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    Kelly Slater, nearly 4 decades of putting ThisFirst

    Insecurity, sobriety, the feeling of filling a void in one's heart, are universal themes that have just as great of a potential to be destructive as they do to be the motivating factor in success. Sharing what drove him at a young age and what still drives him today, Kelly opens up about his family, relationships and how he stays focused on winning. As both the youngest and oldest surfer to ever win a world title, Kelly Slater's career successes stack up against the greatest in any sport; as an 11-time world champion, Kelly is one of the winningest athletes in history, more than Tiger Woods, more than Wayne Gretzky, more than Muhammad Ali. This rare glimpse into the psyche of the sport of surfing's most enduring competitor and innovator can be appreciated by anyone, surfer or not.
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    Post Heat Interviews – Day 2 US Open Of Surfing Huntington Beach

    The US Open of Surfing has landed in Huntington Beach, CA, and the waves are firing! The Volcom crew, including Team Manager and Coach, Matt "Bemmy" Bemrose, has been down on the beach every day watching our team riders surf their way through heats and rooting them on from the stands. Yesterday, we sat down with Bemmy to get some insight on what it takes to work with some of the world's top female surfers, differences between coaching women's surfing vs. men's surfing, and more. With Maud Le Car's big win yesterday against 6x World Champ, Stephanie Gilmore, and Coco Ho advancing to the quarterfinals (beating current World Champ, Tyler Wright), it's safe say Bemmy's on a good roll! How long have you been with Volcom I started surfing for Volcom when I was 17, then started working for Volcom full-time at 28. I’m 39 now, so about 23 years haha! When did you start working with Coco Ho and Maud Le Car? The first trip I did with Coco was in 2007 to Fiji. I wasn’t working directly with her then, but earmarked her as a future star. Actually, working directly with Coco, that began in 2012. Working with Maud has been on and off over the last two years, but if I get an opportunity to work with her at an event I’m all over it. Maud, Bemmy, and Coco celebrating after Maud's huge win over Steph Gilmore. Who was the first female surfer to ever impress you? Lisa Anderson. She really brought style into women's surfing. Is there a different approach you take when working with female surfers?  A little more attention to detail. Things like: where to paddle out, setting lineups, holding priority, etc. More technical things, but women's surfing has come a long way and I've been really impressed with how Coco and Maud have handled the pressure of competition in and out of the water. Coco Ho How do you recognize a potential star athlete and what are some signs of a true competitor? A never-give-up attitude is the biggest telltale sign. Also, a true competitor shows signs of composure under pressure at an early age. Coco Ho mentally preparing before her heat. Outside competition, what are some signs of true surf talent vs. what can be taught in the water? A willingness to think outside the box and apply new maneuvers to your repertoire in a short amount of time shows true surf talent. How much of your job is life coach vs. surf coach? 50/50 for sure. Probably more life coach though haha! Maud Le Car greeted by boyfriend, Joan Duru, after her win against Steph. The US Open is a mad house full of people, competitors, fans, and brands to name a few. What can an event like this do for an up-and-coming surfer? Compete well and it can make you. For Maud, I guarantee this heat win against Steph Gilmore is the biggest confidence boost she’s ever had. With confidence comes self-belief. That’s all someone needs to take their surfing to the next level. Coco Ho has made her name on the scene and has done well at the US Open in past years, and she's just getting fired up! Maud Le Car qualified for this event through the trials, only to take out 6x World Champ Steph Gilmore in her Round 2 heat. How does that happen? What does it take, and do you think she'll be taking down bigger names in the future? What Maud just accomplished was outstanding. Beating one of the best female surfers ever in a CT event as a wildcard is hard to describe. It’s totally amazing in saying that Maud had the ability and firepower to beat Steph. We spoke all day long before her heat and worked out a tight heat strategy. We had Maud focus on her strengths with the mindset that any heat would be hers to win. When she matched up with Steph, it was business as usual. We spoke about controlling the heat from the start and sticking to her game plan, and that's exactly what she did. This win is life-changing and now Maud knows she has what it takes to mix it with the very best in the world. Coco Ho after her win this morning against current World Champ, Tyler Wright. All smiles!
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    The Making Of “The Dock” | Go Behind The Scenes With Volcom’s Surf Team

