VANS US OPEN OF SURFING JULY 23-31, 2016 HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA; ANNUAL FESTIVAL INCLUDES PREMIER SPORTS COMPETITION FROM LEADERS IN SURF, SKATE AND BMX ALONG WITH FREE, ALL AGES SUMMER ACTIVITIES

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VANS US OPEN OF SURFING
JULY 23-31, 2016
HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA
 
ANNUAL FESTIVAL
INCLUDES PREMIER SPORTS COMPETITION FROM LEADERS
IN SURF, SKATE AND BMX
ALONG WITH FREE, ALL AGES SUMMER ACTIVITIES
 
Huntington Beach, CA (July 22, 2016)–The VANS US OPEN OF SURFING returns to the shores of Surf City, USA this July 23-31.  Held at the iconic Huntington Beach Pier, the Vans US Open of Surfing has evolved into one of the largest action sports festivals in the world encompassing competitions that features leading athletes from the surfing, skateboarding and BMX worlds.  Beyond the premier sports competitions hosted by the World Surf League and Vans Pro Skate Park Series, the annual event will include free activities for attendees of all ages.
Kicking off the festivities on Saturday, July 23 will be the Stoke-O-Rama kids surfing celebration hosted by the Positive Vibe Warriors Foundation. The Stoke-O-Rama contest is a free, local kids-only event, with age divisions spanning 12 years old and younger. For its 4th competition, the exciting event will raise funds in support of ocean education and water safety. As the key highlight of this weekend, the Stoke-O-Rama will donate all raised profit to the Huntington Beach YMCA in support of community swimming lessons.
Held at 9th Street, south of the HB Pier from 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM.
Other activities taking place throughout the 9-day event include:
VANS MOVIE NIGHTS
Screenings run from 7:00-9:00 PM
Sunday, July 24:  “Toy Story”
Monday, July 25:  “Raiders of the Lost Ark”
Tuesday, July 26:  Vans BMX presents “Illustrated”
In addition, a variety of artist workshops and free day-long activities are scheduled for the entire family. These include:
Sunday, July 24 from 1:00-3:00 PM:  House of Vans: DIY Sunglass Making with Kota Wade
Wednesday, July 27 from 11:00 AM-3:00 PM:  House of Vans: Screen-printing Class with Micah Tompkins & Josh Ortega
 
