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Volcom's "BigWest SouthDown" European Skate Team Video

Photos and Words by Jelle Keppens
Film and Edit by Yves Marchon

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The Promised Land

Words by Jelle Keepens
It’s hard to visit places that haven’t been visited before in skateboarding, so why bother and go on a quest to look for the unknown, without even knowing if you will run into something skateable? Don’t get me wrong, I’m always down for a little adventure to the underworld, but everything is just a lot smoother when the path has been paved before. So with the Damn Am taking place at Volcom each spring, and having some of the Euro riders out there, the decision was easy to just add a couple of weeks of skateboarding to it. The promised land is big enough to offer a lot of different options.

So after doing a little research and some back and forth with the Volcom US team captains, the decision was made to start of our journey towards Vegas, and make a giant loop downwards to Albuquerque, New Mexico, then swing by the Mexican border and back up to L.A. through Arizona. It was still early spring, so that hot pocket of the States would still be bearable. We got ourselves a big ass van, fitted it with some young and older talent, stashed the trunk full of bags, a generator and boards and off it went.

What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.

Or at least that’s what they say. All we did was skate and we’re not keeping that from you. Anyone else would hit the strip and go find his luck at one of the casinos, at least that’s what I think everyone should do who visits Vegas… We had the perfect excuse, it was Daan Van der Linden's 18th birthday. I hear you all thinking, casino, stripclub and make it rain! Not for us, Skankie, that’s what we call him, is a skate rat and he wanted to celebrate his b-day, by just skateboarding. So here’s what we did, after spending the day in one of the many ditches getting tricks done, we hit a nice Italian restaurant, filled with pretty ladies, who where more interested in us then their own dates. We later found out through the waiter they were all callgirls. We’re in Vegas remember. We had dessert and some of us left the table early, Ant Travis, being one of them, and while doing so, he left the Red cam he borrowed from Russel Houghten under the table. We soon found out and decided to sneak it out through the back of the restaurant and hide it in the second van, just to fuck with him. He didn’t notice a thing, only until we were half way to Skankie's birthday spot. He started tripping and called the restaurant to look for it. Nowhere to be found of course. Lesson well learned. After we made clear it was a joke, we forced our way into a school, and lit up a runway so Daan could unwrap his birthday present. A perfect rail he ended up hitting with a switch backside smith grind.

Alain Goikoetxea – Blunt to fakie

Alain Goikoetxea – Blunt to fakie

Alain Goikoetxea – Nose Pick

Alain Goikoetxea – Nose Pick

Alain Goikoetxea – Pocket Air

Alain Goikoetxea – Pocket Air

Axel Cruysberghs – Boom Vegas

Axel Cruysberghs – Boom Vegas

Eniz Fazliov – FS blunt

Eniz Fazliov – FS blunt

Daan van der Linden – Switch BS Smith

Daan van der Linden – Switch BS Smith

Breaking Bad in Albuquerque

We left Vegas in the evening and drove til late in the night to Flagstaff, AZ on route 66, halfway to Albuquerque, where we would spend the night. Since Flagstaff is not that far from America’s biggest monument, the Grand Canyon, we all decided it was worth the little detour. It would be stupid not to go see it now that we where this close. All I can say about it is it’s hard to capture how big it is. Especially from above. I think you need to take the walk all the way down there to really realize it. Nevertheless it was impressive, and while we were up there checking it out from one of the lookout points, a thunderstorm closed in on us. Some girl's hair all of a sudden rose to the sky because of the static electricity in the air. It didn’t take us long to get the fuck out of there.
We drove the rest of the day and woke up in Albuquerque the next morning. A place known for it’s many ditches! You probably remember the ad and video of Slash (Bryan Hansen) backside carving this ditch with the best style. That ditch is in Albuquerque and it’s called Indian school and is about 1,6 miles long. After meeting up with our guide Jake, it was the first thing he took us too. We drove all the way up to what’s probably the highest neighborhood in Albuquerque where the head of this giant snake sits. By the time you carve half way down, you have a cramp in your legs! It’s epic.
But wait that’s not the only thing ABQ is famous for, so we found out. At one point, we passed by this big ass carwash building, and I signaled the car in front of us to pull over and asked if this was the carwash from Mr.White, better known as Eisenhower. You guessed it, the bald guy from Breaking Bad. Jake told us the whole series was shot in this town, and next thing we knew we were on a tour to all the Breaking Bad stuff. Even more epic!

