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  • New Future

    Volcom And PangeaSeed Foundation Team Up To Generate Environmental Awareness Through Art And Activism

    Volcom is proud to announce a partnership with the PangeaSeed Foundation, an international collective of artists and activists whose mission is to harnesses the power of art, science, and creativity to generate awareness and effect positive change surrounding global ocean environmental issues. Their mission aligns perfectly with Volcom’s sustainability efforts and overall approach, so teaming up created an opportunity to reach even more people who care about our oceans! The collaboration kicks off for Fall '17 with a collection of graphic tees and a custom recycled PET boardshort featuring the work of two female artists: Bay Area artist Lauren YS and Australian street artist Vexta. Both artists have created murals for PangeaSeed’s groundbreaking Sea Walls: Artists for Oceans program, which places large-scale, ocean-themed murals in coastal cities around the globe, with supporting festivals that promote local environmental education programming. SHOP PANGEASEED X VOLCOM COLLECTION   PangeaSeed x Volcom Collection The Volcom X PangeaSeed Collection now brings that art to everyone while also supporting the outreach efforts of the foundation. “We’re excited to launch the new product range with Volcom,” says PangeaSeed founder, Tré Packard. "To be able to collaborate with a brand that shares similar passions for the arts and the environmental preservation is exciting.” Packard will be field-testing the Vexta Boardshort this summer while shark tagging in Mexico and Japan. The collection includes a tee design by Lauren YS featuring an infinity symbol of entangled octopi. From Vexta, there’s a tee design featuring a mermaid and a shark, as well as a men’s boardshort featuring the colorful print pattern derived from the mermaid. All pieces feature custom co-branding and are available at volcom.com. This collection features the work of an artivist and is intended to inspire positive change in our ocean and environment. A portion of proceeds from this product will go toward PangeaSeed's mission of using street art to inspire thought and stimulate dialogue around the world. PangeaSeed Founder, Tré Packard   The Artists Behind The Collection VEXTA Vexta is a self-taught street artist from Sydney, Australia with a bohemian heritage. Her bold and extravagant artworks have invaded our visual landscape from Melbourne to Mexico and everywhere in between. She is a nomad of our modern times, viewing the world through her psychedelic kaleidoscope. Currently based in Brooklyn, NY, Vexta spreads her vision across the continents and countries, studios and streets, balancing exhibitions, commissions and creative ventures alike. She has exhibited extensively across Australia, Europe, and North America, including The National Gallery of Australia and has her work held in numerous public, academic and private collections globally. See more of Vexta's art at www.vexta.com.au LAUREN YS Lauren YS is a Bay Area artist whose work is influenced by multiple stages of focus, both geographically and in practice. With dynamic bouts in academics, literature and writing, teaching, illustration, and animation leading up to her arrival in the street art world, the influences of these phases of her own career add up to a robust style of murals and fine art. Lauren’s work aims to create and populate a misfit wonderland in which imaginary heroines can address the absurdities of reality in the confines of a page or a wall. Dreams and mythology add to the myriad of influences that stem from her upbringing in Colorado and her time spent at Stanford, writing for Juxtapoz, working at DreamWorks, and teaching english to high schoolers at San Francisco’s 826 Valencia. Check out more of her work at www.laurenys.com ABOUT PANGEASEED FOUNDATION: PangeaSeed Foundation is an international non-profit organization acting at the intersection of culture and environmentalism to further the conservation of our oceans. PangeaSeed Foundation aims to empower individuals and communities to create meaningful environmental change for oceans through ARTivism, education, and science. PangeaSeed Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit organization. ABOUT SEA WALLS: ARTISTS FOR OCEANS: Sea Walls: Artists for Oceans is a groundbreaking public art project created by PangeaSeed Foundation and supporting artists to help bring the beauty and the plight of the world’s oceans to the streets around the world. Collaborating with internationally renowned artists, large-scale murals and sculpture focus on pressing issues such as overfishing, plastics and pollution, global climate change, and habitat loss.
  • New Future

    Dedicated To Everyone That Cares About The Human Race | Cancel History. Stop Hatred.

