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VOLCOM ROAD RAGER - "LARRY VS. THE KID"
OVER THE COURSE OF THREE TRIPS AND WELL OVER 3,000 MILES the Volcom Road Rager went across the entire coast of Florida, from Vancouver down to Boise, ID and Montreal to Chicago, IL. With a star-studded cast of shredders including Axel Cruysberghs, Grant Taylor, Collin Provost, Jackson Pilz, Arto Saari, Omar Hassan, Milton Martinez, CJ Collins, Simon Bannerot, Chris Pfanner, Alec Majerus, Louie Lopez and Henry Gartland, there was plenty of footage logged! Watch the video above and check the photos below, don't forget to check the article from the January 2019 issue of Thrasher Magazine as well! WHO’S LARRY? AND WHO’S THE KID? After a long day of skating Omar Hassan turns into his alter ego, Larry who is somehow even more fun to be around then Omar. The kid is CJ Collins, because well, he’s literally a kid. They’ve known each other since Omar first met CJ back at the Vans Skatepark in Orange, CJ’s memory is foggy, but we’ve narrowed it down to sometime around when he was 8 years old. Since then they’ve been on multiple trips together and has created a very unique relationship. Imagine when you were 14 years old, you had so much energy and it all needed to go into something. For CJ, it goes into torturing Omar, especially on those long drives in the bus. Everything you could imagine from wet willies to a soccer ball to the head, CJ doesn’t hold back! Omar, or Larry, doesn’t let it go either, he’s gotten back at CJ just as bad. A friendly headlock would put CJ back in line anytime! Shop Volcom Brand Jeans Shop Skateboarding Collection
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VOLCOM'S COOKED KIWI CAM
SKATEBOARDING. SNOW. NEW ZEALAND. WHAT MORE IS THERE TO SAY? All combined made a recipe for an epic trip. Somewhere deep inside the walls of the Volcom HQ the idea was born to think of a place where Skateboarding, Snowboarding, and Surfing can all come together. With that in mind, we set off for two weeks to head to Auckland, NZ to hit the streets and meet up with our fellow board brethren for a little pow pow action. Featuring Axel Cruysberghs, CJ Collins, Jackson Pilz, Jesse “Red” Noonan, and Arto Saari. CJ Collins setting up a board for the trip We got in around 7 in the morning after a long 13 hour flight and as soon as we walked through the doors our Ozzie mates were up and at em ready to explore. Skateboarders up at 7am ready to go? A very strange phenomena but luckily the time change played in our favor and we were out and about bright and early every morning. Downtown Auckland was loaded with spots. The boys were all amped from their flat whites and long blacks (NZ for “coffee”) and were on an all-out rampage through the bustling metropolis. Axel managed to swing a nice little wallie 180 while dodging cars and some, let’s just say, interesting people. Quickly after, Red got gnarly and barged through with a fs wallride yank out. The session was immediately followed with the obligatory meat pie stop. After hitting a few spots we arrived at an undisclosed backyard pool. We were super lucky to skate it according to a couple of the local bros. You know who you are and thanks for letting us come! The session started heating up after a few cold beverages and next thing you know the jacuzzi cover was getting taken out. Our OZ legend, Red, was brave enough to step to the jacuzzi grind. “I’m more of an Evil Kinevil kind of skater”, although the steezy crail among other tricks begged to differ. First to take a dip: the board. Then a shoe. Then Red. Soaking wet he pulled it off with a nose yank-in to boot. Little CJ took advantage of the photo op and blasted a couple FSO’s. He got a little brave with a front feeble poked out and came inches away from Red’s face while he was enjoying a soak and a beverage (not pictured). Huge props to our Kiwi friends and their hospitality. After stacking clips for almost week it was time to meet our bros in the mountain town of Wanaka. It’s very rare that all three teams come together as one. We had everyone from an Olympian: Torgeir Bergrem, a Skate Legend: Arto Saari, and Life Legend: Red. Jackson touched snow for the first time at 27 years old and even took a few laps. Ozzy Wright was handling some smooth layback carves and Axel was ripping the half pipe like he was there with the snow team – kid is good at everything. All in and all one for the books. Our nice little mid-summer / Kiwi winter getaway was a nice break from the Southern California heat. SHOP Volcom Skateboarding Collection SHOP Volcom Snow Outerwear
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“Mexico City to San Miguel de Allende” on Motorcycles Visiting Ancient Structures + Skateboarding | Speak Two The Wind
