Globe/ with Occy

– Globe Congratulates Team Riders for an Amazing Showing at Awards Ceremony –

Torrance, Calif. – September 23, 2002 – Globe International, manufacturer of the Globe and Gallaz footwear and apparel brands, is pleased to announce the signing of Mark “Occy” Occhilupo to a ten-year sponsorship deal with Globe shoes. Occy verbalized the announcement at the annual surf industry gala, the Surfer Poll Awards, on Thursday, September 12th in front of the hundreds of pros, media, and industry members in attendance.”Occy's new deal solidifies our commitment to both Occy and our surf program,” says Brian Robbins, Sports Marketing Manager for Globe. “Occy has been one of the top surfers for over 20 years and we plan on continuing to support and promote him in his professional career.”Plans for the fifth signature Occy shoe with Globe are in works with a new shoe expected out in 2003.Globe congratulates team surfers CJ Hobgood (4th), Mark Occhilupo (6th), and Taj Burrow (9th) for their top ten finishes in this year's Surfer Poll Awards. Their achievements are well deserved and clearly demonstrate that the Globe surf team is one of the most well respected teams in the industry.- more –

In addition, Taj Burrow was awarded “Video of the Year” for Montaj and CJ Hobgood won “Most Radical Maneuver” for his “Flying Squirrel” (a backside alley oop lien air) featured in the video Momentum: Under the Influence. Damien Hobgood was mistakenly awarded the always amusing “Worst Wipeout” award for a Pipeline mishap actually executed by his brother CJ. After he was announced as the winner, Damien marched to the front of the room exclaiming, “It's CJ!” but nevertheless accepted the award.The Globe team includes professional surfers such as 2001 World Champion CJ Hobgood, 1999 World Champion Mark Occhilupo, Damien Hobgood, Taj Burrow, Pancho Sullivan, Nathan Webster, Mike Parsons, Jason Shibata, Zane Harrison, Roy Powers, Danny Nichols, Carlos Cabrero, Brian Pacheco, Greg Browning, Omar Etcheverry, Bron Huessenstamm, Hans Hagen, Peter Mendia and Ian Walsh.

Globe’s business concepts originated in the early ’90s from the desire to develop an authentic skateboard and surf footwear alternative for the action sports market. In 1995, Globe’s rapid expansion prompted the opening of its Globe International headquarters in Southern California to serve the booming U.S. market and the launching of line extensions and additional brands, including: 1) Globe clothing and accessories, 2) Globe Trans Element, a casual footwear line, 3) Gallaz, the first action sports footwear brand specifically for females and 4) Gallaz clothing and accessories. Supported by a global team of world-class surfers and skateboarders, Globe and Gallaz offer quality products that integrate style, performance, durability and comfort. Globe, Gallaz and Globe Trans Element are distributed throughout the world. Additional information can be found at and .# # #