Gold Coast shredder and ABA Tour regular Joe Clarke has added a new sticker to his board after signing with renowned bodyboard clothing company Unite.
Clarke previously rode for South Coast-based clothing label I Am None until 2014.
For the past 12 months, the Gold Coaster had been wearing Unite clothing despite not being an official part of the team.
This week it was announced that Joe would now be an official team rider.
“I needed a change in my career and I couldn’t have found a better clothing brand to work with,” Joe said.
“It’s a privilege to be a part of such a loyal and tight-knit team.”
The signing of the 28-year-old is the first addition to the Unite Bodyboard Team since Lachlan Cramsie joined the roster in 2011.
Unite Managing Director Joel Taylor said he had wanted to sign the Gold Coaster for a number of years.
“Ever since Joe burst onto the scene in 2008 I’ve wanted him on our team,” Taylor said.
“When the opportunity to sign him came up, we jumped at the chance. We’re stoked to welcome Joe to the Unite family.
“Not only is Joe one of the best bodyboarders in the world right now, but he’s also close friends with everyone at Unite. He’s the right fit for our brand, he fits the mould perfectly.”
Joe joins Ryan Hardy, Michael Novy, Lachlan Cramsie and Winston McCall on the 2016 Unite Bodyboard Team.
“It means the world to me being associated with a brand with such an elite group of athletes,” Joe said.
“Especially [Ryan] Hardy, in my eyes he is still the best bodyboarder in the world.”
Following his fourth place finish on the 2015 ABA Pro Tour, Joe recently returned from a surf trip to the Philippines. Competition and travel will again be his main focus for 2016.
“I want the ABA Pro Tour title next year, that’s a major goal for me,” he said.
“I’m keen to travel to places I’ve never been to before, tick a few destinations off the world map. I’ll also be putting my all into producing high-performance clips in 2016.
“I want to put out content that will amp the kids to get off the couch and go for a surf!”
Joe is sponsored by Custom X, Limited Edition, Agent Eighteen, Unite, Bodyboarders Surf Co., Hogs Breath Cafe and Sun Zapper.