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Paris/Chelles, FRANCE (August 6, 2019) – Stakes are raised this week as skaters advance to the fourth and final qualifying stop of the 2019 Vans Park Series Pro Tour in Paris/Chelles, France August 9-10. The penultimate competition remains a pivotal stop for VPS tour challengers and regional talent, as the final field will be determined for the VPS World Championships, to be held in Salt Lake City, September 6-7.

The brand-new, custom park terrain spec Vans Cosanostra Skatepark de Chelles welcomes the world’s top talent as Vans Park Series heads to France for the first time in VPS Tour history. The crème de la crème of park terrain skaters in Europe and aboad are expected to skate this week, as Vans hosts both the VPS Europa regionals and the last global tour qualifier event back to back. 

Brazilians Pedro Barros and Yndiara Asp are leading the pack with two event wins under their belt, and aiming to continue their winning streaks into Salt Lake, while VPS Select Pro Tom Schaar makes his triumphant return to competition after battling an injury building up even more excitement in the competitive race. French skaters Shani Bru and Vincent Matheron will be big national names to watch as they vie to earn one of the top five Tour Challenger spots in the World Championships.

French Skater Shani Bru, 2019 VPS Montreal Event 

Kicking off the week’s competition, the Vans Park Series Europa Regionals event will take place on Thursday, inviting local talent to register and compete for their chance to join the Championships field. Winners of the Europa Regional event will advance directly to the final stop in Salt Lake City, promising a diverse medley of international style in the grand finale, and harvesting new talent for next year’s circuit.

Expect to see tour favorites and exciting event wildcards such as CJ Collins, Chris Russell, Ronnie Sandoval, Lizzie Armanto and more to be confirmed! Tune in Saturday, August 10 on vansparkseries.com, and follow @vansparkseries on Instagram for live updates.

Vans, the original action sports brand began supporting BMX in 1979 becoming the first brand to support the sport. To celebrate this milestone and the unsung impact BMX has had on youth culture ever since, Vans presents an Anniversary Collection for men and women. Featuring a unique assortment of footwear and apparel inspired by the heyday of parking lot ramp demonstrations, neon clad kids and a longstanding form of creative expression. 

Vans sticky waffle soles proved to give great pedal grip and became the choice for BMX riders of the late ‘70s. For this honorary collection, a unisex offering of the Sk8-Hi Reissue and Era serve as the foundation for a full head to toe assortment of footwear and apparel. Footwear is constructed with Vans’ classic canvas and suede combination, and each style showcases a graphic Checkerboard printed quarter-panel that is available in three colorways including a share green, white and true navy. Each footwear silhouette is finished with a reissued thumbs up heritage print on the sidewall.

Inspired by classic BMX lifestyle silhouettes and Vans heritage graphics the assortment includes eight new apparel and accessory styles for men and women. The women’s key styles include a BMX Jacket that uses a poly flight satin shell and includes a range of Vans logo executions to give the jacket a period correct look. The relaxed fit BMX Muscle Tank is made with a heavy cotton jersey and is adorned with front and back logo treatment. The BMX Pant offers a tapered leg with side paneling, screen-printed leg graphics and interior Checkerboard elastic at the waist. A BMX backpack rounds out the women’s offering with a durable poly fabric with multiple screen-printed graphics and a large Vans branded patch. For men, Vans releases a BMX Off The Wall Track Pant that features Checkerboard printed detailing down the leg and a coordinating BMX Off The Wall Anorak that has contrasting sleeves and front pocket detailing. The BMX Off The Wall long sleeve and the iconic BMX Painters Cap complete the offering. 

Vans became the original action sports brand in 1976 when the Van Doren family released the first skate shoe, style #95. The sturdy construction, material upgrades and padded collar withstood the demands of skaters carving the concrete and became the foundation of not only skate performance footwear but design expression with its multi-panel construction.

Today, style #95 is known as the Era and continues to live on through varying style executions, colorways and forms. With a long-standing history that is rooted in D.I.Y culture, the Era aspires to be outside the confinements of traditional footwear executions with the introduction of the Era 3RA Vision Voyage pack.

The design process begins with Vans original construction of the navy Era which are marked by stitching at each intersecting panel. Every original stitching placement extends and transforms the canvas of the Era with multiplied deco stitching. The tongue is layered with three executions – one atop another. The Era 3RA continues with three layered foxing stipes, toe bumpers and three heel scabs. The Era 3RA will be available in three colorways including navy, black and true white. 

Shop the new Era 3RA assortment in Vans retail stores and online now. 

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