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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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Nicolas
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Michael
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Matthieu
Iker
Tito
Valerian
Marcus
Anton
Leander
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Florian
Romain
Chloé
Flo
Regina
Basti
Peter
David
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Josef Christian
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Michael
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Christian
Jebrane
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Konsti
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Kent Willy
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Clemens
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Becker
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Events
2017 Volcom Pipe Pro Trailer
Stream the 2017 Volcom Pipe Pro LIVE on Red Bull TV! Get Volcom Pipe Pro Email Updates Volcom is pleased to announce the 2017 Volcom Pipe Pro surf contest! Held at the world-famous Banzai Pipeline on the North Shore of Oahu, the event will bring together more than 112 of the best surfers from around the globe. The official waiting period for the event begins January 29 and runs through February 10, providing a 13-day competition window to ensure that the invited athletes will surf in optimal conditions at this iconic break. 2017 marks the eighth consecutive year that Volcom is presenting the high-profile, high stakes contest. It is a World Surf League (WSL) 3,000-point Hawaii Qualifying Series (QS) event with the prize purse set at $75,000! We are so excited to once again host the Volcom Pipe Pro in 2017. There have been so many historic moments from past events that we aim to exceed in the future. Our goal is to produce a world class event while continually pushing our sustainability efforts. Pipeline is one of the most prolific waves in the world and we are honored to be part of such an amazing contest. -Brad Dougherty, Volcom's VP of Surf In addition to consistently delivering some of the best barrels and most historic heats on the tour, the Volcom Pipe Pro is one of the most popular and most watched events. Nearly three-quarters of a million people tuned in for the 2016 live webcast. This elite event is also Deep Blue-certified, a certification that sets the standard for sustainability and minimizing environmental impact. In 2016, it was recognized by the WSL as the season’s cleanest, most “Ocean Friendly” event. For 2017, Volcom’s commitment to sustainability goes even further to make the Volcom Pipe Pro not just the most exciting, but also the most progressive event in professional surfing.  
Snow
Marcus Kleveland wins the 2017 Snowboarder Magazine Rookie of the Year award!
CHECK OUT THE FULL NEWS Marcus, It is the time of year that Snowboarder broadcasts our annual “Best Of” accolades and I would like to formally congratulate you for receiving the most votes to easily earn our 2017 Rookie Of The Year award! In case you don’t know with our voting panel Snowboarder exclusively relies upon the votes submitted by those riders who have themselves personally appeared at some point in their career in our Top Ten Rider Of The Year Tally. In turn this creates what we believe to be the most relevant and credible accolade of its kind in our sport. Having you receive this honor is well deserved and something everyone here at Snowboarder is stoked to bestow upon you. Below is a link to the site post for you and your sponsors to check out and share and relevant Instagram and Instastory materials are also attached. We’d be really appreciative of any help in spreading the word of this achievement. All we ask is that you please include #ROTY2017 on all social posts. For 2017 we received votes from Jed Anderson, Peter Line, Mikkel Bang, Jeremy Jones, Kazuhiro Kokubo, Chad Otterstrom, Victor De La Rue, Travis Parker, Pat Moore, Scott Stevens, Natasza Zurek, Jason Robinson, Lukas Huffman, Marie-France Roy, Austen Sweetin, Chris Engelsman, Jake Blauvelt, Eddie Wall, Halldor Helgason, Chas Guldemond, Annie Boulanger, Eric Jackson, David Benedek, Torah Bright, Arthur Longo, Priscilla Levac, Stale Sandbech, Mark Sollors, Ross Powers, John Jackson, Hana Beaman, Mikey Rencz, Gigi Rüf, Jess Kimura, Dan Brisse, Wolle Nyvelt, Leanne Pelosi, Devun Walsh, Danny Davis, Tara Dakides, Bode Merrill, Torstein Horgmo Sage Kotsenberg, Andreas Wiig, Scotty Lago, Mikkel Bang, Eero Ettala, Jamie Anderson, JP Walker, Mark McMorris, and Louif Paradis. Therefore it is quite the accomplishment to receive the most votes of rookie from this iconic cadre of pro riders. Congratulations and everyone here at Snowboarder is looking forward to seeing what you put together for this next season. -Pat Bridges Creative Director Snowboarder Magazine   Whitelines Mag from the UK  gave him the 2nd best trick of the year award also Check it out, truly an amazing trick that not many can do: https://whitelines.com/features/best-snowboard-tricks-2016.html#V50dCPmzLdWgj7K1.97
