Julian Wilson (AUS), 24, current ASP WCT No. 8, will reportedly be representing Hurley in 2013.
COSTA MESA, California/USA (Wednesday, November 28, 2012) – After speculative reports surfaced Monday and Tuesday, Nike has confirmed that it will be transferring its men’s and women’s surf teams to Hurley, effective January 1, 2013.
As part of the category offense and portfolio strategy, NIKE, Inc. is further committing to Action Sports and re-aligning its focus. Nike will concentrate on optimizing the full potential and growth opportunity of Skateboarding and Snowboarding. Hurley will continue to focus on Surf, leveraging its industry leading Phantom boardshort innovation and deep consumer connections, partnering with some of the world’s top surf athletes.
In an interview yesterday with Shop-Eat-Surf, Bob Hurley, Founder and CEO of Hurley, is quoted as saying:
It reinforces our strength in surfing. We’ve always always enjoyed a close partnership with the Nike brand in developing innovative product informed by top athletes. The opportunity for collaboration and leverage is limitless and will continue to allow greater focus.
All surfers currently sponsored by Nike will move to Hurley. We will continue to support them with the high standards of Nike and Hurley. We’re enormously excited about the depth and quality of the stable of surf athletes working with Hurley.
ASP will continue to provide updates as information becomes available.