Ah, Summer, When a Young Designer’s Fancy Turns to Snowboards

Now that summer has officially arrived, it’s time for a good old-fashioned snowboard design contest! Allan Chochinov, the fearless leader of Core77, tells us that his fine organization has teamed up with a Swiss outfit called Nidecker Snowboards to launch an international design competition inviting designers to create custom snowboard graphics (think surfboard graphics but much colder, and with boots involved). The top five designs will be applied to Nidecker snowboards and displayed at a couple of giant winter sports tradeshows (so many colorful parkas, so little time) in Denver and Munich. The grand prize winner will receive $2,500 in cold cash, and his or her design will be included in the 2010-11 Nidecker line. Four runners-up will each be produced in a limited edition run, and all top five finalists will receive a Nidecker snowboard produced with their design. Learn more about the competition and register here. You’ve got until July 12 to come up with something cool.