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Stop #1 Volcom Wild in the Parks - Volcom HQ
Stop #1 of Volcom’s Wild In The Parks got the tour rolling at Volcom’s private skatepark in Costa Mesa, CA on Saturday May 23, 2015. This year we have joined forces with The Berrics and The Skateboard Mag to elevate our Wild in the Parks series to a massive audience. As a result, the Wild in the Parks series is showcasing amazing talent from amateur skateboarders across North America and their quest to make a name for themselves in skateboarding. Stop #1 of the WITP tour had a magnitude of tech tricks, powerful grinds, and a mix of old school flavor that kept the crowd cheering from start to finish. It was a battle to the very end as the 14 & under, 15 – 21, and Open/AM divisions vied for 1/7 invites (in each division) to the $15,000 WITP Championships at The Berrics in Los Angeles, CA on October 17th. Braden Hoban took first in the "14 and Under" division with heavy tricks in each zone like this kickflip front board. Photo: Buddy Bleckley CJ Collins ripped every part of the park. Here he is nosegrinding the rainbow rail. Photo: Nicholas Filippini Andrew Scott wasted no time throwing down this back tail on the remodeled hubba in the "14 and Under" division. Photo: Daniel Cabral Griffen Gass did a 270 out of this feeble into the barrier bank and took home 1st in the 15 - 21 division. Photo: Buddy Bleckley Mateo Rael took 4th in the 15 - 21 division and also won Caswell's Choice. Solid back tail on the handrail. Photo: Daniel Cabral Gage Boyle was ripping all day, boosting this 360 flip over the pyramid. Photo: Daniel Cabral Ben Campbell nosegrind through the alley. Photo: Buddy Bleckley Ben Sauer backside noseblunt on the hubba taking home 2nd place. Photo: Daniel Cabral Alex Midler shut it down in the finals with this 270 flip lip. Photo: Buddy Bleckley Results: 14 & Under Division: 1st: Braden Hoban 2nd: Blue Wilson 3rd: Patrick O' Mara 4th: Kaden Sylla 5th: Andrew Scott 6th: CJ Collins 7th: Gavin Ventura 15 – 21 Division: 1st: Griffin Gass 2nd: Jimmy Cascio 3rd: Shane Short 4th: Mateo Rael 5th: Tanner Lawler 6th: Drayden Gardner 7th: Branden Reynolds Open/AM Division: 1st: Alex Midler - $250 2nd: Ben Sauer -$150 3rd: Jace Torkelson - $100 4th: Zachery Duelling 5th: Rene Serrano 6th: Ben Campbell 7th: Gage Boyle Caswell's Choice – presented by The Skateboard Mag: Caswell Berry will award his favorite competitor from each stop of the 2015 Wild in the Parks tour to jump in the van with the Volcom team and shoot a photo to be featured in The Skateboard Mag with the footage to be featured on The Berrics! Stop #1 winner: Mateo Rael Next Stop: Denver, CO – June 13th, 2015! Click here for more info. Follow the tour on instagram @VolcomWITP and see more photos from this stop on our facebook page Huge thanks to our prizing sponsors Toy Machine, Foundation, Pig Wheels, Rev'd, Andale and Enjoi
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Volcom X Berrics Present the 2015 Wild in the Parks
Volcom’s 2015 North American Wild in the Parks season kicks off on May 23, 2015 with the support of our new partners The Berrics and The Skateboard Mag. With these highly respected new allies, Wild in the Parks will reach an even larger audience, making this contest series the definitive path for those pursuing a professional career in skateboarding. The Berrics and The Skateboard Mag will travel to each stop of the contest series, producing editorial coverage and exclusive video that will live on their respective websites, ensuring that the contest entrants get the quality and exposure they deserve. All this should prove to deliver the most exciting Wild in the Parks season yet! Celebrating 13 years as the ultimate proving grounds for emerging skateboarders, Volcom’s Wild in the Parks (part of the Volcom Let The Kids Ride Free initiative) is a free amateur skateboard contest