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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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Tadej
Arthur
Michael
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Ivo
Oliver
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Levi
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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
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Alexander
Marc
Konsti
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Joelle
TOSHU
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Bruno
Rick
Kent Willy
Markus
Martin
Alexander
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Clemens
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Lukas
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Moritz
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Jan
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Michiel
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Erlend
Martin
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Alexander
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JasonDominik
Stewart
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Petter-Martin
Max
Nico
Lukas
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Christoph
Paval
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Balazs
Pavel
Bruno
Katharina
Medhi
Danta
Borna
Yanick
Alex
Stafan
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Paul
Craig
Jakub
James
Joonas
Patz
David
Gore
Felix
Moritz
Bartek
Michal
Paul
Markus
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Ivan
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Roos
Lorraine
Anouk
Petra
Marco
Valclav
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Tobias
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Longo
David
Maurer
Gmür
Gittler
Lind
Luggen
Wolken
Fischer
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Liebmann
Simons
Menedez
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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
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Luggen
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Fritzer
Rivoire
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Pachtner
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Reich
Makar
Kaufmann
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Gassner
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Schell
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Gruber
Paz
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Orr
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Actu + videos

Events
Sommerfest Volcom Store Munich
Last week the Volcom Store Munich once again celebrated its annual Sommerfest in the backyard of the shop. While customers ran down the store inside, spectators were able to grab a free Bratwurst, fish some goodies in the classy duck pool or simply hang out and enjoy cold brews and Jägerbombs. Through and through lucky customers and smiling faces left us with good feeling to come back next year! Thanks again to Maxlrainer and Jägermeister for providing tons of refreshments, and also to all the people who came by showing so much love for Volcom.
Music
Week 15: Easy Love "The Echo" | Volcom Cyber Singles Club
Burger Records x Volcom present Cyber Singles Club, features music from the newest breed of Burger Records stars in the making, recorded exclusively at Volcom Studio, and will be released for free download & streaming every Monday for 20 weeks beginning April 17th. Week 15: Easy Love - "The Echo"   Grab the free download Justine Brown was already known as the great drummer and vocalist in her sister Chelsea's band, Summer Twins, when she formed Easy Love. "I started Easy Love about two years ago when I started writing my own songs," says Justine. "Now I have a live band and I recorded an album and released it with Burger." Justine played all the instruments on Easy Love's self-titled debut album that was released in February. Justine's relationship with Burger Records goes back practically to the beginning. "We used to play with Sean and Lee's band, Thee Makeout Party," explains Justine. "It was before they had the record store, so a long time ago." The Burger Records store opened in October 2009. Burger co-founder Lee Rikard remembers, "Justine is one of my favorite people. We've known her since her teenage days in the Riverside girl garage band The Scandells! We've also been in love with the Summer Twins since their inception and have released their amazing catalog on LP, CD, 7" vinyl and cassette." Since the early days, Justine has found her place in the Burger universe and has travelled along on tours like the Burger Caravan, playing shows that featured eclectic lineups. "That's what I like about Burger, the variety of music… people from all over," she says. "We had to pay our dues and work