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  • Surf

    A Candid Photo Journal: Puerto Rico W/ Noa, Yago, Droid, Mauro

    Puerto Rico has been an increasingly popular destination for surfers around the world ever since the 1968 World Surfing Championships were held there, and for good reason. Along with the hundreds of reefs, points and tropical beaches, favorable winds to the north, and crystalline blue water, its diverse natural scenery and renowned traditional cuisines make this Caribbean island a favorite among many. As a surfer, you're focusing most on the waves. But what other advantages does Puerto Rico have? Crowds? Those are ubiquitous these days, so we can throw that out. Hazards? There are always a couple. But when you go down the list of notable spots, from Parking Lots to Maria's to Los Tubos to Middles to Aviones (the list goes on), you're sure to score some waves any season you visit. Right? Wrong. Maybe that's right, but not for Noa Deane, Yago Dora, Andrew Doheny, and Mauro Diaz. Noa, Yago, and Andrew recently travelled to Puerto Rico to meet up with Mauro (who lives in PR) and Richie Olivares (Volcom's Global Surf Team Manager) to try and score some clips for a new edit. After driving around a ton searching for waves, taking a mini jet to a neighboring island, and returning to the same fruitless conditions, the boys needed to shift their focus. And they did. When you have a diverse group like this, you are never bored. From Noa's 'welcome to the team' surprise, to the sharpie incidents, to the Pelican Man, there was no shortage of memorable times. See below for a Q&A from the guys, along with a selection of behind-the-scenes and lifestyle film photos from photographers Tom Carey and Scott Stinnett. WEIRD? Meeting the Pelican Man, who literally could talk to the pelicans and tell them what to do, seriously. I guess he was featured on the National Geographic cover once. He would rescue wounded pelicans and by the time we met him he had a full flock under his wing. CREW? Droid and Noa were inseparable the whole trip, constantly making music, writing songs, playing guitar. While Yago would just quietly eat his candy and then boost eight foot airs. Mauro was just soaking it all in and was stoked to be there. FOOD? Meal of the trip was Pinchos? Peenchos? I dunno how to spell or pronounce it, but it's basically sketchy 'chicken' on a stick and sold on the side of the road. DRINK? Drink of the trip was Pina Coladas! So many Pina Coladas. FAVORITE? Favorite moment of the trip was when everyone conspired to welcome Noa to the team by smashing a pie in his face. So while Noa, unknowingly, jammed out on his guitar, Yago snuck up behind him with a pie and smashed it in his face! I think Richie yelled "welcome to the team, grom!" and then Noa smeared more of it all over his face and started chugging whip cream while everyone cheered. It was great. SHARPIE? If you fell asleep early enough, Noa and Droid would hunt you down with a sharpie and vandalize your face. I think Nate Leal got the worst of it. SURF? It was full moon when we were in Tortola and the main spot we surfed the whole trip was in front of a shanty bar called Bombas, which was literally held together by string and beach wood and halfway underwater already. It looked like a big enough wave would knock the whole thing down. They had a legendary party on the night of the full moon and they were serving some beverages that made us hallucinate. It was wild!   BELOW PHOTOS: TOM CAREY CAMERA: CANON AF35M & DISPOSABLE Cheers, mon! Yago, Noa, and Droid taking down some Red Stripes pre-flight. Beer of choice for El Caribe. Droid loves to sleep. Is he sleeping here? Here's Noa wondering the same thing. Small planes are convenient (and sketchy) when you need to jump from island-to-island to search for waves. Grid-locked! You can bet on Yago to always be prepared for a surf. We also discovered he always has extra fin keys. Good man to bring on a trip! Tradewinds in Puerto Rico can sometimes make for chilly weather. But Tradewinds or not, sunny or cloudy, Noa is always rockin' his favourite jeans. Mauro Dora and Yago Diaz?! Surf trips sound so fun, right? Especially to places far from home, and they are. But, people forget it's full of multiple airports, long car rides, lack of sleep, and sometimes getting skunked on waves. Here's Droid at the