Bob McKnight, Quiksilver Co-Founder and Former CEO

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Bob McKnight is the Co-Founder, Former Chairman and CEO of Quiksilver and one of the Pioneers of the Modern Surfing Industry 

Bob McKnight grew up in Pasedena, California and at 9 went down to the beach with a friend who taught him how to surf. He was hooked from that point on. His father gave him a film camera and he started making his own surf films which funded his way through college showing the surf films up and down the coast. Bob majored in business at USC and had gone on some major surf trips. One of them being to Bali where he met pro surfer Jeff Hakman and his future wife. That trip would change Bob’s life forever. 

Jeff had met Alan Green in Bells Beach, Australia after he won the contest there. Alan had set up a company called Quiksilver making the first ever shorts for surfers. Jeff and Bob convinced Alan to license Quiksilver for the North American market. They started manufacturing and selling board shorts out of Bob’s VW van up and down the country to surf shops. Bob never got to go to film school. 

The surf shops couldn’t get enough of Quiksilver. They were at the beginning of the modern surf industry and they went from being a start up to becoming a multi-million dollar business. Quiksilver were the first surfing company to go public on the New York Stock Exchange and the first to launch a female range, Roxy.

They expanded into skateboarding and snow and by the mid 2000’s Quiksilver was worth 2.5 Billion dollars. Competition increased, recessions came and Quiksilver hit some rocky times. They restructured and formed Boardriders Inc incorporating brands Billabong DC Shoes, RVCA, Element, VonZipper, Kustom. Bob still wears boardshorts and the stoke is alive and well. 

Watch the live chat with Bob McKnight on Wednesday, June 22!

International times:

10am USA Pacific Time
1pm USA Eastern Time
6pm UK
7pm Central Europe

Watch the Bob McKnight episode on Rad Season’s YouTube channel or Facebook Page.

You can also follow what Quiksilver are up to on Instagram on quiksilver

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