Harrison Roach and Kirra Seale Triumph in Rockaway at the Vans Duct Tape Surf Festival

Planes, trains, buses, uber, skateboards, and most of all Longboards. Joel Tudor and the Vans crew transported the best long-boarders in the world to Rockaway beach, NY this past week for the 21st Duct tape. It was one hell of a ride in every direction, we will be posting day by day recaps over the next week, but for now, scroll down for a quick synopsis of what went down.

Words From Vans – Photos Kyler Vos

The locals of Rockaway, NY are still on cloud nine as the dual events of the Vans Joel Tudor Duct Tape Invitational and Festival closed out this past weekend. Featuring a men’s and women’s longboarding competition, board shaping demos in celebration of surf craftsmanship, art, music and eclectic beach vibes all around, the Vans Duct Tape Festival hosted by surf icon Joel Tudor, brought the community together in spades for a great weekend.

“Our goal to bring the DTI to a New York beach matched with an urban environment made Rockaway an easy choice. Having achieved our vision and experienced some luck along the way with the waves, mother nature brought us a beautiful show!” said Joel Tudor, Duct Tape Invitational Contest Director and long-time Vans Surf Team Rider. “We couldn’t be more happy with the outcome. Much love NY!”

Showcasing the natural juxtaposition between art, music and creativity in surfing, and led by the living legend himself, Joel Tudor, the Vans Joel Tudor Duct Tape Festival in Rockaway brought engaging shaping demos, film premieres and a collaborative street market featuring local vendors + live music by artists including Brooklyn based punk band, Surfbort. Guest board shapers and surfing icons Alex KnostKarina Rozunko and Pat Schmidt as well as Pro Skateboarder Andrew Allen inspired the community with an open library of eight hand-shaped board designs to test out. Over 75 board demos by eager community fans took place over the course of the event. The custom boards have all been donated by Vans to local and beloved Bunger Surf Shop, extending the innovation to the Rockaway surf community indefinitely.



In the Women’s longboarding competition, Hawaiian Kirra Seale claimed her first ever victory in the Duct Tape contest, maneuvering effortlessly in glassy logging conditions whilst highlighting creative poise wave after wave. Having recently quit her job to pursue a dream of becoming a world class surfer, Seale’s win cements her standing amongst the very best. In the Men’s division, Harrison Roach returned to the winners circle after a five-year hiatus from the DTI event, which goes to show just how talented this group of loggers truly are. With every heat like a final, Roach surfed brilliantly, remaining selective with his waves. Roach’s balancing act earned himself a smooth victory.


The 21st Vans Joel Tudor Duct Tape Invitational showcased great surf conditions and captured praiseworthy longboarding by 32 of the world’s finest loggers including Kaniela Stewart, Chloe CalmonKai TakayamaVictoria Vergara and crowd favorite Dean Petty. A true example of progression in longboarding, undisputed Rockaway champions Harrison Roach and Kirra Seale in the end swept everyone away with their eclectic and imaginative styles.
Vans Joel Duct Tape Invitational Rockaway Results
Men’s Division
  1. Harrison Roach
  2. Kevin Skvarna
  3. Kaniela Stewart
  4. David Arganda
Women’s Division
  1. Kirra Seale
  2. Kelis Kaleopa’s
  3. Haley Otto
  4. Chloe Calmon
Celebrating the evolution of a surf legacy, the Vans Joel Tudor Duct Tape Festival upholds its mission to bring together an international collective of people inspired by surfing, and to honor progression and creativity in surf culture by engaging communities around the world that thrive by the sea.
Follow @vanssurf to see the full photo recap from the 21st edition of the Vans Duct Tape Invitational in Rockaway, New York.