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the mid-70s, U.S. surfers Jeff Hackman and Bob Buzz McKnight had already caught on. They were quick enough to know that something
cool in Australia, the surfing mecca of the 70s, would be even cooler back home in America. On the other side of the globe,
Australian surfers Alan Green and John Law had designed a unique board short with Velcro fly, wax pocket, and a special, quick-drying
base material. The boys knew something good when they saw it, and they capitalized on the venture. Hackman and McKnight borrowed
the concept of the shorts, and they were in business. They started Quiksilver (their creative misspelling, not ours), produced
a few shorts, and soon found demand skyrocketing as word of mouth spread. Well, the two boys back home were right, and the
new board short sent them to the top. Quiksilver became one of the hottest names in the surfing world during the 80s. The
company has remained afloat thanks to their aggressive advertising, and their expansion into girls surf apparel with the offshoot
Roxy in 1993.
1969: At the Rip Curl factory in Torquay, Australia, Alan Green starts working on prototypes
for a new kind of board short, using aspects of wetsuit technology, such as snaps and Velcro flies.
boardshorts with a swan logo make their first appearance in Australian surf shops. Soon replaced by the first "Mountain
and Wave" logo.
1974: U.S. manufacturing (Quiksilver) first exports boardshorts to the Lightning Bolt shop in Hawaii.
1976: Jeff Hackman is granted the Quiksilver license. Jeff Hackman and Bob McNight team up to start Quiksilver USA in
Newport Beach. Start selling boardshorts out of the back of a green VW bus.
1978: Quiksilver sponsors its first team
riders, Rabbit Bartholomew and Bruce Raymond. Rabbit goes on to win the world title.
1980: Quiksilver introduces "Echo
Beach" boardshorts featuring radical print design with polka dots harlequins, stars and checks.