Vans Welcomes Dylan Graves To The Surf Team

Talented Puerto Rico Native Becomes Newest Member of Vans Surf Family

Cypress, CA (February 11, 2009) - The squad at Vans is proud to announce the signing of international surf talent Dylan Graves to the Vans Surf Team.  Hailing from Isabela, Puerto Rico, Graves, 23, garnered a great deal of attention at an early age after he was hand-picked to be part of the acclaimed Young Guns film series.  With his progressive surfing and effortless style, Graves quickly transcended his status as a standout in the Caribbean/East Coast surf scene, to become an internationally recognized rising talent.  Graves, who will don both Vans apparel and footwear, continues to be one of the most talented and respected young surfers competing today.

"We are very excited to have Dylan on board," said Vans Surf Marketing Manager Scott Sisamis.  "Dylan's progressive, innovative surfing is a perfect fit with the team and represents a new chapter in Vans Surf."

Dylan Graves, Vans surf, Puerto Rico surfer

"I'm super psyched to be a part of the Vans family and feel like I fit right in here," said Graves.  "I'm looking forward to working with Scott and the rest of the Vans crew."

Graves joins surfers Joel Tudor, Karina Petroni and Leila Hurst as Vans Surf Team riders who are on both Vans footwear and apparel teams.

With a busy 2009 ahead, Graves, who just returned from trips to California and Baja and mainland Mexico, is gearing up for a trip to Fiji and plans to compete in major WQS events.  One of the next chances to catch Graves in Southern California will be at the upcoming Vans Pier Classic presented by Jack’s Surfboards, to be held at the Huntington Beach Pier March 25 to 29.

Graves' sponsors in addition to Vans include Channel Islands, Electric, Nixon and Freak Traction.

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