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Gavin Beschen

Gavin Beschen

Von: San Clemente, CA Age: 40

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12/24/75

Birth Date: 12-24-1975

Birth Place: San Clemente, CA

Currently Living: North Shore, Oahu

Height: 6'0"

Weight: 156 lbs.

Sponsors: Volcom Clothing, T.Patterson surfboards, Astrodeck, Soleo Sunscreen, XM Surfmore leashes, Sector 9, and FAB tacos

Volcom rider since: 1994

First board: 4'11" twin fin from my best friend Micah Pitts. It was a Bill Stewart with Yoda on the bottom

Warm Ups: Morning coffee, lil' guitar, a walk on the beach look for shells, swim then stretch

What gets you motivated to surf? I must say growing up, it was my family that really supported me. In and out of the water as well with close friends and uncles. If you weren't surfing, then it was nothing but trouble

Side Tracks: There's a lot of crossroads every day, but you just ask yourself "Did I do my best for how I want to live?"

Music/Bands: Deep Water from San Clemente. I grew up listening to and surfing with this amazing family.

Videos/Movies: What is the movie called...What the bleep! Down a rabbit hole!

Best style: Flowing free loving life kuleana of aloha!

Random Information: "Live to give"

Favorite Volcom Jeans: Liberated cords are cozy

Favorite Boardshorts: Volcom Mod Tech boardshorts

One thing you can't leave home without: What I can't leave home without is how much I love where I live. It's what I take with me to travel because you go to visit destinations and learn from their cultural ways and bring them back to life when you return home to share experiences with those whom you know and love.

Special Thanks: Mom and Dad, all of the family at Volcom for all these years of incredible support through the good 'n bad moments, tPatterson for the magic of surfboard making, Sector 9 & Astrodeck familia and friends all over the world!