culmination of it all. Noa trying to make the car rides a little more entertaining for the group. After flying-high all week, Yago indulges on a couple glasses of vino on his last night of the trip. Nate Leal and Scott Stinnett (background left & right), are the go-to filmers for the Volcom Surf Team. These dudes are always on it! What we can take away from this photo is that more sunscreen was needed! Yago channeling some Tony Alva? Scott Stinnett. Cops are always on the lookout. "Yeah, it's a bit windy, but..." Sleeper boy. Noa knocked out from rocking too hard and drinking too much water. Droid's bringing back the classic Black Fly's look. Y'all been to Pusser's? Phone rings... "It's Ozzie! Oh, snap, my rent's due!" House view. Droid sometimes sleeps with his eyes open. It's creepy, but pretty funny! Yes, airports are full of freaks! The name of this airplane is quite accurate. Whatever you do, don't look down! Scared, psyched, confused, or all the above? Touchdown! This place ruled. Yago always packing the late night snacks. This dude loves chocolate. Droid rockin' the Mag Vibes Stoneys and Yago rockin' the Macaw Mods! Mauro Diaz is always Gozando! (Having a good time.) Noa greeting the Shark's Cove of the Caribbean! Why did we have a fart machine? Who knows. But when you play this thing through a mini amp, it will have you in tears. This literally went on for a couple hours... Nate, bummed his phone broke and couldn't Tinder. The pie in the face wasn't enough, and Noa wanted more! Noa making Richie and Droid some tasty treats. Egg in hole? Egg in basket? Whatever it was, it ruled. Noa loves to prank people, and here is proof! So, don't fall asleep before him. Looks like Tom Carey didn't get the message. Checking emails? On Instagram? Whatever, it's too late for photos. Noa's first boards with the Stone! Yes, Droid sleeps with his guitar, day and night. BELOW PHOTOS: SCOTT STINNETT CAMERAS: YASHICA T4 AND WIDELUX Boarding the mini jet. Yago's candy stash. Airport lobby jam sash with Droid and Noa. Maybe just Droid. Droid, zorched. Beers and champagne. Why not?! Seriously lost! Tom Carey trying to figure out where they are while Noa sleeps one off.   Mind surfing. We did that a lot due to the lacking of waves. Few spots had potential, and we found some fun waves, but not a ton. Everyone wants a photo with Droid. Mauro Diaz. Checking this spot called Middles, which had a couple waves on offer. Yago Dora.   This is Tortola. And it's an amazing place to visit. Free samples of Pina Coladas on the house! Noa and Droid. This was the last night in Puerto Rico. Full crew! These rocks were super sharp, but made for some cool, Mars-lookin' landscape. Droid and Noa taking in the amazing view we had. What a way to wake up. Droid.   Yago, the pelican whisperer. OK, Noa is a pelican whisperer, too. Yago, Noa, Droid, trying to write some songs in the lobby. You can see Droid here has taken a new approach to the word "downtime." Downtime again with Droid. Cool path we found to some waves! Droid resting his eyes. Droid jam session.   Droid sleep session.   Yago with somewhat of a swan dive.   Noa and Droid hanging out on the porch of our spot. The Pelican Man hooked us up with some free lessons on how to care for them and feed them. It was actually pretty cool, and Noa and Yago turned out to be experts at the trade. Sincerely, yours truly. So sick. Found a dude who was driving this and asked if we could take some pictures with it. He was stoked, and more than willing to let us do it. Thanks, man, this is rad!   Noa mid-jump, or fall, or step-off, or whatever. Not a very enthusiastic jump, but we'll take it! Buddies. Noa and Yago enjoying the Caribbean. Cool angle of Yago floating in the sea. Yago. Mauro showing us some spots. Room with a view! Yago.   See you, dudes, next time!
  • Skate

    Volcom Presents: My City - Jhancarlos Gonzalez

    "MY CITY" is a Volcom video series showcasing their Latin American Skate team thru a variety of cities in this region.Opening the video series, we present Jhancarlos Gonzalez as he skates the spots he grew up skating in the cities Medellin and Bogota, Colombia. “MY CITY” mission is to present the viewer a visual documentation of the skateboarding in the city thru the eyes of a local. The videos will be released every 2 months for a total of 6 videos to be completed in December of 2017.
