Aug
05

Behind the Scenes at the 2014 US Open of Surfing

Last week we took a break from the office to watch ROXY Team riders Stephanie Gilmore, Sally Fitzgibbons and Bianca Buitendag compete in the 2014 US Open of Surfing right in our backyard in Huntington Beach, CA!

Between autograph signings, team dinners & daily treks down to Main Street to catch all the live action on the beach…our team definitely kept busy throughout the week!

Both Sally Fitzgibbons and Stephanie Gilmore won their heats in the Quarterfinals on Saturday, despite really tough conditions and a dropping swell.  The two Roxy team riders went head to head in the semi-finals on Sunday, with Steph beating Sally with a 16.10 to advance to the finals.  Steph scored an impressive 9.93 – a nearly perfect wave!

In the finals, Steph competed against fellow Australian Tyler Wright.  Steph started strong but it was Tyler’s 8 wave that allowed her to take the lead and turn the heat around.  Steph finished 2nd to Tyler in a really close final.

Sally is now ranked 2nd in the world and Steph is 4th as they head into the next WCT stop at Trestles in San Clemente, CA from September 9-20.

Didn’t get to catch any of the action at the US Open this year? Here are some of our favorite behind the scenes photos captured by ROXY’s social media team!

Bianca Buitendag-US Open of Surfing 2014

Bianca Buitendag-US Open 2014

Bianca Buitendag-US Open 2014

ROXY Team Riders at the 2014 US Open of Surfing

Sally Fitzgibbons-US Open 2014

Stephanie & Whitney Gilmore-US Open 2014

Stephanie Gilmore-US Open 2014

Stephanie Gilmore-US Open 2014

Huntington Beach, CA

Lisa Andersen, Monyca Eleogram & Bruna Schmitz

ROXY Team Riders-US Open 2014

ROXY Team Signing at HSS-US Open 2014

ROXY Team Signing at HSS-US Open 2014

US Open of Surfing 2014

Jul
29

UBER + ROXY Team Up for US Open – Prize Pack Opportunity!

The US Open, America’s largest surf competition, is going down this week right in our backyard in Huntington Beach, California.  We’ll be headed to the beach all week to support ROXY team riders Sally Fitzgibbons, Stephanie Gilmore, and Bianca Buitendag in their heats. We anticipate that parking near Main Street will be a total nightmare, so we’ve partnered up with Uber, the alternative ride sharing app, for a special #UberALLACCESS experience.

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On Thursday, July 31st, we’re hooking up one lucky winner in the Huntington Beach area with an epic prize package full with Roxy and Quiksilver swag that is bound to make any surf-lover jump for joy. Read on to see how you and a friend can win this ultimate VIP experience that will have you looking like a pro!

How To Win #UberALLACCESS**:

1. Download or open the Uber app on your smartphone on Thursday, July 31st 

2. Look for the special “ALL ACCESS” button that will appear on the Uber app when the #UberALLACCESS prize package is up for grabs

3. The first person to successfully request the “ALL ACCESS” vehicle will be whisked away to the experience with their +1

4. Stay up to date on #UberALLACCESS by following Roxy on Twitter @roxy and Uber on Twitter at @Uber_OC and @Uber_LA.

**The winner and guest must be 18 years of age or older. For more information, visit the official sweepstakes rules.

Here’s what we have planned for #UberALLACCESS:

If you’re the first person to request the “ALL ACCESS” vehicle option, an UberSUV stocked with Roxy & Quiksilver gear will roll up to your location.

The SUV will then whisk you away to the global headquarters of Quiksilver/Roxy so you can shop in their exclusive store on the campus with a $500 gift card

If that’s not rad enough, the winner will also receive a Channel Islands surfboard and $250 in Uber credits.

See ya on the beach!

Jul
06

Loving Lost in Bali: Uluwatu’s Long Lefts & Bali’s Sunsets

After having a taste of the famous break during the Uluwatu challenge we were hungry for more! Surfing Uluwatu Bali is a real treat. Taking in the beautiful view, the water is warm, the wave fast and long. The hardest decision of the day was choosing which bikini we wanted to wear.

