3 To The Beach

The Tour De Right Coast 2000by Sean Slater

This past August, a few of the Volcom family members came together to embark on the first-ever summer Volcom East Coast tour (a.k.a. The Tour De Right Coast 2000). Kyle Garson and I had no idea what was in store for us when we took off from the Orlando Airport on our way to Philadelphia. There we met up with Shawn “Barney” Barron, Tom Carey (TransWorld SURF photographer), and Brad Dougherty (Volcom team guy and videographer).

Ian Parnell, Andy “Intern” Alvarez, Billy Hume, Jason Griffith, and Kevin “Volcom’s Other Barney” Braden (a.k.a. V.O.B.) were supposed to drive up from Virginia with the RV and meet us in Philly. While we waited in the airport bar, Daniel kept us entertained by skating around and paging a few “people” we were looking for: Phil McKrackin and Pat McKrotch. They never answered our pages, so when the RV showed up to save us eight hours after we arrived, we were forced to abandon them in Philly.

From Philly, we traveled to Ocean City, New Jersey, where the next day we put on the second Volcom Jellyfish Surf Series event at 7th Street. While we set up the event tent that morning, V.O.B. helped wake everyone up by taking charge of the bullhorn. The first one of our gang to take off on a wave was complimented by V.O.B. when he said, “Do you think that’s a turn, jackass?!” Everyone was in tears laughing. Matt Keenan took first in the Pro/Am division, with Floridian extraordinaire Daniel Terry taking a close second. In the grom division, Nick Evancrich took first, and the grom called “Bird” took second.

That night we headed to the annual party that Cafe La Playa puts on with the Surfrider Foundation, Clean Ocean Action, and Volcom at Use To Be’s in Mantoloking, New Jersey. CKY rocked the house and sent everyone into a frenzy. There were no casualties, except for covering V.O.B. with baby powder and beer cans.

The next day, we started the several hour drive to Sea Isle, New Jersey to get ready for the Heritage Pro. This is the first of three major pro events that light up the East Coast yearly. There was only one small problem: An aerosol can was wedged in the RV toilet. To make matters worse, the toilet was almost overflowing with a thick, brown, smelly liquid. Everyone was feeling sick from the smell. Just imagine thirteen people in an RV all complaining at the same time. That’s worse than an episode of Road Rules on MTV.

We pulled into a Wal-Mart parking lot, where V.O.B. got to do the honors. We put garbage bags over his arms, rubber gloves on top of them, and finally we duct-taped the edges of the gloves. V.O.B. scooped out the mess into a bag Brad was holding. It had to be the sickest thing I’ve ever witnessed.

Atlantic City laid between us and Sea Isle, and with a day off and no surf, we decided to do some gambling. I sat at the blackjack table the whole time, and V.O.B. somehow lost money at the hot-dog stand. We made it back to Sea Isle early and prepared for the contest.

The entire event was plagued by small surf, although there were a few sets. Kyle Garson, Bruce Irons, and Jason Griffith surfed extremely well, but fell short of the finals early in the money round.Those of us who went down early drove back to Atlantic City to redeem ourselves at the Taj Majal. Bruce went to one of the blackjack tables and didn’t come out on top, but had a good time nevertheless. V.O.B. found himself in a plumber’s stance at the craps table next to a smelly Iranian guy. I think the dealer would’ve been in hysterics if he wasn’t working under the camera. V.O.B. wasn’t holding back for a second. He kept saying, “Has anyone smelled this guy?”

Almost everyone got back to the RV around 12:30 a.m. and tried to leave me behind, but I made them turn around. When the team came back to pick me up, Brad wasn’t very happy. Especially when he was in the front seat getting pelted in the back of the head with pieces of candy.

The day before the finals, everne had gone down in their heats. Kevin “V.O.B.” Braden and Andy “Intern” had to finish their vacations and fly home.

We made it to Ocean City, Maryland the next day at 3:00 p.m. Cloudbreak Surf Shop invites us here every year. On the drive to the shop, Barney was commentating on the bullhorn just to let everyone know we were harmless Volcom riders just being friendly.

When we pulled up, Mike “Fartgrom” Guerino let everyone know why his nickname is “Fartgrom.” If Howard Stern is reading this, please contact Volcom and get Mike on your show. He was putting on a nice display over the bullhorn in front of 100 people in the parking lot.

They have a sick little skatepark behind Cloudbreak Surf Shop that hosted a unreal skate contest for the kids. Following the skate tournament, we put on a surf event after 5:30 when the blackball was lifted. The surf was about two to three foot and fun shorebreak. Willy Famen took top honors, and the sun set just as we finished the final heat.