  • Skate

    #3SOTYs1STONE By Jack Hyde Animations

    We get a lot of submissions for the @volcomskate instagram and very rarely do we come across content that’s worth sharing. Prior to the Holy Stokes! a Real Life Happening video roll-out, animator Jack Hyde put together some rad animations of the footage for the gram and we were stoked on them. After Kyle Walker won Thrasher Skater of the Year, Daan van der Linden won European Skater of the Year and Jackson Pilz won Slam Skateboarding’s Australian Skater of the Year, we hit him up for some more! We also decided to interview Jack for a little behind the scenes look into what he does! Hey Jack! Thanks for doing this interview. First off who are you, where are you from and what do you do? Hey, thanks for asking! My name is Jack Hyde and I’m a freelance stop motion animator from the UK. I’ve been making animations for about 10 years with the majority of my work being online educational videos for Universities, Colleges etc. However in the last few years I’ve been making skate animations. They’re good fun to make and people seem to like them. How did it all start for you? What came first skateboarding or animation?  Oh skateboarding for sure. I didn’t start animating properly till I was about 18/19. I started skateboarding when I was about 12 and skated pretty much every day for the next 6/7 years. This was in the early 2000’s so it was the days of Tony Hawk Pro Skater, Flip Sorry and Yeah Right! It was a good time. I haven’t skated for a long time now. I have a long term injury which means I can rarely do much exercise. I do still have a deck and on my good days I can have a good push along flat, just no tricks (not that I was any good at them anyway!). Seems like your animations on the gram have gotten some attention lately, we’ve seen brands like Emerica, eS, and even Thrasher Magazine giving you some love for your work. How did it all start? Did brand's notice your work then hit you up or did you send it to them first? When I first started I had no idea whether brands checked their emails, insta messages etc, it was hard to gauge whether they would ever be seen by anyone, you know? So I was bugging Thrasher (sorry!), figuring no one was actually seeing the messages, but they ended up getting back to me and posted one of my animations of Jaws. It kinda went crazy after that, I’ve had lots of nice messages from all over the world and from some of my favourite brands, so that’s been really cool. The éS work was just surreal. I grew up loving that brand so to be able to work with them was a real honour. When they first contacted me I actually didn’t realise it was them. I kind of scan-read a message on my phone from ‘esskateboarding’ and of course it’s all lowercase on Instagram with no accents, so it didn’t click. It was only later on, and after I had replied, that I suddenly thought, oh wow, that was éS! We used to make all of our ads by hand for a good part of our first 25 years and it was rather time consuming. You mentioned that the animations you did for #3SOTYs1Stone took about 500 stills, that seems crazy! How long do these animations usually take to produce and what is the process? They do take a fairly long time to make, and a lot of patience, but for me I think it’s worth it for the end result. I think it’s hard to replicate the stop motion look digitally. Don’t get me wrong, I love digital animation, but stop motion has a certain aesthetic, and that’s what I love about it. For the skate animations, I tend to export the original footage as stills at a slower frame rate than the original. I print them all out and then make a stop motion with them, taking a single photo at a time, replacing each photo on the table with the next one, and so on. The creative parts are done with a good old pair of scissors and glue. What’s the most difficult project you’ve worked on in terms of animating? Or are they all more or less the same? That’s a good question. I made a music video for a band called The Computers many years ago. It involved little card cut outs of the band, animated in an old doll's house. It was an enjoyable process overall, but the actual animating was long, very fiddley, and pretty stressful. What I would say is that usually the actual animating part isn’t the most difficult, it’s the pre-production phase where you have to come up with an interesting idea with the footage and then work out the practicalities of how you will make that work in the stop motion environment. Alright time for a couple quick fire questions, Top 5 Skaters? Mark Appleyard (his Flip Sorry part is still my all time favourite to watch) Lacey Baker Leo Romero Jaws Jerry Hsu Top 5 Videos?  Flip - Sorry Girl - Yeah Right Volcom – Holy Stokes! Vans – No Other Way éS – Menikmati Favorite Skateboard Graphic? I have always been a big fan of Chocolate deck graphics, they do some really great designs. However my favourite of the last few years has to be that Dennis Busenitz ‘Temple of Skate’ deck from Real Skateboards. I missed out on it when it was released and I was totally gutted, it’s beautiful! What are your plans or goals for 2017?? I made some animations for Lucas Beaufort’s DEVOTED skateboard documentary, so I’m really excited about the release of that. Other than that, just keep making animations and travel as much as I can. Thanks for the interview Jack, any thanks or shoutouts? A big thanks to éS and Jaws for helping me out over the last year. There’s no way I would be doing this interview if they hadn’t taken a punt on my work. Big shoutout to all the early 2000’s skaters from our small town of Ashburton, it may not have been the best park in the world, but we had a fun time regardless. Lastly, a massive thanks to Volcom for this interview. I loved making the animations, the footage I got to work with was solid gold!
