Henderson, NV (May 4, 2011) – Ex Drinks, LLC, a beneficial beverage company that specializes in the manufacturing, marketing and sales of a growing family of natural, great tasting drinks recently announced the signing of Andy Macdonald to its 2011 professional team of athletes. Andy Macdonald is one of skateboarding’s best ambassadors and most skilled professionals, known to millions all over the world as Andy Mac. He has competed in every Summer X Games since its inception in 1995 and owns 21 medals – more than any other skater in history. He has won Asian X Games four times and has been the runner up on the overall Dew Tour Standings for the last three consecutive years. Macdonald has been crowned as skateboarding’s World Champion eight years in a row in the World Cup Skateboard Series. Macdonald is on the Board of Directors for Grind for Life, a charity that raises money to help people dealing with cancer. He started Grind for Life’s annual “Clash at Clairemont” fundraising event which features some of the top athletes in action sports. Macdonald also recently began working with the Level Field Fund which raises money to bridge the gap for underfunded athletes.
Macdonald will be joining an all-star lineup of athletes returning for another year with Ex Drinks including big wave surfers Shane Desmond and Kohl Christensen, progressive surfer Zoltan Torkos, downhill gravity mountain bikers Mitch Ropelato and Christian Wright. Ex Drinks has also added young skateboarding phenom Colby Franz to its 2011 roster. The impressive lineup of athletes will act as spokespeople for the company and conduct appearances in addition to being featured in marketing materials and branded equipment. Ex Drinks is proud to support active, healthy lifestyles, which is why the company is making a commitment towards human-powered sports, particularly those deeply rooted in nature where athletes are able to challenge their environments. For more information, visit Team Ex Drinks.
Shane Desmond, AKA Dezy, has been riding giant waves around the world and at his home surf break Mavericks for decades. Desmond captured 2nd place at Mavericks in 2010 in what was called the largest, most intense paddle-wave surfing competition ever held to that time. Additionally, Desmond has amassed surfing honors such as a 2005 Billabong XXL award for biggest paddle-in wave, 2005 5th place at Mavericks, 2008 3rd place at Nelscott Reef and 2010 6th place ranking on the Big Wave World Tour.
Kohl Christensen has been surfing big waves around the world for nearly two decades. His recent accomplishments include winning 1st place at the 2010 Nelscott Reef contest, landing him an overall 2nd place finish on the 2010 Big Wave World Tour, and becoming an invitee to the prestigious invitational surf contest and celebration “The Eddie” at Waimea Bay.
Zoltan “The Magician” Torkos, a local Santa Cruz surfer, comes from a long line of magicians. Torkos possesses an uncanny ability to perform magic tricks on land and in the water. Torkos lived up to his name this past year when he became the first documented surfer to perform a kickflip on a surfboard, and claimed the top prize in Volcom Stone’s elusive Kick Flip Off contest. Torkos continues his quest to revolutionize surfing with his progressive style and raise awareness for troubled youth. Torkos named his surfing kickflip the “Reimer Flip” after his friend Carl Reimer was randomly gunned down outside his home.
Mitch Ropelato is a professional gravity mountain bike rider that exploded onto the scene when he transitioned from riding BMX in 2007. In addition to countless pump track victories, Ropelato’s results include a 2009 2nd place at the Bromont World Cup 4x, dual 2009 National Championship Titles for Junior X Downhill and Pro 4x, 2011 Nevada State Championship titles in downhill and chainless, and a recent 4th place finish in the 2011 Pan-Am Games, which qualifies Ropelato for a complete international UCI circuit as an individual rider.
Christian Wright is a decorated gravity mountain bike rider returning to the downhill scene following a devastating injury last July that left him in a Swiss hospital for weeks after being air lifted from the world championship downhill course in Champery, Switzerland. Wright is back and looking better than ever in early 2011, already amassing four top 5 finishes including 3rd place at the Port Angeles Pro GRT. With a full national schedule culminating at the world championships in Champery, National Championships in North Carolina and Collegiate Championships in West Virginia, Wright is poised for a banner season as one of the leading junior riders transitioning into the pro circuit. Wright is also an avid slope style rider and dirt jumper.
Colby Franz started skateboarding at the tender age of six. At age eight, Colby met skating legend Omar Hassan and shot a YouTube video. Now age eleven, Franz is one of skateboarding’s hottest up and coming riders. Lining up appearances at top tier events such as the Maloof Money Cup and Coastal Carnage, Franz has been dominating local competitions and Pro-AMs while undertaking photo shoots and national media campaigns. Franz is poised to become a top contender in professional skateboarding.
Ex Drinks, LLC is a beneficial beverage company specializing in the manufacturing, marketing and sales of a growing family of natural, great-tasting drinks – with a passion for providing consumers with the best products to support healthier choices and active lifestyles. Ex Drinks is a long-term, strategic U.S. licensee of the Extreme Drinks Company, a subsidiary of theExtreme Sports Company, a pioneering brand management and licensing company that owns the Extreme brand. Extreme is the brand behind The Extreme Sports Channel which broadcasts into 60 countries and 48 million homes. While creating natural functional drinks, the mission of Ex Drinks is “To Create Positive Change… One , One Person, One Community at a time.” Ex Drinks is committed to operating in the new business paradigm based on the triple bottom line: People, Planet, Profit. For more information please visitwww.ExDrinks.com or call (702) 949-6555.