Though Vans sits comfortably as one of the largest apparel companies in the world, they have never wavered in their support of the core users who made their original “Authentic” shoe a universal hallmark of surfers and skaters, nor have they forgotten their sub-cultural start as a Southern California store-front all the way back in 1966. Today, Vans boasts the most eclectic surf team in the industry, from world tour professionals to alt-craft luminaries, and gives back to the sport in the form of event sponsorship all over the surf-spectrum map, from the Vans Triple Crown to the Duct Tape Invitational to the U.S. Open of Surfing.

As a family-owned title since being founded in 1992, The Surfer’s Journal can relate to Vans’ grass roots beginnings and continued commitment to the authentic, making this sponsorship/partnering feel particularly organic.