Vans Skateboarding x Skateistan: Where It Starts Part 2 | Skate | VANS

Vans, the global leader in skateboarding for over 50 years, celebrates Vans’ partnership with Skateistan, the award-winning international non-profit organization which empowers youth through skateboarding and education in Afghanistan, Cambodia, South Africa and supports other social skate projects around the world.

With this campaign, Vans reminds fans that skateboarding would not be where it is today without the strength of community. In a new video campaign titled“Where It Starts”, Vans and Skateistan zero in on what makes skateboarding so special—the streets, skateparks, backyard pools and communities that built skateboarding from the ground up. Fans will hear from skateboarding’s most talented stars including skateboarding legend, Vans ambassador and Skateistan board member, Tony Hawk, Vans skaters Lizzie Armanto, Pedro Barros, and Yann Horowitz.

Now through September, Vans will donate $10 USD from every pair of Vans Custom Skate Classics purchased from Vans on https://www.vans.com/customs from June 21 to August 30, 2021 – up to US$200k – to Tides Foundation in support of Skateistan. Consumers will be able to create their own unique pair of Vans Skate Classics and in doing so, can give back to an incredibly worthy cause in honor of Go Skateboarding Day. Share your custom designs and where skateboarding started for you by tagging @vansskate on social media today!

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Grosso Forever: Japan Love Note: FESN | Skate | VANS

The Far East Skate Network is the brainchild of Japanese skater Takahiro Morita. FESN is a series of influential skate videos spanning 15 years, it’s a board company and a skate shop. Jeff Grosso sat down with Morita to get the history behind FESN.

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.

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Welcome to the Family: Felipe Nunes | Skate | VANS

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.

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Vans Skateboarding x Skateistan: Yann Horowitz | Skate | VANS

Vans, the global leader in skateboarding for over 50 years and world-renowned, iconic South African skater, Yann Horowitz, celebrate Vans’ partnership with Skateistan, the award-winning international non-profit organization which empowers youth through skateboarding and education in Afghanistan, Cambodia, South Africa and supports other social skate projects around the world.

With this campaign, Vans reminds fans that skateboarding would not be where it is today without the strength of community. In a new video campaign titled “Where It Starts”, Vans and Skateistan zero in on what makes skateboarding so special—the streets, skateparks, backyard pools and communities that built skateboarding from the ground up. In this segment, Yann shares his own experience, and the importance of the skate community to him.

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Welcome to the Family – Zion Wright | Skate | VANS

Vans Skateboarding proudly welcomes the talented Zion Wright to the Vans Family. Rising to prominence in his early years as a standout at contests and filming in the streets, Zion has been on a clear, unrelenting path toward his goals—which include competing on the world stage. His fearless, no-holds-barred approach and unique style shines in this welcome edit, accompanied by the musical stylings of his father, Mustafa Wright, on the sinte drums.

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Grosso Forever: Japan Love Note: Aki Akiyama/ Nishi | Skate | VANS

Two of the pioneers of the Japanese skate scene are Aki Akiyama and Nishi. Aki represented the clean, contest wholesome skater while Nishi was the wild man who skated, took photos, made art and published magazines.
Together these two laid the foundation for the Japanese skate scene and their impact can still be felt today.

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.

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Vans Skateboarding x Skateistan: Where It Starts | Skate | VANS

In celebration of Go Skateboarding Day, Vans proudly announces a new partnership with Skateistan, the award-winning international non-profit organization which empowers youth through skateboarding and education in Afghanistan, Cambodia, South Africa and supports other social skate projects around the world.

Featuring Vans ambassador and Skateistan board member, Tony Hawk, Vans skaters Lizzie Armanto and Pedro Barros, as well as Skateistan ambassadors Kouv Chansangva (known as Tin) and Yann Horowitz.

Now through September, Vans will donate $10 USD from every pair of Vans Custom Skate Classics purchased from June 21 to August 30, 2021 – up to US$200k – to Tides Foundation in support of Skateistan.

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Vans Europe Presents: Iberico | Skate | VANS

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!

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Vans Skateboarding Presents: Cher Strauberry | Skate | VANS

Vans Skateboarding Presents a new short film about skateboarder, musician and artist Cher Strauberry, providing an inside look into her role shaping and growing the queer skate community.

Cher’s role within Oakland-based Unity Skateboarding, as well as helping found the queer skateboard brand, Glue Skateboards, has helped grow inclusivity within the space. In this film, she takes us back to the early days, shedding light on the experiences leading her to become an influencer in the queer skate community.

Directed by Patrick O’Dell

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