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CARVER FRANCE SUMMER TOUR 2017 RECAP

Carver France’s Summer Tour 2017 has just come to a close,  thanks so much to everyone that joined us along the way! The tour kicked off with a launch party at La Surferie in Paris – the community came out in full force to support the tour, and good vibes were shared all around.

 

The Tour began with thirteen stops on the West Coast of France, before finishing up with seven stops down in the Mediterranean (entire tour schedule below). People came out and met the team, checked out new product, and of course had an awesome skate session at each stop. From tarp surfing to an entire family shredding together, there was no shortage of action to go around. French legend Vincent Duvignac dropped by the stop in Mimizan, to work on his tandem riding with his young son – see video below.

Check out moments from the Tour below:

Vibes in Paris at the Tour kick-off party, at La Surferie.

The subtleties that make your board, your board.

The French definitely know how to throw together a spread.

Shredding in Paris.

Shutting down the bar in Paris – congrats to the winners, and thanks to everyone who came out to the party.

Slalom at sunset.

Dialing-in his snap.

The C2.4 is similar to the fins on your surfboard, so make it feel how you want it to!

Kris from Carver France helping to find the perfect setup.

Watch out for this Carver Crew – thanks for coming out girls.

The family that skates together stays together.

Start ’em young.

Eyeing up that backside attack.

Absolutely shacked.

French legend Vincent Duvignac showing his son the ropes.

Frothing for the weeks to come. Thanks to everyone that came out this year!

All photos by Mathieu de Michiel (@mathieudemichiel)

CARVER FRANCE SUMMER TOUR 2017 SCHEDULE

Côte Ouest:
03/07 – Pornichet / Ride ALL
04/07 – La Roche sur yon / Mika surf shop
05/07 – La rochelle / Neway
06/07 – Royan / Neway
07/07 – Montalivet / barik surfshop
08/07 – Bordeaux / Customind (matin)
08/07 – Biscarosse / Sea, Surf and Sun (après-midi)
09/07 – Mimizan / Endless Summer
10/07 – Messanges / Desert Point
11/07 – Seignosse / LA
12/07 – Soorts / South Central
13/07 – Biarritz / More and Less
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Méditerranée :
22/07 – Perpignan / LATEST IRC
23/07 – Leucate / Surf One
24/07 – Palavas the waves / Palawai Moana
25/07 – Grau Du ROI / sup rising
26/07 – Martigues / hotmer
27/07 – Marseille / Kulture (morning)
27/07 – Six Four / Bob Corner (après-midi)

#LIVEAUTHENTIC WITH TYLER HATZIKIAN

Hands-down an undisputed style master and shaper, Tyler Hatzikian’s childhood passion was race cars. As a child, Tyler’s reward for finishing all of his chores around the house was going to the track with his dad – the sooner he finished, the sooner he’d get to go watch his idols put 650 horsepower from a 1200 pound bare-bones sprint car into the dirt. For comparison, NASCAR race cars have roughly the same horsepower, but almost 3-times the weight – needless to say these sprint cars are a bit trimmer on body fat, and have the speed and torque to show for it.

Enjoy this short film by Jason Baffa for the ZIOBAFFA #LIVEAUTHENTIC series on Tyler and his passion for sprint cars and tradition.

CARVER PRO NETANYA | ISRAEL 2017

On June 19, 2017, Carver Israel hosted the Carver Pro Netanya. As expected, it was blistering hot in the summer sun but that did not deter Israeli surfskaters one bit – water and hats were welcomed. The city was out in full force, with hundreds of spectators checking out the action. The contest was comprised of three divisions – a U14 and U18 on the Mens’ side, and this was the first event with a dedicated Open Womens’ division. Everyone was hyped to watch the girls rip and push their limits. The format was broken up into heats, with each rider having a 45 second Run to tear it up on the course, presented with an averaged score from the judging panel. The Netanya Skatepark is a transition-rich park almost meant for riding Carver, perfect for surfskate flow, but also has some gnarlier sections for riders to really put on a show.

