The World Championships of Skateboarding and the Vans Championships of BMX Drop Into Huntington Beach, CA, September 23-26, 2004

Press Release Source: Vans, Inc.

The World Championships of Skateboarding and the Vans Championships of BMX Drop Into Huntington Beach, CA, September 23-26
Thursday September 9, 3:59 pm ET
September 23-26 Marks the Finales of the Vans Triple Crown(TM) of Skate and BMX as Bucky Lasek, Ryan Sheckler, Ryan Nyquist, Stephen Murray and Many Others Compete for a Prize Purse Totaling More Than $250,000

SANTA FE SPRINGS, CA--(MARKET WIRE)--Sep 9, 2004 -- The world's top action sports athletes will descend upon Huntington Beach, California September 23-26 as the World Championships of Skateboarding and the Vans Championships of BMX arrive at Huntington State Beach with Vans Triple Crown titles on the line. The event is free to the public. The competitions are the culmination of the Vans Triple Crown Series with more than $250,000 and a Ford Ranger FX4 at stake for both the skate and BMX champs. The World Championships of Skate will air on October 16th on NBC at 3:00 pm EDT, while the Vans Championships of BMX will air on NBC on December 12th at 2:00 pm EST.

Highlights this year include appearances by X Games skate medalists Bucky Lasek and Paul Rodriguez, Ryan Nyquist's attempt to clinch his fourth consecutive Vans Triple Crown of BMX title and Cory Nastazio's continued return to BMX competition after a serious car accident hospitalized him last April.

"We're looking forward to bringing the best of both skate and BMX together as World Championships of Skateboarding and Vans Championships of BMX coincide at Huntington for the first time," said Chris Strain, Vans' Vice President, Marketing. "The level of competition combined with the world-class field of riders promises to make this Triple Crown finale one of the best yet."

Joining Lasek and Rodriguez at the World Championships of Skateboarding are names such as Tony Trujillo, Ryan Sheckler, Bob Burnquist, Pierre-Luc Gagnon, Omar Hassan, Vanessa Torres, and Cara-Beth Burnside. Besides Nyquist and Nastazio, Ryan Guettler, Stephen Murray, Chris Doyle, Dennis McCoy, TJ Lavin and Tim "Fuzzy" Hall are all expected to compete in BMX.

Thursday, September 23
Skate and BMX Practice 9:00a - 5:30p

Friday, September 24
Skate - Street (M) Prelims 1:00p - 6:00p
Skate - Street (W) FINALS 10:00a - 11:30a

Skate Vert Practice 9:00a - 5:30p

BMX - Street Prelims 12:00p - 6:00p
BMX - Dirt Practice 10:00a - 6:00p

Saturday, September 25
Skate - Street (M) Semi Finals 1:00p - 4:00p
FINALS 4:00p - 5:00p

Skate - Vert (M) Prelims 11:00a - 1:00p
Skate - Vert (W) Practice 1:00p - 5:00p

BMX - Street Practice 10:00a - 5:00p
BMX - Dirt Prelims 11:30a - 3:00p

Sunday, September 26
Skate - Street Best Trick 1:00p - 1:30p

Skate - Vert (M) FINALS 4:30p - 5:30p
BEST TRICK 5:30p - 6:00p
Skate - Vert (W) FINALS 10:00a - 11:00a

BMX - Street FINALS 3:00p - 4:30p
HARD TRICK 5:00p - 5:30p
BMX - Dirt FINALS 12:30a - 2:00p
KMC TRIPLE THREAT 2:30p - 3:00p

*** schedule subject to change
The World Championships of Skateboarding and the Vans Championships of BMX are made possible through the support of Vans, Ford Trucks, Tylenol, Right Guard Xtreme, TransWorld SKATEboarding and TransWorld BMX magazines, Fox Sports Net and NBC Sports. The Vans Triple Crown(TM) Series features the world's top athletes participating in premier venues throughout North America for the top prize purse in each of six action sports: Skateboarding, Surfing, BMX, Wakeboarding, Freestyle Motocross and Snowboarding.

Vans, Inc., a subsidiary of VF Corporation (NYSE:VFC - News), is a leading lifestyle brand for the youth market. Vans collections, which include active and performance footwear, apparel and accessories, snowboard boots and bindings and the Pro-tec, Inc. line of protective gear, are sold in the United States through 156 company owned stores and factory outlets as well as independent retailers. Internationally, Vans sells its goods in approximately 50 countries through a network of distributors, sales agents and foreign offices. Vans supports and promotes the action sports lifestyle through such events and destinations as the Vans Triple Crown(TM) Series, Vans Warped Tour', the Vans World Amateur Skateboarding Championships and the High Cascade Snowboard Camp(TM).

For more information on Vans and the Vans Triple Crown Series, please visit www.vans.com.

Media contacts:
Chris Overholser
(562) 565-8372
(310) 213-2659 cell

Shelby Stanger
(562) 565-8267

Source: Vans, Inc.