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    #ThisFirst ...Make Your Passion Your Paycheck

    We're searching the Earth, looking for 15 people who are ready to make their passion their paycheck. 15 people who are ready to say, "F@%k That. This First." So what's your "This"? That one thing more than anything in your life that you are passionate about doing and would love to be able to make your full-time gig. Tell us by entering Volcom's #ThisFirst contest for the chance to win the opportunity to get paid by Volcom while you spend six weeks focusing on your "this". Applying is easy; we've thrown out the traditional job application and replaced it with one simple question, "What's your 'This' and what would it mean to you to put #ThisFirst?". Starting today, you can choose to submit your application with either a video or photo in a comment on our Facebook post or by making a new video or photo post with a caption to your Instagram (don't forget those hashtags); visit the ThisFirst contest page for further details and which is also where you can enter your submission directly to us. Why choose between doing what you love and doing what pays? Let Volcom give you that extra push to prioritize your passion. But don't wait, applications are only being accepted through June 21, 2017. Apply Now NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Open only to legal residents of the following countries: the United States and Canada (excluding Quebec); France, Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom; Australia and New Zealand; Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Mexico, Panama, Peru and Uruguay; Japan; China, Hong Kong, Philippines, Taiwan and Thailand, who are 16 years of age or older as of date of entry. Starts 12:00 AM ET on June 8, 2017 and ends 11:59 PM ET on June 21, 2017. The Volcom #ThisFirst Contest is sponsored by Volcom LLC. Void where prohibited/restricted by law. For complete details, see Official Rules at www.Volcom.com/ThisFirst.
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    Yago Dora Defeats Three World Champs At The Oi Rio Pro In Brazil!

    Yago Dora, entering the 2017 Oi Rio Pro in Brazil as a wildcard, eliminated the 2013, 2014 and 2016 World Champs, Mick Fanning, Gabriel Medina, John John Florence respectively, on his way to the semifinals where he eventually fell short to another World Champ (2015) and fellow Brazilian, Adriano de Souza. After qualifying into this event by winning the contest's Trials (preliminaries), Yago had an amazing run, bagging excellent scores and huge air rotations on his way to the semis where he faced-off with Adriano. Yago was unfortunately left searching for a backup score to Adriano's impressive two-wave total as time ran out, which put Adriano into the finals where he ended up narrowly defeating Adrian Buchan. In an interesting coincidence, Adriano just happens to be staying with Yago and his father Leandro Dora, who coaches them both. Yago currently sits 3rd on the Qualifying Tour and has his sights set on the World Tour. With his impressive ranking and string of recent notable contest finishes, Yago, more widely known for his free surfing, video parts and air game, is suddenly on a lot more people's radars after today. For more Yago, be sure to check him out in Volcom's 2015 feature film, Psychic Migrations (stream the film free on Red Bull TV) and his most recent edit entitled Young Souls & Old Dreams. How's Yago handling the pressure? The man with the nickname "Skinny Goat" says he's comfortable juggling between the QS and free surfing, gaining confidence with every heat. With a wide variety of tricks and growing momentum, Yago's shot at qualifying for the World Tour looks good and if he does, he'll surely make his presence known! Photo courtesy of Damien Poullenot for the WSL Photo courtesy of Daniel Smorigo for the WSL Staying focused in between heats. Yago's wearing the Volcom Stone Storm jacket. Photo courtesy of Damien Poullenot for the WSL Photo courtesy of Damien Poullenot for the WSL Photo courtesy of Daniel Smorigo for the WSL YAGO DEFEATS GABRIEL MEDINA IN ROUND 5     YAGO DEFEATS CURRENT WORLD CHAMP, JOHN JOHN FLORENCE IN ROUND 3     YAGO DEFEATS KOLOHE ANDINO IN ROUND 2     YAGO'S 9.27 AMAZING AIR IN ROUND 1     Giant killer @yagodora has eliminated, @john_john_florence, @gabrielmedina & @mfanno from the #OiRioPro
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    Volcom Surf hits San Sebastian, Hossegor & Paris on the final leg of Euro Thrash

