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Gavin Beschen

Gavin Beschen

From: San Clemente, CA Age: 40

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12/24/75

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 Motived 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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Volcom Dads That Shred!
Shop a wide range of Father's Day clothing + accessories for the dad in your life: Beach Dad  |  Working Dad  |  City Dad  |  Mountain Dad BRYAN IGUCHI Guch on Fatherhood: I find endless inspiration in fatherhood. I really enjoy sharing the little miracles of life with them. To see the excitement of discovery put a sparkle in their eye fills my heart with joy. It's without a doubt the best thing that's ever happened to me. Bryan Iguchi was born and raised in Southern California. He grew up riding Snow Summit in the heat of snowboarding’s uprise, and was a key element to the progression of man-made snowboard parks. After his time in California, he packed up shop and escaped for the mountains, landing in beautiful Wyoming in a little place called Jackson Hole where he would find his ultimate paradise. Two decades later, Guch is considered the godfather of the Jackson Hole snowboard community and still an active player on the mountains today. He’s part of the "older" generation nowadays, but it's safe to say he snowboards twice as much as the younger up-and-comers due to his unconditional love for the sport. He was one of the first snowboarders added to the Volcom Stone team roster in 1991 and has become the foundation of what Volcom Snowboarding is today. Bryan Iguchi and family Iguchi method grab *See an extended interview & video with Guch from Teton Gravity Research HERE   GAVIN BESCHEN Gavin on Fatherhood: Let your kids follow their own dreams. Don’t push them in any direction, but always be there to support them. Always be positive and help shed light from above. As a youngster, Gavin Beschen grew up in Southern California in San Clemente, a strong, tight-knit surf community which houses the famous Lower, Trestles point break. Gavin's fluid and effortless style is one-of-a-kind, but he grew up admiring local San Clemente guys like Dino Andino, Matt Archbold, and the McNulty brothers for their raw power and humble support. After graduating high school in '94, Gavin spent a majority of his time on the North Shore of Oahu, and two years later found himself calling it his home. Now, twenty years later, and Gavin is still loving the paradise that he found, calling it "a piece of heaven," living his dream with his wife and young son. Gavin surfing near his home on the North Shore of Oahu *Watch new footage of Gavin surfing in Maui w/ more of the Volcom team HERE RUNE GLIFBERG Rune Glifberg, straight outta Copenhagen, Denmark, has been riding for Volcom ever since we can remember. A legend in the skate scene, Rune is a father first, to his two beautiful daughters, and an all-around great human. *Check out Rune in our upcoming skate movie, Holy Stokes! Watch the trailer & find a premiere near you at www.volcom.com/holystokes OZZIE WRIGHT Ozzie on Fatherhood: Trying to be the best man you can be and leading by example says more than just telling your kids what to do all the time. Making sure you are healthy and you'll be coming home to them 'til they are old enough to look after themselves. Ozzie Wright: father, pro surfer, artist, musician, 100% rad dad hailing from Sydney, Australia needs no introduction (but here it comes anyway). A Volcom team rider since the 90's grunge era, Ozzie has been making a statement in the surf scene for years. Known for his air game and punk-rock-grunge-rock-whatever style, he paints everything he sees and sees everything to paint. Ozzie lives in Australia with his family which includes his two young children, who are both destined to be some type of artist, surfer, or musician... Ozzie surfing in South America, as seen in the Veeco Film Production, Psychic Migrations *Follow Ozzie around on his Instagram page (@ozzywrong) to keep updated w/ his newest art projects, tour schedule w/ his band, Goons of Doom, and of course, his surfing!