  • Surf

    Charly Quivront Lets Loose In Hawaii

    Charly Quivront, aka The Cat, is not new to this whole Hawaii thing. The young French surfer has spent many winter seasons at the Volcom Hawaii Houses surfing his brains out, hanging with the house crew dudes like Tai Vandyke and Kaimana Henry, and scoring tons of photos and video clips along the way. This season, Charly met Gabriel Novis, one of Brazil's hottest surf filmmakers, and they instantly clicked. Gabriel was itching to work on a new project, and Charly was eager to get some fresh clips online. So the boys got to work in Hawaii and turned out this killer edit. We asked Gabriel what it was like working with Charly: I HAVE BEEN WANTING TO DO A RAW VIDEO PART FOR A WHILE. INSPIRED ON THOSE OLD SKATEBOARD FILMS THAT WE ALL GREW UP WATCHING, AND WHEN I HEARD ABOUT THIS VOLCOM KID CHARLY QUIVRONT STAYING IN HAWAII FOR THE WINTER, I JUMPED ON THE OPPORTUNITY. IT WAS THE PERFECT FIT. IT WAS SUPER FUN FILMING WITH CHARLY AND HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO STAY AT THE VOLCOM HOUSE. THE VIBE IS JUST INSANE OVER THERE, PRETTY COOL PLACE TO BE. CHARLY IS A RAW TALENT. THE KID IS TRUE AND SURF NEEDS MORE PEOPLE LIKE THIS. HE KNOWS HOW TO MIX HIGH PERFOMANCE SURFING WITH REAL FUN SESSIONS AND HAWAII WAS THE PERFECT SET UP FOR THIS RAD SUNNY CLIP! photo: Tom Carey photo: Tom Carey GET TO KNOW CHARLY QUIVRONT Age: 21 Currently living: Hossegor Years surfing: 16 Sponsors: Volcom, ABC, FCS, Gorilla Grip, Maracuja Surf Shop Favorite spot: Lower Trestles (California) or Seignosse (France) Favorite country: Hawaii, but I need to go back to Indo Goals: Chasing good waves, having fun, and getting the best results on the QS tour! First board: BOUL surfboard made by my uncle for my third birthday Warm-ups: Listening to music when I get changed What gets you motivated to surf? Watching a good surf movie Side tracks: Party Music: PHFAT, "Light Out" Videos: Modern Collective and Lost Atlas Best style: No hipster Random information: I like brunettes Favorite Volcom Pants: Chinos Favorite Boardshorts: Mod-Tech One thing you can't leave home without: My Phone Special thanks: Specially to my parents, family, and my sponsors Fill in the blank: Hello. My name is Charly Quivront, some people call me le Chat. I would best describe my hometown as a good place to rest and see friends. I've traveled quite a bit, but by far the best place I've been is Hawaii because it's warm and there are fun waves everyday. But, by far the worse trip ever was to Canaries a couples years ago!
  • Music

    Why Blister? Why Anything? - Noa Deane Gets "Deep"

    Don't call it surf rock! When Noa Deane isn’t surfin’ he can usually be found with a guitar in his hands channeling his alt-rock heroes Mudhoney and Melvins. Last September Noa recorded his first EP entitled barbie69 entirely by himself at his parents house in their kitchen and put it up on Bandcamp. Jamming the album for a while now, the more we listened, the more we wanted to know. So over the course of a few txt msgs we got Noa shine a little light on his music background. When did you first start playing music? What was the first instrument you learned on? When I was about 12, I had a red Fender Squire Stratocaster. You recorded the album in your parents house, what did you record on? Yeah it was in the downstairs kitchen using Garageband. You play guitar left-handed, but drum right-handed. Which hand do you write with? I write with my right hand. I guess I have a few wires crossed in my brain. Heard you own a cello, do you play that one regular or goofy? Bought one and never play it, haha. Any Aussie musicians you look up to or have influenced you? Inxs is sick and I like Silverchair too. Why Blister? Why anything? haha How’s the album doing? You only need to sell 35,000 to get a gold record in Australia, do you already know where you are going to hang yours? It's going alright. Sold $400 bucks worth, but I'll never sell that many. Haha Below's a little taste of Blister live last week in Manly, Australia during Volcom's epic week long takeover of the Hotel Steyne during Riders Week. Give Noa and Blister a follow on Instagram for more.