    Words and photos by Volcom staff photographer, Tom Carey. Check out additional Euro Thrash coverage from our friends Wasted Talent and Surfline who joined us on the trip. France seemed like a good break from the fast-paced lifestyle we were living in Portugal. However, we put the well-oiled machine into overdrive and kicked up the whole program a notch. It was Friday night and we couldn't bare the thought of not going out in Hossegor. Half the crew live there throughout the year so they were happy to be home, see some friends and have a few pints at their local watering hole. That was night #1. Night #2 meant heading to Spain. San Sebastian to be exact. For anyone that doesn't know, San Seb is one of the most amazing towns you could ever visit with its narrow streets, killer bars and amazing tapas. The food alone is worth venturing over for. We visited a few shops, mainly Pukas, which is the biggest surf shop in Spain and then tore the city up. It was hard keeping everybody together when you’re rolling so deep. We had two rooms at separate hostels, but still somehow we managed to only sleep six people in beds. Others slept in their cars, a few on the ground and then others didn't sleep at all. It was quite the site when we all reconvened the next morning. We didn't let a little hangover stop us from enjoying some breakfast tapas and some delightful cider. The party continued on night #3 back over the border to Hossegor once again. By then we were feeling it. Giraffes (giant tubes of beer) were going down too quickly and I knew there couldn't be a happy ending to this weekend. The next day was going to be full of fear. And we weren't far off. The Volcom house looked like a bomb went off. We had been going strong for over a week now and a day off was much needed. So we rested, packed our bags and got ready for our journey the following day to Paris where we would end the trip. It was Semana Santa (Easter) and flights were full and expensive so we decided to jump on the train instead. There's not a better way to experience and view the French countryside than by rail. Beautiful, vibrant hills were covered in the brightest yellow wildflowers and sprinkled with giant windmills. It was beautiful. Paris greeted us with open arms. We didn't arrive until 8pm, but the night was young. Restaurants cook until 11pm, which is great. Bars stay open until the wee hours (which is also great). We saved the best meal for last and sampled all the exquisite cuisine Paris had to offer. We woke up a little fuzzy, but had enough in the tank for one last night. After visiting a few shops and then putting a few pints back, we went to check out a concert nearby put on by one of the presidential candidates. It was raging. The cops were in full force and dressed like RoboCop riot gear. Feeling a little uneasy, we didn't stay long as the large crowds were a bit overwhelming. So we stumbled upon a Korean BBQ joint that looked like it could accommodate the 10 of us. We ate like kings trying to forget that we were leaving the next morning. We had all became great friends by the end of the trip. And as the clock ticked, we knew this memorable trip had to come to an end. We finished out the night at a heavy metal bar. There are always good people at metal bars. They are the salt of the earth. We said our goodbyes that night, shed a few tears and made promises to come back and see each other soon. Farewell for now... We had uber small waves in France, but the bank was amazing. 200 yard lefts, but waist high. Burch made it look so fun on his twinny. We opted to take the train into Paris from Bordeaux. What a good call that was. The French countryside is so beautiful and teeming with colours. The yellow wild flowers are poisonous for the horses, but delicious on the eyes. Nothing like a massive windmill to frame your photo with. Join the crowd. Noa picked up a lot of French on the trip and would surprise everyone when they met him with a line or two. So classic. Burch put on a yoyo display in San Sebastian for the tourists. Don’t ask about the hats. Burch loves logging in and out of the water. The forests around Hossegor are so lush. We went to check out this old Russian campground. It was straight out of a horror movie. But gorgeous. The tapas in San Sebastian are next level. Service in Europe can be slow at times, so the tapas are a nice change of pace. Burch, Noa and Charly were always up for a good time. Alex hadn’t been to San Sebastian (I don't believe), which I thought was weird. He’s a pretty well-traveled man. [caption id="attachment_7353" align="alignnone" width="700"] You could stare at the architecture in Europe for days on end. Men who shower together surf together. Or is it the other way around?[/caption] We had the meanest barbecue at the Volcom house in Hossegor. It was a sausage fest of sorts with some duck thrown in. Willy was not impressed with Charly's. The ride from Portugal to France was amazing. So much open space with these little towns centered around an old church. Snapped this shot of the French RoboCops. They almost took my camera away. I got patted down and told to be on my way. It was worth it. The presidential elections led to some large crowds and lots of cops. I wasn't too comfortable and sure enough the day we left a few cops got shot near our hotel. Pretty heave stuff. France isn't France without a good old fashioned shot of the Metro.
