Vans Downtown Showdown Signed Epiphone Guitar Could Be Yours!

Posted 09/30/2009

An Epiphone Les Paul Special II guitar signed by Vans Downtown Showdown's winning team, Foundation, is up for grabs! Make sure you enter for your chance at this one of a kind guitar!

Meet & Greet With Bucky Lasek This Saturday!

Posted 09/29/2009

Thanks to FUEL TV, Vans Skate Team rider Bucky Lasek will be stopping by Northridge and Culver City, CA area at AT&T stores this Saturday, October 3rd to sign autographs and say hello! Not only will you be able to meet Bucky, prizes will be given away as well. Check the flyer for more details, see ya there!

Escape The Fate Performing At The Biggest Tattoo Show Oct. 2

Posted 09/28/2009

Las Vegas' most notorious rockers Escape The Fate will perform live in their hometown at The Biggest Tattoo Show On Earth in the Mandalay Bay Convention Center at 7:00 PM PT on October 2nd. Admission is free for Las Vegas residents.
The convention is a once in a lifetime opportunity to be tattooed by the world's top artists from around the globe. Industry icons from Japan and Samoa that are otherwise unavailable have been flown in to Las Vegas to work on convention goers. Other expected attendees include Duff McKagan (Velvet Revolver, Guns N' Roses), Evan Sienfeld (Biohazard), Sully Erna (Godsmack), Billy Duffy (The Cult) and Jerry Cantrell (Alice In Chains).

Chase Hawk Wins Ramp Rider Of The Year!

Posted 09/28/2009

To the surprise of Chase Hawk and much of the crowd, the 2009 NORA Cup went to our boy Chase Hawk from Austin, Texas. Chase was nominated in Ramp and Dirt for 2009, which in itself if a pretty big honor. Watch a video of the entire NORA Cup Awards/Party and see how it all went down.

Come SkateThe Vans What If Bus In Washington DC, Baltimore & KOP

Posted 09/28/2009

The Vans What If? bus is rolling by four Vans stores at the beginning of October. Come check out the bus and even try your chance at skating it. There will be tons of giveaways while supplies last and a chance to take home a free pair of shoes. If skating and under 18, please bring a parent to sign a waiver. Check the flyer below for dates.

The lights went out, the fat lady sang...

Posted 09/27/2009

walked off the stage and fell into a diabetic coma...

I always sort of hate it just a little bit when this thing is over. Maybe it's that mindset that says, hey bring a few more teams in and let's go all night. Let's roll out 5 more obstacles and keep rolling fresh guys in there as the gas tank runs dry. What it's really all about though, is the infectious energy that comes with watching many of the most talented skateboarders on the planet simply ripping fresh terrain to shreds...

The results are in!

Posted 09/27/2009

Here are your winners in all categories...

Black Label rehab...

Posted 09/26/2009

12 steps of destruction.

Creature unleashes hell...

Posted 09/26/2009

How many people can stand up to an onslaught of fire brimstone?

FLiP destroys the idea and peace and love...

Posted 09/26/2009

Could it be any less peaceful? All came, most got served...

The little china girl gets brutalized...

Posted 09/26/2009

A virgin no more, she's pretty well-used at this point.

It's on... GET HOT!!!

Posted 09/26/2009

Down here @ Paramount. 11 AM. Forecast says 97 degrees for today, it's already 90. Perfect. Blood. Sweat. No tears....

Friday Night's alright for fighting...

Posted 09/26/2009

Just a quick update on how it's all shaping up and a preview of the obstacles....

Live Behind The Scenes Coverage!

Posted 09/25/2009

For everything during the DTSD, that the camera's don't see, starting tomorrow check out the DTSD Blog and follow @Vans_66 on Twitter!

Rowley Claims The Skateboard Mag Cover

Posted 09/25/2009

With the Extremely Sorry deadline approaching Geoff Rowley, Ewan Bowman and Anthony Acosta drove from LA to Vegas and back in less than a day to get one trick. The result of Geoff's dedication is on the cover of the November issue of The Skateboard Mag!

September Shred Street Contest Vans Skateparks Recap

Posted 09/25/2009

Both Vans skateparks in Orange, CA and Orlando, FL held their September Shred street contests this past weekend. There was definitely a handfull of shred going down at each park. Check out the winners below and stay tuned for a recap video coming soon.