  • Ambassadors

    Volcom X Hotel Steyne Riders Week – Day 5 & 6 Photo Gallery

    The week of madness that was our take over at Hotel Steyne Manly has come to an end, but we most definitely went out with a bang! Friday night was a little more mellow on the scale of the week. We had our daily trivia running with lots of prizes won and we saw the bands Los Tones supported by Jackie Brown Jnr. Saturday was turned up to ELEVEN on the scale with “The Paradise Club” party combined with STAB went down up at the Moonshine bar with performances by Noa’s band Blister, Droid’s band Power Lunch and Ozzie! The queue for the Hotel Steyne was one of the biggest lines ever seen and the night was one for the history books.

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Volcom X Hotel Steyne Riders Week – Day 3 & 4 Photo Gallery
The last couple of nights have been 6ft & Offshore down at the pub. Wednesday night included the Boarders Skate store Mini Ramp Jam, Metal Neck 2 – The Bang Over - Movie Premiere followed by live band - The Bleeding Knees Club. Thursday night included the Surfing World Reelers short film competition awards up stairs, Volcom and Vans Pro Skate Team mini ramp demo , which unfortunately go rained off after the first hour, followed by live band – The Mammals and Flower Truck in the Moonshine Bar. Check out the photos below. Remember to get in early on Saturday as its going to be all time. Check out the full schedule HERE!!!
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Volcom X Hotel Steyne Riders Week - Day 1 & 2 Photo Gallery
Monday saw the beginning of the Volcom X Hotel Steyne Riders week. The fun kicked off with the legendary Ozzie Wright showing off his skills on the spray cans. He was posted up above the courtyard spray painting a live mural on a row boat for the keen crowd to enjoy. The pool room was emptied for the crazy talented Gemma O'Brien to work her magic, painting a huge mural that wrapped the walls of the room. The skate ramp is set up and a couple of our team riders Dane Burman, Jackson Pilz & Shane Azar showed their skills for the crowd to enjoy. Nightly Quick Trivia hosted by MC Azar saw some lucky guests walk home with free gear to keep the stoke levels high. Tuesday saw all the Volcom team back down their to watch Gemma O'Brien put the finishing touches on her amazing Mural in the Pool Room. Meanwhile in the courtyard Anthony Lister busted out the spray cans to paint a live mural for the onlookers to enjoy. We saw lots of little legends showing their talents on the mini ramp, team rider and legend Dane Burman even jumped on the ramp to roll with them and no doubt make their day. The team will be back down there again tonight for a big night of events! Check out the schedule here!
