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Vans celebrated the launch of a collaboration with Southern California based fin company Captain Fin Co. on Thursday night at Vans by Thalia Surf Shop in Laguna Beach. Founded by surfer Mitch Abshere, Captain Fin fuses art, music and performance to create unique surfboard fins and is well-known for embracing and supporting the creativity of its riders.
The event spotlighted Vans x Captain Fin Co. footwear and also featured artwork, photographs and surfboards created by Andrew Doheny and Alex Knost. The footwear collection includes Del Norte and Srpls Surf Siders and a Lanai sandal with colors and art by Doheny and Knost.
North of 400 good friends came out for the party including Alex Knost, Andrew Doheny, Mitch Abshere, Tyler Warren, Manny Caro, Kameron Brown, Tanner Prairie, Chris Ballreich, Mike Lohrman, Troy Elmore, Ford Archbold and artist Andy Davis. The packed house enjoyed tunes by DJ Akram, Primo beer and attendees came away with free limited edition t-shirts and wax.
Vans by Thalia Surf Shop, adjacent to Thalia's South Coast Highway store, melds Vans’ heritage with Thalia’s bohemian brand of beach culture in what is Vans’ first ever boutique surf partnership. The shop showcases a continuously evolving mix of Vans surf footwear and apparel including limited releases in shoes and signature Joel Tudor apparel. Vans by Thalia Surf Shop is located at 911 South Coast Highway in Laguna Beach, CA.
A special thanks to Primo for providing beverages!
Vans supports and promotes surfing through a full line of surf footwear and apparel, events such as the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing™ and through sponsorship of many of the world’s top surfers such as Nathan Fletcher, Joel Tudor, Pat, Dane and Tanner Gudauskas, Timmy Reyes, and Dylan Graves including Hawaiian standouts John Florence, Reef McIntosh, Kalani Chapman, Kai “Borg” Garcia and Leila Hurst.
For more information on Vans Surf, visit vanssurf.com.
Established in 2001, Thalia Surf Shop has been at the forefront of an underground movement in the surf industry. Focused on creative arts and alternative surfboard designs, they've been able to help support a growing need for individuality and less commercialism. By dealing directly with the artists and small, independent companies, they're able to showcase this movement better than any other surf shop around.
“We believe that a surfing lifestyle is one that goes past big logos and senseless graphics that pander to the norm, so instead we've searched high and low for those companies that agree with us and focus more on art, real graphic design, and the true surf culture. These are the creators, not imitators, and they help to define what our surf shop is all about: style, originality, and soul.”
For more information, please visit thaliasurf.com.