Vans Announces the Van Doren Invitational at the Vans US Open

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Premiering as host of this summer’s Vans US Open of Surfing, Vans announces the debut of the Van Doren Invitational, a brand new invite-only bowl riding competition featuring the most diverse and talented crew of Pro and Amateur bowl riders ever assembled together in one place. Forty of the world’s best skateboarders, including Vans’ own bowl-riding phenom Pedro Barros, will battle it out on the sand in Huntington Beach on July 27th & 28th for their share of over $100,000 in prize money and top honors on the world’s largest stage for action sports.

The Van Doren Invitational will feature an organized jam format showcasing the best of the best and the best of the next including skateboarding legends like Steve Caballero and Christian Hosoi plus past Open champs Ben Raybourn and Raven Tershy, as well as up-and-comers Colin Provost and Greyson Fletcher. Fueled by the talent of top Vans Pro riders like Pedro Barros, Tony Trujillo and Curren Caples, competition is slated to hit an all-time high.

Befitting Vans’ authentic skate heritage, the inaugural Van Doren Invitational takes skateboarding at the Open to new levels by introducing Cardiel Cash for the gnarliest tricks of the weekend, as judged by Vans legend, John Cardiel. In the first-ever all cement bowl on the sand in Huntington Beach built by California Skateparks, the Vans Pro Bowl was inspired by and designed from the original bowl riders’ mecca, the legendary Skatepark du Prado bowl on the beach in Marseilles, France. Vans is also pleased to introduce the Van Doren Shop vs. Shop team battle and, as if that weren’t enough, Vans is deeply honored to bring back women’s skateboarding and BMX to the weeklong celebration of the world’s top action sports athletes.

“We’re very excited to follow the great tradition of the US Open of Surfing here in Huntington Beach. Supporting Vans’ heritage in skateboarding, the Van Doren Invitational will showcase the best skateboarders from around the world in a brand new, state-of-the-art all-cement bowl built right here on the sand,” said Steve Van Doren, VP of Events and Promotions, “It truly is an honor to have the Van Doren family name be a part of this historic festival and I look forward to all of the action in the water and on the cement!”

The Van Doren Invitational bowl jam is free to the public and runs Saturday and Sunday, July 27th & 28th at Vans US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach, California. Stay tuned to www.vansusopenofsurfing.com for webcast information, contest info, schedules, confirmed athlete lists, rider profiles, photos, videos and more.

Love Letters: The East Coast Backyard Vert Ramp

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Far from the comfortable weather and endless summers of Southern California, skaters on the east coast were shoveling snow, stealing wood and doing whatever it took to create and ride vert ramps years ago.

In this episode, Jeff Grosso sits down with legendary east coast ramp owner Morris Wainwright (Farm Ramp – North Carolina) to talk about unknown ramps and crews from New England to Florida — also a special 80’s Midwest scene report from Darren Navarette.

Write “Go Skate” Auction with Maple XO

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The recycled skateboard jewelry and accessories company MapleXO has launched their 1st Annual Go Skateboarding Day Fundraiser and has teamed up with Silas Baxter-Neal, six-year old Reese Kahn and myself and gave us one task: Write “Go Skate.”

MapleXO turned these handwritten words into mosaic-style art pieces made from broken skateboards. These three individual pieces will be signed by the us and auctioned off with 100% of the proceeds going towards building Portland, Oregon’s Powell Blvd Skatepark.

The auction launched Monday, June 17th and will run through Sunday, June 23rd 11:45pm PST.

“There’s something about seeing a person’s handwriting that seems to share a glimpse into their soul. What could be more inspiring than seeing pieces of skated boards making up the handwritten phrase “Go Skate” by such inspiring skateboarders?” says MapleXO’s owner Lindsay Jo Holmes.

“Both Kanights and Baxter-Neal are well known in the skateboard community for their past and present influences in skateboarding. To tie in the future of skateboarding, MapleXO asked 6-year-old skateboarder Reese Kahn to participate.” she continues.

“Reese’s pure and eager passion to be a kid and have fun is one of the most inspiring parts of skateboarding to me. His dad Billy posted a priceless instagram photo of Reese carving a bank ramp with a look of pure joy on his face. The caption read: ‘When going higher is the new trick.’ To me, that right there is skateboarding. Pure and simple,” explains Holmes.

Have a look and bid on these one-of-a-kind art pieces all in the good name of skateboarding.

In addition to the Go Skate art auction, MapleXO is selling 25 limited edition prints of the project each signed by all three of us.

Separately from the WriteGoSkate project, MapleXO will also be donating 50% of all proceeds from sales on MapleXO.com during Friday’s Go Skateboarding day to the Powell Blvd. Skatepark fund. For more information visit www.MapleXO.com

King Shit Mag’s Connect The Dots 2013

For the fourth year in a row, KING SHIT and Converse present Canada’s largest online video contest, CONNECT THE DOTS. A purse of $10,000 in cash prizes is up for grabs again this year. If you have at least one Canadian resident in your crew, all you have to do is email the King Shit crew your 5 minute video and 10 photos. Get to it!

Emerica Proudly Presents, The Provost

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Collin Provost’s new Emerica pro model, the Provost, is available in skate shops now!

The Photographer Series: Jonathan Mehring


Andrew Norton at has added Skateboarder Magazine’s Jonathan Mehring to The Photographer Series with his global travel stories and insight into many of his awesome skateboarding photos. The Photographer Series tells the stories behind some of skateboarding’s most epic images and the dudes who made them.