Vans Skateboarding proudly welcomes the addition of adaptive skateboarder Felipe Nunes to the Vans Family. At just 21 years old, Felipe has already achieved more than most of his non-adaptive counterparts. Hailing from Curitiba Paraná, Brazil, he lost his legs at age six in a train accident. But by age 13 he had found freedom and a creative outlet in skateboarding and quickly began gaining recognition from the global skateboarding community. In a short four-year window, Felipe won multiple contests, receiving a nod from Tony Hawk by officially turning pro for the Birdhouse team and landing the coveted Thrasher Magazine cover.
Japan has as great a DIY spot building scene as any place around the world. This Love Note is an expanded look at the scene and the main players making killer spots.
Japan has a long and radical skate history. With so many eyes focused on Tokyo in 2021 Vans wanted to make sure that the rich skate culture and storied history didn’t get lost in the hype of The Games. Japan has a great skate scene that should championed and celebrated long after this moment in history.
This is the last trip the Loveletters crew took with our beloved Jeff Grosso before his passing. Jeff and the crew had a blast meeting the many Japanese skaters from every generation.
Vans sends Afonso Nery, Alex Furtado, Arnau Truque, Ben Skrzypez, David Sanchez, Dubann Machuca, Florentin Marfaing, Gelek Gonzalez, Ibon Mariño, Joscha Aicher , Martino Cattaneo, Nuno Relogio, Pedro Roseiro, Pol Amadó, Rafa Cort, Roberto Alemañ, Tania Cruz, and Victor Pellegrin to Alicante in October, followed by Barcelona in November, and then straight to the other side of Spain with Cadiz and Madrid to finish the trip!
Vans Europe’s Polish skate team joined forces with the Skate or Die skateshop crew to rediscover some of their local gems for Cracow DIY Adventure.
Vans Skateboarding takes a look inside the making of Alright, OK, with an intimate conversation between global signature team riders Elijah Berle and Gilbert Crockett and acclaimed filmmaker Greg Hunt. Elijah Berle opens up about the challenges he has faced during the two years of making the film while Richmond native, Gilbert Crockett, shares his point of view on the art of creating video parts.
To celebrate the launch of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+ 2, the game’s iconic Warehouse level was re-created in real life, so Tony could skate this famed virtual spot in the real world.
Vans went behind the scene to capture what it took to be able to allow Tony to shred the physical re-creation of this virtual industrial paradise. From Covid restrictions to Chris Gregson’s key shot nearly being shut down; it was equally dramatic on both sides of the camera. Take a peek behind the curtain to understand everything that went into bringing this once-in-a-lifetime moment to life.
Bigger stair sets. Longer, crazier rails. With help from his friends, family and the right support, anything is possible. The Kyle Walker Pro 2, built with the super supportive Vans Wafflecup. You won’t just get by. You’ll get more.
Sharing the common vision of a purely black and white aesthetic, filmmaker Claudia Lederer followed Vans’ French skateboarder, Jeanne Duval, through an urban quest made of lines, curves, simplicity, details, shadows and light.
Vans’ French skate team had the chance to go on a Las Vegas adventure right before lockdown for some four-wheeled fun in the sun. Ten Frenchies shredding Sin City, what could go wrong? Cash out! Featuring Oscar Candon, Hugo Westrelin, Nabil Slimani, Sam Partaix, Nico Gisonno, Quentin Boillon, Mika Germond, Lilian Fev and Jessy Jean-Bat.
A product of the ‘90s, Jerry Hsu and his small-batch brand, Sci-Fi Fantasy, stand for unapologetic, creative self-expression. Vans leans into his mind-melting world to understand the places, eras and principles from which he draws his inspiration.
Skateboarding legend and long-time Ally to the LGBTQ+ community, Barker Barrett, sits down with Cher Strauberry for an informative chat about how to be a supportive Ally, while also laying down some heavy curb skating.
Vans’ Loveletters To LGBTQ+ was filmed earlier this year, before the passing of legendary skater and host Jeff Grosso, who was a champion for inclusive skateboarding. We believe this message of unity and equality must be told, and that all voices of the LGBTQ+ community deserve to be heard. Grounded in the brand values of inclusivity and being open to everyone, Vans believes this unifying message must be told, and stands in support of the LGBTQ+ Skate Community as we continue to drive positive change. – Vans