After three days of live music, art and showcasing some hand-shaped whips pulled together by some of the world's best surfers, the Vans Duct Tape Invitational has wrapped up.
This year, the event was launched out of Zarautz in the Basque Country. Guest board shapers Dane Reynolds, Tanner Gudauskas, Alex Knost and Lee-Ann Curren inspired the community with an open library of eight board designs to test out, and helped to secure nearly 100 board demos over the three day window. The custom boards have been donated by Vans to the local and beloved Pukas Surf Shop, extending the innovation to the Zarautz surf community.
The cherry on top was the 14th annual competition, held in phenomenal surf conditions and captured an exemplary longboarding showcase by 16 of the world’s finest loggers including Alex Knost, Tyler Warren, Ryan Burch, and crowd favorites Nico “Niki Dora” Garcia, Adrian Lopez, and James Parry. A true example of progression in longboarding, undisputed Zarautz champion Andy Nieblas swept everyone away with his eclectic and imaginative style, pushing boundaries on long lines with his signature avant-garde techniques.
Vans Joel Tudor Duct Tape Invitational Zarautz Results:
1st - Andy Nieblas
2nd - Alex Knost
3rd - Ryan Burch
4th - Tyler Warren
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.