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No Room for Rock Stars Clip #2 has Arrived!

Posted 09/30/2011

Would you hold up a sign for a half hour to self promote your band? Welcome to the Vans Warped Tour. Bands from all over the world come to live their dreams every summer in over 40 stops. Watch an outtake from the 300 hours of film shot during the 2010 tour from the No Room for Rock Stars: The Vans Warped Tour documentary coming out early 2012. Don't forget to sign up for updates on the film!

"The Art of FLIGHT" World Tour Hits Denver

Posted 09/29/2011

After two years of traveling the world documenting the best riders in the world with the best cameras and crew on the planet, Brain Farm Cinema has finally delivered their masterpiece, "The Art Of FLIGHT." This travel-based, documentary style snowboard film aims to not only show the best snowboarding on some of the farthest reaches of the planet, but also the story behind what it takes to get there. "The Art Of FLIGHT" showcases the incredibly talented snowboarding of Vans team riders Mark Landvik and Eric Willett alongside Travis Rice and many other guest stars as they trek to mountains across the globe in search of the perfect shred. With a bigger budget, a larger crew and the experience of their previous endeavors, Brain Farm Cinema has created a film that will once again set the standard for every action sports movie, no matter what the discipline, to follow for years to come. Check out photos and read what Mark Landvik had to say from the latest stop of the movie's World Tour.

Vital BMX Game of Bike presented by Vans this Saturday

Posted 09/28/2011

The second annual Vital BMX Game of BIKE is going down this Saturday, October 1st at Vans Skatepark in Orange, California! See 28 of the top riders go head-to-head for bragging rights and some serious dough. All of the profits from the event are going straight to the Athlete Recovery Fund. Can't make it to Vans to watch the event live? We're hosting a live webcast right here on Vital BMX. Stay tuned for announcements on invited riders! Until then, check out the results and all of the action from last year's Game of BIKE.

Johnny Layton Makes Your Jaw Drop on Skateboarder

Posted 09/27/2011

While in DC, Vans team rider Johnny Layton blasted over a massive gap at Freedom Plaza and Skateboarder was there to make it their October/November cover. Nice work, J-Lay! While you have it in your hands, flip to the Vans East Coast Tour article to see what happens when the crew gets together.

Vans x Yo Gabba Gabba! Back for Holiday Season

Posted 09/26/2011

Back by popular demand, Vans once again joins forces with The Magic Store and W!LDBRAIN Entertainment for a new Vans x Yo Gabba Gabba! collection just in time for the holiday season. Whether its story time, dancey dance time or making funny faces, the Vans x Yo Gabba Gabba!collection features four new styles and will fit the whole family. Brobee, Foofa and Muno are featured in a full character color Slip-On along with one style that includes all the beloved faces of the Yo Gabba Gabba! crew.

This collection represents the fun of both the Vans brand and the Yo Gabba Gabba!series. The packaging is designed with Vans skate culture and Yo Gabba Gabba!flare. Customers can interact with their favorite characters by coloring the box to make it their own. Even character details are showcased in the shoe designs. Brobee, the only character who changes facial expressions, is mimicked in the shoe style with one shoe featuring a happy face and one with a sad face.

The new styles will be available in toddler (4 – 10), kids (10.5 – 4) and adult sizing (3.5 – 13) retailing for $32, $37 and $50 respectively. Vans is excited to team up with the popular series for another very colorful collaboration that is sure to be a hit for all ages. The collection ships October 1st, 2011 and will be available at Vans retail stores, Vans.com and other

Dakota Roche Scores Cover of DIG BMX Magazine

Posted 09/24/2011

Within 3 weeks of scoring his first cover of BMX Plus!, Vans team rider Dakota Roche scored his second cover shot this month with a man-sized ice-pick grind down a 21-stair rail of the September/October issue DIG BMX Magazine. Quite a month for the HB local; a bronze medal at X Games, two covers and now he is over in Europe on a huge Cult trip. Life is good. Check out Vans Flow Team rider Steve Croteau's interview as well in the mag. Congrats guys!