our way up and it eventually lead to playing the Burgerama stage… which was, like, hundreds of people. It was kind of scary." Lee adds, "Justine is always creating, constantly evolving, growling ever so lovely." Easy Love is admittedly a little less rambunctious than some of their Burger label mates. "We definitely have a different kind of style," says Justine. "I feel like we're not as super punk and, like, crazy… as people and as musicians… a little bit more mellow, but we definitely can rock out!" Catch up on previous week's releases: Week 1: The Side Eyes "Cat Call" Week 2: The High Curbs "Empty Bottles" Week 3: VAJJ "Honey Pie" Week 4: Wyatt Blair "Pop Your Heart Out" Week 5: The Flytraps "Female of the Species" Week 6: Hammered Satin "Upward Spiral" Week 7: Death Valley Girls "Born Again and Again" Week 8: Vision "Light" Week 9: Meow Twins "Ratchet Witch" Week 10: White Night "Dirty Water" Week 11: Cowgirl Clue "Utopia" Week 12: Flying Hair "Tantrum" Week 13: Dabble "Free Time" Week 14: Distractor "Six Foot Moon"
Events
The Muzelle Festival
Arthur Longo and Olivier Gittler were hosting the second edition of The Muzelle Festival last weekend in Les 2 Alpes. It started with an amazing morning session on Saturday with all the friends on the glacier and then followed with a Berlin "kind of" festival down in the station village during the afternoon. Oli and Arthur have worked their asses off to offer everyone such a fun park to ride as the conditions are pretty tricky! A fast and quick tranny snake with some pretty decent hips in the middle of the run, the perfect ingredients for a family shred. After two hours of snow surfing, it got too sharky so we went down to the resort to check the festival out. Anne (Arthur’s GF) prepared with her Berlin Freunde and the 2 Alpes crew a lovely zone including a flea market, a pétanque tournament, a bar, an Indian food restaurant, a lamb roast and a lot more.. The music line up consisted on DJ Fred Marchadier, Leopard Ale, YGGL, Pat Burgener’s Band and Dirty Deep. A couple beers after the party ended in the Avalanche club (as always)… Check out the full report of the event on Fluofun : http://www.fluofun.fr/news/20579-muzelle-festival-reportage-et-port.html Photos by @Annkristin_z Video by @muzellefestival Thanks to everyone involved ! WATCH THE VIDEO WATCH THE VIDEO True love between these two organisators Olive and Arthur. Muzelle's Line up lightbox, home made by Arthur's dad Pat Burgener and his band Some DIY Volcom teesh with Arthur's art which represent the montain called Muzelle YGGL a one man band with the homie Yrwann aka Golden MUZELLE FESTIVAL COLOUR 14   Dirty Deep and friends cruising around the fire Muzelle staff, Ich bin a Berliner ! You guys rule, thank you so much <3
Art
The Irrational Pursuit, The Exploration Of "This"
What connects a ballet dancer and a skateboarder? A musician and snowboarder? Dive deeper with us as we journey into the 'True To This' mindset, exploring what it means to let go and let the irrational pursuit of your passion take over. Featuring the most diverse compilation of Volcom ambassadors ever assembled in a short film since the inception of the brand, these influential and legendary Volcom family members pull back the curtain and get real about that special place they all go to in their head and what it takes to get there. No matter if you're skater, surfer, snowboarder, maker, activist, techie, foodie, entrepreneur or inventing something entirely new, it's impossible to deny the vast parallels of life when they are led by the same internal force… passion.
Volcomunity
Meet the 15 #ThisFirst New Hires From Around the World
We weren't quite sure what the reaction would be when we decided to ask the Internet, "What's your 'this'?", to say we were pleasantly surprised would be an understatement. You, everyone who submitted an entry into the #ThisFirst contest, completely blew us away. We were flooded with over 10,000 photos, videos and statements of passion and what being able to put that passion first in life would mean. Entries spanned a variety of topics, the most common being art, photography and travel, while music, surfing and skateboarding followed closely behind. But it wasn't just artistic globetrotting types with a passion for boardsports that entered, people pursuing passions as varied as sustainable farm to table food sourcing, charity work, animal rescue, make-up artistry and even crochet, all shared their stories with us. To pick just 60 finalists from the thousands of entries who would go on to do a video call with Volcom, our panel of judges sequestered themselves in an office for a week to go through everyone's entries. The deeper they got, the less it felt like they were going through contest entries and the more like they were parsing the results of a massive survey which was beginning to reveal some trends; A lot of you like to take