Thursday, July 28 from 11:00 AM-12:00 PM and 2:00-3:00 PM:  House of Vans: Guitar Lessons with Ray Barbee
Friday, July 29 from 1:00-3:00 PM: House of Vans: Cartooning Workshop with Jay Howell & Travis Millard
Saturday, July 30 from 1:00-3:00 PM:  House of Vans: DIY Sunglass Making with Kota Wade
Sunday, July 31 from 11:00 AM-1:00 PM:  House of Vans: Collage Drawing Workshop with Sage Vaughn
Still more onsite activities include official sponsor activations:
Jeep “Splash Zone”: where participants will be positioned in perfect place to get sprayed with water from the tires of a Jeep Wrangler; includes slow motion photography to capture the moment and give participants a chance to share on social media. Friends can also sit in the Jeep to watch their friends’ reactions when they get “splashed.”  Photo opps with props such as sunglasses, lei necklaces, grass skirts, and beach balls, plus a Corn Hole Beach Game, will also be available
Lifeproof:  Plinko Board Engagement.  Come by to drop your phone in a Lifeproof case down a custom branded plinko board with chance to win prizes (phone cases & accessories) and premiums including sunglasses and lip balm.
Frontier:  Spin Art by Scratch events from Sunday, July 24-Saturday, July 30. Attendees will have the opportunity to create custom spin art on top of records courtesy of Frontier.
Life Rolls On:  Life Rolls On Expression Session on Friday, July 29th from 3:40pm-4:30pm. Life Rolls On was founded by world champion quadriplegic surfer Jess Billauer to improve the quality of life for young people affected by spinal cord injury
Flowater:  Will provide 6 public facing water stations
The full 2016 Vans US Open of Surfing schedule is as follows:
*PLEASE NOTE: Surf Schedule is subject to change. For the most up-to-date schedule, please download the WSL app.
Saturday, July 23
8:00a – 10:40a:
Men’s Surf Trials: Rd 1 (H1 – 8)
9:00a – 1:00p:
Stoke-O-Rama with the Gudauskas Brothers
10:40a – 12:00p:
Men’s Surf Trials: Quarterfinals (H1 – 4)
12:00p – 12:50p:
Men’s Surf Trials: Semifinals (H1 & 2)
12:50p – 1:30p:
Men’s Surf Trials: Final
1:30p – 2:20p:
Mauli Ola Foundation Expression Session
Sunday, July 24
8:00a – 1:20p:
Junior Men Surf: Rd1 (H1-16)
12:00p – 4:00p:
Juniors Skate Division Contest
1:00p – 3:00p:
House of Vans: DIY Sunglass Making w/Kota Wade
1:20p – 4:00p:
Junior Men Surf: Rd2 (H1-8)
4:00p – 4:15p:
Juniors Division SkateAwards
6:15p – 6:45p:
Flatland BMX Demo
7:00p – 9:00p:
Vans Movie Nights: “Toy Story”
Monday, July 25
7:00a – 7:30a:
Women: WCT Trials
7:30a – 11:30a:
Men: Rd 1 (H1 – 8)
9:00a – 2:00p:
VANS + Stoked Mentoring
11:30a – 2:30p:
Women: Rd 1 (H1 – 6)
2:30p – 5:30p:
Men: Rd 2 (H1 – 6)
6:15p – 6:45p:
Flatland BMX Demo
7:00p – 9:00p:
Vans Movie Nights: “Raiders of the Lost Ark”
Tuesday, July 26
7:30a – 10:30a:
Women WT: Rd 2 (H1 – 6)
10:30a – 5:00p:
Men: Rd 2 (H7 – 18)
3:00p – 6:00p:
Vans Pro Skate Series – Women’s Pro Contest
6:00p – 6:15p:
Vans Pro Skate Series – Women’s Pro Awards
6:15p – 6:45p:
BMX Flatland BMX Demo
7:00p – 9:00p:
Vans Movies Nights: Vans BMX presents “Illustrated”
Wednesday, July 27
7:30a – 10:30a:
Men: Rd 2 (H19 – 24)
10:30a – 12:30p:
Women’s WT: Rd 3 (H1 – 4)
11:00a – 3:00p:
House of Vans: Screenprinting Class with Micah Tompkins & Josh Ortega
12:30p – 1:50p:
Junior Men: Quarter Finals (H1 – 4)
1:50p – 3:10p:
Junior Women: Rd 1 (H1-4)
3:10p – 4:30p:
Junior Women: Quarter Finals (H1 – 4)
Thursday, July 28
11:00a – 12:00p:
House of Vans: Guitar Lessons with Ray Barbee
1:00p – 2:00p:
Vans Skate Team Autograph Signing
2:00p – 3:00p:
House of Vans: Guitar Lessons with Ray Barbee
Friday, July 29
11:00a – 12:30p:
Van Doren Invitational BMX: Qualifiers
1:00p – 3:00p:
House of Vans: Cartooning Workshop with Jay Howell & Travis Millard
2:00p – 6:00p:
Vans Pro Skate Series – Men’s Pro: Qualifiers
2:50p – 3:40p:
Vans Joel Tudor Duct Tape Invitational (Longboard) Surf: Semi Finals
3:00p – 4:00p:
Vans BMX Team Signing
Saturday, July 30
1:00p – 3:00p:
House of Vans: DIY Sunglass Making with Kota Wade
3:00p – 5:00p:
Vans Pro Skate Park Series – Men’s Pro: Semi Final
5:00p – 5:45p:
FINAL / Vans Pro Skate Park Series – Men’s Pro
5:45p – 6:00p:
Skate Best Trick Contest
6:00p – 6:15p:
Skate Awards
Sunday, July 31
10:30a – 11:00a:
Women’s BMX Demo
11:00a – 1:00p:
House of Vans: Collage Drawing Workshop with Sage Vaughn
1:20p – 1:30p:
BMX Line Up Finalists
1:30p – 3:00p:
FINAL/Van Doren Invitational BMX
3:00p – 3:30p:
Van Doren Invitational BMX High Air
3:30p – 3:45p:
Van Doren Invitational BMX Awards
The Vans US Open of Surfing will be webcast LIVE from July 25-July 31 on vansusopenofsurfing.com and WorldSurfLeague.com and on the free WSL app.   For the live webcast, a full schedule of events and more, please visit: www.vansusopenofsurfing.com. All Vans US Open of Surfing events are free and open to the public.
The Vans US Open of Surfing is recognized as the largest professional sports competition and action sports festival in the world. The event is hosted in partnership with the World Surf League and event owner and operator IMG.  Official sponsors of this year’s event include Vans, Samsung Galaxy, Jeep, Go Pro, Airbnb, Pacifico, Workday, Credit Karma, G-Shock, and LifeProof.
About The World Surf League
The World Surf League (WSL), formerly the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP), is dedicated to celebrating the world’s best surfing on the world’s best waves through a variety of best-in-class audience platforms. The League, headquartered in Santa Monica, is a truly global sport with regional offices in Australasia, Africa, North America, South America, Hawaii, Japan and Europe.
The WSL has been championing the world’s best surfing since 1976, running global events across the Samsung Galaxy Men’s and Women’s Championship Tours, the Big Wave Tour, Qualifying Series, Junior and Longboard Championships, as well as the WSL Big Wave Awards. The League possesses a deep appreciation for the sport’s rich heritage while promoting progression, innovation and performance at the highest levels.
Showcasing the world’s best surfing on its digital platform at WorldSurfLeague.com as well as the free WSL app, the WSL has a passionate global fan base with millions tuning in to see world-class athletes like Kelly Slater, Mick Fanning, John John Florence, Gabriel Medina, Stephanie Gilmore, Greg Long, Carissa Moore, Makua Rothman, Adriano de Souza and more battle on the most unpredictable and dynamic field of play of any sport in the world.
About Vans
Vans®, a VF Corporation (NYSE: VFC) brand, is the original action sports footwear, apparel and accessories brand. Vans authentic collections are sold globally in more than 75 countries through a network of subsidiaries, distributors and international offices. Vans also owns and operates nearly 600 retail locations around the world. The Vans brand promotes the action sports lifestyle, youth culture and creative self-expression through the support of athletes, musicians and artists and through progressive events and platforms such as the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing®, the Vans U.S. Open of Surfing, Vans Pool Party, Vans Custom Culture, Vans Warped Tour®, and Vans’ cultural hub and international music venue, the House of Vans.
Vans, “Off The Wall” Since ’66
About IMG
IMG is a global leader in sports, events, media and fashion, operating in more than 25 countries. The company represents and manages some of the world’s greatest sports figures and fashion icons; stages hundreds of live events and branded entertainment experiences annually; and is one of the largest independent producers and distributors of sports media. IMG also specializes in sports training; league development; and marketing, media and licensing for brands, sports organizations and collegiate institutions. In 2014, IMG was acquired by WME, a leading global entertainment agency.
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