REX MARECHAL WINS AL MERRICK ICONS OF FOAM SHAPE-OFF AGAINST INTERNATIONAL FIELD - Boardroom Show
The Boardroom International Surfboard Show watched Rex Marechal of New South Wales Australia claim the 2017 Icons of Foam Shape-off. The shape-off competition featured 11 shapers all attempting to replicate a classic Kelly Slater surfboard shaped by Icon of Foam honoree Al Merrick.
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REX MARECHAL WINS AL MERRICK ICONS OF FOAM SHAPE-OFF AGAINST INTERNATIONAL FIELD


May 8, 2017; Del Mar, Ca — A packed house at The Boardroom International Surfboard Show watched Rex Marechal of New South Wales Australia claim the 2017 Icons of Foam Shape-off. The shape-off competition featured 11 shapers all attempting to replicate a classic Kelly Slater surfboard shaped by Icon of Foam honoree Al Merrick.

“I can’t believe it. I’m over the moon,” said Marechal. “I’m so stoked to be able to come up with the goods. What an honor to win the AL Merrick Shape-off against this incredible pool of international talent.”

The ten international shapers were: defending champ Nick Palandrani, Chris Christenson, Johnny Cabianca, Ward Coffey, Wayne Rich, Roger Hinds, Ryan Sakal, Gary McNeil, Matt Kinoshita, Zack Flores and eventual winner Rex Marechal. Each was asked to replicate the same exact board, one of Kelly Slater’s personal boards from early in his career, circa 1990. They each received 1.5 hours in the shaping bay and the boards judged by Icon of Foam honoree Al Merrick. US Blanks provided all the foam for the event and $1K was awarded to Marechal and his name etched into the Icons of Foam Tribute to the Masters Mike Marshall perpetual trophy.

Icon of Foam honoree Al Merrick congratulates shape-off winner Rex Marechal.
  • Nick Palandrani of Source Surfboards took top honors in Best in Show presented by Ziobaffa Organic Wines with his Six Shooter Channel Bottom
  • Michael Russo’s MUSIC single fin channel bottom by Rusty Preisendorfer was honorable mention in Best in Show.
  • 15 boards laminated on-site in the Douglas Surf Products lamination demo
  • 171 autographs by Al Merrick
  • 6201 people attended the show
  • 154 surfboards were sold
  • 11 surfboards given away
  • 48 custom surfboard orders written
  • 42 minutes for Al, Britt Merrick, & Simon Kile to judge the 11 shaped blanks
  • 14,788 skate runs on the CARVER Wave Bank
VIPS in attendance included Joe Roper, Taylor Knox, Rob Machado, Alex Gray, Shaun Tomson, Peter Townend, Tia Blanco, Malcolm Campbell, Duncan Campbell, Todd Richards & Reno Abellira, Carl Ekstrom, Steve Pendarvis

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