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Vans Announces the Opening of House of Vans Chicago

HOV ChicagoVans has announced that they are set to open the doors to the House of Vans Chicago on February 3, 2017. The opening event will be marked with special live performances from Future Islands, Digable Planets and Chicago-based breakout artist, Noname.

The two-day celebration kicks off with music and will include a photography retrospective highlighting photos shot at House of Vans by emerging photographers Jonathan Mehring, Bryan Derballa, Ashley Osborn, Ryan Kobane and Laura June Kirsch. On February 4, House of Vans Chicago will host two artist-led workshops, which include “Copy Jam” mixed media workshop with Chad Kouri and “Caught in Motion” Skate Photography workshop with Atiba Jefferson. In the evening, House of Vans Chicago will welcome the community with an Open House where guests can skate the newly built skatepark and check out design elements that have been incorporated with Chicago in mind. As the only existing indoor skatepark in the Chicago metropolitan area, local skaters will experience a custom-built course, featuring the reimagination of iconic West Coast skate spots, Lockwood and China Banks, plus additional obstacles for every skill level. The backdrop to the Lockwood-inspired obstacle features an ivy-covered wall that pays homage to Wrigley Field, using ‘66, Vans’ founding year as the outfield distance marker. Additionally, guests can enjoy a beautifully repurposed Goose Island brewpub bar that was originally located steps away from Wrigley Field. Located at 113 N Elizabeth St., House of Vans Chicago will always be free and open to the public.

“Chicago has a rich and eclectic history across action sports, art, music and street culture akin to Vans’ own roots and ‘Off The Wall’ ethos,” said Doug Palladini, Vans’ Global Brand President. “It’s an honor to bring House of Vans to life here in Chicago so we can grow our Vans family and give back to the creative communities that make this city so vibrant.”

Opening Event Schedule
January 24th RSVP now at http://www.houseofvans.com/
February 3rd 6:30pm Grand Opening: Performances by Future Islands, Digable Planets and NONAME, Photography Retrospective
February 4th 12pm – 2pm “Caught in Motion” Workshop with Atiba Jefferson
3pm – 5pm “Copy Jam” Workshop with Chad Kouri
6pm – 10pm Community Open House

As the cultural hub of the Vans brand, this opening marks the third permanent location – the original in New York’s Greenpoint neighborhood and the second nestled within the Old Vic Tunnels beneath London’s Waterloo Station. Functioning as an art gallery, music venue, skatepark, indie film premiere house, artist-led workshop and more, the House of Vans is where “Off The Wall” lives and serves as a direct connection to the Vans brand worldwide.

Jordyn Barratt Wins 2017 Girls Combi Pool Classic

The annual Vans Girls Combi Classic heated up the renowned Combi Pool at the Vans Skatepark in Orange, CA on Saturday. The ladies killed it as seen here in Thrasher Magazine’s edit filmed and handled by Schmitty. Check it out!

Final Results
Pro
1. Jordy Barratt
2. Nicole Hause
3. Poppy Starr
4. Brighton Zeuner

Am – 15 & over
1. Dora Varella

Am – 14 & under
1. Zoe Safanda

Kyle Walker is Thrasher SOTY 2016!

YouTube Preview ImageHe had a breakthrough year in 2015 and he’s continued to shred throughout the course of 2016 with several mind melting video parts, a pro model shoe and a heap of magazine coverage all along the way. It has been announced that Kyle Walker is Thrasher Magazine’s 2016 Skater of The Year! Congrats Kyle!

REAL’s “Surveillance #2 Kyle Walker” Video
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Kyle Walker – Stay Stoked
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Metallica: Hardwired… Live Today from The House of Vans – London

YouTube Preview ImageMetallica will unleash to the world their eleventh studio album ‘Hardwired…To Self-Destruct’ with a very special live performance from the House of Vans London. Join the celebration LIVE as the show streams from the intimate venue at 9:00pm GMT/1:00pm PST today. This gig will also be available to view in its entirety for seven days after the event.

Jeff Grosso’s Loveletters to Skateboarding: Skate Rock

YouTube Preview ImageThis 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.

Vans Reissues Salman Agah’s First Pro Model in Honor of Vans’ 50th Anniversary

Vans Agah 50thCommemorating 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.