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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.

 

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.

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.

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 our team manager always brings kites on trips. Here Noa helps it take flight.

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.

Alex Botelho can shred the small stuff when he’s not paddling 50 foot Nazare.

Our first day was beautiful with 80 degree weather, 3 foot wedges and a cliff side cafe that sold 1 Euro beers. Life is good.

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, Ryan Burch and Noa Deane use the natural frame for a portrait in Portugal.

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.

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.

Willy Aliota halfway throught a full rotator.

Charly Quivront was like the grom of the trip. But he's a feisty one.

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.

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. Sometimes too much.

Willy always having a good time.

Noa is a creature.

Noa is a creature.

Alex is the gnarliest charger in his parts. But you wouldn't know it from talking to him.

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 comps, got three of the best tubes of his life at The Cave and hung out with us, which is a feat in itself.

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.

We roll deep.

Ryan Burch and his infectious laugh.

Ryan Burch and his infectious laugh.

Style for days. Burch floating on his twinny.

Style for days. Burch floating on his twinny.

Burch again throwing it up for the crowd.

Burch again throwing it up for the crowd.

Afternoon beers were the norm.

Afternoon beers were the norm.

Willy rocks. And he likes rocks. Put them together and you have

Willy rocks. And he likes rocks. Put them together and you have...

Burch always the gentleman and scholar.

Burch, always the gentleman and scholar.

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