Oh Right, This is a Surf Contest.

So here are some photos of everyone actually surfing yesterday. [Photos by Nikki Brooks]

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Joel Tudor Duct Tape Invitational

Into The Wild...

...errr the camp site at least. After the contest yesterday the guys went to check out some other surf spots, gather groceries, and just generally cause a ruckus around Malibu. Finally we made it back up into the canyons to where we are camping and everyone got set up. Lots of food, and lots of good company... That's probably the best thing about these contests is how everyone gets to just hang out. Our photog friend Nikki Brooks even set up a little photo booth out there and took some cool portraits of everyone, can't wait to see those. Time to head to the beach. We'll be live from the contest here at 1:00pm PST. Here's a few photos below, and you can check out more on the Vans Flickr.

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Into The Wild... image

Into The Wild... image

Into The Wild... image

Into The Wild... image

Into The Wild... image

Into The Wild... image

Into The Wild... image

Into The Wild... image

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Friday Results

You'll see the top two spots from each heat surf again tomorrow. Click here to sign up for a notification of when it's live.

Heat 1 Results:
1st Chad Marshall
2nd James Parry
3rd Jared Mell
4th Kassia Meador

Heat 2 Results:
1st Christian Wach
2nd Alex Knost
3rd Yuta
4th Chris Del Moro

Heat 3 Results:
1st Justin Quintal
2nd Ryan Burch
3rd Kameron Brown
4th Robbie Kegal

Heat 4 Results:
1st Dane Peterson
2nd Harrison Roach
3rd Tyler Warren
4th Oliver Parker

Joel Tudor Duct Tape Invitational

Getting Things Rolling

Last night we got to Malibu and everyone got together at the Malibu Inn for some dinner and the webcast [which you can watch 2 posts below.] By the time we had all eaten and headed for the camp site it was pretty dark. That led to some hilarious attempts at tent building and everyone squeezing their own tents into one spot close together after being warned about rattlesnakes. The closest to the middle doesn't get eaten.... right? We all woke up super early and headed straight for the beach. Some bananas and multiple coffees later the contest got underway and everyone was stoked on the warm weather. Here's a few shots so far, many more to come. Now I'm going to go catch up with all the guys who went down to surf some other spot and work on my sun bleached hair and tan.... hey, i gotta fit in here.

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Joel Tudor Duct Tape Invitational

Duct Tape Invitational is Live from Malibu, CA

Watch the first four heats today live: [This portion of the contest has now ended, watch it recorded below.]

Friday Pt. 1

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Friday Pt. 2

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Q & A with Joel Tudor and Special Guests

Last night we hung out at the Malibu Inn and sat down for some Q&A with Joel Tudor, Mitch Abshere, Kassia Meador, and more. If you missed out, don't be bummed. You can watch it right below.

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Vans Joel Tudor Duct Tape Invitational in Malibu September 10 & 11

Join Vans on Saturday, September 10th and Sunday, September 11th at world-famous Surfrider Beach in Malibu, CA to see 16 of the best longboarders from around the globe compete for their piece of a $10,000 prize purse during the Joel Tudor Duct Tape Invitational. Closing out the summer at one of the most beloved surf spots on the West Coast, the 5th Duct Tape Invitational is held in conjunction with the Malibu Surf Association's MSA Classic and is the first Southern California stop of the series. The Duct Tape is unique in surfing as it celebrates traditional log riding combined with modern style. Competitors are awarded for precision, form and creativity while riding single fin logs with no interference allowed. Surf fans can tune in to a live webcast of the Malibu Duct Tape Invitational on Saturday, September 10th and Sunday, September 11th at www.vans.com/ducttape.

Introduced last year at the East Coast Surfing Championships in Virginia Beach, the Duct Tape Invitational is an innovative new event Vans developed with Joel Tudor that showcases longboarding in its purest aesthetic and pushes the envelope on traditional longboarding technique. In addition to Virginia Beach, Vans has brought the Duct Tape Invitational to legendary Ditch Plains in Montauk, NY, Steamer Lane in Santa Cruz, CA, and Playa Salinas in Salinas, Spain.

Expected Riders include:
Tyler Warren (Winner of the Salinas Duct Tape Invitational), Alex Knost (winner of Santa Cruz

Joel Tudor's Duct Tape Invitational Malibu

Joel Tudor's Duct Tape Invitational coming to Malibu, CA

The Vans Joel Tudor Duct Tape Invitational is coming to Malibu, CA on September 10-11 with expected riders Tyler Warren (Winner of the Salinas Duct Tape Invitational), Alex Knost (winner of Santa Cruz Duct Tape Invitational), Justin Quintal (winner of 2010 ECSC and Montauk Duct Tape Invitationals), Dane Peterson, Kameron Brown, Robbie Kegel, Christian Wach, Ryan Burch, Chad Marshall, Kassia Meador, Chris Del Moro, Harrison Roach, James Parry, Yuta Sezutsu, Oliver Parker, Jared Mell, Scotty Stopnik (1st Alt), JJ Wessels (2nd Alt.) We'll be webcasting live as well as bringing you photos & updates all weekend right here.

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Joel Tudor Duct Tape Invitational

The Good Shots - Duct Tape Spain

Todd Glaser coming in with the rad photos from the event yesterday. So sick! Thanks to everyone at Vans Europe for making this the best Duct Tape yet.

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Joel, Al & Dane

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The Salinas Longboard Festival Crowd

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Pickle Wins!

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Tyler Warren

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Tyler Warren

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Jared Mell

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Tyler Warren

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The Good Shots - Duct Tape Spain image
Alex Knost & Jared Mell

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Alex Knost

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The Good Shots - Duct Tape Spain image

The Good Shots - Duct Tape Spain image
Harrison Roach

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The Dolphin

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James Parry

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Robbie Kegal

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James Parry & Jared Mell

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Justin Quintal

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Tyler Warren

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Final Day - Duct Tape Invitational Spain



Yesterday morning when we got to the beach, Tyler & I went to grab coffee. It was overcast, and the waves weren't looking so hot. Tyler was all about being Mr. Positive, "You know what? It's probably going to clear up and be an awesome day. It's totally going to happen. It's going to be like a miracle or something." He was right. After a couple of delays, the sun came out and so did the waves. It was a really close final round, and like Joel said when giving out the prizes, "It really sucks to have to pick a winner, because everybody is so awesome..." At the end of the contest here's what went down. Pickle came in with the big check, Justin came close to winning his 3rd Duct Tape with a respectable 2nd place, Al killed it, and Jared made it into the finals for the first time at this contest. Hell yeah.

1st Tyler Warren
2nd Justin Quintal
3rd Alex Knost
4th Jared Mell

Then we all went to some crazy traditional Astur restaurant where bagpipes pumped up the jams all night. Can't wait for the next Duct Tape.

Final Day - Duct Tape Invitational Spain image

Final Day - Duct Tape Invitational Spain image

Final Day - Duct Tape Invitational Spain image

Final Day - Duct Tape Invitational Spain image

Final Day - Duct Tape Invitational Spain image

Final Day - Duct Tape Invitational Spain image

Final Day - Duct Tape Invitational Spain image

Final Day - Duct Tape Invitational Spain image

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