    On May 4th, 2017 a small group gathered at the Volcom office in Costa Mesa to listen to each other talk about their hopes, thoughts, fears and feelings on the myriad of issues facing the human race. It was truly an inspiring night on so many levels. So often we find ourselves talking, but not really listening, making it easy to forget that it’s love, acceptance and an understanding of the past that will give us the power to change our future. Cancel History. Stop Hatred.   Shop 'Stop Hatred' Collection
  • New Future

    Shaping Sustainable Surfboards With Volcom, Entropy Resins, And Shaper Studios

    Words by Entropy Resins’ Adam Fischer IDEA The idea of creating Mindful Makings came about from The Underswell’s Derek Sabori and me sitting down and talking about sustainability and how we can help spread the message, especially in the surf industry. During this time, Volcom was hosting the 2016 TCT Global Champs at Trestles and Nate Peracciny, Volcom's sustainability filmmaker, was there producing a True To Trestles series for the event. Derek sat down with Nate and told him the idea of producing a short film about making an eco-friendly surfboard with Entropy products. I had already been building a relationship with Chris and Trevor over at Shaper Studios, so it made perfect sense to wrangle everyone together to see how we could possibly make today’s most sustainable surfboard. PREP Derek wrangled Volcom’s EVP of Marketing Ryan Immegart to take place in the shaping, and organized Nathan Peracciny and Kyle Toth to shoot and edit the footage. I put in some calls to Marko Foam to donate a couple of Recycled EPS Blanks, along with JPS cloth to donate the fiberglass, and we at Entropy Resins threw in whatever resin was needed for the project. And the rad thing is, Shaper Studios was previously using a standard epoxy resin, so this was a great trial run for them to sample out some sustainable Entropy Resins and really put it to the test (which they loved and are now exclusively using Entropy Resins for all their production and classes). So, there it was, everyone was in and we were ready to shape some sustainable boards! PROCESS We all met down in San Diego at Shaper Studios one afternoon and got started. After I gave the guys a quick overview of the benefits of Entropy Resins, Chris and Trevor jumped in and got Derek and Ryan right into the process, who were the two guys shaping boards. First, they had to decide what style of boards they wanted to shape and pick out the appropriate templates to create the base outline on the blank. Then, Derek and Ryan were methodically guided step-by-step (allowing Derek and Ryan to do 98% of the work) to their finished-shaped boards. Next step was getting them into the glassing room to begin the lamination. While the boys were very hands-on with their creation from the beginning, Chris and Trevor guided them in the right direction and were there to help them along the way. Once the lamination was done, all that was left to do was to wait for the boards to be fully cured, and meet up for a surf to test out their creations. The result? Two fully-customized and sustainable-friendly surfboards which both Derek and Ryan are extremely proud of.   THE TAKEAWAYS: 1. Seeing truly how much work goes into building a sustainable surfboard, this gave both Derek and Ryan a new perspective and appreciation for the craftsmen who do this for a profession. While the prices of these environmentally-friendly surfboards typically have a higher price point than your standard polyester board (given the work involved and cost of materials), they are longer-lasting and safer for the environment. Healthy ingredients for a New Future! 2. Knowing what you created and what you're using is a sustainable product. There are alternative materials available to tons of different industries that can not only bring a more sustainable solution to manufacturing products, but can also outperform the standard materials currently used in the market. Speaking to the surf industry, this can be applied from manufacturing surfboards, clothing, and hard goods to operating retail spaces, events, and businesses, for example. 3. There is something special about paddling out and catching waves on your own creation. Every detail, every line, every ounce of material under your feet was meticulously placed and is ridden with pride. When you take your surfboard from concept to completion, and are apart of the journey in every step of the way, the appreciation level is unparalleled to any other board you have ever surfed. Photos by Nate Peracciny Obligatory beers after a hard day of shaping at Shaper Studios with the crew. Ryan measuring twice before he cuts under the watchful eye of Chris Clark, founding partner at Shaper Studios. WHAT MINDFUL MAKINGS MEANS TO ME IS TO BE AWARE OF YOUR IMPACT ON THE GREATER CYCLE OF LIFE, THEN APPLY THAT AWARENESS TO MAKE BETTER DECISIONS ON HOW YOU CREATE AND CONSUME. -Ryan Immegart, EVP of Global Marketing at Volcom Once you shape it yourself, you’ll never look at curves the same. Learn your fractions, kids, you’ll need ‘em! Derek learning