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The Cast And Craft Of The Vans Duct Tape Festival, New York

The curious and eclectic craft and cast of the Vans Duct Tape Festival in Rockaway, New York. 

cinema // Oct 13, 2019
Words by stab
Reading Time: < 1 minutes

The Vans Duct Tape Festival at Rockaway, New York wrapped up over a week ago now. The Aussie, Harrison Roach took out the men’s division with Hawaii’s Kirra Seale winning the women’s contingent.

You may have seen that America’s East Coast, particularly some coastal regions of New York state, are being bombarded with A-grade swell right about now; overhead tubes, consistent offshores, all-in-all a bunch of waves more conducive to performance shortboards than logs. The Duct Tape Fest however went down in knee high rollers, a more apt setting for the humble longboard.

If you want the stills and recaps of the surfing itself and the afterparty, then slide back through Morgan’s wrap and Zak Bush’s portraits. For a more intimate look at the surfers and craft which made up this Duct Tape fest, then you’re better watching the above clip.

There’s everything from self-shaped logs with crab claw tails, to hulled out mid-lengths and even an inflatable surf mat. The most common thread of the boards, shapers and surfers was their inability to name much of their board’s details beyond the length and the odd adjective describing the foam’s volume.

Watch the above clip for a closer look at the curious cast and craft that composed the Vans Duct Tape even in Rockaway, New York.  


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