Vans DTSD - Chosen Obstacles & Expected Riders!

Posted 09/24/2009

Get ready to see skateboarding's top pros and ams vie for their piece of $85,000 as the 5th Annual Downtown Showdown invades Paramount Studios' Back Lot this Saturday, September 26. The top teams in skateboarding including Girl, Flip, Blind (2008 Top Team), Creature, Black Label, Foundation, Toy Machine, SK8MAFIA and Zoo York each submitted plans for obstacles and Vans has picked the best of the lot.

Girl, Flip, Black Label and Creature's designs have been chosen and custom built as part of this year's Showdown course.  Each team will session the four unique obstacles in a round-robin format with awards going out for top team, best pro, top am, best performance by obstacle and FUEL TV's Viewer's Choice.

Islands In Stores

Posted 09/23/2009

The brand new album by celebrated progressive pop ensemble Islands is called "Vapours." The aptly titled record offers an intoxicating mix of captivating art rock and hook driven power pop. Futuristic synthesizers and shimmering guitars merge with soulful horn blasts and heartfelt harmonies, all propelled by an assortment of hip shaking, danceable beats to create a modern sound that appeals to both the head and the heart. The album comes out today, September 22nd.  The advance press has been effusive. Islands will play songs from "Vapours" and other favorites in person across North America when they open for the Pscyhedelic Furs starting September 28th.

Clash Of The Titans Art Show

Posted 09/23/2009

If you're going to be around Venice Beach, CA this Saturday, check out an art show of well known graffiti artist and friend of Vans, Axis. His show, Clash of the Titans will have his work on display at The Witzend Gallery until October 5th.

Downtown Showdown Webcast Viewing Party Vans Skateparks

Posted 09/23/2009

Can't make it to Hollywood to watch the Downtown Showdown this weekend?  That's ok... come on out to either Vans Skatepark in Orlando, FL or Orange, CA to watch a live webcast of the Vans Downtown Showdown on Saturday, September 26th.  The Block will be running the webcast viewing from 5pm - 10pm PST and the Orlando park will be running it from 8pm - 11pm with an extra hour of skating.  There will be giveaways from Fuel TV and Vans while supplies last.  Come on out and join us.

Vans DTSD '09 is about to melt your brain

Posted 09/23/2009

It's on again, and like every previous year, expect the unexpected...

Vans Downtown Showdown This Saturday!

Posted 09/22/2009

Watch a live HD webcast of the Vans Downtown Showdown presented by Rockstar Energy Drink this Saturday, September 26 from 5:00 pm to 9:30 pm and you'll have the chance to win a Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback Ralliart. Enter now and watch to find out if you're the lucky winner. Also, for the first time ever, we're asking webcast viewers to vote for FUEL TV's Viewers Choice Award for the top team which will be presented at the end of the event. FUEL TV will also be providing live cut-ins on the network throughout the contest to keep viewers up to date on all the action!

Salt Lake City Dew Tour

Posted 09/21/2009

Congrats to Vans team rider Bucky Lasek who took first place in Skate Vert this past weekend at the Salt Lake City stop of the Dew Tour. Bucky's run was jam-packed with 360's, switch 360's, blunt slides, backlips and more to make not only the crowd, but the judges happy. This win puts Bucky back on top heading into the Orlando stop with two out of three wins under his belt. Another big show in Salt Lake City was in BMX Dirt with TJ Ellis battling it out for a spot in the finals and proved himself with a huge backflip no-hander and a first-ever front flip tailwhip on the last set.

Exclusive Datarock Video Footage

Posted 09/21/2009

You've got to check out this exclusive video from Datarock featuring the band.. SKYDIVING!!!


Watch The Vans Downtown Showdown And Win A Car!

Posted 09/18/2009

When you tune in on Saturday, September 26 to see skate's top pros and ams at the Vans Downtown Showdown presented by Rockstar Energy Drink, in addition to seeing amazing skating on gnarly one-of-a-kind team-designed obstacles, you'll have a little more incentive to watch the action live and in HD. Thanks to Mitsubishi, we're giving one lucky viewer a Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback Ralliart, fully loaded with a 710watt Rockford Fosgate stereo and 40GB HDD Navigation system. See how you can enter to win today. Good luck!

VWT's Kevin Lyman Is Everywhere!

