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    Lightbulb Chunk of Foam Challenge

    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

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    Sounds pretty dope.

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    why dont you broadcast it on the web so us working slaves can watch and stick it to the man at the same time

  4. #4
    This is awesome. Will the surfboards get glassed too?

    Great work keeping the podcast going too.

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    Thanks for the heads up. Sounds like a blast. The Supervillians play great surf music, and the venue can't be beat. Time to stock up on surf stickers to giveaway for the next trip to Centro, and hit Typhoon Lagoon. It will be real fun to see what these guys can do in three hours with only a nail file and a hand plane.

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    Isn't surf expo only for the trade? I've always wanted to go, but not in the biz...

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    Thanks for the kind words. Podcast is plodding along; trying to get it going more consistent. The Boardroom is OPEN to the public; first time Surf Expo has allowed a consumer event. Should be a good event;

    We should do some sort of U Stream of the event... so many good ideas... so little time...

    By the way; we'll be doing surf memorabilia/collectible appraisals; so if you have some good old boards or posters or decals, fins, mags, etc etc bring out on Saturday for expert "Roadshow" style appraisals.

    Hope to see you all there.

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    Boardroom open to public

    Thanks for the kind words. Podcast is plodding along; trying to get it going more consistent. The Boardroom is OPEN to the public; first time Surf Expo has allowed a consumer event. Should be a good event;

    We should do some sort of U Stream of the event... so many good ideas... so little time...

    By the way; we'll be doing surf memorabilia/collectible appraisals; so if you have some good old boards or posters or decals, fins, mags, etc etc bring out on Saturday for expert "Roadshow" style appraisals.

    Hope to see you all there.

  9. This sounds amazing... I will tell my big bro to get into it. He is awesome at it.

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    They did one of these at the board room in Jacksonville and it was really cool.