This bonus episode of Speak Two The Wind finds CJ Collins, Collin Provost, Jackson Pilz, and others wandering through Mexico on motorcycles, embracing the ancient colonial architectures, 2,000-year-old pyramids, and various skate spots as they make their way from Mexico City to San Miguel de Allende. After the U.S. and Europe tours were finished, we all agreed we had one more trip left in our reserve tanks, so we devised a plan to visit San Miguel de Allende, a colonial-era city 170 miles northwest of Mexico City. We took off from Mexico’s capital on motorcycles with a solid crew and ended up discovering a place called Tula, populated with 2,000-year-old pyramids and structures, it was quite a sight to see. Continuing our journey, we finally made it to San Miguel de Allende where we stayed at our friend Luka Barrena’s house who coincidentally has a skate bowl in his backyard. The bowl was perfect and his backyard was full of tents and motorcycles. A local chef even volunteered to cook the local cuisine for us. We shared good laughs and good food with the local crew, skating and sharing stories before it was time to head back to Mexico City. Once we arrived in the capital, our friends Los Viejos, who are a local metal band, played a show for us to give us a proper send off.
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Episode 1: "California to Arizona" Motorcycling Across The Desert | Speak Two The Wind
In Episode 1 of Speak Two The Wind sees the Volcom Skate Team lift off from Collin Provost's house in Vista, CA, on motorcycles as they make their way through the California and Arizona deserts, skateboarding and embracing all that the open roads had to offer. Following an epic night out in Oceanside that culminated at Collin's house, the crew, Chris Pfanner, Jackson Pilz, Arto Saari, Jelle Keppens, Lannie Rhoads, Jake Smith, Christian Vankelst and Collin set off on the 230 mile ride to Hippy Hole near Palo Verde. Spending the night under the stars the group awoke the next day to make the 170 mile trip to Phoenix where they were in for fun day baking in the sun at a skate ditch.
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Episode 2: "Arizona, Utah, And..." Northern AZ to Utah On Motorcycles With A Stop At The Grand Canyon | Speak Two The Wind
Episode 2 of Speak Two The Wind continues with the Volcom Skate Team as they find themselves motorcycling and skateboarding through Arizona and Utah, with stops at Glen Canyon Dam, Horseshoe Bend, Saint George, Valley of Fire and back to the Grand Canyon. After hitting spots in Arizona the crew hit the road heading north. As Chris Pfanner describes it, "it was like riding though a postcard for two weeks." Between the rides, spots were hit and tricks were documented. Towards the end of their two week journey the bond between crew only grew stronger and there was a yearning for more rides and open roads. With such a diverse group of international visitors on U.S. soil, there was no way they weren't going experience the crown jewel of U.S. Natural Park System. So with two weeks of grease and sweat in their jeans, they rode the south rim of the Grand Canyon to explore and take in its beauty. A perfect way to end and epic journey.
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Episode 3: "Belgium to Germany" The Skate Team Arrives in Germany with The Picturebooks | Speak Two The Wind
Episode 3 of Speak Two The Wind finds the crew still riding high from the American leg of their two-wheeled journey. The second leg of this journey picks up with the Volcom Skate Team as they arrive in Belgium and battle the elements on their way to meeting up with The Picturebooks for a private performance at their home studio. There's little protection from the elements on a motorcycle and when the crew started their journey through Europe, mother nature decided to throw them a curve ball. Riding hundred sixty kilometers in the rain through Belgium to Germany they rendezvoused with The Picturebooks who accompanied them to their studio in Gütersloh, Germany. Son of legendary skateboarder Claus Grabke, Fynn and his buddy Philipp Mirtschink are the duo that make up The Picturebooks. Having both skateboarding and life on the road in common, the guys had no problem fitting in with the crew as they took them in from the rain and showed them the finer side of the local scene as they made their way to Germany. Local skateboarder and motorcycle enthusiast, Jonathan Thijs, also tagged along for the ride. After many miles on the road they finally reached their destination, the DIY skatepark in Hanover, Germany where a proper session went down before the rain crept back in. After the passing shower the crew saddled up and continued the journey further into the European countryside.