Far from the glory days riding for some of the biggest surfwear brands in the world local San Diego surfers Taylor Knox and Rob Machado have both signed with Encinitas athletic/yoga type wear brand Vuori. Taylor former sponsors have been Rusty, OP, Planet Earth, Rip Curl and then Reef. If I was Quiksilver I would had picked up Taylor (with the contingency of surfing Todos Santos on all the big swells teaming up with Santa Cruz surfer Peter Mel). Quik has almost never had any "A" talent inside San Diego instead always had sponsored C grade surfers.
Rob I thought for sure he would had signed with Patagonia as that brand to seem to fit his vibe and there is a Patagonia store on the same street as his home in Cardiff By The Sea. Robs past main sponsors include Gotcha and Hurley.