Surf
See Indonesia Like Never Before with Muklis Anwar and Bol
Surfing has long been synonymous with road trips. Before tide charts and surf cams, surfers trailed the coastlines in search of treasures. Treasures full of epic waves and empty lineups. Road trips were journeys of discovery, but also of adventure. Uncharted roads that were traveled 50 years ago by surf pioneers are still being traveled today, yet harder to keep secret from the herd. Time and technology has seen the perfect swell reduced to an alert on your phone, thus missing the road to discovery, and that first moment you feast your eyes on glory once known only by a few salty dogs. Captured by discovery, adventure, and waves, Volcom Indonesia team riders Muklis Anwar and Made Winada Adi Putra (“Bol”) packed their bags and boards and hit the open roads to Indonesia’s exotic eastern island of Sumbawa. For nine epic days of hopping ferries and cruising coastal roads, they reignited their love in the journey of finding waves, their appreciation for Indonesia, and the joy of discovering land and waves firsthand. Along their journey, the people they met, the cultures they witnessed, and the breaks they encountered could only be experienced through a rugged, rudimental road trip with an unfeathered sense of destination. It’s fair to say Eastern Roads is no ordinary surf video. It’s an epic travelogue of two surfers remembering that the journey itself is the destination. Reignite your desire for adventure, freedom and a surf-life long forgotten. Roadside break with a view. Shooting some behind the scenes. Muklis prepping his board. Bol, pre-shred. Muklis and Bol waiting until the swell picks up a bit before paddling out. Bol with a lofty punt, "Garuda" style. Couple fun ones at Cobbles. Muklis Anwar Like a postcard, right? Lakeys gives more than awesome waves. Stuck on an island. Waiting for the boat ride out. Muklis snags the first barrel of the morning. There were some fast drainers that morning. Bol layin' it down! It's not too often you see full-rail carves like these. Every wave party wave. Muklis in tube city. Muklis demonstrates your typical roundhouse, which seems like an antiquated maneuver these days. Nonetheless, it's a fundamental one which should be learned by every surfer. A lot of the time, this wave gave them a ton of speed so they could hit this end section and try lots of different tricks. Muklis goes for broke! Sunset happy hour. These are the days. Campfire fun. This is Lakey's iconic surf tower. Barrel #34 of the day for Muklis. It wasn't too crowded this day, so they were able to catch a ton of waves and just have fun. No worries for Muklis! Deeper you go, the more rewarding the barrel. Side-trekking by foot! Muklis taking a break from the journey and soaking it all in. Sunset view at Lakey Peak. Somewhere in Sumbawa. Crimson sunset with Bol and Muklis. Muklis resorting to primitive ways of cooking. West Sumbawa with Mt. Renjani in the background. Tons of exploring, not enough time! Muklis assessing the conditions. Bol finding his way down to a secret bay. Bol Muklis Muklis   Photos by Putu Juliartha
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Volcomgratulations To Our Team
The Volcom Family is a wildly diverse group of talented human beings: surfers, skaters, riders, musicians, artists, and committed creative individuals who simply refuse to settle. They are more than just dreamers. They are doers. The diehards. Pushing it further. Sweating every detail, unwilling to relent. They are uniquely driven souls whose actions speak much louder than words. Charging forward in all environments and fueled by an unyielding dedication to craft. This crew—our crew—is the raw embodiment of Volcom’s TRUE TO THIS ideology. Channeling their energy, their potential, and their passion. They are collectively shaping tomorrow, today. Volcomgratulations to our team. photo: Daniel Cabral
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Finals Day Highlights - 2017 Volcom Pipe Pro
