VANS US OPEN OF SURFING
SATURDAY, JULY 29-SUNDAY, AUGUST 6
ANNUAL EVENT INCLUDES PREMIER SPORT COMPETITION
FROM LEADERS IN SURF, SKATE AND BMX
ALONG WITH FREE, ALL AGES SUMMER ACTIVITIES
Huntington Beach, CA (July 28, 2017)--The VANS US OPEN OF SURFING--the annual nine-day, free fan-driven event that brings together the world's elite in surfing, skateboarding and BMX--returns to the shores of Surf City, USA July 29. In partnership with the World Surf League (WSL) and event owner and operator IMG, the Vans US Open of Surfing-presented by Vans, the original action sports footwear and apparel brand-is one of the largest action sports festivals in the world.
Beginning Saturday, July 29, the Vans US Open of Surfing will kick off with the sixth annual Stoke-O-Rama surf celebration. Hosted by the non-profit Positive Vibe Warriors Foundation, Stoke-O-Rama is a free, kids-only surf event created to help raise awareness and funds for local youth water safety and ocean education programs. Through the Positive Vibe Warriors Foundation, all the proceeds from this year's Stoke-O-Rama event will be donated directly to the Huntington Beach YMCA, a community-led organization that provides scholarship opportunities for Huntington Beach's youth to help cultivate a positive experience growing up around water and the ocean. Check out clips from last year's Stoke-O-Rama event here.
The highly-anticipated summer event will feature an exceptional entertainment experience, filled with world-class surf, skate and BMX competitions, in addition to the Van Doren Village, which will host art exhibitions and hands-on creative workshops for attendees. Details are as follows:
● SURF: This year's Vans US Open of Surfing lineup will include the sixth stop on the Women's WSL Championship Tour (CT), in addition to the Men's Qualifying Series (QS) 10,000 event and a combined WSL Pro Junior event. For the most up-to-date surfing schedule, please visit the event website or WorldSurfLeague.com.
● SKATE: Vans Park Series (VPS), the official park terrain skateboarding World Championship tour, anticipates a decisive battle in Huntington Beach, CA on July 30-August 5 as the world's best men and women skateboarders converge for the final qualifying tour events ahead of the VPS World Championships in Shanghai this September. In addition 2017 VPS Men's Pro Tour, 16 of the best Women's pros from around the world will make their tour debut. For a new and exciting addition to the Huntington Beach stop, VPS expands to host the inaugural VPS Americas Continental Championships, providing a true global pathway for local talent to emerge on the VPS tour circuit. For the full schedule of events and more information, visit www.vansparkseries.com.
● BMX: The Vans BMX Pro Cup Series, the world's definitive platform for BMX park terrain competition, gears up for the grand finale World Championships event in Surf City USA on August 4 and 6. Held in partnership with the Vans US Open of Surfing, the highly anticipated championships showdown will bring the top-ranking BMX contenders to Huntington Beach, CA for one final gauntlet to crown the first-ever Vans BMX Pro Cup World Champion of BMX park terrain. Following an exciting series around the globe in Australia, Spain, Mexico, and now to the U.S., the leading tour pros and regional qualifiers will converge for a historical World Championships matchup. Visit www.vansbmxprocup.com for the final list of competing athletes.
VANS MOVIE NIGHTS
Sunday, July 30: "Moana"
Monday, July 31: "E.T."
