2015 Vans U.S. Open of Surfing & Van Doren Invitational Skate Contest


Vans joins the city of Huntington Beach to present the 2015 Vans US Open of Surfing July 25th – August 2nd. In partnership with the World Surf League(WSL) and event owner and operator IMG, the Vans US Open of Surfing will host the world’s elite in surfing, skateboarding and BMX, bringing premier action sports competition to Surf City this summer. As part of a festival-wide celebration of creative expression, the fan-driven event will also feature artist exhibits and installations, beach activities, interactive sponsor displays and more.

“Nearly 50 years ago, Paul Van Doren opened the first Vans store just a few miles from the Vans US Open event site, the same place where he met surf legend Duke Kahanamoku and made him one-of-a-kind Vans to celebrate his unique style.  It’s an honor to carry forward that legacy of creative expression here in 2015,” said Doug Palladini, Vans’ vice president, general manager of North America. “The Vans family, along with partners IMG, WSL and the City of Huntington Beach, is looking forward to our third straight year of providing action sports and summer fun for thousands of fans within this historic surf community.”

The nine-day event is staged at the famed Huntington Beach Pier and is the largest professional surfing competition and action sports festival in the world. Hosting more than 300 world-class athletes in surf, skate and BMX, the event draws more than half a million locals and fans to this iconic location, and over a million views of its live webcast.

“Huntington Beach is the perfect stage to bring the local community together with passionate surf, skate and BMX fans to enjoy all the beach lifestyle and surf heritage have to offer,” said James Leitz, senior vice president, IMG. “We’re proud to be working with Vans and the WSL for the third year to stage such an incredible event.”

The Open marks a key midseason stop on the World Surf League Women’s Championship Tour, and a major stop in the Men’s Qualifying Series. In addition to the exciting drama of the pro surf competition, Vans is pleased to bring back the Vans Joel Tudor Duct Tape Invitational, an innovative surf series dedicated to the expressive style and creativity of longboarding. A crowd-favorite, the Van Doren Invitational Skate and BMX contests, will also return, bringing the industry’s leading pro and amateur bowl riders together to compete in the legendary all-cement Vans Pro Bowl, live on the sand. In between competitions, spectators are welcome to experience the Van Doren Village, where families can enjoy movie nights, art exhibitions, athlete and artist autograph sessions and meet-and-greets, interactive photo booths, prize giveaways, and much more.

The 2015 Vans US Open of Surfing will run from July 25th to August 2nd. All events are free and open to the public. Official sponsors include Vans, Samsung, GoPro, Jeep, FIAT, F45, Pacifico, PB Teen, G-Shock, and Red Bull.

For the live webcast, a full schedule of events and more, please visit:www.vansusopenofsurfing.com.


For ten days straight at the end of July into early August the beach around the Huntington Beach pier will be electrified with nonstop skate, surf and BMX action. With over 100 events and activities scheduled – it can be a bit dizzying trying to figure it all out, so we’ve highlighted some key skate events throughout the week that you definitely don’t want to miss:

July 26th at 2pm PST

On Sunday, set the week off right with our annual Shop Battle in the bowl. Each year Vans invites skateshops from California and Arizona to send their three best transition skaters to HB to go at it for cash, prizes and the bragging rights of who has the best shop team. The Shop Battle is a chance to see the pros of tomorrow today! If you missed last year’s top teams of Val Surf and Active Ride Shop then you blew the chance to see Chris Gregson, Chase Webb and Alex Brunelle put on a proper clinic. Don’t make the same mistake this year.

July 28th at 4pm PST

One of the biggest treats this year is for the skaters around the globe that can’t make it out to Huntington Beach. We’re pleased to announce that on Tuesday, the Women’s Skate Contest will be webcast for the first time so everyone, everywhere can watch the likes of Lizzie Armanto and all the ripping ladies! You can breathe a sigh of relief that you don’t have to compete against them and get your ass kicked.

July 29th to the 31st 4pm PST

Starting at 2pm on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, we’ll be holding practice for the skaters in the Van Doren Invitational. Here’s a chance to watch the pros figure out the course, get their lines down and start dialing in their tricks in a chill, low-key setting. Come through and get a behind-the-scenes look at how much work goes into a 60-second run.

July 29th at 6:30pm PST

Wednesday, after practice, we’ll be showing the first-ever Vans skateboard video, Propeller, in the Amphitheatre. Even if you’ve watched it hundreds of times like we have, you should still come out. Is there any better way to watch skateboarding than on a massive screen with speakers blaring?

July 31st at 4pm PST

Start the weekend off right with the Van Doren Invitational Skate Qualifiers on Friday. Watch live or via webcast as 30 wildcard skaters battle it out for the remaining 10 Spots in the VDI Pro Semifinals and a chance at $25,000.

August 1st, 3pm

Saturday caps off the week full of shredding with the Van Doren Invitational Semifinals from 3pm to 5pm, and the hour-long Finals at 5pm. Watch the top transition skaters in the world like Pedro Barros, Raven Tershy, Curren Caples, Ben Raybourn, Tony Trujillo, Christian Hosoi, Omar Hassan and more destroy the VDI bowl live or via webcast. Each year this event gets better and better with the skaters getting gnarlier and gnarlier; you will not want to miss one moment of this classic event.


Van Doren Invitational – Skate Final Highlights 2014


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