CONGRATULATIONS TO SOLI BAILEY, 2017 VOLCOM PIPE PRO CHAMPION! Finals Day at the Volcom Pipe Pro was unpredictable! We kicked off the morning early with the two remaining heats of Round 3, then we immediately got into Round 4 competition. Waves started off slow as the sun rose over Sunset Elementary, but it wasn’t long before sets started rolling in and guys started dropping some big scores. The first 9-point ride went to Brazil’s Adriano De Souza on a heavy Backdoor wave in his first heat of the competition to secure himself into Round 4. Along with Adriano, Ian Crane, Benji Brand, and Luke Shepardson advanced to the next round. Round 4 saw similar off-beat scores from the inconsistent, yet improving sets, but boys made it happen. Brian Toth kicked off Heat 2 with a solid 6-point ride, while in the last minute of the heat, Kiron Jabour dropped to third place after Soli Bailey secured solid 6.13 score. Heat 3 we saw Mitch Coleborn bag a solid Pipe wave earning himself a 6.17 to push himself into the lead, and right behind him, Koa Smith took off on a similar Pipe wave, although not as deep as Coleborn, and earned himself a 5-point ride. John John Florence once again delivered, dropping a 7.5 score right off the bat, then following it up with a 5.17 and 6.83 to hold the heat. Also getting through Heat 4 was Hawaii’s Hank Gaskell. Heat 5 saw Brazil’s David do Carmo pull off a rocky bottom turn on a Pipe wave and miraculously got spit out with his hands in his air to earn a well-deserved 6.83, while crowd-favorite Mason Ho surprisingly went down due to lack of waves in the heat. The next heat saw more upsets with Makuakai Rothman being knocked out, as well as Yago Dora, who has been in-form the whole event. But it was Bruce Irons, Aritz Aranburu, Lucas Silveira, Luke Shepardson, Adriano De Souza, and Makai McNamara who all coupled good enough scores to move into the Quarterfinals. During the Quarterfinals, the side wind had slightly picked up and turned things a bit messier in the lineup, but there were still some gems to be had. Soli Bailey nabbed a 6.17 on a clean Backdoor right, to add to his previous 4.0, and an on-fire Leandro Usuna from Argentina grabbed a couple mid-range scores, both enough to advance them into the Semifinals. Heat 2 saw slower wave conditions and increased wind as John John Florence, Griffin Colapinto, Mitch Coleborn, and Brian Toth tried battling through the conditions in any way possible. While they were hoping for barrels, it turned out to be turns that prevailed as John John and Griffin each found a Backdoor wave which delivered their advancement. Quarterfinal Heat 3 went nearly 15 minutes before anyone had caught a decent wave, and it was Bruce Irons who delivered the first punch on a smaller Backdoor barrel to receive a well-earned 6.33 score. Along with Bruce, it was David do Carmo to roll into the already-stacked Semifinal heats. Heat 4 was another one for turns, with a sneaky tube seen by Artiz Aranburu. While it was another low-scoring heat with the winds affecting the conditions, Aranburu dropped some heavy turns and advanced with a 11.34 and Adriano De Souza advanced with a 7.50. And there it was, the Semifinals were set! Semifinal 1 saw Australia's Soli Bailey, Argentina's Leandro Usuna, Hawaii's John John Florence, and USA's Griffin Colapinto. John John drew first blood with a couple playful hooks on a Backdoor right, but it was Soli Bailey to find a barrel at Pipe to get the early lead with a 5.0. Things went relatively quiet, and towards the end of the heat, John John was sitting in fourth position and grabbed a one-turn Backdoor right, but it wasn't enough. Soli Bailey dropped a huge 8.17 score near the five-minute mark, and in the dying seconds of the heat, Griffin Colapinto found a clean Backdoor barrel, barely sneaking out the doggy dog, to earn a 7.37, securing his spot in the finals. Semifinal 2 competitors picked up the heat and competition went fierce. An in-rhythm Bruce Irons wowed the fans with a 6.77 barrel, and David do Carmo dropped two solid turns on a Backdoor set wave to receive a 5.83. While Aritz Aranburu and David do Carmo were able to get some solid scores, it was Adriano De Souza who advanced to the Finals, along with Bruce Irons who managed to drop a near-perfect 8.93 score. THE FINALS   With the resurgence of Bruce, the competitive spirit of Adriano, the rookie-hunger of Griffin, and the underdog-hopes of Soli, the final was truly exciting to watch. It started off with a strong paddle battle between Bruce and Adriano for priority, then saw Soli snag a mid-range 5.67 Backdoor tube. With the wind magically switching to slight offshore during the final, it had seemed luck was on their side, but the boys had to wait as a lack of waves keep them searching for a score. A clean-up set caught Soli inside