Fossil Fridays – Excavating the “Eldorado” With Wille Yli-Luoma

Recognized as one of the industry’s first premier big mountain specific snowboards, the K2 Eldorado has roots from 1995 culminating in 2008 as Wille Yli-Luoma’s signature graphic and design. Since its inception, the Eldo has maintained the classic star spangled colorway and 2008 was no different. So what was the inspiration behind the art in 2008? We asked Wille to unwrap K2 Snowboarding’s final Eldorado.

In collaboration with friend and artist, Antti Rastivo the art for the K2 Eldorado back in ’08 was inspired by the backcontry. “The idea came from topographic maps and zones we flew over trying to ride,” says Wille. “It was important to me also to keep the clean simple look with a base that popped real well. I choose to work with Antti each year because we feed really well off each other. He is very open to working with ideas I have and easy about changing things around if need be. Antti’s art is super cool and in my mind seems to be ahead of its time each year.” 

R.I.P. K2 Eldorado. By the way, Wille has been crushing it with K2 for over ten years. His board of choice these days is the Turbo Dream

Straight from the catologue - K2 Eldorado, Wille Yli-Luoma style

Straight from the catologue - K2 Eldorado, Wille Yli-Luoma style