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Meet the Crew of the future!


The legendary “Vans Showdown” is an invitational street contest that will give a nod to iconic contests of the past, showcasing skate culture and the highest level of professional skateboarding to all the fans.

This year, Vans transcends the Showdown series to Asia Pacific, promoting region’s finest skateboarders and creative minds, while offering support to skate shops and communities through the give back components in various phases of the campaign.

In the 1st phase, fans can expect a celebration of skate culture, and witness the highest level of skateboarding in the Asia Pacific with 43 skate shops digging deep into their archives and submitting their best 1-minute re-edit of footage from three of their team riders. We are partnering with Vans global athlete, Kyle Walker who will help judge these submissions to identify the winner from each market. 8 Markets will participate in this Phase. All 43 skate shop videos will be featured on


 Skate shop winners from each market

Australia /New Zealand – Lodown

China – ZZ Fly Streetwear

Hong Kong – 8five2

Indonesia – Motion

Japan – Highsox

Korea – Timbershop

Malaysia- Showroom

Thailand – Preduce

 Kyles Top 5 AUS/NZ

Lodown  – Filmed/Edit by @jackstagrayum Starring @steviestipo_  @_stipo @tyronesutherland

Fast Times Filmed/Edit by @pxxn Starring @simonfrazzetto2 @leather.bed.sheets @jimmyroche_

GeelongFilmed/Edit by @jamesjames Starring @samatkins @hurricaneseason @_spliffcheese_666

1991Filmed/Edit by @pertharms @bustednsw @blakemanning Starring @freohouse @benley_bentley @seanlparker

BoardersFilmed/Edit by @bendouneen Starring Justin_schmidt_ #lewiswood @shaneazar


 Phase 2 – Obstacle design challenge (more on this coming soon)

 Vans introduces an interactive skate obstacle customization contest made to inspire people around the world by providing the means for creative self-expression through digital to Vans. With this contest, we are asking the public to get creative and help us to design the skatepark obstacles for the final event. The TOP 8 skate shops from the 1stphase will be pitted against each other to battle for the title of Asia’s best skate shop.

 We welcome everyone to participate and show us how they think the skatepark of the future should look like. All the submissions will be screened by our judging panel, including Absar Lebeh, Adelaide Norris, Arim Go, Padin Musa, Yang Liu Qing aka 66 and Yuri Murai. They will select 4 obstacle designs, and will have 1 from the public vote. All 5 obstacle designs will be built, showcased and shredded at the final and to top it all off each successful winner will win an expenses-paid trip with a friend to the final’s event when the good times come.

 Obstacle Design Submission date – July 28 – Aug 10th

The public voting period from – Aug 19th – Aug 25th

Winner announcement date – Sept 1st



To learn more, keep up to date with the Showdown, follow @Vansskateapac  to find out more about the steps to submit and vote for your obstacle design, we will be announcing all the winners and the “The Vans Showdown” latest news.