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Salad Days Magazine | January 18, 2021

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Vans presents DERP: Derelict Places

Vans presents DERP: Derelict Places
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DERP (dûrp); n. Slang: Syllabic abbreviation of derelict and places, used by ‘urban exploration’ community to denote a disused or abandoned area.

Vans is happy to announce the release of DERP, a multifaceted urban exploration project featuring our European skateboarding team. In the mid 1970s, a new breed of skateboarder emerged. Taking advantage of the drought sweeping southern California, these pioneering riders made use of the many empty and abandoned swimming pools that littered the region’s backyards. Thirty-five years later, hunting out new spots and making the most of terrain and obstacles not originally intended to be ridden is still a major part of skateboarding’s anti-establishment attitude. Employing a dedicated team of urban explorers, we scoured Europe for unique locations rarely seen by the general public, and that have never been skated before, documenting the process as we went along. We started at the Kupari Tourist Complex in Dubrovnik, Croatia which was heavily shelled during the conflict that beset the region, now only ruins remain of this sprawling complex. Next stop took us to the remnants of the Dutch Pavilion, a left over from the Expo 2000 World’s Fair in Hanover, Germany. Finally, amidst the Olympic fever of summer 2012 we ventured to Athens, Greece to explore the legacy of the 2000 games. DERP: Derelict Places is exclusively available online at www.OffTheWall.TV. All episodes featuring Dubrovnik, Hanover and Athens are available to watch now!

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The video edits are not the only part of documentation for the project; Vans has also produced the DERP zine which features 66 pages of photographic documentation by Davy Van Laere showcasing Vans riders like Nassim Guammaz, Sam Partaix, Kris Vile, Ross McGouran, Josh Young and others is available free at selected skate shops across Europe.

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