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Premium Sunglass Innovator, Maui Jim Signs Young Stand Up Paddler, Slater Trout PDF Print E-mail
By: Ben Cortez - Connect Management   
Saturday, 23 January 2010
Slater TroutMaui Jim Sunglasses has just signed 15 year old Slater Trout as ambassador for their brand. “Slater is a great guy, I'd say kid but that wouldn't be fair to all of the elite athletes out there that have competed against him. He represents everything that Maui Jim respects in a waterman. He's more than just a world class athlete, he's part of a close family, he's a good student and he supports those around him everyday both in and out of the water. He's joining a great team of athletes here at Maui Jim, and the best thing is you've only seen a glimpse of what's to come from Slater. To say we're stoked is putting it mildly. Welcome to the O'hana Slater.” says Sponsorship Specialist, Dave Siragusa.

Blessed with natural talent and ability, Slater is a great ambassador for SUP, the fastest growing water sport in the world. Not only a major force in SUP wave events, Slater has also proven himself to be a fierce competitor in open ocean racing. Slater recently took 2nd place in the Gerry Lopez Rainbow Sandals Battle of the Paddle, Elite men's division in Dana Point California. This invitation only event featured 96 of the world's top paddlers, Slater being the youngest. Those not familiar with his body of work in Hawaii, where he lives, took notice after this incredible performance. A few of Slater's other notable accomplishments include, three championship titles at the prestigious Duke's Oceanfest held each August on Waikiki Beach on Oahu.
“I’m looking forward to the opportunity to work with Maui Jim. It feels like a natural fit being a part of a Hawaii based company that’s in my own back yard, and not to mention that their glasses are unreal!!” says Trout.

Maui Jim began as a small company selling sunglasses on Maui, Hawaii, back in the early 1980s. Today, Maui Jim is the fastest-growing polarized sunglass maker in the world. As local demand grew for sunglasses that provided advanced protection from the severe glare and UV rays of the Hawaiian sun – without distorting the beautiful colors of the Islands, the company developed proprietary technology – PolarizedPlus, which was later patented.

Maui Jim was “born” with an original line of seven sunglass styles. At first, the sunglasses were exclusively sold in Maui, Hawaii. In 1991, the company was purchased by Hester Enterprises, and in 1994, Hester enlisted RLI Vision Corporation of Peoria, Illinois, to be the mainland distributor of Maui Jim Sunglasses for the ophthalmic market. Maui Jim, Inc. was established in December 1996, when Maui Jim Sunglasses acquired RLI Vision. Today, the company sells more than 50 styles and 100 SKUs and is the fastest growing polarized sunglass maker in the world.

Slater’s supported by:
Paddle Surf Hawaii, Maui Jim Sunglasses, Quick Blade, Dakine, Freestyle Watches Future Fins, H2o Audio, Hi-Tech Surf Sports

For more information on Slater Trout and Maui Jim Sunglasses:

About Connect Management:
Connect Management is an Action Sports athlete management company providing some of the most talented young competitors in the world with a range of marketing and publicity services to help them develop professional careers in their chosen sports.
Contact: Ben Cortez at Connect Management
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