Vans Skate Crew in Chicago

Posted 05/29/2009

Vans Skate Team rippers Angel Ramirez, Christain Pfanner, Tony Trujillo and Curren Caples are out on the road touring the mid-west. Check out their shenanigans as they hit up Chi-town and follow Vans' skate team manager and part-time pirate Jamie Hart's ongoing coverage.

Go Skateboarding Day 2009 At Vans Skateparks

Posted 05/28/2009

It's here again! The day that we wait for every year...Go Skateboarding Day. Both Vans parks in Orange, CA and Orlando, FL will be celebrating Go Skateboarding Day on Sunday, June 21 all day. We are opening the flood gates and letting everyone skate two-hour sessions FREE all day. You can skip the session line with a day pass for $5 if you are a member and $10 if you are a non-member.

William Elliott Whitmore Summer Tour

Posted 05/28/2009

Forget auto-tune, background singers and flashy stage production. The real test of a true talent is to get in front of a live audience (not to mention hundreds of thousands of television viewers) with nothing but your own voice, an acoustic guitar and a boot heel for percussion, which is exactly what William Elliott Whitmore did when he recently appeared on the long running and wildly popular UK music program "Later...with Jools Holland" to perform "Old Devils" off his ANTI- Records debut Animals in the Dark. And, as they say, the crowd went wild.

The Dirty Heads

Posted 05/28/2009

Emerging onto the Southern California music scene with a sound as original as the band members themselves, the Dirty Heads' blend of hip-hop and classic reggae rips through the sonic surf with bold beats, fun rhythms and the relaxed vibe of feel-good lyrics.

TJ Ellis And Ryan Guettler Win Fise Dirt!

Posted 05/27/2009

It's been pretty quiet in the states for the past couple weeks with all the pros riding the FISE contest in France. We have good news to report with Vans BMX Team riders TJ Ellis and Ryan Guettler taking 1st and 2nd in BMX Pro Dirt!  Check out a video from the park comp featuring Vans riders like Ryan Guettler, Alessandro Barbero and Mark Webb. Watch for Webby's 720 decade about halfway through, amazing. Congrats guys!

Alva, AVE, Hassan, Perelson In Midwest This Week For Vans Tour!

Posted 05/26/2009

We've got Tony Alva, Anthony Van Engelen, Omar Hassan and Alex Perelson coming out for the final stops of Vans Midwest shop tour.  Come skate with the guys and enjoy some BBQ.

Villopoto Impresses In 450 Debut To Grab Victory At Glen Helen

Posted 05/26/2009

Vans MX Team rider Ryan Villopoto is the big winner in 450 Motocross with a double moto victory at Round 1 of the 2009 AMA National Motocross Series! In his 450 Class debut, Ryan rode to an impressive pair of moto victories to become just the third rider in history to win his first premier class race. In the Women's Class, Ashley Fiolek swept both of the day's motos to claim the overall victory. Congrats Ashley and Ryan! The series continues next weekend from legendary Prairie City SVRA in Rancho Cordova, CA for the Hangtown Motocross Classic.

Alva, Barbee, Layton, Allen In Midwest This Weekend For Vans Tour!

Posted 05/22/2009

Vans is bringing in a new crew for this weekend's tour stops. Tony Alva, Ray Barbee, Johnny Layton, and Andrew Allen will be in Chicago, IL on Saturday and Lakewood, OH Sunday for Vans Midwest shop tour. Come out to skate with the guys, enjoy some BBQ and score some product.

Go Skateboarding Day 2009 at Vans Skateparks

Posted 05/22/2009

It's here again! The day that we wait for every year...Go Skateboarding Day. Both Vans parks in Orange, CA and Orlando, FL will be celebrating Go Skateboarding Day on Sunday, June 21 all day. We are opening the flood gates and letting everyone skate two-hour sessions FREE all day. You can skip the session line with a day pass for $5 if you are a member and $10 if you are a non-member.

July's Surfing Magazine Goes Off With Vans Surf Team

Posted 05/21/2009

If you're anxiously awaiting the July issue of Surfing Magazine, it's here! This issue includes Vans Surf team rider Nathan Fletcher dishing about his favorite things. Also, catch up with the Gudauskas brothers as they skip town and head to the Canary Islands. Look out for team riders John John Florence, Andrew Doheny and Tanner Stromhenger in the '09 NSSA program.