series showcasing emerging skateboarders in major regions around the world. The 10 stop 2015 North American contest series features three divisions: 14 & under, 15-21 and Open/Amateur, with competitors vying for a spot to compete for the $15,000 prize purse at the North American Wild In The Parks Championships held at The Berrics in Los Angeles, CA on October 17, 2015. Registration to compete at each event is FREE and attendance is open to the public. May 23 - Costa Mesa, CA @ Volcom’s Private Skatepark (On-line registration open) June 13 - Arvada, CO @ Arvada Skatepark (On-line registration starts May 25, 2015) June 27 - Bellevue, WA @ Bellevue Skateplaza (On-line registration starts June 8, 2015) July 11 - Northern California @ Tbd (On-line registration starts June 22, 2015) July 25 - Chicago, IL @ Grant Park Skatepark (On-line registration starts July 6, 2015) August 8 - Ottawa, Canada @ Legacy Skatepark (On-line registration starts July 20, 2015) August 30 - Taunton, MA @ The Edge Skatepark (On-line registration starts August 10, 2015) September 12 - Norfolk, VA@ Williams Farm Skatepark (On-line registration starts August 24, 2015) September 26 - Kennesaw, GA @ Swift Cantrell Skatepark (On-line registration starts September 7, 2015) October 3 - Texas @ Southside Skatepark (On-line registration starts September 14, 2015) October 17 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Berrics (2015 Wild In The Parks $15,000 Championships)
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KIDS GET ONE LAST SHOT TO QUALIFY FOR TCT GLOBAL CHAMPS IN JUNE!
This past weekend marked the end of the regular season contest series for Volcom Stones Totally Crustaceous Tour in US with the Starfish Surf Series, and boy was it a doozy. Fittingly so the final contest on the schedule this year took us back to were it all started in the home stomping ground of Newport Beach’s 54th St.. With Volcom being housed right up the street and the history this wave has with the TCT, the tours regular season could not be more appropriately capped off. Aryn Ferris. Surfs sooooo good. Style, don't forget style kids. The crew rolled into Surfside Sports right around the corner from Volcom’s HQ on Friday afternoon and got all setup for the pre-event signup party along with the crew from Wienerschnitzel providing free dawgs for the pack of frothing Grommies. The Groms packed in to Surfside’s parking lot to play some games, ride some skateboards, snag some swag from Volcom, Penny Skateboards, Rev’d Bar, and of course have some free fun from all! Not to mention while all this was going on we signed up about 100 competitors for the following mornings event that was filling up quickly! Huge thank you to Surfside Sports and Wienerschnitzel for a great Pre-Party! Saturday morning brought calm winds, super fun clean peaky waves at 54th, and a whole beach of fired up competitors chomping at the bit to get the event going. Everyone pitched in a hand to help our pumped up staff and next thing we knew the contest was up and running in no time. We sent the Juniors out first to test the waters and get eyes on what was in store for the rest of the day…a very high level of surfing and an event loaded with local and regional talent from all over the state. Everyone vying for those coveted final spots in this years Volcom TCT Champs at River Jetties and Lower Trestles in June. Larry Layback showing off the fins for the ladies! It was all fun and games until Mother Nature threw us a heater of a curve ball. California is not particularly know for its East Coast style, out of nowhere, violent squalls. This day proved to be different and we had some weather come in being pushed by very strong winds, not to fret though our talented staff and helpful bystanders we were able to batten down the hatches, keep the contest pushing, and the competitors did not let the weather phase them one bit, they just kept on