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The Rides and Tides Surfboard and Skate deck Design Challenge is a juried exhibition and competition focusing on skills learned in Foundation Studies design classes. Entrants create two-dimensional surface graphics for application on surfboards or skate decks. Winning designs must be of high enough quality to be scaled to full size.


Digital Submissions due: Sunday, February 18, 11:59 p.m.

Notification of Acceptance: March 8 (by email)  



Monday, March 25  – Sunday, April 7


Friday, April 5, 4 - 6 p.m.


The top fifteen designs for each category (surfboard and skateboard) will be printed and mounted on substrates and displayed in Wallin Hall, Savannah, GA. The Grand Prize-winning surfboard and skateboard design will be printed on real boards and revealed at the reception.



Theme: Dropping In

"Dropping in" is more than just a surfing or skating maneuver – it embodies the spirit of fearlessness, adventure, and the pursuit of the extraordinary. The exhilaration felt by a surfer when they commit to dropping in on a big wave or a skateboarder dropping in on a huge vert ramp is a feeling of exhilaration of an unknown moment. What will happen next? Participants are challenged to capture the essence of dropping in through their designs, translating the exhilaration of catching a wave or dropping into a half pipe and into a visually stunning and conceptually rich artwork.



Grand Prize Surfboard: $800  

First Runner Up Surfboard: $500 

Second Runner Up Surfboard: $300 

Honorable Mention Surfboard: $150 Ex Libris Gift Card  


Grand Prize Skateboard: $800  

First Runner Up Skateboard: $500 

Second Runner Up Skateboard: $300 

Honorable Mention Skateboard: $150 Ex Libris Gift Card  



The Design Challenge is open to students who are enrolled in or have successfully completed a Foundation Studies course within the current academic year (Fall 2023 and/or Winter 2024). SCADnow students who meet the criteria are also eligible to enter.



Submission Requirements:

Contestants must download and use the appropriate template for their preferred submission (Surfboard or Skate Deck). Please keep artwork inside the bleed lines (inside lines) of the template. Click on the link below for templates:

Submissions must be ready for reproduction.
Contestants are responsible for pre-flighting their files for quality assurance.
Technical issues that prevent the work from being printed at full size may disqualify the submission.

The committee reserves the right to reject improperly formatted or incorrectly named files.

To submit completed designs, use the following link (note the naming convention and formatting requirements within the form)

Final Notes:
Contestants may enter into one or both categories. Anyone who enters into both is eligible for only one (1) award total across both categories.

The Exhibition committee holds the right to refuse any applicant that does not complete all of the required materials below.

For more information, email Professor Kristin Myers

To download templates  To submit finished designs: