REI, a national retailer providing quality outdoor gear and clothing, and Arbor, a collective of artists, designers and friends who snowboard, skateboard and surf, kick-start the snow season with a “call for artists" to submit designs for the REI and Arbor 2010 snowboard design contest.

This free contest is open to artists of all skill levels, and contest rules are posted at rei.com/arbor-contest. One winning design will be picked and featured in Arbor’s 2010 - 2011 snowboard lineup and sold exclusively at REI. The winning designer will also receive a snowboard featuring their design and a $1,000 REI gift card. Four runners-up winners will each receive a $500 gift card.

Entries will be accepted from Nov. 2, 2009 through Dec. 31, 2009. As soon as artists have submitted their artwork, people may vote for their favorites by clicking on a “thumbs-up" or “thumbs-down" icon rei.com/arbor-contes. On Jan. 10, 2010, the top five artists who receive the most votes will go to the final round where Arbor and REI judges will choose one grand-prize winner based on creativity, artistic translation of the artwork into snowboard graphics, and quality. The winner and runners-up will be announced on Jan. 15, 2010.