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GEOFF ROWLEY – 19 pairs and counting

From the vault (no Vans pun intended) pulled to your screen just because it was too good to rot away in some corner of the internet. We did this interview with Mr. Geoff Rowley around 1 year ago in Paris, France. His “Take It Back” part was about to drop, his Rowley Classic just had been re-released and we had some prying questions about Liverpool, his 19 pairs of signature vans, and how important it is to have creative control when it comes to your career. So without further ado, Geoff Rowley for your enjoyment.

Interview + intro by Roland Hoogwater.

Images from the Chromeball incident and Vans,

Did you just come from the U.S. ?

No, I came from England. Liverpool to be exact.

The hometown! Ok, first-question, have you had a lot of creative control over what you have put out?

Yeah, I have always had my hand on what I put out.

Okay, because it seems like, creative control seems something you are very keen on having, right? You were heavily involved with creating the early flip videos on the editing side as well.

Yeah, that is right!

Same with the shoes, especially that just got re-released, correct?

Yeah, it has been in and out. It kinda got pulled for a bit. We put it back now, it is back to being in the line full time. It is still a favorite of mine, we just cleaned it up and made some improvements in the manufacturing process, and put it back out for the people to skate it.

Sounds great! I was thinking about that recently because you had a lot of shoes on vans right? I counted them actually and it is 14 original models and 19 shoes including different editions in total. You are on Vans for 20 years now, so that is almost one shoe a year.

That is right.

That is pretty impressive!

It is really humbling. The brand has always supported me and had my back, you know. And that says a lot about the Vans-brand and about myself. I am a pretty loyal guy. I am not the kind that wants to ride for a company for a bit and then go somewhere else. I am a people person. I like to talk to and hang out with my people. When I believe in the company and the staff that I meet, then I make a choice and to be part of that. Vans has always believed in me. It is a great brand and I am proud of its history.

I recently saw that Nine Club Episode with Caballero and he actually credited you a lot for bringing Vans back to the forefront. So obviously, It is not only that Vans has stayed loyal, but you also brought a lot with you.

I mean, if Steve Caballero was not at Vans, I would not be there. Steve paved the way for Vans during the 80s and 90s. Nothing but respect for Steve. And then Tony Alva, it still is the same as before. He still is with the brand. Through good times and really bad times. So I think Steve is like that too and I have nothing but respect for him. I mean he is an incredible skateboarder.

Pedro is on FREE DOME 66/99 he surely fits the “Gnarliest of the Gnar” slogan.

Transitioning back to creative control, You made the decision to create your own brand. FREE DOME 66/99. Can you tell us a little bit about that?

Well, I was involved in the skateboard business for most of my life. But after a certain time, it (FLIP) did not end up going in a direction that was necessarily healthy for me. So I had to remove myself, and this is a hard reset. A brand new start. I feel really positive, stoked and creatively inspired to rebuild again. And thats what I am doing with this brand. No Rules, I do not have a business plan and I am going to do it all on the fly, all the time.

What I really enjoyed when I went to the website was the open call for sponsor-me tapes. I believe it said: “The Gnarliest of Gnar” and “Positive of Mind and Spirit”. I really enjoyed that, because it shows pretty much both sides of skateboarding. What was the thought process behind that?

Well, that heavy side of skateboarding. Bigger, faster, and more aggressive, just that Cardiel “skate and destroy” thing, that I have been inspired by. It does not have to be a negative thing. It is not an angry attitude. That is not an attitude against the concrete and the handrails. It is about getting that emotion out when you are skating. You can be in a positive state of mind when you are doing that. That is what I meant by that.
If you are going to skate and you are going to give it everything you got. You still have to have the right attitude. You know? Especially now, more than any other time, we have got so many challenges with all of the digital technology that is being thrown on our brains. It is not healthy and I want to count to that.

I can feel that with the brand. The boards for instance look kind like they are screen printed.

