Vans brings the world’s greatest skateboarders to Canada this week with skateboarding’s premier bowlriding competition, the celebrated Van Doren Invitational to be held at Vancouver’s legendary Hastings Bowl on July 11th & 12th. Top skaters from around the globe will battle it out before a live audience for top honors and their share of US $75,000 purse This event will be presented as a live webcast on Thrasher Magazine on Saturday, July 12th for everyone to view.
The invite-only organized jam format will showcase modern bowlriding’s greatest talents, such as current World Champion Pedro Barros, X-Games gold medalist Curren Caples and reigning Van Doren Invitational champion Ben Hatchell, plus top challengers like Grant Taylor, Ben Raybourn and many more.
“It seems like only yesterday that Vans helped to bring the Slam City Jam skate contests to Vancouver’s PNE and today Vans Canada is excited to present the Van Doren Invitational as we bring together some of the greatest bowl riders from around the world to the Hastings Bowl at the same location. Don’t miss this exciting day in Canadian skateboard history!” – Steve Van Doren, Vans Vice President, Events and Promotions
Vans Pro Skate is proud to introduce its new Anthony Van Engelen pro model – the AV Classic to its line of performance footwear.
Built on Vans’ legendary original Waffle outsole with OrthoLite® foam footbeds for added comfort and impact protection, the all-new AV Classic is designed by Vans Pro Skate to meet the exacting demands of Anthony Van Engelen for superior grip and board feel for professional level performance in the streets, pools, schoolyards and ditches of Southern California and beyond.
Features include – Duracap: Added reinforcement rubber underlays in high wear areas. Ortholite Cushioning: Light, predictable cushioning and foothold. Vans Original Waffle Outsole: The undisputed leader in boardfeel.
The 8th annual All Nations Skate Jam went down in Albuquerque Saturday April 25th and Daniel Lutheran put it down for the hometown crowd. Vans produced limited edition runs of Pendleton shoes for the ANSJ jam which all of the proceeds go to the Nibwaakaawin non-profit organization dedicated to the education and empowerment of Native youth.
Over on the Vans Tumblr blog Chris Nieratko caught up with Steve Caballero for an exclusive interview about skating as the rookie wookie in the Van x Star Wars commerical, how he had to have his foot shot with cortisone just to be able to skate, and many more things relative to Star Wars.
To introduce the special edition Vans x Star Wars collection of shoes and apparel launching in June, Vans gathered a crew of phenomenal talent at the Vans Off the Wall Skatepark in Huntington Beach, CA to film a skate contest set back in 1980. After legendary skateboarder Christian Hosoi finishes his run, a rookie wookiee (played by Steve Caballero) rips the bowl and receives mixed scores from the judges. Tony Alva, Steve Van Doren, Steve Alba, Jeff Grosso and others can be seen cheering in the crowd alongside Stormtroopers, Jawas and Chewbacca.
In this week’s AWC Chris sits down Vans’ latest addition to the am team, Real Skateboards’ hot shot Kyle Walker, to discuss his Volcom Thrasher Exclusive “In Color” part and learn what it’s like to live through an Oklahoma tornado.