Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins yarded up his rock cover band, Chevy Metal, for a special gig in South America last month as outdoor equipment company Patagonia welcomed Chilean surfer Ramon Navarro to its team.
Chevy Metal flooded the private party, held in Navarro's hometown of Pichilemu, with Van Halen and Black Sabbath classics as the 33-year-old goofy-footer toasted the Southern Hemisphere's coming big-wave season.
For his Cloudbreak barrel on June 8, 2012, Navarro was a Pacifico Tube Award nominee at last week's Billabong XXL Big Wave Awards ceremony in Southern California. He officially joined Patagonia's team of surf ambassadors late last year, adding his surf and environmental ethoi to an elite list that includes Kohl Christensen, the Malloy brothers and Crystal Thornburg-Homcy.
"I couldn't be more excited to have Ramon as part of the team," said Jason McCaffrey, Patagonia's director of surf. "Ramon lives the Patagonia philosophy, charges hard in any and all conditions and most importantly is a solid human being in and out of the water."
"It was fitting to throw a party for Ramon in his hometown, and having Chevy Metal there made it unforgettable," added Chris Evans, Patagonia's director of Latin America. "In the same way that Ramon doesn't hold back in his surfing, Taylor and the boys gave their absolute all; they could have easily been playing for 50,000 people."
"It was a great event," said Navarro, who will also be testing the company's cutting-edge wetsuits and its big-wave boards built by Fletcher Chouinard Designs, headed up by Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard's son.