Words: Pat Bridges
Most people in this world don't have it as good as pro snowboarders. As a matter of fact, there are billions of people who have it a whole lot worse. This is why SNOWBOARDER Magazine chose to incorporate charities into the America's Next Top Pro Model format. This was done by having each of the invited pros nominate a benefactor, which they would compete for. After the conclusion of the on-snow contests, a silent auction was held at the Windells Snowboard Camp campus with all proceeds going towards the overall America's Next Top Pro Model champion's charity of choice.
With each of the pro's signature models laid out in front of the prospective bidders, the Silent Auction aspect of ANTPM wasn't strictly a popularity contest. One by one the pros pleaded their case with the buyers and in some cases upped the ante by adding all manner of bonus items to the pot. Chris Bradshaw included 12 Technine t-shirts, while Andy Finch tossed three tall cans of Monster into the mix for his gear. The most added value was provided by Scotty Arnold, TJ Schneider and Marc Frank Montoya, who laid down big-ticket bonus items like outerwear, helmets, gloves and sneakers.
The pro riders are a really big deal, so spending a few hundred bucks on their actual setup is a really good deal. Furthermore, the charity aspect makes dropping some coin on a new stick a really good deed.
Forum pro Eddie Wall let his board sell itself to bring in the most coin: $300.00.
After having been shut out of the podium for the riding events, Forum pro Eddie Wall let his board sell itself to bring in the most coin: $300.00. The complete tally of the funds raised in the ANTPM Charity Auction topped out at $1909.00. In addition to providing Eddie with a premium podium spot and a warm feeling inside, this result also garnered Eddie 500 points towards The America's Next Top Pro Model overall title. Achieving the second highest bid for his board was Eero Ettala, while Chris Bradshaw rounded out the top three.
With all of the events concluded, it is time to tally the points to determine the overall America's Next Top Pro Model Champion and which charity is going to receive the $1909.00 donation.
America's Next Top Pro Model is made possible with support from Matador, The House, Windells Snowboard Camp and Timberline Resort. Stay tuned for more up-to-the minute ANTPM action at snowboardermag.com.