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    INNOCENT WORLD MELBOURNE

    Our #ThisFirst competition winner Tylah Kerr of Innocent World has done an epic job of putting together a killer line up of bands for her fundraising gig going down Thursday 31st August at The Gasometer Hotel in Melbourne. Cheap tickets for such an awesome line up and proceeds of ticket sales are going to https://makelifeskatelife.org/ . Make Life Skate Life is a 100% volunteer-run non-profit organisation that works with local skateboarding communities around the world to create free of charge, community-built concrete skateparks. Putting smiles on young faces, allowing children free access to skateboarding regardless of economic standing. Great cause. Good times. Hell yes!!!
  • Art

    Our DIY Guide To Turning Your Chinos Into A One-Of-A-Kind Pair Of Pants

    Our DIY Guide To Turning Your Chinos Into A One-Of-A-Kind Pair Of Pants We're here to show you how to take an ordinary pair of chinos and turn them into a one-of-a-kind, siiiiiiiiiiiiiick pair of pants! Totally original. Totally yours. Don’t be scared. The bolder the better, it’s your chance to go nuts and really turn it up! The first step to customising your pants or any piece of clothing for that matter, is to have a game plan. Know what you want to achieve before you jump into it because once you start, there's no going back. Maybe think of a theme, grab some reference drawings, think of some phrases or even grab some stencils for lettering if you aren’t super confident. Gotta say though, sometimes mistakes can add to the overall low-fi street effect so don’t stress! It’s fun times!! WHAT YOU’LL NEED: - Chinos! (Of course, we chose our favourite Volcom Frochickie chinos) - A pair of scissors - Any drawing tool (we chose Sharpies) - A pencil - Some inspiration for reference (either print out what you want to draw or use your phone) Choose a spot to start your first drawing and that can work as your guideline for the rest of the pant in terms of scale and colour. It might even be helpful to sketch in the first design in pencil and then mark spaces you’d like the rest of the elements to go also in pencil just so you have a good map for the illustrations. A combination of text and illustrations was the ultimate goal for these pants, so the next step was to choose a phrase to write and the lettering to match. We chose Volcom's mantra, "True To This" and decided that rad slime letters would look the coolest. Googling "drip letters" and led to the perfect guide for the text. Eeeeezaaaaay! Once finished with all drawings and text, the next phase of customization was cutting the pants to get a raw hem. For an unbalanced hem the front of the pants were cut and frayed higher than the back. Don’t worry about useing a ruler or guidelines for straight lines, it looks good when edgy and not perfect. Start by cutting above the hemline, all the way across. Next, grab the front of the pants and cut upward to your desired length and then cut across and then downwards. Finnito! Killer chinos all of your own! 100% unique, just like you wooop! Shop the Frochickie Pant!
  • Music

    Week 19: The Oil Pans “Creepy Tales” | Volcom Cyber Singles Club

    Burger Records x Volcom present Cyber Singles Club, features music from the newest breed of Burger Records stars in the making, recorded exclusively at Volcom Studio, and will be released for free download & streaming every Monday for 20 weeks beginning April 17th. Week 19: The Oil Pans - "Creepy Tales"   Grab the free download Born from the toxic runoff of Disneyland, The Oil Pans bring their foggy vibes to the Volcom studio for their first-ever recording of "Creepy Tales." "The concept behind The Oil Pans is that we're the sludge that collects in the oil,” says vocalist Squelch. "We're the discarded filth that slips through the cracks and stains the countless driveways and roadways. We're that imprint that never goes away." The Oil Pans formed in 2001. "We came together with the idea of playing bluesy, melancholic punk rock," says Squelch. Joining the frontman is guitarist Daniel Bush, bassist Marquies Kharinval, drummer Damian "Chocolate" Edwards, and organist Tony Santos. Together, these