Kostenloser versand mit dem code VLCM

Leticia is back!

Here's a nice interview that Surfemme Magazine did with our surfer Leticia Canales about her come back after a knee injury. Check it out to know more about how she felt about being injured and also her goals for the future! As the real article is in Spanish, we’ve taken the liberty to translate it to English for all you non-Spanish speakers.

letisurf9web

Leticia Canales is back after recovering from a knee injury. Considering that she currently is at about 20% of her surfing capabilities, we are confident that through her motivation, effort and passion for surfing and competitions, she will soon be at 120%. China is a first step, the next one: the European Championship.

Leticia, what happened to you? How did you get hurt?

It may be a coincidence, but all knee injuries I had happened on a 14th and this was now the third one and took place on August 14th, 2014. I was surfing, I heard a crack and I thought, "Well, it's over." We went to the doctor and he said it was a sprain but I could not straighten my leg.

I went to physio for a month and a half, and even then I couldn’t stretch the leg; the doctors who treated me were worried about the diagnosis and decided to open the knee after all kinds of tests that weren’t working.

When opening they found that I had a torn meniscus from which came a "thread" that wouldn’t let me straighten the knee. They also realized my knee was really worn out.

They finally operated on me on October 20th and I then began physio until the 16th of December (2014). Now I’m “free”, but that doesn’t mean it’s cured. The doctors told me that the surfing will come back gradually and so that's what I’m doing, gradually getting back into it.

 

Do you think that the knee injury was the result of intensive training and high-level competition?

I don’t think so, if the injury had been made while doing physical training itself then perhaps we could blame the excessive training but the truth is that I was fine, I would say at the best level I have ever been.

I remember after the Sopela Championships, I felt really bad not to win and so the week after I surfed really bad. Just the day of the accident I surfed very well again with my coach and he said "Leti’s finally back!" And it happened in the third wave... it can happen to any surfer.

 

You were good and you had a good season, how have you been psychologically relative to surgery?

When I got hurt, I knew I would be absent for two months and my chances of using my "Wild Cards" was almost zero. At the beginning, I took it badly because I was going to miss the season, I had a feeling of great impotence because I was hurt when I had the best opportunities: Wildcard in Hossegor, Wildcard in Pantin,..

But I have received a lot of support from my coach Aritza Saratxaga, Volcom, my family, all the children in the Skola Peña Txuri that I train ... so I felt cared about.

 

And how did the campaign # ÁnimoLeti come about? Have you actually been encouraged?

(Her twin sister Loyola Canales started this campaign to encourage Leticia in her recovery.)

Yeah!! It turns out that my insurance has lagged far behind: I was injured in August and I had to wait for late September. The reason for  #AnimoLeti was that in that moment everything went wrong: I had no physio sessions; they were not going to do my surgery... I hit the bottom psychologically. Then my sister Loyola invented this campaign and it’s been great because I have not only been supported by people surfing, but the people from hockey, people from other regions ... The next day I was walking in the street and everyone gave me courage. Like a new life!!

letisurf1web

Now that you have finished your physical training, what is the most immediate goal you fixed you?

I only have three weeks between my comeback and the first competition, the QS in China. My goal is to get back to where I was, but I know it will not happen in three weeks. My goal in China is simply to score some points, because I lost my ranking from last year, so I'm going to attack from below. So little time has passed since my comeback I don’t think I will be at more than 20% of my ability, I can’t expect miracles.

The results I’ve made are from the work and training. I train everyday, but do not expecting results. China to me is like a pre-season and in April I intend to do the juniors. My annual goal is to do what I could not do during 2014 European Championship, which is be in the top 3, European QS, with the choice to go to selection for European and World Junior. I would do all possible QS to make my points, but it depends on the money as well.

 

Speaking of "money", now you're in the campaign of the daily sports magazine Marca "Patrocínalos." How did it happen?

My coach and I are always looking for online sponsorship opportunities on the world circuit, because it is something very expensive. I have two great friends, Rocío and Lucia, in the selection of Hockey and they are also on this platform, so they encouraged me. Here crowdfunding, especially in sports, do not have much success, but the positive side is that it gives you a lot of visibility and gradually people know you and they get to know competitive surfing.

Being there is always good, the magazine Marca only asks me to have a realistic project. I recently participated in a shoot for Marca Estilo with makeup, lights... it was a very interesting experience. This opened the door to other experiences like this.

10904878_10152987703179231_533911144_n

Do you think media like Marca can help visualize surfing not just a fad but as a competitive sport and for you as an athlete?

During the 2011 European Championship, which took place in Ireland I was in Marca when I qualified for the final. It is good to get out in such sport newspapers. Marca is one of the most read newspapers... On TV, I see surfing all the time in advertisements; cars with surfboards on the roof... but these brands don’t support the sport itself or the athletes, which they could.