photos and want to travel, especially Australians. Aspirations to become a successful YouTuber were not uncommon. And entrants in Asia had a tendency more than any other region to focus on charitable giving. But if we thought making our selection of the 60 finalists was hard, narrowing that field of finalists down to 15 winners was even more difficult and we appreciate everyone's patience (yes, we saw your comments on Instagram) awaiting the announcement. Before introducing the winners below, we just wanted to take a final moment and express how truly humbled we were by all the finalists and what it is that is driving you to purse your 'this'. To you and everyone else who entered and gave us a peek into your lives, we cannot thank you enough! Now without further ado... Meet The #ThisFirst New Hires Anaïs Chausse Obstacle Course Racer | France Running, jumping, climbing, crawling, Anaïs is training for the Obstacle Course Racing championships in Canada this October. Joanna Painter Artist | United Kingdom A large format charcoal and pastel artist, Joanne is looking to take her artwork to greater heights. Ángel Pérez Filmmaker | Spain Having studied filmmaking, but not knowing where to start, Ángel invented a fictitious brand of Horchata so that he could create commercials for the company. Steffen Türmer Photographer | Germany A mechanical engineering student with a passion for bicycling and analog photography, Steffen plans to bike from Germany all the way to France to the Atlantic ocean. Sara Becker Artist | Philadelphia, PA, USA A printmaker and illustrator who through her art is working to challenge the stigma of mental illness. Tim Briggs Photographer | Boston, MA, USA A underwater and conservation photographer who wants to bring greater awareness to the issues facing the Earth's oceans, lakes and waterways. Brandon Clements Podcaster & Journalist | Houston, TX, USA Realizing he was meant to be facilitating conversations, Brandon is stopping at nothing to build his podcast and other journalistic endeavors. Canarus Leon Dancer | Houston, TX, USA Once Canarus got a taste of B-boying there was no turning back, as a member of the crew, RAD, Canarus hopes to qualify for and compete in the Freestyle championships in a Los Angeles this fall. Robert Wall Cliff Jumper | Burney, CA, USA A drone piloting freestyle cliff jumping adventure seeker from Northern CA, looking to legitimize the sport by bringing greater awareness to people pioneering the sport. Carolina Paz Muralist | Peru An urban artist from Peru, Caro specializes in murals that attempt to affect social change and bring a bit of beauty to chaos of city life. Fabian Ruiz Street Performer | Costa Rica A one-man band who plays a slide guitar made from a skateboard, Fabian is eager to continue to travel and play for whoever will stop and listen. Simón Sepúlveda Designer | Chile Simón is tackling social issues through his artwork and exploring the effects immigration has on creative output in attempt the break into new areas of design. Tylah Kerr Promoter | Melbourne, Australia Trying to break her way into the music business, Tylah is ready to quit slanging tickets for a corporate behemoth and concentrate on her own production and management company. Atsushi Miki Drummer | Japan Mixing his love for the drums and all things percussion with Wadaiko, the traditional drum in Japan, Atsushi is looking to bring his style of performance to a global audience. Chen Yu Ching Volunteer | Taiwan Passionate about helping those in need, Chen is working to help build a school in Thailand and dreams of one day starting her own organization to foster volunteer work.
Volcomunity
Why I Do 'This' with Jesse Gross of Remote Year
We're partnering with the crew at Mic.com to produce a series of videos featuring individuals' inspiring stories of becoming comfortable with the uncomfortable when they decided to make their passion their priority. In this inaugural episode, we explore the moment when Jesse Gross decided to quit his finance job in New York City and set out to work for the start up, Remote Year. Providing individuals the ability to travel the world in a group for 12 months as each works remotely, Remote Year offered Jesse the opportunity to work for a company who's mission aligned with his own, allowing him to get out and explore the world without ever being chained to a desk again. As we found in our #ThisFirst contest, one of the things people are most passionate about is travel and to really explore the world and its different cultures. Yet being able to make that a reality is often hindered by the ability to afford it. Such the conundrum exists where one needs a job to be able to afford to travel, but once one has a job and can afford to travel, one no longer has the time. Jesse and Remote Year offer both an inspiration and a service to help others take the leap to put their 'this' first.