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Volcom's "BigWest SouthDown" European Skate Team Video

Photos and Words by Jelle Keppens
Film and Edit by Yves Marchon

The Promised Land

It’s hard to visit places that haven’t been visited before in skateboarding, so why bother and go on a quest to look for the unknown, without even knowing if you will run into something skateable? Don’t get me wrong, I’m always down for a little adventure to the underworld, but everything is just a lot smoother when the path has been paved before. So with the Damn Am taking place at Volcom each spring, and having some of the Euro riders out there, the decision was easy to just add a couple of weeks of skateboarding to it. The promised land is big enough to offer a lot of different options.

So after doing a little research and some back and forth with the Volcom U.S. team captains, the decision was made to start of our journey towards Vegas and make a giant loop downwards to Albuquerque, NM, then swing by the Mexican border and back up to Los Angeles through Arizona. It was still early spring, so that hot pocket of the States would still be bearable we thought. We got ourselves a big ass van, fitted it with some young and older talent, stashed the trunk full of bags, a generator and boards and off it went.

What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.

Or at least that’s what they say. All we did was skate and we’re not keeping that from you. Anyone else would hit the strip and go find his luck at one of the casinos, at least that’s what I think everyone should do who visits Vegas... We had the perfect excuse, it was Daan Van der Linden's 18th birthday. I hear you all thinking... casino, stripclub and make it rain! Not for us, Skankie, that’s what we call him, is a skate rat and he wanted to celebrate his b-day, by just skateboarding. So here’s what we did: After spending the day in one of the many ditches getting tricks done, we hit a nice Italian restaurant, filled with pretty ladies, who where more interested in us than their own dates. We later found out through the waiter they were all call girls. We’re in Vegas remember. We had dessert and some of us left the table early, Ant Travis, being one of them, and while doing so, left the Red cam he borrowed from Russel Houghten under the table. We soon found out and decided to sneak it out through the back of the restaurant and hide it in the second van, just to fuck with him. He didn’t notice a thing, only until we were half way to Skankie's birthday spot. He started tripping and called the restaurant to look for it. Nowhere to be found of course. Lesson well learned. After we made clear it was a joke, we forced our way into a school and lit up a runway so Daan could unwrap his birthday present. A perfect rail he ended up hitting with a switch backside smith grind.

Alain Goikoetxea – Blunt to fakie

Alain Goikoetxea – Blunt to fakie

Alain Goikoetxea – Nose Pick

Alain Goikoetxea – Nose Pick

Alain Goikoetxea – Pocket Air

Alain Goikoetxea – Pocket Air

Axel Cruysberghs – Boom Vegas

Axel Cruysberghs – Boom Vegas

Eniz Fazliov – FS blunt

Eniz Fazliov – FS blunt

Daan van der Linden – Switch BS Smith

Daan van der Linden – Switch BS Smith

Breaking Bad in Albuquerque

We left Vegas in the evening and drove til late in the night to Flagstaff, AZ on Route 66, halfway to Albuquerque, where we would spend the night. Since Flagstaff is not that far from America’s biggest monument, the Grand Canyon, we all decided it was worth the little detour. It would be stupid not to go see it now that we where this close. All I can say about it is it’s hard to capture how big it is. Especially from above. I think you need to take the walk all the way down there to really realize it. Nevertheless it was impressive, and while we were up there checking it out from one of the lookout points, a thunderstorm closed in on us. Some girl's hair all of a sudden rose to the sky because of the static electricity in the air. It didn’t take us long to get the fuck out of there.

We drove the rest of the day and woke up in Albuquerque the next morning. A place known for it’s many ditches! You probably remember the ad and video of Slash (Bryan Hansen) backside carving this ditch with the best style. That ditch is in Albuquerque and it’s called Indian school and is about 1,6 miles long. After meeting up with our guide Jake, it was the first thing he took us too. We drove all the way up to what’s probably the highest neighborhood in Albuquerque where the head of this giant snake sits. By the time you carve half way down, you have a cramp in your legs! It’s epic.

