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Rules, shmoolz. Foods qualifies as a tail templates, too. Photo: Zak Bush

All Shapes & Sizes

Vans Announces the Surfers & Shapers of the Duct Tape Festival, Rio de Janeiro

news // Mar 27, 2023
Words by Corina Stephens
Reading Time: 2 minutes

Known for thinking outside the fin box, the minds behind the checkerboard walls of Vans HQ continue to bust molds and bash preconceived notions of what’s allowed when it comes to surfboard design and performance. 

From lobster tails and “loud” liter-age, the shapes and characters that come together under the DTF umbrella are never not interesting, and we’ve had the pleasure of documenting several such collisions of subculture. 

Here’s a brief look back at some of our favorite moments from Duct Tape-shapes past. 

After all, volume is just a number.
Tomas Hermes and his first-ever self-shape.
No craft is too experimental.
Cross-cultural crossover is inevitable.

Such a legacy will continue in 2023, signified by the announcement of the four shapers selected for this year’s Vans Duct Tape Surf Festival, to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 

This year’s list includes the similarly eclectic quartet of Brazil’s own Pedro Barros and Jasmim Avelino alongside California’s Karina Rozunko and Cape Town’s Michael February.

VDTF alum ‘Rini’ Rozunko will be returning, this time as a shaper. Photo: Zak Bush

Here’s the list of 2023 Duct Tape Rio surfers invited:

Women’s Invitees:

Ambre Victoire

Sophia Culhane

Kelis Kaleopa’a 

Avalon Gall

Natsumi Taoka

Jasmim Avelino

Karina Rozunko

Hallier Rohr

Kate Brandi

Marina Carbonell

Lola Mignot

Izzy Henshall

Victoria Vergara

Mahina Akaka

Evelin Neves

+ 1 Local Wildcard 

Men’s Invitees: 

Kevin Skvarna

Justin Quintal

Steven Sawyer

John Michael Van Hohenstein

Alex Knost

Andy Nieblas

Tosh Tudor

Jules Lepecheux

Harrison Roach

Caio Teixeira

Tom Morat

Dan Pascacio

David Arganda

Jefson Silva

Alexandre Wolthers

+ 1 Local Wildcard 

More info and announcements on the upcoming Vans Duct Tape Festival coming soon. 


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