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What's the place like where you spend the majority of your life? Does it make you, you? Or do you make it you? We wanted to immerse ourselves in some of our favorite surfers hometowns to see how they blend in or stand out in their communities. In our 4th and final "4 Cities" episode produced in collaboration with What Youth, we visit Balaram Stack in New York. Balaram carried a hat around that he would give to Killer Mike of Run the Jewels the entire time the What Youth crew spent with him in New York. Killer Mike was responsible for getting them the tickets to the show they would attend the last night of the shoot, which followed a New York Rangers hockey game at Madison Square Garden earlier, a day trip to Balaram's hometown of Long Beach on Long Island, surf checks, hangovers, mushroom pizzas, classy clubs, new night club openings and a bunch of other destinations that are more foggy than clear. In this episode you'll learn about how he grew up surfing while living in a place like New York, what is it about the Empire State that makes it so appealing and why even though he chases swells all over the world, makes jet set trips to places like Aspen to snowboard with a swimsuit model and later Houston for her Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue release party, he still misses New York when he's away. More Cities Episode 1 Ozzie Wright in Byron Bay Episode 2 Ryan Burch in Encinitas Episode 3 Gavin Beschen on the North Shore
Posted on 04/28/17
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. Make sure you grab the 1st week's download - The Side Eyes "Cat Call" Week 2: The High Curbs - "Empty Bottles" Empty Bottles by The High Curbs Grab the free download Having arrived from the Inland Empire like a wild fire, The High Curbs have been busier than ever. But how did it all start? Before they ever worked with Burger Records (Burger released The High Curbs second full length, Marcelo Cleveland on cassette in July 2016), the band were already fans... initially connected through the internet. "Literally, if you have Soundcloud, then you know Burger Records" explained singer Eduardo Moreno, "that's really it." Meeting Sean and Lee and the Burger Records crew in person didn't take much more effort either. "We just went in the store and annoyed the shit out of them... we would just walk in and ask them if they have any shows you could throw us on?". It's much harder to ignore someone in real life as opposed to pestering them on social media... "That [social media] doesn’t work" the band all agreed. It also helps to make friends with other bands on Burger. "Be friends with a band that's on Burger and tell them to record you", said Eduardo. "That's what we did," added drummer Aaron Korbe. The band recorded their debut self-titled EP with Facundo Bermudez, better known as Cundo, who sent Sean the recordings that first put The High Curbs on Burger's radar. But admittedly "things got lost in the shuffle for a year or two" remembered Sean and The High Curbs would go on to self release that EP as well as their follow up full length, Weight Problems. But The High Curbs persistence would pay off. They recorded their second full-length with Audacity's (one of the original bands on Burger Records) Matt Schmalfeld, who then sent the recordings to Sean who thought "they ruled" and "that's when The High Curbs became part of the Burger Fam!" he exclaimed. Part of the NOW SOUND of Burger Records today, The High Curbs hit the Volcom Studio to record a brand new song for the Cyber Singles Club. Entitled "Empty Bottles", the song's about being on tour and is a full blast of garage-punk rock and roll that shows why the band are ready to hit the road every chance they get. As an added bonus, The High Curbs, also made a music video for the song.
Posted on 04/24/17
Propelled by singer Astrid McDonald's fierce vocal delivery over the muscular fury created from the brotherly band of shredders, Chris and Kevin Devine, and backed by the speedy hands of drummer Nick Arnold, The Side Eyes create a fury fitting for the message... no time spared for stupid cat calls.
Posted on 04/17/17
Volcom jumps in the bus with Run The Jewels to explore the connections between one of skateboarding's biggest brands and one of the hardest working groups in music. Ride shotgun through the minds of Killer Mike and El-P, innovators who refuse to participate in the status quo. Watch Killer Mike and El-P visit Volcom HQ in Costa Mesa before Coachella last year to get themselves fitted in some custom denim jackets and jeans, a look they've stuck with on stage since.