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    Scoring In Coxos, Portugal, Euro Thrash Continues...

    Words and photos by Volcom staff photographer, Tom Carey. Check out additional Euro Thrash coverage from our friends Wasted Talent and Surfline who joined us on the trip. The second day of the trip was one of the best days of surf we've ever seen. We scored firing Coxos, The Cave and Crazy Left. The wind cooperated, the swell pumped and we took advantage of what Portugal was delivering. Coxos was going loony as our cavalry pulled up to the carpark. Charly Quivront, Alex Botelho and Willy Alioti wasted no time trading off eight foot tubes out the back while Noa Deane jumped in shortly after. Everyone seemed to get spit out of a barrel. It was crazy. But in the distance, we could see The Cave trying to do its thing. The tide just needed to drop. Gony Zubizaretta and myself were getting antsy to give it a whirl, so we waited. And we're glad we did. Gony put on an absolute amazing display of surfing at The Cave when it started to turn on. Gony is somewhat of a new resident of Ericeira, but he surfed the wave like he grew up there. For anyone that doesn't know the place, it's as heavy as it gets. Boils pop up out of nowhere, rocks are visible just feet from the lip and a nasty shelf sits just feet away from a wipeout. Tiago Pires once broke his back out there. It's usually empty as no one wants a piece of it. But Gony lit the place up. He got three of the best waves we've ever seen out there. His first wave was a standup barrel wide enough for him to comfortably stretch his arms out in. Noa was also frothing to surf The Cave more than anyone and it showed as he got a few insane slabs to himself along with Gony. Ryan Burch was also amongst the crew and surfed six-to-eight-foot crazy left by himself for a few hours, carving the wave to hell on his handshaped asymmetrical masterpiece. It's seriously a sight to see him on those boards and it's safe to say he's carved out a nice little niche for himself. Even after a terribly long day of surfing, we still managed to find the strength to put a few beers back. The days are quite long in Europe. We didn’t even eat dinner until 10:30pm that night. The Americans were getting hangry and all the Euros were having a good laugh at it. The following day was back to the beach break. And again, we were greeted with playful three-foot surf rolling off this amazing sand bar. It was icing on the cake after the extravaganza we had the day before. We could die happy. The forecast looked pretty grim after that run of swell, so we decided to pack up our gear and hightail it 10 hours to Hossegor. We went like 90mph and made it in seven hours. Not an easy task with three cars. We strolled into the Volcom France House around 10pm and called it a day. Alex at the castle that sits on the point at Nazare. I think he feels comfy there. Willy thought Noa never listens to him. He got the point. Burch and his quiver. Those boards right there can surf anything. Burch getting stylish at Crazy Left. Alex at Coxos. He got spit out of that one. Burch surfed Crazy Left by himself for a few hours. Lucky dog. Gony's performance at The Cave was downright amazing. I didn't know he had it in him. Burch soaking it all in. Noa with the Wasted Talent 16mm camera. Always the connoisseur. I wonder what Burch was thinking right here in the board dungeon? Burch again at Crazy Left. I'd imagine the Portuguese version of the name sounds better. Charly Quivront absolutely ripped the bag out of Coxos that day. Willy banking at Coxos. Charly midway through an alley oop at Coxos. I think Charly caught like 10 waves in 30 minutes that night. That's a photographer's dream. Charly was the only guy not to wear boots out there at Coxos. The rocks are psycho out there especially at high tide. People get tweaked coming in over the reef. Charly again. See what I mean?! Charly again at Coxos. There's two parts to the wave and if you can connect them it makes for one amazing ride. Charly post-tube gouge. Noa was absolutely freaking out at the idea of us getting to surf The Cave. The wind cooperated for an hour or so and we lucked into some absolute gems. Gony on his first wave. I've never seen someone come out of a barrel more happy than Gony did. Dude gave me a hug after. Noa stalling for the last section. The boils are so sketchy there. Gony on his second wave out there. I've shot that wave like five different times, and this was by far the best, but most inconsistent. Noa again trying to give Gony a run for his money. Noa at Coxos. He absolutely annihilated this wave. Would have been a 10 on tour! Willy gave it a go on his backhand. Probably the worst wave ever to surf backside. He ate shit on a few, but came out unscathed. The biggest, meanest set came in right when we were paddling out. It was insane. If we had just gotten out there an hour earlier. Damn! Noa packs light at the beach. Traveling with 12-15 people can be tough at times, but somehow we pulled it off with laser-like precision. The vibes were amazing on that trip.
