Over the past week Rockaway Beach, NY was stormed by Joel Tudor and 32 of the most talented longboarders from around the globe. Ten years, and twenty-one events later, the Vans Duct tape has gone full circle, ending up in the Big Apple for its second round.
The opening night started in the heart of Brooklyn, at the General by Vans, where athletes and onlookers chewed the fat over food and beverages to start the week of festivities.
Day one of the event kicked off with Canada’s own Dean Petty, in one of many stacked heats consisting of Alex Knost and Harrison Roach. The conditions were over cast and a bit stormy with Dean and fellow Canadian Hanna Scott moving on to the party heats after falling short in the first rounds.
Day Two was just what the doctor ordered, with sunny skies and 1-2 foot groomed conditions. In true Duct tape fashion, there was no priority, with extra coin on offer to those who shared waves. After grazing in the Vans gardens during the high tide lulls, the finals saw Hawaiian Kirra Seale and Australian Harrison Roach take home 1st place in the women’s and men’s divisions. It was indeed a spectacle to watch the worlds best perform amongst Rockaway’s backdrops of buildings and passing planes.
The days proceeding were open to the public, with demos boards shaped by team riders, on-site shapers, and local vendors along the Rockaway strip. After the sun went down, there was plenty to do in the city that never sleeps, and Vans hosted one hell of a party premiering Alex Knost’s latest short, Tan Madonna at the Rockaway Brewery.
After all was said and done, it was yet another fantastic event that brought the worlds best to celebrate an event in one of the most amazing city in the world.
Vans Joel Duct Tape Invitational Rockaway Results
- Harrison Roach
- Kevin Skvarna
- Kaniela Stewart
- David Arganda
- Kirra Seale
- Kelis Kaleopa’a
- Haley Otto
- Chloe Calmon