The next day we took the RV to a mechanic to check out a noise it’d been making. Unfortunately, we discovered a major problem¿there was a bad bearing in the A.C. compressor. We had to be in Virginia Beach the next morning for our heats. Barney picked up a rental van, and the mechanic rented his Suburban to us.

On the three-hour drive, Ian Parnell was pulled over with a suspended license and no taillights. The cop was cool, or Ian just said the right things, because he was let go with a warning. The light was fixed, and we were back on our way. Brad Dougherty had to drive all the way back to Ocean City the next day to pick up the RV. He arrived in Vah Beach just in time for the promo party at Peabody’s. At this point, my brother Skippy met up with us.

The East Coast Surf Championships is the oldest-running event in the east. A low-pressure system sat off the coast and kicked up the surf for a couple days. Bruce and Gavin killed it, but came up short of the finals. In the Amateur Juniors, our rider from South Carolina, Beau Flemister, placed third. The Peabody show went nuts. It was packed when The Line blew the place apart. Then CKY took over and went off.

The next Jellyfish event was held in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina. The surf was about two feet on the “cleanup sets,” and it was a little bit windy and chilly. In the final, hometown surfer Billy Hume found the better waves and edged out Daniel Terry for the win.

The next morning we made our way to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, but the show was canceled. We ended up having quite a few cocktails and headed to an after-hours bar filled to the brim with rednecks and mullets. I don’t know who dragged out the magic marker, but all of our faces had been colored. Daniel wore a Hitler mustache, I had some unappealing sideburns and a unibrow, and Skippy looked like a magic-marker rake had scraped his entire face. We proceeded to strike up a conversation with a giant redneck who informed us he had just gotten out of jail.

The National Kidney Foundation Pro Event was held in Cocoa Beach during Labor Day Weekend. This was the first event that my brother Kelly competed in, way back in 1978. The event’s run by twin brothers, Richard and Phil Salick, who’ve always been a major part of surfing in Central Florida, as well as the National Kidney Foundation. The surf was less than we had hoped for, but still rideable. The first day of competition went well for Kyle Garson, Jeremy Creter, Nick Guilarte, and Jake Kirschenbaum.

The last concert of the tour took place at the Sapphire Super Club in downtown Orlando. The show went nuts. There was a packed house, tons of product, and the bands went off. Yellowcard was up first, followed by the video premiere of Computer Body, and the party was topped off with performances by The Line and CKY.

Brad, Tom, and the bands stayed in Orlando that night while the rest of us headed back to the beach for the NKF Contest. Volcom’s Kyle Farson took over the event, winning the Pro division and $3,000 dollars. Nick Guilarte placed third in the Amateur division, with Jake Kirschenbaum following in fourth.

Organizing and pulling a tour off like this one was an immense task in itself. All the little curbs we hurdle over along the way are forgotten when it’s over. We tried to stoke out all the people in the cities we visited, even when there was no surf to confront. It’s not all surfing at times¿it’s living the lifestyle when you’re not in the water and being with your friends. Being in the water is where it all starts, whatever your choice of riding may be. If it makes you happy, it has to be good. Happy surfing!

Trans European ExpressThe ugly Americans take over Europe.

The European leg of the World Championship Tour (WCT) hit France and left Portugal with U.S. surfers winning all four of the four events. Definitely in control of the ratings, Sunny Garcia conquered Europe by keeping a solid lead under his belt with everyone else scrambling beneath him.

After watching Rob Machado take his first win in three years at the Lacanau Pro in France, C.J. Hobgood took some initiative and beat Luke Egan for his first World Championship Tour (WCT) event at the Hossegor Rip Curl Pro. In two- to three-foot surf, C.J.’s win moved him from eighteenth to fourth in the overall ratings (now third).At the Billabong Pro, a last-day gamble by contest officials paid off for Shane Dorian when a decision was made to move the contest from Anglet, France to perfect four- to six-foot surf at the famed lefts of Mundaka. Dorian won the event by beating last year’s event and World Champ Mark Occhilupo.

With victory still in his blood from France, Rob Machado claimed his second win in Europe by beating Taj Burrow in the final of the Figueira Pro 2000 in Figueira Da Foz, Portugal. His seventh victory in seven years, the win gave him 20,000 dollars and a move to fourth in the overall ratings.

