On May 6-7, The Boardroom show took place down at Del Mar Fairgrounds. Inspite of the cold, windy and raining conditions that threatened to derail the entire event, the turnout was amazing and the energy was electric, with thousands of surfing aficionados watching the Icons of Foam competition, perusing their favorite shaper’s booths, sharing surf culture, enjoying food, music and shredding the Carver Wave Bank.
Boardroom Show was the first event to unveil the Carver Wave Bank complete with both bowl ends. The bowl ends on the Wave Bank provide for an even more representative surfing experience, taking transition surfskating and introducing a circular flow for continuous frontside and backside cutbacks. By surfskating on transition similar to the shape of a rippable wave, you can dial-in your technique and fundamentals with a more realistic surfing simulation. We were stoked to see some familiar faces from events past, and were even more floored to see the progression that ensued.
This year’s Icons of Foam Tribute honored Al Merrick, the legendary Channel Islands Surfboard founder and shaper who needs little introduction. The shape-off competition featured 11 shapers all attempting to replicate a classic Kelly Slater surfboard, his ‘Magic Slipper’ surfboard from the 1990’s. In the end, Rex Marechal of New South Wales, Australia claimed top honors.
Thanks for coming out, and we’ll see you next year!