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The 2015 Volcom Kitzsteinhorn Banked Slalom is a wrap!

What a weekend we just experienced! Smiles for miles, sunburned noses, egos’s bruised & boosted and then waking up with the worst hangover of the year.
Words hardly do all the good times justice. So why not let the photos tell the story instead?
See you all in 2016 for the 3rd version.

Congrats to Tadej Valentan for taking top honors and winning the Mt. Baker Banked Slalom starting spot. Good times at prize giving. Arthur Longo in 2nd and Michael David in 3rd.

Congrats to Tadej Valentan for taking top honors and winning the Mt. Baker Banked Slalom starting spot. Good times at prize giving. Arthur Longo in 2nd and Michael David in 3rd.

A big thanks to Kitzsteinhorn, Active-Kaprun.at Hotel, Burg Kaprun everyone who came and rode, helped shape, all our friends and supporters.
Thank you for snowboarding.

Does matching the color of your pants with our flags make you go faster?

Does matching the color of your pants with our flags make you go faster?

Nico from Asturis helped with shaping and rode fast

Nico from Asturias helped with shaping and rode fast

Only 3 more turns before a cold beer and free burgers await

Only 3 more turns before a cold beer and free burgers await

The banks just got better and better the more throughout the day. No thanks to poaching pommes aka skiers.

The banks just got better and better the more throughout the day. No thanks to poaching pommes aka skiers.

The Kitz shapers worked hard for over a week to build the course, it vas very different from last year

The Kitz shapers worked hard for over a week to build the course, it vas very different from last year

Finding the right wax combo was tricky, as the weather changed from snow to sun to fog all day

Finding the right wax combo was tricky, as the weather changed from snow to sun to fog all day

Here’s a view of the mid-section of the course, Olivier Gittler chasing Arthur Longo with a selfie-stick

Here’s a view of the mid-section of the course, Olivier Gittler chasing Arthur Longo with a selfie-stick

Kitz head shaper Lippi loves his job and it shows..

Kitz head shaper Lippi loves his job and it shows..

Feather or gap over the speed bumps? Turns out ollieing over was the fastest option

Feather or gap over the speed bumps? Turns out ollieing over was the fastest option

All the way from Switzerland, Nicolas “Fäst” Wolken one final turn short of beer and burger

All the way from Switzerland, Nicolas “Fäst” Wolken one final turn short of beer and burger

Pleasure’s Fischi has no problem whatsoever drinking non- Bavarian beer

Pleasure’s Fischi has no problem whatsoever drinking non- Bavarian beer

Towards the end of the course, your legs are bleeding and your heart is pounding. But the roar from the crowd gives you the extra energy needed to stay tucked down low until the finish line.

Towards the end of the course, your legs are bleeding and your heart is pounding. But the roar from the crowd gives you the extra energy needed to stay tucked down low until the finish line.

Bjorn Simons at the start, getting ready for drop in, mid-blizzard

Bjorn Simons at the start, getting ready for drop in, mid-blizzard

Manu from Israel crosses the border into enemy territory. Luckily, he got back home unscathed

Manu from Israel crosses the border into enemy territory. Luckily, he got back home unscathed

The Picture Books gave their absolute everything at the Castle Rock Out party.  A big thanks to them and  our first band, Brothers of the Head

The Picture Books gave their absolute everything at the Castle Rock Out party. A big thanks to them and our first band, Brothers of the Head

Arthur Longs sends a crail over Oliver Gittler, heading towards the final bank of the course. Just one of many shenaningans taking place once the race was over

Arthur Longs sends a crail over Oliver Gittler, heading towards the final bank of the course. Just one of many shenaningans taking place once the race was over

photos by Vernon Deck and Andoni Epelde

open
Open division:
1st- TADEJ VALENTAN 1’14’’32
2nd- ARTHUR LONGO 1’14’’51
3rd- MICHAEL DAVID 1’14’’58

industry
Industry division:
1st- STEPHAN MAURER 1’14’'70
2nd- NICOLAS WOLKEN 1’16’'53
3rd- SVETJE BALTIC 1’16’’68

girls
Girls division:
1st- CHLOE SILLIERES 1’20''40
2nd- REGINA LIND 1’20’'50
3rd- MARY LUGGEN 1’22’'25