Official Results Of Hossegor Rip Curl Pro In Hossegor, France1.C.J. Hobgood 2.Luke Egan3. Sunny Garcia, Shea Lopez, 5. (tie) Kalani Robb, Taylor Knox, Fabio Gouveia, Ross Williams

Results Of The Billabong Pro At Mundaka, Spain1.Shane Dorian 2. Mark Occhilupo3. C.J. Hobgood, Danny Wills

Results Of The Figueira Pro In Figueira da Foz, Portugal1. Rob Machado 2. Taj Burrow 3. Sunny Garcia, Richie Lovett 5. Kalani Robb, Flavio Padaratz, Luke Egan, Renan Rocha

Top Ten Rated Surfers After Figueira Pro1. Sunny Garcia6,930 points2. Luke Egan6,2003. CJ Hobgood5,5004. Rob Machado5,4505. Mick Campbell5,3706. Shane Dorian5,2507. Jake Paterson5,1708. Flavio Padaratz5,0909. Taj Burrow4,96010. Cory Lopez4,910

Surf For The Sea

The following are results from the Surf For The Sea contest held on September 16 and 17 at Oceanside Pier in Oceanside, California. A benefit for both the Surfrider Foundation and The League For Coastal Protection (a local organization), the contest is also a memorial for some friends who sadly passed away in the recent years. Harry Bennett, Tore Bonura, Chuck “Clubber” Hundley, and Banning Capps were all very loved in the community and are dearly missed. The following are the results:Pro-Am1. Jeremy Sommerville2. Dane Johnson3. Nick Kovack4. Eric Viscosi

Masters1. Tom Steenbock2. Philippe Boutin3. Rat Batisti4. Matt McCarley

Men1. Chris Thompson2. Javier Carvallo3. Matt Brown4. Brian Reba

Juniors1. Dane Johnson2. Justin Wiegand3. Matt Merel4. Josh Montgomery

Boys1. Jensen Hassett2. Drew Williams3. Toby Adams4. Alex Ganguli

Groms1. Jensen Hassett2. Charlie Stevens3. Chris Friesen4. Kasie Perskin

Heavyweights1. John Schnittger2. Michael Bono3. Larry King4. Brooks Mackin

Women1. Tasia Jones2. Jamie Lagardere3. Tessa Merel4. Renae Langston

2000 Newport Pro-Am

The Rusty, Smith, and Surfside Sports Newport Pro-Am was held over the weekend of September 15¿17 at 56th Street in Newport Beach, California. The surf in Newport was at itook over the event, winning the Pro division and $3,000 dollars. Nick Guilarte placed third in the Amateur division, with Jake Kirschenbaum following in fourth.

Organizing and pulling a tour off like this one was an immense task in itself. All the little curbs we hurdle over along the way are forgotten when it’s over. We tried to stoke out all the people in the cities we visited, even when there was no surf to confront. It’s not all surfing at times¿it’s living the lifestyle when you’re not in the water and being with your friends. Being in the water is where it all starts, whatever your choice of riding may be. If it makes you happy, it has to be good. Happy surfing!

Trans European ExpressThe ugly Americans take over Europe.

The European leg of the World Championship Tour (WCT) hit France and left Portugal with U.S. surfers winning all four of the four events. Definitely in control of the ratings, Sunny Garcia conquered Europe by keeping a solid lead under his belt with everyone else scrambling beneath him.

After watching Rob Machado take his first win in three years at the Lacanau Pro in France, C.J. Hobgood took some initiative and beat Luke Egan for his first World Championship Tour (WCT) event at the Hossegor Rip Curl Pro. In two- to three-foot surf, C.J.’s win moved him from eighteenth to fourth in the overall ratings (now third).At the Billabong Pro, a last-day gamble by contest officials paid off for Shane Dorian when a decision was made to move the contest from Anglet, France to perfect four- to six-foot surf at the famed lefts of Mundaka. Dorian won the event by beating last year’s event and World Champ Mark Occhilupo.

With victory still in his blood from France, Rob Machado claimed his second win in Europe by beating Taj Burrow in the final of the Figueira Pro 2000 in Figueira Da Foz, Portugal. His seventh victory in seven years, the win gave him 20,000 dollars and a move to fourth in the overall ratings.

