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New Future: Social Responsibility & Philanthropy

New Future: Social Responsibility & Philanthropy

When we talk about sustainability and the New Future, it can’t be discussed without recognition of the people that make our products and the communities where we do business. When it comes to manufacturing our products, we can all agree the products we buy, should not come at the cost of workers’ rights, health and or safety. Additionally, the places we do business are made up of communities all over the world, and we truly enjoy the opportunity to engage with them, and support the great initiatives within them, in many different ways. Here are a few of those stories from 2015:

Fair Labor Association Member

The Fair Labor Association believes that all goods should be produced fairly and ethically, and brings together three key constituencies – universities, civil society organizations (CSOs) and companies – to find sustainable solutions to systemic labor issues. We were first granted membership in 2014, and our commitment continues. Learn more at http://www.fairlabor.org.

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Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii

Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii has been a partner for our Give Back Series in Hawaii since 2010 and each year at the Volcom Pipe Pro, we reward them the donation check made up of the funds we have raised through the year. We also support their Ocean Awareness day in the summer and get athletes and staff involved in volunteer efforts. We love their mission:  Inspiring young people to become responsible citizens by providing a safe place to learn and grow, ongoing relationships with caring, adult professionals, life-enhancing programs and character development experiences, hope and opportunity.

The Sheckler Foundation

In 2015, we once again offered exclusive collab product at Tilly’s, specifically to raise money and support for Ryan Sheckler's foundation that supports great causes that directly benefit and enrich the lives of children and injured action sports athletes, inspiring them to “Be the Change.”

Sion Milosky Memorial Fund

Honoring the legacy of legendary Big Wave surfer, Sion Milosky who passed away doing what he loved, our Live Like Sion products, and Volcom Pipe Pro merchandise raise funds to support his family and legacy since his passing.

Mauli Ola Foundation

Once again, we partnered with Mauli Ola Foundation to raise awareness and funds for this great group who is dedicated to providing hope and confidence to individuals living with genetic diseases. Harnessing the healing powers of the ocean, they introduce surfing and ocean-based activities as natural therapies. Hope you got a pair of the Mo Benefit Boardshorts while they were available.

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San Onofre Parks Foundation

The San Onofre Parks Foundation is a non-profit, whose mission is to provide education and interpretive services regarding all aspects of the natural, cultural, historical and biological diversity of California State Parks at San Onofre and San Clemente State Beaches; promoting environmental awareness and ethics; and enhancing the quality of recreation experience at these unique coastal parks. At our TCT Championships held at Trestles, we worked closely with the foundation to promote their work, operate within their guidelines, and raise funds for their cause through donation of 100% of the profits of our ‘True To Trestles’ merchandise.

Boarding for Breast Cancer

B4BC advocates early detection and a healthy, active lifestyle as the best means for breast cancer prevention. Founded in 1996, B4BC empowers young people to make positive choices that promote lifelong wellness through outreach, prevention and support programs. Since 2010, products in our snow line have raised awareness and funds for B4BC. This year was no different with a high profile collection done in collaboration with an exclusive print done by Featured Artist Vanessa Stark.

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Give Clean Water

Give Clean Water partners with local community organizations throughout Fiji to identify families in need of clean water filters. They then gather biographical and demographic information from each recipient family, take photos and mark each house with a GPS address. During the days of our Volcom Fiji Pro, we worked with Give Clean Water to ensure local villages and schools had access to good, clean water. We’re happy to help sustain the programs we put in place as far back as 2012. Additionally, thanks to Mizu, a portion of the sales from Volcom branded Mizu water bottles go back to supporting their program as well.

TACA (Talk About Curing Autism)

An amazing organization providing support, community and services for families with autism, TACA has been a partner of ours for years. From one of our earliest Give Back Series Tees back in 2008, to the Family Skate Days at our Volcom HQ Skate Park, to our first ever Volcom.com #GivingTuesday campaign to raise awareness for them as well as funds, working with TACA is always a joy. Visit www.taca.com to learn more about autism and how it affects (very likely) someone you know.

Costa Mesa Foundation

The Costa Mesa Foundation provides the financial and human capital to initiate and support programs that enhance our local community at the grassroots level. They also hold a free, Concerts in the Park summertime concert series that we’re happy to be a continuing sponsor of.

SOY (Save Our Youth) Costa Mesa

For the 3rd year running, Volcom has sponsored SOY’s SURF DAYS event. Training kids in the surf, exposing them to the beach culture, and offering career mentor chats from surf legends Alex Gray and Chris Bertish (thanks guys!). As you can imagine, this is one of our most fun and most rewarding events of the summer. Save Our Youth (SOY) is a local youth mentoring & college prep organization for underrepresented youth in the area surrounding Volcom HQ.

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Krochet Kids intl.

Back in 2011, we launched our first of many collaborative projects in support of theses visionaries. Through a unique model Krochet Kids intl. (KKi) are empowering the women of Northern Uganda and Peru with the assets, skills, and knowledge to lift themselves and their families out of poverty. The result is long lasting and sustainable change. One of their hashtags: #knowwhomadeit. We didn't collaborate on product this year, but we were happy to send in some financial support to help sustain their programs. Remember this video?

SOS Outreach

SOS Outreach is a youth development nonprofit that fosters self-confidence, leadership skills, and positive decision-making in underserved youth. SOS programs are unique in their use of adventure sports to engage participants for future success. For the past few years, we’ve been able to donate 20-30 outerwear kits (jackets & pants) to help keep the kids (and instructors) stay warm on the mountain.