15under
15 and under division:
1st- MORITZ KAUFMANN 1’25’'10
2nd- JOHANNES SKREBER 1’29’'63
3rd- DANTA BRCIC 1’32’'02

40 and over division:
1st- IVO GMUR 1’15’'39
2nd- CHRISTOPH LIND 1’16’'00
3rd- JAN PROKES 1’18’'53

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First Name
Tadej
Arthur
Michael
Stephan
Ivo
Oliver
Christoph
Levi
Nicolas
Alex
Svetje
Martin
Bjorn
Nicolas
Rene
Jan
David
Michael
Philip
Matthieu
Iker
Tito
Valerian
Marcus
Anton
Leander
Sam
Florian
Romain
Chloé
Flo
Regina
Basti
Peter
David
Simon
Josef Christian
Christian
Michael
Andreas
Simon
Christian
Jebrane
Jimmy
Felix
Thomas
Alexander
Marc
Konsti
Mary
Joelle
TOSHU
Hannes
Bruno
Rick
Kent Willy
Markus
Martin
Alexander
Jens
Klara
Henry
Clemens
Anton
GP
Phil
Michal
Daniela
Lukas
Kathrin
Jonathan
Morena
Moritz
Robert
Alex
Jan
Tim
Michiel
Will
Erlend
Martin
Imanuel
Alexander
Isabella
JasonDominik
Stewart
Chevy
Petter-Martin
Max
Nico
Lukas
Ryan
Christoph
Paval
Laurenz
Johannes
Anna
Balazs
Pavel
Bruno
Katharina
Medhi
Danta
Borna
Yanick
Alex
Stafan
Anke
Paul
Craig
Jakub
James
Joonas
Patz
David
Gore
Felix
Moritz
Bartek
Michal
Paul
Markus
Adam
Ivan
Olaf
Roos
Lorraine
Anouk
Petra
Marco
Valclav
Jeremy
Emilie
Tobias
Surname
Valentan
Longo
David
Maurer
Gmür
Gittler
Lind
Luggen
Wolken
Fischer
Baltic
Liebmann
Simons
Menedez
Brunner
Prokes
Kallunder
Lippitsch
Nissl
Perez
Fernandez
Huber
Ducourtil
Kleveland
Siegodner
Riple Vetti
Oetiker
Illing
Shop Geneve
Sillières
Corzelious
Lind
Becker
Radacher
Rementsberger
Obenhaus
Huemer
Posch
Matt
Röck
Pircher
Bach
Desigaud
Kickelwiz
Schett
Forgber
Standteiner
Ruparelia
Snow Conrol
Luggen
Juchli
Yanev
Fritzer
Rivoire
Symes
Nelsen
Schmidhofer
Shop Geneve
Dienst
Hennefath
Dinold
Jackson
Bergmann
Rattensberger
Bilini
Lalemant
Adamek
Kaindel
Pachtner
Gappmayr
Reich
Makar
Kaufmann
Autyinger
Gassner
Heidsieck
Ross
Schell
Graham
Vingsand
Gruber
Paz
Forstmann
Steiner
StaintonPichler
Orr
Challis
Nyborg Anderssen
Alber
Pfabe
Paral
Scardigli
Müllauer
Pisarovic
Baugartner
Skreber
Zink
Kovacs
Hodonicky
Hrvatin
Kasper
Sekkal
Brcic
Obranovic
Lambert
Brady
Auer
Eberhardt
Buckland
Scrivener
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Reijonen
Camillo
Benmergui
Serrano
Neth
WATZ
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Ligocko
Morgan
Fischer
Klauer
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Skreber
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Smith
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Kleveland
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13391
13545
13577
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13632
13654
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14032
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15874
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disqualified

