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RVCA SPORT | NYC

Last month RVCA took over New York City with a series of events centred around RVCA NYC and the Now & Then: Beautiful Losers Exhibition. Our VA Sport Advocates represented their pillar of the brand and hosted our RVCA Family & Friends with many private + public events at local New York establishments including Overthrow Boxing Club, The Dogpound Gym, Superare Fight Club and Vitor Shaolin Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. We're thankful to be invited into these communities in New York and to have the opportunity to have hosted the following events:

Overthrow Boxing Club workout with their founders Joey Goodwin + Alicia Napolean and VA Advocate Jason Parillo

The Art of Breath coursework with Brian McKenzie at Dogpound Gym

Superare Fightshop in Lower East Side, NY autograph signing with BJ Penn

Mendes Bros + BJ Penn BJJ seminar at Vitor Shaolin Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu


RVCA Pro Junior 2018 | Newport Beach CA

It's a privilege to partner with the City of Newport Beach for the 30th annual City of Newport Beach Surf Championships RVCA Jr Pro. We're honoured to support this long-standing community event with our neighbouring town. Check out the excerpt below from WSL (World Surf League) coverage and read their entire article here.

Special thanks to our sponsors Jacks Surfboards, Banzai Bowls, Bearflag Fish Co, Topo Chico, Sun Bum, Smith Optics, Slowtide, Flexfit, Hydroflask, Scosche, and the City of Newport Beach.

Via WSL: "The surfing community of Newport Beach, California, rejoiced once more as Tyler Gunter brought the RVCA Pro Junior pres by Jack's Surfboards and Banzai Bowls title back to his home city. It marked the 18-year-old's third consecutive Final at 56th Street Jetty yielded a second victory over Chase Modelski, Cole Houshmand, and Cooper Davies after his 2016 win and runner-up in 2017...

San Clemente was well represented once more on finals day with Samantha Sibley and Kirra Pinkerton's one-two finish in the women's event, and Houshmand earning his second Finals appearance of 2018. Houshmand came out firing in the Semifinals, garnering the day's highest heat total of 15.50, and looked to be Gunter's most formidable threat to his win. The 17-year-old got to an early lead with his first two scoring waves, but couldn't hold that position and now looks to defend his Live Like Zander Junior Pro title for a shot at the Top 4 finish...

As in many of the North America Pro Junior events, international talents are scattered among the region's top competitors and Davies held firm as this year's most volatile -- going from Round 1 to the Final. Both the Queensland, Australia, native and Japanese competitor Taichi Hagita earned Semifinal berths, but it was Davies who found his way into the Final -- the first since Kalani David in 2015. While no points go to the 18-year-old's account, some prize money and experience outside his home region never hurt...

"It's such a good feeling being able to build heat by heat and progress to the Finals means so much," Davies said. "It was such a great experience and being able to widen my horizons overseas, and seeing what the competing is like elsewhere is a big part of me succeeding. Now it's just seeing what happens next, but next year I'll give the QS a good crack and see how it goes."

The next North America Pro Junior event will be the season's last -- the Live Live Like Zander Junior Pro in Memory of Zander Venezia at Soup Bowl, Bathsheba, Barbados."...

Photos by Delon Isaacs

Video by Blaine Suque


Benjamin Jeanjean | True Stories

Since his acclaimed "True Stories" (2016) showcase at Adhocpad Gallery in Vienna, Austria, artist Benjamin Jeanjean "True Stories" exhibition has now become a long-term project for the ANP Artist and a new philanthropic focus for RVCA. Inspired by True Stories, RVCA created a clothing collection to celebrate Jeanjean's art, his book and the catalyst it's become in raising awareness for refugees. The True Stories collection has become a vehicle that is now supporting non-profits helping refugees from war-torn countries. Proceeds from this collection will be donated to a non-profit organization that is working tirelessly in aiding refugees around the globe.

True Stories:

A struggle for life, freedom and humanity

As told by refugees and illustrated by ANP Artist, Benjamin Jeanjean

"This is about a project that started with a feeling. The feeling that we are all Humans. No matter if we are black or white, good or bad, no matter where you came from. I want to step out of my imaginary sanctuary and bring reality to life. To illustrate their stories. TRUE STORIES. Let yourself get dragged into their struggle. it is also our struggle for life." - Benjamin Jeanjean

ANP artist Benjamin Jeanjean spent a month living and diving into the life stories of Ali, Firas and other war refugees coming from Middle-East to capture and witness their true stories…

With his signature drawings and illustrations, Jeanjean committed to bringing to life those words and moments as told by those who have gone through such unforgettable life-changing experiences.

More on Jeanjean and his art:

Based in Southwest France, Benjamin JeanJean’s art stands for a neo-symbolism based on contemporary aesthetics. As an artist he is normally looking for inspiration in the unknown, a surreal world that lives from people’s dreams, thoughts and fears. But after having met Ali and other refugees during an art project in Vienna in 2016, he wanted to step out of this imaginary sanctuary. To bring reality to life. To illustrate the reality of refugees. To tell their stories. True stories.

"The essence of my art didn’t change though. I want people to look closer. This is when their imagination kicks in and the unconscious takes over. Skulls, for example, are only skulls at first glance. But in fact, they represent any human: blacks, whites, Syrians, Austrians, Americans, good people, bad people, workers, doctors, politicians, you, me. We all have a skull, we all are human beings. There is a story behind each human, and each story is worth being told." -- Benjamin JeanJean.