Carver Israel’s Team represented, gracing viewers with an Expression Session with riders Omer Shoval, Amir Refaeli, Roni Galili, and Roni Garusi. Thanks to the local legends and team riders who sat on the judges panel, Michael Galansky for hosting, and Mickey Kook / Kook International for throwing an epic event.

Enjoy some coverage from the event below:

The Netanya Skatepark’s transition and flow helped contestants bring surfskate performance to the next level.

Impress these ones if you want the score! Thanks to the judges for doing their thing.

Makin’ it through da bracket!

Contest vibes – the locals were out in full force, despite the blistering heat.

USA SURFING CHAMPIONSHIPS 2017

The 2017 USA Surfing Championships just wrapped up on June 22, 2017 at Lower Trestles in San Onofre State Park, San Clemente, CA.  Over 200 of the nation’s best young surfers threw down for four days at the cobblestone beach just south of San Clemente. The waves were pumping, the surfers were ripping, and the competition was fierce.

This was also a big day for the organization – during the awards ceremony, USA Surfing announced it would be the National Governing Body for surfing in the United States, granting leadership by the United States Olympic Committee. This status solidifies USA Surfing’s authority as the organization responsible for developing and fielding the first U.S. Surf Team when Surfing makes its debut in the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

The weather opened up for the final day down at Lowers. Photo: Sean Evans/Water Works Media

The beloved Lowers ‘rock dance.’ Photo: Sean Evans/Water Works Media

Luana Silva ripping into a Lowers right. Photo: Sean Evans/Water Works Media

Today’s drone technology, giving us a new perspective on surfing. Photo: Sean Evans/Water Works Media

Results from the Championships:

GIRLS U12
1. Bettylou Sakura Johnson, HI
2. Ewe Wong, HI
3. Sawyer Lindblad, CA
4. Caitlin Simmers, CA

BOYS U12
1. Kai Martin, HI
2. Hayden Rodgers, CA
3. Lucas Owston, CA
4. Shion Crawford, HI

GIRLS U14
1. Alyssa Spencer, CA
2. Leila Riccobuano, HI
3. Luana Silva, HI
4. Caitlin Simmers, CA

BOYS U14
1. Jackson Bunch, HI
2. Robert Grilho III, HI
3. Taj Lindblad, CA
4. Levi Slawson, CA

GIRLS U16:
1. Gabriela Bryan, HI
2. Samantha Sibley, CA
3. Caroline Marks, FL
4. Keala Tomoda Bannert, HI

BOYS U16
1. Crosby Colapinto, CA
2. Brodi Sale, HI
3. Wyatt McHale, HI
4. Sage Tutterow, HI

GIRLS U18
1. Summer Macedo, HI
2. Gabriela Bryan, HI
3. Caroline Marks, FL
4. Savanna Stone, HI

BOYS U18
1. Cole Houshmand, CA
2. Cody Young, HI
3. Finn McGill, HI
4. Ryland Rubens, CA

SUP SURF DIVISIONS

GIRLS U18 SUP SURF
1. Scarlett Schremmer
2. Lexi Alston
3. Kali’a Alexiou
4. Kitsy Nipper

BOYS U18 SUP SURF
1. Noa Hopper
2. Gavin Mencinsky
3. Haakon Hoyer-Nielsen
4. Tyler Bashor

MEN/WOMEN 40+ SUP SURF
1. Derek Hamasaki
2. Jason Shanks
3. Tyler Callaway
4. Alisa Cairns

OPEN WOMEN SUP SURF
1. Izzi Gomez
2. Emmy Merrill
3. Candice Appleby
4. Lexi Alston

OPEN MEN SUP SURF
1. Sean Poynter
2. Giorgio Gomez
3. Daniel Hughes
4. Fisher Grant

