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The Vans Joel Tudor Duct Tape Invitational and Surf Festival Travelled to Ericeira, Portugal

ERICEIRA | Joel Tudor’s Iconic Longboard Contest Honours Creativity and Innovation in Surfing. The mission is to bring together an international collective of people inspired by surfing, and to celebrate progression and creativity in surf culture by engaging special communities like Ericiera.

The Vans Joel Tudor Duct Tape Invitational longboarding series made its triumphant return on European soil this month coinciding with the Duct Tape Festival, at the small fishing village of Ericeira, Portugal on May 16-19. Situated along a coastline of outstanding surfing beaches, this powerful and reliable surf spot has transformed peaceful Ericeira into a surfing mecca.

Beginning May 16, the Vans Duct Tape Festival gathered a unique community of surfers, artists and shapers in Ericeira to engage with the local surf community in collaborative ways. For its debut in Portugal, the Duct Tape Festival took over in full-effect, bringing world-class men and women long boarders together in two separate competitions for the first time in Europe, with equal prize money awarded in both divisions. The event saw two days of competitive longboard action with some of the world’s finest competing against a backdrop of Vans marketing activations from live music acts including skate legend John Cardiel, Lee Ann Curren, SHIT DISCO, Mighty Sands and many more. Festival goers saw live towel printing facilitated by UK skate powerhouse Lovenskate’s Stu Smith while a stellar line-up of shapers worked over the event to produce one-off pieces to be left behind in Ericeira to continue the Vans Duct Tape legacy.

Competition winners were the Brazilian standout Chloé Calmon in women division and Kaniela Stewart from Hawaii in men. The three-day beach festival featured surf sessions, live music, board shaping, beach clean-ups, movie screenings including Sambal 2, as well as interactive art and photography exhibitions hosted by the local community.

The Vans Duct Tape Festival offered also an extensive array of music programming throughout the three-day event, including Vans skate legend John Cardiel performing amongst exciting bands Sunfoot, Mighty Sands, Kepa, Lee Ann Curren, Sun Flowers, Alek Rein, Ditch Days and many more.

In support of a diverse and inclusive surf environment, fans and spectators joined Vans, the Duct Tape competitors and the featured guest shapers participating in all the festivities, and surfing alongside these inspiring names. 

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.

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