Posted on 04/12/17
Located north of Iceland and the Arctic Circle, tucked tightly in the frigid waters of the Norwegian Sea, lay Norway's Lofoten Islands. Known for excellent fishing, spectacular nature views (e.g., Northern Lights), the midnight sun, and Unstad, where it's not surprising when the air temperature is in the low 30s and the water temperature hovers around a mere 40 degrees. The quaint, small fisherman's village of Unstad is also home to one of Norway's best surfing spots. And even with the chilling temperatures, Unstad sees surfers from around the world showing up to surf the uncrowded waves, explore the region, and during the summer months, even have the opportunity to go for a midnight surf! This all sounded much-too-appealing to 20-year-old Costa Rican surfer Leon Glatzer when he had the opportunity to visit the northern islands of Norway. Leon, who ventured to Unstad to shoot a G-Shock commercial, said this trip was "nothing like I have ever experienced." A far departure from his tropical home in Central America where he doesn't need to wear a wetsuit, Leon had to pack thick fullsuits, booties, gloves, and head gear to battle Norway's freezing temperatures. Dive into this Q&A and photo feature below with Leon to hear first-hand about his experiences and favorite memories from his trip. Q&A with Leon Glatzer How did you hear about this opportunity? Greg Martin (Friday Media Management ) gave me a call asking if I wanted to go to Norway for a G-Shock shoot. I couldn't believe it. Norway? That must be freezing! So I jumped on the opportunity right away. Did you guys wait for a swell before going or did there happen to be waves when you arrived? We waited for almost two months for the perfect swell and weather. It was a long two months because I wanted to go right away, but it's good that we waited because the waves were firing and the conditions were perfect. What was it like traveling to Norway? It was a really long journey to get there. We had to take four different flights due to the location we wanted to reach, which was the north part of Norway. Flying over all the mountains covered in thick snow and ice blocks floating in the water was one of the most amazing visions for me especially coming from Costa Rica. I questioned myself: what have I got myself into? What gear did you have to pack for this trip and surfing in the snowy conditions? I packed loads of socks and gloves. Also, waterproof pants, jackets, and boots (which had to be waterproofed). Wetsuit thickness was a 5/4, but I had three of them so I could put a dry one on every session. How were the waves, water temp, locals, etc.? The waves were pumping 4-7 foot, perfect glassy lefts with light offshore winds. Water temperature was 36 degrees, pretty much freezing temperature. There was one or two locals that I surfed with and they really nice people and were super stoked that I was there. It's a really small surfing scene, which is cool. The place I surfed is called Unstad and is pretty much all rocks on the bottom and no sand until you get to the beach. What was the town like? The town was small and intimate, and a complete fishermen town. Super friendly people everywhere and always reaching out to you for a conversation. It was nice talking with different people and sharing the reason for my trip and hearing their stories and the history of the town. Any interesting food or cool local spots? The food was amazing. We ate whale stew almost every day. There wasn't really any local spots or localism because the town was so small, which was a breath of fresh air. Every place was a local spot! What was your favorite part of the trip? My favorite part of the trip was the first day I woke up and had no idea how the waves were going to be. We pulled up to the spot and it was absolutely firing. Surfed for four hours straight. After four hours, I basically had to crawl to the car because my feet were completely frozen and I couldn't walk at all. I finally arrived to the car and the crew started laughing their asses off at me! Photos by Hallvard Kolltveit Words by Leon Waiting for the fishing boats to deliver the goods. Late afternoon walk to search for more waves. Watching the sun slowly coming up and touching the cliff, filling the freezing habitat (including myself) with some warmth! Tried to catch as many waves as I could in order to keep my body temp up, and of course, enjoy the experience. I can only imagine how cold the water photographer must have been. Sorry, dude! It was so nice to stay in this mystic town with the fresh smell of fish every morning! The locals said they don't even notice the smell anymore, but