Joel Tudor // Vans’ Classic Tales // 3:16

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A story about bad traffic, a lost surfboard and a strange but surprisingly good samaritan, after the jump!

In’s newest episode of Classic Tales, Vans surfer and longboarding pro Joel Tudor tells us of a serious close call on losing a beloved surfboard. Guest starring filmmaker Thomas Campbell and the late Donald Takayama, Joel’s close friend and legendary surfboard shaper. Surfing lost an icon with the passing of Takayama in October 2012 and Joel shares a vivid memory of a true innovator in this episode of Classic Tales.

In a special collaboration with Los Angeles artist Jay Howell and director/animator Jim Dirschberger, presents the new animated series Classic Tales, sharing eye-popping, mind-bending tales of fantasy, delusion and peculiar antics from various Vans team riders including Christian Hosoi, Joel Tudor, Tony Alva and more! For more outrageous stories from the team, visit the series page here on

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