Kyron Davies and Jake Collins join Quiksilver

Both Jake Collins and Kyron Davies have been announced as Quiksilver UK riders today. They will join the rest of the UK contingent that already consists of Sam Bosworth, Alex Decuhna and Dan McDermott.

Quik’s team manager James Stentiford is stoked to have them both onboard: ‘Jake and Kyron are two of the biggest talents in the UK, I can’t wait to get out on the road and see them smash it up.’

Look out for welcome edits and visit the Quiksilver blog for news, updates and podcasts from the new additions and the whole UK team.

Quiksilver Ole Oxford shirt

Having never worn Quiksilver clothing before, this came as a complete surprise. Usually when I think Quiksilver, surfing comes to mind but their new core skate range is impressing by each garment that is being pulled out of the box here.

The Ole Oxford shirt is so soft that you will be going back a few years and remiscing on when your dinner was made for you and carried to bed. It comes with a single pocket on the left of your chest, a very small collar that can be buttoned down and zero branding making this a total winner. No big surf logos, no crazy red and whiteness, just plain, and beautiful and extremely soft to the touch.

I can safely say that once ironed and out of the wash, this will be one of your favourite shirts this winter.

Quiksilver Justin Brock Chino

To celebrate Justin Brock turning pro in 2009 Quiksilver released a limited edition chino. I am quite the chino man myself, so I was delighted to receive a pair of these! You can’t go wrong with a classic like this. They are smart but casual, wear them to your Nan’s birthday party or down to your local skatepark and you won’t feel out of place.

These chinos are a straight fit with side cut deep pockets. They also come with a swatch of extra material in case of any patch ups, which I must say won’t be needed. Well, not this week. I was skating home a bit drunk late last week, when I hit some rumble strips causing me to leave my board, become airborne and simultaneously collect some sizeable scabs on my knees, elbow and shoulder. The good news is that not even a scuff was left on these, so maybe worth considering that fact alone before shopping at your local skate shop.

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Tony Hawk visits UK to back the fight against gang crime

tony hawkLast friday, legendary skater Tony Hawk flew into London for the day to hang out and inspire kids in East London and we were invited (thanks to Ken Rae in SA) to interview him.

The Birdman was here to back the Laureus World Sports Academy which which combats gang violence and juvenile crime at the Fight for Peace community sports project in the East End of London, and had this to say say as he walked out of the ring after a sparring session with locals:

“I may not be a boxer, but I found the whole experience a knock-out. This is what Laureus is all about, supporting projects which use sport to gain the interest of young people from difficult backgrounds and keep them off the streets and out of trouble. Gang violence is a big problem in many parts of the US as well as in the East End and being able to spend time with the kids at Fight for Peace and talk to them about the problems they have faced in their life and why they have turned their backs on street violence was inspiring. I really believe a project like this could make a big impact in the US.”

Look out for our video interview with Tony Hawk in the next two weeks.

Javier Mendizabal and Quik team do Cádiz

quiksilverQuiksilver have a great street edit online today featuring Javier Mendizabal, Cristian Cortizo, Ignacio Morata, Gosha Konishev, Raphael Brunis and Maxim Habanec skating in Cádiz.

Head over to www.quiksilver.eu/skate and vote for your favourite photo in their gallery for a chance to win €500 of product.