amsterdam: vans downtown showdown

© vans - superior skateboard action

skateboardmania gets a grip on amsterdam when vans' popular vans downtown showdown cult event lands at the city's westergasfabriek venue on aug 2-4. after showcases in los angeles, london, hamburg and milan, the event not only brings the fine art of skateboarding to town, but as a true skatefest it also showcases the entire badass culture with which it is inextricably intertwined. the three-day vans downtown showdown program is packed with fun stuff for all ages, and brings some of the planet's biggest skateboard talents to town. highlights include thursday's event kick-off [5pm - invite only] with three-fold world champion steve caballero and followed by the official 20th anniversary party of vans' iconic half cab shoe, the eagerly anticipated competition with some of the best skate pros from the u.s. and europe, such as geoff rowley, tony truijillo and holland's very own nassim guammaz, in addition to a string of gigs, dj sets and merchandise stands spread across the venue's premises. mind you, vans' very own steve van doren will be on-site baking waffles. location: klönneplein 1 [staatsliedenbuurt].

© vans - the crowd at previous vans downtown showdown events