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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

Tom Carey Puerto Rico Volcom Surf Team 2017 Designed For Surfing Recommended For Life

Cheers, mon! Yago, Noa, and Droid taking down some Red Stripes pre-flight. Beer of choice for El Caribe.

Tom Carey Puerto Rico Volcom Surf Team 2017 Designed For Surfing Recommended For Life

Droid loves to sleep. Is he sleeping here? Here's Noa wondering the same thing.

Tom Carey Puerto Rico Volcom Surf Team 2017 Designed For Surfing Recommended For Life

Small planes are convenient (and sketchy) when you need to jump from island-to-island to search for waves.

Tom Carey Puerto Rico Volcom Surf Team 2017 Designed For Surfing Recommended For Life

Grid-locked!

Tom Carey Puerto Rico Volcom Surf Team 2017 Designed For Surfing Recommended For Life

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!

Tom Carey Puerto Rico Volcom Surf Team 2017 Designed For Surfing Recommended For Life

Tradewinds in Puerto Rico can sometimes make for chilly weather. But Tradewinds or not, sunny or cloudy, Noa is always rockin' his favorite jeans.

Tom Carey Puerto Rico Volcom Surf Team 2017 Designed For Surfing Recommended For Life

Mauro Dora and Yago Diaz?!

Tom Carey Puerto Rico Volcom Surf Team 2017 Designed For Surfing Recommended For Life

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.

Tom Carey Puerto Rico Volcom Surf Team 2017 Designed For Surfing Recommended For Life

Noa trying to make the car rides a little more entertaining for the group.

Tom Carey Puerto Rico Volcom Surf Team 2017 Designed For Surfing Recommended For Life

After flying-high all week, Yago indulges on a couple glasses of vino on his last night of the trip.

Tom Carey Puerto Rico Volcom Surf Team 2017 Designed For Surfing Recommended For Life

Nate Leal and Scott Stinnett (background left & right), are the go-to filmers for the Volcom Surf Team. These dudes are always on it!

Tom Carey Puerto Rico Volcom Surf Team 2017 Designed For Surfing Recommended For Life

What we can take away from this photo is that more sunscreen was needed!

Tom Carey Puerto Rico Volcom Surf Team 2017 Designed For Surfing Recommended For Life

Yago channeling some Tony Alva?

Tom Carey Puerto Rico Volcom Surf Team 2017 Designed For Surfing Recommended For Life

Scott Stinnett.

Tom Carey Puerto Rico Volcom Surf Team 2017 Designed For Surfing Recommended For Life

Cops are always on the lookout.

Tom Carey Puerto Rico Volcom Surf Team 2017 Designed For Surfing Recommended For Life

"Yeah, it's a bit windy, but..."

Tom Carey Puerto Rico Volcom Surf Team 2017 Designed For Surfing Recommended For Life

Sleeper boy. Noa knocked out from rocking too hard and drinking too much water.

Tom Carey Puerto Rico Volcom Surf Team 2017 Designed For Surfing Recommended For Life

Droid's bringing back the classic Black Fly's look.

Tom Carey Puerto Rico Volcom Surf Team 2017 Designed For Surfing Recommended For Life

Y'all been to Pusser's?

Tom Carey Puerto Rico Volcom Surf Team 2017 Designed For Surfing Recommended For Life

Phone rings... "It's Ozzie! Oh, snap, my rent's due!"

Tom Carey Puerto Rico Volcom Surf Team 2017 Designed For Surfing Recommended For Life

House view.

Tom Carey Puerto Rico Volcom Surf Team 2017 Designed For Surfing Recommended For Life

Droid sometimes sleeps with his eyes open. It's creepy, but pretty funny!

Tom Carey Puerto Rico Volcom Surf Team 2017 Designed For Surfing Recommended For Life

Yes, airports are full of freaks!

Tom Carey Puerto Rico Volcom Surf Team 2017 Designed For Surfing Recommended For Life

The name of this airplane is quite accurate.

Tom Carey Puerto Rico Volcom Surf Team 2017 Designed For Surfing Recommended For Life

Whatever you do, don't look down!