LONGBOARD DIVISIONS

GIRLS U18 LONGBOARD
1. Soleil Errico
2. Sally Cohen
3. Mason Schremmer
4. Kalina Jones

BOYS U18 LONGBOARD
1. Trevor Anderberg
2. Ethan Mudge
3. Cole Quinlan
4. Ryan Conklin

MEN 18+ LONGBOARD
1. Fritz Belmoro
2. Kyle Sumer
3. Richard Judalena
4. Jonathan Cahn

MEN 40+ LONGBOARD
1. Richard Judalena
2. Andrea Derizans
3. Jorge Barba
4. Ronny Crumby

ADAPTIVE DIVISIONS

AS1 STAND/KNEEL
1. Tyler Dixon (USA Adaptive Team)
2. Rodney Roller (USA Adaptive Team)
3. Ryan Gambrell
4. Thomas Counihan

AS2 STAND/KNEEL, AK AMPUTEES
1. Colin Cook
2. Dani Burt (USA Adaptive Team)

AS3 WAVESKI
1. Jeff Munson (USA Adaptive Team)
2. Chris Oberle
3. Alana Nichols (USA Adaptive Team)
4. Charles Webb

AS4 PRONE
1. Christiaan Otter Bailey (USA Adaptive Team)
2. Jacob Pacheco
3. Zachary Tapec
4. Spike Kane

AS5 ASSIST
1. Jeff Andrews (USA Adaptive Team)
2.Brock Johnson
3. CC Roberts
4. Jesse Billauer

AS6 VISUALLY IMPAIRED
1. Scott Leason (USA Adaptive Team)

TANDEM
1. Terrel Rawson

18+ SHORTBOARD DIVISIONS

MEN 18-29
1. Chad Clifton, CA
2. Jonathan Cahn, NY
3. Cody Solomon, HI
4. Brett Staska, FL

WOMEN 18+
1. Haley Watson, FL
2. Salome Abeger, FL
3. Alicya Simmons, FL

SENIOR MEN 40-49
1. Rick Takahashi, CA
2. Scott Shimoda, HI
3. Kelly De Rivero, FL
4. Adrien Berry CA

MASTERS 30-39
1. Pedro Todaro, CA
2. Aaron Witt, HI
3. Tyler Volpe, VA
4. Sean Rice, VA

LEGENDS 50+
1. Neil Bern, CA
2. Lance Albright, CA
3. Jeff Jesse, CA
4. Brett William Jordan, CA

NO MATTER WHAT

We had the chance to catch up with Carver rider and South African Adaptive Surf Team member, Bruce Campbell.

CARVER: Where are you from?

BRUCE CAMPBELL: A little landlocked country in the middle of Africa, called Zimbabwe. Then I moved from Zimbabwe down to Cape Town in South Africa, this which is where I found out about surfing, and figured out that was what I
wanted to do.

CARVER: When did you start skating?

BRUCE CAMPBELL: I started skating outside the workshop at the boarding school I went to. The skateboards then were your sister’s old roller skates pulled apart and nailed to the deck.

Then I went down to Cape Town in South Africa and that’s where skating took off for me – we got a hold of some decent boards, and there was no stopping. When there was no surf, we’d be on our skateboards, bro. And that led to the natural progression of taking skating to surfing!

CARVER: So how did you get involved with Carver?

BRUCE CAMPBELL: Well that’s kind of a cool story. Living in Durban, I got myself a really nice surfboard from local shaping legend, Spider Murphy. We were chatting and Spider was telling me about these new skateboards he was getting in and that I should try one. I hadn’t skateboarded in a while, brought a Carver down to the beach and I was hooked, bro. Carver came up with probably the best design in skateboards since skateboards! You took the old trucks and changed them a bit and that makes all the difference for surfers.

CARVER: Would you mind sharing more about what happened to you?

