Vans Joel Tudor Duct Tape Invitational
October 3 – 6, 2019
Returning to New York after its original debut in 2010, the celebrated Vans Joel Tudor Duct Tape longboarding series will traverse upon the beloved shores of Rockaway Beach in New York on October 3-6. Celebrating surf craftsmanship, creativity and innovation, the Vans Duct Tape Festival will feature a world-class longboard competition for men and women, a Vans skate jam, film premieres and board demos. Hosted in one of the most iconic surf locales on the east coast, Rockaway Beach, the Vans Duct Tape festival will be spearheaded by professional surfer and contest director Joel Tudor and will showcase 32 of the best longboarding talents from around the world.
Kicking off on October 3, the Vans Duct Tape Series will gather a unique community of surfers, artists and shapers at Rockaway Beach, to engage with the local surf community in collaborative ways. With a three-day window of competition, the classic Duct Tape longboarding invitational presents a men’s and women’s competition, honoring equal prize purses across each division. Renown surf names such as Andy Nieblas, Ryan Burch, Harrison Roach, Chloe Calmon and Kassia Meador, will be competing, joined by Duct Tape veterans Alex Knost, Justin Quintal, Karina Rozunko and Honolua Blomfield.
The Vans Duct Tape Festival part of the event will welcome four revered action sports names—New York resident surfer Pat Schmidt, pro skater Andrew Allen, longboard style maven Karina = Rozunko and surfer/artist Alex Knost—to present a library of their own hand-shaped custom surf boards to share with the public for open board demos, and eventually live permanently at local New York surf destination, Bunger. Led by these four influential names in skate and surf, the beach festival will encourage fans and spectators to experience surfing on an immersive level by surfing alongside some of their favorite surfers and skaters. All attendees are encouraged to join the Duct Tape competitors and featured guest shapers to engage and participate in all the festivities.