Wow...that is funny and SAD that they wrote Shannon Best
out of the Best
kiteboarding history. What a joke.
"...drew us a penis shaped like a fish."
As far as graphics were concerned, Alex had used a fish in the logos for his 2 prior companies, and no matter what, he wanted a fish in the logo. That's what he told the graphic designer, and the graphic designer...
Here are some excerpts from a 2009 gumball interview
. In fairness, it doesn't make it sound like Shannon was a creative force behind things, but he was very clearly the marketing force behind the company. He was their "Dimitri" and was at every event associated with the Brand. Without Shannon or another pro like him, there would not be a Best Kiteboarding today. He is the rockstar that we drove to beach to see kite, believing the hype and expecting to see Best girls pouring out of the Best Bus...
Who are some of the people who have helped make this possible?
My sister, for sending me that video clip, but what I excel at is being passionate about something and starting a venture. I’m very good at that, however when it comes to day-to-day operations as a business matures there are people who are better qualified, and that’s why I hired Ian Huschle to be the president and CEO of Best. He more than anybody has taken a start-up venture and brought it to maturity, and he’s made it a fantastically valuable company now. And then of course, there’s Shannon and Jeff, who helped me start the company back in 2004, and without them I couldn’t have gotten anywhere.
How active is Shannon Best in the company?
Shannon’s our face man for the company. He travels around, signs autographs, kites, does clinics, and promotes our sport and our company.
Do you still ride and hangout with Shannon as much as you used to?
Yes, we were just in Brazil together for about four months and we rode together every day.
This is clearly OT, I know, but I just saw the post where Shannon got written out of the history of a company he was instrumental in building, naming, and man...that's funny.