They are! All of them. Every season we have been screen printing them. As long as we can handle the workload. It is a little more labour intensive than using the digital transfer, which you can do a lot of cool stuff with as well. But the process of putting a graphic on to a skateboard the pure way is with paint. Right?

It feels more like an object when it is painted.

It is a different feel, it smells different and it slides better. We are always going to try more of these types of things. I come from a manufacturing background, you know? I do a lot of manufacturing with my knife company that I do. I am learning a lot about what we can do or not do with a graphic. I like pushing boundaries too.
I really like the analog feel to these things. It feels more like a return to how you maybe started skateboarding. Just think about how boards and t-shirts looked back then.

I want to build an environment for the brand for it to be healthy. When you usually start a brand you do about 4 drops a year. Maybe 5 other small drops in the middle of that. But that is being done already and there is an opportunity to build different relationships with retailers and customers. So that they understand your intentions. It is really important to me that the focus goes to the skate shops. Because that is where it started for me.

Is that also why going to Liverpool, is important, because of “Lost Art”, Dave Mackey and those kinds of people?

That scene is hugely important to that part of England. To give kids a place, to go to where they feel accepted and be a part of that kind of skate culture.
I am from Liverpool, I am from the north. That is where it started so for me and for my story with Vans that is an important part of the story. So for instance, for my shoe re-release we did an event in a bombed out church, those places mean something they are tied to my story.

A little taste of Liverpool in the 90’s

I heard it is a very famous spot, that you used to go by on your way to School every day?

I used to get off the bus there and go skate. So that I did not have to take the one-way service, that would actually take longer, it went all the way across the city, to the skate spot that would all meet at. So I would get off at the bombed-out church and I would skate down the hill, down Bold Street, passing by Lost Art Skate Shop all the way down to the bottom of High Street just mess with the students along the way. Trying to power slide past everybody. And then, I would hide on the back street, so I would not get beaten up. Because It was pretty rough back then.

Liverpool was not the same as it is now. You were not the cool kid in school with a board back then, right?

Yeah, I was spat on, I was shouted at, all the worst things you could imagine people screamed at us. We were attacked and beaten in every way possible.

That has really changed, hasn’t it, skateboarding is more accepted now.

Yeah, in most cities in England, before there were cameras everywhere (CCTV), they were more violent, more aggressive, dirty, unhealthy and sick.

It is obvious that Liverpool and England is important to you but you also like taking people on trips and showing them the spots, is there something in that for you?

I have always been in England, even around the time that I lived in the US since 1994. I think there is not one year that I have not been back to the UK. I usually go back between two or five times a year. I go to Europe a lot you know? Those trips are not really intentional. But when asked, where I want to go skate to start making a video, my immediate answer is where I am from. It is always like that really. That puts you in a good frame of mind and you know, you are going somewhere, that you are comfortable at and that fires you up. Also, a lot of the skateparks in the UK are different, they are older, from the 70s and early 80s. Some of them are forgotten, so there was something to that too. My last project with Pedro Barros & Ronny Sandoval, some of the gnarliest park guys. I wanted to see them skating in the same parks I grew up skating.

That is what I mean by taking them there. Maybe there is a particular skatepark, in Scotland or somewhere else for instance and you are wondering what these guys can do there. And it gives the scene something too, to be featured, and show these parks.

Geoff & Arto in the Thrasher SOTY video, 2003.

You are the first person from Europe and from England specifically to ever get awarded Thrasher Skater of the Year.

From Europe? I have never even thought about that. You’re the first person that has ever even mentioned that to me. Are you sure that’s correct?

I double checked it!

Bob Burnquist from South America was before that right? But that I am the first from Europe?! That is fucking rad!

That means a lot, I think. Maybe it is not spoken about a lot, but just mentally people remember that you are from Europe and it reminds them that they can do it. It is not just for Americans.

