Last week, the International Association of Skateboard Companies (IASC) and the International Skateboarding Hall of Fame (ISHOF) joined more than 500 guests from the skateboard community to honor and induct six men and three women – Brian Logan (1960s), Henry Hester (1970s, Era One), Duane Peters (1970s, Era Two), Neil Blender (1980s, Era One), Chris Miller (1980s, Era Two), John Cardiel (1990s), Robin Logan (1970s), Cara-Beth Burnside (1980s), and Elissa Steamer (1990s). In addition, Icon Awards were presented to Steve Van Doren, James O’Mahoney and Tracker Trucks.
All proceeds from the event benefit the not-for-profit efforts of the Skateboarding Hall of Fame and the Go Skateboarding Foundation’s Just One Board initiative.
Created in 2009, The Skateboarding Hall of Fame recognizes and honors the history of skateboarding and those influential figures who have significantly shaped skateboarding and our culture throughout the years.
This May, Vans marks the official release of its highly anticipated first-ever, feature-length Vans skateboarding video, Propeller. Directed by acclaimed pro skateboarder turned filmmaker Greg Hunt and featuring full parts from some of the heavies in modern skateboarding alongside legends and pioneers of our culture, this video is set to blow some minds.
On April 21, Vans presents the world premiere of Propeller at the historic Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles. Tickets to the Los Angeles world premiere will be sold exclusively at select local skate shops beginning this Saturday, April 11th. Propeler will make its international debut across the globe with stops in Europe, Asia, Australia, Canada and Mexico. Visit VansPropeller.com to learn more about world premiere tour dates, locations, ticket information and to find a local premiere near you.
Vans and Jack’s Garage in partnership with the City of Huntington Beach have announced the grand opening of the highly anticipated Vans Off the Wall Skatepark and Jack’s Garage skate shop to take place on Saturday, March 22, 2014 in Huntington Beach, California. Commencing with an official ribbon cutting ceremony at 10am the free and public park will officially be open to the community until 4pm and from 10am to 7pm everyday thereafter. Activities and giveaways from Vans and Jack’s Garage are planned throughout opening day to celebrate the occasion, including autograph signings from Vans pro skateboarders and the inaugural “SoCal Sole of Fame” induction ceremony where Huntington Beach skate legends Christian Hosoi, Ed Templeton and Tosh Townend will be honored for their respective contributions to local skateboarding.
Designed and built by California Skateparks, the newly constructed 42,500 square foot Vans Off the Wall Skatepark is located at 7471 Center Avenue in Huntington Beach, California and the 3,000 square foot on-site Jack’s Garage store offers a fully-stocked skate shop featuring Vans and other top brands along with a pro shop for skate equipment and rentals.
“Working with the Vans organization and Steve Van Doren has been an experience I’ll never forget,” said Joe Ciaglia, CEO of California Skateparks. “Vans is a staple in skateboarding and we knew we’d have to live up to their reputation. With the creativity and passion contributed by both Vans and California Skateparks, this park is absolutely going to be the best in Southern California.”
“Vans is honored to bring to the City of Huntington Beach a world-class skatepark that generations of kids and parents can enjoy forever,” said Steve Van Doren, Vans’ vice president of events and promotions. “We are happy to have this great park in Vans’ backyard and just 10 minutes away from where we lived when my father moved to Southern California to start Vans.”
Steven Van Doren gives you a bit of insight with the legacy of the Vans Sidestripe. Debuting nearly four decades ago, the Sidestripe started as a random doodle by Vans Founder Paul Van Doren. Over the years the simple motif has evolved into an iconic symbol of the brand’s heritage. Originally referred to as the “Jazz Stripe”, the Sidestripe has marked some of Vans’ most celebrated footwear styles since its inception. Vans kicks off the celebration in spring 2014 as we reflect on the Sidestripe’s history and offer an expanded range of the original sidestriped silhouette: the Old Skool.