    This has got to be one of the sketchiest things we’ve ever done. I mean, would you pull the trigger on this concept and put some of the world's best surfers at risk? We’re in an age where everything’s been done. Where content gets exported by the dozens. Where repetition and derived ideas seem to be the norm. What breaks through clutter and what gets lost in 24 hours? There needs to be something more. So, we met up with our friends over at Stab and started talking about some potential ideas. When you enlist Stab’s wizardy and sunburnt minds to discuss surfing’s next move, you get oodles of high-to-higher outrageous, yet dangerously entertaining ideas. We labored over many of those ideas and found a winner. What was once a long and arduous process has finally come to fruition. And we’re truly passionate about. Benoa Harbour, Indonesia. What are we talking about? We’re talking about “The Dock.” A 100-foot floating dock that we put in the middle of a surf break and invited a select crew to try out. We knew it was time do something different. Something new. Something which our team riders would be stoked on, and something that we would have fun doing and showing to our audiences. It’s part of our DNA to keep things fun and embrace the strange. It’s a grocery bag full of first-time stunts and wildly-entertaining fails. The strenuous journey of anchoring this floating dock in the middle of a surf break can take its tolls, but it was all worth it. Noa hops, Imai falls, Yago attempts. Mitch going for broke. He is wearing the Volcom X Noa Deane Mag Vibes Stoneys Boardshorts While dangerous, unpredictable, and unsecured, towing this 100-foot piece of equipment out into the ocean at 4am in a foreign land feels like you’ve already won. Were you sitting at your desk editing a two-to-four-foot beach break clip or sitting on the beach filming perfect barrels? No, you were near the pinnacle of an out-of-left-field concept that no one thought was possible. But you were there, and you made it, although no one said it was going to be this hard. Did we say it was dangerous? There was the obvious threat of the dock breaking off and crashing into you, but there were others. There are wires, ropes, tons of waves, other surfers / surfboards, and the dock itself whipping around freely as if it had no boundaries. As Noa recalls, “It kicks like a snake. It does this weird snake thing and it whips right at the end.” Balaram had a near-serious injury when he was trying to make his way to safety after jumping off the dock over a wave: “For a split second, time slowed down and I was like, ‘I’m about to die, I’m going head-first into this thing!'” Balaram and his memorable time with the dock. Balaram ended up slipping off the end and went down pretty hard. The 100-foot dock broke away from its anchor and nearly tumbled over Ozzie (see video). But, it was all in good fun. It was a team of guys experiencing a first-of-its-kind, further stretched from their comfort homes than ever. “I like the chaos of everybody there going, ‘where are we going, where are we going!?’” said Ozzie. It’s always fun until it’s not. One of the scariest parts of the shoot was when a huge set rolled in and the dock snapped off the anchors and floated into shore, nearly tagging Ozzie and Imai. Luckily our dudes have cat-like reflexes and managed to escape sure-injury. Imai recalls, “I dove under it and the thing went over, and my board was on the side and I had to take my leash off underwater because it was stuck.” After some minor repairs, the team got the dock back out into position and finished off their three-day mission. We should've known Stab would think of a gem-of-an-idea like this. We never thought this would actually be possible. We didn't think we were actually going to go through with it. But we did, and we are sure as hell glad we did. Thank you to Stab, our team riders, production, the crew, Candock, and everyone else who was apart of this project. We hope you enjoyed “The Dock.” Noa's wearing the Macaw Mod Boardshorts. Nowhere to go. Ozzie leaps off the dock for another attempt.
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    The Irrational Pursuit, The Exploration Of "This"

    What connects a ballet dancer and a skateboarder? A musician and snowboarder? Dive deeper with us as we journey into the 'True To This' mindset, exploring what it means to let go and let the irrational pursuit of your passion take over. Featuring the most diverse compilation of Volcom ambassadors ever assembled in a short film since the inception of the brand, these influential and legendary Volcom family members pull back the curtain and get real about that special place they all go to in their head and what it takes to get there. No matter if you're skater, surfer, snowboarder, maker, activist, techie, foodie, entrepreneur or inventing something entirely new, it's impossible to deny the vast parallels of life when they are led by the same internal force… passion.
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    A Floating Dock In The Middle Of A Surf Break - “The Dock”

