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:
Annual Shop Battle
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.