Boardriders Inc., the parent of the Quiksilver, Billabong, Roxy, DC Shoes, RVCA and Element brands, announced its reaction to the recent World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT) reconfiguration.
The WSL’s cancellation of the 2020 CT due to COVID-19 and enhancements to the 2021 CT have led to a significant restructuring of the 2021 Tour season which has led to the CT not stopping in Hossegor, France in 2021. However, Quiksilver and Roxy have worked with the WSL to secure the continuation of two decades of professional surfing in Nouvelle-Aquitaine by sponsoring a new Challenger Series (CS) event to occur in the region in the fall of 2021.
Garry Wall, Quiksilver global general manager commented: “We were excited and relieved to be able to work hand-in-hand with the WSL to keep an annual world-class event coming to France’s famed waves and beaches. We are all working in very uncertain and fluid times, but our collective commitment to France and Europe overall remains steadfast.”
In addition to the support of the France CS event, Boardriders’ brands are also sponsoring other events in the 2021 CT season including the Billabong Pipe Masters on Oahu, the Maui Pro Presented by Roxy on Maui, the Quiksilver Pro G-Land in Indonesia, and the Gold Coast Presented by Billabong in Australia.
Emilie Souvras, Roxy General Manager commented: “I am excited that the breadth of Boardriders’ portfolio allows us to continue to support the development of surfing at a global scale, through both events like these, as well as sponsoring and showcasing our amazing athletes who compete in them.”
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