Actu + videos

Surf
Kelly Slater Takes Win Over John John Florence at Teahupo'o!
Kelly Slater returns to perfect form on the Championship Tour with a win over one of the world's best barrel riders, John John Florence, in flawless conditions at Teahupo'o, Tahiti. It's been two years since the king has claimed a victory on the World Surf League, and even longer since he's proved to be unbeatable throughout an entire event. With such an absence (for Kelly) in between CT wins, people have speculated if the 11-time world champ will ever win another world title, and if his unremarkable 20+ run on tour is finally coming to a close. With a world tour ranking outside of the top 10 coming into Teahupo'o for the first time in his career, and a surgence of younger and thought-to-be more heavily agile surfers now on tour like Filipe Toledo, John John Florence and Gabriel Medina, questions have rose of Kelly's ability to compete with the best in the world in 2016. But Kelly is at the top of his health and nutrition game, agile as ever, and with this win, shows us no signs of slowing down. We may just see a return of the great in the near future. A swing in the tide if you will. Whether or not Kelly goes on to win another CT event or world title, he's still the king, and still ruling the upper-class of professional surfing in 2016. I mean, who other than Kelly Slater can pull off rides like this at one of the heaviest waves in the world... This event marked his 55th CT win and fifth win at Teahupo'o, but that's not all. Along the way, Kelly bagged four perfect 10s, a perfect heat score (third of his career, ninth in pro surfing history), and for the first time ever he was awarded the prestigious Andy Irons Commitment Award (A.I. Award), which is given to the most committed surfer during the Teahupo'o event. Kelly has a rich and personally competitive history with Andy where they intensely rivaled each other like no other pair in surfing, or arguably, sports history. In fact, the last heat Kelly ever had with Andy was in the semifinals of this same event in 2010, where Andy would go on to hoist the trophy, so having Kelly win the A.I. Award and the event this year, was truly emotional for everyone. "I was channeling Andy this week. I was thinking about him a lot. A lot of emotions." -Kelly Kelly and the three time world champ Andy Irons had one of the most competitive and heated rivalries in sport's history, fighting for world titles while pushing the sport into a higher realm of professional competition. Listen below to Kelly on his rivalry w/ Andy Irons (skip to 1min 52s): With this win, it pushes Kelly into eighth place on WSL's Championship Tour, but he has a long way to go if he wants to clinch the 2016 world title: "I’m too far out of it now, but I’ll try and play the role of spoiler a few times if I can. I want to keep winning heats, and maybe if I win another event or two, we can have that conversation." Watch Kelly's road to the 2016 Teahupo'o finals:   FINALS: 1: Kelly Slater (USA) 19.67 2: John John Florence (HAW) 15.23 SEMIFINALS: SF 1: Kelly Slater (USA) 18.40 def. Adrian Buchan (AUS) 16.10 SF 2: John John Florence (HAW) 19.66 def. Gabriel Medina (BRA) 19.23 QUARTERFINALS: QF 1: Adrian Buchan (AUS) 18.16 def. Kolohe Andino (USA) 16.00 QF 2: Kelly Slater (USA) 19.27 def. Bruno Santos (BRA) 17.43 QF 3: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 17.90 def. Josh Kerr (AUS) 13.40 QF 4: John John Florence (HAW) 17.34 def. Julian Wilson (AUS) 16.60 ROUND 5: Heat 1: Adrian Buchan (AUS) 16.77 def. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 12.60 Heat 2: Kelly Slater (USA) 20.00 def. Keanu Asing (HAW) 14.70 Heat 3: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 15.43 def. Jadson Andre (BRA) 14.33 Heat 4: John John Florence (HAW) 18.30 def. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 15.90 Current 2016 WSL Jeep Leaderboard (Top 5): 1. John John Florence (HAW) 39,900 pts 2. Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 36,000 pts 3. Gabriel Medina (BRA) 35,700 pts 4. Adrian Buchan (AUS) 26,200 pts 5. Julian Wilson (AUS) 25,200 pts
Surf
A Candid Photo Journal: Welcome To Water Ep. 3 - Indonesia
