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World Surf League Announces Partnership with Leading Global Beer Brand Corona; Multi-year Partnership Extends to Far Corners of the World

Today the World Surf League and Corona announced a multi-year partnership agreement through 2018, making Corona the Official Beer of the World Surf League globally, with the exception of the U.S. market.

“2015 was the single biggest year in surfing history across every major metric we measure, and we are thrilled that Corona – one of the Top 10 most valuable beer brands in the world according to BrandZ 2015 – has chosen to partner with us,” said Mark Noonan, Global Chief Commercial Officer of the World Surf League. “Corona’s aspirational lifestyle is a perfect complement to the WSL, and we are extremely proud to have them join our group of world class partners.”

The WSL and Corona will work together on consumer and customer activations in all key markets aligning Corona’s authentic and unpretentious lifestyle with the World Surf League’s mission of putting the world’s best surfers on the world’s best waves. Corona will engage surf fans through compelling original content, exciting on-site activations like the Corona Sunsets festivals, and corporate social responsibility initiatives at some of the most exotic and remote locations on the planet.

“Corona has been popular with surfers since the early 1980s, when surfers first discovered the point breaks of Baja and regularly enjoyed a crisp, refreshing Corona after catching the waves. We see The World Surf League as a great ambassador for our brand and the Corona lifestyle,” said Global VP Corona Marcel Marcondes. “Corona reminds us all to take a step back, reconnect to our essential nature and enjoy moments outside. This partnership with the WSL creates an abundance of such special moments in the most beautiful settings all year long. We believe the WSL provides us with a valuable opportunity to connect with the WSL’s growing community and LDA fans that are inspired by the surf lifestyle.”

Corona will partner with WSL Championship Tour surfers Coco Ho, Alejo Muniz, Matt Wilkinson and Julian Wilson. At each stop of the WSL Championship Tour, Corona will help ensure the experience of fans is unforgettable. Key markets for brand activations in 2016 will include Australia, Brazil, South Africa and France.

The 2016 Samsung Galaxy World Championship Tour begins with the Quiksilver Pro in Australia, kicking-off on March 10. Fans can catch all the live action by going to worldsurfleague.com or by downloading the free app in either the iTunes store or Google Play.

About The World Surf League

The World Surf League (WSL), formerly the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP), is dedicated to celebrating the world’s best surfing on the world’s best waves through a variety of best-in-class audience platforms. The League, headquartered in Santa Monica, is a truly global sport with regional offices in Australasia, Africa, North America, South America, Hawaii, Japan and Europe.

The WSL has been championing the world's best surfing since 1976, running global events across the Samsung Galaxy Men's and Women's Championship Tours, the Big Wave Tour, Qualifying Series, Junior and Longboard Championships, as well as the WSL Big Wave Awards. The League possesses a deep appreciation for the sport's rich heritage while promoting progression, innovation and performance at the highest levels.

Showcasing the world's best surfing on its digital platform at WorldSurfLeague.com as well as the free WSL app, the WSL has a passionate global fan base with millions tuning in to see world-class athletes like Mick Fanning, John John Florence, Stephanie Gilmore, Greg Long, Gabriel Medina, Carissa Moore, Makua Rothman, Kelly Slater, Adriano de Souza and more battle on the most unpredictable and dynamic field of play of any sport in the world.

For more information, please visit WorldSurfLeague.com .

About Corona

Corona is the leading beer brand in Mexico, the 6th most valuable beer brand in the world*, and the most popular Mexican beer worldwide, with sales in more than 120 countries. Corona Extra was first brewed in 1925 at the Cervecería Modelo in Mexico City. Ten years after its launch, Corona became the best-selling beer in Mexico, and today continues to stand for Mexican pride around the world. Follow global Corona on Instagram: @corona

Contact:

World Surf League
Patty Smith, 310-804-2721
psmith@worldsurfleague.com
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Corona
Karen Couck
karencouck@ab-inbev.com
or
Kathleen Van Boxelaer
kathleen.vanboxelaer@ab-inbev.com

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