Give Jeans A Chance

Our Give Jeans a Chance program started back in 2009 with the vision of collecting clean, quality, unwanted or unused jeans from our customers and then distributing them to local homeless shelters in our community. The campaign still lives on, specifically in Japan and France where it continues to be a meaningful grassroots campaign. Might be time to bring it back to North America ;)

Full Circle Japan

Volcom Japan has established a strong relationship with the non-profit organization Full Circle, an organization committed to getting people with disabilities back into sport. For us, surfing, snow riding, and rolling in skateparks hit home, and we’re proud of the volunteer hours, and the commitment the team in Japan has made to this great cause.

Women’s Shelter Support (Manly, Australia)

In line with the focus of the Kering Foundation, the team in Australia has made a commitment to supporting the local women’s refuge centers in their area through in-kind donations for different events.

Recent News + Video

Surf
A day with Maud Le Car
Follow the journey of the winners of the contest “A day with Maud Le Car” 'in Hossegor! Mathilde and Juliette have had the chance to spend a day in the world of the professional surfer. Schedule: yoga, brunch, surfing and lot of fun! A memorable adventure they briefly tell us about here! Yoga session on the beach A yoga class on the beach, an amazing surf session with a great teacher bubbly and smiley! A day that passes way too fast. Lot of gifts and surprises, we were very spoiled. A big thanks for sharing a day like this one around a common passion! ' Mathilde I could not expect to have a better day. It really passed too fast: the schedule was full of activities (yoga, brunch, shopping, surfing, restaurant ...). This experience made me loved surfing even more. Maud Le Car is a great coach this was my best session ever. 1000 thanks to Maud and all the Volcom team ' Juliette Thanks to Emma yoga teacher, Mango Tree, Chez Minus, Alex Lesbats the photographer, all Volcom Crew and Maud Le Car of course. Little brunch at the Mango Tree with some delicious smoothie, salad… Break shopping at the Volcom Store Hossegor let’s go for a surf session Some tips from the master Maud Le Car Pre-dinner drinks between girls End of the day, time to say good bye
Events
Joan Duru wins the Lacanau Pro 2016
Credit WSL In 2009, the French surfer Joan Duru, 20years old, won the Lacanau Pro against the World Tour veteran, Travis Logie (working now for the WSL). 7 years later, Joan wins again the oldest french surf contest, the 4th WQS winning of his life, and earns 1500 WQS points! Credit WSL Heat after heat, Joan showed incredible surf skills in solid conditions, scoring big numbers. The semi final with his buddy from Hossegor, Marc Lacomare was the high point of Joan’s contest where he showed that his place is well on the World Tour. Credit WSL Joan is still sitting at the 4th place of the WQS ranking, and can take a serious option for the WL 17 qualification in the next couple weeks with the European leg. Congrats Joan, that’s well deserved! Credit WSL More pictures of the event : HERE
Surf
Ryan Burch in Encinitas - 4 Cities (Ep.2), Volcom Surf
4 Cities: A new series from What Youth and Volcom Episode 2: Ryan Burch in Encinitas, CA In episode 2 we headed to the sleepy beach town of Encinitas, California to see where modern gypsy Ryan Burch honed his highly sought-after style and interpretation of surfing and craft riding. We see the waves, the shaping bays and the burrito shops that molded one of surfing’s most creative minds and styles. About 4 Cities What’s the place you spend the majority of your life like? Does it make you, you? Or do you make it you? We wanted to immerse ourselves in some of our favorite surfers hometowns to see how they blend in or stand out in their communities. photo: Michael Cukr photo: Michael Cukr EPISODE 1 Ozzie Wright in Byron Bay - 4 Cities
Music
On the Road with Hinds
Our newest campaign is a dreamy, fun filled escape into the unknown featuring our favorite girl band at the moment, Hinds! Their music captures the essence of being young, wild and free while also staying true to who they really are. Hinds is a Spanish indie rock band from Madrid. The members of Hinds are Ana Perrote (vocals, guitar), Carlotta Cosials (vocals, guitar), Amber Grimbergen (drums) and Ade Martin (bass). As individuals they are all amazing, but it’s when they combine forces that something really special happens. Their strong vocals and off-beat sound sets them apart from other garage pop bands. Carlotta Cosials (vocals, guitar) Amber Grimbergen (drums) Ade Martin (bass) Ana Perrote (vocals, guitar) With girl bands on the rise, Hinds has managed to quickly gain popularity with their powerful spirit and energy. They are more than just a band, they are a group of girls who stand up for what they believe in and who inspire others to do the same.
Skate
Daan Van Der Linden is now PRO!
At the young age of only 20 years old, Dutch phenom Daan van der Linden has accomplished a lot in the past couple years. Scoring the cover of Thrasher Magazine, The Skateboard Mag & Free Skateboard Mag as well as being added to the Vans global team, accompanied with a exclusive color-way, a killer part in our video Holy Stokes! a Real Life Happening and now PRO for Anti Hero Skateboards! It all happened at the Copenhagen Pro and has been received as very well deserved. Watch some of the edits that got him into the pro ranks below and CONGRATULATIONS DAAN! One of the first edits that put Daan on everyone's radar was our Real Life Happening edit that our filmer Ant Travis put together. Made up entirely of iphone "warm up" clips, some of them are quite mind boggling and it's amazing how much board control he has. The Anti-Hero crew is a hard one to get into, they don't just put anyone on the team. Daan was being flowed Anti-hero boards from a distributor in the Netherlands and after being on a couple our trips with Grant and Pfanner, Anti-Hero decided to take him on a "family trip" to see if he vibed with the rest of the team. Judging by the two edits above it seems that he fit in just fine. See if you can spot some Volcom X AntiHero goods in there too! Lastly The Bombaklats crew out of Rotterdam just put out a video and Daan had an entire part of old and new footage, can't wait to see what the future holds or Daan!
Surf
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!