Skateboarding was not really global back then. The industry was still out in America, California mostly. The European scene was still fragmented from that pro circuit side of it. We always had amazing skateboarders coming out of Europe, but when I moved to the states in the mid-90s, that was just about to happen. A lot of the videos when I moved and we started to film, we wanted to come to places in Europe and film there. There were not a lot of videos prior to that, that showed Europe, South-America, Asia, we wanted to be worldwide. With a global presence. I think the first ES video, “Menikmati” was an important step towards that and then the videos that came after that…

Flip “Sorry” which is a big part of European skate history.

We all filmed everywhere. As a catalyst, to show that skateboarding is global. To the American community in Southern-California. That kind of growth, was healthy for everybody.

That 100% true! And it was inspiring to see for the European skate scene. Maybe moving to the states then was necessary then, but it is not anymore. Maybe you were the catalyst that started that change.

I agree, that it is not necessary, but a lot of the industry is still there. It is the birthplace of skateboarding and the tree has grown from there. There is still a lot there, that is still a reality. But it is awesome, that it is open to a public community, for skaters, boys, and girls, people everywhere, how sick is that?

Do you have a prediction who could be the next skater of the year from Europe? People that just make you think: “Wow”. Because you can not just become SOTY you gotta have something special.

Daan van der Linden has the ability! But there are a lot of great skateboarders right now, and I think we are going to see kids popping off in the next two years, that are going to knock people’s heads off.

I mean there is a great one from Liverpool too right? Charlie Birch for instance.

Charlie is an amazing skateboarder. I have known Charlie since he was a younger kid and he is a good example of what we just talked about.

He is undeniably for Liverpool with an accent like that.

Very humble too! Very nice family, very great skater and nothing but respect for Charlie.

No particular order because he doesn’t do favorites but some solid historical footwear picks from Geoff.

One last question. If you were to rate, Top 5 shoes you had with Vans, which ones would that be?

I can tell you that I do not favorites. I can tell you 5 that I like though:


1.Black Canvas Era’s, not suede. Black Canvas Era’s, I like those.

2.The Original Half Cab in black and grey. Incredible shoe.

3.The Rowley Classic, that is three right? So two more that are memorable.

4.The original Vans Natives, do you remember those? In grey suede, I love those.

5. Black Suede Chukka Boots with brass laces. Because when I was first growing up I had about five pairs of Chukkas in different colors. The black ones were much harder to get tho. So they always kind of stuck in my head. And when I got them I skated better, than with the other ones because I was so juiced up.

That really makes a difference. Looking down and you really like what you see.

“Toe down” is what they call that.

Is there one shoe out of those 19 pairs that had your name on it, that you would like to re-release next to the classic?

If I would be straight up honest, I like them all. I designed them, all for a purpose. So I can not really pick one honestly.

There has been a couple of great ones. The XL2, the first one (XLT). I really liked those.

The XL2 design-wise but the XL3 was really comfortable. The best one out of those 3. That one was my favorite for comfort. Because it was a little bit slimmed-down at the right spots and it had the right shape on the feet. It would be great to see those again.

Thank you so much for your time. It’s pretty cool that you were the first guy that I interviewed when I started in skateboard media. It would be cool to do this again one day.

Thank you too. Really good questions too!

We have some fond memories of the Rowley XLT series 1 through 3 left to right.

Long long long 50-50’s on multiple kinked rails combined with a very impressive nosegrind nollie flip. Just two highlights from Kyle Walker and Elijah Berle’s VANS video that features some guest tricks from just about the whole team. Take a seat press play and enjoy!

Over the years, Sami Harithi‘s name has come up in conversations multiple times – even before I moved to Germany I had heard about him. But I didn’t completely understand what that name meant, aside from legendary Powell video parts and stories people told about his skating. I was reintroduced to Sami’s skating through the “Propeller Island” video, where one trick especially sparked an interest: a frontside 360 ollie in a bank. The run-up was extremely short – it only allowed for one push – and I had an authentic WOW moment when he landed. Since then I’ve shook his hand, watched him skate, socialized with him and took his children to skate events. In all those situations he seemed so comfortable, both in the limelight and behind the scenes. A true natural, I knew he had a long run in skating but I had to dig in the PLACE archives to be able to grasp the full extent of what, where, and how Sami has made his way through skateboarding. And since life focuses on the here and now, I wanted to supplement his upcoming Spot On video part with these 10 facts that I found when I was roaming around the archives…

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1. Sami started skateboarding in 1988.