Alain Goikoetxea – Rock 'n Roll

Alain Goikoetxea – Rock 'n Roll

Axel Cruysberghs – BS Blunt

Axel Cruysberghs – BS Blunt

Axel Cruysberghs – Fakie Hurricane

Axel Cruysberghs – Fakie Hurricane

Axel Cruysberghs – FS Blunt

Axel Cruysberghs – FS Blunt

Daan van der Linden – FS 5-0

Daan van der Linden – FS 5-0

Eniz Fazliov – Nollie Heel

Eniz Fazliov – Nollie Heel

Harry Lintell – BS Flip

Harry Lintell – BS Flip

Harry Lintell – Nollie Flip

Harry Lintell – Nollie Flip

Harry Lintell – Nosegrind

Harry Lintell – Nosegrind

Louie Lopez – FS Flip

Louie Lopez – FS Flip

Daan van der Linden – BS 180 Switch 5050

Daan van der Linden – BS 180 Switch 5050

Daan van der Linden – Fakie Flip

Daan van der Linden – Fakie Flip

Daan van der Linden – FS 5050

Daan van der Linden – FS 5050

The Worlds Biggest Chili.

After 2 days of getting the highest amount of tricks ever in ABQ, we moved on to the Mexican border to spend the night in Las Cruces at a motel that hosts the world's biggest chili. You know, those red spicy peppers. It was in fact a giant sculpture of a red pepper on the driveway of the motel. I think Axel licked it at some point, because the morning when we woke up he felt like shit. His stomach hurt and he couldn’t keep any food in.

Railroad Ghost town.

On the way from Las Cruces to Tucson, we passed by an old sign that said: "Railway Ghost Town - 16 miles”. I suggested to pull over so the guys in the back could have a smoke and Axel could get out for a second because he had been struggling in the backseat for a while.
As we took the exit, we drove straight into some kind of trailer trash park. I opened the window and asked the first person I saw if the Ghost town was still around. She said it had been closed for over 5 years, but we could drive to the back and park next to it and check it out from the parking lot, because it was all fenced in. So we did and 10 minutes later she came driving up and asked if we wanted to see it from the inside. Of course. So we followed her around behind her fork lift, filled with bags of cement, passing more trailerpark junk. She explained to us she owns the town and she used to guide people around all day long, and closed it down 5 years ago after her dad got shot in the town. She said she hasn’t showed it to people ever since, but we looked like nice guys so she took the effort to give one more tour in town. It was amazing, everything was left untouched since it had been deserted in 1870. Everything was packed with dust. Before we knew 3 hours had passed and we gained the woman’s heart. She gave us each a souvenir and wished us a safe trip, all but Axel. Because he was still feeling bad and stayed in the shade next to the car.

Extra time in Tucson.

Arizona was hot, and it wasn’t even summer yet! I remember the water of the hotel pool being like a bath tub and the water of the hot tub almost too warm to be relaxing. Even Axel seemed to feel a little better and was able to enjoy the cold beer at the poolside. We ordered pizzas and got a visit from Aaron Suski, the good old Suskawoo, who would show us around the next couple of days. The night passed and by the morning Axel, the Crusher was feeling sick again. He decided he would sleep it out during the day and sent us on a mission without him. After hitting a spot, and realizing it was too hot to skate, Suski proposed to go visit the infamous cactus reserve on the way to a concrete park in the middle of the cactus fields. Those cactuses are truly amazing! We learned that they only grow an arm every 75 years. And we saw thousands of them kicking it with at least 5 arms! That’s at least 375 years young. Very impressive. The view on the way back from the park was even more stunning with the sun setting. A view I will never forget and I would love to see again one day.
By the time we got back, Axel was still in bed puking up everything he ate or drank. Even water! By the next morning he couldn’t even get up again, so we decided to call 911. The fire department came to pick him up and straight to the hospital he went, to later find out his appendix had burst! Gnarly.
He had to get surgery right away, and we had to extend our stay in Tucson, switching hotels every day since everything was fully booked. 2 days after the surgery he still hadn’t recovered and after visiting him he really didn’t look that good. We couldn’t skate much since we didn’t want to leave him by himself the whole time during the day. Christian, the TM took good care of his rider in need and everyone was worried.
You get bored really fast being stuck in a hotel room all day, me and Yves Marchon tried to do a mission walking to a second hand camera store for a few miles, but by the time we got back we where completely dehydrated. The heat is gnarly, you really need a car with AC to move around! The only option was to go out at night, and so we did. Eniz, Harry and I visited this bar who’s owner was called GOD. Yes, no joke, the guy had officially changed his name to God. The place was pretty amazing! The walls where filled with photos of him and celebrities, from presidents to actors, to even Bruce Lee. Apparently God, formally known as Jim used to be an actor in action movies, as a stand in double for martial arts scenes. He gave us a tour of the bar, and we found out about some weird shit in there. He had a SM room, I’m not going into detail, and the condom vending machine in the women’s toilet was attached to a super loud alarm, inside of the bar, so every time a chick buys a condom the alarm would go off and everyone in the bar would know about it. Amazing! The second night, me and Eniz walked downtown and ended up at some random party with a great vibe going on. It was a sex worker party, or better said a fund raiser party for sex worker rights. Pretty interesting stuff, from a kissing booth to a dress up photo booth. Good times.