I’I think this type of surf mode is a bit of hallucination: you sell a sport like fashion, like tourism, but no support besides that and some need the money to reach their goals within this sport.

 

Now for those fitness goals: being so long out of the water, what kind of training did you follow to minimize the lack of surfing?

As soon as I removed the staples of the operation I did swimming, lots of swimming, walking and lots of biking. Two weeks after the operation, I started massages and physio exercises that tortured me; I had never felt such pain!! (laughs) but I started here in Peña Txuri with my physical trainer (Aitor Santiesteban) and my surf coach (Aritza Saratxaga) to coordinate all exercises.

To keep fit I exercised with rubber bands and swam a lot. About 3000 meters in the pool. If I hadn’t done that, I couldn’t be at this level when I started surfing again.

 

How was your comeback to surfing?

The first day I went surfing, it was fatal: I had sore ribs and I had trouble reaching the peak. That day, the waves were huge and after four months without feeling that... I was afraid, to say the truth! (Laughs). My coach pushed me to just take the whitewater at first and the second wave I got up. Normally, sessions are short, from one hour to one and a half, but as I went to Mundaka to train and felt good, I stayed over three hours. All the people I saw there told me "Great Leti, you're back!!” I am happy to surf again, but my surfing’s not back yet.

My mother always reminds me that I have to study because I might hurt myself and all the doctors told me "Every athlete gets injured and it’s always when they are at their best", but they also said they most times become stronger, so I’m sticking with it. "I will return and surf better”.

