Quiksilver (Boardriders, Inc.) is a global retail sporting brand, founded in Torquay, Australia, but now based in Huntington Beach, California. It is one of the world's largest brands of surfwear and other boardsport-related equipment. The company Quiksilver Inc. was renamed Boardriders Inc. in March 2017, making it the owner of Quiksilver, Roxy, and DC Shoes. In 2018 Boardriders acquired Billabong International Limited, gaining the Billabong, Element, Von Zipper, RVCA and XCEL brands.
Formerly OTC Pink: ZQKSQ and NYSE: ZQK
|Founder||Alan Green and John Law|
|Headquarters||Huntington Beach, California, United States|
|Pierre Agnes (CEO)|
|Products||Apparel, sporting goods|
|Revenue||US$1.81 billion (2013) |
|US$82.3 million (2013) |
Number of employees
The brands’s logo, designed by founder Alan Green and John Law in 1973, was inspired by Japanese painter Hokusai's woodcut The Great Wave off Kanagawa. It depicts a large wave with a mountain on a red background.
The brand also produces a line of apparel for young women, under the brand Roxy. The Roxy logo consists of two copies of the Quiksilver logo, one reflected, forming a heart. Another line of apparel for women is under the brand Quiksilver Women.
As of 2013, the Quiksilver Inc. lost financially for six years and initiated a turnaround plan to resolve this. However, in September 2015 the company filed for bankruptcy. After emerging from bankruptcy in early 2016, the company once again became privately held with Oaktree Capital Management as the majority shareholder.
Quiksilver purchased Skis Rossignol for $560 million in 2005, but sold Rossignol on 12 November 2008 for $37.5 million (30 million euros) in cash and a $12.5 million note (10 million euro). It owned golf-equipment maker Cleveland Golf up until 31 October 2007, when it sold the company to a Japanese sporting goods company.
As of 2013, Quiksilver operated 834 stand-alone stores in major cities across Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific, Europe, North and South America, Asia and Africa. At that time, there were two types of Quiksilver-operated stores, known as either "Boardriders Club" or "Factory" stores. Their products were also sold in many other outlets across the world such as PacSun, the Fells Point Surf Company or the Ron Jon Surf Shop. With PacSun's decline in retail prominence, Quiksilver and other brands have suffered diminished sales.
In addition, the company operated a number of separate Roxy and Quiksilver Youth stores.
Co-founder and CEO of Quiksilver Bob McKnight stepped down as CEO on 11 January 2013. He then acted as Executive Chairman, until retiring in October 2014. Andy Mooney, who was formerly chairman of Disney Consumer Products, served as CEO from 2013 to 2015.
Mooney stepped down as the CEO of Quiksilver and was replaced in March 2015 by longtime Quiksilver employee Pierre Agnes to restructure the brand. In 2015 Pierre Agnes was promoted from president to CEO.
Quiksilver Inc. emerged from bankruptcy in early 2016, with the company once again became privately held with Oaktree Capital Management as the majority shareholder. By the end of 2016, their retail presence has significantly diminished after restructuring by Oaktree.
The company‘s name was changed to Boardriders in March 2017, which became the owner of the Quiksilver, Roxy and DC Shoes brands. It was also under negotiations to purchase the Billabong company in 2018.
On January 30, 2018, the global CEO of Boardriders, Pierre Agnes, was declared missing after his sailboat washed ashore without him near Biarritz, France, after he radioed in to delay his return in thick fog conditions. A search operation by air and sea was launched the same day.
In 1990, Quiksilver launched its sister brand for young women, Roxy. The brand was shuttered after 1991 surf industry crash but revived by Bob McKnight and Danny Kwock in 1992, signing Lisa Andersen in 1993. It was differentiated from the main Quiksilver line "for fear it would damage the men's brand", according to Randy Hild, the company's senior vice president of marketing. Roxy was chosen because it sounded like a punk band or club (likely Roxy Music and The Roxy respectively), and is also the name of the daughters of both CEO Bob McKnight and founder Alan Green. About 30% of Quiksilver's sales come from the Roxy line.
Since inception, Roxy has grown to be the largest action sport fashion apparel company for young women. In addition to apparel, it now also produces accessories, homewares, hard goods (snow and surf), wetsuits, footwear, books and perfumes. It has sub-brands for its children's ranges, Roxy Girl and Teenie Wahine.
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