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Welcome to the family | Christian Hosoi

RVCA is excited to announce Christian Hosoi to the advocate roster! In addition to being a part of the family, we will be working on some collaborative projects that will involve our ANP artists and Christian. Come hang and skate with the RVCA team and join us in welcoming Christian to the family next Friday Sept 29th 6-9 PM at the RVCA HQ. DJ set by Scott Oster and Live music by Tommy Guerrero. Photo show by Mark Oblow as well! See you there!


Jack Whitefield | Moments at Home

Photographer and surfer Jackson Whitefield hails from St Ives, Cornwall, UK and is one of the nicest guys you're likely to meet. Having travelled to many corners of the planet to take pictures and to surf, Jack lives and goes as opportunities cross his way. From a London collective photo show to an exhibition in Hossegor, you might meet the man anywhere, anytime; always keen for a chat and a beer. Overall, an inspired artist, talented surfer and citizen of our world; one we are proud to call an advocate for RVCA since a few years already.

Video by Robin Pailler.


RVCA Pro Jr | 2017

RVCA is glad to present the RVCA Pro Jr and Newport Beach City Championships again this year at 56th Street in Newport Beach, California! We're looking forward to seeing the whole community out at Newport next weekend for some fun surf and Fall weather! See you there!


Jay Davies | Chili Surfboards

Jay Davies and Lee Wilson hitting some ramps in this edit from Chili Surfboards.



Zak Noyle | Aquatography Workshop

Professional photographer and RVCA Advocate Zak Noyle wants to give back to the community and share his passion for shooting the ocean with the inaugural Aquatography Workshops, which will be held in California at Newport Beach at the Junior Pro on September 23, 2017. There will be 28 open spots for the workshop and sign ups will be open first come first serve at 10am Saturday, September 16th on this page.

This will be a morning session with where participants will be able to use Canon DSLRs and SPL Waterhousings and receive guidance from both photographers, Zak Noyle and Ric Noyle, as well as Jon Lorentz from Canon and Sean LaBrie from SPL Waterhousing.

Unlike many of his professional peers, Zak Noyle, didn’t fall into a career as a surf photographer. In fact, he embraced the aquatic art form from a young age. This is clearly visible in the unique images and angles Zak consistently captures as one of the more accomplished surf photographers of this time.


“A great surf photo needs interesting light; I feel it doesn’t need to be front lit. In the old days with film you needed [the shot] to be front lit or it was blown,” says Zak, who prefers to shoot from the water versus the beach. “It’s interesting light: colorful, dim, speed blur or anything like that and a different angle. Some guys just shoot [surfing] for the power aspect of it […] but you can make [the shot] a beauty thing.”

The beauties of his images prompt many other photographers to reach out to Zak about equipment, composition and how to photograph the ocean. Aquatography is on it’s third year in Hawaii and second for California.


RVCA Neutral | Mark Oblow

RVCA Advocate Mark Oblow recently photographed Mahina Alexander, Ethan Tenore, and Malakai Montes here at the RVCA HQ in our new RVCA Neutral Collection. Check out the photos from around the headquarters below.

About the Neutral Collection:

N A TIME WHEN LINES ARE MORE BLURRED THAN EVER AND THE NEED TO BE DEFINED AS EITHER MALE OR FEMALE IS DISSIPATING, WE ARE INSPIRED TO EXPLORE THE IDEA OF THE UNDEFINED. CLOTHING IS USED AS A FORM OF SELF-EXPRESSION, WITH THIS COLLECTION WE INTEND TO BRIDGE THE GAP AND PROVIDE A NEUTRAL PLATFORM FOR PEOPLE TO DO JUST THAT.
WE HAVE TAKEN A MINIMALISTIC APPROACH, WITH COMFORT AND WEARABILITY AT THE FOREFRONT. USING SOFT HAND FABRICS, HEAVY LAUNDERING AND INDIGO DYES TO CREATE WORN IN TIMELESS PIECES. WITH SUBTLE HINTS OF WORKWEAR AND UTILITARIAN STYLING, EACH PIECE IS DESIGNED FOR VERSATILITY, TO LOOK GOOD AND WEAR WELL ON ANYONE AND ALLOW THE WEARER TO STYLE THEIR OWN WAY.