musicians have displayed a rigorous focus on live performance. "We have always been a theatrical band," explains Squelch. "Our hope is that the audience captures our presence with the absurd antics and leaves the venue with unanswered questions that may be fulfilled in times of turmoil and strife. Life is theatrics. We all play roles. The Oil Pans tend to portray the sadistic nature of everyday life through dense fog and shadow play." The relationship between Burger Records and The Oil Pans goes back to the mid-to-late '90s when Lee from Burger would hang out with the Four Letter Words. The Four Letter Words would play with The Noise which was Lee and Sean's band. Later, they would form The Make Out Party with Dan, and Burger would release their 1st 7-inch back in the primal stages of the record label. The lineage runs deeps between The Oil Pans and Burger Records. The Oil Pans conjure timeless dread on this song. "'Creepy Tales' is about war stories," Squelch tells us. "It's the way that men talk to each other with their over-inflated egos and far-fetched stories. It's the pounding of the chest, look-at-me scenario that rifles through the song." With this initial recording under their belts, The Oil Pans are primed for more recordings. According to Squelch, "The Oil Pans definitely want to go back into the recording studio with the intentions of releasing an EP or even a full-length LP." Catch up on previous week's releases: Week 1: The Side Eyes "Cat Call" Week 2: The High Curbs "Empty Bottles" Week 3: VAJJ "Honey Pie" Week 4: Wyatt Blair "Pop Your Heart Out" Week 5: The Flytraps "Female of the Species" Week 6: Hammered Satin "Upward Spiral" Week 7: Death Valley Girls "Born Again and Again" Week 8: Vision "Light" Week 9: Meow Twins "Ratchet Witch" Week 10: White Night "Dirty Water" Week 11: Cowgirl Clue "Utopia" Week 12: Flying Hair "Tantrum" Week 13: Dabble "Free Time" Week 14: Distractor "Six Foot Moon" Week 15: Easy Love "The Echo" Week 16: RØBBER "Monster in the Cabinet" Week 17: Part Time "Que Vida" Week 18: Fatal Jamz "Heavenly Choir"
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    CJ Collins' first time to Spain for the La Kantera Pro

    Cj Collins isn't your normal 14 year old boy. Not only does he absolutely rip on a skateboard, but he has more stamps in his passport than a most other kids his age. In June we took him to Getxo located in the Basque Country region of Spain for the 2017 La Kantera Pro. While he's been to Malmo, Sweden and Florianópolis, Brazil for the Vans Park Series, it was his first time to Spain and he was pretty excited. Before he hopped on a 14 hour flight to Bilbao, Spain he stopped by the Volcom HQ store to pick up some new clothes for the trip. CJ with a little wallride in the Volcom U.S. HQ store before picking up some clothes for his trip. Packing for his first time to Spain! Grabbing a drink at Volcom U.S. HQ in his new "Supply Stone" Pullover Hoodie In the Volcom HQ store CJ was really digging the 'Stone Supply' pullover hoodie, 'Lino Stone' Tee and a new pair of 'Frickin Modern' stretch pants. Still with some time to kill before he had to head to the airport, he decided to hit the Volcom U.S. HQ skatepark for a quick sesh. CJ Collins dropping in, in his new Frickin Modern stretch pants. CJ Stalefish at Volcom U.S. HQ With his bags packed and and passport in hand CJ hopped in the van and headed to the airport. The flight was delayed a half an hour but with the in the grand scheme of things what's another half an hour when you're waiting to get on a 14 hour flight? CJ taking his bags out of the van at the airport. Just waiting to get on the plane in the Lino Stone tee When he arrived in Bilbao, Spain he met up with the rest of the team including Grant Taylor, Collin Provost, Axel Cruysberghs, Omar Hassan and others at the airport as they were all flying in from various places at the same time. Once all together, the crew made it to the Moana Surf and Skate Hostel where they were staying. Complete with a mini ramp, little street course and all sorts of other stuff to get into, CJ was in heaven! After a solid nights rest the next day we headed down to La Kantera, an old skatepark with prime real estate on