the ropes from Trevor Wells, marketing manager at Shaper Studios. SURFING WITH MY CUSTOM ECOBOARD FROM SHAPER STUDIOS IS LIKE DRIVING A HYBRID OR ELECTRIC CAR, IT IS A GREAT CONVERSATION STARTER ABOUT SUSTAINABLE PRODUCTS IN SURFING. PEOPLE ARE LIKE, “OH COOL, GOSH YOUR CAR IS SO QUIET. YEAH, I’VE BEEN THINKING ABOUT GETTING ONE.” IT’S THE SAME PHILOSOPHY WITH THESE BOARDS. -Derek Sabori, Founder of The Underswell Lighting is your guide, highlighting and accentuating your board’s curves. The finished products! Ready for their maiden voyage. The anticipation was killing the guys, but obviously waxing is a must. Enjoying the feeling of dropping in on a self-shaped board. There's nothing like it! We'd like to thank everyone involved in the project! Derek Sabori from The Underswell, Ryan Immegart from Volcom, Chris Clark and Trevor Wells from Shaper Studios, Nathan Peracciny and Kyle Toth for helping to tell the story with their camera and editing wizardry, Matt Shuster for last minute surf sesh documentation, Ty Peterson from Marko Foam for the blanks, Torrey Utterback from JPS composites for the fiberglass, and Entropy Resins for allowing me to work for an unbelievable company, pushing the boundaries of sustainable composites and resins.   LEARN MORE: Volcom Sustainability Entropy Resins Shaper Studios
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    Sustainability At The Volcom Pipe Pro

    We are proud to announce that for the past five years, the Volcom Pipe Pro on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii, has been certified a Deep Blue Surfing Event! This means we have ran a more “Ocean Friendly” event that sets a clear path for reducing environmental and community impacts of a professional surfing contest. The sustainability report is a transparent description of the sustainability performance of the event, and includes measured data, photos and videos, and suggestions for improvement. Deep Blue Surfing Events address impacts directly related to the local contest area, including waste reduction, protection of natural resources, and the building of stronger communities. They also reduce direct threats to the global sport of surfing itself, such as: sea level rise, ocean acidification, and the loss of the world’s living coral reefs, which leading scientific institutions warn are already harming our oceans, waves and beaches. To receive a Deep Blue Surfing Event designation, an event is required to reduce environmental and social impacts of the event, and develop a data collection plan to measure performance on impact reduction. This data must show that it has met minimum goals for at least two of the five major categories of environmental and social impacts, and the 2017 Volcom Pipe Pro has exceeded the minimum requirements of all five categories measured! SUSTAINABILITY PERFORMANCE SUMMARY WASTE DIVERSION: 66% OF WASTE DIVERTED FROM LANDFILL   RENEWABLE ENERGY: CONTEST POWERED BY 100% RENEWABLE BIODIESEL FUEL AND SOLAR ELECTRICITY   CLIMATE CHANGE: 100% OF CO2 FOOTPRINT MITIGATED   COMMUNITY SUPPORT: SUPPORTED LOCAL COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS WITH MORE THAN $100,000 IN DONATIONS   TRANSPORTATION: PROMOTED ALTERNATIVE TRANSPORTATION FOR ATHLETES, STAFF, AND SPECTATORS The 2017 Volcom Pipe Pro has exceeded the minimum goal for Waste Diversion with a total diversion ratio of 66%. We have shown a strong commitment to waste diversion, maintaining a high ratio of waste diversion as per previous years. 2017 saw a decrease in the total waste diversion throughout the event (down from 74% in 2016). Also noteworthy was that the total volume of waste produced was up significantly from 1,365 lbs to 3,559 lbs.   *Full report on Waste @ the Volcom Pipe Pro The 2017 Volcom Pipe Pro has exceeded the minimum goal for sourcing Renewable Energy by sourcing bio-diesel for renewable energy used to power the event and webcast, and powering two of the event HQ houses with solar energy. The VPP sourced B100 biodiesel from Pacific Biodiesel, making the event the first professional surfing event in the world to use a 100% bio-derived fuel. This is the fifth year of using biodiesel to power the Viking Generators for the event and the first year the 100% bio-derived fuel has been utilized. Volcom also now has solar photovoltaic energy systems on both of the two Volcom houses in front of Pipeline. These houses form a key component of the infrastructure of the contest, with solar electric energy helping to reduce the fossil fuel energy needed for the houses. Solar panels sitting atop one of the Volcom Pipe Houses. *Full report on Energy @ the Volcom Pipe Pro The 2017 Volcom Pipe Pro has exceeded the minimum goal for Community Support by providing significant financial support and visibility for several community group partners. The event supported three charitable organizations with more than $100,000! Funds are generated by the sales of Volcom Pipe Pro merchandise at the contest and through sales of specialty items throughout the year. Supported charities included: Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii, Live Like Sion