ripping! If this doesn't just make you go awwwwwww...you have no soul. The Squids are the BEST! We moved right into the finals and the competitors just kept raising the bar with the advancing rounds. When the event was all said and done Cole McCaffay snagged a win in the crowd favorite squids divison. Keanu Igarashi took the title with a dominating performance in a huge Groms division that started with 10 heats in the morning. The girls division was impressive as usual with Tiare Thompson snagging the win in the finals and securing her spot in this years TCT Champs. Next up was the Juniors final where we saw Parker Cohn snag the win in a highly contested division. Last but not least we had the Pro-Am final where Matt Passaquindici took home the win in drifty choppy conditions that still provided some diamonds in the rough that not of these competitors let sneak by un-ridden, that was an action packed final! The little guys didn't seem to be affected by the windy conditions. Cole MacCaffay capping off the end section. Thank you once again Newport for being you and keeping us on our toes. Special thank you to Surfside Sports for providing us a great pre-event signup party and location and allowing us to have some fun with the Groms. Also a huge thank you to all the competitors and their families for coming out and making this Starfish Surf Series so special!! See you at Champs!!! Try and find the adult. I'll wait. Crazy Jeff and the frothiest Groms! Kevin Meza seemed to be in tune with the choppy conditions all day. Peter Piper and his loyal followers. Jack Boyes has a progressive bag of tricks. Fears no wind squall. Groms learning how to lay the wood! Said it before and will say it again. A good bottom turn is the key to it all. Games!? I Love games!! Jeff Richardson and the game squad. The little bowls at 54th St. still had some powerful little corners on them. Matt Passaquindici on a fin free ride to a first place final. She's a looker, these Volcom TCT Starfish Surf Series events. Full commitment and complete disregard for fin systems. The weather may not have been anything to write home about come end of the day, but Matt Passaquindici's performance sure was. Smiling. Happy. All these kids walked away with goodies from PENNY SKATEBOARD, KICKER, OAM and many more! Special Thanks Goes Out To Our Product Sponsors: NEW ERA CAP REV'D WIENERSCHNITZEL PENNY SKATEBOARDS SURFING MAGAZINE KICKER GOPRO FUTURE FINS WATERMANS SUNSCREEN ON A MISSION Winning and locking down his spot in the champs, Matt Passaquindici! RESULTS PRO-AM 1. Matt Passaquindici - $500.00 2. Eros Earahou 3. Jack Boyes 4. Jay Christenson 5. Bronson Wheelan 6. Kevin Meza JUNIORS 1. Parker Cohn 2. David Economos 3. Will Reid 4. Jarik Fink 5. Noah Atwood 6. Brock Piro GROMS 1. Keanu Igarashi 2. Ben Seaberry 3. Dagon Stagg 4. Sage Burke 5. Dylan Hord 6. Peter Stewart SQUIDS 1. Cole McCaffay 2. Ryder Fish 3. Ryder Salberg 4. Miles Biggs 5. Noah Steinmetz 6. Cannon Carr GIRLS 1. Tiare Thomson 2. Malia Osertcamp 3. Ella McCaffray 4. Kayla Coscino 5. Kloee Oponshaw 6. Becca Standt WATERMELON AWARD Keanu Igarashi It was super clean with plenty of ramps before the weather rolled in. Kevin Meza taking advantage. All photos provided by: Landon Knight Follow us on FACEBOOK and INSTAGRAM @VOLCOMTCT
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Peanut Butter And Rail Jam Championships - Mammoth Mountain, CA 2015