the beach where the contest was held, to get some practice in. The bowl the contest was in is more reminiscent of a backyard pool with a steep shallow end and 10 foot deep end. This made it a little difficult for the heavy hitters like Grant and Omar but for little CJ it was just his size. CJ wasted no time as he was frothing to skate, blasting airs in practice and figuring out his line for the contest. CJ blasting a stalefish in his 'Supply Stone' pullover hoodie The next day was the contest and CJ was put straight int the finals. While waiting for his heat him and Grant Taylor would stay warmed up on the old crusty halfpipe behind the stands. In his heats he would land trick after trick, really impressing the locals who've skated the bowl their entire life and the spectators who have never seen CJ skate in person. Every wall he would do a trick and the crowd would collectively wonder 'how did he just land that?!?' While the pros would blast huge airs and do difficult tricks, most of them had a hard time staying on their board for the entire time. The 'Frickin Modern' stretch pants were basically made for boneless' like this! Stalefish in the deep end as the entire crowd watches. In the end CJ took home FIRST place! First time to Spain and skating the notoriously difficult La Kantera bowl, he came out on top! CJ was just as surprised as everyone else and the crew was extremely proud of our little guy. With CJ taking the top spot at the 2017 La Kantera Pro, everyone in the crew wanted to celebrate CJ's epic win, but how to you party with a 14 year old? While most of the crew enjoyed drinks by the beach with the rest of the skaters in the contest, CJ eventually made it back to the Hostel to rest up. Grant Taylor stoked for CJ after the contest! Next day we tried to get in the streets to hit some spots, but the rain wasn't letting that happen. Collin Provost was trying to explain '10% parties' to CJ, basically meaning that when you win a big contest prize you immediately spend 10% of the winnings celebrating. The question arose again of 'how do you celebrate with a 14 year old? Well if you're CJ Collins you spend it on a soccer ball to kick around with your bros, go souvenir bracelet shopping with Grant Taylor and of course, hit the arcade! First purchase with your contest winnings, a soccer ball! Just about 10 minutes later Grant accidentally kicked it to the water by where we were eating. (We eventually got it back though) Grant negotiating deals for souvenir bracelets for the entire crew. What better way to spend a rainy day then hitting the arcade with your buds. After some quality time at the Arcade we headed down to the beach for a mellow La Kantera Pro wrap party right next to the skatepark. With a decent amount of candy in his system, CJ had plenty of energy to spare so he played soccer with some of the locals on the beach for a few hours while the rest of the crew enjoyed drinks and food at the party. All that running on the sand got CJ tuckered out while the rain started to fall. By the end of the weekend it was unfortunately time to head home. Everyone flew out around the same time but still had plenty of time to kill in the airport while we waited. To pass the time CJ likes to draw in a sketchbook he carries around in his backpack. He likes to draw portraits of people and this was one of our video director Lannie Rhodes. Remy Stratton also pointed out that Grant Taylor used to do the same thing when he was that age too. CJ in the 'Base' tee with his portrait of Lannie while waiting for his flight home.
  • Music

    Week 18: Fatal Jamz "Heavenly Choir" | Volcom Cyber Singles Club

