Huntington Beach, CA (July 17, 2014) – Vans brings world class BMX competition back to Huntington Beach, CA this summer as part of the celebrated Van Doren Invitational bowl jam series at the 2014 Vans US Open. With $35,000 on the line, 40 of today's most talented BMX riders will face off in one iconic, all-cement bowl on the beach before a live audience as the exciting competition hits the global stage live from the Vans Pro Bowl at www.vansusopenofsurfing.com
The invite-only bowl jam directed by BMX legend Dennis McCoy presents the world's most diverse BMX talent ranging from street, park, dirt, vert and bowl, including reigning Van Doren Invitational BMX champion Daniel Sandoval, 2014 X-Games gold medalist Chase Hawk, Orange County locals Kris Fox and Dakota Roche, plus top riders such as Gary Young, Dennis Enarson and many more. This year's competition is highlighted by the return of the first-ever all cement bowl on the sand inspired by the original bowl riders’ Mecca, the legendary Skatepark du Prado bowl in Marseilles, France.
BMX qualifiers for the Van Doren Invitational kick off Friday, August 1 at 11 am with finals beginning Sunday, August 3 at 11:30 am at the Vans US Open of Surfing. In addition to the main event, the Van Doren Invitational upholds Vans storied heritage in BMX with the addition of a special Vans Classic BMX jam, a celebration of the past, present and future of BMX. Legendary riders from the first BMX Freestyle series, the King of Skateparks, return to session SoCal concrete along with their kids. Renowned riders that make up the judging panel and webcast crew will join them in the jam on Sunday, August 3 at 10:30 am.
The 2014 Vans US Open of Surfing runs July 26 to August 3 and uses the official hashtag #vansusopen. All events are free and open to the public and can be viewed daily on the live webcast at www.vansusopenofsurfing.com
The Vans US Open of Surfing is proudly sponsored by FIAT, iON Cameras, G-Shock, Pacifico, Paul Mitchell Salon Haircare, Red Bull, Bose®, and RIDE bmx.
Vans®, a VF Corporation (NYSE: VFC) brand, is the original action sports footwear and apparel brand. Vans collections include authentic footwear, apparel, accessories and snowboard boots that are sold globally in more than 170 countries through a network of subsidiaries, distributors and international offices. VF Outdoor, Inc. owns and operates more than 415 stores of the Vans brand in the United States and internationally, each offering a range of Vansfootwear and apparel while communicating the brand's rich heritage. The Vans brand promotes the action sports lifestyle, youth culture and creative self-expression through the support of musicians, artists and athletes on boards and bikes all over the globe and through progressive events such as the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing®, the Vans Downtown Showdown, the Vans Pool Party, the Vans Warped Tour® and surfing's most prestigious contest, the Vans US Open of Surfing.
Vans, "Off the Wall" Since '66
IMG is a global leader in sports, fashion and media operating in more than 30 countries around the world. IMG's businesses include Events & Media, College, Golf, Tennis, Performance and IMG Academy, Fashion, Models, Clients, Consulting, Licensing, Joint Ventures, and creative management agency Art + Commerce. In 2014, IMG was acquired by WME, the world's leading entertainment and media agency. Together, the companies offer an unparalleled client roster; world-class partnerships with sponsors, brands and broadcasters; and marquee assets across entertainment, events and fashion.