Memorial Fund, Sunset Elementary School, and Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii. Boys & Girls of Club Hawaii. Sion Milosky Memorial Fund. *Full report on Community Support @ the Volcom Pipe Pro The 2017 Volcom Pipe Pro has exceeded the minimum goal for Climate Impact through offsetting 100% of the measured CO2 footprint of the event. The total estimated footprint for the event is 359.7 tons CO2e. The event has offset 100% of these carbon emissions with verified carbon credits from the Wildlife Works Carbon Kasigau Corridor, Kenya REDD+ Project. See the registry certificate for the purchased offsets. photo: Brian Bielmann *Full report on Climate Change @ the Volcom Pipe Pro The 2017 Volcom Pipe Pro has met the minimum goal for providing greener transportation options with shuttle services for event staff, athletes, and media personnel. In partnership with the VPP, Turtle Bay Resort, a major resort on the North Shore of Hawaii, provided daily shuttles to the event. This effort reduces individual car trips, traffic congestion, and CO2 emissions. The event also promoted alternative methods of transportation such as carpooling, riding bikes, and walking. Artist Mike Parillo doing his part. *Full report on Transportation @ the Volcom Pipe Pro
  • New Future

    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    
  • New Future

    Volcom Announces Surfrider Foundation 'Coastal Defender' Renewal And #GivingTuesday Membership Promotion

    We are proud to continue our support of the Surfrider Foundation through the renewal of our "Coastal Defender" membership for 2017, a new program developed and launched at the end of last year that gives surf industry companies the opportunity to give back to the place where they work and play. In addition to the financial support provided through the "Coastal Defender" membership and our continued beach clean ups and other support initiatives, Volcom will initiate a Surfrider membership promotion beginning on #GivingTuesday, November 29th, with the goal of giving away 1,000 Surfrider Foundation memberships. The weeklong membership promotion ties directly to our "Giving Back" pledge to support and bring awareness to organisations like Surfrider who are meaningful to our stakeholders (that's you, that's us) by using Volcom as a platform. Surfrider, whose mission and work is dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world's ocean, waves and beaches from the threats of pollution, expanding industries & offshore development and climate change, is something we as a company directly benefit from. With the core of Volcom's brand built around the enjoyment of boardsports, surfing being a major one, it is important that we help support the work that Surfrider and their network of activists put in so that we are all able to continue to enjoy and benefit from the ocean and all that it provides. Without the tireless fight of Surfrider and the 11 other organisations that make up the Save San Onofre Coalition (SSOC), the recent success of the 11-year "Save Trestles" campaign would not have been a reality. An issue near and dear to the hearts of many at Volcom, this landmark "Save Trestles" victory will forever protect it from the Transportation Corridor Agency (TCA) building or funding a road project within the area that includes San Onofre State Beach, the Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy and other critical open space, wildlife habitat and cultural resources in the San Mateo Creek watershed. To see Trestles with its deep-rooted history of memorable surfing events, as well as being the home of Volcom's own TCT Champs, forever protected from future roadway development, is so encouraging and serves a strong reminder that through sustained public resistance, a difference can be made. BUT it takes money, time and resources to fight these battles, so next Tuesday, November 29th, return to Volcom.com for further details on the Volcom X Surfrider Foundation membership promotion or follow us on our social to stay informed.

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Caught Up In A Good Thing
We are proud to introduce into the Volcom Women's Simply Solid Swim Swim collection our first-ever ocean friendly women's swimwear composed of 78% ECONYL® regenerated yarn. ECONYL® yarn is produced by recycling fishnets and other discarded nylons. The recovered nets are "up cycled" to protect marine life below the surface and avoid the dangers that sometimes haunt our oceans. There is no loss of quality in the regeneration process and the end result is a yarn that is 100% recyclable. Volcom Women's Swim Eco Collection begins in the sea and culminates at the best beaches around the globe. Our collection is beach to city and a little bit rock and roll featuring Georgia Jagger, Coco Ho, Quincy Davis & Maud Le Car. "I know we are all accountable for our impact on the environment, but also our communities. To me, Volcom is a family and I love that I am now a part of it - it's something special and I can't wait to see what more is to come" - Georgia Jagger The collection coming soon to volcom.com.au!
