Tension rising between ASP and Quiksilver

July 14, 2013 | Surfing
Stephanie Gilmore: under heavy fire

Paul Speaker, CEO of the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP), has released a statement regarding a new controversy around Stephanie Gilmore's Roxy Pro Biarritz teaser.

Following the release of the controversial Roxy Pro Biarritz trailer - in which Stephanie Gilmore has been accused of being too provocative - Chad Wells, senior Quiksilver employee, throws fuel on the fire to defend the women's brand and the world champion.

"Some butchy lesbos were representing surfing - not rigged out sexy women who are in touch with their sexuality and know exactly how they are represented and marketed," Chad Wells wrote on Roxy's Facebook page.

"The reality is the girls now have the largest fan base/audiences they've ever had! Mostly due to the fact these women pros are hot and rip!", he added.

Paul Speaker answered with an official statement and tough words aimed at Chad Wells.

"The recently-published comments of a Quiksilver staffer are completely unacceptable and do not represent the values or the opinions of the ASP", Speaker states.

"The ASP draws its inspiration from the ocean – an arena that does not distinguish where you’re from, the color of your skin, where you worship or your sexual orientation. As such, we are an organization of tolerance, objectivity and inclusiveness".

"The athletes of the ASP are committed individuals of talent, inspiration and character", Speaker continued.

Meanwhile, there's an official statement from Quiksilver. The company says it has taken "immediate action in response to an inappropriate and hurtful comment posted by a Quiksilver employee on his personal Facebook page".

"The language contained in the post goes against our company and brand values and beliefs and is inconsistent with our long-standing policy of inclusiveness and dedication to supporting all athletes and fans. We do not stand for intolerance, and this employee is no longer with the company".

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