Vans are still very much associated with skatebaording, surfing and music. Testament to this is their sponsorship of various UK music festivals:
NASS (not sponsored by vans in 2012) They did sponsor individual Skaters in the Skater competition
The article that said Vans sponsored these events was 2008 since then Vans have introduced their own festival called Vans Warped tour
Quite scary when you click on Vans UK and your own son (Oliver) and his friends are all their having liked Vans on Facebook..