Vans Team Riders Autograph Signing
featuring pro skateboarders Tony Alva & Ray Barbee

April 25, 2010 Sandra Minnick (361) 945-2556

Vans Team Riders Autograph Signing
featuring pro skateboarders Tony Alva & Ray Barbee
Saturday, May 8, 2010  2 p.m.
Vans at La Palmera – 1st floor adjacent to Concierge in West Court
Free and open to the public

For information, visit lapalmera.com or call (361) 991-5178

(CORPUS CHRISTI, TX) Two of the skateboard industry’s biggest names are coming to Corpus Christi to meet and greet local Coastal Bend fans. Legendary skateboarders Tony Alva and Ray Barbee will appear at La Palmera’s Vans store on Saturday, May 8, 2010 beginning at 2 p.m. The autograph signing event is free and open to the public.

As one of the original Z-Boys growing up in Santa Monica California, Tony Alva is considered to be one of the most influential skateboarders of all time. He is arguably the most important skateboarder in the world when skateboarding was still a subculture to the days when it first became an international phenomenon. Alva was the first Professional Skateboarding World Champion in history, an honor he garnered in 1977. The level of aggression with which Alva skated was in stark contrast to the traditional style of the era was still based around tricks formulated in the 1960s. Alva and the other Z-Boys were among the first to bring skating empty pools into the mainstream. In these early days, it was noted that Alva was hitting the lip so hard that he was actually taking off and is often credited for the first recorded aerials. Alva is featured in the documentary on Venice Beach skate culture Dogtown and Z-Boys which was fictionalized into the 2005 feature film Lords of Dogtown.

Ray Barbee is an American skateboarder from Long Beach, California, and one of the leading pioneers of applying freestyle/flatland tricks to street, technical ollie combinations and numerous no comply variations. He had memorable video parts in the Powell Peralta videos Public Domain and Ban This. Ray appears in the video game skate.2 as a playable skater.

Vans opened at La Palmera on March 19, 2010 bringing its world famous canvas footwear made popular by the West Coast skate and surf scene to the Coastal Bend.

About Vans Shoes …
Vans, a division of VF Corporation, is the leading action sports lifestyle company. While some companies just jumped on the skate bandwagon, Vans was the original skate shoe manufacturer since 1966. They stayed connected to those who love Vans through action sports including skate, snowboarding, surfing, moto, and BMX, and through major events like the Vans Warped Tour ™ and the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing™. Vans operates retail stores throughout the United States and Europe. They design, market, and distribute footwear, clothing, and accessories

About La Palmera …
Located in Corpus Christi, Texas, La Palmera is a 1-million square foot super-regional mall with more than 100 retail and restaurant tenants including Dillard’s, JCPenney and Macy’s. Obtained in July 2008 by Trademark Property, La Palmera is the first mall to be LEED pre-certified pursuing Silver certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. Following a $50 million renovation, the mall features a new Outdoor Lifestyle Court, 600-seat food court with a 4,500-gallon feature aquarium and a children’s ocean-themed play area. For more information, go to lapalmera.com or call (361) 991-5718.