Alain Goikoetxea – FS Hurricane

Alain Goikoetxea – FS Hurricane

Tuscon Cactus-Valley

Tuscon Cactus-Valley

Team-Van in Tuscon Cactus-Valle

Team-Van in Tuscon Cactus-Valle

Aaron Suski – BS Tailslide

Aaron Suski – BS Tailslide

Family BBQ’s in Phoenix.

After 5 days of Tucson and waiting for someone to come over to take care of Axel, we had to leave him behind and continue our tour, since we had hotels pre-booked along the way. It took us about an hour and a half to Tempe, Phoenix. We checked in and tried to get a hold of our guide. We were supposed to hook up with Joe Hammeke, but since we got a delay of a few days, he had already left town for another mission. Luckily we got a contact who sent us the coordinates to a spot. A backyard pool, a gnarly one! So we drove there, into some sketchy Mexican cholo neighborhood. When we turned into the street I had the feeling it was a place we didn’t belong or where welcome. But we parked the car, and went around the back as instructed. We passed a few fenced gardens and noticed everyone was having a family BBQ, and not paying attention to what we where up to. We hopped a fence of an empty house and hit the jackpot! The pool coping was super rough and had never been grinded before. It must have felt good for Alain to make his first mark on there. We got there pretty late, so we had to get the session on fire as soon as possible. Maybe too soon for Skankie because he ate shit gnarly and limped for the next 2 days struggling with bruised hip.

Alain Goikoetxea – Rock 'n Roll

Alain Goikoetxea – Rock 'n Roll

Eniz Fazliov – BS Disaster

Eniz Fazliov – BS Disaster

Palm Springs.

We weere supposed to go to Borrego Springs for a weekend of camping with some of the Volcom US guys from the team, but since we were behind on schedule, we had to skip that part of the trip and shortcut to Palm Springs. The resort town where many go to relax, except for us, I mean, for Eniz and Harry, because they left some sweat behind in a ditch trying to get their tricks in the bag.
It’s a bummer we couldn’t enjoy our time out there a little more. We stayed at this super nice 60's tiki hotel with totem poles and torches in the garden, that got lit up at night. The hot tub was the biggest I had ever seen and story goes even Elvis And Nancy Sinatra used to visit that place whenever they went to Palm Springs. It’s horrible to say but sometimes skateboarding can be a burden. You get to a place where you wanna hang out a little more but you can’t because you have to move on.

Alain Goikoetxea – FS slasher

Alain Goikoetxea – FS slasher

Eniz Fazliov – Nosegrinder

Eniz Fazliov – Nosegrinder

Harry Lintell – FS Crooks to Fakie

Harry Lintell – FS Crooks to Fakie

Sadlands.

I had figured out the coordinates to only 1 spot before levying on the trip and it would fit right into the schedule. I would keep it a secret until we where halfway through the trip and make sure it would happen.
So the day comes we have to drive back to where we started from, Costa Mesa, CA and on my request the little tour happened to visit the spot I had always dreamed about. We drive into the coordinates I had found and right when we got out of the van, we stumble upon 2 guys who just returned from a session at their spot. We asked them if they could give us further directions and instead they proposed to join us. After a climb over a fence, a walk through the bushes, hopping from rock to rock, crossing a bridge, we finally found ourselves in a ditch that would lead us to the holy grail, Baldy Pipeline, Salba territory!

Daan van der Linden – FS Ollie

Daan van der Linden – FS Ollie

Daan van der Linden – in the Vortex

Daan van der Linden – in the Vortex

Volcom Europe in America

Volcom Europe in America

Infection.

Do you wonder what happened to Axel after we left Tucson? Well, he couldn’t get his food in and his condition got even worse. Doctors soon found out the wound had infected and they had to drain it and re-operate on him, before they could send him off. From there it he went straight to L.A. and a first class flight took him back home to discover in a Belgian hospital they did a lousy job in the Tucson Hospital and under the knife he went again. At the end it took him about 6 weeks to recover. If only he went into the Ghost village to get the lady's blessing, it would have probably never been that bad!

