To celebrate the Vans x Yo Gabba Gabba! collection, characters Brobee, Foofa and Plex rolled by three Vans retail stores to meet and greet with fans over the past month. The characters stopped by Southlake Town Square in Dallas, TX, Palisades Center in West Nyack, NY and Sunrise Mall in Citrus Heights, CA. Each event drew a giant crowd and tons of people went home with a free picture of their experience. Check out the photos and thanks for everyone who came out. Look for more announcements in 2011 about Vans and Yo Gabba Gabba!
Catch Motorhead playing along with Clutch and Valient Thorr on a 4 month long tour starting on January 25th at the House of Blues in Anaheim, CA. While you wait until they come to a city near you, download Valient Thorr's song 'Double Crossed' for free on their site! Get tickets now before they sell out.
Congrats to Vans Surf Team rider Kalani Chapman for winning the "Wave of the Winter" contest on Surfline. Not only does the North Shore local get bragging rights for catching an insane barrel at Pipeline, there's also a check for $25,000 coming his way. Check out his winning wave.
Each week, take a journey with funny man Chris Nieratko on his zany adventures around the world with the most colorful skate personalities in the biz. When everyone zigs, our boy Chris is sure to zag. You might need earmuffs for this one, kiddies. Airing now on OffTheWall.tv, he catches up with Daniel Lutheran as he travels to the next Toy Machine Video Premiere of "Brain Wash."
The 2011 Vans MX athletes have been hard at work these last few weeks in preparation for the upcoming Monster Energy Supercross Season! The supercross series starts in about 2 weeks with the first race taking place at Angels Stadium in Anaheim, California January 8th. Keep your eyes and ears open for athletes Ryan Villopoto and Jake Weimer aboard the Factory Monster Energy Kawasaki 450's. Monster Energy Pro-Circuit is back on board with a stacked team of five riders this year aboard the 250F Lites class with Dean Wilson, Tyla Rattray, Josh Hansen, Broc Tickle and Blake Baggett. Good luck in the upcoming season guys!
A special holiday gift for Vans Warped Tour fans! Get 10 FREE songs on iTunes from 2011 VWT bands. Just head on over to the iTunes Facebook page to redeem your offer and get to rockin' out. This is only for a limited time, so get them while they're hot.
Featured on Social Distortion's first album in over six years, Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes, which is set for release on January 18, "California (Hustle & Flow)" is a soulful survivor's story set to the tone of blues grooving guitars, swelling rhythm and smoky backup singers. "Social D's trademark brew of punk, country, and Stonesy blues raunch feels weirdly, surprisingly fresh on Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes," says SPIN.Social Distortion will be hitting the road in January for a west coast tour in support of Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes. Don't miss out! Pre-order the new album and get your tickets now!
The newest rider on the Vans BMX Team, Dakota Roche, gives you the low down on the newest addition to the Spring '11 collection, the La Cripta Ligero shoes, and puts in some work on his Cult bike at a couple Orange County skateparks with a bonus trailer grind and hefty 180. Check it.
Each year, the Association of Surfing Professionals chooses the world's 34 top ranked surfers to compete in next years World Championship Tour. It's what every grom dreams of. For the second year in a row, Vans team rider Pat Gudauskas has qualified! These top 34 surfers are setting the bar for what is shaping up to be one of the most exciting seasons in ASP history. Congratulations to Pat!
Have you been keeping up with our Do It Yourself series on the Vans Girls Blog? This week we show you how to make a fleece blanket, the perfect last minute Christmas gift for anyone that you may have missed. Also, learn how to make a hooded scarf and many more cool things!
Last Thursday night, Vans supported artist Dennis McNett opened his new show “Reaping Waves and Vital Vessels: The Passing of the Wolfbats” at a gallery in New York. Not only was the gallery full of his new work, there was a crazy viking parade around the streets of Chelsea, including two 30-foot viking ships, drummers and fireworks leading to the gallery. Talk about an art show; watch Dennis creating the work in his studio on OffTheWall.tv.
Vans and Shadow Conspiracy teamed up to shred Southern California and try out the new shoe that the two companies designed over the past year. Featuring Trey Jones, Alistair Whitton, Ty Morrow and Lahsaan Kobza, the four riders hit up the trails, streets and skateparks for some good times. For now, check out the teaser for an in depth look at the creation of the Vans X Shadow shoe coming in January 2011.
If your in the LA area this weekend, lengendary skaters Steve and Alex Olson will be opening an art show together today, December 18th at Los Angeles's Known Gallery.
The opening reception is going down tonight, but you can see their work until January 8th, 2011. It’s definitely worth checking out.
2011 is shaping up to be quite the summer. Six more bands have been added to next years Vans Warped Tour- The Wonder Years, Grieves with Budo, Winds of Plague, Miss May I, The Dangerous Summer and Woe and Is Me will be joining the first six bands announced last week. Check them out, then be on the lookout for the next announcement on January 5th.
