2017 Vans Triple Crown of Surfing: Down Days
On a down day at Haleiwa, Vans hosted the Duct Tape Festival, which featured an array of surfboards shaped by notable pro surfers like Nathan Fletcher, Alex Knost, Wade Goodall and Dane Reynolds. The boards were all brought down to the beach and anyone that wanted to was welcome to grab one and take it for a test drive. Vans team rider Pat Gudauskas fell in love with the fuller rail line of this board.
Style bandits Alex Knost and Nathan Fletcher share a moment in the sun. Knost is reputed for shaping and riding unique, if not eccentric, surfboard designs. Meanwhile, Fletcher is credited with riding the craziest wave ever at Teahupo'o in Tahiti and is kid brother to aerial pioneer Christian Fletcher. When it comes to radness, these two define it.
Nathan Fletcher, doing work in the deep end.
Doing the right thing
Wait, isn't this supposed to be paradise? While Hawaii is ideally positioned in the Pacific to get bombarded by swells from every direction, it also means a lot of flotsam and jetsam washes up on the beach. The Vans squad took time out of their pleasure-packed schedule to do the right thing and pack some trash.
Not down with trash
A few years back, Pat Gudauskas and his brothers found a non-profit called the Positive Vibe Warriors. Their goal was to help kids gain more confidence and enjoy all that the ocean has to offer. For obvious reasons, he's not down with pollution.
Dane Gudauskas about to take a Fletcher-shaped 5'6" quad for a hot lap at Haleiwa.
Get a good one
Don't let this idyllic setting fool you, Haleiwa is a tough wave to surf. Swirling currents, close-out sets and an ever-shifting lineup make it one of the harder waves on the North Shore to read. But get a good one and all the hard work is quickly forgotten.
The Banzai Skatepark is conveniently located across the street from the Banzai Pipeline. It could be the perfect union between surf and skate. When the wind is blowing or the swell is dropped, there's bound to be a heated session going on at the park.
No skateboarding allowed
No skating for John John Florence on this day. Embroiled in a tight race for the WSL World Title, he sat this session at the out with his mom, Alex, and good friend Koa Rothman.
Style runs in the family
While John John was posted up on the sidelines, younger brother Nathan Florence was putting together fluid speed runs through the park and floating rad little grabs.
Break from the sand
Stuck in a pattern of north swell and north winds, which aren't exactly ideal for the North Shore, Aussie father/son duo Justin and Kyuss King took a break from the sand, slipped on their shoes, and spent some time pushing around the concrete.
Keeping it classic
Seriously, do handplants ever go out of style? Local Hawaiian pro and Vans team rider Heimana Reynolds keeping it classic.
Waves of consequence
It's often said a good bottom turn is the key to it all when surfing waves of consequence. Tanner Gudauskas lays into one, driving for the top half of the wave with all the speed and power he can muster on the little Fletcher-shaped quad.
Above the palms
Evan Mock, up above the palms.
Gull's eye view of Aussie Wade Goodall's speed check off the top. The consummate stylist, he made every board he paddled out on look magic.