and breaking his leash off causing him to retrieve a backup board from the beach. With nine minutes left, Bruce and Griffin were put in a combo situation when Soli dropped the highest single-wave score of the heat of a 7.33. For the remainder of the final, the waves didn't produce any additional high-scoring potential, which left Soli eagerly counting down the clock to the final second, which he did. Congratulations to all the finalists, and Soli Bailey for being crowned the 2017 Volcom Pipe Pro Champion! FINAL (1) Soli Bailey - 13.26 (2) Adriano De Souza - 8.43 (3) Griffin Colapinto - 3.90 (4) Bruce Irons - 3.66 SEMIFINALS H1: (1) Soli Bailey, (2) Griffin Colapinto, (3) Leandro Usuna, (4) John John Florence H2: (1) Bruce Irons, (2) Adriano De Souza, (3) David do Carmo, (4) Aritz Aranburu QUARTERFINALS H1: (1) Soli Bailey, (2) Leandro Usuna, (3) Hank Gaskell, (4) Koa Smith H2: (1) John John Florence, (2) Griffin Colapinto, (3) Mitch Coleborn, (4) Brian Toth H3: (1) Bruce Irons, (2) David do Carmo, (3) Luke Shepardson, (4) Makai McNamara H4: (1) Aritz Aranburu, (2) Adriano De Souza, (3) Lucas Silveira, (4) Seth Moniz Round 4 H1: (1) Leandro Usuna, (2) Griffin Colapinto, (3) Billy Kemper, (4) Nathan Florence H2: (1) Soli Bailey, (2) Brian Toth, (3) Kiron Jabour, (4) Jeronimo Vargas H3: (1) Mitch Coleborn, (2) Koa Smith, (3) Balaram Stack, (4) Tom Whitaker H4: (1) John John Florence, (2) Hank Gaskell, (3) O’Neill Massin, (4) Koa Rothman H5: (1) (1) David do Carmo, (2) Seth Moniz, (3) Miguel Tudela, (4) Mason Ho H6: (1) (1) Bruce Irons, (2) Aritz Aranburu, (3) Yago Dora, (4) Makuakai Rothman H7: (1) (1) Lucas Silveira, (2) Luke Shepardson, (3) Ian Crane, (4) Marco Giorgi H8: (1) (1) Adriano De Souza, (2) Makai McNamara, (3) Benji Brand, (4) Wiggolly Dantas Round 3 H15: (1) Benji Brand, (2) Ian Crane, (3) Lucca Messings Novaro, (4) Michael Ridrigues H16: (1) Adriano De Souza, (2) Luke Shepardson, (3) Finn McGill, (4) Parker Coffin Early morning surf check. Looks like someone is about to make the call! photo: Lugo photo: Lugo photo: Lugo photo: Lugo photo: Lugo   Miguel Tudela. photo: Lugo   Miguel Tudela + Mitch Coleborn. Bros. photo: Lugo   photo: Lugo photo: Lugo photo: Lugo photo: Lugo photo: Lugo Bruce Irons. photo: Lugo   John John Florence. photo: Lugo photo: Lugo   Mitch Coleborn at the media table stealing Lugo's seat. photo: Lugo   John John! photo: Tom Carey   Yago Dora. photo: Tom Carey   Koa Smith, part 1. photo: Tom Carey Koa Smith, part 2. photo: Tom Carey   John John Florence. photo: Brian Bielmann   Thank you, Hawaiian Water Patrol. photo: Brian Bielmann   Soli Bailey, your 2017 Volcom Pipe Pro champ! photo: Brian Bielmann   Soli Bailey. photo: Lugo   Soli boy. photo: Brian Bielmann   The finalists! Adriano de Souza, Griffin Colapinto, Soli Bailey, Bruce Irons. photo: Brian Bielmann   Volcom's VP of Surf, Brad Dougherty, presenting a check to the Sion Milosky Memorial Fund. photo: Brian Bielmann   Seth Moniz won the Todd Chesser award. photo: Brian Bielmann   The Boys and Girls Club of Hawaii was presented with a $60K check from proceeds from Volcom's Give Back Program. photo: Brian Bielmann   photo: Brian Bielmann   Volcom CEO, Todd Hymel, gave a few words! photo: Brian Bielmann   Volcom EVP of Marketing, Ryan Immegart, sharing his thoughts on the event. photo: Brian Bielmann    
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Mayhem at Laneway Festival Sydney!
General life /Adult rules don’t apply at a Festival. Once inside, everything you know about outside the fence is to stay as is; outside the fence. If you’re ready to leave your inhibitions at the gate, dance like a fool, drink many many different drinks and talk to strangers all day long  then you’ll have a life change-ingly epic time! Our Women’s crew spent the day doing exactly that at the Sydney Laneway Festival – watching the likes of Tame Impala, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Dune Rats, Gang Of Youths, Genesis Owusu, Glass Animals, Jagwarma, Jess Kent, Julia Jacklin, Sampa The Great and loads more… the girl gang we sent along including Ainsley of Sticks & Stones Agency, Tegan Phillipa & Tallulah Morton had a crazy good time… check out our photos from a day of friendly mayhem! Follow for more! @volcomwomens_oz @sticks_and_stones_agency @teganphillipa @tallulahmorton Tallulah wears: Tegan wears: Simply solid One piece – not just for swimmimg! Ainsley Wears: