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Volcom Snow proudly welcomes Erik 'Kire' Karlsson from Sweden and Levi Luggen from Switzerland to the team

Erik "Kire" Karlsson is a big guy from northern Sweden that seems to be missing the word "fear" from his vocabulary. He's been on our and particularly Volcom US' radar for quite a while. Kire is one the most progressive riders urban riders in Europe and has delivered some outstanding video parts over the last years.. Kire will rep the HR&S line exclusively and teaming up with Pat Moore to film for Pat's upcoming movie is his no1 priority this winter..

Check out Kire's latest video part from "Scandalnavians" here: 

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Erik 'Kire' Karlsson | Pic by Kuske

Levi Luggen is also a big guy from a little town. Hailing from Brig in Wallis, southern Switzerland, he speaks one of the hardest-to understand Swiss-German dialects out there. Levi has been affiliated with Volcom since he was 13, first a a shop kid, then on the Swiss team and now, 10 years down the road, we are thrilled to finally welcome him to the Euro Team, after dominating the Euro magazines for years... Levi is a back country/big mountain specialist, wearing primarily our GPT line… This winter he is filming with True Colors again.

Check out Levi's latest video part here: 

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Levi Luggen | Pics by Silvano Zeiter

Levi Luggen | Pics by Silvano Zeiter

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Events
Sommerfest Volcom Store Munich
Last week the Volcom Store Munich once again celebrated its annual Sommerfest in the backyard of the shop. While customers ran down the store inside, spectators were able to grab a free Bratwurst, fish some goodies in the classy duck pool or simply hang out and enjoy cold brews and Jägerbombs. Through and through lucky customers and smiling faces left us with good feeling to come back next year! Thanks again to Maxlrainer and Jägermeister for providing tons of refreshments, and also to all the people who came by showing so much love for Volcom.
Music
Week 15: Easy Love "The Echo" | Volcom Cyber Singles Club
Burger Records x Volcom present Cyber Singles Club, features music from the newest breed of Burger Records stars in the making, recorded exclusively at Volcom Studio, and will be released for free download & streaming every Monday for 20 weeks beginning April 17th. Week 15: Easy Love - "The Echo"   Grab the free download Justine Brown was already known as the great drummer and vocalist in her sister Chelsea's band, Summer Twins, when she formed Easy Love. "I started Easy Love about two years ago when I started writing my own songs," says Justine. "Now I have a live band and I recorded an album and released it with Burger." Justine played all the instruments on Easy Love's self-titled debut album that was released in February. Justine's relationship with Burger Records goes back practically to the beginning. "We used to play with Sean and Lee's band, Thee Makeout Party," explains Justine. "It was before they had the record store, so a long time ago." The Burger Records store opened in October 2009. Burger co-founder Lee Rikard remembers, "Justine is one of my favorite people. We've known her since her teenage days in the Riverside girl garage band The Scandells! We've also been in love with the Summer Twins since their inception and have released their amazing catalog on LP, CD, 7" vinyl and cassette." Since the early days, Justine has found her place in the Burger universe and has travelled along on tours like the Burger Caravan, playing shows that featured eclectic lineups. "That's what I like about Burger, the variety of music… people from all over," she says. "We had to pay our dues and work our way up and it eventually lead to playing the Burgerama stage… which was, like, hundreds of people. It was kind of scary." Lee adds, "Justine is always creating, constantly evolving, growling ever so lovely." Easy Love is admittedly a little less rambunctious than some of their Burger label mates. "We definitely have a different kind of style," says Justine. "I feel like we're not as super punk and, like, crazy… as people and as musicians… a little bit more mellow, but we definitely can rock out!" Catch up on previous week's releases: Week 1: The Side Eyes "Cat Call" Week 2: The High Curbs "Empty Bottles" Week 3: VAJJ "Honey Pie" Week 4: Wyatt Blair "Pop Your Heart Out" Week 5: The Flytraps "Female of the Species" Week 6: Hammered Satin "Upward Spiral" Week 7: Death Valley Girls "Born Again and Again" Week 8: Vision "Light" Week 9: Meow Twins "Ratchet Witch" Week 10: White Night "Dirty Water" Week 11: Cowgirl Clue "Utopia" Week 12: Flying Hair "Tantrum" Week 13: Dabble "Free Time" Week 14: Distractor "Six Foot Moon"
Events
The Muzelle Festival
Arthur Longo and Olivier Gittler were hosting the second edition of The Muzelle Festival last weekend in Les 2 Alpes. It started with an amazing morning session on Saturday with all the friends on the glacier and then followed with a Berlin "kind of" festival down in the station village during the afternoon. Oli and Arthur have worked their asses off to offer everyone such a fun park to ride as the conditions are pretty tricky! A fast and quick tranny snake with some pretty decent hips in the middle of the run, the perfect ingredients for a family shred. After two hours of snow surfing, it got too sharky so we went down to the resort to check the festival out. Anne (Arthur’s GF) prepared with her Berlin Freunde and the 2 Alpes crew a lovely zone including a flea market, a pétanque tournament, a bar, an Indian food restaurant, a lamb roast and a lot more.. The music line up consisted on DJ Fred Marchadier, Leopard Ale, YGGL, Pat Burgener’s Band and Dirty Deep. A couple beers after the party ended in the Avalanche club (as always)… Check out the full report of the event on Fluofun : http://www.fluofun.fr/news/20579-muzelle-festival-reportage-et-port.html Photos by @Annkristin_z Video by @muzellefestival Thanks to everyone involved ! WATCH THE VIDEO WATCH THE VIDEO True love between these two organisators Olive and Arthur. Muzelle's Line up lightbox, home made by Arthur's dad Pat Burgener and his band Some DIY Volcom teesh with Arthur's art which represent the montain called Muzelle YGGL a one man band with the homie Yrwann aka Golden MUZELLE FESTIVAL COLOUR 14   Dirty Deep and friends cruising around the fire Muzelle staff, Ich bin a Berliner ! You guys rule, thank you so much <3
Art
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Volcomunity
Meet the 15 #ThisFirst New Hires From Around the World
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Volcomunity
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