Featured Shoe: UltraRange RapidWeld
Price: €100 / £75
Surfers: Maud le Car & Ainara Aymat
Location: Somewhere in the Basque Country
Winter 2018 was proper. She came in the form of brutal wind blasts, days — nay — weeks of icy downpours, but also, mercifully, thick Atlantic swells pounding the coast.
Often, it was about about finding those sheltered nooks and crannies handling the raucous wave train beef.
Equipment for the all-season surfer of course, is paramount. And for all the rubber required to guard against the elements out in the lineup, you also need to get to there.
And that can mean going the extra mile, getting off the beaten path, taking a chance to see what’s hiding down a muddy trail, beyond those trees, under that cliff.
That’s exactly what Vans team riders Maud le Car and Ainara Aymat set about doing one grey, icy day this February in Iparralde – the French Basque Country.
Turns out Vans’ latest UltraRange shoe — Vans’ most versatile shoe to date — had both the comfort and the traction needed to deal with anything and everything the most rugged of trails would throw at them.
“off the beaten path, taking a chance to see what’s hiding down a muddy trail, beyond those trees, under that cliff”