Surfing Uluwatu

Leading the way, Lee-Ann Curren, Rosy Hodge, Kelia Moniz and Bruna Schmitz knew where to go. Below the cliffs and through the cave, we entered the surf, perhaps one of the most unique and beautiful entry points we’ve ever encountered on all of our globetrotting surf trips.

Surfing Uluwatu

Usually a crowded break, we found a few line ups all to ourselves and made the most of those famous Uluwatu long lefts. This is our definition of heaven.

Rosy Hodge Surfing at Uluwatu

Rosy Hodge Surging Uluwatu

Kelia Moniz Surfing Uluwatu

Bruna Schmitz Surfing Uluwatu

Exploring all of our available options, we hired a boat and headed out to find some secret spots and explore further down the coast.

ROXY Team Surfing Bali

Surfing in Bali

Rosy Hodge Surfing in Bali

Lee-Ann Curren Surfing in Bali

The best part of heading out on the boat had to be the delicious dinner the crew served up as we returned to the beach.

No need for plates here! A leaf and a pair of chopsticks were all we needed to enjoy a delicious Balinese-style feast.

Sally Fitzgibbons

Bali Beach BBQ

ROXY Team Riders Enjoying a Traditional Bali BBQ

Spoiled with an incredible Bali sunset, we reveled in some epic photos and the stories that matched.

Sunset Surfing in Bali

Kelia Moniz Sunset Surf in Bali

We couldn’t have asked for a more picturesque evening to conclude our last night in Bali. We fell in love with the beauty, adventure and spirit of Bali and can’t wait to return again soon!

Sunset Surf in Bali

Jun
26

Meet the YKPA Kids of Bali, and be inspired by their spirit

YKPA Kids Bali

Giving back and getting involved with the local community during Bali’s Big Eco Weekend has been an incredible experience! Even better, connecting with the communities we visit is always the icing on the cake.

Inspired to continue giving back to the Bali community, we discovered the story of YKPA kids through some of the items they sell locally. YKPA “Yayasan Kasih Peduli Anak” is making an impact by offering opportunities, giving loving support, education, health care, and skills for disadvantaged children.

Kelia Moniz, Rosy Hodge, Bruna Schmitz, LeeAnn Curren and Sally Fitzgibbons spent an afternoon getting to know the kids and learning about the organization.

YKPA Kids Bali

YKPA Kids Bali

As we toured the home, a group of kids were practicing some of their dancing. Initially shy, they showed us their moves- a beautiful mix of contemporary and traditional Balinese dancing.

YKPA Kids Bali

It wasn’t long before they were pulling the Roxy team up for a few lessons!

YKPA Kids Bali

YKPA Kids Bali

YKPA Kids Bali

Laughing at our lack of rhythm for the Balinese style, the kids took over the dance floor with another choreographed performance.

With the dance lessons over, the kids took us out into their courtyard. Communication wasn’t easy with the language barrier but laughter and a soccer ball were the perfect tools for translation.

YKPA Kids Bali

It was a special afternoon, to spend time with the children who have so little when it comes to possessions but so much when it comes to passion and spirit.  We enjoyed all of the laughter we shared and won’t forget this day in Bali.

For more information about the YKPA Kids or to make a donation please visit: http://ykpa.org/

Jun
23

Bali’s Big Eco Weekend: Educating, Protecting & Conserving Bali’s Beaches…One Sea Turtle at a Time!

Roxy and Quiksilver team riders and legends kicked off Bali’s Big Eco Weekend with ateam signing at Legian Beach. A huge crowd gathered for the chance to meet their heroes and grab an autograph and a photo or two. The team loved sharing the mutual stoke from the fans! Plenty of smiles all round!

Bali Big Eco Weekend 2014

Bali Big Eco Weekend 2014

Getting ready for the beach clean up, we rolled up our sleeves and joined the dedicated clean up crew of local community members and visitors to help clean up Legian Beach.

With non-degradable waste as the by-product of not just the local environment, but also from the rapidly growing population of Indonesia, raising awareness of the alarming issue was the driving force of the weekend.

Bali Big Eco Weekend 2014

Despite picking up trash, we still managed to look stylish, as clearly demonstrated by Bruna!

