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Volcom Surf hits San Sebastian, Hossegor & Paris on the final leg of Euro Thrash

Words and photos by Volcom staff photographer, Tom Carey. Check out additional Euro Thrash coverage from our friends Wasted Talent and Surfline who joined us on the trip.

France seemed like a good break from the fast-paced lifestyle we were living in Portugal. However, we put the well-oiled machine into overdrive and kicked up the whole program a notch. It was Friday night and we couldn't bare the thought of not going out in Hossegor. Half the crew live there throughout the year so they were happy to be home, see some friends and have a few pints at their local watering hole. That was night #1.

Night #2 meant heading to Spain. San Sebastian to be exact. For anyone that doesn't know, San Seb is one of the most amazing towns you could ever visit with its narrow streets, killer bars and amazing tapas. The food alone is worth venturing over for. We visited a few shops, mainly Pukas, which is the biggest surf shop in Spain and then tore the city up. It was hard keeping everybody together when you’re rolling so deep. We had two rooms at separate hostels, but still somehow we managed to only sleep six people in beds. Others slept in their cars, a few on the ground and then others didn't sleep at all. It was quite the site when we all reconvened the next morning. We didn't let a little hangover stop us from enjoying some breakfast tapas and some delightful cider.

The party continued on night #3 back over the border to Hossegor once again. By then we were feeling it. Giraffes (giant tubes of beer) were going down too quickly and I knew there couldn't be a happy ending to this weekend. The next day was going to be full of fear. And we weren't far off. The Volcom house looked like a bomb went off. We had been going strong for over a week now and a day off was much needed. So we rested, packed our bags and got ready for our journey the following day to Paris where we would end the trip.

It was Semana Santa (Easter) and flights were full and expensive so we decided to jump on the train instead. There's not a better way to experience and view the French countryside than by rail. Beautiful, vibrant hills were covered in the brightest yellow wildflowers and sprinkled with giant windmills. It was beautiful.

Paris greeted us with open arms. We didn't arrive until 8pm, but the night was young. Restaurants cook until 11pm, which is great. Bars stay open until the wee hours (which is also great). We saved the best meal for last and sampled all the exquisite cuisine Paris had to offer. We woke up a little fuzzy, but had enough in the tank for one last night. After visiting a few shops and then putting a few pints back, we went to check out a concert nearby put on by one of the presidential candidates. It was raging. The cops were in full force and dressed like RoboCop riot gear. Feeling a little uneasy, we didn't stay long as the large crowds were a bit overwhelming. So we stumbled upon a Korean BBQ joint that looked like it could accommodate the 10 of us. We ate like kings trying to forget that we were leaving the next morning.

We had all became great friends by the end of the trip. And as the clock ticked, we knew this memorable trip had to come to an end. We finished out the night at a heavy metal bar. There are always good people at metal bars. They are the salt of the earth. We said our goodbyes that night, shed a few tears and made promises to come back and see each other soon. Farewell for now...

 

We had uber small waves in France but the bank was amazing. 200 yard lefts but waist high. Burch made it look so fun on his twinny.

We had uber small waves in France, but the bank was amazing. 200 yard lefts, but waist high. Burch made it look so fun on his twinny.

We opted to take the train into Paris from Bordeaux. What a good call that was. The French countryside is so beautiful and teeming with colors.

We opted to take the train into Paris from Bordeaux. What a good call that was. The French countryside is so beautiful and teeming with colors.

The yellow wild flowers are poisonous for the horses but delicious on the eyes.

The yellow wild flowers are poisonous for the horses, but delicious on the eyes.

Nothing like a massive windmill to frame your photo with.

Nothing like a massive windmill to frame your photo with.

Join the crowd

Join the crowd.

Noa picked up a lot of French on the trip and would surprise everyone when they met him with a line or two. So classic.

Noa picked up a lot of French on the trip and would surprise everyone when they met him with a line or two. So classic.

Burch put on a yoyo display in San Sebastian for the tourists. Don’t ask about the hats.

Burch put on a yoyo display in San Sebastian for the tourists. Don’t ask about the hats.

Burch loves logging in and out of the water.

Burch loves logging in and out of the water.

The forests around Hossegor are so lush. We went to check out this old Russian campground. It was straight out of a horror movie. But gorgeous.

The forests around Hossegor are so lush. We went to check out this old Russian campground. It was straight out of a horror movie. But gorgeous.

The tapas in San Sebastian are next level. Service in Europe can be slow at times so the tapas are a nice change of pace.

The tapas in San Sebastian are next level. Service in Europe can be slow at times, so the tapas are a nice change of pace.

Burch, Noa and Charly were always up for a good time.

Burch, Noa and Charly were always up for a good time.

Alex hadn't been to San Sebastian I don't believe which I thought was weird. He’s a pretty well traveled man.

Alex hadn’t been to San Sebastian (I don't believe), which I thought was weird. He’s a pretty well-traveled man.

You could stare at the architecture in Europe for days on end.

You could stare at the architecture in Europe for days on end.

Men who shower together surf together. Or is it the other way around?

Men who shower together surf together. Or is it the other way around?

We had the meanest barbecue at the Volcom house in Hossegor. It was a sausage fest or sorts with some duck thrown in. Willy was not impressed with Charly’s.

We had the meanest barbecue at the Volcom house in Hossegor. It was a sausage fest of sorts with some duck thrown in. Willy was not impressed with Charly's.

he ride from Portugal to France was amazing. So much open space with these little towns centered around an old church.

The ride from Portugal to France was amazing. So much open space with these little towns centered around an old church.

 snapped this shot of the French RoboCops. They almost took my camera away. I got patted down and told to be on my way. It was worth it.

Snapped this shot of the French RoboCops. They almost took my camera away. I got patted down and told to be on my way. It was worth it.

The presidential elections led to some large crowds and lots of cops. I wasn't too comfortable and sure enough the day we left a few cops got shot near our hotel. Pretty heave stuff.

The presidential elections led to some large crowds and lots of cops. I wasn't too comfortable and sure enough the day we left a few cops got shot near our hotel. Pretty heave stuff.

France isn’t France without a good old fashioned shot of the Metro.

France isn't France without a good old fashioned shot of the Metro.

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