Posted 09/17/2009

Vans Warped Tour Mastermind Kevin Lyman stops by FUEL TV's "The Daily Habit" today at 5:30pm ET/PT. Also on the show, FUEL's Jordan Morris goes to the 15th Anniversary Party to talk all things Warped with NoFx, Bad Religion, Under Oath and Ice-T. Plus, catch a web exclusive Q & A conversation with Kevin from Alternative Press. And, in case you missed it, last night he appeared on Last Call with Carson Daly chatting about how it all started 15 years ago. Geeze Kevin, what's next?

$800 September Shred Street Contest At Both Vans Skateparks

Posted 09/16/2009

Bummed that you have to go back to school? Vans Skateparks can get you hyped again and back on your board with the September Shred street contest. On Saturday, September 19th both Vans parks in Orange, CA & Orlando, FL will be putting $800 up for grabs. Check out the flyer for details. Please note that the main street course at each park will be closed all day for the comp.

VWT 15th Anniversary Celebration Hits Theatres Nationwide This Thursday

Posted 09/15/2009

Tickets are going fast for an exclusive One Night Event taking place this Thursday, September 17th in over 460+ movie theaters nationwide. The show features a two hour compilation of the best performances from the 15th Anniversary Celebration recorded in Los Angeles on September 6th at Club Nokia. This theater event features 3OH!3, All-American Rejects, The Aggrolites, Bad Religion, Blink 182, Ice T, Katy Perry, NOFX, Ozomatli, Pennywise, The Decaydance All Stars, Rise Against and Underoath all on the big screen with performances and exclusive behind the scenes footage.

Interview With Josh Borden

Posted 09/14/2009

Vans Skate Team rider Josh Borden isn't only a nice guy, he can skate "like a bat out of hell." Get to know Josh in this massive interview done on his way to NorCal with Concrete Disciples.

Andy Kessler Tribute

Posted 09/14/2009

Tragedy recently struck the world of skateboarding when Andy Kessler was sadly taken all too soon from his family, friends and the world of skateboarding. Today, The Daily Habit celebrates the life of one of New York City's most influential skateboarders and park designers, Andy Kessler. Three of Andy's close friends, Chris Pastras, Rick Charnoski and Dan Levy join in the studio to share some of their favorite memories. Plus, cameras were sent out to New York City to speak with some of the skaters who knew him best. Tune in tonight at 5:30pm ET/PT.

Every Time I Die's Keith Buckley Bike Run

Posted 09/14/2009

In celebration of their forthcoming album, New Junk Aesthetic (out Sept 15), Every Time I Die wants you to "whip out your hog" and ride along with frontman Keith Buckley from Los Angeles to San Diego then from San Diego back up to Pomona on the "Easy Tigers In Denim" bike run on Sept 18.

Vans Is Proud To Launch

Posted 09/11/2009

Now you can access Vans products, athletes, news, events, download FREE wallpapers and find the Vans store nearest you just by going to All on your mobile device...anywhere, anytime!

First Ever European Vans Downtown Showdown

Posted 09/11/2009

There is just one day to go until the first European edition of the Vans Downtown Showdown, sponsored by Fiat Freestyle Team, taking place on the top of the Lingotto Building, Torino, on Saturday, September 12th. 300 lucky people will get to watch the event live on the roof of the Lingotto Building, for those not fortunate enough to be there, a live webcast will go out from the event for all to view!

Vans Downtown Showdown Coming September 26

Posted 09/11/2009

Join Vans on Saturday, September 26 to see top pros and ams vie for their piece of $85,000, as the 5th Annual Vans Downtown Showdown invades Paramount Studios' Back Lot. With top skateboard companies and their riders submitting design ideas for one of four custom obstacles to be built against the Brooklyn brownstone movie set, the Vans Downtown Showdown is always one of the most unique contests of the year. Watch it on the web: Catch a live HD webcast of the entire event, powered by FUEL TV, at, Saturday, September 26 from 5:00 pm to 9:30 pm. FUEL TV will also be providing live cut-ins on the network throughout the contest to keep viewers up to date on all the action!

Watch & Win: Tune in to the live webcast for your chance to win prize packs from Vans and Rockstar Energy drink plus an Epiphone Les Paul Jr. guitar.

Who: The top teams in skateboarding including Girl, Flip, Blind, Creature, Black Label, Foundation, Toy Machine, SK8MAFIA and Zoo York

What: Each team will session four unique, custom-made obstacles in a round-robin format with awards going out for top team, best pro, top am and best performance by obstacle.

