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Salad Days Magazine | February 29, 2024

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Vans Shop Riot series is back for its 11th consecutive year

Vans Shop Riot series is back for its 11th consecutive year
Salad Days

After a momentous 10th anniversary last year, Vans Shop Riot is back for its 11th consecutive year.

Every year since 2008, the original concept by Vans has been promoting Europe’s finest street skaters and offering European skate shops and the wider skateboard community an authentic platform for recognition. Kicking off in Warsaw on July 6, Vans Shop Riot will make its way across Europe, stopping in many countries including England, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Israel, Belgium, Holland, Denmark, Poland, Czech Republic, Greece and Portugal.

Vans Shop Riot is a strict street contest, each European stop sees the country’s top shops battle it out in one of their best skateparks. The winning team qualifies for an all-expenses paid trip to the European Shop Riot Finals. For the first time in the history of the of the competition, Vans are opening up the chance to qualify for the finals to European countries that they are unable to visit on the European qualification tour, by hosting an online Best Street video edit competition, further extending Vans’ commitment to core skate stores.

For the past couple of years Vans have partnered with a respected artist with deep skate ties on the creative execution, this year Vans have teamed up with Swedish artist, Jacob Ovgren. One of the artists behind Polar Skate Co.’ iconic graphics, Jacob’s unique cartoon artwork is instantly recognizable within the skate world and an amazing fit for the Vans Shop Riot concept.

Every year the Vans Shop Riot Finals are held in a different country. The 2019 finals are taking place at Amsterdam’s Noord Skatepark on October 25 and 26.


About Vans Shop Riot

Vans Shop Riot is an original concept by Vans, promoting Europe’s finest Street Skaters, whilst offering the Core Skateboard scene & Skate shops in Europe an authentic platform for recognition & community. Skate Shops are the backbone of Skateboard Culture and Vans Shop Riot is dedicated to Skate Shops and their teams, with this original series of contests across Europe. It’s the perfect opportunity for European Skate Shops to showcase they are an integral part of their local scene, as well as highlighting they have the best kids in their roaster.

Vans Skateboard Drive

For each Shop Riot stop Vans invites you to bring you’re used skateboard parts in order to collect and build completes. The idea of this is with the intention of giving them back to local non-profit organizations/skateboard schools in each market. We all know that you have an old board, set of trucks… wheels that can be still skated and have a second life, therefore we invite you to bring them and give people who are in need a chance to ride a new board. Share in Vans passion for skateboarding!

About Vans

Vans®, a VF Corporation (NYSE: VFC) brand, is the original action sports footwear, apparel and accessories brand. Vans® authentic collections are sold in 84 countries through a network of subsidiaries, distributors and international offices. Vans® has over 2,000 retail locations globally including owned, concession and partnership doors. The Vans® brand promotes creative self-expression in youth culture across action sports, art, music and street culture and delivers progressive platforms such as the Vans Park Series, Vans Triple Crown of Surfing®, Vans Pool Party, Vans Custom Culture, and Vans’ cultural hub and international music venue, House of Vans.

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