19-year-old snowboarder wins Volcom Board Design Contest

Posted By: The Ski Channel on March 24, 2010 4:07 pm

Congratulations to Victor Ventura! The snowboarder/surfer/skateboarder has his foot in the door of the board design world after winning the Volcom Board Design Contest. Transworld Snowboarding contributor Adam Hawes wrote that Ventura’s design was chosen because it “resonated harder and weirder with Volcom riders” than all the others.

The win gets Ventura a limited edition board as well as a chance to see his artistic vision come to life. “They said in the entry it had to be a tripped-out design,” Ventura said. “So I just gave them what they wanted.” Ventura said he had a good feeling about his design, a mix of hand-drawn and Photoshopped layers with a nod to natural forms. “I appreciate the way things are naturally,” Ventura said. “I get a lot of inspiration from surfing. I like to take stuff from the water to design.”

Ventura has been making a name for himself in the industry, and he says “that’s what companies are looking for. A kid who can promote”.

He garnered even more respect amongst peers and business partners for his decision to go to college. He could have started working immediately, but instead he “wanted an education”, he said. “And it’s been working out. Hopefully I can find a little nook and do some snowboard design…[but] I really don’t want to work in an office”…