On Saturday, February 6th we are opening a new store in Costa Mesa, CA. Come out and get autographs from Vans pros- Christian Hosoi, Joel Tudor, Omar Hassan and Jeff Grosso. We will also have the What If? Skate Bus complete with half pipe for you to skate and tons of giveaways and prizes from Vans and Rockstar.
The Winter X Games is no stranger from being the premier action sports event in the world, bringing more than 200 of the best action sports athletes including past Olympians to compete in Aspen every year. As the sport progresses each year, riders bust out more and more insane tricks and suprise us all. This year will be no different. Keep an eye out for Vans team riders Andreas Wiig, Hana Beaman, Eric Willett and Cheryl Mass bringing their skills to the mountain. Full coverage will be broadcasted live on ESPN.
Dominque "TK" Sanders lands one of the smoothest tre flips over the loading dock we've ever seen @ The Block in Orange, CA. Check out the vid filmed by Chris Davis.
Vans Snow Team rider Markus Keller nabbed the cover of not one, but two magazines this month! Pleasure Mag in Europe and Snowboarder Magazine in the States both decided that this unique angle of Markus busting out a handplant was too good to pass up. Congratulations to Markus for his outstanding season so far!
Get the whole lowdown on the Vans - Hellz Bellz project. We'll be blogging live TONIGHT from the party and uploading videos and photos throughout the evening. You can follow the happenings from the event by clicking on the news section on Vans.com/Hellz.
After the the rain storm settled in So Cal this past week and the Dirt Wurx crew put in a solid 48hrs of building probably one of the best tracks of the season Anaheim 2 was ready for some West Coast racing. Vans and Monster Energy Pro-Circuit Kawasaki rider Jake Weimer and fellow Pro-Circuit teammate, Josh Hansen, won both of there heat races with ease landing them both solid gate picks for the nights main event.
Both skateparks started off the year with their monthly best trick contests. The skaters came, they saw and one person took home a pair of shoes and got a spot on the monthly winner's plaque. Check out the recaps of the contest from below and don't forget to check out the video from The Block.
Vans team rider Andrew Doheny is on the US Team for the ISA World Junior Championships and is over with the rest of the US Team in Piha, New Zealand. Piha is a beautiful black sand beach, don't know if it has the best reputation for good waves, but we'll see how it goes. They ran round 1, and so far everyone from the US team has advanced through. You can check out the live action right here. Go Andrew!
For all you music lovers and party people out there, Coachella is hitting Southern California soon. The weekend-long music festival brings the world's hottest bands to one of the hottest parts of California. Be sure to check out the artists we back such as; P.O.S., Devo, The Specials, Coheed and Cabria, Z-Trip, Dillinger Escape Plan, Frank Turner and more.
Brooks wackerman (Bad Religion) will be performing with his new band KIDNEYS at the Slide Bar in Fullerton CA this Friday the 22nd of Jan. @ 10:45pm
Legendary musician Roky Erickson triumphantly returns on April 20th with the Anti Record's release True Love Cast Out All Evil his first new album in fourteen years. Produced by Will Sheff and featuring his band Okkervil River backing Erickson, the record is comprised largely of unreleased songs that Austin, Texas native Erickson wrote throughout his decades-long career - detailing with heart-breaking candor a harrowing life that has included shock treatment, imprisonment, mental illness, and irreversible loss. With a wisdom that can only be marshaled by someone who has been through all of the this, Erickson also interjects the songs with love, hope, and spiritual grace.
At age 27, Vans team rider and FMX superstar Mat Rebeaud claims pretty much all the top spots in every major freestyle contest in the world. The man from Switzerland has been training at the Red Bull Compound in California and is ready with big plans and hopes for what's to come in 2010. Want to know more about Mat? You can find him in the March issue Racer X.
Shadows Fall are getting ready to kick off the 2nd leg of their U.S. tour with Five Finger Death Punch, God Forbid and 2 Cents. Before they hit the road this Thursday, Shadows Fall are pleased to announce their first ever headlining tour of Canada. The tour starts on Wednesday February 24th in Calgary, Alberta. Support on the tour will come from Bison B.C. and Baptized in Blood.
