DEL MAR, CA. – MAY 23, 2012 — The Boardroom International Surfboard Show, taking place October 6 & 7, 2012 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, will honor 4x World Champion Mark Richards (MR) during the Icons of Foam Tribute presented by US Blanks. The sensational and stylistic MR firmly stamped his mark on surfing history by winning the ASP world title four-times. One of only two world champions to shape and compete on his own handcrafted surfboards (Peter Townend), the legendary MR will be at The Boardroom to watch six shapers grind out a classic MR twin fin from the Free Ride era.
Shapers taking part in the Icons of Foam Tribute honoring Mark Richards presented by US Blanks include past shape-off winners Ricky Carroll, Wayne Rich, and Pat Rawson. Also on the docket is Reno Abellira, a shaper who was very influential in MR’s shaping career, 15-year-old Taz Yassine from the Canary Islands, and John Pyzel, who has been shaping incredible surfboards for the sensational ASP rookie John John Florence.
“I’m stoked and excited to be honored at The Boardroom International Surfboard Show during the Icons of Foam Tribute in October,” said MR. “It’s going to be great watching shapers I respect and admire attempt to replicate one of my classic boards.”
“Wow! MR is an unbelievable craftsman and an enduring figure within the surfboard community and shaping culture,” said Jeff Holtby of US Blanks. “US Blanks is honored and extremely excited to present the Icons of Foam Tribute, this year honoring the legendary Mark Richards.”
Mark Richards, from Merriwether, New South Wales, Australia, set the international competitive world on fire when, at 18 years of age, he won both the Smirnoff Pro-Am at Waimea Bay and the World Cup at Sunset Beach. Along with Rabbit Bartholomew, Shaun Tomson, Peter Townend and others, Mark Richards’ Free Ride generation was in full blossom. His unique knocked-knee style: fast, balanced smooth and flexible punctuated with spectacular deep set turns took the surf world by storm. MR was going places on the wave face in a futuristic fashion. Richards went on to win four consecutive ASP world titles (1979 – 1982). A key to Richards’ world title run was his re-fashioning of the twin fin. He’d been shaping his own surfboards since age 15, but was struggling to keep up with smaller, lighter pros when the waves dropped below three feet. Richards took notes in 1976 when Hawaiian surfer Reno Abellira came to Australia with a wide, blunt nosed 5’3″ board with two fins. The following year Richards crafted a longer more streamlined version of the twin fin. Doors where then busted down, most of them by Mark Richards.
As a 4X ASP World Champion, MR’s competitive track record is incredible. Some of his career highlights include winning the Rip Curl Pro at Bells four times; he’s a four time finalist in the Duke Kahanamoku Invitational (winning in ’79); and he’s a four time Pipeline Masters finalist (winning in ’80). MR retired in 1982, but in 1985 entered and won the Billabong Pro held at Waimea Bay and Sunset Beach, then successfully defended his Billabong Pro title at Sunset Beach in 1986.*
The Boardroom International Surfboard Show will take place October 6 & 7, 2012 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. The Boardroom will feature top surfboard shapers, manufacturers & designers, foam, fins, wetsuits and other surf goods for the engaged and enthused consumer to checkout. The Boardroom events and exhibits include live shaping, laminating, music, food, beer, board demos, performance art, surf movies, a longboard skate zone, a vintage board swap, and much more.
“It’s a great time to take a consumer surfboard show to the next level,” said Scott Bass, executive director of The Boardroom. “As the creator and producer of eight consumer surf shows, my mind is always churning with new ideas. The Boardroom promises to be a place for surfboard and surf culture connoisseurs.”
A ‘Best of Show’ (BoS) concept area will allow shapers to create, enter and display boards. There will be five BoS categories and manufacturers can only enter one category. The five BoS categories are 1) Best Sustainable Surfboard 2) Best Concept Surfboard 3) Best Wooden Surfboard 4) Best Longboard 5) Best High Performance Shortboard. The winners from each category will be selected and of those five categories an overall Best of Show will be designated.
Gun Club Lounge presented by The Soul Project will offer a selection of super surfboards built for the big stuff and offered on loan from the Surfing Heritage Foundation as well as other private collectors. The Gun Club lounge presented by The Soul Project is an area where people can get off their feet, look at some truly awesome surfboards and generally chillax.
The Performance Q&A Shaping Bay will feature interaction between shapers and consumers. Shapers will field questions from the audience and explain various design, techniques, and methodology behind different and varying aspects of surfboard design. Every shaper will give away the finished shaped blank to one lucky member of the participating audience.
Glass On Laminating area will feature live demonstrations of the glassing/laminating process. Highly entertaining and informative, the laminators bring color and to the foam via opaque and swirls.
A demo morning will take place Sunday from 7-10 a.m. at 15th street Powerhouse Park in Del Mar. This will be a great opportunity to try out the surfboards on display at The Boardroom.
Art-I-Zen is a live performance art demonstration. This exhibit features four renowned artists / surfers (Matt Beard, Wade Koniakowsky, Damian Fulton, and Colleen Gnos) creating art on-site accompanied by a live music ensemble, on one large format 4’x 12′ canvas. This finished one-of-a kind piece will go on auction to benefit the Sport of Kings Foundation and The Terry Martin Project. In addition, multiple surf artists will have booths displaying their work within the ART – I – ZEN area.
Cinema Grotto features short surf films (5- 15 minutes) from independent thinkers in this quiet and secluded viewing area.
Musical Surfers : A music stage, outside in the sunshine near the food & beverage concessions featuring surfers who strum, thump, slice and stomp. Musical acts TBD.
Vintage Surfboard Swap takes place on Sunday, October 7 from 10-2 with the Longboard Collectors Club displaying their unique pre-1980 vintage collectable surfboards. Come out and see what they have. This is a great opportunity to start a collection of your own.
The Boardroom supports the Surfing Heritage Foundation. “As a board member, chairman of the Exhibition Committee, and director of the Surfing Heritage Vintage Surf Auction I am deeply involved with, and humbled by, the spirit and vision of the SHF,” said Bass. “The Boardroom looks forward to helping the Surfing Heritage Foundation continue its mission: to preserve, present and promote surfing culture.”
*info courtesy of THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF SURFING