Bob McKnight: the soul of Quiksilver

Bob McKnight, the co-founder of Quiksilver, will retire as Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors on the 31st October, 2014. Andrew P. Mooney takes his place at the surf brand headquartered in Huntington Beach, California.

In 1969, Alan Green and John Law started Quiksilver in Torquay, Australia. Their first products were wetsuits and boardshorts. In 1976, Bob McKnight and Jeff Hakman took the brand to the USA.

In two decades, the surf industry company becomes global and gets publicly listed on the NYSE. In 2013, Quiksilver reported revenues of 1.81 billion dollars.

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Kelly Slater: barreled in brown waters | Photo: ASP/Kirstin

Gabriel Medina and Kelly Slater have won their Round 1 heats at the Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal 2014, held in bumpy three-to-five foot waves, at Supertubos, in Peniche.

Everybody knows what's at stake. If Medina wins the Portuguese event, he will be the first ever Brazilian to claim a world title in the history of professional surfing.

Slater did his job, despite watching Matt Wilkinson exiting a near-perfect 9.57 barrel. The Floridian champ waited for his turn and eventually found a late-drop to barrel that would confirm the heat win.

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Muizenberg: perfect waves in the heart of South Africa | Photo: Surfpop

Want to learn how to surf and get children from disadvantaged communities out the back? Surfpop is building a bridge between crime and drugs, and the love for surfing and the ocean.

Daniel Botha, founder of Surfpop, aims to change the life of underprivileged children born amidst gangsterism, violence and ghettos. His drive involves hope, compassion, smiles, waves, and business, too.

"We want to share surfing, and the lifestyle and culture it offers with others and have them experience the stoke," explains Botha, who owns his surf shack in Muizenberg, Cape Town.

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