Gary Young is back riding after a couple weeks off with a little roto-rooter on his shoulder. Turns out a bone spurs can feel like a torn rotator cuff and GY is back in business sooner than expected. The only thing Gary has to do is wear as much leather as possible to remind his body that he is a bad-ass. Be sure to check out Gary's Then and Now segment on Vital BMX where he talks about growing up with BMX.
Congratulations again to Vans and Monster Energy Pro-Circuit Kawasaki rider Jake Weimer for his second win in Phoenix over the weekend. Jake is also in first place in the Supercross Lites West Point Standings. In the 450 class, Ryan Villopoto scores a second place finish after some drama goes down on the track. The season heads back to California for Anaheim 2, where things might get a little muddy.
Here in Southern California, Vans is proud to partner with Surf Ride in the $100K Freedom Surf Series kicking off January 23 at Seaside Reef in Encinitas.
The Wendy's Invitational, stop two of the Winter Dew Tour hits Snowbasin, Utah this weekend. Look out for Vans team riders Hana Beaman, Andreas Wiig, Eric Willett and Nick Poohachoff going for victory. Check it out airing live on NBC throughout the weekend and you can be front and center for the show.
From the man who started the Freestyle Mototcross Revolution and let it all slip away, comes a super heavy film, Mind Of The Demon: The Larry Linkogle Story. The story of long-time Vans Motocross Legend's love of the sport and hate for the rules is told by friends, enemies and every top industy name. This is real as it gets. The film continues its festival trail to X-Dance and Slamdance and will be released on DVD in February.
Vans and Monster Energy Pro-Circuit Kawasaki rider Jake Weimer was victorious in the season opener for the 250 West Supercross Lites event which took place last Saturday in Anaheim, CA! Jake got the holeshot and never looked back. In the 450's class, another Vans and Monster Energy Pro-Circuit Kawasaki rider, Ryan Villopoto, got a great start, rode hard in third place for most of the race and ended up fifth. What does the 2010 season have in store for us? We'll just have to see. But for now, look out for the next race in Phoenix this Saturday, January 16th.
Check out an amazing new song off the upcoming Galactic album "YA-KA-MAY" right now for absolutely free over at Spinner.com. The song is a totally modern sounding bit of soul-funk-dub called ‘Heart of Steel' and features an electrifying vocal turn by New Orleans legend Irma Thomas. To hear the song just click here.
Want some fresh kicks to start 2010 off right? You're in luck because we just released all new spring skate shoes including Anthony Van Engelen's sixth pro model, the "AV6." Also look for new color-ups in all your other favorite styles including the Chukka Low, J-Lay and TNT II Mid, plus Geoff Rowley's 13th signature shoe, the Rowley "Style 99's" which drop in March.
Looks like the Vans Warped Tour pre-sale will be kicking off on March 26th so don't forget to mark your calendars! As we have in the past the pre-sale will be for a select number of tickets in each city and your specially priced package will include a comp CD, a jump the line pass and a cool limited edition souvenir ticket. Look for details in February and be ready on 3/26 as we sold out of over 80% of these tickets in 2009.
Judging from their name, The Suicidal Tendencies were never afraid of a little controversy. Formed in Venice, CA, during the early 80's the group's leader from the beginning was outspoken vocalist Mike Muir. The outfit specialized in vicious hardcore early on - building a huge following among skateboarders, lending a major hand in the creation of skatepunk - before turing their focus eventually to thrash metal. Through it all, Suicidal Tendencies has maintained a strong connection to its Venice roots and to skate, to which Vans pays heed with the Vans x Suicidal Tendencies collection.
Haven't made it on the Vans Be Here billboard in Times Square yet? Make sure you send in your message and/or photo before it's too late! Today's topic: What inspires you?
Congratulations to Vans MX Team rider Ryan Villopoto for scoring the cover of Racer X's February issue. Ryan has been practicing and getting ready for the start of the AMA Supercross Season on January 9th in Anaheim, CA. Good luck in your second season racing the big bikes!