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The 2015 Volcom Kitzsteinhorn Banked Slalom is a wrap!

What a weekend we just experienced! Smiles for miles, sunburned noses, egos’s bruised & boosted and then waking up with the worst hangover of the year.
Words hardly do all the good times justice. So why not let the photos tell the story instead?
See you all in 2016 for the 3rd version.

Congrats to Tadej Valentan for taking top honors and winning the Mt. Baker Banked Slalom starting spot. Good times at prize giving. Arthur Longo in 2nd and Michael David in 3rd.

Congrats to Tadej Valentan for taking top honors and winning the Mt. Baker Banked Slalom starting spot. Good times at prize giving. Arthur Longo in 2nd and Michael David in 3rd.

A big thanks to Kitzsteinhorn, Active-Kaprun.at Hotel, Burg Kaprun everyone who came and rode, helped shape, all our friends and supporters.
Thank you for snowboarding.

Does matching the color of your pants with our flags make you go faster?

Does matching the color of your pants with our flags make you go faster?

Nico from Asturis helped with shaping and rode fast

Nico from Asturias helped with shaping and rode fast

Only 3 more turns before a cold beer and free burgers await

Only 3 more turns before a cold beer and free burgers await

The banks just got better and better the more throughout the day. No thanks to poaching pommes aka skiers.

The banks just got better and better the more throughout the day. No thanks to poaching pommes aka skiers.

The Kitz shapers worked hard for over a week to build the course, it vas very different from last year

The Kitz shapers worked hard for over a week to build the course, it vas very different from last year

Finding the right wax combo was tricky, as the weather changed from snow to sun to fog all day

Finding the right wax combo was tricky, as the weather changed from snow to sun to fog all day

Here’s a view of the mid-section of the course, Olivier Gittler chasing Arthur Longo with a selfie-stick

Here’s a view of the mid-section of the course, Olivier Gittler chasing Arthur Longo with a selfie-stick

Kitz head shaper Lippi loves his job and it shows..

Kitz head shaper Lippi loves his job and it shows..

Feather or gap over the speed bumps? Turns out ollieing over was the fastest option

Feather or gap over the speed bumps? Turns out ollieing over was the fastest option

All the way from Switzerland, Nicolas “Fäst” Wolken one final turn short of beer and burger

All the way from Switzerland, Nicolas “Fäst” Wolken one final turn short of beer and burger

Pleasure’s Fischi has no problem whatsoever drinking non- Bavarian beer

Pleasure’s Fischi has no problem whatsoever drinking non- Bavarian beer

Towards the end of the course, your legs are bleeding and your heart is pounding. But the roar from the crowd gives you the extra energy needed to stay tucked down low until the finish line.

Towards the end of the course, your legs are bleeding and your heart is pounding. But the roar from the crowd gives you the extra energy needed to stay tucked down low until the finish line.

Bjorn Simons at the start, getting ready for drop in, mid-blizzard

Bjorn Simons at the start, getting ready for drop in, mid-blizzard

Manu from Israel crosses the border into enemy territory. Luckily, he got back home unscathed

Manu from Israel crosses the border into enemy territory. Luckily, he got back home unscathed

The Picture Books gave their absolute everything at the Castle Rock Out party.  A big thanks to them and  our first band, Brothers of the Head

The Picture Books gave their absolute everything at the Castle Rock Out party. A big thanks to them and our first band, Brothers of the Head

Arthur Longs sends a crail over Oliver Gittler, heading towards the final bank of the course. Just one of many shenaningans taking place once the race was over

Arthur Longs sends a crail over Oliver Gittler, heading towards the final bank of the course. Just one of many shenaningans taking place once the race was over

photos by Vernon Deck and Andoni Epelde

open
Open division:
1st- TADEJ VALENTAN 1’14’’32
2nd- ARTHUR LONGO 1’14’’51
3rd- MICHAEL DAVID 1’14’’58

industry
Industry division:
1st- STEPHAN MAURER 1’14’'70
2nd- NICOLAS WOLKEN 1’16’'53
3rd- SVETJE BALTIC 1’16’’68

girls
Girls division:
1st- CHLOE SILLIERES 1’20''40
2nd- REGINA LIND 1’20’'50
3rd- MARY LUGGEN 1’22’'25

