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Vans Canada and Surf the Greats are joining forces to celebrate the harshness and realness of winter surfing on the Great Lakes. Share your best freshwater winter surf photographs for a chance to win one of the five rad prizes we put together for the competition.

How to enter

Post your fresh water winter surfing and life­style photographs to Instagram. Must follow and tag @vanscanada and @surfthegreats and use the hashtag #catchinacold. Only photographs taken during the winter on the Great Lakes will be considered.

All entries must be submitted by April 15th at 11:59PM EST. Winners will be announced on Friday, April 21st at 12PM EST. We ask that private accounts be made public during the giveaway in order to be entered. Good luck!


1st Place: Trip to Tofino.

2nd Place: Artwork will become a Surf the Greats T-Shirt and winner gets 5 units to give away.

3rd–5th Places: Surf the Greats and Vans prize packs.



Per Instagram rules, we must mention this is in no way sponsored, administered, or associated with Instagram, Inc. By entering, entrants confirm they are 19+ years of age, release Instagram of responsibility, and agree to Instagram’s term of use.


Terms and Conditions


  1. Eligibility: Sweepstakes (the “Sweepstakes”) is open only to those who sign up at the online sweepstakes page and who are 19 as of the date of entry. The sweepstakes is only open to legal residents of Canada and the United States of America and is void where prohibited by law. Employees of Vans and Surf the Greats, (the “Sponsors”) their respective affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising and promotion agencies, suppliers and their immediate family members and/or those living in the same household of each are not eligible to participate in the Sweepstakes. The Sweepstakes is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations. Void where prohibited.
  2. Agreement to Rules: By participating, you agree to be fully unconditionally bound by these Rules, and you represent and warrant that you meet the eligibility requirements set forth herein. In addition, you agree to accept the decisions of Vans and Surf the Greats, as final and binding as it relates to the content. The Sweepstakes is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws. 
  1. Sweepstakes Period: Entries will be accepted online starting on or about February 15, 2017 and ending March 31, 2017. All online entries must be received by March 31, 2017 11:59PM EST.
  1. How to Enter: The Sweepstakes must be entered by submitting an entry using the following guidelines: 
  1. Follow @vanscanada and @surfthegreats Instagram
  2. Post freshwater winter surf / lifestyle photograph on Instagram
  3. Tag @vanscanada and @surfthegreats in the photograph
  4. Use the hashtag #CATCHINACOLD

Only photographs taken on the Great Lakes during the Winter months (November 2016–March 2017) will be considered. Multiple entries are allowed and encouraged. Back entries are also allowed.

The entry must fulfill all sweepstakes requirements, as specified, to be eligible to win a prize. Entries that are not complete or do not adhere to the rules or specifications may be disqualified at the sole discretion of Vans and Surf the Greats. If you use fraudulent methods or otherwise attempt to circumvent the rules your submission may be removed from eligibility at the sole discretion of Vans and Surf the Greats. 

  1. Prizes: Winners will receive:

1st Place: A trip to Tofino (Approximate $2,500)

2nd Place: Artwork will become a Surf the Greats T-Shirt and winner gets 5 units to give away. (Approximate $250)

3rd–5th Places: Surf the Greats and Vans prize packs. (Approximate $100 each)

Actual/appraised value may differ at time of prize award. The specifics of the prize shall be solely determined by the Sponsors. No cash or other prize substitution permitted except at Sponsors's discretion. The prize is non-transferable. Any and all prize related expenses, including without limitation any and all federal, state, and/or local taxes shall be the sole responsibility of the winner. No substitution of prize or transfer/assignment of prize to others or request for the cash equivalent by winners is permitted. Acceptance of prize constitutes permission for Vans and Surf the Greats to use winner's name, likeness, and entry for purposes of advertising and trade without further compensation, unless prohibited by law.

  1. Odds: The odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received.
  1. Winner selection and notification: Winners of the Sweepstakes will be selected by a panned of judges based on the following criteria: originality, composition, subject and creativity. Winners will be notified via email to the email address they entered the Sweepstakes with within five (5) days following the winner selection. Vans and Surf the Greats shall have no liability for a winner's failure to receive notices due to winners' spam, junk e-mail or other security settings or for winners' provision of incorrect or otherwise non-functioning contact information. If the selected winner cannot be contacted, is ineligible, fails to claim the prize within 48 hours from the time award notification was sent, or fails to timely return a completed and executed declaration and releases as required, prize may be forfeited and an alternate winner selected.

