Los Angeles, California/USA – 1st May 2015 - The World Surf League (WSL) and TAG Heuer today announced the Swiss watchmaker’s sponsorship as “Official Timekeeper” of the WSL Big Wave Tour (BWT), lending the company’s reputation for “Avant-Garde” to a sport that champions fearlessness, athleticism and places a premium on quality and preparedness.
This multi-year partnership will see the TAG Heuer inject its #DontCrackUnderPressure campaign into the heart of big wave surfing, serving as the Official Watch of the tour, and supporting the “Biggest Wave” and “Biggest Wipeout” components of the annual WSL Big Wave Awards.Paige Alms
Jean-Claude Biver, President of the LVMH Group Watch Division and CEO of TAG Heuer commented: “Be unique, Different and the First has always been my personal philosophy in all my 40 years of activities, from products development to marketing and sponsoring. TAG Heuer is the first luxury brand to enter the Surf world. Our motto #DontCrackUnderPressure fits perfectly with the Big Wave Tour and make our partnership different and innovative. It will give TAG Heuer a great boost in terms of connecting with young people, with the support of our friend Kai Lenny and his highly contagious enthousiasm.”Bill Sharp and Shane Dorian
“When the WSL acquired the Big Wave Tour and Big Wave Awards, we believed it was an opportunity to elevate some of the most inspiring sportsmen on the planet and their passions to a bigger stage,” Paul Speaker, WSL CEO said. “This elevation has not only seen a surge in attention to this incredible sport but has also provided the League with the opportunity to partner with world-class entities. We’re thrilled to announce TAG Heuer as the Official Timekeeper of Big Wave surfing and we look forward to a long and fruitful partnership.”
WINNER of Women Best performance award of the year: Paige Alms (Haiku, Hawaii, USA)
Bill Sharp (Big Wave Award Event Director and Founder) and Shane Dorian (Award winner for Ride of the year)
WINNER of Best tube of the year: Matahi Drollet with Legend surf rider Greg Long