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7th Annual Volcom X Patagonia Beach Cleanup - Tokyo, Japan!
Gloomy skies and rain were in the forecast, but once again, the skies opened up and we were blessed with beautiful weather for the 7th Annual Volcom X Patagonia Beach Cleanup in Tokyo, Japan, serving as a continued effort in our ongoing journey of turning sustainability commitments into actions! Together with local surf shop CHP and JEAN (Japan Environmental Action Network), 300+ volunteers, including families, children, and local riders, joined us at Ichinomiya Beach in the Chiba Prefecture to clean up the local coastlines of East Japan. Participants were greeted with a limited edition Volcom x Patagonia tee, which over the years has become such an honored collectable item it has been selling at a premium on auction sites in Japan. Photos by GEN   As participants brought waste back to the site, JEAN set up an area where they surveyed the variety of waste and educated the kids on the most prevalent things found on the Japanese shorelines. Silver Ribbon was also at the event and set up an amazing booth where participants could make a Volcom Stone purse or wallet, whose materials are sourced from recycled Volcom fabric swatches left over from previous season's sample products. Even Clam Art set up a booth to display their amazing creations!   With tons of free Sambazon drinks handed out to the hard-working participants, locally grown organic fruits, produce, coffee, and baked goods, the event had participants and families walking away with more than a couple free goodies: they walked away with a sense of accomplishment, a good deed, and tons of smiles for a great cause. Thanks to all the volunteers and participants: Shell Shine workshop "Clam Art," Silver Ribbon Japan & Yumegaoka DC, local production for yeast bread Nao, Nachuraroha, Sunny And, Pot Satsuki, AKYU SurfBoardCase, Ambessa & Co, Ancora Pizza Napoletana, Atlantic Coffee Stand, Cocoua, Comet, CHP, GEN, JEAN, Lilia Ando YAYA, Mind, Patagonia Japan, Patagonia Surf Chiba, Sambazon, Sewcean, Smile Smile, and Sunrise Ando Yonrise Locals.
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Volcom Announces New Future
The Ongoing Journey Of Turning Sustainability Commitments Into Actions Following the results of a recent report from Volcom’s parent company Kering on the group’s ambitious 2012-2016 sustainability targets, Volcom has released an update on their progress and a detailed plan outlining the path forward. Building on the success of these targeted efforts, Volcom is continuing to refine and focus its sustainability initiatives in a progressive program called New Future. Sustainability efforts began humbly at Volcom back in 2005 and three years ago, the brand aligned with Kering’s broader sustainability commitments and outlined a list of their own goals: undertaking a yearly Environmental Profit & Loss (E P&L) analysis, a reduction of emissions, waste, and water use, and making Volcom surfing events Deep Blue™ certified, among others. Since then, Volcom has followed through on four E P&L analyses, eliminated PVC from the product supply chain, increased the amount of sustainable materials in the product mix, and achieved Deep Blue Surfing Event™ certification from the non-profit Sustainable Surf for its major surf events. Utilizing E P&L analysis and working in partnership with the Kering sustainability team, Volcom has gained valuable practical insights to streamline the product supply chain while reducing impacts on the ecosystem. The lessons of this focused approach will guide the brand’s sustainability strategy going forward, in the comprehensive New Future program. The New Future program is a 360-degree sustainability plan driven by Volcom’s vision of Strong Oceans + Stable Climate + Smart Society. By combining key factors that include Responsible Manufacturing, Impact Evaluation (E P&L), and Giving Back, New Future provides the roadmap for Volcom’s future. With renewed and evolving goals, Volcom has set its sights on better fiber sourcing—using more recycled content and organics, integrated brand messaging, New Future training to all employees, and consideration for end-of-life of all products. Additionally, the brand has recruited former VP of Sustainability Derek Sabori’s new agency, The Underswell, for continued advice and strategic support to fully implement this plan. "As our efforts continue to deepen, we’d like to focus in on a meaningful pathway that will highlight our commitment to responsible manufacturing, drive favorable results in our E P&L, and resonate positively with our customers. We believe our New Future roadmap does just that," said Todd Hymel, CEO of Volcom. Volcom became a Fair Labor Association member in 2014, and shares this and all their other sustainability updates at: volcom.com.au/sustainability
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Volcom Sustainability 2013 - 2016 Progress Report Update
