To kick off 2018 Vans have teamed up with Girls Skate India for their 2018 This is Off the Wall campaign, with Vans rider Lizzie Armanto heading to India to meet up with scene mainstay Atita Verghese and skate with some of the locals. Check out the pertinent video, alongside a press release from Vans detailing the campaign further and a bunch of photos from the trip.

Following on from this part of the campaign, on International Women's Day (March 8th) Vans will be hosting various women focused skate events across the globe including a Girls Skate Session at our own House of Vans London.

Vans, the original action sports brand and icon of creative expression, revealed the next chapter of its global brand campaign, This Is Off The Wall, with “Girls Skate India". First launched in 2017, This Is Off The Wall showcased the essence of “Off The Wall" through a diverse set of stories, shining light on the various forms of creativity Vans has always supported. This year, Vans is taking a closer look at creative communities around the world through a comprehensive campaign of video content and activation platforms that uplift Vans’ pillars of action sports, art, music and street culture, inviting everyone to participate."

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“We wanted to tell stories about the communities that grow around creative endeavors, whether it’s skateboarding, art, or music, these activities connect people with one another," said Jamie Reilly, Vans Vice President of Global Creative. “Vans has been engaging with creatives around the world for more than 50 years. Whether it’s making the first shoes for skateboarders, building skateparks, hosting concerts, or putting on art shows, we love how creativity brings individuals together where they can learn from and inspire each other."

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The first installment of This Is Off The Wall is “Girls Skate India", an emotional narrative that shows female skateboarders inspiring and empowering the next generation through skateboarding and D.I.Y. spot building, activities that are often considered unorthodox for girls. Featuring Vans athletes Lizzie Armanto and Atita Verghese, “Girls Skate India" shows Indian girls gain confidence through skateboarding and highlights how a nontraditional activity provides an outlet for them to express themselves.

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“Girls Skate India" captures the power that skate culture can have on a community. In living by its ethos of enabling creative expression and to share the philosophy of “Girls Skate India", Vans will mobilize around the world to teach women and girls how to skateboard through a series of global skate clinics beginning March 8, 2018, International Women’s Day. Vans will host more than 100 skateboarding clinics in major cities such as Brooklyn, Chicago, London, St. Petersburg, Shanghai, Bangalore, São Paulo, and Mexico City, inviting women to learn something new alongside their peers and together inspire a new wave of women’s skateboarding progression. From experts to beginners, Vans welcomes everyone to these clinics and encourages the emerging women’s skate community to come together and celebrate creativity. Visit vans.com/girlskateevents to learn more about skate clinics near you.

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“Vans is skateboarding, and we are committed to ensuring that anyone, anywhere has the opportunity to discover this unique form of creative expression," shares April Vitkus, Senior Director of Vans Global Brand Marketing. “We are hopeful that shining a light on skateboarding to girls and women will showcase how empowering it can be."

For more back story on Atita Verghese and Girl Skate India, check out our From Dust to Concrete tour diary article from a few years ago.

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