etnies skateboarders Nick Garcia and Willow went to battle, climbed the ranks and attained pro status through their honorable skateboarding. They’ve earned their stripe and today #etnies is awarding Nick and Willow with their own #EarnYourStripe colorway of the #etniesRCT shoe along with a new split-screen short documentary film depicting their unique journeys: In tribute to Nick and Willow’s dedication to skateboarding, etnies is inviting skaters around the world to also earn their stripe by submitting their sponsor me videos to win a year’s supply of etnies shoes.

Watch and share the #etnies #EarnYourStripe contest and video featuring @Nick_Garcia and @PrincessWarriorWillow below.



The Earn Your Stripe contest, which launched May 2, allows skateboarders around the world to submit a video showcasing their best skating. Since Nick and Willow personally know what it takes to earn your stripe, they will review all entries and pick the top three finalists. From there, the public will vote on which skater has earned their stripe. The winner will receive free etnies shoes for an entire year! Contestants can enter on the Earn Your Stripe page on


In honor of Nick and Willow, two guys from completely different backgrounds and countries, but with a shared hunger for skating, etnies created a day-in-the-life video presenting how each has earned their stripe during their service to skateboarding. The short documentary-styled film is creatively displayed in a split-screen format that simultaneously shows them in their different environments across the globe; Nick in his hometown of Long Beach, Calif. and Willow in his native country, Germany. But having turned pro within days of each other, these two guys are more similar than one might think. Nick and Willow not only share the life-changing experience of turning pro, but they also share the etnies team, their past achievements and the screen in etnies’ Earn Your Stripe video:




etnies Earn Your Stripe Collection; Nick Garcia RCT in dark navy (left) and Willow RCT in black/red (right), $65

Available today on, the etnies Earn Your Stripe RCT collection represents Nick and Willow’s accomplishments, variances and commonalities, all in one shoe style that features etnies’ “stripe”, the classic Rap bar, on the side panels. Some details about each colorway include:

Nick’s colorway of the RCT is reminiscent of the navy and gold colors used on his first pro Element board with a special interior lining tying back to his Pro campaign. The shoe is emblazoned with the etnies Earn Your Stripe seal on the side heel and footbed.

Reflecting the black, red and gold colors of the German flag, his native country, and his first pro model Almost board, Willow’s RCT signature colorway is made of canvas, his preferred shoe material, and features the etnies Earn Your Stripe seal on the side heel and footbed.

As one of the most comfortable styles in the etnies collection, the RCT is narrow with a specially shaped toe to increase board flick, while the midsole has a cage-like design built for additional support.

Keep the conversation going with these hashtags: #etnies, #earnyourstripe and #etniesRCT.


About etnies:
Established in 1986, etnies is the first skateboarder-owned and operated global action sports footwear and apparel company. etnies not only pushed the envelope by creating the first pro model skate shoe, but it pioneered technological advances  and changed the face of skateboard footwear forever. Today, etnies’ vision, led by owner and skateboarder Pierre-André Senizergues, is to remain the leading action sports company committed to creating innovative products that provide the most style, comfort and protection possible.  etnies stays true to its roots by sponsoring world class skateboarding, surfing, snowboarding, moto x and BMX teams and continues its dedication by giving back to each of these communities.  For additional information, visit

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