In 2012 our parent company, Kering launched an ambitious set of environmental and social compliance 5-year targets for all its Luxury and Sport/Lifestyle brands, and with our own sustainability program still relatively young, we were excited to be part of a larger initiative that help would take our program to the next level. With a course set by Kering for robust and engrained sustainability, we then came to you, our extended Volcom family, with an outline of Volcom’s own commitments that took the targets Kering had set and added a few of our own. Looking back now, these were really a set of challenges to ourselves; challenges we knew, if achieved, would help further strengthen the budding program we were building. Nonetheless, we felt it was important to put these expectations out there to the press, the public, and you, thus holding ourselves accountable to what we were striving to achieve. These commitments had a 2016 target date... we're proud of what we've achieved, but acknowledge there's a long way to go. Have a look at how we did and where we're going below. Our Sustainability Vision, as presented in April 2013: Adopt and Utilize the E P&L (Environmental Profit & Loss) Environmental Impact Management Tool Reduce Volcom's Carbon Emissions, Waste and Water Usage by 25% Eliminate PVC from Volcom Products Source Paper and Packaging Material from Recycled Sources and/or Certified Responsibly Managed Forests Increase the Amount of Sustainable Material & Processes in Volcom’s Product Mix Certify Volcom’s Major Surf Events as Deep Blue Surfing Events™ Continue Give Back Series that benefit community-based programs A Look Back at the Vision and the Targets: How We Did   Goal: Adopt and use the innovative E P&L (Environmental Profit & Loss) management tool Status: Accomplished This has been one of the marquee initiatives of our sustainability commitments, and in 2013 we embarked on our first report measuring the impact of Volcom products across our entire supply chain using the manufacturing data we collected in 2012. In fact, we’ve just recently wrapped up our 2015 E P&L, the 4th iteration of the annual report measuring previous year’s data. Learn more about the E P&L here. The benefit of adopting the E P&L is that it allows us to make better New Future decisions since it gives us a clear understanding of where our biggest impacts are occurring. Additionally, it translates these impacts into the language of business: dollars. To see the full details on what an E P&L is, and how and why it was developed, please Kering's E P&L website. Goal: Reduce Volcom's Carbon Emissions, Waste & Water Usage by 25% Status: Work in Progress You would think this would be the low hanging fruit, right? We'll, there's a catch with this target. It's one thing to control the water use at your facilities (we don't use much), and to reduce, reuse and recycle at your offices and stores. It's another thing to address the emissions that are a result of all the products we produce, and to reduce the amount of waste that's created and water that's used from the point of raw material extraction to the product shipping out of our distribution center. And that's just what this target has come to mean... When we put this target out there, we were not yet involved in E P&L accounting. We were thinking of typical environmental reporting guidelines for the sites that we own and operate, imagining that if we changed out all our lights, switched to low-flow fixtures and low-water landscaping (which we did in 2011-2012) and put a better recycling program in place (which we did), that we would be able to tackle and achieve this goal. Not so, once we adopted the E P&L management tool, the target moved considerably. In 2016, we're looking at the results in our E P&L to measure our impacts and now understanding that upwards of 77% of our environmental impacts are occurring at the furthest back points of our supply chain. In other words, it's how we design and source materials that will matter and really move the needle on this target. To address this, we'll continue to work with Kering and our strategy team to revise this goal to one that is more realistic and aligned with how we're now quantifying our impacts. Goal: Eliminate PVC from Volcom Products Status: Accomplished PVC is also known as polyvinyl chloride and is often used in products that require flexibility; things like belts and bags made out material meant to simulate real leather. Why avoid PVC? PVC contains high levels of phthalates, which are charged with being carcinogenic and endocrine disrupting. These phthalates, which are not bound to the PVC in any way, are at high risk of leaching out into the environment over time. There were a few product styles in our line that contained PVC at one time, but we are glad to say as of 2016 and moving forward, PVC has been eliminated from all Volcom products. Additionally, Volcom continues to work with Kering on a robust chemicals management program that includes ensuring that all hazardous chemicals have been phased out and eliminated from our production