Trujillo, Ramirez, Pfanner, Caples In Midwest For Vans Tour!

Posted 05/20/2009

Vans team riders Tony Trujillo, Angel Ramirez, Chris Pfanner and Curren Caples are piling into the RV and heading out to the Midwest for the first 3 stops of Vans' shop tour. Come out to skate with the guys, enjoy some BBQ and score some product.  

Vans x FRESH 23 x Jones Soda Pick My Shoe Contest

Posted 05/19/2009

23 fresh high school artists, 23 pairs of fresh classic Vans sneakers, 23 fresh creative ideas. It all adds up to the FRESH 23 fashion show and we need you to help choosethe most popular custom Vans sneaker. 

Lasek Claims First Pool Party Title - Miller Continues Masters Streak

Posted 05/18/2009

It took five years, but Bucky Lasek finally got his Pro-tec Pool Party title. Before a packed house Saturday night at the Vans Skatepark in Orange, CA, Bucky Lasek claimed his first title and $25,000 with former winners Omar Hassan (2006) and Rune Glifberg (2005, 2007, 2008) placing second and third in a Pro Division final that featured charges by youngsters including 14-year old Brazillian Pedro Barros, 20 year-old Josh Borden and 17 year-old Josh Rodriguez. 

3 years in the Making, Bucky Lasek's 1st Pool Party Title.

Posted 05/17/2009

He's been hungry for it, and now the deed is done...

How it went down in the Masters final

Posted 05/17/2009

How the west was won, perhaps...

Everyone is a winner, but some people get cash and trophies

Posted 05/17/2009

Here are your top shredders for 2009

Shots from the hectic Pro finals

Posted 05/17/2009


A few shots from the Masters finals

Posted 05/17/2009

Pictures can't do it as much justice as we'd like...

Pro Final Results

Posted 05/17/2009

The final big bang for 2009

Masters Division Final Results

Posted 05/17/2009

Old Men, Ripping.

Ladies Final results

Posted 05/17/2009

The Ladies division went off!

Masters Finalists

Posted 05/16/2009

The Masters Division is set and locked...

Pro Qualifier update

Posted 05/16/2009

Chaos... pure chaos...

Masters Division Pics Teaser

Posted 05/16/2009

A few quick snaps of the carnage...

Pool Party Masters Qualifying heats update

Posted 05/16/2009

The old men lay down the law...or: 3 heats of heavies from now, then and always...

The Ladies, the Ladies...

Posted 05/16/2009

A few teaser pics from the Ladies Division finals...

UPDATE: Ladies Division Finals

Posted 05/16/2009

Think the girls don't shred? Thin again Papi...

Start Sheets for Today's Pool Party

Posted 05/16/2009

Ladies and gentlemen, your starting line-ups for the 2009 ProTec Pool Party...

Waxing philosophical on the Pool Party

Posted 05/16/2009

Contest, schmontest

Eine Kleine Nacht Musik (A little night music)

Posted 05/15/2009

Cliches are a dime a dozen, let's get ready to fumble, and other mumbles from behind the orange curtain...

Pro-tec Pool Party Live Webcast Tomorrow!

Posted 05/15/2009

In case you've been sleeping in a cave for the last month- the Pro-tec Pool Party goes off tomorrow Saturday, May 16th! The competition is coming straight to your living room (or cave) via LIVE webcast, so stay tuned all day for your chance to score gear from Vans, Pro-tec, Rockstar and a Custom Epiphone guitar while you watch the 40 top pros, masters and ladies vie for their piece of a $90,000 purse in one of the most unforgiving bowls ever built. Tryin' to pass the time until tomorrow? Here's a sneak peek of Omar and Hosoi shredding the combi like madmen!

A small helping of Herculean proportions.

Posted 05/15/2009

Photographic documentation of tonight's qualifier chaos...

Vans ProTec Pool Party Qulifier results are in!

Posted 05/15/2009

It was a hard fought series of jams culminating in the final cut for Saturday's inferno, with several new faces battling their way into the running...