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World's Best Left Hander
Who is the world's best left hander? Jimi Hendrix? Phil Mickelson? Babe Ruth? Perhaps. But let's talk about surfing, and waves. The Pipeline left. Or to newbies, "The Banzai Pipeline." Located on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii, to what many call the best and most dangerous wave in the world. Notorious for large winter swells breaking in shallow water just above a sharp and cavernous reef, has been home to countless professional surfers and has claimed, unfortunately, many lives. A world-class wave to which professional surfers gather to year-after-year to compete in the prestigious Pipeline Masters and Volcom Pipe Pro, in high hopes of being added to the iconic list of "Pipe Masters." To a casual spectator standing on the beach Pipeline may look like a repetitious, learned-wave, but for every surfer who's been courageous enough to take on that beast, knows each wave is a very different creature. The slightest hesitation, the one-second mistiming, the wrong board, can be the difference between a fatal blow and a wave of your life. Gavin Beschen, perfect timing at Pipeline. With heavy offshore winds, it's even more difficult to get in front of that wave. When you spend time and you're familiar with something, you know how it's going to act and react, and how you're going to act and react, so you're probably going to have a greater chance of playing the odds well. But no one ever feels like they have mastered Pipeline. I don't think anyone will ever feel that way. There's always some little bit more you can push it. -Kelly Slater Kelly Slater, 2016 (photo: Brian Bielmann) There are four famous waves associated with Pipeline. The left, known as Pipeline (a.k.a. First Reef), is the well-known and most photographed of the four. The right, known as Backdoor, is the same wave as Pipeline, but breaks in the other direction. Then there's Second Reef, which breaks farther outside when the swells gets larger, and Third Reef sitting way outside, which doesn't break often, but when the swells are massive, gets its chance to shine. Pipeline from above. First Reef (photo: Andrew Christie) Pipeline First Reef (foreground) throwing some massive tubes. When swells generate larger waves, Second Reef (background) breaks outside and whitewash rolls into First Reef, hitting the shallow waters throwing huge barrels (photo: Andrew Christie) So why is Pipeline the world's best left hander? Aside from the media attention, iconic surfers who've earned their reputation there: Gerry Lopez, Shaun Tomson, Mark Richards, Michael & Derek Ho, Tom Carroll, Kelly Slater, Jamie O'Brien, Andy Irons, John John Florence, etc., status as the world's most dangerous wave, and so on, it's more personal than that. Let's take a look and jot down some memorable points of difference that the Pipeline left offers more than any other single wave in the world. Here are 5 reasons why Pipeline tops all lefts in the world 1. It's hollow and powerful... No one out?! (photo: Brian Bielmann) Notice the boils on the face of the wave. These come from just underneath the water a few feet due to the shallow reef (photo: Brian Bielmann) When there is swell at Pipeline, it's nearly impossible that the left does not barrel These swells travel thousands of miles to the Pipeline shore and explode with more force than you'd like to know. Being taken out by one of these waves may just end your surfing career.   2. One wave can be the wave of your life... Gavin Beschen, local Pipeline standout, has been surfing this left since his teenage years (photo: Andrew Christie) Ecuadorian Carlos Goncalves, far from home, comes to Hawaii every winter to surf this left and is always packing heat (photo: Andrew Christie) European goofy foot shredder Joan Duru finding a clean one at Pipeline at the 2016 Volcom Pipe Pro (photo: Lugo)   3. Surfing careers are made, legends are created... Kelly Slater states Pipeline as one of his all-time favorite waves, and for good reason, too. Kelly has had tons of success in contests here, winning his first of many Pipeline Masters in the early 90s (photo: Jack Morrissey)   4. It's one of the most difficult waves to learn... 1 of 2 - Makai McNamara goes over the falls during the 2016 Volcom Pipe Pro finals - video of this fall below (photo: Brian Bielmann) 2 of 2 - Makai McNamara (photo: Brian Bielmann) Fred Patacchia, one of Hawaii's most likable humans, in a very unlikeable place on a meaty one at Pipeline (photo: Brian Bielmann) Watch some of the worst wipeouts at Pipeline during the 2016 season   5. Front row viewing experience... photo: Andrew Christie Spectators gather on the beach year-after-year to watch the Pipe Masters and Volcom Pipe Pro to get an up-close view of the world's best surfers competing at the world's best left hander (photo: Andrew Christie) Volcom Hawaii houses are stationed directly in front of Pipeline where we house team riders and employees throughout the year (photo: Andrew Christie) photo: Andrew Christie   In honor of National Left Handers Day today, let us know what your favorite left is (or left you wish to surf) in the comments below!
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Volcom presents True To This: Chapter 4 "Growling on the North Shore"
Join us on the rock and melt into the purity that lurks within the insanity. Despite the cameras, crowds and calamity, the ride remains the drive as the Volcom team dives deeper into the heart of the True To This movement. Since the beginning, Volcom has always had a special appreciation for the raw power and beauty of Hawaii. In this episode we pay respect to our Hawaiian family and soak in the spirit of Aloha as we join The Growlers, Dusty Payne, Coco Ho, Rune Glifberg, Pat Moore, Gavin Beschen and many more on a quick trip to paradise in Volcom Stone's latest installment of the True To This series, "Growling on the North Shore". Watch Volcom's True To This Chapters 1, 2 & 3 below! True To This: Chapter 1 - "The Spiritual Intoxication" True To This: Chapter 2 - "The Cushiony Dimension" True To This: Chapter 3 - "The Chill Wave"
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Dave Wassel and Gavin Beschen Share An Epic Wave During The 2015 Da Hui Backdoor Shootout
It’s called being resourceful. Dave Wassel and Gavin Beschen pictured above (Photo: Brent Bielmann). It’s not your typical wave. And this isn’t your typical contest. The Da Hui Backdoor shootout tends to avoid ordinary. It features a team format in which four team members paddle out — sans jerseys — and compete in half-hour non-elimination heats. Then they do it again. And again. And after each team surfs three times, their top three scores are tallied up and thrown to the chopping block. Confused? So are we. But don’t worry about it yet. So far, only Rounds 1 and 2 of the 2015 Shootout have run. As for the rest of the event? Who knows. They have until January 17th to finish off — but that doesn’t guarantee anything. The event won’t run unless the waves truly warrant it. Like we said, not your typical event. And like you’ll see after scrolling through that photo gallery, it’s not your typical wave. Full image gallery of Rounds 1 & 2 on Surfing Magazine HERE.
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Volcom Stone presents... True To This: "North Shore Household"
Volcom Stone presents… True To This: “North Shore Household” featuring the Volcom surf team getting shacked and shredding out front of the Volcom houses on the North Shore of Oahu. Riders: Gavin Beschen, Kawai Lindo, Dave Wassel, Carlos Goncalves, Balaram Stack, Alex Gray, Zeke Lau, Tom Dosland, JD Irons, Parker Coffin, Dusty Payne, Miguel Tudela, Tai Vandyke, Mitch Coleborn, Yago Dora, Carlos Muñoz, Kai Mana Henry Also check out the previous True To This videos featuring Dusty and Burch!: Volcom presents True To This: Dusty Payne "Sanctuary" Volcom presents True To This: Ryan Burch "The Rush of the Continuous Rhythm"
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Veeco: A Volcom Film Making Documentary Available Now; Streaming Free For 48-Hours
Directed by Jamie Heinrich, Veeco: A Volcom Film Making Documentary the story behind the Volcom filmmaking legacy, Veeco Productions, is streaming for free online at www.volcom.com/veeco for the next 48-hours. Veeco… is also available today on iTunes. Veeco: A Volcom Film Making Documentary takes a journey through the Volcom film library and 21 years of living a life completely out of the ordinary. Go behind the scenes with the filmmakers and riders as they share their tales of blood, sweat and debacle in such iconic films as Alive We Ride, The Garden, Stoney Baloney, Subjekt Haakonsen, Magna Plasm, Chichagof and more. Featuring interviews with Richard Woolcott, Troy Eckert, Remy Stratton, Terje Haakonsen, Jamie Lynn, Gavin Beschen, Bryan Iguchi, Dustin Dollin, Ozzie Wright, Caswell Berry, Rune Glifberg, Ryan Thomas, Dusty Payne, Curtis Ciszek, Dylan Alito, Scott Blum, Seth Huot, Kai Garcia, Ryan Sheckler, Grant Taylor, Dan Brisse, Colin Provost and Tai Van Dyke.