    Burger Records x Volcom present Cyber Singles Club, features music from the newest breed of Burger Records stars in the making, recorded exclusively at Volcom Studio, and will be released for free download & streaming every Monday for 20 weeks beginning April 17th. Week 18: Fatal Jamz - "Heavenly Choir"   Grab the free download Fatal Jamz formed during a busy summer for singer Marion Belle. "I formed the project in 2013 in the middle of recording a record with Dan Horne (The Lilys + Beachwood Sparks) and a bunch of my favorite L.A. players," he says. "I had a group going at the time called Bowery Beasts and this record we were recording was going to be our second full length. It came out as something very different and it went from there into Fatal Jamz." The newly christened Fatal Jamz received some positive attention early on with a single. "I started producing singles with my friend Nic and we dropped 'Rookie' on the bandcamp and it immediately got a lot of love online," recounts Marion. "From that one song we got asked to tour with Sky Ferreira and Smith Westerns." Burger Records and Gnar Tapes released the debut Fatal Jamz album, Vol. 1 in 2013. "I met Sean and Lee initially through my friends at Gnar and The Memories," recalled Marion. "They have been very supportive, setting up shows and DJ nights. They are really the first people to give the music a platform which I've always appreciated. It's been easy and cool to be apart of what Burger's been doing, which is obviously historic." "Heavenly Choir" is the first new Fatal Jamz song since releasing Coverboy in 2016 on Lollipop Records. If you are picking up a dark romantic vibe, you aren't misled. "In my songs I'm the lord of the dark garden of dreams," explains Marion. "I live for romance and the danger of love." "Heavenly Choir" may in fact signal the direction for future Fatal Jamz. "I wanted to write something very blood, red and gothic," says Marion. "It ended up being a new kind of anthem for us and maybe unlocking a new direction for the next record." Catch up on previous week's releases: Week 1: The Side Eyes "Cat Call" Week 2: The High Curbs "Empty Bottles" Week 3: VAJJ "Honey Pie" Week 4: Wyatt Blair "Pop Your Heart Out" Week 5: The Flytraps "Female of the Species" Week 6: Hammered Satin "Upward Spiral" Week 7: Death Valley Girls "Born Again and Again" Week 8: Vision "Light" Week 9: Meow Twins "Ratchet Witch" Week 10: White Night "Dirty Water" Week 11: Cowgirl Clue "Utopia" Week 12: Flying Hair "Tantrum" Week 13: Dabble "Free Time" Week 14: Distractor "Six Foot Moon" Week 15: Easy Love "The Echo" Week 16: RØBBER "Monster in the Cabinet" Week 17: Part Time "Que Vida"
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    My City - Heredia, Costa Rica - Kervin Miranda

    My City is a Volcom video series showcasing the Latin American Skate Team as they take us through their hometowns, showing us where they grew up skating and what struggles they had to overcome along the way. In episode three of My City we visit 21-year-old Kervin Miranda in his relaxed, quaint hometown of Heredia, Costa Rica, located just north of the country's capital of San Jose. Surrounded by superb colonial architecture and beautiful gardens, Heredia might not have the ideal grounds to grow up skating, but nothing great comes with an easy start. While the capital is more developed and urban to resemble a metropolitan area, flourishing with a variety of ideal skate spots, Heredia lies among one of the many rural landscapes of central Costa Rica, primitive in city streets and structures. So rural, that according to Kervin, some places don't even have established streets, and if they do, they are not constructed properly and the sidewalks are burdened with cracks and gravel. While that seems tough to find a decent spot, the police have been cracking down in recent years on skateboarding throughout the city, which leaves skateboarders questioning their options. Watch Episode 1 of My City with Jhancarlos Gonzalez Watch Episode 2 of My City with Jesus Munoz So, what do skaters do when they're not allowed to skate freely throughout their city streets? They are relegated to skateparks. More and more skateparks have been populating the surrounding areas of Heredia due to the higher volume of interest in the activity, but skating in the streets versus in a skatepark is just not the same. Kervin and his friends realize that's just a part of skateboarding in Costa Rica, but that's what makes it all worth it. The challenge. The payoff. The irrational pursuit of it all, and they wouldn't have it any other way. Kervin, frontside boardslide in Heredia. Photo: Olman Torres See more of Kervin on Instagram @kervin29 and keep up with the latest Volcom Skate happenings on @volcomskate and @volcomlatam!