Official Results Of Hossegor Rip Curl Pro In Hossegor, France1.C.J. Hobgood 2.Luke Egan3. Sunny Garcia, Shea Lopez, 5. (tie) Kalani Robb, Taylor Knox, Fabio Gouveia, Ross Williams

Results Of The Billabong Pro At Mundaka, Spain1.Shane Dorian 2. Mark Occhilupo3. C.J. Hobgood, Danny Wills

Results Of The Figueira Pro In Figueira da Foz, Portugal1. Rob Machado 2. Taj Burrow 3. Sunny Garcia, Richie Lovett 5. Kalani Robb, Flavio Padaratz, Luke Egan, Renan Rocha

Top Ten Rated Surfers After Figueira Pro1. Sunny Garcia6,930 points2. Luke Egan6,2003. CJ Hobgood5,5004. Rob Machado5,4505. Mick Campbell5,3706. Shane Dorian5,2507. Jake Paterson5,1708. Flavio Padaratz5,0909. Taj Burrow4,96010. Cory Lopez4,910

Surf For The Sea

The following are results from the Surf For The Sea contest held on September 16 and 17 at Oceanside Pier in Oceanside, California. A benefit for both the Surfrider Foundation and The League For Coastal Protection (a local organization), the contest is also a memorial for some friends who sadly passed away in the recent years. Harry Bennett, Tore Bonura, Chuck “Clubber” Hundley, and Banning Capps were all very loved in the community and are dearly missed. The following are the results:Pro-Am1. Jeremy Sommerville2. Dane Johnson3. Nick Kovack4. Eric Viscosi

Masters1. Tom Steenbock2. Philippe Boutin3. Rat Batisti4. Matt McCarley

Men1. Chris Thompson2. Javier Carvallo3. Matt Brown4. Brian Reba

Juniors1. Dane Johnson2. Justin Wiegand3. Matt Merel4. Josh Montgomery

Boys1. Jensen Hassett2. Drew Williams3. Toby Adams4. Alex Ganguli

Groms1. Jensen Hassett2. Charlie Stevens3. Chris Friesen4. Kasie Perskin

Heavyweights1. John Schnittger2. Michael Bono3. Larry King4. Brooks Mackin

Women1. Tasia Jones2. Jamie Lagardere3. Tessa Merel4. Renae Langston

2000 Newport Pro-Am

The Rusty, Smith, and Surfside Sports Newport Pro-Am was held over the weekend of September 15¿17 at 56th Street in Newport Beach, California. The surf in Newport was at its best with four- to six-foot plus, point-break style lefts and glassy conditions throughout the entire weekend.

The following are the results:

Open Men’s Pro-Am 1. Chris Drummy ($1,000) 2. Jeff Deffenbaugh ($500) 3. Mike Hoisington ($300 4. Layne Harrison ($200)

Rusty/Smith Airshow1. Troy Tecklenburg ($2,000)2. Shawn Barron ($900)3. Mark Caffey ($500)4. Jason Collins ($300)

High School 1.Dane Reynolds 2.Travis Mellem 3.Ian Rotgans 4. Darrel Goodrum 5. Shawn Ward 6. Micheal Nitti Middle School1. Dane Gadauskas2. Pat Gadauskas3. Chad Compton4. Dominic Defo5. Michael Taras6. Brad Burdick

Elementary School1. Allan Kincade2. Skip Beckley3. Dane Zaun4.Logan Shook5.Andrew Doheny6.Kyle Kennelly

Surfing Girls (Fifteen and Under) 1. Anstasia Ashley 2. Ellen Slelick 3. Erica Hossenini 4. Britany Rowe 5. Vanessa Scouton 6. Amy Lowery

Surfing Girls (Sixteen and over)1.Heather Pine2.Jennifer Bellshaw3.Cathy Norman4.Daniell Dickerson5.Marlena Grillo6.Nicole Deleon

The Billabong Pro At TrestlesIrons wins as Sunny gets closer.

After a week full of inconsistent surf, the final day of competition of the Billabong Pro at Trestles in San Clemente, California finally gave everyone what the contest was brought there for¿waves. From the first heat on, there was never any real shortage of excitement. Although it may have seemed dead at times, the three- to five-foot surf gave Andy Irons plenty to work with to take the gold over Jake Paterson.

Looking tentative at first, Irons grabbed a hold of both the momentum and his rail when he busted a frontside reverse at a very critical moment for an 8.75. Needing a 7.71, Paterson tried to come back with the same maneuver, but only received a 6.95. There was nothing Jake could do¿the heat went to Andy. “I had to break the ice and catch a few waves,” said Irons. “It’s been a while since I’ve been in a final. I was catching waves and feeling my board out.

“I was just trying to go out there and have fun. I know Jake has won many ‘CTs already. I was just trying to go out there, catch my waves, and do my thing. I’m stoked.”