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    Super Bocks And Surf In Ericeira, Portugal, Euro Thrash Begins!

    Words and photos by Volcom staff photographer, Tom Carey. Check out additional Euro Thrash coverage from our friends Wasted Talent and Surfline who joined us on the trip. It's great to go on a trip that lives up to its name. Euro Thrash. And that’s exactly what we did, thrashed our way through Portugal, Spain, and France. We rolled deep. At one point there might have been 15 of us in four cars. But we made it work. Our key players were Noa Deane, Ryan Burch, Gony Zubizarreta, Willy Alioti, Alex Botelho, Charly Quivront and a cameo by Leon Glatzer. On top of that, we had three filmers and three Volcom Corpo studs. That's what you call rolling deep. Our trip started out in Ericeira, Portugal, a wave-rich surf town just 30 minutes outside of Lisbon. The trip was planned in advance, not a strike mission, which lowers your odds of scoring any good surf by a sever amount. So a few of the guys sacrificed themselves the night before getting on the flight. It worked. We stumbled onto a beauty of a sandbar the first day. The water was an electric shade of blue. The sun was out. A few babes lined the beach and the beers were already flowing during and quickly post-surf. It was a good start to the trip. After surfing our brains out, we checked some other spots, flew a kite, drank some more Super Bock (Portugal's home brew) and had our first team dinner. We totally overwhelmed the restaurant, mesmerized the locals and sang happy birthday to me, much to my dismay. We went to bed as happy campers. Noa brought his guitar and battery operated amp to the beach one day. We ended up surfing a left that was quite the mission to get to. He was so bummed having to carry it that far. But in the end he had his own personal amphitheater. Volcom Europe's team manager missed an exit leaving the airport and we ended up going over the longest suspension bridge in Europe. It was a beautiful view though. Richie Olivares (Surf Marketing). always brings kites on trips. Here Noa helps it take flight. Alex Botelho can shred the small stuff when he’s not paddling 50 foot Nazare. Our first day was beautiful with 80 degree weather, three foot wedges and a cliff side café that sold 1 Euro beers. Life is good. [caption id="attachment_7284" align="alignnone" width="700"] Willy Alioti, Alex Botelho, Ryan Burch and Noa Deane use the natural frame for a portrait in Portugal. Noa did a pretty sweet no-hander on his last wave. I asked him to go back out and do another so I could get a better angle on it. He did. All you gotta do sometimes is ask.[/caption] Willy Aliota halfway throught a full rotator. The ladies love Alex. He loves them too. Charly Quivront was like the grom of the trip. But he's a feisty one. Leon Glatzer wasn’t able to hang with us too much because of his contest schedule, but he lit up for the one session he did. Willy always having a good time. Noa is a creature. Alex is the gnarliest charger in his parts. But you wouldn't know it from talking to him. Gony had the best week of his life. He won back-to-back QS events, got three of the best tubes of his life at The Cave, and hung out with us, which is a feat in itself. We roll deep. Ryan Burch and his infectious laugh. Style for days. Burch floating on his twinny. Burch again throwing it up for the crowd. Afternoon beers were the norm.   Willy rocks. And he likes rocks. Put them together and you have...   Burch, always the gentleman and scholar.