    “The Dock” is an exemplary piece of outlandish and strange antics we sometimes chase. It’s not that we want to… we have to. Breaking up the monotony of your daily videos cycling your feed to provide something different. Something we felt the need to do. What is The Dock? A 100-foot floating dock that we put in the middle of a surf break and invited a select crew to try out: Noa Deane, Balaram Stack, Ozzie Wright, Mitch Coleborn, Yago Dora, and Imai Devault. Sound enticing or ridiculous? Probably both. From the video you can see how sketchy the execution was, but the preparation was just as strenuous. The danger involved was also on everyone’s minds as the set up began. “It would just kill you if it hit you, yeah?” said Noa. The wires, the ropes, the waves, the unpredictability of the anchor were all threatening variables. Ozzie recalls, “The Dock’s been scary. At one stage I just came up, got my board, and saw it coming right at me. But I like the chaos of it.” What was once a long and arduous journey has finally come to fruition. And we’re truly passionate about. We hope you enjoy! Standing on a floating dock with an 8ft wave approaching can be a little frightening! Dock Lobster, Rattle Snake, Grey Mamba... call it what you want, this thing can be ANGRY! "Sittin on a dock in the line up, waisting time." The guys were psyching and splitting peaks.. Here's Imai with no option but straight! “I WAS KINDA JUST STUCK AND WASN'T SURE WHAT TO DO BECAUSE NOA WAS GOING RIGHT AND YAGO LEFT, AND I WAS JUST STUCK IN THE MIDDLE. SO, I THOUGHT I COULD TRY TO OUTRUN THE THING TO THE END AND JUST JUMP OFF AND GO STRAIGHT, BUT THE WAVE CAUGHT UP TO ME AND KNOCKED ME RIGHT OFF MY FEET. I SLID FOR WHAT FELT LIKE FOREVER HAHA, BUT IT WAS PROBABLY EQUAL TO LIKE 10 FEET, BUT I HAVE NEVER LAUGHED SO HARD I THINK EVER!” -IMAI Noa Deane was doing things no one has ever done before. Backside tail tap on the dock! Imai decided to take a dip! Balaram had his fair share of spills! See video for his wipeout. “THE DOCK WAS ONE OF THOSE NOVELTY THINGS THAT YOU DREAM ABOUT. IT WAS LIKE THE ROCK JUMP IN ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY SIX TRICKS THAT I WATCHED OZZIE DO A THOUSAND TIMES.... JUST A MAN-MADE VERSION.” -BALARAM Smiles all around! The guys claimed this to be one of the funnest thing they've ever done. L to R: Willy Aliotta, Yago Dora, Noa Deane, Balaram Stack, Ozzie Wright, Imai Devault. Yago Dora flew in straight from the Fiji Pro for just one day and didn't waste any time, he was going bonkers! It was really crowded on that dock! Yago is wearing the Macaw Mod Boardshorts. DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME! Balaram doing some sort warm-up stretch?! "BALARAM JUMPED UP AND WENT SIX FEET IN THE AIR THEN LANDED ON THE WIRE, SO SKETCHY! IT WHIPS RIGHT AT THE END BECAUSE IT’S CONNECTED TO A CABLE WHICH ADDS EXTRA TENSION.” -NOA Ozzie showing off his bag of 156 Tricks! From land it looked like they were walking on water. It was surreal. We lucked out and scored this peak for days straight with not a sole in sight. Ozzie being Ozzie and taking things to the next level! “THE DOCK WAS ANGRY! IT WANTED TO GET US, BUT WE WERE TOO QUICK! IT WAS A CLASSIC RUMBLE TRYING TO HUSTLE OUR WAY ON THERE ALTOGETHER.” -OZZIE The Dock is fun and really sketchy at the same time. After all, what’s fun without a little fear?! Here, Mitch Coleborn tries to escape disaster.
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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