Surf
WELCOME HOME NOA DEANE
Noa Deane hears Mudhoney. He speaks his own tongue. He chooses tweaked-out throwaways over the same ol' end section air-revos. He hates when shit is cooked, loves when it’s fucken sick. Noa digs oversized tees and loose-fitting jeans, and bunny hops into rock slab pits. His Thrasher hat got stolen at a Goons of Doom gig. Did you steal it? Give it back. Nah, it’s cool, he got a new one for Christmas. Noa loves his mom and dad, loves playing his strat super loud in his bedroom all by himself, loves his mates… absolutely fucken loves them. He’s right into his girl, but he keeps that on the down-low because he wants to give her space, doesn’t want to smother her. He knows the value of lightness. Noa lives in a shed in Ozzie Wright’s backyard, he had photos of Oz on his wall as a grom. Had photos of Alien, of Barney, of Bruce. He wanted to ride for the Stone even then. Couldn’t say why, but could feel why. Freedom. Kin. Moxie. The Stone was fizzing with it. He knew one day it would happen, but first… the usual rounds: boardriders, grom bashings, Nationals, stickers, passports, surf trips, magazine covers, :), Tuff, busted ankles, Cheese II, Strange Rumblings, A.I. Breakthrough, “surfs like Dane, looks like Cobain,” Skegss, Cluster, …the WSL, Pulp, and Blister, until he suddenly arrived here, at this moment, right now. The start of the rest of his life… Noa is a good person. A person who can change people’s perceptions about surfing for the better just by being himself, saying what he thinks, surfing how he feels. He’s the antidote to surfing with a plan, a torch to the spreadsheets that turn riding oceans into a pile of stinking numbers. He’s got the DNA of every surfing miscreant and rabble-rouser and hot-blooded purist in his veins, and the delightful ignorance of youth on his side. He’s the living, breathing embodiment of the Stone. If Volcom had a baby, Noa Deane would be it. Welcome Home... Words by Vaughn Blakey photo: Andrew Shield photo: Andrew Shield "When I signed with Volcom, a childhood dream had come to life, also it feels like a privilege for me to be in with such a bad ass family / team of people who include my friends and people I look up to.” photo: Andrew Shield photo: Tom Carey “Words cannot express how excited we are about Noa Deane, he shares our same passions and is the absolute perfect fit for the brand.” Brad Dougherty, Global VP of Surf photo: Tom Carey WHO IS NOA DEANE?! BIRTHDAY: August 2, 1994 BORN: Tweed Heads Hospital, AUS HOMETOWN: Coolangatta, AUS CURRENTLY RESIDES: Suffolk Park, AUS SURFBOARD: 6'1 x 19" x 2 3/8" SURFING STANCE: Natural SKATING STANCE: Goofy WRITES: Right-handed PLAYS GUITAR: Left-handed PLAYS DRUMS: Right-handed BAND: Melvins WAVE: Broken Head FOOD: Mexican and Japanese COLOR: Yellow CLOTHING ITEM: Suit pants OWNS: A cello SLEEPS: Under an aquarium shower curtain LIKES: 2 Pac PRE-SURF: Wax the top of my feet SKILLS: Cutting onions SCARED: Spiders TRIP: Rage movie trip. Camping and surfing pumping, isolated waves with mates STYLE: Dylan Rieder HOBBIES: Music, skating, collaging TV: Louis Theroux documentaries GOALS: To keep doing what I'm doing and to create stuff that lasts INFLUENCES: All my mates, certain music, family QUOTE: "Nothing's new, nobody cares." -Andrew Kidman TRUE TO: I'm true to surfing 100% every wave even if you blow it. I'm true to all my mates, true to the music I like, and also true to speaking my mind. WINNER: Surfer Poll Awards - 2014: AI Breakthrough Performer of the Year, Best Short for Cheese 1 Stab Awards - 2013: Surfer Owning 2013 Off Tour MAKES: music:
Europe
Discover our brand new Store in Davos, Switzerland!
Volcom recently settled in the charming town of Davos, one of Switzerland’s biggest Ski resort with 320km Downhill pistes and 75km Cross-Country pistes! The store design provides an enhanced shopping experience to the visitors and reflects Volcom’s DNA and Californian roots. The 80sqm sales area allows visitors to discover all-new men and women products including our great outerwear line, while relaxing with friends in the chill-out area. After a few months of eager anticipation and a great opening party, Davos Volcom Store just opened its doors to the public and is ready to welcome you. See you at the Store !