2. One year later, he was sponsored by Powell-Peralta Skateboards.

3. He had a full part in Powell’s “Celebrity Tropical Fish” video from 1991. This part features tricks that are still inspiring today, e.g. an impossible lipslide body varial out!

4. In 1992 he won the European Championships in Münster, Germany.

5. That same year, Tony Hawk asked Sami to join his new company Birdhouse Projects; now known as Birdhouse skateboards. He filmed a part for their “Untitled” video which ends with him backside flipping the famous Brooklyn banks barrier.

6. In 1993 he went on his first trip to the United States of America to skate with Tony Hawk and Andrew Reynolds.

7. The following year, at 17 years of age, Sami was asked by Jeremy Fox and Geoff Rowley to join the newly-formed Flip Skateboards company. So Sami went to the States for the second time to pursue the skateboard dream. The footage of this time ended up in his “Cities” part. His ender at the Baustelle was a NBD at that time.

8. In 2002, Sami became a father for the first time, so skateboarding moved to the back as he focused on his family.

9. Nowadays you can find Sami skating at contests, events, or just on the street, often with his kids by his side.

10. Although Sami changed over time – as we all do – his unique style on a skateboard has remained unchanged. He has seen trends come and go and is now experiencing a second youth as a seasoned veteran.

by Roland Hoogwater

Vans announces the official debut of the Geoff Rowley Signature Collection, hitting shelves worldwide June, 13th. On Vans since 1999, pro skateboarder Geoff Rowley is influential in modern street skating for pioneering big technical tricks and a go-for-broke style, a true legend whose impact on the culture endures. Not surprisingly, Geoff demands the same qualities of style and durability from his gear.

Geoff Rowley on his new collection:

Purpose-built for skateboarding in construction and design, Geoff Rowleys Collection reflects his energetic lifestyle by infusing workwear and military-spec detailing to emphasize classic styles. Inspired by the original Vans Era, the all-new Vans [ROWLEY] SOLOS transform the legendary Vans silhouette to create a revolutionary model that performs even better.

Geoff’s first Vans apparel collection includes chinos, a cotton canvas workwear shirt and jacket, a 6-panel cotton snapback cap and four tees – see the whole collection here:

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Die Zeit rennt. Immer. Unaufhaltsam. Und schon ist der Mai fast vorbei – eine willkommene Gelegenheit für uns euch nochmals die Highlights des Monats zusammengefasst ans Herz zu legen. Was los war, lest ihr hier – viel Vergnügen:

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Now all the Pros want Selfies – PLACE Selfie Cam #1.

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Ein Snapshot Recap aus Barcelona – Träume werden wahr.

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Paul Rodriguez – ein Skateboard Superstar im Interview.

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Ben Chadourne erzählt, was es mit dem Hashtag #pleasecharge auf sich hat.

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Ein Fotoreport vom Street League Event in Barcelona.

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Mit dem Zug durch China – eine Abenteuerreise feat. Daniel Pannemann, Vladik Scholz und vielen mehr.

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Wie nutzt die neue Generation eigentlich die sozialen Medien? Nepomuk Herok im Gespräch.

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Mit den LookyLooky Girls haben wir ordentlich Geld verbrannt.

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Wer betreut eigentlich die Social Media Kanäle der Pros? Fred van Schie.

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Während der Propeller Premiere haben wir Geoff Rowley zum Interview getroffen.

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Wir haben Eric Koston gestalkt.

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Das Chris Pfanner Interview.

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Anthony van Engelen spricht im Interview über das Vans Video und den Wert von Printmedien.

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Skateboarding im digitalen Zeitalter – eine Analyse.