by 2020. Stay up to date with our testing and compliance program at Volcom.com.au/compliance. Goal: Source Paper and Packaging Material from Recycled Sources and/or Certified Responsibly Managed Forests Status: Accomplished We can't imagine you’d be stoked to know that the paper that we printed on in the office, or the hangtags that were temporarily swinging from that new Volcom shirt you bought, were made from trees sourced from endangered or ancient forests. So ensuring that we move to a higher mix of certified, responsibly sourced paper with a high recycled content rate is important to us. So how are we doing? When we look at our biggest uses: 98% of the paper that our product catalogs are printed on is FSC certified, as was 100% of the paper that made up our first in-home mailer catalog. Additionally our biggest hangtag programs are either made with recycled content, and/or are FSC certified material and reports from our trim suppliers come back calculating 70% and more recycled content. As for office paper, here in North America we're at a +90% mix of certified/recycled content, and the cardboard we purchase for warehousing and shipping is at a 89% mix of certified/recycled. We are glad to report that each season, we're seeing more and more paper products get the attention they deserve, from office paper and boxes, to hangtags and catalogs. Goal: Increase the Amount of Sustainable Material & Processes in Volcom’s Product Mix Status: Accomplished Offering more sustainable choices in our collections is one of the surest ways to express our commitment and then share it with you. At one point, we branded styles that had a sustainability feature in them with a different logo – it was called V.Co-logical. We’ve since discontinued the use of V.Co-logical branding as signifier of a garment featuring sustainable material, with the expectation that sustainability is something that is meant for the entire Volcom line of products. With that said, you won’t always see sustainability pointed out on a product you get from us, but if you take the time to read the label or the description on the website, you’ll find the use of organic cotton (3.7% of all the cotton Volcom used in 2015 was organic) and recycled polyester (just over 7% of Volcom’s total polyester used in 2015 was from recycled content) occurring more and more. In fact, looking forward, we are challenging ourselves with the goal of our sustainable fiber mix being at a 20% ratio by the end of 2020 as outlined in our 2020 Sustainability Targets. Get more details on how Volcom is incorporating sustainable materials into products. Goal: Certify Volcom’s Major Surf Events as Deep Blue Surfing Events™ Status: Accomplished When Sustainable Surf came on the scene with a set of guidelines for running a more sustainable surf event, it was right in line with what we were thinking and we jumped on board immediately. Since 2012, each of our major surf events, the Fiji Pro (2012 – 2013) and the Volcom Pipe Pro on the North Shore of Hawaii, have been certified Deep Blue Surf Events. Then in 2015, we added the TCT Champs event at Lower Trestles at San Onofre State Beach in San Diego County, California as another Deep Blue Surf Event in our portfolio. Since working with Sustainable Surf, we’ve offset over 2,500 Mt of CO2 through verified, mostly Wildlife Works REDD+, programs allowing us to be a part of protecting threatened forests while providing sustainable development opportunities to local forest communities mainly in the Kasigau corridor in Kenya. To put it in perspective, this is the equivalent of eliminating 526 passenger cars being driven in North America for a year! Goal: Continue Give Backs to Community-Based Programs Status: Accomplished Our Give Back Series launched in 2009 when we offered a t-shirt in which a portion of the proceeds of each sale were donated to TACA (Talk About Curing Autism) to raise awareness around autism. Since then, we've partnered with many organizations to do the same. From breast cancer education and prevention (Boarding For Breast Cancer) and music in schools (Fender Music Foundation) to youth mentoring (STOKED and Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii). Happy to report, the program is alive and well. 2015 saw our continued our support of the Mauli Ola Foundation with the launch of our second Give Back with them, as well as a new partner in the Dan Eldon/Creative Visions Foundation. 2015 also marked Volcom's 5th year in working with Boarding For Breast Cancer (B4BC) to create a range of Snow products that includes a Give Back to B4BC. Since its inception, the Give Back Series has generated over a half million dollars for our non-profit partners and other community initiatives.   While there's always room for improvement, we're proud of what we've accomplished since that commitment back in 2013. However, a long journey is still ahead of us... Please join us in the New Future as we look ahead to the road to 2020 and stay up-to-date on all things sustainability at Volcom.
