It’s been a whirlwind five-month build up, taking in 16 stops across Europe and bringing together over 200 of best shop teams from across borders, with the best store team from each leg earning themselves a place in the Vans Shop Riot Series finals. While it’s gone quickly, it has been quite a journey and we’ve seen some epic showdowns during the course of the series. From revisiting some of the favorite parks and spots from previous years, such as Chelles’ Cosanostra skatepark (FR), to bringing a bit of culture to the scene as the Nordic leg set up right outside Helsinki’s Kiasma Modern Art Museum (FI), the cream of European skate shops assembled their finest teams and set out to shred their way across the continent.
One of the favorite stops of the series has been Aalst’s ‘Flesh & Bones’ skatepark, aptly named given the amount of skin it claimed during the Belgian leg of the Vans Shop Riot earlier in the year. Fittingly, this skate zone becomes the battleground for this weekend’s finals, and as such will bear witness to teams from Moscow to Manchester thrashing it out in what’s set to be an awesome end to 2014’s hotly contested series.
Beginning this Saturday, October, 11th, tune in to watch the battle for the title of Vans Shop Riot Top Shop Team, 2014. It will be live streamed right into your desktop, laptop, tablet, smartphone or ridiculous Google glass for that matter.
Keep an eye on VansShopRiot.com for reviews of the final stops, news and exclusive insights behind the series, and Vans’ Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram for updates and live notifications.
Chris Nieratko cornered red hot Baker Skateboards am, Rowan Zorilla, and sat him down to discuss partying at Nyjah’s, getting robbed in Germany, Baker 4 and obviously, the Vans video. Read on.
The Boardr brings us this recap of some bowl shredding from the Vans US Open Friday Qualifiers 2014. So much ripping by names you may know and many you probably don’t.
Chris Gregson, Alex Sorgente, Charlie Blair, Mason Merlino, Bjorn Lillesoe, Dario Mattarollo, Raney Beres and a dozen more show that bowl skating is progressing faster then ever.
Be sure to tune in to the live webcast of the Finals today at 3pm PST.
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.