This trend makes for a great way to involve your children, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews in the joyful game of stock investing. Alternative sports in America are becoming less alternative every day, as young adults turn to more individual and outdoor sports for recreation. What's more, the number of girls participating in all forms of sport is radically higher than it was 40 years ago. That's another trend playing out across the globe. Sports like snowboarding, skiing, surfing, skateboarding, and mountaineering are gaining in popularity.
One of the more compelling apparel companies on the market is benefiting from all this. Volcom (VLCM), the purveyor of apparel and shoes for outdoor enthusiasts, came public in 2005. A year later the stock was 30% below its offering price. Since then, it has more than doubled. The financials are excellent. The business is heavily owned by executive leadership. The CEO is an authentic leader. And I am expecting in excess of 15% annual returns over the next five years.