Wave Sport Launches Kayak Graphic Contest


Yo dirtbag boating artists…want a wave to win some coin, a kayak, accolades from your paddling peers, and a chance to immortalize your artwork forever? Here’s your chance: WaveSport just launched a kayak graphic contest, so get that mouse clicking and paintbrush stroking.
Wave Sport has partnered with Core77 to create a new generation of boat graphics for its Fuse 56 kayak. The Top 5 designs will be displayed at the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market Show in Salt Lake City in July 2009, with winners receiving a kayak with their own design.

“It’s a pretty cool contest,” says Brook Sutton of Verde PR. “It should result in some great designs for the Fuse.”
For the competition, Wave Sport is unleashing its new full-color high-resolution graphics capability, challenging designers to create unique graphics that speak to the theme, “Every Journey Has a Beginning, Middle, and an End.” Designers are invited to create illustrations that span three huge panels—the triptych—across the hull of the Fuse 56. Graphics can take any form, but designers are encouraged to think about graphic treatments that address the energy and spirit of Wave Sport and whitewater paddling in addition to the competition theme.

The Top 5 designs will be applied to Fuse 56 kayaks and be displayed at the Outdoor Retailer Show, along with profiles of the winning designers. The Grand Prize winner will receive a $2500 cash award plus a Fuse 56 kayak produced with their design. The remaining 4 Finalists will receive a Fuse 56 kayak produced with their design or $1000 cash award (in lieu of boat).

If you want tao try and bribe the judges, they’re Peter Csonka, 2008 Freestyle World Cup Champion; Gail Anderson, Creative Director of Design, SpotCo; Robert Peerson, Lead Designer, Wavesport; and Eric Ludlum, Creative Director, Core77. The deadline for the competition. The judges will choose the Top 5 Finalists and 15 Semi-Finalists. Core77 will publish a gallery of the Top 5 Finalists and visitors to the site will have the opportunity to vote for their favorites to determine a Grand Prize winner. 15 Semi-Finalists will also be published in the gallery, and all 20 designs will appear at wavesport.com. Entries will be judged on design, originality, theme and execution.

Deadline: May 25th

You must pre-register in order to take part, then you will receive an entry number via email, which you will use when submitting your entry. Then download the correct Photoshop and Illustrator templates, with three views: Bottom, Side, and Top. The designs will show in 3 zones on the kayak hull. Winning entries will be required to submit high-resolution images upon notification. This competition is free and open to all designers, students and enthusiasts worldwide.

Please contact wavesport@core77.com with questions about the competition