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Week 17: Part Time "Que Vida" | Volcom Cyber Singles Club
Burger Records x Volcom present Cyber Singles Club, features music from the newest breed of Burger Records stars in the making, recorded exclusively at Volcom Studio, and will be released for free download & streaming every Monday for 20 weeks beginning April 17th. Week 17: Part Time - "Que Vida"   Grab the free download Part Time was created by the band's mastermind, David Speck, in 2009. Already a veteran of bands in Austin and Oakland, David explains that Part Time was formed "simply by the grace of its substance." Since then, Part Time has released a string of full-length albums on several different labels starting with the 2009 self-titled release on Voice Academy Records, followed by two albums for Mexican Summer, What Would You Say? and PDA. They made their Burger Records debut in 2014 with Late Night with David Loca followed by Return To Cherry on Mother of Pearl. The last Part Time album, Virgos Maze, was released by Burger in 2015. "Burger Records is great," says David. "They believe in artists' dreams, which in turn realizes their own." Over the years, Part Time has seen several lineup changes. The "Regular Part Time Joes," as David describes it, "these days include: guitarist and keyboardist Billy Trujillo, bass barbarian Tony Leal, and our dear friend, the original atomic blonde on vocals, Kristin Caballero." Together, this group brings us a unique take on a '60s classic. As David puts it, "simply a silly punky / new wave cover of a song by Arthur Lee's 'Love' off of the Da Capo album."" Catch up on previous week's releases: Week 1: The Side Eyes "Cat Call" Week 2: The High Curbs "Empty Bottles" Week 3: VAJJ "Honey Pie" Week 4: Wyatt Blair "Pop Your Heart Out" Week 5: The Flytraps "Female of the Species" Week 6: Hammered Satin "Upward Spiral" Week 7: Death Valley Girls "Born Again and Again" Week 8: Vision "Light" Week 9: Meow Twins "Ratchet Witch" Week 10: White Night "Dirty Water" Week 11: Cowgirl Clue "Utopia" Week 12: Flying Hair "Tantrum" Week 13: Dabble "Free Time" Week 14: Distractor "Six Foot Moon" Week 15: Easy Love "The Echo" Week 16: RØBBER "Monster in the Cabinet"
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No Punching the Time Clock Here, We Got Updates from the #ThisFirst New Hires
Following the news that they were selected as a #ThisFirst new hire, our winners have wasted no time seizing the opportunity to put their passion first. Firstly here in Australia, Tylah Kerr is hard at work setting up a show in Melbourne. She's already confirmed the venue, The Gasometer Hotel, and locked in the first band, Vacations, from Newcastle. Tying in a give back, Tylah's show will help benefit the charity Make Life Skate Life, a non-profit organization creating community skateparks around the world, a cause that resonates with her dating back to a trip she took to Nepal when she was 16 years old.     Heading over to Europe, Àngel Pérez in Spain revealed that he will begin production on Horchata Perez Ortega - The Movie, a musical that will continue his Horchata… franchise. Having already composed the first song and casted an actress for the film, Angel will continue to document his creation process over the coming weeks as he completes the film's first song. p> El rodaje de la horchata va en serio. Ya hemos rodado dos escenas, queda un largo camino por delante pero mucha ilusión y muchos cameos. Tú puedes ser uno de ellos! Con @gemmaperez95 #truetothis #thisfirst #volcom A post shared by Àngel - APODOTS (@apo_fx) on Jul 28, 2017 at 11:08am PDT   "I feel very excited because this time I'll be able to spend time on my own project and not other's projects. I've been told many times: You can spend time fulfilling your dreams or you can waste time fulfilling other's dreams"   Grabando otra escena de la película de la horchata con @adrinstgonzalez y @gemmaperez95 para el premio de Volcom #thisfirst #truetothis #volcom A post shared by Àngel - APODOTS (@apo_fx) on Aug 1, 2017 at 10:40am PDT     Over in the U.K. Joanna Painter has begun a new large format charcoal piece that captures the beauty of her local break, Holywell Bay in Cornwall, and combines her passions of art and ocean conservation. Re-upped with a load of new supplies she’s been creating time-lapses that document her progress on the new piece which will end up taking well over 100 hours to complete. Stocking up for the next 6 weeks . . . #pastel #drawing #art #landscape #seascape #artist #contemporaryart #unisoncolour #surf #waves #charcoal #artwork #studio #sea #surf #volcom #thisfirst #truetothis #irrationalpursuit #artistsoninstagram #wip #blankcanvas A post shared by Jo Painter (@joannapainter) on Jul 25, 2017 at 10:42pm PDT     Already on his bicycle journey from Munich, Germany to the Atlantic coast through France and down to Spain, when he was notified that he was selected as a #ThisFirst new hire, Steffen Türmer has been riding, camping and documenting his adventure one roll of 35mm film at a time. I'm currently riding my bike from Munich to the Atlantic coast of France and then down to Spain. Huge thanks to @VOLCOM #THISFIRST for making this trip possible. I'm beyond stoked for the month to come. The last days I rode through the beautiful hills of the Limousin and in a few the days I should reach the coast. #TrueToThis A post shared by Steffen Türmer (@s.tuermer) on Jul 19, 2017 at 7:53am PDT     With just over two months until she will travel to compete Obstacle Course Racing championships in Canada this October, Anaïs Chausse has been hard at work training with the Tr1be OCR Team out of France and preparing for Tr1be's first online fit challenge. She also might have gone to Disneyland :) Sagement et en silence l'entraînement pour le Canada continue. L'impatience du départ s'installe !!! #tr1beocrteam #volcom #thisfirst #truetothis #tr1be #canada #spartan #spartanwomen #werise #bestteamever #fields A post shared by Anaïs (@anaischausse) on Aug 2, 2017 at 11:27am PDT     In the U.S., our five new hires after spending a couple days in Orange County and visiting the Volcom HQ in Costa Mesa are back home making things happen. Twenty one year old Tim Briggs, a third year student at Northeastern is making perpetrations to head to La Paz, Mexico where he will study the effects that plastic and fishing nets are having on the California Sea Lion population. A California Sea Lion entangled in fishing line at Santa Cruz pier. This sea lion is young and the line will continue to tighten as the sea lion grows unless the line is cut. This is one of my preliminary shots for @volcom #thisfirst If you see an entangled animal, call your local marine mammal rescue team. I'm going to be focusing on plastic pollution and the impacts of fishing, namely overfishing and entanglement. I'm at the airport right now on my way to La Paz, Mexico, where I'll be covering overfishing for Environmental Defense Fund and doing some dives with Volcom. Stay tuned. #sealion #plasticpollution #entanglement #ghostfishing #santacruz #volcom #thisfirst #lapaz #edf A post shared by Tim Briggs (@timbriggsphoto) on Aug 1, 2017 at 10:37am PDT     Immediately after returning from California, Houston's Brandon Clements along with his co-host Julian Lara drove to San Marcos, TX to cover Float Fest for their Dead Dialect podcast where they interviewed Cage The Elephant and Moon Taxi.     Norcal's Robert Wall arrived in Costa Mesa later than the rest of the U.S. hires, he was returning from a Colorado trip where he took 1st place in the largest freestyle cliff jumping event organized to-date in the United States. Robert's working alongside his wider group of jumpers to organize and legitimize the sport of cliff jumping. Last week we hosted the largest freestyle cliff jumping competition in the United States. . Over a hundred spectators and 20 of The best cliff jumpers and cliff divers in the country came out representing 12 different states to compete with a panel of 5 judges with backgrounds in cliff jumping/cliff diving as well as some with ski/snowboard backgrounds. . The result was something brand new and incredible. Congrats to 1st place @robert.wall and runners up @faayeded and @jakeofalltrades808 thanks to @14erbrewing @belongdesigns @outdoworldwide @flylowgear @healthyskoop this event was a huge success and I can't wait to plan the next competition. #coloradocliffcruise2017 #extremevertigo #ccc17 A post shared by Extreme Vertigo (@exvert) on Jul 24, 2017 at 4:20pm PDT My winning dives from the Colorado cliff cruise competition! Congrats to @faayeded and @jakeofalltrades808 for placing 2nd and 3rd the whole idea was to progress our skills in a friendly competitive environment. Huge shoutout to @travissims @14erbrewing @exvert and everyone else who helped put this together and judged the event! @Hopeisdopee . . . . . . #cliffjumping #cliffdiving #coloradocliffcruise2017 #ccc2017 #clifflife #adventure #adrenaline #exursionalways #hoagiexpringle #outdoors #hiking #outdoors #volcom #thisfirst #truetothis A post shared by Robert Wall (@robert.wall) on Jul 24, 2017 at 12:06pm PDT     Canarus Leon upon returning home to Houston jumped right back into regular Tuesday and Sunday night practices and hit the once a month battle night called Monster night. Constantly practicing with his crews, RAD and MZK, Canarus has his eyes set on Freestyle Championships in a Los Angeles this fall.     