Volcom’s Global Peanut Butter And Rail Jam Championships introduced a mainline of youth that will one day rule the snowboard world on Saturday April 18, 2015 at Mammoth Mountain, CA. Competitors gathered around for a riders meeting and a group photo before the festivities began. The PBRJ tour has once again hit a milestone as it celebrates its 15th year of letting the kids ride free.  This heavily contested event showcases the best rail riders on the planet as they converge and test their skills against one another. The Mammoth Mountain Unbound crew did a fantastic job of creating options that tested both the mental and physical skills of each rider once again.  Their take on a 3-zone set up consisted of a 25 stair set with a concrete creeper down-flat-down ledge, a massive wallride, a creeper rail, a down rail, and a triple drop concrete ledge in zone 1. Zone 2 housed a quadruple kink rail. A 20 stair down rail with donkey on one side with a creeper flat down rail and a metal skate pyramid to chest high down square tube in zone 3.  The slew of incredibly trickable features allowed everyone the options they needed to showcase their skills.  There was a mind-melting amount of hard way, switch, and gap tricks that were hard to comprehend yet kept the crowd cheering for more.  These riders had to dig deep to see who would end the day with their part of the $17,000 cash purse and the title of 2015 Global PBRJ Champion!  Cooper Whittier was a crowd favorite the entire day. He was riding with such insane prowess and smiling the entire time. Here he blasts a floated bs lipslide from the metal skate pyramid on the backside of this rail in zone 3. It was one of our favorite tricks we saw all day long. Drayden Gardner locks into a fs 180 sw 50-50 sw bs 360 out on the sizeable 25 stair set in zone 1. He had no shortage of technicality throughout as he captured 3rd place in the 15 & Under Division. Judd Henkes musters up the strength to fs 180 sw 50-50 sw bs 360 out of this neck high rail, at least to him, in zone 3. Judd continued to impress with smooth unforced style in all zones to become the 2015 Peanut Butter and Rail Jam Champion in the 15 & Under Division. Zach Zajac centers out this cab 270 fs boardslide in zone 1. His no holds barred ripping pushed him into 3rd place in the 16 – 21 Division. Eli Lamm sending a gap fs boardslide in zone 3 that nearly destroyed him on his first attempt. We gave him “Dancing With The Devil”  award for staying in one piece. Garrett McKenzie flexed this tail press to the end of the quad kink and finishes with a fs 360 out in zone 2. He also landed a notable bs 360 50-50 fs 180 out on the long 25 stair rail in zone 1. Jake Colman left an impression on the judges with this gap hw 270 bs lip to the last down of the quad kink in zone 2. The East Coast powerhouse continued to dominate in all 3 zones in order to claim global PBRJ victory in the 16 – 21 Division. Ivika Jürgenson settles into a fs 180 switch nose press down the 25 stair set in zone 1. She battled the other features a little bit but in the end pulled through with a solid performance no doubt. Volcom’s Elena Hight was hyped to see Missy McAlpin’s no comply bs boardslide through the quad kink in zone 2. Missy earned the “Wild Style” award after landing it before time ran out. Mariah Dugan takes the path less traveled as she hits the creeper rail in zone 3 with a 50-50 bs 180 out. She also hit the zone 1 creeper rail with a bs 50-50 fs 360 out and the zone 2 quad kink rail with a massive gap lipslide to solidify the top stop in the Girls Division. Pizza, Cookies, Rev'd Bars, and PB+J's provided smiles and good times for all. The kids went nuts as they sounded the horns and splashed through the natural pond skim during lunch! Buzz Holbrook fired off this method lipslide to the last down of the quad kink and gap bs 450’d to fs board too. He was rocking and rolling throughout the finals to receive a brand new Fender Stratocaster for his efforts. Jed Sky landed a plethora of tricks throughout the day including this perfect sw bs lipslide on the tall square tube in zone 3, a half cab nose press bs 360 out on the quad kink in zone 2, and a hw fs 360 bs 50-50 gapped to the 3rd drop of the concrete waterfall ledge in zone 1. Samm Neumann hits the Electric California pommel horse feature with a bs 180 sw 50-50 sw bs 270 in to collect the $1000 bounty of “Gooyest Move of the