Video: Directed/Edited by Sebastien Chebassier (EnArrO prod.) Filmed by Christian Fischer.
Music: 'Be Cold' by Concorde.


Jay Davies | Stab High Contest in Waco, TX

"Stab High is a world class surfing event in the heart of Texas. Despite the oxymoron, this middle-American location may just be surfing’s ultimate competitive platform.

Some context: At Barefoot Ski Ranch in Waco, Texas, owner Stuart Parsons installed the first full-sized American Wave Machines wave pool. Professional surfer Cheyne Magnusson was hired to manage the site and lead wavepool testing, which led to the creation of the world’s greatest man-made air section. Stab High will gather 16 of surfing’s premier aerialists in Waco, where over a live webcast surfers like Chippa Wilson, Noa Deane, and Jay Davies will attempt to land the biggest and most innovative aerials possible, for a significant cash prize." - Stab Magazine

We're excited our guy, RVCA Surf's Jay Davies will be amongst the greats competing in this historical event. Check out this video of Jay sharing his thoughts on this event. Tune in to Pay Per View Sept 22 to watch the event. Visit Stab High for more info.


RVCANYC | SKATE

From August 21-27 our Skate Advocates, Andrew Reynolds, Kevin "Spanky" Long, Curren Caples, Nestor Judkins, Zach Allen, and Kader Sylla joined the RVCA family in New York City for a number of events, centred around the gallery exhibition "Now & Then: Beautiful Losers, Alleged Gallery, and 90's Lower East Side". During the week RVCA Skate was out in the city, they held 2 different events with our favourite NY skateshop, KCDC. On August 22 there was an Ed Templeton photo show at KCDC Skateshop in Brooklyn, NY and on August 25th we hosted a BBQ/skate jam at the Pump Track Park in Brooklyn.

Special thanks to Amy Gunther and her team at KCDC for hosting us in NYC - it was an incredible week.


RVCA Denim & Pants | Fall 2018

RVCA DENIM IS A MANIFESTATION OF RVCA'S ETHOS, THE BALANCE OF OPPOSITES AND OUR MODERN TAKE ON HERITAGE WORKWEAR. DESIGNED FOR NOW, BUT MEANT TO LAST THROUGH THE AGES. OUR GOAL IS TO PROVIDE YOU WITH DEPENDABLE JEANS THAT YOU EXPECT TO AGE WITH; A PIECE OF CLOTHING THAT EVENTUALLY BECOMES A WALKING JOURNAL OF YOUR TRIUMPHS AND TRAVELS. DENIM DESIGNED NOT TO DEFINE YOU, BUT AS A CANVAS FOR YOU TO LEAVE YOUR MARK ON, A LIVING RECORD OF YOUR PROUD SPILLS AND SCARS.


Now & Then Video | RVCA Beautiful Losers

Video recap from the VIP opening reception of the exhibition Now & Then: Beautiful Losers, Alleged Gallery, and the 90's Lower East Side.

Music by Tomorrow's Tulips

Video by Blaine Suque


Community, Authenticity & Fun : 901 XL Classic

RVCA was proud to support The Vieux Boucau Surf Club for the 19th edition of the 901 XL Classic, last weekend at Vieux Boucau, France. The contest went on during a beautiful day with 3-foot waves and gathered the perfect mix between Locals, Grommets, and top European longboarders. The 40+ competitors delivered their best potential with retro style and classic hang-tens. It is an inspiring community event in memory of XavierLavignole, French longboarder, and judge on the longboard tour. The event name 901 stands for 9ft Longboards, 0 leashes, and Single fin only.

It was all about friendly vibes for the 2018 edition - comfortable event set-up, homemade barbecue & cold beers. The day ended up with a live music from our friends This Will Destroy Your Ears.

A great grassroots event combining authenticity, fun and people connecting.

Thanks to everyone involved in this event, The Vieux Boucau Surf Club, La Maison de L’espadrille, This Will Destroy Yours Ears, and all surfers present last weekend.

Results:

Open
1st Antoine Cardonnet
2nd Remi Arauzo
3rd Cornelius Accoh
4th Romain Maurin

Ondines
1st Emilie Libier
2nd Zoé Grospiron
3rd Sophie Sitges


On the Edge of a Dream

Join us at RVCA HQ on September 28 for the premiere of Ellis Ericson's "On The Edge of a Dream". RSVP here

For the past five yearsEllisEricson and Andrew Kidman have been working with George Greenough on the modern evolution of his Edge Board design.

Ericson and Kidman are both shapers; the book and film charts their journey as they work with Greenough to personalise their own equipment with a design George has been toying around with since the late ‘60s.

Shot in Australia on the North Coast of New South Wales it features the original venues Lennox Head and Angourie where Greenough’s innovative Edge designs were tested in the early ‘70s.

Duration: 53 mins.


brazilian jiu jitsu seminar | RVCANYC

RVCA Sport activated an exclusive Brazilian Jiu Jitsu training seminar at Vitor Shaolin BJJ in conjunction with RVCA NYC. World class BJJ legends Mendes Bros and BJ Penn led the seminar and shared several techniques and principles with our guests. Special thanks to the team at Vitor Shaolin for hosting our RVCANYC BJJ seminar and thank you to all of the participants, we could not do this without you.


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