Vans brings world class BMX competition back to Huntington Beach, CA this summer as part of the celebrated Van Doren Invitational bowl jam series at the 2014 Vans US Open. With $35,000 on the line, 40 of today’s most talented BMX riders will face off in one iconic, all-cement bowl on the beach before a live audience as the exciting competition hits the global stage live from the Vans Pro Bowl at vansusopenofsurfing.com August 1 and 3.
The invite-only bowl jam directed by BMX legend Dennis McCoy presents the world’s most diverse BMX talent ranging from street, park, dirt, vert and bowl, including reigning Van Doren Invitational BMX champion Daniel Sandoval, 2014 X-Games gold medalist Chase Hawk, Orange County locals Kris Fox and Dakota Roche, plus top riders such as Gary Young, Dennis Enarson and many more. This year’s competition is highlighted by the return of the first-ever all cement bowl on the sand inspired by the original bowl riders’ Mecca, the legendary Skatepark du Prado bowl in Marseilles, France.
BMX qualifiers for the Van Doren Invitational kick off Friday, August 1 at 11 am with finals beginning Sunday, August 3 at 11:30 am at the Vans US Open of Surfing. In addition to the main event, the Van Doren Invitational upholds Vans storied heritage in BMX with the addition of a special Vans Classic BMX jam, a celebration of the past, present and future of BMX. Legendary riders from the first BMX Freestyle series, the King of Skateparks, return to session SoCal concrete along with their kids. Renowned riders that make up the judging panel and webcast crew will join them in the jam on Sunday, August 3 at 10:30 am.
The 2014 Vans US Open of Surfing runs July 26 to August 3 and uses the official hashtag #vansusopen. All events are free and open to the public and can be viewed daily on the live webcast at vansusopenofsurfing.com. The surfing event will also be syndicated internationally by IMG Media, bringing all the live action to more than 110 countries around the globe.
The Vans US Open of Surfing is proudly sponsored by FIAT, iON Cameras, G-Shock, Pacifico, Paul Mitchell Salon Haircare, Red Bull, Bose®, and RIDE bmx.