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Proving Maui - Welcome To Water (Episode 2)
Episode 2 of our Welcome To Water series follows Dusty Payne on Maui as he tears apart epic Honolua Bay with some of the Volcom Hawaii crew featuring Tai Vandyke, Gavin Beschen, Imai DeVault, Kai Mana Henry and Tom Dosland. Next, we head down the road where Dusty and Mitch Coleborn dismantle a tricky high-performance left, and then it's back to Honolua for Mitch's backhand attack and high-speed tube time with Dusty and Kelly Slater. Watch Episode 1:   Shop the all-new Volcom Boardshorts that our team riders are wearing in Episode 2!  Dusty Payne, Maui 2016 (photo: Tom Carey) Gavin Beschen, Honolua Bay 2016 Kai Mana Henry and Gavin Beschen, Maui 2016 Tai Vandyke, Honolua Bay 2016 Kelly Slater, Honolua Bay 2016 Tom Dosland, Honolua Bay 2016 (photo: Tom Carey)  Mitch Coleborn, Maui 2016 (photo: Tom Carey)  Dusty Payne (left) wearing the Macaw Mods. Mitch Coleborn in the Stripey Slingers, Maui 2016 (photo: Tom Carey) Dusty Payne, at his home break, Honolua Bay 2016
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Big Waves and Heavy Barrels in Hawaii - Welcome To Water (Episode 1)
WELCOME TO WATER: Heavy barrels and balls-to-the-wall ripping out front of the Volcom Pipe House on the North Shore of Oahu with Kaimana Henry, Carlos Muñoz, Dusty Payne, Gavin Beschen, Tom Dosland, Imai DeVault, Yago Dora, Balaram Stack and Miguel Tudela. Be on the lookout for Episode 2 dropping in our Welcome To Water series in the coming months... Shop the all-new Volcom Boardshorts that our team riders are wearing in Episode 1! Balaram Stack wears the Stripey Slinger Dusty Payne wears the Macaw Mod Yago Dora wears the Stripey Slinger Carlos Munoz, Yago Dora, Balaram Stack Gavin Beschen wears the Liberation Mod Miguel Tudela wears the Macaw Mod 2016 Volcom Surf Team
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Day 1 Volcom Pipe Pro - RECAP
Check out Day 1 Heats On Demand & Photo Gallery! Banzai Pipeline, North Shore, Oahu, HAWAII – (Friday, January 29, 2016) - The morning fired out continuous barrels as Round 1 of the Volcom Pipe Pro got underway in clean 8-10 foot surf and light offshore easterly winds. The second World Surf League (WSL) Hawaii Qualifying Series (QS) event of the season, the Volcom Pipe Pro offers a $100,000 prize purse, up to 3,000 regional ratings points, and a slot into the Pipe Invitational with the potential of advancing into the Pipe Masters, the final stop of the WSL Championship Tour. One of the youngest competitors of the event, Maui’s Imaikalani deVault, 18, advanced behind North Shore mainstay Kai Mana Henry, 37, with a combined heat total of a 6.90. Imai deVault “It’s pretty nerve wracking but it’s so cool,” deVault said about surfing against top Pipeline competitors. “I’ve been watching Kai Mana (Henry) surf out here since I was like five years old so to surf a heat with him is just like, dream come true for sure.” The teen is working to qualify into the QS6,000 events at the end of the year and talked about the benefit of competing here in the islands. “Being from Hawaii is definitely an advantage because you can get into events like this or the Triple Crown… just to get practice out here when other people can’t, it’s just a huge opportunity to be able to be in this contest and I’m super happy.” Koa Smith (HAW), 21, was a standout competitor of the event so far, wowing the beach crowd with back-to-back nines - a 9.0 and a 9.67 - the two highest wave scores of the day. Smith stormed his heat against Kiron Jabour (HAW), Noa Mizuno (HAW) and Kaito Ohashi (JPN) and used prime positioning to his advantage. Koa Rothman “I saw that set coming and I got myself into position,” said Smith. “Kiron paddled for that first wave so it kind of put me more into position, and he’s like, ‘Oh are you going,’ and I was paddling up the face like, ‘Oh I don’t know,’ and then I was just perfectly in the right spot. From there I just relaxed through it and had a couple sketchy chandeliers but it let me out and as soon as I got back out the next wave came. And I was just like ‘okay that was fun.’” The wildcards of the event included Volcom team riders Gavin Beschen (HAW) and Balaram Stack (USA), who both got a spot in Round 3, while North Shore’s Koa Rothman (HAW), 22, earned his berth into the Round of 96 by besting the 6-man Volcom Last Chance Qualifier (VLCQ) heat against Tom Dosland, Kawai Lindo, JD Irons, Dave Wassel and Derek Ho. The highest score of the heat – an 8.33 – saw Rothman win the third wildcard slot into the competition. “I’m pretty stoked, I didn’t have enough points to get into the event