It sure took a while, but we're stoked to announce Christie Shinn as the winner of the Onboard/Dragon Design Contest 2011.
Suuuuper sorry this took so long to get out there – there was a bunch of mumbo jumbo to sort out between the winner and the Dragon guys – but we're pumped we can now let the world know that Canadian Christie Shinn is the winner of the 3rd Onboard/ Dragon Design contest. There were some killer entries this year so thanks to all who entered for making the decision so tough. Check out some of the bangers that ran Christie's effort close at the bottom of the page.
The Dragon crew dug Christie's design so much that as well as making her her own goggles they're also incorporating it into their 2012 line, so they're keen to keep the full design hush hush. We managed to convince them to let us give you a teaser but you'll have to wait till next year to see it in all its colourful, fishy glory.
We hit up Christie to find out more about the girl behind the lens...
Age: 30... which I'm told is 'old as dirt'.
Hometown: Toronto, Canada.
Home mountain: Blue Mountain, Collingwood.
What's your favourite place to ride? My favorite right now is Heavenly, Lake Tahoe. Really, though, wherever my friends are is the best place to be. They can make a jib spot in the backyard with an upside-down shopping cart as fun as fresh tracks.
How did you hear about the contest? I came across it while browsing the Onboard site.
What inspired your design? My design is equal parts rainbow trout, Salmon Dance and the 80's Zinka colour palette.
How did you make it? I start all my designs as pencil sketches. In this case, I drew like three pages of fish to get the ones I really wanted to use. After that I inked them in black with a liner brush, then scanned and converted them into vector shapes in Illustrator. Then it was just a matter of colouring in and experimenting with placement. The most important step was getting feedback from my close friends and letting it sit for a couple days before sending it in. I ended up making some minor tweaks right at the end that made all the difference.
What was your reaction when we told you you’d won? I was up late working the night before, so I was still half asleep when I got the email. No matter how many times I read it, my brain refused to believe it. It hit me fully while I was standing at the coffee maker, my hands started shaking and my heart was thumping super hard. I skipped the coffee and phoned everyone I knew instead. It was the beginning of a really really great day.
Well, congrats once more, Christie, and we're well looking forward to rocking your fishy Rogues on our faces.
Here's just some of the other entries that had us pumped...