Louie Lopez - 180 SS Crooks

Louie Lopez - 180 SS Crooks

Daan van der Linden - BS Noseblunt

Daan van der Linden - BS Noseblunt


Actu + videos

Surf
See Indonesia Like Never Before with Muklis Anwar and Bol
Surfing has long been synonymous with road trips. Before tide charts and surf cams, surfers trailed the coastlines in search of treasures. Treasures full of epic waves and empty lineups. Road trips were journeys of discovery, but also of adventure. Uncharted roads that were traveled 50 years ago by surf pioneers are still being traveled today, yet harder to keep secret from the herd. Time and technology has seen the perfect swell reduced to an alert on your phone, thus missing the road to discovery, and that first moment you feast your eyes on glory once known only by a few salty dogs. Captured by discovery, adventure, and waves, Volcom Indonesia team riders Muklis Anwar and Made Winada Adi Putra (“Bol”) packed their bags and boards and hit the open roads to Indonesia’s exotic eastern island of Sumbawa. For nine epic days of hopping ferries and cruising coastal roads, they reignited their love in the journey of finding waves, their appreciation for Indonesia, and the joy of discovering land and waves firsthand. Along their journey, the people they met, the cultures they witnessed, and the breaks they encountered could only be experienced through a rugged, rudimental road trip with an unfeathered sense of destination. It’s fair to say Eastern Roads is no ordinary surf video. It’s an epic travelogue of two surfers remembering that the journey itself is the destination. Reignite your desire for adventure, freedom and a surf-life long forgotten. Roadside break with a view. Shooting some behind the scenes. Muklis prepping his board. Bol, pre-shred. Muklis and Bol waiting until the swell picks up a bit before paddling out. Bol with a lofty punt, "Garuda" style. Couple fun ones at Cobbles. Muklis Anwar Like a postcard, right? Lakeys gives more than awesome waves. Stuck on an island. Waiting for the boat ride out. Muklis snags the first barrel of the morning. There were some fast drainers that morning. Bol layin' it down! It's not too often you see full-rail carves like these. Every wave party wave. Muklis in tube city. Muklis demonstrates your typical roundhouse, which seems like an antiquated maneuver these days. Nonetheless, it's a fundamental one which should be learned by every surfer. A lot of the time, this wave gave them a ton of speed so they could hit this end section and try lots of different tricks. Muklis goes for broke! Sunset happy hour. These are the days. Campfire fun. This is Lakey's iconic surf tower. Barrel #34 of the day for Muklis. It wasn't too crowded this day, so they were able to catch a ton of waves and just have fun. No worries for Muklis! Deeper you go, the more rewarding the barrel. Side-trekking by foot! Muklis taking a break from the journey and soaking it all in. Sunset view at Lakey Peak. Somewhere in Sumbawa. Crimson sunset with Bol and Muklis. Muklis resorting to primitive ways of cooking. West Sumbawa with Mt. Renjani in the background. Tons of exploring, not enough time! Muklis assessing the conditions. Bol finding his way down to a secret bay. Bol Muklis Muklis   Photos by Putu Juliartha
Music
Volcomgratulations To Our Team
The Volcom Family is a wildly diverse group of talented human beings: surfers, skaters, riders, musicians, artists, and committed creative individuals who simply refuse to settle. They are more than just dreamers. They are doers. The diehards. Pushing it further. Sweating every detail, unwilling to relent. They are uniquely driven souls whose actions speak much louder than words. Charging forward in all environments and fueled by an unyielding dedication to craft. This crew—our crew—is the raw embodiment of Volcom’s TRUE TO THIS ideology. Channeling their energy, their potential, and their passion. They are collectively shaping tomorrow, today. Volcomgratulations to our team. photo: Daniel Cabral
Skate
3 SOTY's 1 Stone!