Die Menschen lieben Selfies und wir ebenso! Besonders, wenn es einen Anlass dazu gibt sich von seiner besten Seite zu zeigen hat sich bisher noch jeder Street League Pro und jedes Monster Energy Girl gerne mit der PLACE Selfie Cam abgelichtet. Frei nach dem Motto: Selfie yourself as hard as you can präsentieren wir eine erlesene Auswahl der schönsten Selbstbildnisse aus Barcelona.

By Benni Markstein & Bmin Boje

Geoff Rowley ist einer der wenigen ganz Großen im Skateboarding – dieses Standing hat sich der Flip Pro aus Liverpool über viele Jahre hart erarbeitet. Seine vielen Videoparts sind noch immer wegweisend und haben ihm neben dem SOTY Award im Jahr 2000 höchste Anerkennung in der Szene gesichert. Wir haben Geoff in Berlin getroffen um über das neue Vans Video, alte Achsen und seine Pläne für die Zukunft gesprochen…

Du bist seit einer Ewigkeit auf Vans, ich kann mich nicht an Geoff Rowley Footage erinnern, wo du keine Vans trägst. Wie lange hast du für Propeller gefilmt?
Ich fahre seit 1998 für Vans, für Propeller habe ich ungefähr 4 Jahre gefilmt, die letzten zwei davon sehr intensiv. Ich war oft verletzt, ich musste am Knöchel, am Knie und zweimal am Hals operiert werden, ausserdem habe ich mir heftig die Nieren geprellt. Ehrlich gesagt, bin ich fast ein bisschen überrascht, dass ich diesen Part fertig bekommen habe…

Hat sich dein Skating denn durch die Verletzungen verändert? Sähe dein Part anders aus, wenn du in Top Verfassung gewesen wärst?
Ich denke schon, zumindest ein bisschen. Ich hatte noch nie so viel Spaß beim filmen eines Parts wie bei diesem, ich habe mir keinen Druck gemacht. Die Verletzungen haben aber definitiv viel wertvolle Zeit gekostet. Trotzdem habe ich einen Full Part zustande gebracht mit dem ich durchaus zufrieden bin.

Du bist in England aufgewachsen, bevor du nach Kalifornien gegangen bist – hat das Einfluss auf deine Art Skateboard zu fahren?
Ich komme aus dem Nordwesten Englands: Wenn es nicht regnet, ist es windig, wenn es nicht windig ist, schneit es… Der Boden dort ist schlecht, völlig anders als in Los Angeles. Am Anfang mochte ich den guten Boden dort nicht einmal, es hat mich verwirrt einfach überall skaten zu können. Ich musste nirgendwohin um einigermaßen guten Boden zu finden… Ich mag schlechten Boden aber immer noch lieber, es fühlt sicht irgendwie echt an.

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In vielen deiner Parts findet man britische Einflüsse – zum Beispiel die Musik. Hattest du für Propeller die Möglichkeit in England zu filmen?
Du hast das Video noch nicht gesehen, richtig? Ich will dann nicht zuviel verraten, aber man findet definitiv britische Einfüsse in meinem Part. Du hast recht, ich bemühe mich immer irgendetwas britisches in meine Parts einzubauen – für meine Familie, meine Freunde, das macht mir Spaß. Den Song „You’ll never walk alone“ habe ich damals zum Beispiel für meine Mutter gewählt – ich dachte, das würde ihr gefallen. Im „Propeller“ Part sind viele Anspielungen auf meine Frau und meine Kinder eingebaut… Dieses Mal war ich wirklich nur Skater, kein Producer oder Director wie bei den Flip Videos – aber irgendwohin muss ich ja auch mit meinem kreativen Output, deswegen diese kleinen Anspielungen…

Ich bin mit deinen Parts großgeworden und mir ist eine Sache immer wieder aufgefallen: Nach einem Trick machst du oft im Wegfahren noch einen hinterher…
Gut beobachtet! Ich sehe einen Trick nicht als Prozess mit einem Anfang und einem Ende – ich bin Streetskater, da geht es immer weiter… Nur weil ich einen Trick geschafft habe, muss die Aufnahme nicht danach enden. Das ist mir wichtig…

… und bringt immer Flow mit sich.
Genau, ich bin kein Fan von schnellen Schnitten. Tricks brauchen Zeit um gesehen und verstanden zu werden.

