Vans and IMG Sign Multi-Year Partnership for Prestigious US Open of Surfing

Vans and IMG Sign Multi-Year Partnership for Prestigious US Open of Surfing 
HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 02/07/13 --  Vans(R) and
International Management Group (IMG) today officially announce a
three-year partnership encompassing Vans' title sponsorship of the US
Open of Surfing. Re-igniting the future of surfing's most prestigious
contest, Vans and IMG aim to engage the surf industry back to its
roots, advocating an all-inclusive, world-class surfing competition
and cultural festival. 
"This is a big moment for the Open," says James Leitz, SVP of IMG and
Executive Producer of the Vans US Open of Surfing. "The event has
been growing rapidly over the past several years and Vans has stepped
in, harnessed all that energy and with their authentic roots and
inclusive vision, will help steer this massive happening for many
years to come." 
"Vans and IMG have been partners for the better part of two decades.
Being able to continue this relationship via such an iconic platform,
in our own backyard, is simply a perfect fit," says Doug Palladini,
Vans' Vice President of Marketing. "We are really looking forward to
bringing the entire surf and skate industry back to the US Open,
leading by working with all of our peers, and inspiring a whole new
generation of action sports fans. As we continue to grow our role in
surfing, the US Open and the City of Huntington Beach afford us one
of youth culture's most powerful events to share our spirit of Off
the Wall with millions of people. " 
The summer's biggest youth culture festival, the US Open of Surfing
returns to "Surf City USA" (Huntington Beach, CA) July 20 - 28. 2013
marks the 20th anniversary of the prestigious surf contest, and 54
years of consistent, competitive surfing at the iconic Huntington
Beach Pier. 
The "Super Bowl of Action Sports," owned and produced by IMG, the
global leader in sports and entertainment, is headlined by the
world's best men's and women's surfers, professional skateboarders,
musicians, and emerging artists. The nine-day event attracts crowds
of upwards of one million people and showcases a 10-acre Action
Sports' retail and brand experience. US Open spectators will enjoy an
interactive festival featuring more than 100 exhibits, autograph
signings, DJs, guest emcees and prize giveaways. Live webcast and
consumer information is available on www.usopenofsurfing.com. 
IMG 
IMG Worldwide is a global sports, entertainment and media business,
with nearly 3,000 employees operating in 30 countries around the
globe. IMG's areas of expertise are diverse and wide ranging: IMG
College; IMG's Joint Ventures in China, Brazil and India; IMG Media;
IMG Events and Federations; IMG Fashion; IMG Models; IMG
Art+Commerce; IMG Clients; IMG Academies; IMG Consulting and IMG
Licensing. More information is available at www.imgworld.com Follow
us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/IMG_Worldwide and Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/IMG-Worldwide/ 
Vans 
Vans(R), the original action sports footwear and apparel brand, is a
brand of VF Corporation (NYSE: VFC). Vans collections, including
authentic footwear, apparel and accessories, and snowboard boots, are
sold globally in more than 170 countries through a network of
subsidiaries, distributors and foreign offices. VF Outdoor, Inc. owns
and operates more than 300 stores of the Vans brand in the United
States and internationally, each offering a wide range of Vans
footwear and apparel while communicating our brand and athletes' rich
stories. The Vans brand promotes action sports lifestyle and youth
culture through support of athletes on boards and bikes all over the
globe and through progressive events such as the Vans Triple Crown of
Surfing(R), the Vans Downtown Showdown, the Pro-tec Pool Party and
the Vans Warped Tour(R). More information about the Vans brand can be
found at www.vans.com, Twitter @vans_66 and www.facebook.com/vans. 
Media contacts: 
Chris Overholser
Vans
(714) 889-6185
(310) 213-2659 cell
chris_overholser@vfc.com 
James Leitz
IMG
James.Leitz@imgworld.com