Meet the My Steaz Winner!
Last week we were so so excited to announce the winner of the My Steaz contest. Chris Hannant's beautiful video attracted the most votes and won himself and Reef Check $5000 each! Curious about what he plans to do with his winnings? Read on...
Why did you create a video for the My Steaz contest?
I have such a passion for travel that goes so far beyond just seeing cool new stuff and taking pretty pictures. I think it's incredibly important to see what else is out there, meet new people, experience different cultures, and have crazy adventures. There is really nothing else I can think of that is more rewarding to do for yourself. So often I see someone putting a bunch of money toward something silly that they don't need and I think (or say) "That could be a plane ticket." I think the American culture suffers greatly from our overall lack of worldliness. We have so many false notions about foreign place and culture and have become sheltered in our own country's comfort zone! I really wanted to share my video, my passion for traveling, and inspire others to do the same.
What do the Steaz values mean to you?
I didn't know about Steaz Tea before the contest, but "steaz" has been in my vocabulary for a while now, so when my friends first heard about the tea/contest they thought it was hilarious and found it totally appropriate for me to enter. To me, the Steaz values are about being true to who you are and following your own path to pursue whatever makes you happy.
Why did you pick Reef Check as your charity?
The ocean has always been a huge part of my life through surfing, diving, spearfishing, skimboarding, even just sitting on the shore or falling asleep to its sounds in a friend's beach cottage. In my traveling I've seen first hand so many beaches, reefs, and surf lineups that have suffered from serious neglect of the ocean and its importance to us and our planet. It's a real shame. I recently helped create and work for a non-profit called The Waters Edge Project to help teach small coastal communities the importance of taking care of their beaches and the ocean, and so Reef Check was definitely the charity that I wanted to help out.
Any idea what you will do with the prize money?
Travel! People always say "You're so lucky you get to travel so much!" and I always tell them that there is absolutely no luck involved. Every year I work very hard so I make it happen, even if it's for one week or, like the trip documented in my Steaz film, five months. I've been wanting to go to South America since I was in high school, and with these winnings that's exactly what I'm going to do! Panama to Peru...and maybe beyond!
Congrats again Chris! You earned it and we can't wait to follow your trip :)
Watch Chris' winning video below, and if you enjoyed his work check out more at www.chrishannant.com!
May the Best Steaz Win!
Steazers, you've stumped us! Your videos were just too good. We really tried but we simply couldn't bring ourselves to narrow it down to 10 - so we picked 12!
Meet the My Steaz Finalists:
Tyler & Robyn are 18 years old and in love - they stole our hearts in their touching video.
Dan Bakst loves music and everything about it. His passion and energy are infectious!
Aiden Ivy was shot by Brian Tran who is a 19 year old film-maker always looking for ways to create and challenge himself. His parkour video is something we couldn't have imagined!
Matt Batchelor's passion is telling the stories of people who do not have a voice of their own. Authentic and real, Matt so clearly shared his passion that we were moved to share his.
Matt Magohan was shot by Mike Pagan, a 17 year old from L.A. with an "extreme passion for filmmaking". What can we say...WOW! The filming style, message and talent blew us away.
Travis Collier is a professional BMX rider. We were astounded by the calm, quiet beauty that this video portrayed. "Ballet on a bike" is right.
Chris Hannant is a photographer/film-maker/surfer/adventurer. He makes us want to pack our bags and see as much of the world as we can!
Clint Snyder is a loving husband who is pursuing faith, hope and love. We love the message and subtle story told in this beautiful video.
Anica James is an artist and photographer. We love the simplicity of her message and her passion for the outdoors.
Eric Bickerstaffe is one steazy guitarist. This video is stunning and captivating - it truly took us to the serene forest with him.
John Monsoon is part of bass-pop consisting of MC's. We love the energy in this LMAFOish video.
Myles Harris is all about making the planet a better place - through art! Can you believe he is only 17? This kid has some crazy steaz and isn't afraid to show it.
Huge gratitude to everyone who entered the contest, thank you for your tremendous videos. They're awesome.
Now vsit My Steaz to see which charities they are supporting and to vote for your favorite.
Voting closes on June 24th and the video with the most votes wins!
Meet the My Steaz Charities
Steaz is on a mission to build a healthier world. So when we created the My Steaz contest not only did we want to empower our fans but we wanted to give back to the global community. So the prize money of $10,000 will be split: $5000 to the Steazer who creates the most popular video and $5000 to support the charitable organization of their choice. We are very proud to be supporting charitable agencies that are active and passionate about making this world a better place!
Meet Global Green USA
Global Green is on a mission to foster a global value shift towards a sustainable and secure future. For nearly 20 years, they have been advocating for smart solutions to global warming including green building for affordable housing, schools, cities and communities that save money, improve health and create green jobs.
How could we not support them right?We are so happy to partner with them by including Global Green USA in the My Steaz contest!
Meet the My Steaz Charities
As you know when we created the My Steaz contest not only did we want to empower our fans but we wanted to give back to the global community. We are very proud to be supporting charitable agencies that are active and passionate about making this world a better place!
Meet Reef Check
Reef Check is dedicated to empowering people to save our reefs and oceans. By educating the public and inspiring a global team of volunteers, Reef Check is able to stimulate local action to protect reefs around the world.
Reef Check's work really spoke to us. We are proud of our environmentally responsible low CO2 certification with Native Energy that helps us to offset our entire carbon footprint. And many of our employees and fans are avid surfers and committed to protecting the waves. Hello, have you seen our SOUL video?
We are so proud to support and partner with them by including Reef Check in the My Steaz contest!
For contest details visit www.mysteaz.com.