Aktuelle Nachrichten + Videos

Skate
Luxembourg Grand Opening Skatepark
Luxembourg wrapped up construction on a new outdoor, concrete skatepark called Peitruss Skatepark and its HUGE! The Volcom Belgium team was invited to skate some demo's at it's grand opening party, the sun was out and 1500 poeple came down to catch the action. Jonathan Vlerick, Yeelen Moens and Axel Cruysbergs were killing it as usual, check out a few pictures.
Surf
William Aliotti wins the Arica Pro Tour in Chile
What an incredible trip in South America for the free surfer, William Aliotti who just won the WQS 1500 of Arica. Photo Credit : WSL The young french surfer was traveling in Chile with Seb Zanella, Desillusion’s chef editor, to work on his new coming project. Photos Credit : Seb Zanella/Nixon William had the opportunity to be in the draw of the first WSL contest he competed this year, and everything turned like a dream. Heat after heat, William showed incredible surf skills in heavy conditions, scoring big numbers. The final was the high point of William’s trip, where he earned a 10 point ride and the respect of the crowd ! Photos Credit : Seb Zanella/Nixon "Arica is incredible; the waves are always big and powerful, and it's consistent with any kind of swell. The people are great, the food is delicious and I had a great time here!  The waves have been amazing every day and that's the reason why I do these events. I was trying to build my scores throughout the event and I finally did that with the 10 at the end. I drove up here from Santiago and have been surfing the whole way. Those days in France when it was massive helped me a lot to feel confident in this kind of waves and I’m now over the moon with this victory! »    Photos Credit : Seb Zanella/Nixon Congrats again William! Stay tuned to discover William’s new clip, filmed and edited by Desillusion Mag. Photos Credit : Seb Zanella/Nixon  
Surf
Sumbawa, Indonesia – Welcome To Water (Ep.3)
Episode 3 of our Welcome To Water video series dives into the beautiful island of Sumbawa in Indonesia with Balaram Stack, Parker Coffin, Imai Devault, and Noah Schweizer as they tackle a rippable right and find a sneaky little left slab to spend their Indonesia days for a few weeks. The guys also wandered through the neighboring forest and stumbled upon an epic waterfall w/ a swing! Peep the video (above) and let us know your thoughts in the comments below! Check out Surfline's full-feature photo journal from this trip: http://volcomindo.surfline.com/ Welcome To Water - Video series Episode 1 - "Big Waves and Heavy Barrels in Hawaii" Episode 2 - "Proving Maui"
Product
Volcom Launches 'Volcom Stone Made' With Release of FW16 Jeans and Chinos Collection
Today, Volcom introduces the Volcom Stone Made design philosophy with the launch of their FW16 Jeans and Chinos collection. Meticulously engineered for life on the road, Volcom Stone Made products feature the highest quality materials with groundbreaking technology integrated at the fiber level and an unparalleled attention to detail resulting in some of the most profound products in the market today. Designed in collaboration with Volcom's world-renown skate team and working with America’s foremost manufacturer of high quality denim, Cone Denim®, Volcom Stone Made jeans feature one or more of the following attributes; "Superior Stretch" with Cone's S GENE® technology, "Anti-Microbial" for stopping the stench of odor-causing bacteria, "Durability" for enhanced resistance to tears and abrasions, and "Water Resistance" for increased liquid and stain repellency. With 2016 marking Volcom's 25th year as America's first boarding company and Cone Denim® celebrating their 125th year milestone as America's premiere denim maker, the timing was right for the two companies to come together to bring to market first an unprecedented collection of performance stretch denim jeans. Included in the Volcom Stone Made collection is Volcom's exclusive introduction of "Anti-Microbial" stretch denim woven by Cone, as well as enhanced "Durability" through the use of CONESTRONG™, and "Water Resistance" via the application of CONEgard™. Staying true to this philosophy, Volcom's venerable chinos program also received the Volcom Stone Made treatment with the introduction of two new styles: the Gritter and the Stranger. Boasting similar "Anti-Microbial," "Durability" and "Water Resistance" attributes as Volcom jeans, these chinos are built to wear easier and last longer. Designed for Skateboarding, Recommended for Life. Taking a cleaner approach to the brand's timeless style of jeans and chinos, Volcom has streamlined their fits across the entire pants category and elevated the performance features on every pair of jeans. With their deep roots in skateboarding and using history as a guide, Volcom has taken the last 25 years of designing pants and scrutinized and modernized every last detail to create a line of jeans and chinos made from high quality materials and construction methods while maintaining the key signature details they've become known for. Every pair of Volcom jeans features felled interior stitching and clean finished pocket bags for added comfort and less chafing, nearly indestructible buckle button closure and upgraded dual finish hardware for increased durability, a hidden phone pocket and double belt loops for convenient utility, while the asymmetrical detail of the offset back yoke and the "V" belt loop remain uniquely Volcom.
Skate
Opening Session at Belharra DIY
WATCH VIDEO HERE It took two weeks of hard work under a blazing sun for Romain Covolan and a good team of buddies to build a new piece of concrete right on the street of Volcom Europe HQ in Anglet, France. Thanks to SOMA skate mag who organized an opening session and speed up the construction process with their deadline, the DIY spot got shredded and celebrated properly, check out their article about it here. (Video frame grab to click on and redirects to soma’s article) Special thanks to Covo, SOMA, Guillaume Guénée, Element, Volcom for the concrete and the logistics, Nils Inne and everyone else who helped out. SOMA’s report : http://www.somaskate.com/la-session-au-belharra-diy/
Product
Costa Rica's Gold - Surf Team Goes South!
So we took a trip to Costa Rica to shoot our all-new Fall boardshorts & swimwear collections, and instead of ending the story right now with "and the rest is history," we'd like to give you a little insight into our majestic journey to the rugged Central American country. Enter Balaram Stack, Coco Ho, Nate Tyler, Maud Le Car, Ryan Burch, Quincy Davis, and Andrew "Droid" Doheny. Picture a desolate rainforest and narrow unstructured dirt roads echoed by a variety of bird chips and animal calls only to be triumphed by thoughts racing through your head of "where's the beach and how fast can we get there." 3,400+ miles from the nearest home in California, obvious transplants (no help from Balaram & Droid's bleached hair), and a crew full of expensive surfboards and camera equipment is your scene. photos by Tom Carey Quickly finding the way to our newly-found two-week home w/ an epic pool inside a quaint little village, we linked up with local legend Tony Roberts who is a mastermind that paved the way for the community down here by designing skateparks and running various surf tours. After ripping through some fun spots inside the village, and getting weird in the neighboring jungle, we hopped on a friend's boat and made our voyage to the famous Witch's Rock. For any surfer, Witch's is a bucket list mission and our journey there was one for the books! Witch's Rock Our goal was to shoot the team in our new boardshorts and swimwear collections, get some rad action shots, explore the land, and simply have a good time on this journey through a quest for spiritual intoxication. And we got that. But we got more, a lot more. Take a ride with us through a captivating feel-good photo book from our Costa Rican adventure: Droid: pro surfer, pro model.  Maud Le Car (left)Coco Ho (center)Quincy Davis (right) Coco Ho Ryan Burch w/ one of his hand-shaped mystical twin fins Quincy Davis (left)Coco Ho (middle)Maud Le Car (right) Quincy Davis       Buddies Oh hey, Quincy Droid rips! Once Balaram goes underwater, weird things happen (keep scrolling for more eerie photos of Balaram underwater)   Nate Tyler Quincy Davis photo by Brian BielmannRyan Burch (left)Nate Tyler (right) Maud Le Car (left)Quincy Davis (right) Maud Le Car ...and here begins the pool shenanigans w/ Burch, Balaram and Droid Balaram likes his peace and quiet Droid wanted to hang w/ Balaram so he came down to sing him a song. "Hello darkness my old friend..." Balaram Stack: Resin Swirl Tee + Liberation Slinger boardshorts Droid Balaram Stack & Ryan Burch Ryan Burch (left)Andrew Doheny (right): This dude in the background is kinda creepin' us out. Andrew Doheny trying to escape Costa Rica     Maud Le Car, Quincy Davis, Coco Ho - Volcom Women's Surf Balaram, Burch, Droid, beach huttin' Balaram on his transcontinental journey