In its first year of existence, K2 Skis' Build Your Own Boards Contest garnered more than 150 submissions. Although many of the designs were worthy, only 32 were selected as finalists. Then, those 32 were narrowed down by means of head-to-head voting. Now, only two remain.
Voting will remain open through the Monday the 26 of December. When the deadline strikes at 11:59 p.m. on Monday the contestant who rounded up the most votes will take the win.
As a reminder, the winner will be flown to K2 headquarters in Seattle, hang with a K2 pro for a day and hand-build a K2 ski of their choice with his/her one-off topsheet.
So you can get to know a bit about the finalists, we hit them up to see what inspired their designs:
GAVIN RUDY — AGE 16 — EVERGREEN, CO
"The idea was to keep the aspects of the design simple, but I wanted the result to be quite elaborate. So I focused on keeping the parts of the ski as simple as possible, using only curves, lines, some fill, and no/minimal color. Thus, the final design comes together so that the viewer's focus is drawn explicitly to the complexity of the composition of the lines, curves, and other details. I feel like it's very expressive of skiing itself, as it has a flow and uniqueness to it, but there are many differences between its parts and the drawing's interpretation is really up to the audience. Stoked on making it to the finals! I hope I've got what it takes to win!"
NOAH WETZEL — AGE 24 — SLC, UT
"I almost didn't submit a design, but thankfully my buddy convinced me! When I made the original art for the ski design I just wanted to draw a beautiful mountain-scape that combined real photographs with drawings. Certainly stoked with the results, especially the Aspen log bases! I mean, we ski in the mountains, so why don't we incorporate the mountains into our ski designs? Anyway, this whole contest has been a huge surprise and a lot of fun, I didn't expect to make it this far! Most importantly, thanks to those who have voted for my skis!"