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Happy Birthday Vans! 50 Years of “Off The Wall” Heritage!

YouTube Preview ImageVans, the original action sports footwear and apparel brand, is pleased to announce the global launch of The Story of Vans on this historic day, Vans’ 50th anniversary. On March 16, 1966 Vans opened in Anaheim, Calif. as a small family-owned brand with big dreams. 50 years later, the Van Doren spirit lives on as one of the largest youth culture brands in the world, fostering a culture of creative expression through action sports, art, music and street culture. Vans commemorates its rich heritage with The Story of Vans series – a visual campaign that is truly the first of its kind – combining a mix of artistic methods to highlight iconic moments from the brand’s 50-year history.

Each story is narrated by a renowned individual and long-time Vans enthusiast. Professional skateboarder and historian of the sport, Jeff Grosso, voices the leading story while iconic skateboarding legend Tony Alva speaks to his own history with the brand in the action sports short. Artist and musician Ray Barbee, Chuck D of Public Enemy and fashion icon and actress Chloe Sevigny lend their vocals for the art, music and fashion shorts, respectively. Visit www.vans.com to watch The Story of Vans and share your own Vans story using #since66.

The ultimate culmination of The Story of Vans campaign and Vans’ 50-year legacy will come to life at 10 House of Vans locations across the globe starting tonight. From New York to London to Hong Kong, guests of the House of Vans will immerse themselves into The Story of Vans. The engaging environment of each House of Vans event will include D.I.Y workshops, shoe personalization, a retrospective look at Vans’ history and curated musical performances featuring Nas, Dinosaur Jr., Wu-Tang Clan, The Kills, Erykah Badu, Jamie xx, Dizzee Rascal, Yeasayer, Shlohmo and more. Vans skateboarding legends and professional athletes will also be in attendance for skate demos and signings.

Vans is honored to celebrate 50 extraordinary years alongside the extended Vans family that have made the brand what it is today. To get in on the House of Vans action and to learn more about the experience, visit the House of Vans website.

X Games Real Street 2016


The lineup for X Games’ Real Street series has been announced for 2016. The eight selected rippers in the mix this year are: Daewon Song, Torey Pudwill, Chris Joslin, Ryan Decenzo, Zack Wallin, Chaz Ortiz, Alec Majerus and Tom Asta. Their videos drop May 4th followed by the one-hour “World of X Games” show on Saturday, May 14 on ABC.

South America Extras – Vans PROPELLER Skateboarding Tour

YouTube Preview ImageCheck out some of the extra clips from Vans’ South America Skate Tour with team riders Elijah Berle, Curren Caples, Rowan Zorilla, Kyle Walker, Chima Ferguson, and Chris Russell.

Vans 50 Years Celebration: Vans Pro Classics Anniversary Collection Release

Vans Era Pro 2016Vans is proud to commemorate 50 years of heritage and progression with the debut of the Vans Pro Classics Anniversary Collection featuring the most iconic footwear silhouettes from Vans’ history. These skate shoes have been enhanced with innovative performance features that provide upgraded cushioning and durability exclusively designed for skateboarding. Drop by the Vans Pro Classics site to get more info and see these renovated models such as the Era Pro, Checkerboard Slip-On Pro and Authentic Pro right now.

Eric Koston Interviewed in the UK

YouTube Preview ImageDuring his visit to the UK and parts of Europe to promote his newest signature Nike SB shoe, Eric Koston took the time to chat with Free Skateboard Magazine’s Will Harmon to discuss the process and thoughts behind the design of the Koston 3, filming full video parts and the state of skateboarding in 2016. Thankfully, there’s no toe cap involved.

SOTY “Maxed Out” Video