I love the attitude of this story and the brand. I love how ballsy it is.
You see, that's how a brand leader acts. It does so without hesitation, without a need for justification and without the fear of middle-management blow-back. This is how you grow brand love. Any kid who has dreams of stardom — especially as a snowboarder or skater — will now dream of that stardom in the context of Red Bull and how the brand acts towards its stars and brand ambassadors.
Kudos, Red Bull. You are teaching us so much.