The ninth annual iteration of The Launch presented by Volcom kicked off yesterday in the San Bernadino Mountains of Southern California. Bear Mountain set the stage off of Chair 9, building a perfect park riddled with transition and rails, the ideal playground for the week-long recess that is currently going down at the famed resort. Gray skies and windy gusts didn’t deter the young crew from picking apart lines from open-to-close during the first day of the event. Gabe Ferguson, Justin Phipps, Judd Henkes, Jed Sky, Marcus Kleveland, Kyle Kennedy, Zack Zajac, Zach Normandin, Benny Milam and many more started the week with bangers. Read the Day 1 recap and check out the photo gallery and press play on the above video to witness the rising generation in their preferred element, in which the atmospheric conditions pose no threat to their effusive talent. Read: the kids throw down regardless of the weather and with the sun set to come out over the next few days, The Launch 2016 should be a hit.
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