But wait that’s not the only thing ABQ is famous for, so we found out. At one point, we passed by this big ass carwash building, and I signaled the car in front of us to pull over and asked if this was the carwash from Walter White, better known as Heisenberg. You guessed it, the bald guy from Breaking Bad. Jake told us the whole series was shot in this town and next thing we knew we were on a tour to all the Breaking Bad stuff. Even more epic!

Alain Goikoetxea – Rock 'n Roll

Alain Goikoetxea – Rock 'n Roll

Axel Cruysberghs – BS Blunt

Axel Cruysberghs – BS Blunt

Axel Cruysberghs – Fakie Hurricane

Axel Cruysberghs – Fakie Hurricane

Axel Cruysberghs – FS Blunt

Axel Cruysberghs – FS Blunt

Daan van der Linden – FS 5-0

Daan van der Linden – FS 5-0

Eniz Fazliov – Nollie Heel

Eniz Fazliov – Nollie Heel

Harry Lintell – BS Flip

Harry Lintell – BS Flip

Harry Lintell – Nollie Flip

Harry Lintell – Nollie Flip

Harry Lintell – Nosegrind

Harry Lintell – Nosegrind

Louie Lopez – FS Flip

Louie Lopez – FS Flip

Daan van der Linden – BS 180 Switch 5050

Daan van der Linden – BS 180 Switch 5050

Daan van der Linden – Fakie Flip

Daan van der Linden – Fakie Flip

Daan van der Linden – FS 5050

Daan van der Linden – FS 5050

The Worlds Biggest Chili.

After 2 days of getting the highest amount of tricks ever in ABQ, we moved on to the Mexican border to spend the night in Las Cruces at a motel that hosts the world's biggest chili. You know, those red spicy peppers. It was in fact a giant sculpture of a red pepper on the driveway of the motel. I think Axel licked it at some point, because the morning when we woke up he felt like shit. His stomach hurt and he couldn’t keep any food in.

Railroad Ghost town.

On the way from Las Cruces to Tucson, we passed by an old sign that said: "Railway Ghost Town - 16 miles”. I suggested to pull over so the guys in the back could have a smoke and Axel could get out for a second because he had been struggling in the backseat for a while.

As we took the exit, we drove straight into some kind of trailer trash park. I opened the window and asked the first person I saw if the Ghost town was still around. She said it had been closed for over 5 years, but we could drive to the back and park next to it and check it out from the parking lot, because it was all fenced in. So we did and 10 minutes later she came driving up and asked if we wanted to see it from the inside. Of course. So we followed her around behind her fork lift, filled with bags of cement, passing more trailer park junk. She explained to us she owns the town and she used to guide people around all day long, and closed it down 5 years ago after her dad got shot in the town. She said she hasn’t showed it to people ever since, but we looked like nice guys so she took the effort to give one more tour in town. It was amazing, everything was left untouched since it had been deserted in 1870. Everything was packed with dust. Before we knew 3 hours had passed and we gained the woman’s heart. She gave us each a souvenir and wished us a safe trip, all but Axel. Because he was still feeling bad and stayed in the shade next to the car.

Extra time in Tucson.

Arizona was hot, and it wasn’t even summer yet! I remember the water of the hotel pool being like a bath tub and the water of the hot tub almost too warm to be relaxing. Even Axel seemed to feel a little better and was able to enjoy the cold beer at the poolside. We ordered pizzas and got a visit from Aaron Suski, the good old Suskawoo, who would show us around the next couple of days. The night passed and by the morning Axel, the Crusher was feeling sick again. He decided he would sleep it out during the day and sent us on a mission without him. After hitting a spot, and realizing it was too hot to skate, Suski proposed to go visit the infamous cactus reserve on the way to a concrete park in the middle of the cactus fields. Those cactuses are truly amazing! We learned that they only grow an arm every 75 years. And we saw thousands of them kicking it with at least 5 arms! That’s at least 375 years young. Very impressive. The view on the way back from the park was even more stunning with the sun setting. A view I will never forget and I would love to see again one day.

By the time we got back, Axel was still in bed puking up everything he ate or drank. Even water! By the next morning he couldn’t even get up again, so we decided to call 911. The fire department came to pick him up and straight to the hospital he went, to later find out his appendix had burst! Gnarly.

