I wouldn’t have seen this coming given they’ve been together for longer than most WCT surfers have been alive, thought he had an MJ/Nike thing going – and in fact I think it could be an April Fools thing given Kering is, upon quick glance, more doucheheavy than Crockpot (and if it is an April Fools joke you’d think the company could spend more cycles trying to pull itself from it’s downward spiral vs. something like this…). A friend of mine is the CEBro at Quik and just sent me a text and the below, Kelly Slater’s open letter on him parting ways with Quiksilver.
There is little I can say that would give the credit due or cover the debt of gratitude I feel on a personal and professional level to Quiksilver. As a brand and on a human level, they have been a part of my life, career, and personal relationships for more than 23 years now, well over half my life. They’ve supported me through good times and bad, personal hardships and competitive triumphs, and never wavered in backing my choices and desires in all that time. Under the tutelage of Bob McKnight, Bruce Raymond, Alan Green, Pierre Agnes and Danny Kwock (and many others), Quiksilver signed me to a 100% sponsorship deal in 1990, finishing up my amateur career and guiding me into my professional life and adulthood.
Having their support group around the world allowed me to create a life I only dreamt of as a child…making a documentary (Kelly Slater In Black and White) about the start of my professional career, going on boat trips and small charter planes to remote locations I’d likely never see, taking long car rides and promo tours to places I’d otherwise never visit, doing film trips to tropical islands few people have ever seen, etc. There could have been no better partner for me to have than Quiksilver.
The memories I have of joining the team and becoming like brothers with my heroes and team riders Tom Carroll and Ross Clarke-Jones and making lifelong friendships with Stephen Bell and others has fulfilled my life exponentially. There aren’t enough pages or words to express my heartfelt thanks and appreciation for the experiences that have come from this relationship we’ve shared together. So it is with a heavy heart and a lifetime of positive memories that I move in a new chapter of my life.
As I contemplate the amazing opportunities I’ve had in life and the amount of good fortune I’ve encountered along the way, I’m excited to announce today that I’m embarking on a new journey. For years I’ve dreamt of developing a brand that combines my love of clean living, responsibility and style. The inspiration for this brand comes from the people and cultures I encounter in my constant global travels and this is my opportunity to build something the way I have always wanted to.
So I am excited to tell you that I’ve chosen The Kering Group as a partner. They share my values and have the ability to support me in all of my endeavors. I look forward to exploring all of the new opportunities this partnership will provide, but this hasn’t happened by chance, nor has it happened without an incredible amount of work by a few key individuals. As I embark on this new journey, I am sticking to my gut instincts and the belief that your dreams can become reality with the right intentions. I look forward to sharing more about it soon…
From the producers who brought you “Weaker” and “Smaller” comes the third and final Chapter, “Shorter”. While this film might never actually be released this fall, the 4th annual Pain McShlonkey Classic WILL take place on Saturday, March 29th at Squaw Valley.
“It’s all about stuff management” is my quote of the year of the day.
Say what you want about the owners and management of Crystal, it’s an irrefutable fact that Chair 6 was a classic. An old, slow hand me down from Mt. Pilchuck Yodelin that evoked memories of Ski Acres ski bus with every ride. That it accessed some stupid fun terrain was just icing on the cake. Anyways, that chair got taken out courtesy of a control slide that went full depth the other day. If you know that area this’ll make your asshole pucker.
(not) Chair 6 in it’s younger days
Safety meeting in the old 6 lift shack?
Those brown streaks are what my underwear would look like viewing this from close in
Nope, not talking prohos, talking dick riders of a different sort. I’m not super up on hydronomics but it looked like his balls were dragging and holding him back, teabagging the foam a bit. Nothing like waxing your balls AND your dick. This is the only time having sticky bumps on your dick is acceptable. Rode hard and put away wet, etc. etc.
The park crew at Hunter Mountain will be joining me as we welcome two new sports to the 2018 Olympics. The Hunter crew is representing the US in synchronized snowboarding, myself and a few others will be on the nordic snowboard team.