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.
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.”
Vans in collaboration with A.skate, the non-profit foundation created to introduce kids with autism to the engaging and therapeutic effects of skateboarding, are proud to present the Vans x A.skate collaboration for spring 2014. The Vans x A.skate partnership welcomes the first-ever Era Laceless Pro performance model to the Vans Pro Skate line, and marks Vans’ continued support of the A.skate vision.
The Vans x A.skate Era Laceless Pro features Vans Pro Skate performance upgrades plus the added benefit of an easy closure option. The custom “Obsessed to Skate” insole artwork by Jay Croft calls out autism’s obsessive tendencies and brings awareness to A.skate’s mission to channel that energy through skateboarding.
“Autism, like skateboarding, can be unpredictable and often times unruly,” says Crys Worley, founder of A.skate Foundation. “A.skate embraces the parts of autism that are hard to understand and gives children an outlet that is free of rules or judgement, allowing them to be social, without them being ‘social.’”
For every pair sold, a portion of the profit will go to support A.skate in their mission to empower kids with autism everywhere, including hosting nationwide autism-friendly skate clinics. The Vans and A.skate collaboration is available now.