“Welcoming Havaianas as a partner of the WSL both in Brazil and around the world is an incredible indication of how popular surfing is in the region, as well as how significant this region is for the sport,” said Ivan Martinho, GM of Latin America.
We are very excited to partner with a brand that is so successful, and so Brazilian; it’s really important for us to work with strong brands like Havaianas that are leaders in their segment”.
In recent years Brasil has become a powerhouse in surfing with the rise of the ‘Brazilian Storm’, which has flooded both the CT and Qualifying Series with talent. Brazilian surfers currently occupy three of the top four places on the WSL Men’s CT Leaderboard with Italo Ferreira, Gabriel Medina and Filipe Toledo all vying for the WSL Title and Olympic qualification at the upcoming season finale in Hawaii.
The unprecedented popularity of surfing in Brazil has seen the CT event in Saquarema play out in front of record breaking crowds. Havaianas sponsored the Brazilian CT stop earlier this year and following the incredible success of their activation, the world’s first underwater store, they will be back to support the event again in 2020.
“We’ve had a natural and genuine relationship with surfers across the world for years and surfing represents a lot of the lifestyle that our brand celebrates,” said Fernanda Romano, CMO of Havaianas.
We see this as a long-term partnership where we will create the most amazing experiences for people who love this joyful and unique lifestyle.”
Havaianas will have an onsite presence at four WSL Championship Tour (CT) events in 2020, starting with the season opener on the Gold Coast in Australia in addition to the stops in Rio, Portugal, and Surf Ranch. The partnership will also extend beyond the CT with Havaianas supporting the Challenger Series event in Galicia, Spain, and the New York Longboard event, as well as having a digital presence at select events throughout the season.
Havaianas has been spreading the Brazilian spirit all around the world since 1962, with its iconic rubber sole and infamous bright and joyful, summer-infused designs. The brand is now sold in over 100 countries worldwide with over 400 new models and designs each year, and continues to be made in its birthplace Brazil. Today, the ‘original’ flip-flop brand is known globally for comfort, Brazilian summer, freedom and its exciting partnerships.WSW