Watch: Jack Robbo signs to Volcom, gets barrelled

Stu Nettle
Swellnet Dispatch

So yeah, it's true, Jack Robinson has signed with Volcom. After five years with 'Bong, the 21-year-old West Australian switched over for an as-yet undisclosed term.

It's a crucial move. In a 2014 interview with the West Australian following Jack's signing to Billabong, his manager Matt Syms said the next deal Jack does - i.e this deal with Volcom - will be "the biggest deal he ever does". The next few years are make or break for Robbo who came 39th on the QS last year after a horror 2017, where he finished 113th.

And right now? Coming 8th with two keepers already in the bag.

Anyway, here's the press release...

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crg commented Saturday, 20 Apr 2019 at 3:04pm

Never ceases to amaze me any footage of him in the NW just how easy he makes such critical waves look...and where he takes off from!?!
No idea how all the sponsorship works from a business sense but surely getting him on their team is a big coup for Volcom. Is there a better backhand tube rider in the world?

I'm not cheap,
But I'm free.

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shrowp and tear commented Sunday, 28 Apr 2019 at 9:53am

sure , looks good . Now take him to 30' blackfellows on low tide, and and we'll see if he's the best ….

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goofyfoot commented Saturday, 20 Apr 2019 at 4:54pm

Maybe nathan florence or Barron mamiya but fuck he is in the top few for sure.
I could watch him in hollow waves all day long. His style reminds me of Andy so much

Edit.. add jjf and job to that list
Damn Hawaiians!!

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Stupot commented Saturday, 20 Apr 2019 at 5:09pm

Aussie’s next world champ hope, so long as when he qualifies the tour gets lucky with solid hollow waves at every stop...

Unemployment isn't working...

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kookfactor commented Saturday, 20 Apr 2019 at 7:42pm

Yep JR rips and he just needs more comp time to learn the ropes his performance at Padang was sublime...see him at North Point or Gnaraloo the standout for sure..power to ya Jack, the SW has hope and faith in ya son...into it.

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gcuts commented Sunday, 21 Apr 2019 at 6:38am

OK, so, he signs with Volcom and now they drop that PR vid.

But, when did they shoot the vid?

Obvious clear Volcom logo on the wetty as Jack walks up the track, but, could maybe, it have been photo shopped, so It's actually a 'bong wetty? Same in the footage too?

"IF" shot post Jack's signing, were there waves in NW WA since then? Did he have time to get up there and shoot?

EDIT: Also wonder if the Jack n co team were aware that Volcom was leaving the Kering stable at the time of the deal. Maybe? Jack's signing is part of Authentic group's plans to leverage the Volcom brand? Perhaps, it's the first sign of a new player in the surf sponsorship market?

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stunet commented Sunday, 21 Apr 2019 at 7:08am

Been a nice run of waves up there the last month so probably shot it then.

Not that hard to believe is it?

Could even have shot it during last week's swell. Two minute vid with minimal editing. Could be knocked up in a few hours.

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uncle_leroy commented Sunday, 21 Apr 2019 at 9:58am

Wouldn't he be wearing a springy at most then?
Be cooking in a steamer up there last week

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Faunt Leroy commented Monday, 29 Apr 2019 at 4:35pm

It gets cold when you surf for 7 hours straight

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Tonelocal commented Friday, 26 Apr 2019 at 2:42am

Plenty of waves up there mate. Plenty. Don’t let your conspiracy theories come around here, coming around here.

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belly commented Sunday, 21 Apr 2019 at 7:27am

Probably undisclosed sum(s):
Stays freesurfer / QS = X
Makes CT = Y
Makes CT top 10+ = Z+

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drodders commented Sunday, 21 Apr 2019 at 9:12am

For the goofys I think Gabby rides a back hand barrel as well as anyone. His speed control is something else, no one better at Backdoor on their backhand.

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Adam71 commented Sunday, 21 Apr 2019 at 12:00pm

Gabs has a shitty style( pun intended), have a look at OC, on his backhand . Perception & reality is an awesome thang.

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drodders commented Tuesday, 23 Apr 2019 at 8:27am

Adam as style is purely perception how can you be so certain of your reality?

I also prefer to watch others surf than Gabby, but the tubes he wrangles on his backhand are as good as any (big backdoor, or cramped little ones)...and often break your heart when you are cheering for someone else.

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wax-on-danielson commented Sunday, 21 Apr 2019 at 11:51am

He's probably a surfer like Jeremy Flores that will go good if the surf is pumping and on fire but might not scrap as well in 70% of the stuff they have to surf on tour

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Adam71 commented Sunday, 21 Apr 2019 at 12:02pm

He surfs the wave, good ole JF, POWER

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loose_lips_sink... commented Tuesday, 23 Apr 2019 at 8:33am

Couldn't care less if he makes the CT or not,Young Jack has put year after year learning the North shore & earning its respect,Staying long before & after all his young Australian peers have raced home after the Hawaiian QS events to do air reverses in 2 foot beachbreaks for their instagram followers,Jacks been doing this...

https://www.facebook.com/surfer/videos/jack-robinson-second-reef-pipe/10...

Well deserving of that room in the Lopez house and will continue his destiny of being a true pipe master with or with out a jersey on in the ilk of Tom Carroll and will be remembered and respected on the North Shore long after this deal and this hype fades out.

The next future generation of Australian surfing could learn a lot from this kid...

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Nathan Hendriks commented Tuesday, 23 Apr 2019 at 6:08pm

Blahhh Blahhh balllllahhh

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innatube commented Wednesday, 24 Apr 2019 at 1:42pm

Great barrel riding but not a fan of the arse drag stall. Too much of it going around today.

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Watto79 commented Sunday, 28 Apr 2019 at 2:12pm

Watching Jack for 6 years. Real deal in real waves. WSL ever takes on big wave tour format, it will be a real battle. Waiting periods. JJF,JR, GM, FT, JS, RCal, last years Wookie of the year. They have to adapt. The worlds best in the best waves. I surf fished Joey last Saturday ( very good ), banks were crap, Princetown and GS were pumping.