Never before have we been able to say that our Volcom skate team has had THREE 'Skaters of the Year' in the same year, on the same team, until now! First, Kyle Walker was crowned Thrasher Magazine's 'Skater of the Year', then Daan van der Linden was named 'European Skater of the Year' for the 2nd year in a row, and to top it all off, Australia's longest running skate magazine, Slam Skateboarding, named Jackson Pilz as the 'Australian Skater of the Year'! 3 SOTY's, 1 Stone! How did it all happen? The most prestigious award in skateboarding is Thrasher Magazine's 'Skater of the Year' and with only 23 recipients in the past quarter century, we are proud that Kyle Walker is one of them. He had some of the gnarliest tricks in our latest full length video Holy Stokes! a Real Life Happening, not to mention his footage in the Vans 'No Other Way' video and also winning Street Leagues 'Trick of the Year'. This smith grind in Australia was one of the HEAVIEST tricks in Holy Stokes! a Real Life Happening. With all hard tricks, there's a battle and this tall out ledge was no different. See more of Kyle's epic year by clicking here! Kyle also landed himself on the cover of Thrasher Magazine with this 2nd story kickflip. Photo: Burnett After Kyle Walker was crowned Thrasher's 'Skater of the Year', voting for 'European Skater of the Year' had just opened. Another one of our riders, Dutch wonder boy Daan van der Linden, was 2015's 'European Skater of the Year' and a heavy contender for 2016's award thanks to his part in Holy Stokes! a Real Life Happening along with various footage from travelling with the Anti-Hero crew. It was a crazy year for Daan, Anti-Hero turned him PRO and there was never a shortage of epic skate footage that seemed to pop up everywhere. So when it came time for the Bright European Skateboarding Awards, Daan not only took home 'Video Part of the Year' but also clinched the back to back 'European Skater of the Year' title! Having extra footage is good problem to have and Daan definitely had so much that his Holy Stokes! 'Over Stokes' was packed with clips that didn't make it into his part. Get a more in depth look at Daan's SOTY years here. Daan Backside Noseblunt on the July issue of Thrasher, came with a FREE poster and sticker too! Photo: Keppens Every year the Thrasher 'Skater of the Year' gets to pick a destination and crew to skate with for one epic trip. Since Kyle Walker won, he decided to go to Australia with back to back European Skater of the Year Daan van der Linden as well as other Volcom riders such as Louie Lopez, Dustin Dollin and Jackson Pilz. While on the trip, Australia's longest running skate magazine, Slam Skateboarding, surprised Jackson Pilz by awarding him 'Australian Skater of the Year'! Slam Skateboarding had tallied all of the votes from their online poll and as it turns out, Jackson was the winner. Epic times over the weekend on @kwalks' @thrashermag #sotyDownUnda trip Euro SOTY @skankiee killing it at @jacksonpilz's 'Australian SOTY' surprise! #3SOTYs1Stone! @volcom_oz @shaneazar A video posted by Volcom Skate (@volcomskate) on Jan 29, 2017 at 10:00pm PST Jackson has a bright future ahead of him and we can't wait to see what he does next. In the meantime watch a remix of his Holy Stokes! part and get a full recap of his 2016! Jackson Pilz – Slam Skater of the Year 2017 from Slam Skateboarding Magazine on Vimeo. #3SOTYs1Stone!
Events
Finals Day Highlights - 2017 Volcom Pipe Pro
Congratulations to Soli Bailey, 2017 Volcom Pipe Pro Champion! Finals Day at the Volcom Pipe Pro was unpredictable! We kicked off the morning early with the two remaining heats of Round 3, then we immediately got into Round 4 competition. Waves started off slow as the sun rose over Sunset Elementary, but it wasn’t long before sets started rolling in and guys started dropping some big scores. The first 9-point ride went to Brazil’s Adriano De Souza on a heavy Backdoor wave in his first heat of the competition to secure himself into Round 4. Along with Adriano, Ian Crane, Benji Brand, and Luke Shepardson advanced to the next round. Round 4 saw similar off-beat scores from the inconsistent, yet improving sets, but boys made it happen. Brian Toth kicked off Heat 2 with a solid 6-point ride, while in the last minute of the heat, Kiron Jabour dropped to third place after Soli Bailey secured solid 6.13 score. Heat 3 we saw Mitch Coleborn bag a solid Pipe wave earning himself a 6.17 to push himself into the lead, and right behind him, Koa Smith took off on a similar Pipe wave, although not as deep as Coleborn, and earned himself a 5-point ride. John John Florence once again delivered, dropping a 7.5 score right off the bat, then following it up with a 5.17 and 6.83 to hold the heat. Also getting through Heat 4 was Hawaii’s Hank Gaskell. Heat 5 saw Brazil’s David do Carmo pull off a rocky bottom turn on a Pipe wave and miraculously got spit out with his hands in his air to earn a well-deserved 6.83, while crowd-favorite Mason Ho surprisingly went down due to lack of waves in the heat. The next heat saw more upsets with Makuakai Rothman being knocked out, as well as