VANS DUCT TAPE
The Vans Duct Tape just concluded its European edition in Ericeira, Portugal crowning the young and talented Hawaiian Kaniela Stewart and Chloé Calmon. We were lucky enough to spend few days in Portugal to cover the event. Here are some pics from what happened there…
The Duct Tape is clearly one of the best surfing events, if not the best, because it’s not only about surfing. It’s about surfing and everything else: good vibes, good food, skateboarding, long and sunny days, happy faces, good music. Competing is just part of the something bigger. Riders and people watching the event are not there for the performance itself. They are there to be together, to enjoy together.
What else to say? The location was perfect. The small fishermen town of Ericeira offers a unique scenery for an event. The cobblestone streets, the white and blue houses, the fish restaurants and dozen of world class surfing breaks around. Great choice Mister Tudor!
And what a show the 32 riders invited by Joel Tudor gave us. First the groms, Joel’s son Tosh and French Jules Lepecheux were absolutely ripping (both in and out of the water on their skateboards and on the dance floor).
Girls were having the greatest time in the water. Ivy Thomas, Karina Ronzuko, Justine Mauvin, Lola Mignot, what a casting! It was an absolute blast to watch these talented riders in Europe to surf and have a good time. Chloé Calmon impressed the judges with her creativity, style and skills on the nose, winning the title and the $8000 prize money.
On men’s side, Alex Knost did what he does best, entertaining the crowds on every waves he caught. Andy Nieblas is still an alien on a log. Watching him doing his crazy shit is just another level. But the judges crowned Kaniela Stewart, rewarding is unique performance on the nose in difficult conditions. Well done for the young Hawaiian.
After the surf, everyone just wanted to have fun and enjoy a couple of beers together. Lee Ann Curren played her music in front of the best crowd ever and it was awesome. The event concluded with an epic party, which lasted until dawn.
A barbecue and a DJ set by Bonatella Versace kept the crowd of surfers and skaters entertained until the next morning. Jules Lepecheux jumping in the pool was the apotheosis of the night…
Can’t want for next year’s event !
I glance down at my watch, it reads just after 9am. Over the top of my coffee, I scour the ocean, It’s a wild and bumpy canvas layered with mood. There’s only going to be one decent spot on a day like today I think aloud.
The air was full of song. The smell of gazoline and resin was everywhere. Colors of custom bikes and handmade surfboards attracted visitors as light attracts mosquitos. Fun, friends, ride, waves, dust, smoke, music, sun, rain, art, shape… These are the words that define best the last 5 days in Biarritz during the Wheels and Waves.
Since the creation of Salt Water, Simon Fitz has always been supporting us. He was part of the first magazine we published last year, and I hope, will be part of the next one ! We met with him in France to discuss surfing photography, mostly. If you don’t follow Simon on Insta, you are missing the best of what this social network has to offer.
In January 2019, snowboarder Mathieu Crepel and surfer Damien Castera, joined by photographer Greg Rabejac and lmmaker Pierre Frechou, traveled to the very northern tip of Norway for a boardriding expedition in the heart of the Arctic winter. In between snowy peaks and icy waves, they went deep into the polar night where solar winds meet Earth’s magnetic eld to create the fairy dance of the Aurora Borealis.
Just after the Wheels and Waves, we met with Nathan Sadoun to discuss present, future and surfing. Nathan is a great human being. Always smiling, always stoked when there is a shitty wave to surf and always the first when it comes to have a couple of beers. Congrats on winning the event log contest. See you around Nathan!