In addition, a variety of artist workshops and free day-long activities are scheduled for the entire family. These include:
Saturday, July 29
1:00-3:00 PM: House of Vans: Exquisite Corpse - Collective
Drawing Workshop with Penelope Gazin
Sunday, July 30
1:00-3:00 PM: House of Vans: Breaking the Mold - Create Your
Own Surf Wax
Monday, July 31
1:00-3:00 PM: House of Vans: Create Your Own Pro Shoe with Stu
6:30-7:00 PM: Vans BMX Flatland Demo at the Amphitheater
Wednesday, August 2
1:00-3:00 PM: House of Vans: Screenprinting with Micah
Tompkins & Jay Pezzelle
Thursday, August 3
9:00-11:00 AM: Surfing Walk of Fame at Jack's on Main Street
10:30-11:30 AM: Vans Skate Team Autograph Signing
1:00-3:00 PM: House of Vans: Guitar Lessons with Jared &
Jonathan of the Mattson 2
Friday, August 4
9:00-11:00 AM: Surfer's Hall of Fame: Mick Fanning & Bethany
Hamilton at HSS on Main Street
1:00-3:00 PM: House of Vans: Exquisite Corpse - Collective
Drawing Workshop with Andrew Pommier
2:30-3:30 PM: Vans Snow Team Autograph Signing
Saturday, August 5
12:00 PM: Vans BMX Team Autograph Signing
1:00p-3:00 PM: House of Vans: 90's Fans - Customize Your Own
Vans Fannypack with Tuesday Bassen
Sunday, August 6
1:00 PM: House of Vans: Breaking the Mold - Create Your
Own Surf Wax
12:00 PM: Vans BMX Wall to Wall Freestyle Team Autograph
**All events will take place in Van Doren Village, unless otherwise indicated.
The Vans US Open of Surfing will be broadcast LIVE from July 31-August 6 via Vans US Open of Surfing, World Surf League, theWSL appand on Facebook LIVE via theWSL's Facebook page. Also check local listings for coverage on CBS Sports Network in the U.S., Fox Sports in Australia, ESPN in Brazil, Sky NZ in New Zealand, SFR Sports in France and Portugal and as part of the EDGEsport Network.
Recognized as the largest professional sports competition and action sports festival in the world, the Vans US Open of Surfing is currently sanctioned and operated by the World Surf League under license from IMG, the event owner. Official partners of this year's event include Vans, Jeep, Airbnb, Michelob Ultra, Hydro Flask, G-Shock, LifeProof, CLIF Bar, D'Angelico Guitars, Red Bull, Frontier, Ralphs, Peet's Coffee, and 7-Eleven.
For more information, check outWorld Surf League and for continued updates and scheduling for the Vans US Open of Surfing visitVans US Open of Surfing. To view the full schedule of events, click here.
About the World Surf League
The World Surf League (WSL), formerly the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP), is dedicated to celebrating the world's best surfing on the world's best waves through a variety of best-in-class audience platforms. The League, headquartered in Santa Monica, is a truly global sport with regional offices in Australasia, Africa, North America, South America, Hawaii, Japan and Europe.
The WSL has been championing the world's best surfing since 1976, running in excess of 180 global events across the Men's and Women's Championship Tours, the Big Wave Tour, Qualifying Series, Junior and Longboard Championships, as well as the WSL Big Wave Awards. The League possesses a deep appreciation for the sport's rich heritage while promoting progression, innovation and performance at the highest levels, and in doing so crowns the undisputed world champions in Men's, Women's across all divisions within the tour.
Showcasing the world's best surfing on its digital platform at WorldSurfLeague.com as well as the free WSL app, the WSL has a passionate global fan base with millions tuning in to see world-class athletes like Tyler Wright, John John Florence, Paige Alms, Grant Baker, Phil Rajzman, Tory Gilkerson, Mick Fanning, Stephanie Gilmore, Kelly Slater, Carissa Moore, Gabriel Medina, Courtney Conlogue and more battle on the most unpredictable and dynamic field of play of any sport in the world.
For more information, please visit WorldSurfLeague.com.
Vans®, a VF Corporation (NYSE: VFC) brand, is the original action sports footwear, apparel and accessories brand. Vans authentic collections are sold globally in more than 75 countries through a network of subsidiaries, distributors and international offices. Vans also owns and operates nearly 600 retail locations around the world. The Vans brand promotes the action sports lifestyle, youth culture and creative self-expression through the support of athletes, musicians and artists and through progressive events and platforms such as the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing®, the Vans U.S. Open of Surfing, Vans Pool Party, Vans Custom Culture, Vans Warped Tour®, and Vans' cultural hub and international music venue, the House of Vans.
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