And Sara Becker headed back to Philadelphia only to then turn right around to visit Michigan with her family where she and her mother, who she is very close with, wrestled with opening up publicly about their family's struggles with mental illness. Once back in Philadelphia Sara's been working securing membership to a print shop and getting reacquainted with the city since moving back from South Carolina. Huge thank you to @jenkletooth for showing me around one of Philly's many bandos... I'm officially addicted! That's one of his characters on the bottom! #philly #philadelphiastreetart #wheatpaste #jenkletooth #sarabeckerisrad #phillystreetart #truetothis #thisfirst A post shared by Sara Becker (@sarabeckerisrad) on Jul 31, 2017 at 8:06pm PDT     Down in Peru, Carolina Paz traveled to the Carapongo Valley in Chosica, which is about two hours from Lima, where she is a creating a workshop for high school students that focuses on the empowerment of girls. Called "Poder Está Dentro de Mí" (I Have The Power in Me) and working in groups and in one-on-ones, the workshop will use creativity, art and imagination to develop the girls’ confidence, trust, love, self esteem of themselves, all through the lens of super heroines.     Chile's Simón Sepúlveda is working to bring to light the issues of immigration currently occurring in Chile. Of special interest to Simon is the plight of the Haitian migrants who are in search of a better life as they flee from their ravaged country. Only in the recent years has Chile and it's citizens have had to begin to consider immigration and without a comprehensive immigration policy in place, those migrating to the country are facing discrimination and labour abuse.     Having received his visa, Costa Rica's Fabian Ruiz, better known as Chama, is in the planning stages of a U.S. tour this fall. He's also in the process of building a new skate slide guitar and augmenting his one-man-band set up in preparation for stateside debut. Finally VISA ready planning the first USA tour, dont know where to start, any suggestions?? #trumpapproved #thanksobama #ronaldmcdonald #blessed A post shared by Fabian (@chamaride) on Jul 31, 2017 at 9:31am PDT     Across the Pacific in Japan, besides jumping behind the kit with the Michael Kaneko band at Fuji Rock Festival, Atsushi Miki has been lugging his Wadaiko out to various spots in natural and man-made spots to inspire new recordings. 滝 - WATERFALL - . Special Thanks KB & U @yukinorikbinoue @amaga_u . @Volcom @VolcomJapan . #Volcom #ThisFirst #TrueToThis #AtsushiMiki #御木惇史 #JP #Japan #GrandPrix #Drummer #Percussion #Wadaiko #Taiko #Sound #Spirit #drums #photo #photography #film #fashion #art #artist #snowboard #skateboard #surf #artwork #GP #session #groove #beat #waterfall A post shared by 御木惇史 / ATSUSHI MIKI (@atsushi_seizo) on Jul 26, 2017 at 4:33am PDT     And over in Taiwan, Chen Yu Ching, recently completed a backpacking trip in her home country of Taiwan in preparation for her upcoming volunteer trip to India. Feeling the need to continue to challenge herself, Chen wanted to try backpacking as a means to help build up her strength both mentally and physically. I'm living my dream in real!!! This is my first backpacking journey in my country, Taiwan. Before volunteering in India, I need to challenge myself to experience sth that I never did before!!朝夢想邁進!台灣背包客~#truetothis#thisfirst#volcom#backpacking#journey#challenge#livingdreams #2017#summer#godisgood#day1#taiwan#india#volunteer#goal#liveinaction#s4s#第二人生#youmatter A post shared by JochebedQ (@joch__19y) on Jul 24, 2017 at 4:09am PDT
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Post Heat Interviews – Day 2 US Open Of Surfing Huntington Beach
The US Open of Surfing has landed in Huntington Beach, CA, and the waves are firing! The Volcom crew, including Team Manager and Coach, Matt "Bemmy" Bemrose, has been down on the beach every day watching our team riders surf their way through heats and rooting them on from the stands. Yesterday, we sat down with Bemmy to get some insight on what it takes to work with some of the world's top female surfers, differences between coaching women's surfing vs. men's surfing, and more. With Maud Le Car's big win yesterday against 6x World Champ, Stephanie Gilmore, and Coco Ho advancing to the quarterfinals (beating current World Champ, Tyler Wright), it's safe say Bemmy's on a good roll! How long have you been with Volcom I started surfing for Volcom when I was 17, then started