He had to get surgery right away, and we had to extend our stay in Tucson, switching hotels every day since everything was fully booked. 2 days after the surgery he still hadn’t recovered and after visiting him he really didn’t look that good. We couldn’t skate much since we didn’t want to leave him by himself the whole time during the day. Christian, the TM took good care of his rider in need and everyone was worried.

You get bored really fast being stuck in a hotel room all day, me and Yves Marchon tried to do a mission walking to a second hand camera store for a few miles, but by the time we got back we where completely dehydrated. The heat is gnarly, you really need a car with AC to move around! The only option was to go out at night, and so we did. Eniz, Harry and I visited this bar who’s owner was called GOD. Yes, no joke, the guy had officially changed his name to God. The place was pretty amazing! The walls where filled with photos of him and celebrities, from presidents to actors, to even Bruce Lee. Apparently God, formally known as Jim used to be an actor in action movies, as a stand in double for martial arts scenes. He gave us a tour of the bar, and we found out about some weird shit in there. He had a S&M room, I’m not going to go into detail. And the condom vending machine in the women’s toilet was attached to a super loud alarm, inside of the bar, so every time a woman buys a condom the alarm would go off and everyone in the bar would know about it. The place was crazy! The second night, me and Eniz walked downtown and ended up at some random party with a great vibe going on. It was a sex worker party, or better said, a fund raiser party for sex worker rights. Pretty interesting stuff, from a kissing booth to a dress up photo booth. Good times.

Alain Goikoetxea – FS Hurricane

Alain Goikoetxea – FS Hurricane

Tuscon Cactus-Valley

Tuscon Cactus-Valley

Team-Van in Tuscon Cactus-Valle

Team-Van in Tuscon Cactus-Valle

Aaron Suski – BS Tailslide

Aaron Suski – BS Tailslide

Family BBQ’s in Phoenix.

After 5 days of Tucson and waiting for someone to come over to take care of Axel, we had to leave him behind and continue our tour, since we had hotels pre-booked along the way. It took us about an hour and a half to Tempe, Phoenix. We checked in and tried to get a hold of our guide. We were supposed to hook up with Joe Hammeke, but since we got a delay of a few days, he had already left town for another mission. Luckily we got a contact who sent us the coordinates to a spot. A backyard pool, a gnarly one! So we drove there, into some sketchy looking neighborhood. When we turned into the street I had the feeling it was a place we didn’t belong or were welcome. But we parked the car and went around the back as instructed. We passed a few fenced gardens and noticed everyone was having a family BBQ and not paying attention to what we where up to. We hopped a fence of an empty house and hit the jackpot! The pool coping was super rough and had never been grinded before. It must have felt good for Alain to make his first mark on there. We got there pretty late so we had to get the session on fire as soon as possible. Maybe too soon for Skankie because he ate shit gnarly and limped for the next 2 days struggling with bruised hip.

Alain Goikoetxea – Rock 'n Roll

Alain Goikoetxea – Rock 'n Roll

Eniz Fazliov – BS Disaster

Eniz Fazliov – BS Disaster

Palm Springs.

We were supposed to go to Borrego Springs for a weekend of camping with some of the Volcom U.S. guys from the team, but since we were behind on schedule, we had to skip that part of the trip and shortcut to Palm Springs. The resort town where many go to relax, except for us, I mean, for Eniz and Harry, because they left some sweat behind in a ditch trying to get their tricks in the bag.

It’s a bummer we couldn’t enjoy our time out there a little more. We stayed at this super nice 60's tiki motel with totem poles and torches in the garden, that got lit up at night. The hot tub was the biggest I had ever seen and story goes even Elvis and Nancy Sinatra used to visit that place whenever they went to Palm Springs. It’s horrible to say but sometimes skateboarding can be a burden. You get to a place where you wanna hang out a little more but you can’t because you have to move on.

Alain Goikoetxea – FS slasher

Alain Goikoetxea – FS slasher

Eniz Fazliov – Nosegrinder

Eniz Fazliov – Nosegrinder

Harry Lintell – FS Crooks to Fakie

Harry Lintell – FS Crooks to Fakie

Sadlands.