Announcing the 2011 Vans Triple Crown of Surfing

Posted 09/23/2011

The Vans Triple Crown of Surfing, presented by Rockstar Energy Drink, is pleased to announce its upcoming winter surf season in Hawaii that will be the final stop of the 2011 Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Tour, crowning this year's men's world surfing champion! The Series will run from November 12 through December 20, on the North Shore of Oahu, and will offer a total prize purse of $830,000. The Vans Triple Crown of Surfing is the most prestigious surfing series in the world, featuring the top rated surfers in some of the largest waves on the planet.

September Shred Skate Contest at Vans Skateparks this Saturday

Posted 09/21/2011

Don't forget this Saturday, September 24th, both Vans Skateparks in Orlando, FL and Orange, CA will be hosting the 4th annual September Shred Skate Contest. Registration starts at 10am and the contest gets rolling at 1pm. Prizes include $500 for 1st place in the sponsored division, $300 for 1st place in the ages 14+ division and giant sponsor prize packs for 1st place in the ages 6 - 13 division. Come out and join us!

Dane Gudauskas Covers Surfing Magazine

Posted 09/20/2011

The November issue of Surfing Magazine features Vans' own Dane Gudauskas along with a few page interview. Ironically enough, on the next page we hear from teammate Timmy Reyes who explains the ambitions that got him where he is today. Also, take a look at 17 year old Leila Hurst's conversation about building a new life in Newport Beach, CA. This issue's a goodie. Check it.

Suicidal Tendencies, Vans & DQM Celebrate NYC’s “The General”

Posted 09/19/2011

Vans and DQM followed up Thursday’s big opening day and private event at the new Vans DQM General store in NYC with a larger party for the community on Friday, September 16 at the House of Vans in Brooklyn featuring food, drink and a performance by Suicidal Tendencies.

Ryan Villopoto Makes it a Double Championship Year

Posted 09/19/2011

What an accomplishment for Vans Monster Energy Kawasaki's Ryan Villopoto who completed a perfect '11 season earning both the AMA Supercross Championship and his first 450-class AMA Motocross Championship! How did he follow that up? Well, he helped lead Team USA to its seventh-straight victory at the Motocross of Nations (MXoN) at Circuit du Puy de Poursay in St. Jean-D'Angely, France. Congrats, Ryan and Team USA!

Vans DQM General NYC Now Open

Posted 09/18/2011

Vans' first store in Manhattan, the Vans DQM General in SOHO is now open. Located at 93 Grand, the Vans DQM General is Vans’ first store in Manhattan and the co-branded project with local skate and streetwear purveyor DQM is the first of a kind in the United States for Vans.

Zac Marben Solo Art Show in Laguna Beach

Posted 09/15/2011

Join Vans Snow Team rider Zac Marben for his first solo exhibition which features all new paint, ink and paper-incorporated works at AR4T Gallery in Laguna Beach, CA. The show will also feature the music of El Mysterioso and Dano Forte's Juke Joint Freakshow. Opening reception is Saturday, September 17th from 7pm - 10pm, and the show runs until October 2nd. Come out to see some great art and awesome live music.

Supply And Demand Show at House of Vans this Past Weekend

Posted 09/14/2011

The Supply and Demand Show was a group show at House of Vans in Brooklyn, NY featuring works by Chris Yormick, Rich Jacobs, Russ Pope and Jay Howell. It opened this past Saturday night, September 10th to a great crowd of folks who ventured out to see this truly unique show and installation. The artists arrived a week earlier to paint the ramps for the show, which turned out amazing. There was a gallery space where folks could purchase some original work, dj, drinks, food trucks, it was quite the event. Take a look at photos and stayed tuned for a video as well.

Vans Celebrates 3 Million Facebook Likes w/ a Mastodon Exclusive

Posted 09/13/2011

As a big thanks to all of you for 3 million Likes on Facebook, we've called in a favor from some of our friends. Mastodon will be doing a LIVE chat on September 27th, which is the release date for Mastodon’s highly anticipated new studio album, The Hunter. This is Mastodon’s 5th studio album and follows their universally acclaimed concept album, Crack the Skye released in March 2009. The band will have plenty to talk about so make sure to be prepared to have your witty, scintillating questions answered with equally razor-sharp, sardonic answers from the band, and in the meantime check our page for more special Mastodon announcements.

Alex Knost Wins Vans Joel Tudor Duct Tape Invitational in Malibu

Posted 09/12/2011

The Vans Joel Tudor Duct Tape Invitational went down this past weekend, September 9 and 10, at world-famous Surfrider Beach in Malibu, CA, with 16 of the best longboarders in the world riding 12-lb, single fin leashless boards along with some serious style and nose riding all for a $10,000 purse. The first Southern California stop of the series came through with fun surf, beautiful weather and big crowds and was held in conjunction with the Malibu Surf Association's MSA Classic. After whittling the initial 16 down to the four finalists, Alex Knost took home $4,000 for first place, Justin Quintal $3,000 for second, Christian Wach $2,000 for third and Harrison Roach pocketed $1,000 for fourth spot. Knost's win in Malibu follows a first place finish in the Duct Tape Invitational in Santa Cruz earlier this year.

Introduced last year at the East Coast Surfing Championships in Virginia Beach, the Duct Tape Invitationals are an innovative series of events Vans developed with Joel Tudor showcasing longboarding in its purest aesthetic and pushing the envelope on traditional longboarding technique. In addition to Virginia Beach, Vans has brought the Duct Tape Invitational to legendary Ditch Plains in Montauk, NY, Steamer Lane in Santa Cruz, CA, and Playa Salinas in Salinas, Spain.

Check out a complete set of photos from the Malibu Duct Tape on Vans Flickr page: http://www.flickr.com/photos/vans1966/

For more photos and videos from the Duct Tape Invitational check

4th Annual September Shred Skate Contest at Vans Skateparks

Posted 09/11/2011

It's that time of the year again! Time for the 4th annual September Shred Street Contest at each Vans Skatepark (Orange, CA & Orlando, FL). On Saturday, September 24th both parks will be hosting the contest which will include cash prizes and tons swag for the winners. Come out and see your locals give it their best. Registration starts at 10am (spots limited) and the contest starts at 1pm. See you there!

Get Out & Do Something Tour Video and Photos

Posted 09/10/2011

In August of 2011, legendary Vans pro skateboarders Ray Barbee and John Cardiel toured seven Vans stores in Texas and Oklahoma on the Get Out and Do Something Tour. Barbee and the Mattson 2 played live sets in each store, and Cardiel spun his favorite tunes. Prizes were given out to fans and fun was had by all! Explore and find out what went down, and stay tuned in 2012 to see where the tour will end up next.

Vans Riders Nominated for Ride BMX NORA Cup

Posted 09/09/2011

TransWorld Ride BMX will host its prestigious NORA Cup Awards show for the 15th year honoring BMX's number one riders in seven various categories. The award is determined by polling pro BMXers. The show will be returning to Las Vegas on Thursday, September 15th. Congrats to the multiple Vans team riders nominated for the award this year.

Vans Joel Tudor Duct Tape Invitational Friday & Saturday in Malibu

Posted 09/08/2011

Vans Joel Tudor Duct Tape Invitational is going down this Friday, September 9th and Saturday, September 10th at world-famous Surfrider Beach in Malibu, CA. To get you pumped for this weekend's event Vans will be hosting a live webchat Thursday, September 8th at 7:00pm with Joel Tudor and other Duct Tape competitors. Tune in, hang out and ask questions on the spot! Surf fans can also catch a live webcast of the contest Friday, September 9th at 10:30 am and Saturday, September 10th at 1:30pm.

No Room for Rock Stars Clip #1: Dillinger Escape Plan!

