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Cypress, CALIF. (May 10, 2016) – The Vans Joel Tudor Duct Tape Invitational set out for a new expedition in Tofino, Vancouver this past weekend for an incredible display of unique longboarding talent. Securing his fourth Duct Tape Invitational title to add to his three consecutive wins at the Vans US Open, Floridian Justin Quintal claims first place in the 2016 event, joined by Nate Strom in 2nd, and former title holder, Troy Mothershead in 3rd. With harrowing conditions and unpredictable new surf on the horizon, the podium rose to the occasion, outperforming their peers with timeless style, originality and innovation.

"This was possibly the most unique and beautiful location the Duct Tape has ever been held," remarked Quintal of the setting. "The people of Vancouver Island and Tofino were amazing, and though conditions weren’t ideal, everyone was still shredding and having a great time!"

2016 DTI Tofino Podium
Justin Quintal – 1st
Nate Strom – 2nd
Troy Mothershead – 3rd

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Set against the breathtaking backdrop of Tofino located on Vancouver Island, B.C., the 2016 Vans Joel Tudor Duct Tape invitational welcomed 16 of the world's most creative longboarders from across the globe to exhibit their unique surfing style, in the spirit of a traditional longboarding festival. The lively weekend showcased a performance by experimental band Tomorrows Tulips fronted by longboard icon Alex Knost, and a special screening of Forbidden Trim, by filmmaker George Trimm.

The Vans Joel Tudor Duct Tape Invitational in Tofino marks the twelfth event in the international Duct Tape contest series, reinforcing a global platform for longboarding specialty and providing a unique festival atmosphere for today's most progressive longboarding icons.

Since 2010, the Vans Joel Tudor Duct Tape Invitational has set a standard for the longboarding community, enriching competition with an affinity for style and originality. The Vans Duct Tape Invitational contest series is anchored by the vision of two-time ASP world longboarding champion Joel Tudor, to create an innovative surf series that upholds progression, creativity and craftsmanship in and out of the water.

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Vans®, a VF Corporation (NYSE: VFC) brand, is the original action sports footwear, apparel and accessories brand. Vans authentic collections are sold globally in more than 75 countries through a network of subsidiaries, distributors and international offices. Vans also owns and operates nearly 600 retail locations around the world. The Vans brand promotes the action sports lifestyle, youth culture and creative self-expression through the support of athletes, musicians and artists and through progressive events and platforms such as the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing®, the Vans U.S. Open of Surfing, Vans Pool Party, Vans Custom Culture, Vans Warped Tour®, and Vans' cultural hub and international music venue, the House of Vans.

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