Event.” Mike Skiba shows proper form on this hw 270 bs lipslide to regular on the down rail in zone 2. Mike knows that the little things standout and the judges took notice of his exit. Jed Sky landed a plethora of tricks throughout the day including this perfect sw bs lipslide on the tall square tube in zone 3, a half cab nose press bs 360 out on the quad kink in zone 2, and a hw fs 360 bs 50-50 gapped to the 3 drop of the concrete waterfall ledge in zone 1. Matt Shaffer has a knack for doing the unfathomable when it comes to spinning into rails. Here he gaps a fakie fs 270 boardslide to the last portion of the quad kink in zone 2. 16-Year-Old Benny Milam entered the Open/AM Division to challenge himself and see what he could do riding against the big dogs. He must have out grown his kennel early proving to be top dog with tricks like this sw bs 270 boardslide to regular in zone 1. It’s rare you get to be a Global Champion and get your driver’s license in the same year. Congratulations on a job well done Benny! Big thanks to Mammoth Mountain for hosting the PBRJ for the past 15 years!  Shout out to TJ and Molly Dawoud, Matt Rowan, Tyson Kaylor, Adam Riffle, Nick Scholes, Jason Rafuse and Caroline Casey for all of their help from A to Z.  A nod of the cap to Matt Ryan, Dylan Trewin, Elena Hight, Brock Crouch, Matt Robinson, and Johnny Brady for penciling in the scores.  Thanks to the one of a kind hype man Trevor Brady for supporting on the microphone.  Much respect to Daniel Terry, Jeff Arnold, Oren Tanzer, Teasha Borg, Chris Martinez, Jeff Kabigting, Sam King, Anthony Conrad, Chris Sumpter, Hope Lane, and Traci Heaton for helping throughout the big event.  Thanks to our Volcom team riders Elena Hight, Dan Brisse, Mike Rav, Seth Huot, Zach Normandin, Brock Crouch, Scott Blum, Alex Lopez, and Jake Soliver for hyping everyone up with their presence.  Finally, check out the awesome sponsors that we had the pleasure of working with throughout the 2015 PBRJ tour. Tour Sponsors: -Rev’d Nutrition Bars -Electric -New Era -Kicker -Fender  Results: 15 & Under Division Champions: 1st – Judd Henkes - $1,200 (Mammoth Mountain, CA) 2nd – Cooper Whittier - $1,000 (Keystone, CO) 3rd – Drayden Gardner - $700 (Boreal, CA) 4th – Luke Zajac - $350 (Keystone, CO) 5th – Keegan Hosefros - $250 (Boreal, CA) 16 - 21 Division Champions: 1st – Jake Colman - $1,200 (Mountain Creek, NJ) 2nd – Garrett Mckenzie - $1,000 (Trollhaugen, WI) 3rd – Zach Zajac $700 - (Keystone, CO) 4th – Cody Hyman $350 - (Brighton, UT) 5th – Dillon McDaniels $250 - (Bear Mountain, CA) Girls Division Champions: 1st – Mariah Dugan - $1,200 (Boreal, CA) 2nd – Kayli Hendricks - $1,000 (Trollhaugen, WI) 3rd – Laura Rogoski - $700 (Brighton, UT) 4th – Danika Duffy - $350 (Mammoth Mountain, CA) 5th – Ivika Jurgenson - $250 (Brighton, UT/Estonia) Open/AM Division Champions: 1st – Benny Milam - $1,500 (Trollhaugen, WI) 2nd – Matt Shaffer - $1,250 (Boreal, CA) 3rd – Jed Sky - $1,000 (Mont St. Bruno, QC) 4th – Kyle Kennedy - $500 (Trollhaugen, WI) 5th – Mike Skiba - $250 (Trollhaugen, WI) Electric’s  "Gooyest Move of the Event" – Samm Neumann $1,000 (Mammoth Mountain, CA) Rev’d Rider – Brendan Sullivan $1,000 (Brighton, UT) Additional Awards: Fender Guitar Award – Buzz Holbrook (Bear Mountain, CA) Wild Style - Missy McAlpin (Trollhaugen, WI) Dancing With The Devil – Eli Lamm (Trollhaugen, WI) Check The Flex - Justus Hines (Sevens Pass, WA) Bouncing Off The Wall - Keala Cole (Stevens Pass, WA) Backflip Beast - Alex Martin (Keystone, CO) Its safe to say that everyone left with a bunch of goodies after the Slayer themed product toss was over. Check Out The Peanut Butter And Rail Jam Facebook And Instagram For Additional Coverage Throughout The Entire 2015 Tour. Peanut Butter And Rail Jam Facebook Page Peanut Butter And Rail Jam Instagram
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Conversations with Soko, La Luz & Colleen Green
