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Founder and Creative Director of RVCA (pronounced Ru-Kah), Pat Tenore, set out to build an nontraditional action sports apparel brand. Unlike many of the apparel companies on CCS, RVCA is not just a skateboard brand. Is not just one of anything. It only takes a minute or so on the RVCA page for you to realize, RVCA’s got a lot to offer. Be it surfing, skating, amazing artist collaborations through its Artist Network Program, MMA & Brazilian Jiu Jitsu fighters, Women’s and Men’s lifestyle apparel, and ridiculously high-end video and media coverage - RVCA’s got it all.


Founded in 2001, RVCA owners Pat Tenore and Conan Hayes quickly set the foundation for a brand destined to go well beyond what was expected from an apparel company. By combining art, music, fashion, and a modern lifestyle, RVCA created a brand people wanted to be associated with. RVCA pants are some of the most popular in surf and skate communities and not just because they’re stylish and comfortable. Tenore and Hayes were onto something that many marketers have known for years: customers don’t mind having a brand label on their clothes, just as long as the brand is doing things that reflect their views and interests.


By becoming a mirror, a glassy ocean’s surface, of its customer’s lifestyle or what its customer aspires to be, RVCA became the logo every skateboarder wanted on their shirt. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that RVCA t-shirts more often than not feature incredible artwork thanks to its Artist’s Network Program and RVCA’s involvement with art galleries such as KNOWN Gallery in Los Angeles, and the Luggage Store Gallery in San Francisco. That helps, a lot.


RVCA’s ability to build a brand known for its respect for skating, music, surfing, and art and its dedication to contributing to these communities in a positive way attracted the attention of Billabong. In 2010, Billabong International Limited bought RVCA.


RVCA’s surf team is full of big names like Makua Rothman and Bruce Irons, while its skate team boasts names like Curren Caples, Greyson Fletcher, and Kevin "Spanky" Long. Its artist program (ANP) has featured artists such as Ed Templeton and Barry McGee. BJ Penn is RVCA’s resident MMA star, which we can say with confidence is more than 99% of the apparel brands on CCS have.


Whether it’s surfing, skating, art, martial arts or just chilling with the homies, it’s going to be difficult to find someone who has something bad to say about a RVCA hat or RVCA in general.


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  • RVCA Artist Network Program
    Accomplished and unknown artists alike are celebrated through RVCA’s Artist Network Program. ANP, as it’s most commonly referred to, showcases artwork that pushes the boundaries of creativity. With every seasonal line that drops from RVCA, at least one artist is featured - through graphics, interviews, apparel design, photography, video and so on - there’s really no boundaries to who or what you’ll discover through RVCA’s Artist Network Program. A few standout artists have been Barry McGee, Ed Templeton, and Jim Houser.
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  • The RVCA No Wave Compilation The RVCA No Wave Compilation
    The RVCA No Wave Compilation
    The RVCA No Wave Compilation takes inspiration from the 90’s grunge era and some of RVCA’s most abstract surfers and thinkers. The collection is full of bleached denim, well-worn flannels and tees, and touches of psychedelia. Look for the No Wave woven tag with a stitched x through it - x marks the spot for those in search of a little 90’s alternative surf fashion.
  • RVCA Advocates
    RVCA’s Advocates are more than team riders - they’re artists, skaters, surfers, photographers, fighters, and musicians. Unlike other companies that sponsor riders, RVCA’s Advocate program takes on more of a collective, family feel. Each advocate brings a unique skillset and story that adds to what RVCA stands for as a whole. Standouts in the group are Andrew Reynolds, Kevin "Spanky" Long, BJ Penn, Bruce Irons, Curren Caples, Greyson Fletcher, and Mark Suciu to name a few - like a fraction. RVCA”s Advocate program/team is stacked.
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  • RVCA VA Sport Collection
    RVCA VA Sport Collection
    It’s no secret that RVCA is as much a surf company as it is a skate and lifestyle apparel brand, but its involvement in MMA may not be so well known. VA Sport is RVCA’s athletic apparel line. From conditioning for surfing to mixed martial arts specific gear, VA Sport has you covered when it comes to all things sweat.