Yago Dora, who has been in-form the whole event. But it was Bruce Irons, Aritz Aranburu, Lucas Silveira, Luke Shepardson, Adriano De Souza, and Makai McNamara who all coupled good enough scores to move into the Quarterfinals. During the Quarterfinals, the side wind had slightly picked up and turned things a bit messier in the lineup, but there were still some gems to be had. Soli Bailey nabbed a 6.17 on a clean Backdoor right, to add to his previous 4.0, and an on-fire Leandro Usuna from Argentina grabbed a couple mid-range scores, both enough to advance them into the Semifinals. Heat 2 saw slower wave conditions and increased wind as John John Florence, Griffin Colapinto, Mitch Coleborn, and Brian Toth tried battling through the conditions in any way possible. While they were hoping for barrels, it turned out to be turns that prevailed as John John and Griffin each found a Backdoor wave which delivered their advancement. Quarterfinal Heat 3 went nearly 15 minutes before anyone had caught a decent wave, and it was Bruce Irons who delivered the first punch on a smaller Backdoor barrel to receive a well-earned 6.33 score. Along with Bruce, it was David do Carmo to roll into the already-stacked Semifinal heats. Heat 4 was another one for turns, with a sneaky tube seen by Artiz Aranburu. While it was another low-scoring heat with the winds affecting the conditions, Aranburu dropped some heavy turns and advanced with a 11.34 and Adriano De Souza advanced with a 7.50. And there it was, the Semifinals were set! Semifinal 1 saw Australia's Soli Bailey, Argentina's Leandro Usuna, Hawaii's John John Florence, and USA's Griffin Colapinto. John John drew first blood with a couple playful hooks on a Backdoor right, but it was Soli Bailey to find a barrel at Pipe to get the early lead with a 5.0. Things went relatively quiet, and towards the end of the heat, John John was sitting in fourth position and grabbed a one-turn Backdoor right, but it wasn't enough. Soli Bailey dropped a huge 8.17 score near the five-minute mark, and in the dying seconds of the heat, Griffin Colapinto found a clean Backdoor barrel, barely sneaking out the doggy dog, to earn a 7.37, securing his spot in the finals. Semifinal 2 competitors picked up the heat and competition went fierce. An in-rhythm Bruce Irons wowed the fans with a 6.77 barrel, and David do Carmo dropped two solid turns on a Backdoor set wave to receive a 5.83. While Aritz Aranburu and David do Carmo were able to get some solid scores, it was Adriano De Souza who advanced to the Finals, along with Bruce Irons who managed to drop a near-perfect 8.93 score. THE FINALS With the resurgence of Bruce, the competitive spirit of Adriano, the rookie-hunger of Griffin, and the underdog-hopes of Soli, the final was truly exciting to watch. It started off with a strong paddle battle between Bruce and Adriano for priority, then saw Soli snag a mid-range 5.67 Backdoor tube. With the wind magically switching to slight offshore during the final, it had seemed luck was on their side, but the boys had to wait as a lack of waves keep them searching for a score. A clean-up set caught Soli inside and breaking his leash off causing him to retrieve a backup board from the beach. With nine minutes left, Bruce and Griffin were put in a combo situation when Soli dropped the highest single-wave score of the heat of a 7.33. For the remainder of the final, the waves didn't produce any additional high-scoring potential, which left Soli eagerly counting down the clock to the final second, which he did. Congratulations to all the finalists, and Soli Bailey for being crowned the 2017 Volcom Pipe Pro Champion! FINAL (1) Soli Bailey - 13.26 (2) Adriano De Souza - 8.43 (3) Griffin Colapinto - 3.90 (4) Bruce Irons - 3.66 SEMIFINALS H1: (1) Soli Bailey, (2) Griffin Colapinto, (3) Leandro Usuna, (4) John John Florence H2: (1) Bruce Irons, (2) Adriano De Souza, (3) David do Carmo, (4) Aritz Aranburu QUARTERFINALS H1: (1) Soli Bailey, (2) Leandro Usuna, (3) Hank Gaskell, (4) Koa Smith H2: (1) John John Florence, (2) Griffin Colapinto, (3) Mitch Coleborn, (4) Brian Toth H3: (1) Bruce Irons, (2) David do Carmo, (3) Luke Shepardson, (4) Makai McNamara H4: (1) Aritz Aranburu, (2) Adriano De Souza, (3) Lucas Silveira, (4) Seth Moniz Round 4 H1: (1) Leandro Usuna, (2) Griffin Colapinto, (3) Billy Kemper, (4) Nathan Florence H2: (1) Soli Bailey, (2) Brian Toth, (3) Kiron Jabour, (4) Jeronimo Vargas H3: (1) Mitch Coleborn, (2) Koa Smith, (3) Balaram Stack, (4) Tom Whitaker H4: (1) John John Florence, (2) Hank Gaskell, (3) O’Neill Massin, (4) Koa