Bali Big Eco Weekend 2014

As the cleanup efforts were tallied, we joined the crowd and headed to the presentation. We were welcomed by a traditional band and beautiful Balinese dancers, the excitement drawing people in as they came in from the surf. Given a brief presentation of the initiatives beginnings, we all pledged to continue the clean up efforts in Bali and to take the message home to share with others.

Bali Big Eco Weekend 2014

Bali Big Eco Weekend 2014

As the formalities finished up, the Bali Sea Turtle Society announced it was time for the turtle release! Over 1,000 hatchlings were ready to be released into the ocean.

Bali Big Eco Weekend 2014

Bali Big Eco Weekend 2014

Bali Big Eco Weekend 2014

Bali Big Eco Weekend 2014

Bali Big Eco Weekend 2014

 Rosy, Sally, Kelia and Bruna each gave their turtles a few words of encouragement before setting them off into the wild, hoping they would not only survive but come back to Bali’s beaches to mate in the future.

It was a great moment to share as we watched the tiny turtles make their way towards the water then swept into the ocean to begin their new life!

Bali Big Eco Weekend 2014

As the day drew to a close, competitors of the Uluwatu Challenge were invited to partake in a Balinese Hindu ceremony.

Dressed in traditional sarongs, we took our place on the sand as the blessing was given by the local temple priest. Showered with sacred water and blessed with the customary rice placed on the forehead for good fortune, we watched the sun set over the ocean.

Bali Big Eco Weekend 2014

Bali Big Eco Weekend 2014

Bali Big Eco Weekend 2014

Jun
19

Get Ready for Bali’s Big Eco Weekend!

We believe that every ROXY woman wants to do her part to help protect and care for the environment on and off the beach. The Quiksilver and ROXY family has teamed up with Coca-Cola and Garuda International to host a weekend dedicated to educating the public about the environmental challenges facing Bali and how we can work together globally to protect our beaches both near and far.

Bali Big Eco Weekend

This year, Bali’s Big Eco weekend will be held at Legian beach with environmental and beach activities for everyone.  Since 2008, the Bali beach clean-up program has employed a crew of 75 locals who help keep Bali’s beaches clean everyday—from the Kuta, Kedonganan, Jimbaran, Seminyak, and Legian beaches. Due to the efforts of volunteers and the local community, over 24 million tons of trash has been collected and 80,000 sea turtle eggs have been protected!

Bali Big Eco Weekend

Our team riders Sally Fitzgibbons, Kelia Moniz, Bruna Schmitz and Rosy Hodge will be joining us in Bali, helping us clean up the beaches and educating the public about the environmental challenges facing Bali. 

Tune in to Facebook, Twitter & Instagram this weekend to see what we’re doing each day and what you can do to help keep Bali’s beaches clean! #KeepBaliClean

May
29

SALLY FITZGIBBONS WINS 2014 FIJI PRO!

Sally Fitzgibbons Fiji Pro

She’s done it again! Sally Fitzgibbons gets her second consecutive tour victory in winning the Fiji Pro!

The waves at Cloudbreak might have been the best surfing conditions the women have ever seen during competition, where 8-10-foot waves set the stage for some incredible surfing.

Sally Fitzgibbons Fiji Pro

Sally Fitzgibbons Fiji Pro

After nailing one of the best barrels in the semifinals scoring a near perfect 9.07, Sally advanced to the finals to join fellow ROXY surfer Stephanie.

Sally FItzgibbons Fiji Pro

It was a tight final against Stephanie, surfing in challenging conditions at Cloudbreak. Ultimately, Sally’s 9.0 score in the finals beat Stephanie’s score of 8.73.

“Winning at Cloudbreak is such an awesome feeling”, she said. “You get smashed across the reef but you have to pick yourself up and get going again.”

Sally Fitzgibbons & Stephanie Gilmore Fiji Pro

Sally Fitzgibbons Fiji Pro

Next stop on the Women’s World Tour is Huntington Beach for the US Open of Surfing on June 27-July 3rd! We’ll see you there!

(Photos: Courtesy of ASP)

 

May
12

Congratulations Sally Fitzgibbons! 2014 Rio Women’s Pro Champ!

Sally Fitzgibbons takes home the crown at the 2014 Rio Pro!