Not visibly upset after a quarterfinal loss to Paterson, current ratings-leader Sunny Garcia isn’t worried because he knows he’s in control of the ratings: “For me, I’m gonna have some fun. From what I understand, Luke needs a first and a second and Jake’s gonna need two firsts in the next two events. To get two finals in a row is pretty hard, and that’s assuming I lose in the first round¿which isn’t gonna happen. I’ve got some good boards. I feel good, I’m gonna take a break. I’ll go to Brazil and hopefully finish those guys off.”¿A.C.

Billabong Pro Results1.Andy Irons2.Jake Paterson3. (tie) Guillerme Herdy, Shea Lopez5. (tie) Sunny Garcia, Taj Burrow, Fabio Gouveia, Shane Powell

Current Ratings After The Billabong Pro1. Sunny Garcia7,040 points2. Luke Egan6,2003. Jake Paterson5,790 4. C.J. Hobgood5,6605. Rob Machado5,6106. Mick Campbell5,5307. Shane Dorian5,5108. Shea Lopez5,3909. Taj Burrow5,33010. Flavio Padaratz5,250at its best with four- to six-foot plus, point-break style lefts and glassy conditions throughout the entire weekend.

The following are the results:

Open Men’s Pro-Am 1. Chris Drummy ($1,000) 2. Jeff Deffenbaugh ($500) 3. Mike Hoisington ($300 4. Layne Harrison ($200)

Rusty/Smith Airshow1. Troy Tecklenburg ($2,000)2. Shawn Barron ($900)3. Mark Caffey ($500)4. Jason Collins ($300)

High School 1.Dane Reynolds 2.Travis Mellem 3.Ian Rotgans 4. Darrel Goodrum 5. Shawn Ward 6. Micheal Nitti Middle School1. Dane Gadauskas2. Pat Gadauskas3. Chad Compton4. Dominic Defo5. Michael Taras6. Brad Burdick

Elementary School1. Allan Kincade2. Skip Beckley3. Dane Zaun4.Logan Shook5.Andrew Doheny6.Kyle Kennelly

Surfing Girls (Fifteen and Under) 1. Anstasia Ashley 2. Ellen Slelick 3. Erica Hossenini 4. Britany Rowe 5. Vanessa Scouton 6. Amy Lowery

Surfing Girls (Sixteen and over)1.Heather Pine2.Jennifer Bellshaw3.Cathy Norman4.Daniell Dickerson5.Marlena Grillo6.Nicole Deleon

The Billabong Pro At TrestlesIrons wins as Sunny gets closer.

After a week full of inconsistent surf, the final day of competition of the Billabong Pro at Trestles in San Clemente, California finally gave everyone what the contest was brought there for¿waves. From the first heat on, there was never any real shortage of excitement. Although it may have seemed dead at times, the three- to five-foot surf gave Andy Irons plenty to work with to take the gold over Jake Paterson.

Looking tentative at first, Irons grabbed a hold of both the momentum and his rail when he busted a frontside reverse at a very critical moment for an 8.75. Needing a 7.71, Paterson tried to come back with the same maneuver, but only received a 6.95. There was nothing Jake could do¿the heat went to Andy. “I had to break the ice and catch a few waves,” said Irons. “It’s been a while since I’ve been in a final. I was catching waves and feeling my board out.

“I was just trying to go out there and have fun. I know Jake has won many ‘CTs already. I was just trying to go out there, catch my waves, and do my thing. I’m stoked.”

Not visibly upset after a quarterfinal loss to Paterson, current ratings-leader Sunny Garcia isn’t worried because he knows he’s in control of the ratings: “For me, I’m gonna have some fun. From what I understand, Luke needs a first and a second and Jake’s gonna need two firsts in the next two events. To get two finals in a row is pretty hard, and that’s assuming I lose in the first round¿which isn’t gonna happen. I’ve got some good boards. I feel good, I’m gonna take a break. I’ll go to Brazil and hopefully finish those guys off.”¿A.C.

Billabong Pro Results1.Andy Irons2.Jake Paterson3. (tie) Guillerme Herdy, Shea Lopez5. (tie) Sunny Garcia, Taj Burrow, Fabio Gouveia, Shane Powell

Current Ratings After The Billabong Pro1. Sunny Garcia7,040 points2. Luke Egan6,2003. Jake Paterson5,790 4. C.J. Hobgood5,6605. Rob Machado5,6106. Mick Campbell5,5307. Shane Dorian5,5108. Shea Lopez5,3909. Taj Burrow5,33010. Flavio Padaratz5,250