At this years Burgerama, we were lucky enough to grab Soko, La Luz & Colleen Green from all the chaos for a quick conversation! Read below to gain some knowledge on their opinions, lives & inspiration!   SOKO  Q: Do you enjoy playing to festival crowds or are you more about intimate settings? Soko: I get a bit overwhelmed with festivals to be honest, especially now that it’s 100 degrees out there. I feel like we’re all being roasted in a BQQ and we’re all going to be turned into a burger by the end of the night. That will not be vegan and I will not be able to eat them. Q: Who are you excited to see at this years Burgerama? Soko: Well, Bleached is on stage right now and they’re my friends. Jessie & Bosh were both in my last music video that I directed called “Love Trap”.  Q: You directed? Soko: Yea, I directed and the song is with Ariel Pink and he didn’t want to be in the video so I play Ariel Pink in the video. And myself too, which was really fun. I think it’s the most complex video I’ve ever directed because there were so many people. Q: Were you an actress first or a singer first? Soko: I guess an actress, yea. But then I got really bored with it and wanted to be a little more self-content with my art. Q: It sounds like artists these days have a lot of control over all aspects of their music. Is that something you enjoy? Soko: Well I love making everything myself because I really enjoy every single challenge on the way. I love making my artwork and I love making my merch. I just think it’s really fun. I also think, because it’s my solo project, no one knows better than me what I want, so I might as well just do it because I don’t want my whole image to be in the hands of someone else who has no idea what I’m about. Q: It seems that music and especially rock and roll has always had a strong influence on pop culture and fashion. How would you describe your style and what fashion trends from the past would you like to see make a comeback? Soko: I only buy stuff at vintage stores so I feel like every era has its place in stores like that. I have a bunch of 70s stuff and 80s punk stuff and 90s acid washed jeans. I love high waisted mom jeans and I love creepers and I love crop tops. Everything I wear is from different eras and it works, I don’t think there are codes. I feel like fashion transcends codes and I feel that everything is mismatched and weird. LA LUZ From left to right:: Alice - keyboards, Lena - bass, Shana - guitar & Marian - drums Q: If you could work with any artist, living or dead, who would it be? Lena: I’m going to go with Beck. Marian: Oh I got it! M.I.A. Alice: The Drifters Shana: Fats Domino Q: Wow, those are all different musical tastes. Do you think this dynamic helps the band out? Marian: Yes, absolutely. It makes everything really eclectic. We’re still facing the same direction but taking from different areas. Q: There’s a lot of boundaries that are being broken by women. It seems like a tolerable and very supportive scene. Shana: I guess I kind of feel like that was going on in the 90s too with Riot Girl, like “Oh anyone can be a band!” You know? And really encouraging women to start playing music. Alice: I don’t know if there is a connection but I’m also seeing in education a lot more female focused camps or education groups. So maybe there’s some kind of alignment there, some feminist movement going on. Marian: I feel like even in the 90s if there were female bands they were facing a lot more repercussions or backlash from it. Where as now if you are a female musician you don't necessarily feel… people throwing shit at you on stage. Q: Yea, it’s a better environment for these girls to do it. Marian: I think it’s just more enlightenment in general. There’s a strong generational understanding that this is a good thing and it’s necessary. Q: What are some of the favorite cities that you’ve played at? Shana: We really like