Vans Joel Tudor Duct Tape Invitational & Festival

Vans Joel Tudor Duct Tape Invitational & Festival

Last weekend saw Vans Surf drop in on Muizenberg beach, Cape Town for the second stop of this year’s Duct Tape Invitational and Surf Festival event series. Hosted in the hub of Surfer’s Corner from July 1st to July 3rd 2022, the event brought in crowds from around the city to celebrate innovation, creativity and craftsmanship in longboarding. Removing the barrier between athlete and spectator, the Duct Tape event allowed surf enthusiasts, local beach-goers and members of the Muizenberg community the opportunity to engage directly with athletes through surfing, art and music.

The Duct Tape Invitational stop in Cape Town, South Africa welcomed 32 longboarders to compete over the course of a three-day contest, featuring a women’s and men’s competition with equal prize purses across each division. South African locals Angelica Rosslind, Dylan Swindale, Crystal Hulett, Dean Simpson, Sam Christianson and Stevie Sawyer were amongst those participating. After a close final in both the men’s and women’s heats, Kevin Skvarna (USA) andAmbre Victoire (France) walked away with the victory in their respective divisions. This invitational marks Kevin Skvarna’s first Duct Tape win as a returning invitee, while French invitee Ambre Victoire walked away with the prize as a first-time Duct Tape competitor.

The customary Duct Tape paddle race offered invitees an extra dose of competitive fun along with an extra shot at a portion of the prize purse, with Victoria Vergara (France) and Ander Mendiguren (Spain) taking home the paddle race wins in their divisions.

Beyond the invitational portion of the event, attendees took part in a variety of workshops and engaged with local brands at the Duct Tape community market – with vinyls from The Other Records, fins from Good For You Fin Co and surf and skate wax from Orange Bucket Surf Wax. The workshops on offer for the weekend included moonbag customisation withSealand, immersion and meditation workshops with Waves For Change, talks from Justice for Jaws, a beach clean-up with the Beach Co-Op and an interactive art workshop with local artist, Janet Ormond. All Duct Tape banners from the Cape Town stop have been donated to Sealand who will be working alongside Surfline to upcycle the banners into custom, sustainable bags.

To top off the festivities, the festival offered daily DJ sets, live band performances from Elle E and Tough Guy, and live broadcasting and interviews from The Other Radio, while South African artists Njabulo Hlope and Romi Flowers painted surfboards on site. Hand-shaped custom surfboards by Vans team riders Sam Partaix, Shane Sykes, Lee Ann Currenand Michael February were on display at the event for festival-goers to see, and will now live at Lifestyle Surfshop in Muizenberg for use by the local community. Spectators were also able to watch Muizenberg local Alfonzo Pieters and Vans team riders Sophie Bell, Benny Urban, Ainara Aymat and Lahcen Aguerd live-shape boards at Lifestyle Surfshop over the course of the weekend.

Vans Duct Tape Invitational Invitees:

Justin Quintal
Kevin Skvarna
John Van Hohenstein
Stevie Sawyer
Tosh Tudor
Andy Nieblas
Rafael Nogalo
David Arganda
Josh Hocking
Sam Christianson
Jules Lepecheux
Saxon Wilson
Lahcen Aguerd
Ander Mendiguren
Dylan Swindale
Dean Simpson

Honolua Blomfield
Kelis Kaleopa’a
Hallie Rohr
Sierra Lerback
Lola Mignot
Karina Rozunko
Victoria Vergara
Zoé Grospiron
Rosie Jaffurs
Izzy Henshall
Crystal Hulett
Eliza Arbelbide
Ambre Victoire
Angelica Rosslind
Avalon Gall
Marina Carbonell

Vans Duct Tape Invitational Results:

1st – Kevin Skvarna
2nd – Justin Quintal
3rd – Stevie Sawyer
4th – John Van Hohenstein

1st – Ambre Victoire
2nd – Honolua Blomfield
3rd – Kelis Kaleopa’a
4th – Sierra Lerback

Following Cape Town, South Africa, this year’s Vans Duct Tape Invitational and Surf Festival will host one additional stop in Huntington Beach, California in August as part of the WSL’s 2022 World Longboard Tour.

Follow @vanssurf for updates on the Vans Duct Tape series.

London Surf / Film Festival

London Surf / Film Festival

Stacy Peralta is a one of the most influential skateboarders of all time. He’s an industry icon and a multi award winning filmmaker. His first documentary, ‘Dogtown and Z-Boys’ won Best Director Award at the Sundance Film Festival and his latest film, ‘‘The Yin & Yang of Gerry Lopez’ lifts the lid on one of surfing’s most enigmatic icons. So when you hear he’s hosting a very special filmmaking workshop, you know you’re going to want to be there.

In celebration of the UK Premiere, ‘The Yin & Yang of Gerry Lopez’ 22nd July at Genesis Cinema, London Surf / Film Festival x Patagonia are delighted to present a very special, ‘Filmmaking Workshop: Stacy Peralta In Conversation’.