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Ich habe mal gehört, dass du sehr alte Achsen fährst?
Genau, ich fahre Stay 7 Indys, die von 1989 bis 1992 produziert wurden.

Woher bekommst du die? Ebay?
Ich habe noch nie welche bei ebay gekauft. Man findet sie auf der Straße – manchmal haben Kids ziemlich alte Boards oder man findet welche auf dem Flohmarkt oder so… Meine Freunde geben mir einzelne Komponenten, wenn sie noch welche haben. Ich habe eine große Tüte mit diversen Einzelteilen und bastel mir bei Bedarf daraus etwas zusammen…

Du hast keine Corporate Sponsoren – wieso nicht? Angebote hattest du doch mit Sicherheit…
Ich bin zufrieden mit dem was ich habe, ich brauche einfach nicht mehr… Trotzdem sollte man sie nicht verteufeln, viele dieser Companies helfen Skateboarding heutzutage. Sie machen die großen Events und das ist okay, denn sie kommen nicht in unsere Industrie und wollen Skateboards machen…

Was können wir denn in Zukunft von dir erwarten?
Ich werde einen Miniramp Part filmen…

Das hört sich spannend an, wir freuen uns! Vielen Dank für das Gespräch!

Interview: Roland Hoogwater
Fotos: Vans

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Am 28. April präsentiert Vans im Berliner Babylon Theater die Europapremiere des Vans Skateboarding Videos “Propeller”. Unter der Regie vom gefeierten Filmemacher Greg Hunt präsentiert Propeller eine umfassende Momentaufnahme des modernen Skateboardings, die mit Auftritten der größten Namen, Legenden und wirklichen Pionieren der Szene gespickt ist. „Jedes wichtige Skateboading Video setzt einen Meilenstein: Es treibt die Community mit neuen Moves – hervorgegangen aus dem Erbe der Vorgänger – voran, fängt dort an, wo andere aufgehört haben und ist maßgebend für die Weiterentwicklung der Szene. Sie sind wahre Propeller, die das Skateboarding immer weiter vorantreiben.“

Auf unserer Facebook Seite verlosen wir 2×2 Tickets – wer nicht auf sei Glück vertrauen möchte, kann sich ab morgen, Mittwoch, 22. April in folgenden Stores sein Free Ticket sichern – viel Glück!

Civilist
Brunnenstraße 13, 10119 Berlin

Blue Tomato Shop Berlin
Nürnbergerstrasse 13, 10789 Berlin

Titus Berlin
Karl-Liebknecht-Straße 9, 10178 Berlin

Titus Zoopreme
Meinekestraße 2, 10719 Berlin

Barrio
Simon-Dach-Strasse 23, 10245 Berlin-Friedrichshain

Vans Zooper Store
Budapester Straße 46, 10787 Berlin

Vans Store, Mall of Berlin
Leipziger Platz 12, 10117 Berlin

Vans Butchers Block
Alte Schönhauser Straße 48, 10119 Berlin

Vans Store Alexa
Grunerstraße 20, 10179 Berlin

SOTO Store
Torstraße 72, 10119 Berlin

Firmament
Linienstraße 40, 10119 Berlin

Mit freundlicher Unterstützung von Vans.

Das Vans Video steht kurz vor Vollendung und soll bereits im Mai diesen Jahres erscheinen. Greg Hunt lässt mit “Propeller” auf einen absoluten Meilenstein hoffen und mit Leuten wie Jason Dill, Anthony van Engelen, Andrew Allen, Gilbert Crockett, Geoff Rowley und Chris Pfanner sind die Erwartungen dementsprechend hoch. – Wir halten euch natürlich auf dem Laufenden!

