This lengthy, but important “Skate Rock” episode of Loveletters is a mini documentary about the origins and the relationship between skateboarders and the music they listen to and create. Key instigators, originators and skaters interviewed in this piece include” Mofo, Brian Brannon, Glen E. Friedman, Jeff Ament, Tommy Guerrero, Chuck Treece, Steve Caballero, Henry Rollins and others. This is the stuff that matters.
Commemorating 50 years of “Off The Wall”, Vans upholds its revered skate heritage with the reissue of Salman Agah’s first pro model shoe. The distinctive and highly anticipated Salman Agah Reissue Pro hits shelves around the world November 19.
Originally launched in 1994, Salman Agah’s memorable shoe marks Vans’ final Pro Skate reissue in honor of the brand’s historic 50th Anniversary. Built with Vans’ proven ULTRACUSH HD sockliners for resilient cushioning and advanced comfort, the Salman Agah Reissue Pro combines Vans’ original waffle outsole with DURACAP reinforced underlays for premium durability. The legendary silhouette features contrast stitching across suede uppers, the original woven elephant tongue label, and the shoe’s defining rubber toe cap, deeply cherished by skateboarders today.
Agah recollects, “the purpose of the original design was to speak to the future of skateboarding by producing a definitive skateboarding shoe, not to be mistaken for a shoe made for traditional sports.”
Famed the “Sultan of Switch” and selected as Thrasher Magazine’s 1993 Skater of the Year, Salman Agah spent 14 years on the Vans pro skate team and released a total of five signature Vans pro models. Agah is praised for his powerful and legendary skateboard style, reflecting the characteristics of the infamous elephant logo found on his introductory pro model.
The limited edition Salman Agah Reissue Pro launches at select stockists worldwide Saturday, November 19. To learn more about the Vans Pro Classics 50th Anniversary reissues and to find an authorized Vans Pro Skate dealer near you, visit Vans.com/50threissues.
Building upon the success of veteran Vans pro skateboarder Geoff Rowley’s signature apparel collection debut in 2015, the classic workwear-inspired line returns with an expanded assortment this month. Available now, Vans’ new Geoff Rowley offering is purpose-built for skateboarding, upgraded with innovation to improve skate performance without compromising Geoff’s outstanding raw style. Have a look at the new expanded line right here.
On the heels of Kyle Walker’s signature pro model debut, the Vans Kyle Walker Pro continues to push skateboarding forward with Vans’ latest performance innovation and the industry’s first-ever vulcanized cupsole.
Returning to shops in brand new colorways for the holiday season, the Kyle Walker Pro features Vans’ revolutionary Wafflecup technology, offering the best of both worlds in skateboarding—the support and stability of a cupsole shoe without sacrificing any of the boardfeel and grip for which legendary vulcanized Vans skate shoes are known for.
Visit Vans.com/kylewalker to learn more about Vans’ revolutionary Wafflecup technology and to find an authorized Vans Pro Skate dealer near you.
The Vans Pro Skate Park Series in Huntington Beach wrapped up its final stop of Global Qualifiers for dozens of hungry competitors. On Friday more than a hundred skaters battled it out for just nine spots available to the semi-finals in in one built-to-spec custom designed park course for the chance to earn their spot to the World Championships in Malmö, Sweden later this month.
Park Series Select Pro Chris Russell nailed down a first place run in Huntington Beach on Saturday to claim his second Vans Park Series Global Qualifier win of the season. But Ben Hatchell surely gave him a run for his money with an assortment of heavy stunts with technical control. Sweden’s Oskar Rozenberg Hallberg took home third place with speed, style and great combined use of the entire park.
Italy’s Ivan Federico didn’t advance into Saturday’s Final, but now sits atop of the Global Challenger rankings where seven additional rippers from around the world will join him and the Vans Park Series Select Pros in Malmö.
Visit www.vansparkseries.com for the latest updates and follow the action on Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat at @vansparkseries.
1st Chris Russell
2nd Ben Hatchell
3rd Oskar Rozenberg Hallberg
4th Tom Schaar
5th Tristan Rennie
6th Murillo Peres
7th Curren Caples
8th Ronnie Sandoval
Vans Park Series Global Challengers – Advancing to World Championships
1st Ivan Federico
2nd Cory Juneau
3rd Tom Schaar
4th Alex Sorgente
5th Tristan Rennie
6th Robin Bolian
7th Collin Graham
8th Vinicius Kakinho