Four-time Peah'i champion Billy Kemper has announced that he is joining the family at RVCA.
"2020 has been a crazy life rollercoaster for me and to sign this deal with RVCA has been such a blessing," Kemper told the WSL about the new partnership.
Kemper won back-to-back Jaws big wave events in heroic fashion in 2018 and 2019, and has also factored into the mix during the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing in recent years.
"My headspace is over the moon right now," continued Kemper. "To understand that someone believes in you while going through a life-threatening injury and not really seeing you back in the water yet and if you are going to make a 100-percent return. It really gives me a lot of confidence that these people and this company believes in me more than most people probably do. It's a very meaningful deal, it's more than your typical sponsorship."
At the start of 2020, Kemper suffered a broken leg while on a surf strike mission to Morocco. Dedicating himself to battling back from injury, Kemper has spent the last several months rehabbing and training in Southern California and Hawaii. And now, barreling into a new winter surf season, he's back on his feet and in fighting form again.
"2020 has been a year that I will never forget, it's been a really long road to recovery but I wouldn't have it any other way," continued Kemper. "I'm really grateful for the position that I'm in. I've made it a point every morning to wake up at least one percent better. I'm getting close to 100-percent, I would say I'm in the 90s right now so I'm on the home stretch. I'm very excited to be heading into winter at where I'm at right now."
Kemper will join an elite team of surfers and athletes at RVCA, including surfers such as Barron Mamiya, Luke Davis, Danny Fuller and Noah Beschen, as well as champion fighter BJ Penn, skateboarding stylists Curren Caples and Greyson Fletcher, and a heap of other rad characters and legends.
"Signing this deal with RVCA was a long time in the making. I felt like I've been family with them forever, Pat [Tenore] is like an older brother to me," added Kemper. "He's always looked out for me, he's always helped me and if there was one company in the entire world that fit who I am it truly is the balance of opposites and that's RVCA."