Teens line up to design skateboard | VailDaily.com

Teens line up to design skateboard

Nicole Frey
Bret Hartman/Vail DailyPatrick O'Toole, owner of Emage a skate and snowboard shop in Edwards, looks over the entries for the skateboard design competition. The winning design will be made into the shop's skateboard design.

EDWARDS – It’s 10:30 in the morning at the Emage skate and snowboard shop in Edwards just in time for heavy metal power hour. As unintelligible words blast from the strategically placed speakers, Emage owner Patrick O’Toole whips out a pile of drawings and spreads them out across a bench and the floor. The drawings are the fruits of the labor of eight Battle Mountain High School students and one enthusiastic 11-year-old boy, whose design proclaimed “ride for life… and death.” . One drawing will grace the front of 250 skateboards this year more if they sell well. O’Toole had crouched over the drawings a few days ago when one jumped out at him something whimsical, happy and totally cool. He had a winner. “I’m really excited to have this on hundreds of skateboards,” he said. Dying to know what the design is? Well, no one’s talking until tomorrow night, when O’Toole will announce the winner during a party at Emage. “This’ll be great for the boy or girl who wins,” said Brian Peters, an employee at Emage and O’Toole’s roommate. “They could be larger than life looking back on this one day as something that got them started. It’s a great idea.”O’Toole’s idea to get kids involved in designing skateboards came from a couple of different places. First of all, skateboarding is most popular among the younger set.”If you go down to the skate park, it’s all kids,” Peters said. “It’s the 12-year-olds who are really into it. Keeping youth involved keeps it fresh. Anyone could have entered (the contest). It’s no holds barred. It’s about who’s got the talent, not about names and images and connections. It’s just straight-up talent.”Approaching kids was also cheaper than paying a professional to come up with something, and there’s no doubt in O’Toole’s mind that the kids have a ton of talent. While he’s got the skateboard winner picked, he’s got other favorites in mind that might work for T-shirt designs.”I was looking for something kind of simple for the skateboard, but some of the more intricate designs could be used for other stuff, like T-shirts,” he said. “There weren’t a ton of kids who entered, but they all entered a few pieces, so there was stuff to pick from.” Who won?Patrick O’Toole, owner of Emage skate and snowboard shop will announce the winner of the skateboard design contest between 6 and 7 p.m. Friday, April 7. Festivities for the contest will run all day with refreshments and discounts on winter merchandise. All entries will be displayed in the store in Edwards. For more information, call Emage at 926-5894. Web extrasVisit vaildaily.com to see Patrick O’Toole talk about the contest and contestants. Staff Writer Nicole Frey can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 14621, or nfrey@vaildaily.com. Vail, Colorado

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