Kevin VanDam is a professional fisherman by trade. He will be fishing the Ramada Championship Aug. 23-26 on Lake Oneida in Syracuse, N.Y., in a Nitro Z-9 boat, as he does at every event in the sport’s Elite Series.
This time, though, his boat wrap will be unique. The newly designed Nitro/Bass Pro Shops wrap will feature a design of more than 5,629 pictures of Nitro Facebook fans.
Nitro Boats held a “Ride with the Pros” contest on its Facebook page that began Feb. 15 and ended June 30. Entrants had to “like” the Nitro Facebook page and send in a photograph of themselves.
More than 7,000 entries were received. A grand-prize winner from Arkansas was chosen to receive a fully rigged Nitro Z-7 boat, with a Mercury 150 Optimax outboard, that has a retail value of $25,840.
Pictures submitted for the contest were then used to create a special boat wrap that also was applied to the Nitro Z-9 boat that B.A.S.S. tournament angler VanDam will fish from at the Bassmaster Elite event on Lake Oneida and upcoming Bassmaster Elite Series events.
The boat wrap also will be displayed at the 2013 Bassmaster Classic in Tulsa, Okla., in February, then travel to 2013 Elite Series events for display. It will be used as a backup boat for Nitro Elite Series Pros.
Information about this event and other Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Marine Group events is available at www.basspro.com