Guettler Interview And Gear Giveaway

Posted 05/14/2009

Australian hellman and Vans BMX Team rider Ryan Guettler gives us an insight to his newly designed signature shoe "Whip 2" and shreds Mirra's warehouse and his own backyard set up. After you peep the video, don't forget to enter to win signature Guettler Gear including; shoes, Mirraco frame, Colony bike parts and more!

The Schedule Has Arrived!

Posted 05/14/2009

Contest Schedule:
1:00 pm - 2:20 pm   Womens (20 minute jam)
2:20 pm - 4:20 pm   Masters Pool Jam (Prelims)
4:20 pm - 6:20 pm   Pro Mens (Prelims)
6:20 pm - 7:00 pm   Van Doren Block$ for Buck$
7:00 pm - 7:40 pm   Masters (Finals)
7:40 pm - 8:30 pm   Pro Mens (Finals)
8:45 pm                 Awards

Pics From Combi-Bowl Practice

Posted 05/14/2009

More action from the Combi Bowl as practice continues in the last few days before the big event...

Rundown On The World Of Hosoi

Posted 05/14/2009

Hear all about what Vans team rider Christian Hosoi has to say about the upcoming Pro-tec Pool Party and "what separates the good guys from the good guys," wait, huh...?

Bucky Lasek's Backyard Bowl Update #2

Posted 05/13/2009

As we've mentioned before, Vans Skate Team rider Bucky Lasek is in the works of building his backyard dream bowl. His monster bowl (literally) is quickly coming to life! The hole is dug and all the concrete forms and rebar are in place. The bowl, which has been receiving truck after truck of concrete should be ready after the Pro-Tec Pool Party. Look at the video and pics of last week's progress.

Vans Skatepark Orlando Pool Party Webcast & Free Skate Session

Posted 05/13/2009

Want to go somewhere fun to watch the live webcast of the Pro-Tec Pool Party? Vans Skatepark in Orlando, FL will be projecting the webcast live from Vans Skatepark The Block in Orange, CA on Saturday, May 16th from 4pm - 12am EST. There will be a free skate session open to anyone from 10pm - 12am and tons of prizes from Vans & Rockstar while supplies last. Stop by, watch the webcast & enjoy a free late night session...what could be better? Can't make it to the projected webcast? Tune in to on May 16th to watch the live webcast from home.

Vans At West Coast Customs

Posted 05/12/2009

Remember the "What If" commercial? Well if you don't, peep this video to bring back some memories because the old bus is getting a West Coast Customs revamp. As many of you may know we've teamed up with WCC to style out our 1974 bus so that we can actually drive the thing without it breaking down. Here's a sneak peek at what's going on so far at the WCC garage...

Bucky Lasek: Priming For The Pool Party

Posted 05/11/2009

After 19 years as a pro skater Bucky Lasek has racked up his fair share of wins, but there's one victory trophy that is still waiting for a spot on his mantle. Find out what Bucky's doing to prepare for this years Pro-tec Pool Party and what it takes to win the event.

Less Than One Week, and Counting...

Posted 05/11/2009

5 Years in, 5 predictions, 5 rumors dispelled, 5 days left...

Kevin Henshaw Slides On Cover Of Wakeboarding Magazine

Posted 05/11/2009

Pro-tec team rider Kevin Henshaw not only killed it on the cover of Wakeboarding Magazine but built the first of it's kind, 180 degree C-Rail at The Projects in Orlando, Florida. This has produced some of the most unique and innovative rail riding wakeboarding has seen in years. Read more about Kevin and his ground breaking C-Rail in the June issue out now.

Pro-tec Pool Party One Week Countdown Begins!

Posted 05/08/2009

You don't want to miss the 5th annual Pro-tec Pool Party going down on Saturday, May 16th! Riders like Bucky Lasek, Rune Glifberg, Omar Hassan, Bob Burnquist and many others will bring their A-game to face the Combi-bowl at the Vans Skatepark in Orange, CA. You don't even have to leave your couch because we're bringing the action straight to you via LIVE webcast! Stay tuned all day because tons of Vans gear will be given away as well as a Custom Epiphone Coronet guitar autographed by the riders!