The afternoon workshop hosted in advance of evening premiere will be informal and intimate, an incredible once in a lifetime opportunity for filmmakers and storytellers to ask the critically acclaimed Director the real, burning questions exploring everything from the creative journey to the dark art of funding, distribution and beyond.

As Stacy explains, this two-way conversation is set to, ‘demythologise the mystery of filmmaking’.

Tickets are incredibly limited and will sell out. Grab them >> HERE


Tickets: £25 – Includes filmmaking workshop plus entry into UK Premiere ‘The Yin & Yang of Gerry Lopez’

Friday, July 22, 2022

Genesis Cinema, 93-95 Mile End Rd, E1 4UJ

15:00 – 16:30 Filmmaking Workshop: In Conversation With Stacy Peralta

19:00 – 23:00 ‘The Yin & Yang of Gerry Lopez’ UK Premiere

For full information about the workshop head to

Tickets are also available for the UK Premiere of The Yin & Yang of Gerry Lopez, accompanied by a very special Q&A via the LS/FF website.

LS/FF selects key cuts from Stacy Peralta’s highlights reel:

Dogtown & Z Boys – 2001

Stacy Peralta’s first feature documentary, ‘Dogtown & Z-Boys’ tells the story of the trailblazing Zephyr skate and surf crew who redefined the subculture of 1970’s southern California, of which Stacy was a central figure. This must-see film brings together commentary and insight from a who’s who of skate culture, iconic images from artist and cultural commentator Craig Stecyk III, narration from Sean Penn and a killer sound track featuring everyone from Jimi Hendrix, Neil Young and David Bowie to Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and Aerosmith. It scooped a slew of awards including Best Director and Audience Award at Sundance – the festival at which the film had opened.

Riding Giants – 2004

The first documentary to open Sundance and featuring the likes of Greg Noll, Jeff Clark, Laird Hamilton the film traces the origins of surfing and the art of big wave riding, and brought surfing back into the main stream consciousness. A now trade mark killer sound track inc. heavy hitters Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, David Bowie, combined with archive footage and stills plus interviews meant it hit the spot in the core and mainstream.

The Bones Brigade Video Show – 1984

“The Bones Brigade Video Show,” was co-conceived, filmed, directed and edited by Peralta. It’s a 35-minute-long showcase of super slow-mo tricks, “new moves” and freestyles from the likes of Tony Hawk, Steve Caballero, Rodney Mullen and Lance Mountain, but it’s so much more. A happy confluence of a creative mind, an epic skate crew, the dawning of cheap video equipment to document it all and a sudden explosion in VCR sales, meant this first straight-to-video action sports movie, destined to be played in handful of skate shops, made its way into some 30,000 living rooms in the space of a year. In that moment this humble skate movie, combined with some Malcom Gladwell-esq timing, revolutionised the way we engage with surf, skate and snow culture – it was suddenly right there, in our homes and we could pause, rewind and re-watch every trick, every moment.

Comfortable with the uncomfortable

Comfortable with the uncomfortable

Saltrock Surfwear meets Cotty in Nazaré

Following the popular ‘100 Foot Wave’ series by Sky Documentaries, the Saltrock team flew out to Nazaré, Portugal to meet with Saltrock brand ambassador and big wave legend Andrew Cotton (Cotty) to explore this small town through the eyes of someone with seasons of experience there and an inspiring story to tell.

Nazaré is a small town in Portugal with a culture of fishing, tourism and art. And it also happens to have the worlds biggest waves. Often described as ‘beasts’, ‘monsters’ and ‘terrifying’, these waves can reportedly reach up to 80 feet, with many big wave surfers seeking to find a record breaking 100 foot wave.

Since the airing of 100 Foot Wave, Cotty has finally gained well-deserved notoriety both nationally and overseas, and more recently in the US for his daredevil style of big wave surfing and his approach to it.

Our team set off from Bristol airport on 28th February to spend a week with Cotty in Nazaré: discovering what brings surfers to this unassuming Portuguese coastal town and how it’s changed the community. As a long-serving Saltrock brand ambassador, we saw it as the perfect time to take a look behind the lens as well as capturing some epic moments of being in the flow at nature’s mercy.

Nazaré has become a hub for big wave surfing worldwide, with many surfers from all over travelling to tackle the wave and take advantage of the town’s big wave surfing network and facilities.

Stay tuned for the coming weeks to feel the build up to the release of our upcoming big wave editorial film ‘Cotty: Comfortable with the Uncomfortable’.

The film will be available to watch at on July 8th 2022.



Spectacular coastline, picturesque harbours, dramatic seascapes and pumping waves. North Cornwall has it all, hit play to watch some of its finest slide through aqua playgrounds.

Featuring: Reubyn and Joss Ash, Jobe Harriss, Barnaby Cox and Miles Lee-Hargreaves

Solid Walls – South Sumatra

Solid Walls – South Sumatra

This long left point in remote Indonesia works best on small to medium swells, and can max out pretty easily during the dry season. This edit was filmed over a few days in June during a window of large swell, with some of the competitors of the Krui Pro contest taking it on.