this area, Southern California. Also Austin is usually really great, Florida was cool. All of the south is pretty sick. Marian: Oh yea, Florida killed it. They just totally blew me away. A lot of other bands told us that people are so starved in Florida for music that when a band finally comes along that they’re just so stoked on it. Q: Do you prefer a more intimate setting or a big festival like this? La Luz: Both. There are ups and downs. Marian: Like today we usually don't have this huge of a crowd so its nice to have that built in. But it’s also really fun to play shows where you’re just playing for like 100 people or 50 people. Alice: Like that show in Texas where there was just a campfire and a little outdoor stage. Shana: It just depends on what the crowd is like, if people are giving off good vibes, then it doesn't matter if there are hundreds of them or only 2 people. COLLEEN GREEN  Q: What song do you most remember from your childhood? Colleen: Probably a French children's song that my mom used to sing to me when I was little. It goes… “Un, deux, trois, quatre, cinq, six, sept, violette en bicyclette.” Q: If you were to sit under a table and listen to two people speak, who would they be? Colleen: Hmmmm, let’s go with Sandy Bullock and Ryan Gosling. I bet they’re chill, you know? I bet that they would just kick it. I’d want to see what they would talk about. Q: How would you describe your style and what fashion trends from the past would you like to see make a comeback? Colleen: I would say my style is like...sporty, casual, cool? As far as fashion trends from the past…. No, I kind of like it now. How anything goes. Q: We’re seeing a big movement of young and rocking girl bands in what has predominantly been a boys club for decades and we think it’s awesome. Why do you think this is? Colleen: I think that with the internet it’s made it a lot easier for young girls to not have that fear of being written off for being female. As a society we’re more open to the idea of equality. It’s starting to become more of the norm. Q: When you’re not on tour or writing music, what do you find yourself doing on your down time? Hobbies.. etc… Colleen: I’ve been trying to draw more lately, because I’ve always been interested in art and drawing and have always done art projects and stuff like that but I really want to make a real go of it now. Q: Lots of DIY bands these days have total control over all aspects of their music and image. Do you find that to be a good thing? Colleen: It feels good to have control over everything but it ends up being a sort of defense mechanism for me sometimes because I get scared relying on other people. If I did everything myself and it sucked then at least it was my responsibility. I’m kind of private with my stuff i guess. It is nice to let go of control though. It lets me worry about less and focus more on writing good music. Q: If you could collaborate with any artist living or dead, who would it be? Colleen: Akon! I always wanted to make a really good dancey pop song. Super poppy and melodic. He’s really good at that kind of stuff. Q: Burger Records (and other independent labels) have had an amazing year. With an audience reaching around the world, big business and major labels will undoubtedly be knocking at its door. How do you think this could affect such a DIY grassroots movement? Colleen: Well I think it all depends on who’s running the label. For Burger Records specifically, I can see them partnering with bigger brands and sponsors but I think they’ll only use it for good. They’re such good guys. They have good hearts and I feel like they would never do anything to tarnish Burger Records and the true spirit of it. More money can help these festivals exist and that’’s a positive thing.
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Totally Crustaceous Tour swings through Ventura for the annual Butterfish Surf Series!