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Updating the Volcom Sustainability Targets Looking Ahead to 2020
The Ongoing Journey of Turning Sustainability Commitments into Actions Having reflected back on the first leg of Volcom's sustainability journey, recalling all the great stories we were able to create in the years past, we turn our attention now to the future. We spent much of 2015 focused on building a New Future roadmap that will guide us in a meaningful way, enabling us to reach our sustainability targets. We’ve learned where our impacts occur, how they relate to the business of producing Volcom product and what it will take to aggressively address them. During the process of crafting our New Future roadmap we realized that we needed to distill what the driving forces are behind sustainability at Volcom. What is it that drives us, as a brand, towards sustainability? By asking ourselves this question we were able to clearly define the foundation of our environmental sustainability commitments. They are: Strong Oceans When our oceans are weak, we do not thrive as a species, period. Plus, we like surfing. Stable Climate As the climate becomes more erratic and unpredictable, the planning of our business and enjoyment of outdoor sports becomes that much more difficult. Smart Society It takes us all contributing to this New Future. Through education and innovation, commitments must be turned into action. It's up to all of us to play a part. Supporting these drivers are three pillars, which have already become the core tenants of our New Future program: Responsible Manufacturing - It starts with our P.A.S.S (Product And Social Safety) program that ensures our products are built responsibly and in compliance with the highest global social and chemical regulatory practices and is complimented, since 2014, by our Fair Labor Association membership. Learn more at Volcom.com.au/compliance. Giving Back - The Volcom Give Back series continues to support and bring awareness to organizations meaningful to our stakeholders (that's you, that's us). Impact Evaluation - The Environmental Profit & Loss allows us to measure and monitor the costs of environmental changes associated with our business, and then zero in on the areas that need the most attention.     2020 New Future Sustainability Targets   Armed with the knowledge we have gained since implementing our New Future sustainability program in 2013 and a clear vision of the program’s drivers and the pillars created to support them, we are ready to set the following 2020 sustainability targets to further advance our New Future. In no particular order, they are: Fiber Sourcing - Increase both the amount of recycled material in our polyester and nylon as well as the usage of organic, recycled and/or better* cotton in Volcom products, so that by 2020, we are at a 20% New Future mix. Messaging - Integrate New Future sustainability across all facets of Volcom’s consumer facing marketing. Education & Training - Create an internal Volcom employee and leadership New Future sustainability certification program with at least 90% of employees completing certification. Closing the Loop - Develop a program that resembles our Give Jeans a Chance program so that used Volcom products can be collected, processed and either donated or kept for closed loop manufacturing in the future (the technology is coming...). *For Volcom, better cotton might consist of organic, recycled, CMiA, BCI, or other cotton sources with an improved environmental and social impact.   Fully committed to our marquee New Future initiatives, meeting these 2020 targets will help to lower our E P&L results due to the intense focus on raw material sourcing and processing; the decisions lying deep within our supply chain, which we know represents upwards of 75% of Volcom’s environmental impacts and lies deep within our supply chain. These refined targets also help to engrain sustainable New Future thinking into the fabric of the brand and our employee's mindsets, which will be instrumental in our efforts to modify processes to meet new levels of sustainability.
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The Underswell To Serve as Volcom's Sustainability Advisor
Volcom is proud to announce that the newly formed firm, The Underswell, will serve as the brand's Sustainability Advisor helping to accelerate our journey to sustainability. Founded by former Volcom Vice President of Sustainability, Derek Sabori, The Underswell will coordinate Volcom's global sustainability efforts with a strong focus on the recently announced "2020 Sustainability Targets" and the roadmap developed to help meet them. Having spent more than 19 years working at Volcom, with the last 6 of those serving as the Vice President and/or Sr. Director of Sustainability, Derek is branching out to pursue a new challenge that takes his passion for sustainability beyond Volcom, to help more groups, organizations and personalities on their own journeys to sustainability. "It's up to us now, as a company to truly adopt and embrace sustainability as a tenant of our business, as a core value, and as a brand differentiating opportunity. I'm looking forward to the further strengthening of what we will continue to call our New Future program, and welcome Derek in his new role and wish him the best as he starts a new chapter." – Todd Hymel CEO For more on Volcom's sustainability efforts, please visit volcom.com.au/sustainability.