15under
15 and under division:
1st- MORITZ KAUFMANN 1’25’'10
2nd- JOHANNES SKREBER 1’29’'63
3rd- DANTA BRCIC 1’32’'02

40 and over division:
1st- IVO GMUR 1’15’'39
2nd- CHRISTOPH LIND 1’16’'00
3rd- JAN PROKES 1’18’'53

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Super Bocks and Surf in Ericeira, Portugal, Euro Thrash begins!
Words and photos by Volcom staff photographer, Tom Carey. Check out additional Euro Thrash coverage from our friends Wasted Talent and Surfline who joined us on the trip. It's great to go on a trip that lives up to its name. Euro Thrash. And that’s exactly what we did, thrashed our way through Portugal, Spain, and France. We rolled deep. At one point there might have been 15 of us in four cars. But we made it work. Our key players were Noa Deane, Ryan Burch, Gony Zubizarreta, Willy Alioti, Alex Botelho, Charly Quivront and a cameo by Leon Glatzer. On top of that, we had three filmers and three Volcom Corpo studs. That's what you call rolling deep. Our trip started out in Ericeira, Portugal, a wave-rich surf town just 30 minutes outside of Lisbon. The trip was planned in advance, not a strike mission, which lowers your odds of scoring any good surf by a sever amount. So a few of the guys sacrificed themselves the night before getting on the flight. It worked. We stumbled onto a beauty of a sandbar the first day. The water was an electric shade of blue. The sun was out. A few babes lined the beach and the beers were already flowing during and quickly post-surf. It was a good start to the trip. After surfing our brains out, we checked some other spots, flew a kite, drank some more Super Bock (Portugal's home brew) and had our first team dinner. We totally overwhelmed the restaurant, mesmerized the locals and sang happy birthday to me, much to my dismay. We went to bed as happy campers. Euro Thrash "Scoring in Coxos"Euro Thrash "Riot In The Streets"   Noa brought his guitar and battery operated amp to the beach one day. We ended up surfing a left that was quite the mission to get to. He was so bummed having to carry it that far. But in the end he had his own personal amphitheater. Volcom Europe's team manager missed an exit leaving the airport and we ended up going over the longest suspension bridge in Europe. It was a beautiful view though. Richie Olivares (Surf Marketing). always brings kites on trips. Here Noa helps it take flight. Alex Botelho can shred the small stuff when he’s not paddling 50 foot Nazare. Our first day was beautiful with 80 degree weather, three foot wedges and a cliff side café that sold 1 Euro beers. Life is good. Willy Alioti, Alex Botelho, Ryan Burch and Noa Deane use the natural frame for a portrait in Portugal. Noa did a pretty sweet no-hander on his last wave. I asked him to go back out and do another so I could get a better angle on it. He did. All you gotta do sometimes is ask. Willy Aliota halfway throught a full rotator. Charly Quivront was like the grom of the trip. But he's a feisty one. Leon Glatzer wasn’t able to hang with us too much because of his contest schedule, but he lit up for the one session he did. Willy always having a good time. Noa is a creature. Alex is the gnarliest charger in his parts. But you wouldn't know it from talking to him. Gony had the best week of his life. He won back-to-back QS events, got three of the best tubes of his life at The Cave, and hung out with us, which is a feat in itself. We roll deep. Ryan Burch and his infectious laugh. Style for days. Burch floating on his twinny. Burch again throwing it up for the crowd. Afternoon beers were the norm. Willy rocks. And he likes rocks. Put them together and you have... Burch, always the gentleman and scholar.