A couple months ago, filmmaker / photographer Scott Stinnett ventured with some of the boys on the Volcom Surf Team to South East Asia to a little place called Sumbawa, located in the middle of the Lesser Sunda Islands chain. Sumbawa, a highly sought-after surf destination for people all around the world, offers many heavy world-class barrels, prodominately lefts, accompanied with a shallow coral reef bottom. For the traveling surfers and cameramen like Scott, Sumbawa is a great place to journey to for a variety of waves and tons of land exploring. Their mission? Shoot some clips of Balaram Stack, Parker Coffin, Imai Devault and Noah Schweizer for a surf edit (watch here), venture to a few remote areas for some lifestyle photography, have some fun, and live to tell their story. Conclusion: they lived, but their story wasn't as exciting as today's current news in the world, so we didn't write a story. Although, Scott was able to capture some memorable moments from the trip through the use of his Yashica T4 and Wide Lux Panoramic cameras which we just had to share. Take a peek at some of the photos below! PHOTOS: Scott Stinnett, @melllow_yellow CAMERAS: Weatherproof Yashica T4 35mm Point and Shoot, Wide Lux Panoramic Camera Fadi, pronounced "Faw-Dee," was the crew's epic tour guide and drove them around to some mystical secret locations The boys were stoked when Fadi showed them this secret hideaway in the forest This spot wasn't surfable, but Parker Coffin didn't want to leave 100 degree weather, fully clothed, with an old Volcom tee wrapped his head. Score! In the background you can see a pretty sick left, which unfortunately, wasn't surfable, so the boys moved on to another location The gateway to the dream left that was scored in the edit. The crew ended up calling that wave "Baldman's" for a local incorrectly pronouncing Balaram's name. Once you walk through that path you are rewarded with this sight. The granny farmer, who owns that piece of land, is shown here holding the gate open for the crew. Imai Devault at Baldman's Imai with the first leap into an unknown lagoon Taking a break from the road This desolate, beachy farm land makes for a good photo The boys' first look at Baldman's A small Indonesian girl on her way to pre-school. It's fascinating traveling thousands of miles away from home to see how native people live and grow up, hugely disconnected from the world you and I live in today. Noah and Parker, full zen mode The Nomad Resort The heat made Parker a little thirsty... Here's Fadi (on the right) wondering what a kid from Florida and a kid from California are doing staring off into the depths of a lagoon On the way to the waterfall. Beautiful scenery in every corner of Sumbawa kept traveling from place-to-place a treat rather than a burden. The long walk back from Yo-Yos (the smaller, fun-looking right from the edit) The boys watching Balaram swing from a tree into the water. Balaram, with a miscalculated attempt to fear of landing on tree roots (shown on the left), hung onto the rope and slammed back into the tree. Nice one, Balaram. On the way out from granny farmer's crops and into Baldman's Rocks were slippery, but careful foot placement ensured no one fell off the cliff. Too bad. Would've made for a cool photo. Imai
Surf
A day with Maud Le Car
Follow the journey of the winners of the contest “A day with Maud Le Car” 'in Hossegor! Mathilde and Juliette have had the chance to spend a day in the world of the professional surfer. Schedule: yoga, brunch, surfing and lot of fun! A memorable adventure they briefly tell us about here! Yoga session on the beach A yoga class on the beach, an amazing surf session with a great teacher bubbly and smiley! A day that passes way too fast. Lot of gifts and surprises, we were very spoiled. A big thanks for sharing a day like this one around a common passion! ' Mathilde I could not expect to have a better day. It really passed too fast: the schedule was full of activities (yoga, brunch, shopping, surfing, restaurant ...). This experience made me loved surfing even more. Maud Le Car is a great coach this was my best session ever. 1000 thanks to Maud and all the Volcom team ' Juliette Thanks to Emma yoga teacher, Mango Tree, Chez Minus, Alex Lesbats the photographer, all Volcom Crew and Maud Le Car of course. Little brunch at the Mango Tree with some delicious smoothie, salad… Break shopping at the Volcom Store Hossegor let’s go for a surf session Some tips from the master Maud Le Car Pre-dinner drinks between girls End of the day, time to say good bye
Events
Joan Duru wins the Lacanau Pro 2016
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Surf
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