Joel Tudor’s Revolutionary Longboard Contest Celebrates Creativity and Innovation in Surfing

Duct Tape Invitational


Celebrating the evolution of a surf legacy, the Vans Joel Tudor Duct Tape Invitational longboarding series will bring the Duct Tape Festival to the vibrant city of Zarautz, Spanish Basque Country on May 18-20, to showcase the unique innovation, creativity and craftsmanship of surf culture.

Hosted in the north shores of Zarautz in the heart of the Spanish Basque Country beginning May 18, the Vans Duct Tape Festival gathers a distinct community of surfers, artists and shapers to engage with the surf community in a collaborative environment. For the Spanish Basque Country debut, the Duct Tape Festival will take over in full effect, bringing 16 world class longboarders together to compete in the 14th Vans Duct Tape Invitational competition. Fresh faces on the Duct Tape longboarding circuit include rising stars Nico “Niki Dora” Garcia, Levi Prairie, and Kai Takayama, alongside the visionaries of progressive logging Alex Knost, Tyler Warren, Ryan Burch, James Parry and Justin Quintal.

Duct Tape Invitational


The Vans Duct Tape Festival will also welcome four internationally world-renowned surfer Dane Reynolds, Alex Knost, Tanner Gudauskas and Lee Ann Curren—to present a library of their own hand-shaped custom surf boards to share with the public and live permanently at local surf shop, Pukas Surf. Led by these four influential surf icons, the 3-day beach festival will feature surf and skateboarding sessions, board shaping discussions, interactive art and music exhibits hosted by the local community, and much more!

In support of a diverse and inclusive surf environment, fans and spectators are encouraged to join Vans, the Duct Tape competitors, and our featured guest shapers to engage and participate in all the festivities.

Vans Duct Tape Festival Schedule

May 18, 2pm – Duct Tape Festival Kick-Off at Zarautz Beach

May 19, 1pm – Duct Tape Invitational Contest Begins + 3pm Duct Tape Skate Jam at Zarautz Skatepark

May 20, 1pm – Duct Tape Invitational Finals + 6pm Awards Ceremony

Vans Duct Tape Invitational Invitees

Zach Flores

Ryan Burch

Andy Nieblas

Harrison Roach

Saxon Wilson

Tyler Warren

Justin Quintal

Alex Knost

Levi Prairie

Jordan Spree

Kai Takayama

Robin Falxa

James Parry

Adrian Lopez

Nathan Sadoun


Duct Tape Invitational


The first-ever Duct Tape Festival debuted in 2017 with a mission to bring together an international collective of people inspired by surfing, and to celebrate progression and creativity in surf culture by engaging special communities around the world that thrive by the sea.

Follow @vanssurf for updates on the 2018 Vans Duct Tape Festival in Zarautz, Spanish Basque Country.


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