news DC shoes has just removed their number one street skater Nyjah Huston from their site as well. According to JammyCreamer he’s going to Nike for $10,000,000.00.


October 19th, 2015

Is It Just Over For Quiksilver

Update: “The Court has authorized, on an interim basis, Quiksilver immediate access to $115 million of the $175 million.” – Yahoo Finance / October 20, 2015

Quiksilver CEO Andy Mooney Leaves Comppany; Pierre Agnes Named CEO
“The board has great confidence in Pierre’s ability and skills to lead our company. His primary focus will be on improving operational execution and efficiencies, and identifying growth opportunities, especially in the U.S. wholesale channel.” – Transworld Business March 27, 2015

“The team is now focused on bringing this level of execution to the Americas. I want to emphasize that the new team’s view is that we strongly believe that we can turn the North Americas market around, into a profitable business in the next fiscal year.” – Pierre Agnes / June 9, 2015

“We look forward to emerging from the Chapter 11 process, a stronger company better positioned to prosper into the future.” – Pierre Agnes / October 19, 2015


October 15th, 2015

Who Will Dane Reynolds Sign With – RVCA, Vans, VISSLA

Well now that Quik is bankrupt where will the leader go. We’re thinking Dane Reynolds will sign head to toe with Vans. Vans has stupid money and seems to suit Dane the most.

Other Vans riders for shoes and apparel – Joel Tudor, Nathan Fletcher, Pat, Dane and Tanner Gudauskas, Dylan Graves, Leila Hurst, Ivan and Nathan Florence (John’s brothers)


October 15th, 2015

Quiksilver and Billabong Merging Into One Company – Quikbong

Things are really going to get interesting this next year if Quiksilver and Billabong do merge into one company – the offices, employees, riders and events!

“…a Quiksilver-Billabong combination was being considered, citing a source close to the matter that it didn’t name.” – Michael Bathon / BloombergBusiness


October 14th, 2015

Grom Is Making Thousands, But Doesn’t Know It

Good on ya _____ (pro surfer/dad) on not letting your son know he is making thousands of dollars a year and he is under 13. This father is putting his $$,$$$ into his savings account – no need to tell him, because it will go to his head!