When: Saturday, September 26 at 5 pm (doors open at 4 pm)

Where: Paramount Studios Back Lot

Prize Purse: $85,000 in cash and prizes for individual and team winners

Vans BMX Team Meet & Greet @ Salt Lake City Vans Store

Posted 09/10/2009

BMX Team Riders Ryan Guettler, Gary Young, Diogo Canina, Luke Parslow, Alistair Whitton, Colin Mackay, Josh Harrington, Coco Zurita & Jaie Toohey will be rolling by the Vans store at Fashion Place in Murray, UT on Tuesday, September 15 @ 6:30PM. Get there early because the first 100 people in line will receive a limited edition Vans tee.  Autographs, Vans giveaways and more while supplies last. Don't miss it!

Vans Triple Crown of Surfing Winter Travel Deal

Posted 09/10/2009

There has never been a better time to visit Oahu's North Shore! Come experience the winter big wave phenomenon that is the stage of the prestigious Vans Triple Crown of Surfing presented by Rockstar Energy Drink. The VTCS is excited to announce its ongoing partnership with the luxurious Turtle Bay Resort on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii. The 5-star Turtle Bay Resort is Oahu's only true full-service luxury resort, located in the pristine surf-side setting of the famous North Shore, where every room boasts an ocean view.

Vans Downtown Showdown Presented By Rockstar Coming September 26

Posted 09/09/2009

Join Vans on Saturday, September 26 to see top pros and ams vie for their piece of $85,000, as the 5th Annual Vans Downtown Showdown invades Paramount Studios' Back Lot. With top skateboard companies and their riders submitting design ideas for one of four custom obstacles to be built against the Brooklyn brownstone movie set, the Vans Downtown Showdown is always one of the most unique contests of the year.

Alex Perelson Featured On "The Daily Habit"

Posted 09/08/2009

Straight from a massive win at the 2009 Maloof Money Cup Vert competition, Vans Skate Team rider Alex Perelson drops by FUEL TV's "The Daily Habit." Tune in tonight at 6pm PT.

Ashley Fiolek Wins Championship Despite Broken Collarbone

Posted 09/08/2009

Vans MX Team rider Ashley Fiolek, the 2009 X Games Women's Moto-X Gold Medalist and 2008 AMA Women's Motocross Champion put in a courageous ride to clinch the 2009 WMX Championship on Saturday, Sept.5th at Steel City Raceway in Delmont, PA. Less than a day after throwing out the first pitch at a Pittsburgh Pirates home game at PNC Park, Fiolek lined up against the best women motocross racers in the country for the finale of the AMA Women's Motocross Championship.

Andrew Doheny Makes The PacSun Surfing America U.S. Team

Posted 09/04/2009

Vans Surf Team rider Andrew Doheny, from Newport Beach, CA and notably one of the best 16 year-old surfers in North America, was chosen by Ian Carins and Surfing America to be one of 5 to represent the US in the under boys 18 division. From here, the chosen 5 will battle it out to see who will represent and surf for the U.S. in the ISA World Junior Surfing Championships to be held in late January 2010 in New Zealand.

Vans Closet - Find Your Picture!

Posted 09/04/2009

If you were one of the lucky girls to stop by the Vans Closet on the Vans Warped Tour be sure to find your pictures! Check out the Styles, the poses and all of the fun that was had at the Vans Closet!  Hope to see you next year!

Thursday To Release Common Existence Digital Deluxe Edition

Posted 09/04/2009

Groundbreaking post-hardcore rockers Thursday will release a digital "Deluxe Edition" of their critically acclaimed album Common Existence on Sept 15.  The digital only release will include 3 new songs, 1 remix and 1 demo as well as the music video for the single "Resuscitation of a Dead Man" and a digital booklet.

Watch the trailer for the digital "Deluxe Edition" of Common Existence!

New Video From Eudora

Posted 09/04/2009

Check out Eudora's new video, "Digging Up The Dead."

European Surf Vacation 2009

Posted 09/03/2009

Vans Surf Team riders Joel Tudor, Alex Knost, and Captain Fin creator Mitch Abshere, head to Europe for the Playa Salinas Longboard Festival in Asturias, Spain. With a promising forecast in Southern France the crew makes the journey to Biarritz and scored some epic conditions. Along the way they manage to make a quick stop in Amsterdam, squeeze in a night session at the go cart track, and score some epic sessions in France. Take a look at part 1!