any other way, so Volcom gave me a shot and it ended up working out really well,” said Rothman. “I think it was probably some of the best Pipe surfers in the world, but I ended up pulling through.” Myles Padaca, who placed second at the Sunset Pro last Sunday, advanced through his heat in first place ahead of Allen Schuyler, Travis Beckmann and Ezra Sitt. The 44-year-old will surf again once the competition resumes. Bruce Irons advanced to Round 3 after a nail biting heat with Torrey Meister (HAW), Makuakai Rothman (HAW) and Seth Moniz (HAW). Rothman and Moniz had the lead for the majority of the 25-minute heat until Meister and Irons split a peak in the last ten seconds and scored a 5.27 and 7.17 respectively, which bumped them up to first and second place to advance. Bruce Irons When the contest resumes we will see more action-packed heats and high-profiled names compete such as Kelly Slater, John John Florence and Jamie O'Brien, who are all Pipe specialists. Official forecaster, Surfline.com, predicts an easing NW swell over the weekend with head high waves and moderate easterly trade winds. Contest organizers will convene tomorrow morning at 7:30am HST to make a decision on whether the contest will resume at 8am. Results Shown in order of 1st through 4th. Surfers from Hawaii unless otherwise noted. Round of 96 – 1st and 2nd advance, 3rd=65th place, 4th=81st place H1: Marco Giorgi (URY), Derek Peters (USA), Cahill Bell-Warren (AUS), Kai Barger H2: Koa Smith, Kiron Jabour, Noa Mizuno, Kaito Ohashi (JPN) H3: Mikey Bruneau, Griffin Colapinto (USA), Mitchell Parkinson (AUS), Parker Coffin H4: Torrey Meister, Bruce Irons, Makuakai Rothman, Seth Moniz H5: Gavin Gillette, Jean Da Silva, (BRA), Chris Foster, Ohno Masatoshi (JPN) H6: Hank Gaskell, Dimitri Ouvre (BLM), Tim Reyes, Ian Gentil H7: Brian Toth, Chris Ward (USA), Luel Felipe (BRA), Gavin Sutherland H8: Yago Dora (BRA), Takayuki Wakita, Kaito Kino, Takumi Nakamura (JPN) H9: Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA), Victor Bernardo (BRA), Benji Brand, Kona Oliveira H10: Ian Gouveia (BRA), Eala Stewart, Dylan Lightfoot (ZAF), Takumi Yasui (JPN) H11: Leandro Usuna (ARG), Kai Mana Henry, Joshua Moniz, Kaimana Jaquias Volcom Qualifier Wildcard - Koa Rothman Round of 112 – 1st and 2nd advance, 3rd=9th place, 4th=105th place H1: Kai Barger, Noa Mizuno, Gregg Nakamura, Joao Marco Maffini H2: Mikey Bruneau, Bruce Irons, Shayden Pacarro, Kamalei Alexander H3: Chris Foster, Ian Gentil, Ulualoha Napeahi, Landon McNamara H4: Gavin Sutherland, Takayuki Wakita, Dylan Goodale, Elijah Gates H5: Kona Oliveira, Eala Stewart, Sheldon Paishon, Derek Wong H6: Kai Mana Henry, Imaikalani deVault, Evan Valiere, Dylan Kowalski (USA) H7: Makai McNamara, Kalani Chapman, Luke Shepardson, Jason Shibata H8: Myles Padaca, Allen Schuyler, Travis Beckmann, Ezra Sitt Check back on www.volcompipepro.com tomorrow morning at 9:30am PST for the next call!
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Volcom Pipe Pro 2016 - VLCQs, Wildcards & Heat Draw for Opening Day Tomorrow!
The swell has arrived on the North Shore and it is MASSIVE! Will John John Florence defend his title, or will another eager Volcom Pipe Pro Warrior claim the 2016 trophy? Visit www.volcompipepro.com for all the latest updates on the event, and to catch the live webcast when the contest is ON! Some of the world's best surfers and Pipe Masters such as Kelly Slater, Jamie O'Brien, John John Florence, Dusty Payne, Ian Walsh, Mitch Coleborn, Chris Ward, Mason Ho, and Sunny Garcia will all be competing for the elusive $100,000 prize purse. For the full Heat Draw, click HERE. Volcom is also awarding Gavin Beschen and Balaram Stack two Wildcards into the Round of 64. The one remaining wildcard spot in the event will be decided by the very special and exciting Volcom Last Chance Qualifier heat. The 4th annual VLCQ will be a 40 minute, 8-man heat in which veteran pipe warriors Dave Wassel, J.D. Irons, Kawai Lindo, Tom Dosland, Koa Rothman, and Derek Ho will all be competing in a best-wave, winner-take-all battle for a seed into the Round of 64. Download the VolcoMobile App to experience the Volcom Pipe Pro right at your fingertips.
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2016 Volcom Pipe Pro Trailer!
The waiting period for the highly-anticipated 2016 Volcom Pipe Pro starts Thursday, January 28, at the famed Banzai Pipeline on the North Shore of Oahu. The event will be broadcasted LIVE at www.volcompipepro.com Kelly Slater, John John Florence, Dusty Payne, Jamie O'Brien and Bruce Irons are among a few of the world's best surfers who will be competing this year for the $100,000 prize purse.