Vans & Independent Truck Co: Diese beiden Brands teilen sich neben ihrer langjährigen Geschichte im Skateboarding auch den ein oder anderen Teamfahrer: Gilbert Crockett, Anthony van Engelen oder Geoff Rowley sind da nur ein paar namhafte Beispiele. Die „Original Tools of the Trade” haben sich für den Herbst 2014 zusammengetan und eine neue Vans x Independent Footwear und Apparel Kollektion entworfen.

Die zweite Fortsetzung der Vans x Indy Kollaboration bietet einige neue Styles und Core Artikel der Vans Pro Skate Footwear Linie: So zum Beispiel das neueste Signature-Modell von Teamfahrer Anthony Van Engelen. Der Schuh kommt im einfarbigen All-Over Reflexions-Print und Vans x Independent Logo Details. Neben dem AVE Style beinhaltet die Kollektion noch den Rowley Pro und den Chukka Low – jeweils mit Custom Logos und in unterschiedlichen Farben. Das neue Apparel-Angebot zeigt saisonale Teile wie den Crew Neck Fleece Sweater, eine Distressed Denim Weste mit Vans und Indy Logo Patches, zwei Pocket Tees, eine Beanie und eine Trucker Cap.

Die Vans x Independent Kollektion für den Herbst 2014 ist ab sofort unter Vans.eu und diversen Skateshops erhältlich.

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Geoff Rowley hat während seiner Laufbahn schon zahlreiche innovative und einflussreiche Pro Modelle für Vans designt und wurde jetzt in das umfangreiche Apparel-Portfolio der Company aufgenommen. Seit 1999 ist Geoff schon ein Teil von Vans – und dieses Commitment wird nun mit der Aufnahme in die Apparel Linie gekrönt. „Geoff ist immer eine Inspiration für Skateboarder auf der ganzen Welt gewesen und sein wertvoller Input bei unseren Skate Schuhen hat direkt zu Innovationen geführt, welche die Entwicklung der gesamten Footwear im Skatebereich vorangetrieben haben – und das für Jahre,“ so Justin Regan von Vans.

Volcom Stone bringt zum 20 jährigen Jubiläum ein Video, in dem die schwierige Kombination Snowboarding, Surfing und Skateboarding, funktionieren wird. In der Folge zwei erzählen Geoff Rowley, Dustin Dollin, Terje Haakonsen uvm., wieso man in diesem Business als Einzelgänger den Kürzeren zieht.

Volcom Stone bringt zum 20 jährigen Jubiläum ein Video, in dem die schwierige Kombination Snowboarding, Surfing und Skateboarding funktionieren wird. Vorab gibt es nun Making-Of Episoden mit Interviews von unter anderem Geoff Rowley, Bryan Iguchi und Richard Woolcott. Folge eins zeigt Dane Burman, Dustin Dollin, Caswell Berry und Co. beim Zerstören.

Die Jungs von Vans haben am Southbank Spot in London eine Demo gegeben und damit noch einmal klar gestellt das dieser Boden von großer kultureller Bedeutung ist. Mit dabei sind unter anderem: Chima Ferguson, Geoff Rowley, Chris Pfanner und TNT. Um die Jungs in England zu unterstützen checkt SAVE SOUTH BANK.

French Fred kommt mit dem dritten Teil seiner Behind The Scenes Serie für das Thrasher Magazine und zeigt dieses Mal eine jung Gang bestehend aus: Arto Saari, Geoff Rowley, Eric Koston und einen in der Nase bohrenden Rick McCrank, welcher sein Talent hinter der VX beweist. The good old days.

Im zweiten Teil seines Epicly Later´d spricht Arto Saari über seine Zeit bei den legendären Eurocontests Ende der Neunziger. Und man erfährt auch, warum Arto der einzige ist, der Danny Way dissen durfte. Zudem gibt es ein paar Fakten über Tom Penny, die auch interessant sein dürften. Neugierig geworden? Dann zieh es dir rein.