Surf
Interview of Joan Duru - Qualification WT 2017
Congratulations goes out to Volcom's Joan Duru for qualifying for the prestigious 2017 World Surf League Tour! The 27 year old Frenchman's main goal this past year was to qualify for the World Tour, and he's done it! Ranking in at the #4 spot, just behind Frederico Morais, Ethan Ewing, and Connor O'Leary, Joan has earned his way to the big stage to compete with the world's best. Expect to see Joan dominating at big barreling spots like Fiji, Teahupoo, and Pipeline, while unleashing his explosive backhand at spots such as Snapper Rocks, Bells Beach, and Lower Trestles! Catch up with Joan and his road to qualification with this exclusive interview below. Joan Duru 2017 Qualification Interview   Do you have any passions or hobbies besides surfing? I like to go mountain biking with my friends or my dad. Tasty beef ribs, some wine with my buddies or spending time with my girlfriend. On the WQS (World Qualifying Series) Tour this year, you seemed calm and relaxed with good results following. Did you change something in the way you train? I didn’t make any changes for a long time, and it seems that it just started working. I’m 100% dedicated to my work with Mayhem, a board sponsor I’ve been working with for one year now. I always had magic boards, which allowed me to mainly focus on the rest. photo: Andrew Christie Is that what we used to call “maturity“ or “gaining experience“? It’s true that priority establishment totally changed my life on the WQS. Priorities make it easier because you can wait for the best wave without being afraid of someone who will get through to the inside at the last minute. The only thing to focus on is trying not to fall down! Tell us about your strong moments during the 2016 season. Starting with the second place at the Ballito Pro helped me a lot, as there were only a few prime events that year. And now, I’m glad, and more than happy that I made a semi final at Haleiwa despite the pressure of the qualification, but the good waves made it amazing! Joan blasting through a Haleiwa section on his way to a strong semi final finish. (photo: Jason Shibata) Working more on your physical and surf training this year definitely seemed to help you. Do you think it's imperative for surfers to train physically as well? I love sports, and I feel really bad if I’m not doing anything, thus training is not a chore, but a real pleasure! Moreover, Maud Le Car (girlfriend and Volcom surf team rider) and a group of young frenchy surfers such as Cloarec, Charly Quivront, and Bastien are lucky to have Charly Ducamp as a personal trainer, who is actually a great coach for me too. On the surf side, I’ve been working with Manu Portet for several years now. He was there to support me at all contests where I made my good results, so the training shows! How will you feel when you will officially be on the elite Championship Tour? Satisfied or pressured? "I feel really excited, but I’m aware of the very high level, so I will have to train harder physically, and technically, so that I can hope to face and beat the world's best surfers."   What are your ambitions on the Tour? To be qualified again for the CT in 2018 would be amazing. What’s your objective going into the 2017 season? To make quarters in the first contests. That would be an epic way to kick off the year. What are your plans to get ready for this new life ahead? I’ll spend winter in France to train hard, spend time with my girlfriend, my family, and my mates. I have to get ready for the upcoming year, because it’s going to be a long, tough year, with many contests. I’m lucky to have Maud by my side in Australia, and I really hope my family will be able to come over one or two contests to fully enjoy it. photo: Andrew Christie The Olympic Games. How do you feel about it? You’re still young and will obviously be a contender to be a member of the French team. Do you have an interest in that? Yes, it’s my dream, and I’ll work as hard as I can to make it happen! How are you going to celebrate this accomplishment? I think we’ll have to rent a room to gather all my friends and family to celebrate. Any last words? I want to thank all the people that supported me: my girlfriend, my family, my friends, and all my sponsors: Volcom, Vans, Mayhem, Creatures of Leisures, and Hercules, who never stopped believing in me for all these years. Let’s celebrate now!!!
Events
elooa GIRLS CAMP BALANCE – Successful start for the girls!
Last weekend 20 motivated girls came to the Kitzsteinhorn for the elooa GIRLS BALANCE CAMP presented by VOLCOM. Also present were next to the elooa crew, a yoga teacher, a professional photographer as well as a filmmaker and the pro riders Mary Luggen & Ana Rumiha. After check-in the camp started with a yoga session into the weekend. Super motivated and well equipped with new Nitro Snowboards everbody went to the glacier on Saturday. After an extensive warm up and a few runs through the resort the girls practiced freestyle basics first before a perfectly shaped snowpark was waiting. Together with the coaches and the pro girls everybody practiced intensively all day and learned new tricks. In the afternoon we went back to our hotel, the Active by Leitner ́s 4* hotel that had all lot to offer: holiday galore! After coffee and cake a one hour yoga session with Anna Kathalina followed and before dinner everyone could recover in the spa area. After a very delicious and healthy dinner the day ended with an intense video coaching for all participants. On the final Sunday all campers went back to the Snowpark Kitzsteinhorn to implement the new tips of the pros and elooa coaches directly. The weather was still kind of inconsistant but we had sunshine all day. After numerous runs and a lot of new tricks in the bag an eventful weekend came to an end. The elooa crew would like to thank all participants, the sponsors, the hotel Active by Leitner ́s and the Kitzsteinhorn for an amazing camp. We are looking forward to more elooa GIRLS CAMPS in 2017. We still have a couple of spots for our GIRLS SPLITBOARD and GIRLS BACKCOUNTRY FREERIDE CAMP available. Find more infos on www.elooa.com