Chrysler New Yorker | Alex Knost

Alex Knost tearing up a point break on his Campbell Brothers Bonzer. Shot in 16mm Film by Tin Ojeda. Edit by Reagan Ritchie.


Catching up with Alex Matus

It's always inspiring to hear from ANP Artist Alex Matus on where the road has taken her and where she's headed next. Kind of makes you want to drop everything "normal" all at once and do it like she does. Here's Alex's reply to our "What have you been up to?" and a few photos from the road below:

Oh, hey! I didn’t see you come in there…hold on, let me put on some pants and give you the latest from my life on the road.

I’m currently writing from the parking lot of one of my favorite haunts on the beach near Morro Bay, California. Being that I’ve spent a few absolutely heinous summers in this oven-on-wheels, this year I’ve been sticking to the west coast to beat the heat and keep my tattoos from vaporizing.

I’ve been tattooing mostly in LA, SF,and PDX, but spending most of my down time along California’s central coast hiking, swimming, picking up trash and playing jukebox DJ at the local watering holes (where I have become affectionately known as “Judas Priest” for the vest I always wear).

There is this strange and bewitching vortex of energy extending from Santa Cruz, through Big Sur, and down to Pismo that I can’t seem to escape. Perhaps it’s the decreased density in people, the open and rugged coastline, or the meandering pace that seems to preside here, but I can’t seem to shake it. Each day it gets harder and harder to leave.It’s hard to explain the feeling, but I feel as if I am made from this place. All of the colors and textures seem right.I feel as if I could just be another piece in the landscape, that it is where I fit.

I’ve been drawing and writing on the trail or roadside turnouts, where I’ll spend hours working on future tattoos, shirts, and my travel/heavy metal zine Stone Deaf. Quite a lot of my RVCA designs come from time out in the field, so to speak. Many of the subjects and landscapes are taken from then exact spot where I’m situated.

Otherwise, I spend my days walking the beach and pondering such existential conundrums as: “What is the meaning of life/consciousness?” “If we are all a loose collection of particles manifested into wave functions, vibrating together from an initial universal spark, why are we so awful to one another?” and “If I boogie now, will I be able to catch the taco stand before it closes?”

When I’m not trying to solve the mysteries of the universe and beyond, I try to punctuate some of my lonely days by exploring new towns and kidnapping friends on impromptu road trips. I recently made one such abduction to Big Sur and Monterey where I successfully stunk up the Fernwood again (love you guys), melted a few faces at karaoke, and shocked the gallantry in Carmel with my leather, tattoos, and colorful language. I’ve caught a few neck shattering shows in LA and Santa Cruz, most recently Weedeater and Necrot, and will often plan my work trips to coincide with them. Music tends to be the most influential force in determining where I travel to tattoo, with the weather following closely behind.

The central coast right now is lousy with whales and white sharks. I’ve been spending a few afternoons watching them from the south lot in Cayucos with some of the local folks while blasting metal from their work trucks. There are a surprising amount of metal heads here, in, what is otherwise a quiet and mellow surf town.

Tattooing has been a bit harder on this old broad these days, but I’ve had a blast catching up with my good friends at Idle Hand (SF), O’Reilly’s (Santa Cruz), State of Grace (San Jose) and Torch (Anaheim). Each of these fine shops are home to brilliant tattooers and sterling human beings. I’ve been fortunate enough to get to trade tattoos with a few of my heroes and feel pretty damned grateful to be invited to work at these shops, and invited back depending on if I can find a shower before work.

Not sure where the road is going to take me next, but I’d like to get back out the Eastern Sierra in the winter and to the Southwest once it cools down a bit.But who knows?

Well, it’s near sunset and I’m going to try and find some grub and a place to lay my weary head for the evening. Last night was spent on an avocado farm in Cayucos, which is going to be pretty tough to beat.

Cheers and safe travels.
Alex


The Thrill is Back | Wave Warriors

Herbie Fletcher walks us through what it was like to make surf films in the 70's. Dig into some knowledge from Herbie and enjoy some throwback Wave Warriors footage in this installment of The Thrill is Back.

Video courtesy of the Fletchers and Astrodeck.


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