Gold & Silver W3 Awards 2017 for Kalon Surf Website – Emerald Seven

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Gold & Silver W3 Awards for the Kalon Surf Website

It’s the 2017 awards season, and we are thrilled to announce that the Kalon Surf Website is the winner of two W3 Awards: one gold and one silver. Kalon was such a fun project, it feels awesome to be recognized for it. (Plus, it makes you want to go surfing!)

Cheers and thanks to our collaborators.

First, we’d like to toast to our collaborators on this project, Andy Shaff and Kyle Eliason at Portent, and Kjeld Schigt and Silene Vega Delgado, owners and directors of Kalon. Cheers to you all, and thanks!

It’s a winner!

Kalon’s new website picked up two awards: a Gold W3 in the general website category of Hotel & Lodging, and a Silver W3 in the category of Website Features – Best Practices.

We had a great time designing and building this project. We hope you’ll check out not only its portfolio page where you can learn all about the details, but also, check it out live, and if it suits you, maybe even pay them a visit in Costa Rica!

Not familiar with the W3 Awards?

Here are the details.

Let’s let them explain it: “The W3 Awards honors creative excellence on the web, and recognizes the people behind award-winning sites, marketing programs, social content, mobile site/apps and online video. In honoring the best of the web, the W3 Awards is the first major web competition to be accessible to the biggest agencies, the smallest firms, and everyone in between. Small firms are as likely to win as Fortune 500 companies and international agencies.”

You got it: that means we were competing with some of the great, well-known firms out there! 2017 marks the 12th year of the W3 Awards, and Kalon was competing with over 5,000 entries from “advertising agencies, PR firms, interactive agencies, in-house creative professionals, web designers, graphic designers, and web enthusiasts.”

“The W3 is sanctioned and judged by the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts (AIVA). The AIVA is an invitation-only body consisting of top-tier professionals from a "Who's Who" of acclaimed media, interactive, advertising and marketing firms. AIVA members include executives from organizations such as Agencynet, AvatarLabs, Big Spaceship, Wired, Code and Theory, Disney, Microsoft, Facebook,, MTV, Sesame Workshop, Your Majesty, and Yahoo!. For more information, and a full member roster, please visit”

“In determining winners, entries are judged based on a standard of excellence as determined by the AIVA, according to the category entered. To uphold a high standard of excellence, a category may have multiple winners, or may have no winners at all. Entries are scored on a 100-point scale by the judges. Less than 10% of all entries will be selected as Gold Winners. Other outstanding entries will be Silver Winners. Best in Show selections represent the highest mark of distinction and are also selected by the Academy based on scoring. The judges will award Best in Show honors to no more than 1% of all work entered.

Check out the full list of projects honored in the W3 Winners Gallery.