State Radio and Vans want YOU to win a pair of Vans and State Radio Prize Pack!!

Posted 09/03/2009


To commemorate the release of their new album "Let It Go", State Radio have teamed up with Vans Shoes for an amazing giveaway contest!  
Check out the prizing:  

1 Grand Prize winner will receive 5 pairs of Vans "Authentic" sneakers and a special State Radio prize pack, including an autographed copy of the brand new album from State Radio "Let It Go"  

4 Runner up winners will receive a Vans Prize Pack and a autographed copy of the brand new album from State Radio "Let It Go"
To enter the contest all you have to do is become a fan of State Radio on Facebook and then visit the Event page and RSVP to the State Radio/Vans Giveaway Contest.  

Become a Fan of State Radio
RSVP to the Contest at the Event page

Get this awesome contest started State Radio would like to give YOU a FREE MP3 download of their newest single "Calling All Crows"

Limited Tickets Left For Vans Warped Tour 15th Anniversary Show

Posted 09/02/2009

Hey So Cal Vans Warped Tour Fans! Rise Against, Katy Perry, All-American Rejects, Ice T and so many more will be rockin' out at the VWT 15th Anniversary Celebration this Sunday, September 6th at Club Nokia in Los Angeles. Floor and general admission tickets are still available, but they are going fast. This show is 15 years in the making, so don't miss out.

Jason Lytle Concert on NPR's All Songs Considered

Posted 09/02/2009

A captivating live performance by singer/songwriter Jason Lytle will be featured on NPR's popular online music program All Songs Considered on September 3. Lytle, acclaimed for his work with previous band Grandaddy, has been touring in support of his remarkable new solo album "Yours Truly, the Commuter," a collection of cinematic like ruminations on isolation and resilience that Spin described as "a textured homage to the lush and laid-back West Coast dream life of his youth" and the BBC called "an adventurous and engaging record that gives more on every listen."

5th Annual Downtown Showdown!

Posted 09/01/2009

Yes, yes, y''s Vans Downtown Showdown time! We've got the best teams and the best obstacles yet for the 5th annual event. It will all go down on the backlot of Paramount Studios on September 26th. If you can't make it down, full coverage can be seen via live webcast. This will be your destination for all things DTSD; pre-event updates, contests giveaways viewing of the live webcast and more. Start getting excited cause it's around the corner!

Going To Be A Mad House With These Teams

Posted 09/01/2009

Girl, Flip, Blind, Creature, Black Label, Foundation, Toy Machine, SK8 Mafia, and Zoo York are this year's teams who will be competing in the DTSD. What pro and am riders will be representin' for their team? Guess you won't find out until it happens...

New Session Schedule & Reduced Pricing @ Vans Skateparks

Posted 09/01/2009

Starting Tuesday, September 1st, 2009 both skateparks will be running on brand new session schedules and pricing.  We heard you loud and clear so now Vans Skateparks will have a one-time fee to skate each day!  There are no longer two-hour sessions and both member and non-member pricing have been reduced.  Please be aware that BMX sessions have been officially extended at each park so some previous skate sessions have changed. Please see the image below for all details on the changes.

Escape The Fate To Get "Loco" With Hollywood Undead And Atreyu

Posted 09/01/2009

Hot off a headlining slot on the Vans Warped Tour, Las Vegas' most notorious and controversial rock band, Escape The Fate, have announced they will join Hollywood Undead and Atreyu on "The Vatos Locos Tour" this fall. 
Touring in support of their hit album, This War Is Ours, Escape The Fate continue their quest for worldwide domination.  From their contentiously provocative video for their latest single, "10 Miles Wide," to their outrageous antics and scandalous rumors that continuously follow them, it's evident that Escape The Fate are one of the most talked about bands in the country.

Vans Surf Crew Blows Up At ECSC

Posted 09/01/2009

Vans Surf Team riders Tanner Stromenger and Karina Petroni both locked down victories at this years 47th annual East Coast Surfing Championships held this past weekend in Virginia Beach. Tropical Storm Danny brought fun chest high waves to 1st Street Jetty stoking out the competitors and spectators alike. The event also featured pro BMX and Skateboarding demos put on by Vans, live music, mandatory bikini contest and a ton more; so go check out the pics, event blog and complete results!

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