VASHON, WA (February 20, 2004) – Congratulations to Adam Reitz of Rochester, NY whose Snowboard Art 2 entry took Best of Show, winning him $1000 cash and the first of five Limited Edition Ride boards featuring the unbeatable design (the remaining four will be auctioned off to raise funds for Steamboat artLink and The Surfrider Foundation’s Snowrider Project – details to come). First Runner Up went to Amie Bergeson of Denver, CO who will take home $500 cash; Second Runner Up went to Gregory Yankioua of Argentina who will most likely opt for the $200 rather than the Backcountry Boarding Pass with Steamboat Powdercats (but it is up to him!); and Third Runner Up was a tie between Miki Iwasaki of Brooklyn, NY and Josh Clancy of Dassel, MN – they will split the cash prize of $150 and will each receive a Ride Backpack and Hoodie.
In just its second year, close to 300 entries were sent to Steamboat artLink in Steamboat Springs, Colorado from around the world – more than double received last year! With every submission on display at the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel on Friday, February 13th, Ride’s Creative Director Styk and Art Director Fank somehow managed to narrow the competition down to the top four above, plus ten honorable mentions … but it was far from easy. After getting the 300 down to about 30, the main criteria in picking the winners was based on whether the graphic could truly be produced as is and would ultimately sell – and not necessarily just for Ride.
“The quantity and quality of work submitted this year was astonishing, says Tara Miller, Ride’s Marketing Director. “We can’t wait to see what happens next year – the momentum in which this is reaching snowboarders and artists around the world is really exciting. Last year’s Best of Show winner, Derek Muscat of Ontario Canada, not only designed the poster for this year’s contest, but also ended up being contracted by Ride to do the graphics for the 04/05 Lowride. “We make no promises as to what’s to come, but entering this contest is a great way to show us what you’ve got, says Styk.
To view the entire show on line, go to www.steamboatartlink.com
Ride would like to thank Susan Schiesser of Steamboat artLink for the numerous hours of hard work she put in, and her husband Rex – they really know how to show us a great time! Thanks also to Steamboat Powdercats for taking such great care of us and providing epic powder, the Steamboat Grand for hosting the opening reception, and the Tugboat for a super night of dancing! To see photos, go to www.ridesnowboards.com