Ventura is a cool little surf town with an assortment of fun waves, especially the Pipes/C-Street area with its little right hand point.  The surf scene and the skate scene in that area is very closely tied together which is easily scene as soon as we roll up to our Pre-event signup party at Revolution Surf Co. just outside of downtown Ventura in Camarillo.  The Groms all came by with their families and friends to play some games, eat some free grub, skate the afternoon away, and get all signed up for Volcom TCT Butterfish Surf Series on Saturday. Early morning contest setup with a nice little peak out the back. We have been super lucky as of late with our last few events having more than fun surf, literally as good as we could score some of these spots for the Groms to compete.  Ventura’s Pipes break proved nothing sort of sticking to protocol. We pulled in Saturday morning bright and early to get set up, and right into firing point break style waves. Everyone was frothing and the staff couldn’t wait to get up and running. Bryce Marino has a bottom turn top turn combo that is tough to beat. The crew over at Penny Skateboards kept the Groms busy all day between heats. The fog crept in on us mid morning, which was nice due to the unseasonably warm weather we have been having, and it did nothing to cool down the surfing as all the divisions were prepared and ripping all day. The Juniors , Pros, and Groms got first crack at the clean lined up conditions, and took full advantage. The Groms these days are really figuring out the whole style vs. trick count scenario. Hacks for days, little mini Sunny Garcia man turn. As we moved through the day the Girls and Squids got a crack at the point and made good use of their chance also surfing at a high level all the way into the Repos, Semis, and getting the Finals set. Right on que the sun burned away that marine layer making for a picture perfect start to the finals, and adding a colorful back drop to some very impressive surfing by all divisions and competitors. The groms love this, its like a skate deck on little mini trampolines. SYCK TRYX always keeping the Groms pumped Hows this fins free rotater....textbook. Johnny Gunns checking in with Kurt Harper on that last heat. The kids were laying down some impressive turns all day, this is no exception. As the final heats wore down we saw Bethany Zelasko take home the first final with a solid win for the Girls in a very tough division. Next we moved into the Squids, which is pretty much everyones favorite division and so much fun to watch, these little tykes are the future of our sport and its awesome to watch them compete. Trevor Berry was able to snag the win on Saturday and secure himself a spot at TCT champs this year. Next division up was the groms and Kade Matson was able to snag that title with some solid surfing in the epic conditions. I tell you what the Groms grow up quick from squids and next thing you know they are Juniors and ripping even harder. Liam Osborne. A picture is worth a thousand words. Rooster tails, proof of perfectly timed turn. The Spread! Special thanks to Kicker, Go Pro, Pro Lite, New Era Cap, Revd Bars and all the other who make the tour possible. So the waves were super good, this was the finals. How often do you get waves like this in a heat. The juniors division was very competitive at Ventura as always and Nolan Rapoza ended up with the win and a sweet prize bag! Last but certainly not least was the Pro division and they did not disappoint, finishing out a stellar day with some incredible surfing. When it was all said and done Breyden Taylor bagged the win, 5 c-notes, and Pipes bragging rights until the next Butterfish at Ventura. A really good day overall for everyone involved and we couldn’t be more stoked on the event. Special thanks to our staff and everyone involved, especially all the families that came down and made it possible for us to continue the mission to Let The Kids Ride Free. See you next year Ventura and keep ripping!! That right there is a whole pack of winners! Oh California, you picturesque little devil you. Winners, watermelons, and of course cider showers. The squids winners, ever frothing!   Special Thanks Goes Out To Our Product Sponsors: NEW ERA CAP REV'D WIENERSCHNITZEL PENNY SKATEBOARDS SURFING MAGAZINE KICKER GOPRO FUTURE FINS WATERMANS SUNSCREEN PRO LITE   Power and Commitment on a solid section. Gusto. RESULTS PRO-AM 1. Breyden Taylor - $500.00 2. Jonah Carter 3. Andrew Jacobson 4. Bryce Marino 5. Aryn Ferris 6. Harrison Adler JUNIORS 1. Nolan Rapoza 2. Josiah Amico 3. Micky Clark 4. Sean Woods 5. Will Reid 6. Jonah Pierce GROMS 1. Kade Matson 2. Jabe Swierkocki 3. Ryan Martin 4. Griffin Foy 5. Reef Tsusui 6. Mac Beach SQUIDS 1. Trevor Berry 2. Bredan Burch 3. Patrick O'Connor 4. Dane Matson 5. Lucas Owston 6. Adler Swierkocki GIRLS 1. Bethany Zelasko 2. Steffi Kerson 3. Kirra Pinkerton 4. Samantha Lamirand 5. Abby Brown 6. Alanna Moore WATERMELON AWARD MICHAEL MAIDSON All photos provided by:TYLER KITZMAN Follow us on FACEBOOK and INSTAGRAM @VOLCOMTCT