After an intense final round against competitor Carissa Moore, Sally came out on top defeating Moore for the win. Sally’s near perfect 9.27 three turn run followed by an impressive 7.0 allowed her to take her first win of 2014 season and her second Rio Pro Women’s Crown!

Congratulations to Sally who is now ranked #2 in the world!

Sally Fitzgibbons-ROXY Pro Rio

Sally Fitzgibbons-2014 Rio Pro

Next stop on the Women’s World Tour is in Tavarua, Fiji for the Fiji Women’s Pro! Stay tuned!

May
07

Meet Bianca Buitendag: ROXY Team Rider, Rookie of the Year & ASP World Tour Surfer

Meet Bianca Buitendag. ROXY Team Rider, Rookie of the Year & ASP World Tour Surfer. The 20 year old South African native is one of the newest faces on the ASP Women’s World Tour—and aside from being a fierce world tour competitor in the water, she’s a total sweetheart! We caught up with Bianca before her next stop in Rio to talk surf snacks, wetsuit tricks & pre-surf playlists!

ROXY: What is your favorite breakfast to eat before a surf?

BIANCA: A local South African porridge. I just can’t get enough of it!

Bianca Buitendag

ROXY: How do you keep your skin/hair healthy with so much exposure to sun and salt?

BIANCA: I overload on sunblock, mostly cream with a zinc base. I have a fair skin with a lot of freckles so protection is important. For my hair I use  high quality hair products and rinse and wash after every long day in the salt and sun.

Bianca Buitendag

Bianca Buitendag

ROXY: Any tricks for easily getting in/out of a wetsuit?

BIANCA: It gets better with repetition! The quality and stretch of the wetsuit material helps the most.

ROXY: If we were to take a peek at your iPhone/iPod, what songs would be on your playlist?

BIANCA: Artists like Ben Howard, Tom Odell, Beirut, Bon Iver and some golden oldies.

ROXY: What’s it like being on the ASP Women’s World Tour?

BIANCA: It is surreal in many ways. You travel all over the face of the planet, changing time zones every 10 days. You compete against the worlds best all in the pursuit of becoming World Champion. You have the opportunities to do what you love every single day of your life. You have the platform to inspire. No wonder it is one of the most coveted positions to be in!

Bianca Buitendag

ROXY: What is your ‘typical’ pre-competition rituals?

BIANCA: I have recently started listening to music to block out the distraction of my surroundings before heats. I make sure my equipment is prepared and that I have clarity about my strategy.

Bianca Buitendag

Bianca Buitendag

Tune in May 7th to see Bianca, Sally & Stephanie compete in stop #4 on the ASP Women’s World Tour in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil! We’ll be streaming the event LIVE on our Twitter so make sure to tune in @ROXY to follow along & catch all the live action!

Apr
15

Congratulations Stephanie! 5x Word Champion Stephanie Gilmore Voted #1 on ESPN’s List of Top 50 Female Athletes in Action Sports

Guess who has done it again!?!?

Stephanie Gilmore

That’s right…5x ASP Women’s World Tour Champion & ROXY team rider, Stephanie Gilmore was voted #1 on ESPN’s list of  the top 50 female athletes in action sports!

Stephanie Gilmore

Stephanie Gilmore came out swinging in 2014. After a lackluster, injury-plagued season that saw her slide down the ASP ratings to an uncharacteristic fifth in 2013, Stephanie proved she’s just as much a competitive threat as ever, dominating the ROXY Pro Gold Coast to take the first event of the new year.  She is currently tied for 1st place on the Women’s World Championship Tour with Carissa Moore.

Transcending surfing, Gilmore is also an ESPY winner, as well as a Laureus World Sports Award recipient.

Stephanie Gilmore

Roxy stands out as the true heart of the mountain and the wave, with 3 athletes clenching positions in ESPN’s top 50. Olympic gold medalist snowboarder Torah Bright was ranked #9 and Sally Fitzgibbons, an ASP world championship contender, rounded out the list at #31.

Torah Bright

Torah Bright

Sally FItzgibbons

Sally FItzgibbons

Congrats to Stephanie, Torah and Sally on this incredible achievement for women in action sports!  Check out ESPN’s full list of the top female action sports athletes HERE.