Spending a weekend in Tofino for the last year’s Duct Tape invitational was one of the finest times we ever experienced at any event.
And if that wasn’t enough, Vans is now stepping it up, saving ourselves the Jet Lag by bringing the Duct Tape Festival to a city we’re quite familiar with: Zarautz in the Spanish Basque Country!
Beginning May 18 in the North coast of Zarautz, the Vans Duct Tape Festival will gather 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 – including amongst others Alex Knost, Tyler Warren, Ryan Burch, James Parry – to compete in the 14th Vans Duct Tape Invitational competition.
The Duct Tape Festival will also welcome 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 and good friends of ours, Pukas Surf. 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!
We don’t remember the last time we said this, but we might actually be lucky with the weather! And rumors from across the Indian Ocean tells us that our friend Kylian Castells will be premiering his new short film “SAMBAL” starring Ainara Aymat. Needless to say that it should be a fun weekend, and we highly recommend joining us if you’re in the area!
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