Tom Carey Puerto Rico Volcom Surf Team 2017 Designed For Surfing Recommended For Life

Scared, psyched, confused, or all the above?

Tom Carey Puerto Rico Volcom Surf Team 2017 Designed For Surfing Recommended For Life

Touchdown! This place ruled.

Tom Carey Puerto Rico Volcom Surf Team 2017 Designed For Surfing Recommended For Life

Yago always packing the late night snacks. This dude loves chocolate.

Tom Carey Puerto Rico Volcom Surf Team 2017 Designed For Surfing Recommended For Life

Droid rockin' the Mag Vibes Stoneys and Yago rockin' the Macaw Mods!

Tom Carey Puerto Rico Volcom Surf Team 2017 Designed For Surfing Recommended For Life

Mauro Diaz is always Gozando! (Having a good time.)

Tom Carey Puerto Rico Volcom Surf Team 2017 Designed For Surfing Recommended For Life

Noa greeting the Shark's Cove of the Caribbean!

Tom Carey Puerto Rico Volcom Surf Team 2017 Designed For Surfing Recommended For Life

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.

Tom Carey Puerto Rico Volcom Surf Team 2017 Designed For Surfing Recommended For Life

This literally went on for a couple hours...

Tom Carey Puerto Rico Volcom Surf Team 2017 Designed For Surfing Recommended For Life

Nate, bummed his phone broke and couldn't Tinder.

Tom Carey Puerto Rico Volcom Surf Team 2017 Designed For Surfing Recommended For Life

The pie in the face wasn't enough, and Noa wanted more!

Tom Carey Puerto Rico Volcom Surf Team 2017 Designed For Surfing Recommended For Life

Noa making Richie and Droid some tasty treats. Egg in hole? Egg in basket? Whatever it was, it ruled.

Tom Carey Puerto Rico Volcom Surf Team 2017 Designed For Surfing Recommended For Life

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.

Tom Carey Puerto Rico Volcom Surf Team 2017 Designed For Surfing Recommended For Life

Checking emails? On Instagram? Whatever, it's too late for photos.

Tom Carey Puerto Rico Volcom Surf Team 2017 Designed For Surfing Recommended For Life

Noa's first boards with the Stone!

Tom Carey Puerto Rico Volcom Surf Team 2017 Designed For Surfing Recommended For Life

Yes, Droid sleeps with his guitar, day and night.

Below photos: Scott Stinnett

Cameras: Yashica T4 and Widelux

Scott Stinnett Puerto Rico Volcom Surf Team Film 2017 Designed For Surfing

Boarding the mini jet.

Scott Stinnett Puerto Rico Volcom Surf Team Film 2017 Designed For Surfing

Yago's candy stash.

Scott Stinnett Puerto Rico Volcom Surf Team Film 2017 Designed For Surfing

Airport lobby jam sash with Droid and Noa. Maybe just Droid.

Scott Stinnett Puerto Rico Volcom Surf Team Film 2017 Designed For Surfing

Droid, zorched.

Scott Stinnett Puerto Rico Volcom Surf Team Film 2017 Designed For Surfing

Beers and champagne. Why not?!

Scott Stinnett Puerto Rico Volcom Surf Team Film 2017 Designed For Surfing

Seriously lost! Tom Carey trying to figure out where they are while Noa sleeps one off.

Scott Stinnett Puerto Rico Volcom Surf Team Film 2017 Designed For Surfing

Mind surfing. We did that a lot due to the lacking of waves.

Scott Stinnett Puerto Rico Volcom Surf Team Film 2017 Designed For Surfing

Few spots had potential, and we found some fun waves, but not a ton.

Scott Stinnett Puerto Rico Volcom Surf Team Film 2017 Designed For Surfing

Everyone wants a photo with Droid.

Scott Stinnett Puerto Rico Volcom Surf Team Film 2017 Designed For Surfing

Mauro Diaz.

Scott Stinnett Puerto Rico Volcom Surf Team Film 2017 Designed For Surfing

Checking this spot called Middles, which had a couple waves on offer.

