2018 Vans Joel Tudor Duct Tape Invitational Champion Andy Nieblas Claims Undisputed Basque Country Victory

The Vans Joel Tudor Duct Tape Surf Festival in Zarautz celebrated three days of creative surfing, music, art and good vibes in prime surf conditions. The title went to Andy Nieblas who continued to push boundaries with his innovative single-fin style.

Press Release: The surf vibes are still buzzing as the first-ever dual Vans Joel Tudor Duct Tape Invitational and Festival closed out last weekend in beautiful Zarautz, Basque Country, Spain. Crowning new DTI champion, Californian Andy Nieblas, who maneuverered perfect logging conditions with creative grace wave after wave, and celebrating an inspiring community of surf creativity, innovation and craftsmanship, the Vans Joel Tudor Duct Tape Festival has surpassed expectations for an event worthy of the history books.

Showcasing the natural juxtaposition between art, music, and creativity in surfing, and led by the living legend himself, Joel Tudor, the Vans Joel Tudor Duct Tape Festival in Zarautz brought three days of engaging surf workshops, collaborative shaping discussions, screen printing, skate jams, live music by Vans legend Ray Barbee, Laurel, Lee-Ann Curren and more, plus the opportunity to surf alongside some of the best surfers in the world! Guest board shapers and surfing icons Dane Reynolds, Tanner Gudauskas, Alex Knost and Lee-Ann Curren inspired the community with an open library of eight hand-shaped board designs to test out, and helped to secure nearly 100 board demos over the three day window. The custom boards have been donated by Vans to the local and beloved Pukas Surf Shop, extending the innovation to the Zarautz surf community.

The cherry on top of this remarkable surf experience in the Basque country was the 14th Vans Joel Tudor Duct Tape Invitational, which experienced phenomenal surf conditions and captured an exemplary longboarding showcase by 16 of the world’s finest loggers including Alex Knost, Tyler Warren, Ryan Burch, and crowd favourites Nico “Niki Dora” Garcia, Adrian Lopez, and James Parry. A true example of progression in longboarding, undisputed Zarautz champion Andy Nieblas swept everyone away with his eclectic and imaginative style, pushing boundaries on long lines with his signature avant-garde techniques.

Vans Joel Tudor Duct Tape Invitational Zarautz Results

1st – Andy Nieblas

2nd – Alex Knost

3rd – Ryan Burch

4th – Tyler Warren

Celebrating the evolution of a surf legacy, the Vans Joel Tudor Duct Tape Festival upholds its mission to bring together an international collective of people inspired by surfing, and to honor progression and creativity in surf culture by engaging communities around the world that thrive by the sea.

Follow @vans_europe to witness the full photo recap from the 2018 Vans Joel Tudor Duct Tape Festival in Zarautz, Basque Country, Spain.

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On the cover: Pukas’ Adur Letamendia surfing the Pukas Pegaso by Chris Christenson. Photo by Carles Medina.


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