Rothman H5: (1) (1) David do Carmo, (2) Seth Moniz, (3) Miguel Tudela, (4) Mason Ho H6: (1) (1) Bruce Irons, (2) Aritz Aranburu, (3) Yago Dora, (4) Makuakai Rothman H7: (1) (1) Lucas Silveira, (2) Luke Shepardson, (3) Ian Crane, (4) Marco Giorgi H8: (1) (1) Adriano De Souza, (2) Makai McNamara, (3) Benji Brand, (4) Wiggolly Dantas Round 3 H15: (1) Benji Brand, (2) Ian Crane, (3) Lucca Messings Novaro, (4) Michael Ridrigues H16: (1) Adriano De Souza, (2) Luke Shepardson, (3) Finn McGill, (4) Parker Coffin Early morning surf check. Looks like someone is about to make the call! photo: Lugo photo: Lugo photo: Lugo photo: Lugo photo: Lugo Miguel Tudela. photo: Lugo Miguel Tudela + Mitch Coleborn. Bros. photo: Lugo photo: Lugo photo: Lugo photo: Lugo photo: Lugo photo: Lugo Bruce Irons. photo: Lugo John John Florence. photo: Lugo photo: Lugo photo: Lugo Mitch Coleborn at the media table stealing Lugo's seat. photo: Lugo photo: Lugo Adriano de Souza John John! Yago Dora Koa Smith, part 1 Koa Smith, part 2   Mitch Coleborn   Soli Bailey. photo: Brian Bielmann John John Florence. photo: Brian Bielmann photo: Brian Bielmann photo: Brian Bielmann photo: Brian Bielmann John John hack. photo: Brian Bielmann photo: Brian Bielmann Brian Toth. photo: Brian Bielmann Thank you, Hawaiian Water Patrol. photo: Brian Bielmann photo: Brian Bielmann Adriano de Souza. photo: Brian Bielmann Adriano, game face on. photo: Brian Bielmann photo: Brian Bielmann Soli Bailey, your 2017 Volcom Pipe Pro champ! photo: Brian Bielmann Soli Bailey. photo: Lugo Soli boy. photo: Brian Bielmann photo: Brian Bielmann photo: Brian Bielmann The finalists! Adriano de Souza, Griffin Colapinto, Soli Bailey, Bruce Irons. photo: Brian Bielmann Volcom's VP of Surf, Brad Dougherty, presenting a check to the Sion Milosky Memorial Fund. photo: Brian Bielmann Seth Moniz won the Todd Chesser award. photo: Brian Bielmann The Boys and Girls Club of Hawaii was presented with a $60K check from proceeds from Volcom's Give Back Program. photo: Brian Bielmann photo: Brian Bielmann Volcom CEO, Todd Hymel, gave a few words! photo: Brian Bielmann Volcom EVP of Marketing, Ryan Immegart, sharing his thoughts on the event. photo: Brian Bielmann photo: Tom Carey photo: Tom Carey photo: Tom Carey Watch Day 3 Highlights Watch Day 2 Highlights Watch Day 1 Highlights
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Day 3 Highlights - 2017 Volcom Pipe Pro
Day 3 at the 2017 Volcom Pipe Pro went down in the books! It was a day of heavy upsets and flawless conditions which concluded with Heat 14 of Round 3. Kelly Slater went down to an in-form Bruce Irons and young gun Seth Moniz, while Jack Robinson, who was a standout at last year's Volcom Pipe Pro, ended up losing priority and searching for a score in the dying minutes of his heat, but luck didn't deliver. Another story from today was a collision in Heat 6 by Bino Lopes and Joshua Burke who mistakenly tried crossing each other on their ways to Pipe and Backdoor. As the day progressed, the sun came out, things started heating up (no pun intended), and the highlight clips were served. John John exercised his home base knowledge and bagged a couple huge scores in typical JJ fashion, Makuakai Rothman got blown out of a flawless Backdoor barrel, Miguel Tudela snagged a textbook Pipe gem, and of course, there were some classic Pipeline wipeouts. Be sure to catch the recap video above for all of today's highlights and action! Check back with us tomorrow morning @ 9am PT at redbull.tv/volcompipepro to see if the final day of surfing will get underway! You can also watch on the Red Bull TV app on mobile phones, tablets, consoles, OTT devices, and Smart TVs! DAY 3 RESULTS Round of 64, 1st and 2nd advance, 3rd = 33rd place, 4th = 49th place H1: (1) Nathan Florence, (2) Kiron Jabour, (3) Dean Bowen, (4) Taichi Wakita H2: (1) Griffin Colapinto, (2) Jeronimo Vargas, (3) Kai Mana Henry, (4) Manuel Selman H3: (1) Soli Bailey, (2) Leandro Usuna, (3) Joshua Moniz, (4) Wyatt McHale H4: (1) Brian Toth, (2) Billy Kemper, (3) Luis Diaz, (4) Kaimana Jaquias H5: (1) Tom Whitaker, (2) Koa Rothman, (3) Olamana Eleogram, (4) Jack Robinson H6: (1) Koa Smith, (2) Hank Gaskell, (3) Joshua Burke, (4) Bino Lopes H7: (1) O’Neill Massin, (2) Mitch Coleborn, (3) Kaito Ohashi, (4) Nomme Mignot H8: (1) John John Florence, (2) Balaram Stack, (3) Kaito Kino, (4) Ezra Sitt H9: (1) Seth Moniz, (2) Bruce Irons, (3) Kelly Slater, (4) Imaikalani deVault H10: (1) Mason Ho, (2) Yago Dora, (3) Maxine Huscenot, (4) Cody Young H11: (1) Aritz Aranburu, (2) David do Carmo, (3) Reo