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True To This - Artist Rachel 'Ponygold’ Urquhart

True To This - Artist Rachel 'Ponygold’ Urquhart

Spend an afternoon in Australia's Melbourne with Volcom Artist Rachel 'Ponygold' Urquhart talking her path to creativity, dedication, focus, inspirations and how she is True To This.

Follow Artist @raychponygold and @volcomwomens_oz for more creativity and inspiration.

Directed/Filmed/Edited @dannycamara
Danny Camara

Produced/Directed @nocturama
Kimberley Reynolds

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Surf
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
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
New Future
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
Music
Week 2: The High Curbs "Empty Bottles" | Volcom Cyber Singles Club
Burger Records x Volcom present Cyber Singles Club, features music from the newest breed of Burger Records stars in the making, recorded exclusively at Volcom Studio, and will be released for free download & streaming every Monday for 20 weeks beginning April 17th. Make sure you grab the 1st week's download - The Side Eyes "Cat Call" Week 2: The High Curbs - "Empty Bottles" Cyber Singles Club by The High Curbs Having arrived from the Inland Empire like a wild fire, The High Curbs have been busier than ever. But how did it all start? Before they ever worked with Burger Records (Burger released The High Curbs second full length, Marcelo Cleveland on cassette in July 2016), the band were already fans... initially connected through the internet. "Literally, if you have Soundcloud, then you know Burger Records" explained singer Eduardo Moreno, "that's really it." Meeting Sean and Lee and the Burger Records crew in person didn't take much more effort either. "We just went in the store and annoyed the shit out of them... we would just walk in and ask them if they have any shows you could throw us on?". It's much harder to ignore someone in real life as opposed to pestering them on social media... "That [social media] doesn’t work" the band all agreed. It also helps to make friends with other bands on Burger. "Be friends with a band that's on Burger and tell them to record you", said Eduardo. "That's what we did," added drummer Aaron Korbe. The band recorded their debut self-titled EP with Facundo Bermudez, better known as Cundo, who sent Sean the recordings that first put The High Curbs on Burger's radar. But admittedly "things got lost in the shuffle for a year or two" remembered Sean and The High Curbs would go on to self release that EP as well as their follow up full length, Weight Problems. But The High Curbs persistence would pay off. They recorded their second full-length with Audacity's (one of the original bands on Burger Records) Matt Schmalfeld, who then sent the recordings to Sean who thought "they ruled" and "that's when The High Curbs became part of the Burger Fam!" he exclaimed. Part of the NOW SOUND of Burger Records today, The High Curbs hit the Volcom Studio to record a brand new song for the Cyber Singles Club. Entitled "Empty Bottles", the song's about being on tour and is a full blast of garage-punk rock and roll that shows why the band are ready to hit the road every chance they get. As an added bonus, The High Curbs, also made a music video for the song.
Music
Week 1: The Side Eyes "Cat Call" | Volcom Cyber Singles Club
Burger Records x Volcom present Cyber Singles Club, features music from the newest breed of Burger Records stars in the making, recorded exclusively at Volcom Studio, and will be released for free download & streaming every Monday for 20 weeks beginning April 17th. Week 1: The Side Eyes - "Cat Call" Cyber Singles Club by The Side Eyes The Side Eyes' origin story is sort of ordinary. "We all met at Burgerama," says bassist Chris. It's happened a thousand times over, a group of people meet and things just click and next thing they know they've devised a plan to start a band together. It was no different for the members of The Side Eyes explained guitarist Kevin, "... and that's when we wanted to do it... like, we want to do this. We're starting a band,". That was March of 2015 at Burgerama 4 at The Observatory, a festival with an atmosphere so electrifying who knows how many bands were spawned that day. "It looked very doable. You could see this kinda scene forming. It was really amazing. It really drew me in." remembered Astrid, the band's singer. The Side Eyes' wild, youthful swagger quickly made them darlings in the Los Angeles underground. And it wasn't long before word of the band made its way back to Sean and Lee at Burger Records, soon finding themselves booked at Burger-a-Go-Go that summer and exactly one year later back at the Observatory set to play one of the seven nights of the 2016 Burger/Observatory anniversary shows. "We heard about The Side Eyes through Jeff McDonald of one of our all-time favorite bands Redd Kross!" explained Sean. Now it just so happens that Astrid is the daughter of Jeff and it was the recordings that the band made with Jeff's brother Steve that would eventually become The Side Eyes debut self-titled release on Burger Records. Burger's all about keeping it in the family. For their contribution to the Cyber Singles Club the band choose to re-record the first song, "Cat Call", from their debut release. Propelled by singer Astrid McDonald's fierce vocal delivery over the muscular fury created from the brotherly band of shredders, Chris and Kevin Devine, and backed by the speedy hands of drummer Nick Arnold, The Side Eyes create a fury fitting for the message... no time spared for stupid cat calls. In addition to re-recording "Cat Calls", The Side Eyes also laid down four more songs during their session at Volcom Studio and as a little bonus we're including the scorching new as-yet unreleased song "Teenage Jerks" below for you to enjoy in all it's goofy green-screen glory.
Surf
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!