Posted 09/07/2011

No Room for Rock Stars: The Vans Warped Tour documentary is slated to come out in 2012. We know ... that's still a long ways off. To whet your appetite, we're putting together a series of clips that will help the time pass by a little more quickly! Enjoy the first clip, from Vans Warped Tour veteran Dillinger Escape Plan and check back often to be among the first to see exclusive outtakes from the documentary.

Dean Wilson Claims his First Motocross Championship!

Posted 09/06/2011

A huge congratulations goes out to Vans Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki's Dean Wilson as he clinched the 2011 AMA Motocross 250 Lites class Championship with a 1-1 finish at this past weekends race held at Steel City Raceway in Delmont, PA. Dean's done it with one race left to go in the 2011 season, and only his second year of professional motorcycle racing!

Videograss Premiere in New York City September 8th

Posted 09/05/2011

Vans is proud to help bring the Videograss World Tour to New York City. On Thursday, September 8th, the Videograss crew will make their way to the heart of Manhattan’s Lower East Side to showcase the two new movies, “Shoot The Moon” and “Retrospect”. Vans Snow Team rider Darrell Mathes, filmmaker Joe Carlino and many other of the films’ riders will be on hand to hang with NYC’s city-bound shredders. Please join us if you’re in the area!

Vans Skate Team Signing in Denver on Wednesday, September 7th

Posted 09/04/2011

Denver, Colorado's 303 Boards will be hosting a Vans Skate Team signing with none other than Tony Trujillo, Chris Pfanner, Johnny Layton, Elijah Berle and Daniel Lutheran. Head over to the shop on Wednesday, September 7th at 4pm to meet the guys.

Watch Live Webcast of Maloof Money Cup Today and Tomorrow

Posted 09/03/2011

This Labor Day weekend, September 3rd - 4th, the world’s best professional skateboarders will descend on the RFK Stadium Festival Grounds and compete on a brand new custom-designed skate park, for a shot at the top prize of $160,000 cash and the first-ever Maloof Money Cup presented by Vans D.C. title. Thanks to support from Events D.C. and Vans, the skate park will be left behind for the community to use year-round, after the contest. Catch all the action via Live Webcast on the Maloof Money Cup YouTube Channel on today and tomorrow.

Tahitian Perfection with Vans Team Riders in Surfer Magazine

Posted 09/02/2011

If you haven't seen the new October issue of Surfer Magazine, definitely get yourself a copy. This is issue includes "The Other Brothers" feature with team riders Nathan & Ivan Florence and Dane Gudauskas and shows them reaping the benefits of freedom in Tahiti while their brothers battle for rating points on Tour.

Vans Joel Tudor Duct Tape Invitational in Malibu September 10 & 11

Posted 09/01/2011

Join Vans on Saturday, September 10th and Sunday, September 11th at world-famous Surfrider Beach in Malibu, CA to see 16 of the best longboarders from around the globe compete for their piece of a $10,000 prize purse during the Joel Tudor Duct Tape Invitational. Closing out the summer at one of the most beloved surf spots on the West Coast, the 5th Duct Tape Invitational is held in conjunction with the Malibu Surf Association's MSA Classic and is the first Southern California stop of the series. The Duct Tape is unique in surfing as it celebrates traditional log riding combined with modern style. Competitors are awarded for precision, form and creativity while riding single fin logs with no interference allowed. Surf fans can tune in to a live webcast of the Malibu Duct Tape Invitational on Saturday, September 10th and Sunday, September 11th at www.vans.com/ducttape.

Introduced last year at the East Coast Surfing Championships in Virginia Beach, the Duct Tape Invitational is an innovative new event Vans developed with Joel Tudor that showcases longboarding in its purest aesthetic and pushes the envelope on traditional longboarding technique. In addition to Virginia Beach, Vans has brought the Duct Tape Invitational to legendary Ditch Plains in Montauk, NY, Steamer Lane in Santa Cruz, CA, and Playa Salinas in Salinas, Spain.

Expected Riders include:
Tyler Warren (Winner of the Salinas Duct Tape Invitational), Alex Knost (winner of Santa Cruz Duct

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