The receipt by winner of the prize offered in this Sweepstakes is conditioned upon compliance with any and all federal and state laws and regulations. ANY VIOLATION OF THESE OFFICIAL RULES BY ANY WINNER (AT SPONSORS'S SOLE DISCRETION) WILL RESULT IN SUCH WINNER'S DISQUALIFICATION AS WINNER OF THE SWEEPSTAKES AND ALL PRIVILEGES AS WINNER WILL BE IMMEDIATELY TERMINATED.

  1. Rights Granted by you: By entering this content you understand that Vans and Surf the Greats, anyone acting on behalf of Vans and Surf the Greats, or its respective licensees, successors and assigns will have the right, where permitted by law, without any further notice, to review and post your submission with proper artist credit to their Instagram accounts to promote the competition. Any of the five winners consent to print, publish, broadcast, distribute, and use, worldwide in any media now known or hereafter for the next 3 (three) years and throughout the World, your entry, including, without limitation, the entry and winner's name, portrait, picture, voice, likeness, image or statements about the Sweepstakes, and biographical information as news, publicity or information and for trade, advertising, public relations and promotional purposes without any further compensation, other than the received prizes.
  1. Terms: Vans and Surf the Greats reserve the right, in its sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Sweepstakes should (in its sole discretion) a virus, bugs, non-authorized human intervention, fraud or other causes beyond its control corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness or proper conduct of the Sweepstakes. In such case, Vans and Surf the Greats may select the recipients from all eligible entries received prior to and/or after (if appropriate) the action taken by Vans and Surf the Greats. Vans and Surf the Greats reserve the right at its sole discretion to disqualify any individual who tampers or attempts to tamper with the entry process or the operation of the Sweepstakes or website or violates these Terms & Conditions.

Vans and Surf the Greats has the right, in its sole discretion, to maintain the integrity of the Sweepstakes, or the use of bots, macros or scripts or other technical means for entering.

Any attempt by an entrant to deliberately damage any web site or undermine the legitimate operation of the sweepstakes may be a violation of criminal and civil laws and should such an attempt be made, Vans and Surf the Greats reserve the right to seek damages from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law.

By entering the Sweepstakes you agree to receive email newsletters periodically from Vans and Surf the Greats. You can opt-out of receiving this communication at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link in the newsletter.

  1. Limitation of Liability: By entering you agree to release and hold harmless Vans and Surf the Greats and its subsidiaries, affiliates, advertising and promotion agencies, partners, representatives, agents, successors, assigns, employees, officers and directors from any liability, illness, injury, death, loss, litigation, claim or damage that may occur, directly or indirectly, whether caused by negligence or not, from (i) such entrant's participation in the sweepstakes and/or his/her acceptance, possession, use, or misuse of any prize or any portion thereof, (ii) technical failures of any kind, including but not limited to the malfunctioning of any computer, cable, network, hardware or software; (iii) the unavailability or inaccessibility of any transmissions or telephone or Internet service; (iv) unauthorized human intervention in any part of the entry process or the Promotion; (v) electronic or human error which may occur in the administration of the Promotion or the processing of entries.
  1. Disputes: THIS SWEEPSTAKES IS GOVERNED BY THE LAWS OF CANADA AND ONTARIO, WITHOUT RESPECT TO CONFLICT OF LAW DOCTRINES. As a condition of participating in this Sweepstakes, participant agrees that any and all disputes which cannot be resolved between the parties, and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Sweepstakes, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, exclusively before a court located in ONTARIO having jurisdiction. Further, in any such dispute, under no circumstances will participant be permitted to obtain awards for, and hereby waives all rights to claim punitive, incidental, or consequential damages, including reasonable attorneys' fees, other than participant's actual out-of-pocket expenses (i.e. costs associated with entering this Sweepstakes), and participant further waives all rights to have damages multiplied or increased.
  1. Privacy Policy:  Information submitted with an entry is subject to the Privacy Policy stated on the Surf the Greats Website. To read the Privacy Policy, click here.
  1. Winners List: To obtain a copy of the winner's name or a copy of these Official Rules, mail your request along with a stamped, self-addressed envelope to: SURF THE GREATS. 3–75 MARKHAM, ST. TORONTO, ON, CANADA. M6J 2G4. Requests must be received no later than APRIL 15, 2017.
  1. Sponsors:  The Sponsors of the Sweepstakes are SURF THE GREATS, 3–75 MARKHAM, ST. TORONTO, ON, CANADA. M6J 2G4. VANS CANADA, 3260 GUÉNETTE VILE ST- LAURENT, QC H4S 2G5.

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