The Vans Syndicate x Andy Kessler 10th Anniversary Project

Kessler 1Celebrating a decade of Vans Syndicate would not be complete without a proper tribute to New York skateboarding icon Andy Kessler. As the third installment honoring the 10th anniversary of Syndicate, this October 3 Vans releases the Sk8-Hi Reissue NYC “S” inspired by the east coast skateboarding legend. Touted as one of the original pioneers of New York skateboarding in the 1970s and 1980s, Kessler is remembered for his dedicated community work in building public skateparks, inspiring locals and skateboarders from all walks of life to be a part of the emerging New York skate scene.

Vans Syndicate presents the Andy Kessler Sk8-Hi Reissue NYC “S” in the original premium leather and nubuck silhouette topped with the bright blue shoelaces he personalized all his Sk8-His with. The upper construction features Outlast temperature management linings and perforated nubuck panels for maximum protection and ventilation. Capping off the design, the custom heel scab references old NYC subway tokens of Andy’s childhood.

Kessler 22015 marks the 10th anniversary of the Vans Syndicate collection, Vans Pro Skate’s celebration of the diverse heritage of ideas, attitudes and influences that make up skateboarding’s unique culture. Vans pays tribute to this milestone by returning to several original Syndicate collaborators to represent a decade of iconoclastic style and heritage.

Sk8-Hi Reissue NYC “S”
· Full grain leather and nubuck uppers
· Outlast® temperature management linings
· Vans Ultracush HD footbeds
· Vans original waffle gum sole
· Signature Syndicate 10th Anniversary artwork in gold on the footbeds
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The Vans Syndicate x Andy Kessler anniversary project launches worldwide in-store on Saturday, October 3rd exclusively at participating Vans Syndicate authorized dealers. Visit for the complete list of dealers.

Ben Hatchell Rises Above at Van Doren Invitational

YouTube Preview Image This summer’s Van Doren Invitational blew up the shores of Huntington Beach, California as a part of this past weekend’s #VansUSOpen. As the clock ticked down to its last seconds and all in attendance were left screaming for more, Virginia’s own Ben Hatchell was the guy that ultimately earned the top of the podium of the Men’s Finals.

Roll the footage from the finals above and watch it all go down thanks to the the guys at Thrasher Magazine. Also, be sure to check out Burnout’s splendid photo gallery of Bowlmasters as well as the archived (indexed by jams, intro runs, slams, etc.) webcasts at from the weekend as well.

Final Results
1. Ben Hatchell
2. Pedro Barros
3. Chris Russell
4. Raven Tershy
5. Willy Lara
6. Ronnie Sandoval
7. Alex Sorgente
8. Jack Fardell
9. Chris Gregson
10. Marlon Silva
11. Ben Raybourn
12. Curren Caples

Van Doren Invitational HB – Womens Results and Webcast Schedule

YouTube Preview Image On the shoreline of Huntington Beach, California, Allysha Bergado took the top spot on the podium of the Van Doren Invitational Womens Bowl Finals earlier this week. Check the recap footage above and full results at The Boardr.

Yes, once again the Van Doren Invitational is set up on the sand to bring together’s many of the world’s best bowlriders for another showdown. Luckily for those of us elsewhere, we can tune into the live webcast of the Mens Semi-Finals, Finals, Cardiel Cash (Best Tricks) and Award Ceremony at beginning tomorrow Saturday, August 1st at 3pm PST

In the meantime, have a look at some of the practice photos from yesterday right here.

Womens Bowl Final Podium
1. Allysha Bergado
2. Julz Lynn
3. Lizzie Armanto

Vans Canada: Hastings Beach

Van Doren Invitational at Hastings Skatepark

YouTube Preview ImageThe Van Doren Invitational returns to Vancouver’s legendary Hastings Skatepark this weekend where top skaters from around the globe will mix it up and battle it out for top honors and their piece of the $75,000 prize purse.

If you can’t be there in person, be sure to watch the action live beginning at 2pm PST on July 11th via the Vans Invitational webcast.

Love Letters To Skateboarding: Episode 49

YouTube Preview Image In Episode 49- The Pivotal Episode- That Was Supposed To Be Skate Rock” Grosso clears up some misunderstandings, sends a mini love letter to his oldest skate buddy Eric Nash, tells Lance Mountain how much he rules, and voices his opinion loud and clear. That’s it. It’s a wrap! Another season of Love Letters is in the can. Enjoy.

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