I'm putting together a little event that may or may not interest you...

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Three craftsman will be asked to find a surfboard within an 8' x 2' x 2' chunk of surfboard foam within a three hour time limit. The winning shaper will receive $1K. The Chunk of Foam Challenge takes place during The Boardroom at SurfExpo in Orlando, Florida, September 7&8.

My hope is to continue to draw attention to, and to highlight, Florida's incredible surfboard shaping & manufacturing culture-- the craft of board building and the very core of the surf industry - especially in Florida.

Three shapers:Juan Rodriguez of One World Surf Designs, and Stuart Sharpe of Sharpe Shapes & Ricky Carroll of R&D, will try their hand at crafting a surfboard out of a block of foam.

SPINNING OF THE WHEEL
The Chunk of Foam Challenge will kick off with the ceremonial spinning of the wheel. There will be three surfboard designs on the wheel, whatever design the arrow lands on determines the surfboard they will be asked to replicate. All three shapers will replicate the exact same surfboard design.

THE UNVEILING
Each shaper will be allowed to check out the surfboard i.e. hold it, feel its rails, and dwell on its intricacies for 60 seconds. That is all. The surfboard is then put behind stanchions -- for viewing only. No one is allowed within 10 feet of the board.

THE TOOLS
Each shaper may bring into the shaping bay only one power tool of their choosing. They may bring in any and all hand tools. However, they are not allowed any modern measuring devices: no tape, no T squares, no templates, no rocker bars.

THE TIME
Each shaper is allowed three hours. The time is strictly enforced.

THE JUDGING
A select panel of uniquely qualified distinguished, and subtly-gray haired judges will determine the winner.

WHY
There are hundreds of world-class surfboard shapers.

But who can really shape a surfboard from just a chunk of foam?

Is there a shaper that can create a board using just their hands, a few primitive tools and their inner vision?

Harken back to the days of ancient Polynesian board building. Boards were made out of chunks of wood. If you wanted a board you found a tree.

We are tweaking on that concept just a touch by challenging a selection of top echelon shapers to create a surfboard out of an 8' x 2' x 2' chunk of foam.

This is an intriguing, entertaining, and fun opportunity to lift up and exalt the craft of shaping surfboards. That's it.

The Boardroom @SurfExpo
Sept. 7&8, 2013
Open to the Public !
Tribute to the Masters /Icons of Foam presented by US Blanks honoring East Coast legend Rich Price
Chunk of Foam Challenge presented by Bubblegum Surf Wax
A room filled with world-class surfboards & surf equipment
Live Shaping
Live Laminating
BEST OF SHOW
Live music by Super Villains, Live art, New movies including the Dane Reynolds produced SLOW DANCE featuring Craig Anderson
Much more... all at The Boardroom @SurfExpo