Snowboarding will join the likes of Elvis, Richard M. Nixon, Mother Necessity, Ernest Hemingway, and a plethora of other human and inanimate icons, as our sport adheres itself to a postage stamp.
Through rain, sleet, snow, and hail, the U.S. Postal Service picked a shot by Snowboard Life contributing photographer Scott Spiker, who was “very pleased with the outcome.” Although he didn't score any free postage for his efforts, Spiker said, “The fact that everything transpired here in Northwest Montana–Whitefish ski area, Libby snowboarder Daniel Karabacz, Columbia Falls photographer–and to have 33-million copies of this stamp alone is quite a privilege.”
Azeezaly S. Jaffer, executive director of stamp services, said the new stamp series “represents the Postal Service's commitment to broadening the stamp program to include subjects that appeal to America's youth.”
Also included in the new collection, released during ESPN's summer X-Games in San Francisco, are BMX, in-line skating, and skateboarding stamps. According to the Postal Service, 152-million of the action-packed self-adhesive stamps will be printed.