Now was that so hard? I know the work week can be a bitch but c’mon five days shouldn’t kill you. Try skating and getting caught in the rain when the temperature drops form 75 to 56. That’ll mess you in all sorts of a “bad news” way. But, enough about the trials and tribulations of a young man and his skateboard, let’s talk about the weekend. There’s a lot going on and in particular one of my favorite events. That’s right it’s going down and place this Saturday: The Vans DownTown ShowDown.
This year Vans upped the ante and offered up a design contest for user submitted terrain. So one lucky auto-cad knucklehead should have their obstacle along with features designed by a few skate teams you might have heard of: Girl, Creature, Foundation and Real. Actually, the lucky winner will not just get shop and drafting class bragging rights but they’ll also get an exact replica of their obstacle built where ever they want. I know…. I should have submitted my “mullet man pool coping wave ride.”
Speaking of obstacles here are the rumored company obstacles:
Creature: The Darkest Passage Into The Depths Of Doom and Despair
Girl: Girl Gonz Wild (a replica of the Gonz Gap at EMB back in the day)
Foundation: Former World’s Biggest Skateboard
Real: Sacto Rebate
Coming on the Heels of ‘Tony Hawk’s Proving Ground’ is Dustin Dollin’s Limited Edition DD-66. Last year Vans dropped a custom Tony Hawk’s Project 8 No Skool. Now while the shoes might not give you the same wild man bravado as DD you will get a code code to unlock the shoes in the THPG and slap them on your character. Another highlight of the game… guess where you can skate? That’s right, The DownTown ShowDown is included as a level. See how it’s all coming together? It’s like Vans planned this from day one. Good time
VANS Taka Pack
Finally bringing up the middle for this uber long update is the Vans X Taka Hayashi Skate Pack. This month, Vans has a special pack coming out with Hayashi’s art emblazoned on their newest styles, the Rowley Shambles, AV Sk8-Low, the DD-66 and the TNT III Slip-On, as well as four t-shirt styles.
AND Finally: Vans Opens Their New Doors
I’ve never worked for a skate company directly. there’s really no direct knowledge and I’d like to think every day is fun. Maybe it’s a challenge but you have to enjoy who you are working for.So when Vans opened their new doors I figured why not let you see it with your own eyes. OK, why read my gibberish when a picture is worth a thousand words?
Yeah and this would be the interior. Splurging on dimmer switches I see.
History. Lots of history. Most of it good, some of it rad and all of it skating.
New digs means a new ramp! Escalators and a bowled in pocket. Now that’s good stuff!
OK, enough hot dogs, hamburgers and tours. Time to skate.