As is the cyclical nature of surfboard design, channel bottoms of one fashion or another are again all the rage. Sexy, sleek and fast – what’s not to like (unless you’re a sander). This years’ Best In Show will feature an array of incredible and unique channel bottomed surf designs. Each exhibitor is allowed to put one board into the Best In Show Competition. These board builders are the world’s best of the best and we’ll see some mind-blowing designs and concepts, and probably some stuff that’ll have us scratching our heads. Last years winners include Pat Rawson, Danny Hess, Steve Coletta, and Mike Wallace.
Legendary surfboard craftsman Al Merrick will be honored in the Icons of Foam Tribute to the Masters Shape-off presented by US Blanks. Ten international shapers will attempt to replicate one of Merrick’s classic designs. The competition takes place during The Boardroom International Surfboard Show at the Del Mar Fairgrounds on May 6 & 7, 2017.
“I’ve been drawn to surfing and surfboard design my whole life,” said Al Merrick. “I am thrilled to be an Icons of Foam honoree. The list of past honorees, which includes John Bradbury and Renny Yater, is remarkable. I’m quite humbled and I look forward to a great shape-off at The Boardroom in Del Mar.”
A “motivated sellers” silent auction with NO or extremely low reserves using the latest mobile technology. Your mobile devices and computers are synched together in real-time to the auction room. We recreate the in-room feel by bringing the emotional experience to any device any where in the world with high-definition video streaming. Boards by Donald Takayama. Glenn Minami. Geoff McCoy. Al Merrick. Owl Chapman. Reno Abellira and more being added daily. Benefiting the Surfing Heritage & Culture Center.
Laminating gurus from around various glass shops in Southern California display their talents and talk us through the various processes involved with building your sacred craft. Includes insights into new technological breakthroughs, new space age materials and tricks of the trade.
Come skate the uber-groovy flow style skate ramp from CARVER– the WaveBank! ; Bring your own board or try out the latest Carver models including a Channel Islands Flyer or Pod Mod model surf skate. Post your pics to Instagram with hashtags #carversurfskate #boardroomshow . The insta account with the most likes/views will win big!!
Insightful, informative, engaging discussion upon relevant topics moderated by the editorial staff at SURFER magazine.
SATURDAY MAY 6
11:00am Surfing’s Olympic Berth: Nick Carroll- Surf Journalist; Fernando Aguerre-International Surfing Association President; Peter Townend- Industry Insider; Todd Richards- NBC Olympics Broadcaster
12:00pm Shaping for World Champions: Matt Biolos (Carissa Moore), Jon Pyzel (John John Florence), Johnny Cabianca (Gabreil Medina), Daniel Thomson (Kelly Slater)
1:00pm Interview with Al Merrick. Britt Merrick
SUNDAY MAY 7
11:00am Honoring Al Merrick – Rob Machado, Taylor Knox, Shaun Tomson, Tom Curren, Sam George , (special guest tbd)
12:00pm Big-Wave Guns and What Can Be Paddled in 2017 – Chris Christenson, Jon Pyzel, Greg Long, Kai Lenny
1:00pm Channel-Bottom Revival – Nick Carroll, Matt Biolos, Hamish Graham, Richard Kenvin
Sunday May 7, 2017 7am-10am ride the boards & try out the wetsuits of the Boardroom at Del Mar’s 15th Street reef and beach break.
See and fondle the latest State of the Art surfboards, wetsuits, hardgoods, and cool gear.
Engaging one on one with industries leading shapers, craftsman, designers, manufactures and surfers
Meet shapers, pros, live shaping, exhibits, demo boards, music, seminars