Vans Triple Crown Of Surfing 2004 Announcement

Santa Fe Springs, CA (August 2, 2004) — Vans is very pleased to announce that O’Neill, Inc. has signed on as title sponsor of the O’Neill World Cup of Surfing, the second stop of the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing®, at Oahu’s Sunset Beach for the next three years. The O’Neill World Cup of Surfing holding period is scheduled for November 26 — December 7, 2004 and is the 30th edition of the World Cup of Surfing at Oahu’s famous North Shore.

“We’re very excited to return to Hawaii and give back to the Hawaiian surfing community by sponsoring the O’Neill World Cup of Surfing at one of the world’s greatest surf breaks, said Pat O’Neill, O’Neill President and Chief Executive Officer.

“To team up with a great surf company like O’Neill on the O’Neill World Cup of Surfing at Sunset is awesome, said Chris Strain, Vans Vice President, Global Marketing. “We’re very pleased that we can combine forces to enhance competitive pro surfing on the North Shore with a bigger and better Vans Triple Crown of Surfing.

As the season-ending, Six Star men’s World Qualifying Series (WQS) event, the O’Neill World Cup of Surfing will determine which surfers advance to the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) elite World Championship Tour (WCT) for a shot at the world title in 2005.

The Vans Triple Crown of Surfing is made possible through the support of a partnership of the world’s leading brands and media companies including: Ford Trucks, G-Shock, O’Neill, Rip Curl, Surfer, Oahu’s Turtle Bay Beach Resort, Fox Sports Net and NBC Sports.

For more information on Vans and the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing, please visit www.vans.com.