working for Volcom full-time at 28. I’m 39 now, so about 23 years haha! When did you start working with Coco Ho and Maud Le Car? The first trip I did with Coco was in 2007 to Fiji. I wasn’t working directly with her then, but earmarked her as a future star. Actually, working directly with Coco, that began in 2012. Working with Maud has been on and off over the last two years, but if I get an opportunity to work with her at an event I’m all over it. Maud, Bemmy, and Coco celebrating after Maud's huge win over Steph Gilmore. Who was the first female surfer to ever impress you? Lisa Anderson. She really brought style into women's surfing. Is there a different approach you take when working with female surfers?  A little more attention to detail. Things like: where to paddle out, setting lineups, holding priority, etc. More technical things, but women's surfing has come a long way and I've been really impressed with how Coco and Maud have handled the pressure of competition in and out of the water. Coco Ho How do you recognize a potential star athlete and what are some signs of a true competitor? A never-give-up attitude is the biggest telltale sign. Also, a true competitor shows signs of composure under pressure at an early age. Coco Ho mentally preparing before her heat. Outside competition, what are some signs of true surf talent vs. what can be taught in the water? A willingness to think outside the box and apply new maneuvers to your repertoire in a short amount of time shows true surf talent. How much of your job is life coach vs. surf coach? 50/50 for sure. Probably more life coach though haha! Maud Le Car greeted by boyfriend, Joan Duru, after her win against Steph. The US Open is a mad house full of people, competitors, fans, and brands to name a few. What can an event like this do for an up-and-coming surfer? Compete well and it can make you. For Maud, I guarantee this heat win against Steph Gilmore is the biggest confidence boost she’s ever had. With confidence comes self-belief. That’s all someone needs to take their surfing to the next level. Coco Ho has made her name on the scene and has done well at the US Open in past years, and she's just getting fired up! Maud Le Car qualified for this event through the trials, only to take out 6x World Champ Steph Gilmore in her Round 2 heat. How does that happen? What does it take, and do you think she'll be taking down bigger names in the future? What Maud just accomplished was outstanding. Beating one of the best female surfers ever in a CT event as a wildcard is hard to describe. It’s totally amazing in saying that Maud had the ability and firepower to beat Steph. We spoke all day long before her heat and worked out a tight heat strategy. We had Maud focus on her strengths with the mindset that any heat would be hers to win. When she matched up with Steph, it was business as usual. We spoke about controlling the heat from the start and sticking to her game plan, and that's exactly what she did. This win is life-changing and now Maud knows she has what it takes to mix it with the very best in the world. Coco Ho after her win this morning against current World Champ, Tyler Wright. All smiles!
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Georgia May Jagger 'Volcom X GMJ' Premiere Collection Available Now
We're so excited to finally unveil our debut Volcom x GMJ Collection. We spent many days and nights working with the beautiful Volcom Women's celebrity ambassador, designer and muse, Georgia May Jagger on the collection. We've been fans of Georgia May for as long as we can remember, so when the possibility of working together became an option, we jumped at the chance to take it. Her love of skate culture, music and fashion makes her the perfect addition to the Volcom Women's girl squad. "My life has always been naturally surrounded by skateboarding & music. I always find myself attracted to the city, street culture and musicians." - Georgia May Jagger Georgia in the GMJ Tee. Georgia in the GMJ Romper. Georgia in the GMJ Tank.
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Maud Le Car Defeats Stephanie Gilmore At Vans US Open Of Surfing
Bonjour world! Our French surfer, Maud Le Car, just defeated six-time world champ, Stephanie Gilmore, in their Round Two heat at the Vans US Open of Surfing! To say we were excited is an understatement. Surfing in the contest as a wildcard, Maud has got us and the rest of surf world on the edge of our seats waiting to see what happens next! Stream Maud's heat in Round Three tomorrow at 7:30am PDT where she’ll compete against fellow French surfer Johanne Defay and Australia’s Nikki Van Dijk.