I had figured out the coordinates to only 1 spot before leaving on the trip and it would fit right into the schedule. I would keep it a secret until we where halfway through the trip and make sure it would happen.

So the day comes we have to drive back to where we started from, Costa Mesa, CA and on my request the little tour happened to visit the spot I had always dreamed about. We drive to the coordinates I had found and right when we got out of the van we stumbled upon 2 guys who had just returned from a session at their spot. We asked them if they could give us further directions and instead they proposed to join us. After a climb over a fence, a walk through the bushes, hopping from rock to rock, crossing a bridge, we finally found ourselves in a ditch that would lead us to the holy grail. Baldy Pipeline. Salba territory!

Daan van der Linden – FS Ollie

Daan van der Linden – FS Ollie

Daan van der Linden – in the Vortex

Daan van der Linden – in the Vortex

Volcom Europe in America

Volcom Europe in America

Infection.

Do you wonder what happened to Axel after we left Tucson? Well, he couldn’t get his food in and his condition got even worse. Doctors soon found out the wound had got infected and they had to drain it and re-operate on him before they could send him off. From there it he went straight to Los Angeles and a first class flight took him back home to discover in a Belgian hospital they did a lousy job in the Tucson hospital. So under the knife he went again. At the end it took him about 6 weeks to recover. If only he went into the Ghost Town to get the lady's blessing, it would have probably never been that bad!

