Built as a sanctuary encouraging people to discover new things, share ideas and explore meaningful experiences around surfing, Pilgrim is a staple in the New York cold-water surf community under the direction of founder and lifelong surfer, Chris Gentile. Synonymous as an advocate for the DIY craft of surf shaping, and known for blending surf with simplistic streetwear style, Gentile and Pilgrim’s ethos aligns perfectly with Vans Surf.
“The inspiration for this collection comes from the innovations and creativity in surf and skate from the early ‘80s,” Gentile shared. “Growing up at that time working in a surf/skate shop, I got to witness a variety of new styles and design evolution, as well as learning about the personalities behind them. A line was being blurred between surf and skate - surfing was getting more vertical and interpretive, and the icons of the time had amazing personal style and creative expression unique to their own.”