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    Balaram Stack In NYC - 4 Cities (Ep. 4), Volcom Surf

    Balaram carried a hat around that he would give to Killer Mike of Run the Jewels the entire time the What Youth crew spent with him in New York. Killer Mike was responsible for getting them the tickets to the show they would attend the last night of the shoot, which followed a New York Rangers hockey game at Madison Square Garden earlier, a day trip to Balaram's hometown of Long Beach on Long Island, surf checks, hangovers, mushroom pizzas, classy clubs, new night club openings and a bunch of other destinations that are more foggy than clear. In this episode you'll learn about how he grew up surfing while living in a place like New York, what is it about the Empire State that makes it so appealing and why even though he chases swells all over the world, makes jet set trips to places like Aspen to snowboard with a swimsuit model and later Houston for her Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue release party, he still misses New York when he's away. MORE CITIES Episode 1 Ozzie Wright in Byron Bay Episode 2 Ryan Burch in Encinitas Episode 3 Gavin Beschen on the North Shore

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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
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Surfing Freezing Waters North Of The Arctic Circle With Leon Glatzer
Located north of Iceland and the Arctic Circle, tucked tightly in the frigid waters of the Norwegian Sea, lay Norway's Lofoten Islands. Known for excellent fishing, spectacular nature views (e.g., Northern Lights), the midnight sun, and Unstad, where it's not surprising when the air temperature is in the low 30s and the water temperature hovers around a mere 40 degrees. The quaint, small fisherman's village of Unstad is also home to one of Norway's best surfing spots. And even with the chilling temperatures, Unstad sees surfers from around the world showing up to surf the uncrowded waves, explore the region, and during the summer months, even have the opportunity to go for a midnight surf! This all sounded much-too-appealing to 20-year-old Costa Rican surfer Leon Glatzer when he had the opportunity to visit the northern islands of Norway. Leon, who ventured to Unstad to shoot a G-Shock commercial, said this trip was "nothing like I have ever experienced." A far departure from his tropical home in Central America where he doesn't need to wear a wetsuit, Leon had to pack thick fullsuits, booties, gloves, and head gear to battle Norway's freezing temperatures. Dive into this Q&A and photo feature below with Leon to hear first-hand about his experiences and favorite memories from his trip. Q&A WITH LEON GLATZER   How did you hear about this opportunity? Greg Martin (Friday Media Management ) gave me a call asking if I wanted to go to Norway for a G-Shock shoot. I couldn't believe it. Norway? That must be freezing! So I jumped on the opportunity right away. Did you guys wait for a swell before going or did there happen to be waves when you arrived? We waited for almost two months for the perfect swell and weather. It was a long two months because I wanted to go right away, but it's good that we waited because the waves were firing and the conditions were perfect. What was it like traveling to Norway? It was a really long journey to get there. We had to take four different flights due to the location we wanted to reach, which was the north part of Norway. Flying over all the mountains covered in thick snow and ice blocks floating in the water was one of the most amazing visions for me especially coming from Costa Rica. I questioned myself: what have I got myself into? What gear did you have to pack for this trip and surfing in the snowy conditions? I packed loads of socks and gloves. Also, waterproof pants, jackets, and boots (which had to be waterproofed). Wetsuit thickness was a 5/4, but I had three of them so I could put a dry one on every session. How were the waves, water temp, locals, etc.? The waves were pumping 4-7 foot, perfect glassy lefts with light offshore winds. Water temperature was 36 degrees, pretty much freezing temperature. There was one or two locals that I surfed with and they really nice people and were super stoked that I was there. It's a really small surfing scene, which is cool. The place I surfed is called Unstad and is pretty much all rocks on the bottom and no sand until you get to the beach. What was the town like? The town was small and intimate, and a complete fishermen town. Super friendly people everywhere and always reaching out to you for a conversation. It was nice talking with different people and sharing the reason for my trip and hearing their stories and the history of the town. Any interesting food or cool local spots? The food was amazing. We ate whale stew almost every day. There wasn't really any local spots or localism because the town was so small, which was a breath of fresh air. Every place was a local spot! What was your favourite part of the trip? My favourite part of the trip was the first day I woke up and had no idea how the waves were going to be. We pulled up to the spot and it was absolutely firing. Surfed for four hours straight. After four hours, I basically had to crawl to the car because my feet were completely frozen and I couldn't walk at all. I finally arrived to the car and the crew started laughing their asses off at me!   