Congrats to Aussie Joel Parkinson for claiming his third consecutive Vans Triple Crown of Surfing title. Check out highlights of today’s action at Pipe and the entire 6-week Vans Triple Crown of Surfing series. Aloha’
Tonight, Dec 16th, friend of Vans Dennis McNett is holding an exhibition, Reaping Waves and Vital Vessels: The Passing of the Wolfbats at the Joshua Liner Gallery in New York, NY from 6-9pm. As part of the exhibition there will be a silent auction including six pairs of Vans Classics shoes and six Vans white tees that been carefully hand-printed by Dennis. All proceeds will be donated to the Andy Kessler Foundation. The show run from December 16th - January 20th 2011. Also, keep your eye out for a special performance.
Day 2 of the 3rd jewel in the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing / Billabong Pipe Masters is on! Watch the world's best surfers rip Pipeline LIVE @ TripleCrownOfSurfing.com, or on the new Vans Live app. Webcast begins @ 7:45am Hawaiian time.
Surfline met up with Vans Surf Team rider John Florence to chat about highlights of the WQS and being "kinda" intimidated surfing against Kelly Slater. John will be going up against Slater when the third jewel of the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing, Billabong Pipe Masters contest resumes. Good luck John!
If you haven't seen the first three episodes of Adventures with Chris featuring Vans Skate Team rider Gilbert Crockett, make sure you catch up before the fourth and final episode which is live now on OffTheWall.tv. This episode has the the one thing you've all been wanting from Gilbert Crockett, skateboarding. Learn about Gilbert's injury from the Maloof Money Cup and why the other episodes were short on skating. We also get to see Gilbert's custom-tailored physical therapy workout as well as Maury from Dominion Skateshop's backwoods mini ramp.
Are you ready for this? The first bands for the 2011 Vans Warped Tour have been announced with Go Radio, We Came As Romans, Dance Gavin Dance, Every Avenue and The Word Alive joining the whole tour kicking off on June 24th in Dallas, TX. Bands will be announced on a weekly basis leading up to the main stage band announcements on March 26th, so don't forget to keep checking back!
If you're in San Francisco this weekend, swing on through the Shooting Gallery as they present "Manos Estranas" by Brooklyn based graphic design company, Morning Breath. The opening reception is this Saturday, December 11th from 7-11pm and you can stop by to see the new work until January 1st, 2011.
Vans and Yo Gabba Gabba are teaming up to bring you characters Brobee, Foofa and Plex live and in person at one of our newest Vans stores in Citrus Heights, CA. There will be tons of giveaways from Yo Gabba Gabba! and Vans between 1pm and 3:30pm, while supplies last. Meet and greet with your favorite characters this Saturday, December 11th and don't forget to check out the newsest Vans and Yo Gabba Gabba! shoe collaboration for the holiday season.
Grab that new board that you got for the holidays and learn to shred. Both Vans parks in Orlando, FL and Orange, CA will be holding instructional skate clinics on Saturday, January 14th from 8am - 12pm. Instruction is offered for street skateboarders ages 6 - 16 and cost is $40 for members and $50 for nonmembers. Spots are limited so sign up today.
Who wants to win a surfboard? How does three sound? We are giving away three, yes three Kookbox Surfboards to one lucky winner. If that doesn't put a smile on your face, a bag full of Vans gear is also part of this awesome contest. So, enter now because the contest ends soon!
The Vans parks knocked out their final Best Trick contest for 2010 last week. The Orlando, FL park threw down a pool party and The Block in Orange, CA unveiled a mystery obstacle. Read the rest to see what went down at each park and find out who took home free shoes. Make sure to stop by either park next year at 7pm on the first Friday of every month to show us what you've got.
Vans BMX teamed up with The Shadow Conspiracy to do a little SoCal road trip this week heading to San Diego, Orange County and Riverside. Trey Jones, Alistair Whitton, Lahsaan Kobza and Ty Morrow will be kicking it all week getting clips and shooting photos, so look out at your local spots for the crew to roll through!
Come join friend of Vans Dennis McNett for an upcoming exhibition, Reaping Waves and Vital Vessels: The Passing of the Wolfbats at the Joshua Liner Gallery in New York, NY on Dec 16th from 6-9pm. As part of the exhibition there will be a silent auction including six pairs of Vans Classics shoes and six Vans white tees that been carefully hand-printed by Dennis. All proceeds will be donated to the Andy Kessler Foundation. The show run from December 16th - January 20th 2011. Also, keep your eye out for a special performance.
Stop by one of the newest Vans stores in Lake Grove, NY at the Smith Haven Mall to meet Vans pro riders Tony Alva, Christian Hosoi, Cory Nastazio and Scotty Cranmer. There will be autographs, giveaways, and more from Vans while supplies last going down today, December 4th at 1pm! See ya there...
Last night Vans and Thalia Surf Shop celebrated the opening of Vans by Thalia Surf Shop in Laguna Beach with 200 or so good friends that included legendary surfers Joel Tudor, Herbie Fletcher and Tyler Hatzikian as well as top longboarders Chris Del Moro, Alex Knost, Jared Mell, Tyler Warren, Nathan Adams and surf-n-shaping phenom Andrew Doheny.
As expected, The 2nd jewel in The Vans Triple Crown of Surfing kicks off again with the O'Neill World Cup of Surfing. The event will be held in a dual heat format to maximize the existing swell, so fans will be getting double the action! Watch live webcast @ VansTripleCrownOfSurfing.com, or on the new Vans Live app. Event kicks off this morning @ 7:45 Hawaiian time.