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No Punching the Time Clock Here, We Got Updates from the #ThisFirst New Hires

Following the news that they were selected as a #ThisFirst new hire, our winners have wasted no time seizing the opportunity to put their passion first.

Kicking things off here in Europe, Àngel Pérez in Spain revealed that he will begin production on Horchata Perez Ortega - The Movie, a musical that will continue his Horchata… franchise. Having already composed the first song and casted an actress for the film, Angel will continue to document his creation process over the coming weeks as he completes the film's first song.


 

"I feel very excited because this time I'll be able to spend time on my own project and not other's projects. I've been told many times: You can spend time fulfilling your dreams or you can waste time fulfilling other's dreams"

 

 


 

In the U.K. Joanna Painter has begun a new large format charcoal piece that captures the beauty of her local break, Holywell Bay in Cornwall, and combines her passions of art and ocean conservation. Re-upped with a load of new supplies she’s been creating time-lapses that document her progress on the new piece which will end up taking well over 100 hours to complete.

 


 

Already on his bicycle journey from Munich, Germany to the Atlantic coast through France and down to Spain, when he was notified that he was selected as a #ThisFirst new hire, Steffen Türmer has been riding, camping and documenting his adventure one roll of 35mm film at a time.

 


 

With just over two months until she will travel to compete Obstacle Course Racing championships in Canada this October, Anaïs Chausse has been hard at work training with the Tr1be OCR Team out of France and preparing for Tr1be's first online fit challenge. She also might have gone to Disneyland :)

 


 

Over in the U.S., our five new hires after spending a couple days in Orange County and visiting the Volcom HQ in Costa Mesa are back home making things happen.

Twenty one year old Tim Briggs, a third year student at Northeastern is making perpetrations to head to La Paz, Mexico where he will study the effects that plastic and fishing nets are having on the California Sea Lion population.

 


 

Immediately after returning from California, Houston's Brandon Clements along with his co-host Julian Lara drove to San Marcos, TX to cover Float Fest for their Dead Dialect podcast where they interviewed Cage The Elephant and Moon Taxi.


 


 

Norcal's Robert Wall arrived in Costa Mesa later than the rest of the U.S. hires, he was returning from a Colorado trip where he took 1st place in the largest freestyle cliff jumping event organized to-date in the United States. Robert's working alongside his wider group of jumpers to organize and legitimize the sport of cliff jumping.

 


 

Canarus Leon upon returning home to Houston jumped right back into regular Tuesday and Sunday night practices and hit the once a month battle night called Monster night. Constantly practicing with his crews, RAD and MZK, Canarus has his eyes set on Freestyle Championships in a Los Angeles this fall.


 


 

And Sara Becker headed back to Philadelphia only to then turn right around to visit Michigan with her family where she and her mother, who she is very close with, wrestled with opening up publicly about their family's struggles with mental illness. Once back in Philadelphia Sara's been working securing membership to a print shop and getting reacquainted with the city since moving back from South Carolina.

 


 

Down in Peru, Carolina Paz traveled to the Carapongo Valley in Chosica, which is about two hours from Lima, where she is a creating a workshop for high school students that focuses on the empowerment of girls. Called "Poder Está Dentro de Mí" (I Have The Power in Me) and working in groups and in one-on-ones, the workshop will use creativity, art and imagination to develop the girls’ confidence, trust, love, self esteem of themselves, all through the lens of super heroines.


 


 

Chile's Simón Sepúlveda is working to bring to light the issues of immigration currently occurring in Chile. Of special interest to Simon is the plight of the Haitian migrants who are in search of a better life as they flee from their ravaged country. Only in the recent years has Chile and it's citizens have had to begin to consider immigration and without a comprehensive immigration policy in place, those migrating to the country are facing discrimination and labour abuse.


 


 

Having received his visa, Costa Rica's Fabian Ruiz, better known as Chama, is in the planning stages of a U.S. tour this fall. He's also in the process of building a new skate slide guitar and augmenting his one-man-band set up in preparation for stateside debut.

 


 

Across the Pacific in Japan, besides jumping behind the kit with the Michael Kaneko band at Fuji Rock Festival, Atsushi Miki has been lugging his Wadaiko out to various spots in natural and man-made spots to inspire new recordings.

 


 

And over in Taiwan, Chen Yu Ching, recently completed a backpacking trip in her home country of Taiwan in preparation for her upcoming volunteer trip to India. Feeling the need to continue to challenge herself, Chen wanted to try backpacking as a means to help build up her strength both mentally and physically.

 


 

Finally in Australia, Tylah Kerr is hard at work setting up a show in Melbourne. She's already confirmed the venue, The Gasometer Hotel, and locked in the first band, Vacations, from Newcastle. Tying in a give back, Tylah's show will help benefit the charity Make Life Skate Life, a non-profit organization creating community skateparks around the world, a cause that resonates with her dating back to a trip she took to Nepal when she was 16 years old.

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The Real Journey of an Unreal Surf Flick, Osmo Thrombo. Words by Tom Carey Sometimes plans are meant to be changed. We set out to document a surf trip in Australia and ended up in Indonesia. Nate Leal (videographer) and I (still photographer) flew from California to Sydney ready to jump on another flight to Brisbane to meet up with surfers Ozzie Wright, Noa Deane, and Mitch Coleborn, along with Mikey Mallalieu (Aussie videographer). However, during the long trans Pacific flight, the forecast and weather turned grim to say the least. So, in the Sydney airport, we lined up last minute flights, accommodations, and transfers for all of us to one of Indo’s mysto, less frequented islands. The swell forecast was better than what Australia had in mind for us, and sometimes you just need to get surfers out of their comfort zone and on the road. Noa and beauties from another world. Mitch, Ozzie and Noa travel zonked at the ferry boarding station. 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Volcom Back to School
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