Photos by Hallvard Kolltveit Words by Leon Waiting for the fishing boats to deliver the goods. Tried to catch as many waves as I could in order to keep my body temp up, and of course, enjoy the experience. I can only imagine how cold the water photographer must have been. Sorry, dude! All this rubber makes me feel like I'm wearing the Iron Man suit. Ready for anything! One of the coolest fishing towns in the world, despite the cold, the fishermen have the biggest smiles on their faces. The water is as dense as a river, and as cold, too![/caption] Late afternoon walk to search for more waves. Sunset, nicest time of the day in Norway. The way the light goes in between the mountains makes the colors so fascinating. Watching the sun slowly coming up and touching the cliff, filling the freezing habitat (including myself) with some warmth! Such a surreal vision watching a perfect left peeling next to a hefty mountain covered in snow. Nothing like I have ever experienced. Simple air right in front of the only forest located in Unstad. My face is completely frozen. The photographer said smile, but it was impossible. It was so nice to stay in this mystic town with the fresh smell of fish every morning! The locals said they don't even notice the smell anymore, but to us tourists, the smell was strong. This silent and deserted location gives you an opposite receptivity. Feels like there is a big mass surrounding you. Being from the tropics, this is the most unbelievable view I have ever seen. This picture says it all: team work! Wishing the walk back to the hot shower wasn't this long! Only this you see in Norway. Fire in the sky! The only road you never get bored of. Every route, every corner, every curve you take, there will always be a smile on your face. Mass energy, forms, and colors floating above. I thought it only existed in the movies. Coldest and most challenging paddle anyone will ever experience. Battling with three inch snow covering my board. Exploring has no end in this world. In freezing water temperatures you find obstacles like this! Every mountain I saw I wanted to snowboard from the top into the sea. In the Arctic, we walk to the surf in knee-deep snow instead of sand. Until next time, Norway!
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Searching for Surf & Shaping Surfboards in Morocco
In Morocco, 30 kilometers south of Casablanca lies the small town of Dar Bouazza, home to fisherman, farmers and the country's best left-hand break. Drawing surfers from around the globe in search of exotic empty waves, Dar Bouazza is also home to a sizable lot of surfers who have been drawn to it's wave that on a good day will run for over 500 meters. On his recent trip to Morocco, our friend Carson Myers, who can usually be found shaping boards in Hawaii, was himself lured to Dar Bouazza where he could spend a couple weeks surfing, shaping and exploring. "Going there I was thinking that I could bust out a board in one or two days just like back home. Little did I know that it would be like building a board in your back yard..." Kai Shapes, the only local surf shop in Morocco that is shaping boards were generous hosts that turned their shaping room over to Carson where he quickly realized that there would be some challenges to his normal process. "I had all my tools to shape the board but none for the other steps that go into completing a finished board. For example when we laid up some fiberglass to make some glass ons we didn't have a clean piece of glass but instead a piece of plexiglass. So when it came time to remove the panel from the glass, we had to use a metal spike to pry it off. And instead of cutting the fin templates out with a jig saw all we had was a metal disc grinder." Over the course of the ten days it took to completely finish his board (normally a two-day process back home), Carson spent the rest of his time surfing and discovering the town and local culture. "Unfortunately for us the waves weren't ever really going off. The beach break right in front of our house was usually our go to spot. Most of the time it was a little bit over head, glassy and peeling for 50 meters left and right." While he may not have scored the best waves, journeying to a far-off place with a solid group of friends and the new found appreciation for those who facing the challenge of bringing the craft of shaping to foreign lands and making surfing accessible for the community, made for a trip that will not be soon forgotten. "I am really appreciative of everyone who blessed me with their time and expertise on this trip. Kai Shapes, especially Scott and the guys at the shop. Zach Trein for the fins and my whole connection to Morocco and of course Josh Cohen for the photos and being an above par travel companion." The shaping room at Kai Shapes Carson in a pair of the Volcom chinos, the perfect pants for those in journeyman mode Using the disc grinder to cut the fin templates Prying the panel off the plexiglass Fun little acetone bath The finished product. Morning at Jack Beach. This is where we surfed mostly. Not really A+ surf but with just you and your friends out it's hard to beat. The local market. My favorite way to shop. Super fresh. Keep up with Carson on his Instagram @myerssurfboards and grab a pair of Volcom pants for your next adventure.
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Behind The Scenes On The Exit The Earthly Film Shoot With The Volcom Team
Exit The Earthly, the ridiculous and psychedelic surf-action-comedy-adventure short film, stars Ozzie Wright, Nate Tyler, Coco Ho, Mitch Coleborn, Maud Le Car, Dusty Payne, Yago Dora, Quincy Davis and Noa Deane as themselves, with supporting rolls played by Will Oldham and Austin Amelio.
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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!