Scott Stinnett Puerto Rico Volcom Surf Team Film 2017 Designed For Surfing

Yago Dora.

Scott Stinnett Puerto Rico Volcom Surf Team Film 2017 Designed For Surfing

This is Tortola. And it's an amazing place to visit.

Scott Stinnett Puerto Rico Volcom Surf Team Film 2017 Designed For Surfing

Free samples of Pina Coladas on the house!

Scott Stinnett Puerto Rico Volcom Surf Team Film 2017 Designed For Surfing

Noa and Droid.

Scott Stinnett Puerto Rico Volcom Surf Team Film 2017 Designed For Surfing

This was the last night in Puerto Rico. Full crew!

Scott Stinnett Puerto Rico Volcom Surf Team Film 2017 Designed For Surfing

These rocks were super sharp, but made for some cool, Mars-lookin' landscape.

Scott Stinnett Puerto Rico Volcom Surf Team Film 2017 Designed For Surfing

Droid and Noa taking in the amazing view we had. What a way to wake up.

Scott Stinnett Puerto Rico Volcom Surf Team Film 2017 Designed For Surfing

Droid.

Scott Stinnett Puerto Rico Volcom Surf Team Film 2017 Designed For Surfing

Yago, the pelican whisperer.

Scott Stinnett Puerto Rico Volcom Surf Team Film 2017 Designed For Surfing

OK, Noa is a pelican whisperer, too.

Scott Stinnett Puerto Rico Volcom Surf Team Film 2017 Designed For Surfing

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."

Scott Stinnett Puerto Rico Volcom Surf Team Film 2017 Designed For Surfing

Downtime again with Droid.

Scott Stinnett Puerto Rico Volcom Surf Team Film 2017 Designed For Surfing

Cool path we found to some waves!

Scott Stinnett Puerto Rico Volcom Surf Team Film 2017 Designed For Surfing

Droid resting his eyes.

Scott Stinnett Puerto Rico Volcom Surf Team Film 2017 Designed For Surfing

Droid jam session.

Scott Stinnett Puerto Rico Volcom Surf Team Film 2017 Designed For Surfing

Droid sleep session.

Scott Stinnett Puerto Rico Volcom Surf Team Film 2017 Designed For Surfing

Yago with somewhat of a swan dive.

Scott Stinnett Puerto Rico Volcom Surf Team Film 2017 Designed For Surfing

Noa and Droid hanging out on the porch of our spot.

Scott Stinnett Puerto Rico Volcom Surf Team Film 2017 Designed For Surfing

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!

Scott Stinnett Puerto Rico Volcom Surf Team Film 2017 Designed For Surfing

So sick.

Scott Stinnett Puerto Rico Volcom Surf Team Film 2017 Designed For Surfing

Sincerely, yours truly.

Scott Stinnett Puerto Rico Volcom Surf Team Film 2017 Designed For Surfing

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.

Scott Stinnett Puerto Rico Volcom Surf Team Film 2017 Designed For Surfing

Noa mid-jump, or fall, or step-off, or whatever. Not a very enthusiastic jump, but we'll take it!

Scott Stinnett Puerto Rico Volcom Surf Team Film 2017 Designed For Surfing

Buddies. Noa and Yago enjoying the Caribbean.

Scott Stinnett Puerto Rico Volcom Surf Team Film 2017 Designed For Surfing

Cool angle of Yago floating in the sea.

Scott Stinnett Puerto Rico Volcom Surf Team Film 2017 Designed For Surfing

Yago.

Scott Stinnett Puerto Rico Volcom Surf Team Film 2017 Designed For Surfing

Mauro showing us some spots.

Scott Stinnett Puerto Rico Volcom Surf Team Film 2017 Designed For Surfing

Room with a view!

Scott Stinnett Puerto Rico Volcom Surf Team Film 2017 Designed For Surfing

Yago.

Scott Stinnett Puerto Rico Volcom Surf Team Film 2017 Designed For Surfing

See you, dudes, next time!

 

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