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Surfing champ Charly Martin loses Nike sponsorship over knife charge

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By John Glenday, Reporter

October 19, 2011 | 1 min read

Sportswear brand Nike have pulled out of a major sponsorship deal with surfing champion Charly Martin after he was caught in possession of a knife.

Martin, who is currently ranked as the third best surfer in the world, was fined £500 in Wick after he was stopped carrying a 4.5 inch cutlery knife.

Following the affair a Nike spokeswoman said: “Nike has ended its sponsorship of Charles Martin as a result of his recent conviction. We have no further comment.”

The star had set himself a goal of attaining “more maturity for myself and my surfing” during the 2010 season.

Martin has also secured sponsorship deals with Oakley sunglasses and surf wear label O’Neill.

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