BRUCE CAMPBELL: Sweet, so yeah how I became an adaptive surfer. I was young and dumb and showing off to my mates on a rock-face during a climb. Gravity took over, I went down, my legs broke with the fall, and smashed them up pretty bad. Doctors did all they could to try to save them, so we were able to save the left one, but the right one had to be taken off just below the knee. I still have my knee joint which is a huge bonus. Surfing with all these other adaptive surfers has taught me one thing,; I’m lucky bro, really lucky, there’s always somebody worse off than you. Don’t feel pity for yourself, just enjoy life!

So I went back to Cape Town, saw everyone surfing, and I knew I had to get back into the water. Back in the ’90’s, prosthetics weren’t that great, so it took me a while to find a leg that worked nicely in the water. I tried surfing a couple of times and couldn’t get it right with the leg I had on. So I took to the rivers, did a little bit of whitewater kayaking, and then the whitewater really wanted my leg and wanted to rip it off. I then went back to Durban with a kayaking mate to surf, and I was hooked again. The nice thing is that with Carver, with no waves, it’s a great way to get back on a board.

SOUL HANDS ART & SURFSKATE FESTIVAL: CARVER CONTEST

On May 14th, in Remini Torre Pedrera, Italy, the first Soul Hands Carver Contest took place at Soul Hands Art & Surfskate Festival. This is a fun, good vibes festival devoted to showcasing Italian and Californian surf culture including art, surfboards, skateboards, food, music and more. The turnout was great, the weather was epic, and the surfskating was even better!

Carver Team Rider Edoardo Papa put on a show of smooth surfskating, translating his stylish maneuvers from his own wave bank in Pescara to the Rimini Whitezu ramp, taking home the win and the big check.

Check out a few moments from the festival:

Carver Distributor Angelo Zambito and Team Rider Edoardo Papa

FESTIVAL VIBES

BOARDROOM SHOW 2017: CARVER WAVE BANK

On May 6-7, ambulance The Boardroom show took place down at Del Mar Fairgrounds. In spite of the cold, stomach windy and raining conditions that threatened to derail the entire event, ask the turnout was amazing and the energy was electric, with thousands of surfing aficionados watching the Icons of Foam competition, perusing their favorite shaper’s booths, sharing surf culture, enjoying food, music and shredding the Carver Wave Bank.

Boardroom Show was the first event to unveil the Carver Wave Bank complete with both bowl ends. The bowl ends on the Wave Bank provide for an even more representative surfing experience, taking transition surfskating and introducing a circular flow for continuous frontside and backside cutbacks. By surfskating on transition similar to the shape of a rippable wave, you can dial-in your technique and fundamentals with a more realistic surfing simulation. We were stoked to see some familiar faces from events past, and were even more floored to see the progression that ensued.

This year’s Icons of Foam Tribute honored Al Merrick, the legendary Channel Islands Surfboard founder and shaper who needs little introduction. The shape-off competition featured 11 shapers all attempting to replicate a classic Kelly Slater surfboard, his ‘Magic Slipper’ surfboard from the 1990’s. In the end, Rex Marechal of New South Wales, Australia claimed top honors.

Thanks for coming out, and we’ll see you next year!

THE AHI ON RED BULL TV’S CREATORS OF TOMORROW

You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, rx build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.

– R. Buckminster Fuller

We could not be more proud to be working alongside Bureo on The Ahi recycled skateboard deck through their Net Positivaprogram. Making skateboards from ocean pollution is a dream come true, and working with such forward thinking people has set an example for all of us. It is inspiring to see this group of brilliant, young and motivated individuals confident enough to leave their financially-secure corporate jobs after recognizing the potential their movement has to change our world and oceans. And through creative thinking and innovative engineering, their movement has grown beyond what we could have ever imagined!

Several years in the making, we are stoked to finally present the full story of Bureo and The Ahi, as told by the Bureo and Carver founders, via RedBull TV’s Creators of Tomorrow video concept: