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2018 Vans Park Series Pro Tour Dates

by The Editors on February 22, 2018

The 2018 Vans Park Series Pro Tour will kick off in São Paulo, Brazil on June 2, with the inauguration of South America’s first-and-only VPS-certified park terrain course, built and donated by Vans. The completely free and public São Paulo course will be only the second built-to-spec permanent public park terrain skateboarding course in the world, following the initial Malmö, Sweden park location. Consisting of four men’s global qualifiers and three women’s global qualifiers, the VPS Pro Tour spans across five countries on five continents over six months and culminates with the official Vans Park Series World Championships, sanctioned by the World Skate Federation to be held later this year in China.

For the official word from Vans including all event dates, please follow the jump.

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Vans 2018 Hi-Standard Series Tour Dates

by The Editors on December 20, 2017

Vans today announced the return of their 2018 Vans Hi-Standard Series, annual international snowboard event. And you can go.

Kicking off a sprawling world tour in Ontario, the tour will visit Canada, China, South Korea, Finland, and the US, bringing this all-ages snow series around the world to invite riders to showcase creative expression in a fun open-jam format. Featuring a big air session where participants are judged solely on their individual style with no inverts or spins over 720 allowed, regional MVPs will win an all-expenses paid trip to the grand finale show at Sierra-at-Tahoe for a chance to snowboard with the Vans snow team and battle it out for the 2018 Vans Hi-Standard Series MVP series title.

For the official word from Vans including tour dates and resorts, please follow the jump.

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Vans Pro Skate AVE’s Rapidweld Pro Lite

by The Editors on December 19, 2017

Vans is celebration the holidays by spotlighting the AVE Rapidweld Pro Lite. The look good, don’t they?

The AV Rapidweld Pro Lite offers an advanced stitchless upper construction, providing a more durable and flexible panel that eliminates seam bursts and prolongs the life of the shoe overall. The AV Rapidweld Pro Lite achieves long lasting durability while still reducing the weight of the shoe. Utilizing Vans’ polyurethane-based Ultracush HD sockliner to keep the foot close to the board, the construction won’t pack out over time—providing the highest level of impact cushioning for which Vans is known. To complete the ultralight masterpiece, the AV Rapidweld Pro Lite employs Vans’ Duracap reinforced uppers, and Vans’ iconic original Waffle outsole.

The AVE Rapidweld Pro Lite comes in two brand new holiday colors and if you order them today, you can get them in time for Christmas.

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Vans Verse: Look Mom, No Laces

by The Editors on November 7, 2017

Stop us if we’d said this before, but we’d put Boa on all our shoes just to get rid of bulky, unsightly laces. That’s part of the reason why Vans’ new Verse snowboard boots look so good. 

Offering extensive technical range and precision across two different lacing zones, the Verse is formulated with the Boa® Custom Focus Plus system, allowing for double optimization in and around the boot. Paired with Vans’ adjustable Custom Slide-Guide, the Verse provides maximum heel-hold and a more personalized, comfortable fit. The Verse lacing system is also protected by a waterproof zip-up shroud to seal the lower portion of the boot from 
the elements, keeping your feet dry during long days on snow. Complete with heat-moldable Custom Liners and UltraCush V3 footbeds, this versatile all-mountain snowboard boot features Vans’ new lightweight and responsive Ultimate Waffle outsole that offers first-rate heel dampening and asymmetrical arch support.

Sounds like a good pair of boots. For the rest of the features (and photos), please follow the jump.

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Santa Cruz Vans: Hella Collab

by The Editors on October 24, 2017

If you want some of these Santa Cruz Skateboards Vans Pro Skate ArcAd designed by Taka Hayashi, you better act fast. There are only 600 pairs in existence. They’ll be sold only at select Vans Pro Skate accounts worldwide. And they go on sale On Saturday, October 28, 2017 (if you want to get in line now.) For all the details on exactly what makes these shoes so nice, follow the jump.

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Vans Saves VF Corp Again

by The Editors on October 23, 2017

Vans’ parent company VF Corp announced a 23 percent drop in profits year over year, however, sales for the third quarter were actually up and they have Vans to thanks, according to a story on Footwear News.

