Vans Resurrects Joel Tudor Duct Tape Surf Invitational
4 May, 2016
Event Coming to Vancouver, B.C., This Week
The Vans Joel Tudor Duct Tape Invitational will return with a new expedition set for Tofino in Vancouver, B.C. on May 6-8. World-renowned professional surfer and esteemed contest director, Joel Tudor will lead 16 of the most creative and innovative longboarders from across the globe to exhibit their unique surfing style.
In 2016 the new prize purse was boosted to $24,000. The 16-man contest will span a two-day window with top contenders in tow, including defending champion Justin Quintal, who claimed his third consecutive title in the Duct Tape Series last summer during the Vans US Open.
Quintal’s return is matched by veteran longboarding icons Alex Knost, experimentalist Ryan Burch, and the style-heavy Tyler Warren. Newcomers like the event’s wildcard, Tofino’s own Asia Dryden, plus Vans Canada team player Dean Petty, and Karina Rozunko will bring new perspective to the field.
Strict guidelines will enforce the use of traditional, single-fin logs without modern attachments and no interference allowed. Additional points are awarded for best shared wave, encouraging surfers to ride the same wave with style and creativity.
2016 DTI Tofino Invitees Include Alex Knost, Justin Quintal, Troy Mothershead, Ryan Burch, Andy Nieblas, Tyler Warren, Nathan Strom, Kai Ellice-Flint, Chad Marshall, Harrison Roach, Karina Rozunko, Dean Petty, Tommy Witt, Dane Perlee, Reilly Stone and Asia Dryden.