Die Posers Die! Art Show in Los Angeles Starts Saturday

Posted 05/07/2009

Vans is excited to sponsor a show this Saturday at Exhibit A Gallery in LA that not only features some of our favorite skaters but all who happen to also be amazing artists.  Check out some of these names:  Steve Caballero, Tony Alva, Steve Olson, Christian Hosoi, Lance Mountain, Chris Pastras, Jason Adams.

Vans Surf Team Update

Posted 05/07/2009

The team has been busy, after two months of international travel including Tasmania, Western Australia, and  South Africa, the Gudauskas Brothers returned home for WQS 6 star-prime at Lowers. Dane and Pat went down in rounds  of 64 and 48 so it was up to Tanner to carry on. Tanner made it to the quarters, posting his best result in a 6 star to date, moving him to 15th on the WQS rankings. Tim Reyes returned home for 2 days from a hectic WCT run only to head to Tahati for the next stop where he will be joined by Pat Gudauskas, who received a wildcard into the event, best of luck to Timmy and Pat.

The Florence family has been in Scotland for the cold water 6 star. John John made it though a couple of rounds before losing out in tough conditions, i.e. 45 degree water and inconsistent waves over jagged slab rock. 

Rune Glifberg - Pool Party Interview

Posted 05/06/2009

This is not just a Q&A with three time winner of the Pro-tec Pool Party Rune Glifberg, this is about "going in with balls, straight up" against the gnarliest competiton skateboarding offers in the Combi Bowl!

May Skate Clinic Both Vans Skateparks

Posted 05/06/2009

Last chance to brush up on your skills before summer starts. Both Vans Skateparks in Orange, CA and Orlando, FL will be holding skate clinics on Saturday, May 23rd from 8am - 12pm. Instruction will be offered for beginner to advanced street skateboarders ages 6 - 16. Cost is just $40 for members and $50 for nonmembers. Stop by your closest park to sign up today.


Posted 05/06/2009

After a successful Coachella performance and debut tour in Brazil, The Aggrolites now gear up for the release of their album IV, due June 9, 2009. IV is a definitive chapter in The Aggrolites journey with 21 original and self-produced tracks - each one a story of their determination and quest to spread soulful "dirty reggae" around the globe.

The first single, "The Sufferer," can now be heard online on The Aggrolites MySpace page and on the Hellcat Records' site.

Livin' In The Moment With Sean Sexton

Posted 05/05/2009

Check the new June issue of Ride BMX for Vans team rider Sean Sexton's eight page interview. Since Sean has been sharing a pad with Vans teammate Chase Hawk, (one can only imagine what a disater that is) he still has time to hit the trails and remember every movie quote, "especially if it's hood."

Weird Weekend In AZ

Posted 05/04/2009

This was like a Flavor of Love Reunion Show! Rowley, Trujillo, Dollin, Van Engelen and Layton at the same place at the same time? It's like seeing Sasquatch, he's gone before you can be sure it was him. Feel free to cross refrence Flavor of Love and sasquatch, I'm sure she was on season one.?So we gathered our crew and headed out to Arizona for a demo at Industrial. Before the demo we had lunch and cooled down by the pool. After the demo AVE entertained us with an epic demonstration of power kicking and the way to close a trash can when you're afraid of swine flu. Then we had some dinner and drinks (or drinkies, as Dustin affectionately calls' em). All in all a stellar weekend with the best crew.

Ryan Villopoto Hits The Jackpot In Las Vegas

Posted 05/04/2009

None other than Vans MX Team rider Ryan Villopoto came up with the win at the Supercross season finale in Las Vegas this past weekend! It was a close race, but Ryan was able to pass fellow rider James Stuart to come up with the win. He ended his rookie season with two wins and five podium finishes, congrats Ryan!

How To Judge A Cluster F%#& With Steve Olson

Posted 05/04/2009

Skate legend Steve Olson talks about his Split Eye judging technique and what he looks for in a high scoring ride at the Pro-tec Pool Party.

New Vans Girls Website

Posted 05/01/2009

Vans Girls is rocking a new website with a bunch of cool features. Check out our new "Lookbook" that gives you all kinds of fun outfit ideas, see who's wearing Vans Girls gear around town in our new "As Seen In" section and of course, see what's new with Vans Girls apparel, footwear, accessories and more!

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