Joel Tudor

Notorious for challenging the norm, Tudor is a global surfing icon who has seen and done it all.

At the relatively young age of 36, Tudor is a two-time ASP World Longboard Champion; has won eight US Open Longboard titles; a number of Brazilian Jiu-Jitstu championships and authored one of the most successful photo books in surf culture, Surf Book. An understudy of ’60s and ’70s surfing legends like Phil Edwards, Nat Young, David Nuuhiwa, Miki Dora, Wayne Lynch, and Gerry Lopez, Tudor melded their time honored approaches to forge his own path and boldly encourage a new generation of non-conformists to flip the bird at the “usual” way of looking at modern day surfing. Recently, Tudor revitalized the longboard community with the introduction of his unconventional Duct Tape Invitational events—a back-to-basics style fest that rewards first-rate footwork and noseriding on heavy, leashless, single-fin logs. A walking encyclopedia when it comes to music, art and surf culture; Vans is proud to call Joel family.


Music/bands you like:

Reggae & Jazz

Inspirational people:

Donald Takayama, Nat Young, Hijiro Kano, Carlson Gracie, Wayne Lynch, Miki Dora, Gerry Lopez, Phil Edwards & David Nuuhiwa

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Surf trips, Cold climate or tropical?:


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