Vans Launches Black Ball Surf Footwear Collection in Support of Ocean Education

July 20, 2016 • Media Buzz

Cypress, CALIF. (July 20, 2016) – In partnership with non-profit foundation Positive Vibe Warriors, Vans releases new designs of the Black Ball, a beach-friendly, low-top footwear style inspired by the ocean’s infinite source of creativity, joy and learning.

With design influence captured by Vans Surf team riders, the Gudauskas brothers, Vans highlights the new Black Ball collection for men and women to celebrate their growing non-profit foundation, Positive Vibe Warriors, and its commitment to spreading ocean awareness and water safety education. Together, Vans and Positive Vibe Warriors help raise funds to educate global communities on the positive impact of oceanic environments by hosting local surfing events, swim lessons, nature programs, lifeguard workshops and many more ocean-friendly activities.

The new Black Ball styles take on a cool color palette, reflecting the blue hues of the oceans and tidepools discovered around the world everyday. With comfort in mind, the Vans Black Ball features a lightweight UltraCush sockliner for enhanced breathability combined with a slim, tailored form for an all-day relaxed fit.

The Positive Vibe Warriors-inspired Black Ball for men and women is available now. Shop the entire collection at and learn more about the foundation at

About Positive Vibe Warriors

Founded on a deep passion for the sea and the natural positive energy born of surfing lifestyle, Pat, Dane and Tanner Gudauskas created the Positive Vibe Warriors foundation to spread the impact of positivity and to inspire future generations of ocean activities. PVW’s charitable organization supports kids around the world by promoting water safety and ocean education. PVW hosts the annual Stoke-O-Rama amateur surf contest to raise crucial funds needed for communities to learn and preserve their sea-friendly environments. To learn more and support the cause, visit

About Vans

Vans®, a VF Corporation (NYSE: VFC) brand, is the original action sports footwear, apparel and accessories brand. Vans authentic collections are sold globally in more than 75 countries through a network of subsidiaries, distributors and international offices. Vans also owns and operates nearly 600 retail locations around the world. The Vans brand promotes the action sports lifestyle, youth culture and creative self-expression through the support of athletes, musicians and artists and through progressive events and platforms such as the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing®, the Vans U.S. Open of Surfing, Vans Pool PartyVans Custom Culture, Vans Warped Tour®, and Vans’ cultural hub and international music venue, the House of Vans.

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