Louie Lopez - 180 SS Crooks

Louie Lopez - 180 SS Crooks

Daan van der Linden - BS Noseblunt

Daan van der Linden - BS Noseblunt

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Volcom Announces New Future
The Ongoing Journey Of Turning Sustainability Commitments Into Actions Following the results of a recent report from Volcom’s parent company Kering on the group’s ambitious 2012-2016 sustainability targets, Volcom has released an update on their progress and a detailed plan outlining the path forward. Building on the success of these targeted efforts, Volcom is continuing to refine and focus its sustainability initiatives in a progressive program called New Future. Sustainability efforts began humbly at Volcom back in 2005 and three years ago, the brand aligned with Kering’s broader sustainability commitments and outlined a list of their own goals: undertaking a yearly Environmental Profit & Loss (E P&L) analysis, a reduction of emissions, waste, and water use, and making Volcom surfing events Deep Blue™ certified, among others. Since then, Volcom has followed through on four E P&L analyses, eliminated PVC from the product supply chain, increased the amount of sustainable materials in the product mix, and achieved Deep Blue Surfing Event™ certification from the non-profit Sustainable Surf for its major surf events. Utilizing E P&L analysis and working in partnership with the Kering sustainability team, Volcom has gained valuable practical insights to streamline the product supply chain while reducing impacts on the ecosystem. The lessons of this focused approach will guide the brand’s sustainability strategy going forward, in the comprehensive New Future program. The New Future program is a 360-degree sustainability plan driven by Volcom’s vision of Strong Oceans + Stable Climate + Smart Society. By combining key factors that include Responsible Manufacturing, Impact Evaluation (E P&L), and Giving Back, New Future provides the roadmap for Volcom’s future. With renewed and evolving goals, Volcom has set its sights on better fiber sourcing—using more recycled content and organics, integrated brand messaging, New Future training to all employees, and consideration for end-of-life of all products. Additionally, the brand has recruited former VP of Sustainability Derek Sabori’s new agency, The Underswell, for continued advice and strategic support to fully implement this plan. "As our efforts continue to deepen, we’d like to focus in on a meaningful pathway that will highlight our commitment to responsible manufacturing, drive favorable results in our E P&L, and resonate positively with our customers. We believe our New Future roadmap does just that," said Todd Hymel, CEO of Volcom. Volcom became a Fair Labor Association member in 2014, and shares this and all their other sustainability updates at: volcom.com/sustainability
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Volcom Sustainability 2013 - 2016 Progress Report Update
The results are in! We've published an update to our sustainability goals set for Volcom in 2013. Dig in, see how we did.... where we succeeded and where we fell short.
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Updating the Volcom Sustainability Targets Looking Ahead to 2020
The Ongoing Journey of Turning Sustainability Commitments into Actions Having reflected back on the first leg of Volcom's sustainability journey, recalling all the great stories we were able to create in the years past, we turn our attention now to the future. We spent much of 2015 focused on building a New Future roadmap that will guide us in a meaningful way, enabling us to reach our sustainability targets. We’ve learned where our impacts occur, how they relate to the business of producing Volcom product and what it will take to aggressively address them. During the process of crafting our New Future roadmap we realized that we needed to distill what the driving forces are behind sustainability at Volcom. What is it that drives us, as a brand, towards sustainability? By asking ourselves this question we were able to clearly define the foundation of our environmental sustainability commitments. They are: Strong Oceans When our oceans are weak, we do not thrive as a species, period. Plus, we like surfing. Stable Climate As the climate becomes more erratic and unpredictable, the planning of our business and enjoyment of outdoor sports becomes that much more difficult. Smart Society It takes us all contributing to this New Future. Through education and innovation, commitments must be turned into action. It's up to all of us to play a part. Supporting these drivers are three pillars, which have already become the core tenants of our New Future program: Responsible Manufacturing - It starts with our P.A.S.S (Product And Social Safety) program that ensures our products are built responsibly and in compliance with the highest global social and chemical regulatory practices and is complimented, since 2014, by our Fair Labor Association membership. Learn more at Volcom.com/compliance. Giving Back - The Volcom Give Back series continues to support and bring awareness to organizations meaningful to our stakeholders (that's you, that's us). Impact Evaluation - The Environmental Profit & Loss allows us to measure and monitor the costs of environmental changes associated with our business, and then zero in on the areas that need the most attention.     2020 New Future Sustainability Targets   Armed with the knowledge we have gained since implementing our New Future sustainability program in 2013 and a clear vision of the program’s drivers and the pillars created to support them, we are ready to set the following 2020 sustainability targets to further advance our New Future. In no particular order, they are: Fiber Sourcing - Increase both the amount of recycled material in our polyester and nylon as well as the usage of organic, recycled and/or better* cotton in Volcom products, so that by 2020, we are at a 20% New Future mix. Messaging - Integrate New Future sustainability across all facets of Volcom’s consumer facing marketing. Education & Training - Create an internal Volcom employee and leadership New Future sustainability certification program with at least 90% of employees completing certification. Closing the Loop - Develop a program that resembles our Give Jeans a Chance program so that used Volcom products can be collected, processed and either donated or kept for closed loop manufacturing in the future (the technology is coming...). *For Volcom, better cotton might consist of organic, recycled, CMiA, BCI, or other cotton sources with an improved environmental and social impact.   Fully committed to our marquee New Future initiatives, meeting these 2020 targets will help to lower our E P&L results due to the intense focus on raw material sourcing and processing; the decisions lying deep within our supply chain, which we know represents upwards of 75% of Volcom’s environmental impacts and lies deep within our supply chain. These refined targets also help to engrain sustainable New Future thinking into the fabric of the brand and our employee's mindsets, which will be instrumental in our efforts to modify processes to meet new levels of sustainability.
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The Underswell To Serve as Volcom's Sustainability Advisor
Volcom is proud to announce that the newly formed firm, The Underswell, will serve as the brand's Sustainability Advisor helping to accelerate our journey to sustainability. Founded by former Volcom Vice President of Sustainability, Derek Sabori, The Underswell will coordinate Volcom's global sustainability efforts with a strong focus on the recently announced "2020 Sustainability Targets" and the roadmap developed to help meet them. Having spent more than 19 years working at Volcom, with the last 6 of those serving as the Vice President and/or Sr. Director of Sustainability, Derek is branching out to pursue a new challenge that takes his passion for sustainability beyond Volcom, to help more groups, organizations and personalities on their own journeys to sustainability. "It's up to us now, as a company to truly adopt and embrace sustainability as a tenant of our business, as a core value, and as a brand differentiating opportunity. I'm looking forward to the further strengthening of what we will continue to call our New Future program, and welcome Derek in his new role and wish him the best as he starts a new chapter." – Todd Hymel CEO For more on Volcom's sustainability efforts, please visit: volcom.com/sustainability.