Vans — which continues to reap rewards from booming street-culture trends as well as a larger shift, by teens and young adults, away from “mainstream” brands — was responsible for a significant share of that growth, according to the company. . . VF said its Q3 gains were driven by broad-based strength across its international and direct-to-consumer platforms and Outdoor & Action Sports coalition — but most notably the Vans brand and workwear businesses.

Makes sense. Who wears anything but Vans?

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House of Vans Melbourne At The Meat Market

by The Editors on October 20, 2017

House of Vans Melbourne is kicking off a two-day pop-up event at The Meat Market on Friday and Saturday November 10-11, 2017.

The all-ages day sessions will kick off with the Vans skate team hosting workshops including learn to skate classes with Jesse Noonan of Rock N Slide Skateboarding, grip tape design workshops with Jimmy Roche and a Skate Photography and Videography workshop run by Andrew Mapstone to teach budding skate photographers how to refine their craft. The workshops will run over both Friday and Saturday with limited capacity: registration is essential. Saturday afternoon will see a stripped-back, musical performance from Little Brother (Trophy Eyes’ John Floreani) with support from Alex Moses (Columbus).

For all the details and to get free tickets to it all follow the jump.

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Vans Throws A Huge Open House Party

by The Editors on October 13, 2017

On Thursday, October 12, 2017 Vans invited a large crew of skateboarders, surfers, snowboarders, BMXers, artists, musicians, and street culture and action sports industry heads to the grand opening (aka Homecoming) of their new World Headquarters in Costa Mesa, California.

In his welcome to the gathered masses Vans Global Brand President Doug Palladini said this building is more than an office. It is a new home. It is also a step into the future for the iconic footwear brand.

“We’ve had a lot of interesting offices,” Palladini says. “They’ve always been in factories, parts of distribution centers, or leased tiltup buildings, but we’ve never had a place that we could call our own. It is such and honor to have you here to help us celebrate what is really the first truly Vans building we’ve ever had.

“There are 525 people who work in this building,” he continued. “But as our global headquarters we represent more than 10,000 Vans employees who work on our brand all over the world. We have stores and offices in 85 countries around the world and they can all look at this place and consider it their home.

“But it’s not just our employees who are family here. We’re also proud to welcome those who represent the thousands of athletes, the artists, the musicians, and the street culture leaders who make up our extended family. Those who inspire us by bringing their own form of creative expression to life every day with everything they do. So thank you to everyone from our extended family who is here today as well.

“The final thing I want to say before I introduce the person you’re all here to see is that while this building and it’s surrounding space may represent the incredible success that our brand has enjoyed to date, it by no means means that we’re done. In fact, we’re just getting started.  We’re just starting to understand everything that Vans can be. No matter what we are we are going to remain committed to being a family business.

Word. For a photo gallery of a few of the people and places we saw (but didn’t have time to write up), please click the link.

 

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Vans Gilbert Crockett Collection

by The Editors on October 12, 2017

Vans is launching a brand new signature apparel collection this October from global skate team rider Gilbert Crockett.

Known for his distinct skate style and affinity for all things vintage, Crockett’s signature apparel collection is inspired by Americana classics, featuring baseball wovens, collared short sleeves, applique felt detailing and a roomier canvas chino pant reflective of Gilbert’s inimitable personal style. Crockett also integrated design influence from fellow compatriots, Quasi Skateboards, a premium skateboard deck brand he co-founded in 2015.

For all the details, follow the jump.
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2017 Vans Park Series Wold Championships

by The Editors on September 20, 2017

Anyone who’s been watching their Instafeeds lately knows that nearly everyone it skateboarding is on their way to Shanghai, China for the 2017 Vans Park Series World Championships finale which goes down this weekend.

Located in the world-famous Bund waterfront area in central Shanghai, China, the 2017 VPS World Championships will pit skateboarding’s elite pros against select VPS Continental Champions to present the greatest showcase of men’s and women’s park terrain skateboarding talent the world has ever seen in a custom-designed and purpose-built, VPS-certified park terrain competition course. This year’s World Championships park course design highlights a surplus of creative features including a center island extension, a kicker into laid back bank, a round flat bar, big hip into the deep end, huge jump box and more, all of which is built directly next to the mesmerizing backdrop of the Shanghai city skyline.

The good news is that we don’t have to fly to China to watch. We can watch the whole thing live at vansparkseries.com beginning Friday, September 22, 2017 at 8 PM PDT (11 PM in New York). For all the details, including a list of skater, please follow the jump.

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