BOARDROOM SHOW 2018
The time is fast approaching. The Del Mar Fairgrounds will host the Boardroom Show on May 5 & 6. The surfboard trade show features boardbuilders from around the world and centers around the Icons of Foam shaping competition, this year featuring longtime US Blanks customer Marc Andreini.
“Andreini has been designing, shaping, and building custom surfboards for over 50 years. He continues to be an active and prolific shaper, evolving and experimenting with different board types; recently leading the charge with a new spin on the Greenough inspired Edge concept.” Scott Bass, Boardroom Show Executive Director
Surfboard shapers compete in a 90 minute “shape-off” to replicate a classic Andreini board design, with limited implements and inside a glass shaping bay for attendees to survey their every move. Andreini himself will analyze and measure the finished shapes to determine the weekend’s winner.
“It is an honor for me to be considered among the likes of Diff, Yater, Bradbury, Merrick, all of the Icons,” said Andreini. “Thanks to all of them and the other craftsmen in our industry. Most people of my generation think that Phil Edwards is number one. Duke Kahanamoku will remain the godfather of all modern surfing. Phil Edwards is the performance version of The Duke: grace, beauty, agility, finesse, and stateliness. Phil was a master of trim and positioning and surfing with speed. He was purely a trim-based surfer. In their respective books, Nat Young and Bob McTavish both cite that their primary influence in surfing was Phil Edwards. Skip Frye says that he and Mike Hynson, both two of the finest surfers, wore on their trunks a little inscription reading P.O.P.E. It stood for Protegés of Phil Edwards. Phil was the Holy Grail – he was the master. If you are a student of trim and power and flow – it all goes back to Phil Edwards. See you all in May at The Boardroom.”
2018 Icons of Foam competitors include past champions Ricky Carroll, Wayne Rich, Stu Kenson, Roger Hinds and Rex Marechal. These multiple champions are joined by Andreini-selected wild cards Bill Barnfield, Travis Reynolds, and Pat Rawson.