Inaba, (4) Taumata Puhetini H12: (1) Makuakai Rothman, (2) Miguel Tudela, (3) Jesse Mendes, (4) Carlos Munoz H13: (1) Marco Giorgi (URY), (2) Wiggolly Dantas, (3) Shayden Pacarro, (4) Kekoa Cazimero H14: (1) Lucas Silveira, (2) Makai McNamara, (3) Gatien Delahaye, (4) Torrey Meister Watch Day 2 Highlights Watch Day 1 Highlights photo: Brian Bielmann photo: Brian Bielmann photo: Brian Bielmann photo: Brian Bielmann photo: Chase Newsom photo: Chase Newsom photo: Lugo photo: Lugo photo: Chase Newsom photo: Chase Newsom photo: Chase Newsom photo: Chase Newsom photo: Chase Newsom photo: Tom Carey photo: Tom Carey photo: Tom Carey photo: Tom Carey photo: Chase Newsom photo: Chase Newsom photo: Chase Newsom photo: Chase Newsom photo: Chase Newsom photo: Chase Newsom photo: Chase Newsom photo: Chase Newsom photo: Chase Newsom photo: Lugo photo: Lugo photo: Lugo photo: Lugo photo: Lugo photo: Lugo photo: Lugo photo: Lugo photo: Lugo photo: Tom Carey photo: Tom Carey photo: Tom Carey photo: Tom Carey photo: Brian Bielmann photo: Brian Bielmann photo: Brian Bielmann photo: Brian Bielmann photo: Brian Bielmann photo: Brian Bielmann photo: Brian Bielmann photo: Brian Bielmann  Enter Volcom Pipe Pro Sweepstakes Shop Volcom Pipe Pro Collection
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Day 2 Highlights - 2017 Volcom Pipe Pro
Epic surf turned up for Day 2 at the 2017 Volcom Pipe Pro where we saw tons of high scoring waves and even a perfect 10-point ride! Once again the waves at Backdoor prevailed with cleaner conditions and higher stoke providing the competitors with an even playing field and many scoring opportunities. Standouts included Bruce Irons, Makuakai Rothman, and Mason Ho, who pumped his way through a long Backdoor barrel earning himself a well-deserved 9-point ride. The wind switched slightly towards the end of the day, but high scores were still being delivered as we ran through Round 2 and completed the first two heats of Round 3. Check back with us tomorrow morning @ 9am PT at redbull.tv/volcompipepro to see if Day 3 will get underway! You can also watch on the Red Bull TV app on mobile phones, tablets, consoles, OTT devices, and Smart TVs! DAY 2 RESULTS Round of 64, 1st and 2nd advance, 3rd = 33rd place, 4th = 49th place H1: (1) Nathan Florence, (2) Kiron Jabour, (3) Dean Bowen, (4) Taichi Wakita H2: (1) Griffin Colapinto, (2) Jeronimo Vargas, (3) Kai Mana Henry, (4) Manuel Selman Round of 96, 1st and 2nd advance, 3rd = 65th place, 4th = 81st place H1: (1) Nathan Florence, (2) Manuel Selman, (3) Eli Olson, (4) Noa Mizuno H2: (1) Kai Mana Henry, (2) Dean Bowen, (3) Mikey Bruneau, (4) Nic Von Rupp H3: (1) Wyatt McHale, (2) Brian Toth, (3) Jordy Collins, (4) Tomas Tudela H4: (1) Kaimana Jaquias, (2) Leandro Usuna, (3) Flavio Nakagima, (4) Gregg Nakamura H5: (1) Olamana Eleogram, (2) Hank Gaskell, (3) Ian Walsh, (4) Keoni Yan H6: (1) Joshua Burke, (2) Koa Rothman, (3) Guillermo Satt, (4) Jared Hickel H7: (1) Nomme Mignot, (2) Ezra Sitt, (3) Miguel Blanco, (4) Yuri Gonsalves H8: (1) Kaito Kino, (2) Kaito Ohashi, (3) Alonso Correa, (4) Dylan Goodale H9: (1) Seth Moniz, (2) Cody Young, (3) Jamie O’Brien, (4) Shane Holmes H10: (1) Mason Ho, (2) Bruce Irons, (3) Tim Reyes, (4) Danny Fuller H11: (1) Taumata Puhetini, (2) Makuakai Rothman, (3) Turo Ariitu, (4) Shun Murakami H12: (1) Miguel Tudela, (2) Reo Inaba, (3) Eala Stewart, (4) Chris Foster H13: (1) Kekoa Cazimero, (2) Makai McNamara, (3) Tyler Newton, (4) Andy Criere H14: (1) Gatien Delahaye, (2) Shayden Pacarro, (3) Elijah Gates, (4) Masatoshi Ohno H15: (1) Benji Brand, (2) Luke Shepardson, (3) Cory Arrambide, (4) Tanner Hendrickson H16: (1) Parker Coffin, (2) Lucca Mesinas Novaro, (3) Charly Quivront, (4) Ulualoha Napeahi Watch Day 1 Highlights! photo: Lugo photo: Chase Newsom photo: Chase Newsom photo: Chase Newsom photo: Chase Newsom photo: Chase Newsom photo: Chase Newsom photo: Chase Newsom photo: Brian Bielmann photo: Brian Bielmann photo: Brian Bielmann photo: Brian Bielmann photo: Brian Bielmann photo: Brian Bielmann photo: Brian Bielmann photo: Brian Bielmann photo: Brian Bielmann photo: Brian Bielmann photo: Brian Bielmann photo: Brian Bielmann photo: Brian Bielmann photo: Brian Bielmann photo: Brian Bielmann photo: Brian Bielmann photo: Brian Bielmann photo: Brian Bielmann photo: Brian Bielmann photo: Brian Bielmann photo: Tom Carey photo: Tom Carey photo: Tom Carey photo: Tom Carey photo: Tom Carey photo: Tom Carey photo: Tom Carey photo: Tom Carey photo: Tom Carey photo: Tom Carey photo: Tom Carey Win Custom Surfboard + $500 Shop Volcom Pipe Pro Collection