to us tourists, the smell was strong. My face is completely frozen. The photographer said smile, but it was impossible. Simple air right in front of the only forest located in Unstad. Such a surreal vision watching a perfect left peeling next to a hefty mountain covered in snow. Nothing like I have ever experienced. Sunset, nicest time of the day in Norway. The way the light goes in between the mountains makes the colors so fascinating. The water is as dense as a river, and as cold, too! One of the coolest fishing towns in the world, despite the cold, the fishermen have the biggest smiles on their faces. All this rubber makes me feel like I'm wearing the Iron Man suit. Ready for anything! This silent and deserted location gives you an opposite receptivity. Feels like there is a big mass surrounding you. Being from the tropics, this is the most unbelievable view I have ever seen. This picture says it all: team work! Wishing the walk back to the hot shower wasn't this long! Only this you see in Norway. Fire in the sky! The only road you never get bored of. Every route, every corner, every curve you take, there will always be a smile on your face. Mass energy, forms, and colors floating above. I thought it only existed in the movies. Coldest and most challenging paddle anyone will ever experience. Battling with three inch snow covering my board. Exploring has no end in this world. In freezing water temperatures you find obstacles like this! Every mountain I saw I wanted to snowboard from the top into the sea. In the Arctic, we walk to the surf in knee-deep snow instead of sand. Until next time, Norway!
Posted on 04/05/17
In Morocco, 30 kilometers south of Casablanca lies the small town of Dar Bouazza, home to fisherman, farmers and the country's best left-hand break. Drawing surfers from around the globe in search of exotic empty waves, Dar Bouazza is also home to a sizable lot of surfers who have been drawn to it's wave that on a good day will run for over 500 meters. On his recent trip to Morocco, our friend Carson Myers, who can usually be found shaping boards in Hawaii, was himself lured to Dar Bouazza where he could spend a couple weeks surfing, shaping and exploring. "Going there I was thinking that I could bust out a board in one or two days just like back home. Little did I know that it would be like building a board in your back yard..." Kai Shapes, the only local surf shop in Morocco that is shaping boards were generous hosts that turned their shaping room over to Carson where he quickly realized that there would be some challenges to his normal process. "I had all my tools to shape the board but none for the other steps that go into completing a finished board. For example when we laid up some fiberglass to make some glass ons we didn't have a clean piece of glass but instead a piece of plexiglass. So when it came time to remove the panel from the glass, we had to use a metal spike to pry it off. And instead of cutting the fin templates out with a jig saw all we had was a metal disc grinder." Over the course of the ten days it took to completely finish his board (normally a two-day process back home), Carson spent the rest of his time surfing and discovering the town and local culture. "Unfortunately for us the waves weren't ever really going off. The beach break right in front of our house was usually our go to spot. Most of the time it was a little bit over head, glassy and peeling for 50 meters left and right." While he may not have scored the best waves, journeying to a far-off place with a solid group of friends and the new found appreciation for those who facing the challenge of bringing the craft of shaping to foreign lands and making surfing accessible for the community, made for a trip that will not be soon forgotten. "I am really appreciative of everyone who blessed me with their time and expertise on this trip. Kai Shapes, especially Scott and the guys at the shop. Zach Trein for the fins and my whole connection to Morocco and of course Josh Cohen for the photos and being an above par travel companion." The shaping room at Kai Shapes Carson in a pair of the Stranger chinos, the perfect pants for those in journeyman mode Using the disc grinder to cut the fin templates Prying the panel off the plexiglass Fun little acetone bath The finished product. Morning at Jack Beach. This is where we surfed mostly. Not really A+ surf but with just you and your friends out it's hard to beat. The local market. My favorite way to shop. Super fresh. Keep up with Carson on his Instagram @myerssurfboards and grab a pair of Volcom Stone Made chinos for your next adventure.
Posted on 03/29/17