Photo Gallery: 2010 Sacred Craft Surfboard Expo

The legendry Simon Anderson with one of his early Nectar Surfboards thrusters. Photo: jackenglish.com
The legendary Simon Anderson with one of his early Nectar Surfboards thrusters, a design he invented and was honored for at the show. Photo: jackenglish.com

About The Sacred Craft Consumer Surfboard Expo
The Sacred Craft Consumer Surfboard Expo is and always has been about the surfboard. As surfers, we are passionate about our surfboards, shapers, designers, manufacturers and the culture that flows from each of these. As show director Scott Bass says, “Surfers really only care about two things: waves and the equipment to ride them with.” Enjoy the show and photos!

Surfboard shaper/designer Carl Ekstrom is a futurist, and the future looks pretty crazy. Photo: Koteen
Surfboard shaper/designer Carl Ekstrom is a futurist, and the future looks pretty crazy. Photo: Koteen
Custom shaped bodysurf handguns at Tom Wegener's Sacred Craft booth. Photo: Koteen
Custom shaped bodysurf handguns at Tom Wegener's Sacred Craft booth. Photo: Koteen
Tom Wegener's booth was full of alaias and other weird craft like hand guns and these bodyboard looking things. Photo: Koteen
Tom Wegener's booth was full of alaias and other weird craft like hand guns and these bodyboard looking things. Photo: Koteen
This is Mark Price over at the Firewire booth showing off their new software that lets people do custom dimensions for Firewire models. It's pretty amazing, not only can you do dimension tweaks, but it also spits out a 3-D image of the board for you to check out. The software actually has a lot more bells and whistles, which we'll be telling you more about soon. Photo: Koteen
This is Mark Price over at the Firewire booth showing off their new software that lets people do custom dimensions for Firewire models. It's pretty amazing, not only can you do dimension tweaks, but it also spits out a 3-D image of the board for you to check out. The software actually has a lot more bells and whistles, which we'll be telling you more about soon. Photo: Koteen
Here's another asymmetrical board, a classic courtesy of Rusty from way back in the day. The stringer says
Here's another asymmetrical board, a classic courtesy of Rusty from way back in the day. The stringer says "For H.H. 'What the *#%?'" Photo: Koteen
The uses and accessories for stand up paddling seem to grow by the day. This is a fishing kit from Board Fisher that straps down to the deck, keeping your gear intact. Photo: Koteen
The uses and accessories for stand up paddling seem to grow by the day. This is a fishing kit from Board Fisher that straps down to the deck, keeping your gear intact. Photo: Koteen
Sacred Craft glassing demo. Photo: Koteen
Sacred Craft glassing demo. Photo: Koteen
This an interesting board over at the Spirare Surfboards booth. Kevin Cunningham is the shaper/designer, he came all the way out from Rhode Island to do the show. This one is a wood core, made out of thin veneers, then surrounded by balsa. Photo: Koteen
This an interesting board over at the Spirare Surfboards booth. Kevin Cunningham is the shaper/designer, he came all the way out from Rhode Island to do the show. This one is a wood core, made out of thin veneers, then surrounded by balsa. Photo: Koteen
The one thing missing from Sacred Craft is a ton of hot chicks...we felt in necessary to sprinkle in a few from the ASR show. Photo: jackenglish.com
The one thing missing from Sacred Craft is a ton of hot chicks...we felt in necessary to sprinkle in a few from the ASR show. Photo: jackenglish.com

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Simon Anderson's partner in developing the thruster, Gary McNabb from Nectar Surfboards. Photo: jackenglish.com
Simon Anderson's partner in developing the thruster, Gary McNabb from Nectar Surfboards. Photo: jackenglish.com
Big wave surfer, contest organizer, and master shaper Gary Linden. Photo: jackenglish.com
Big wave surfer, contest organizer, and master shaper Gary Linden. Photo: jackenglish.com
Bruce Jones shows off the strength of his surfboards. Photo: Checky
Bruce Jones shows off the strength of his surfboards. Photo: Checky
Mauricio Gil from Sharp Eye surfboards with a unique tail patch. Photo: jackenglish.com
Mauricio Gil from Sharp Eye surfboards with a unique tail patch. Photo: jackenglish.com
Master Brazilian shaper Xanadu with some of his new creations. Photo: jackenglish.com
Master Brazilian shaper Xanadu with some of his new creations. Photo: jackenglish.com
Will and Jason Bennett at Chemistry surfboards. Bennett was the youngest shaper to participate in the Simon Anderson shape off. Photo: Koteen
Will and Jason Bennett at Chemistry surfboards. Bennett was the youngest shaper to participate in the Simon Anderson shape off. Photo: Koteen
Kevin Cunningham's "Honeycomb Hideout" themed design. Photo: Koteen
Kevin Cunningham's "Honeycomb Hideout" themed design. Photo: Koteen
Over at the HydroFlex booth they had this crazy asymmetrical board by Matt Biolas. As if it weren't tripping enough, they went ahead a threw in rasta colored fin boxes. There were actually a lot of asymmetrical boards floating around the show. Photo: Koteen
Over at the HydroFlex booth they had this crazy asymmetrical board by Matt Biolas. As if it weren't tripping enough, they went ahead a threw in rasta colored fin boxes. There were actually a lot of asymmetrical boards floating around the show. Photo: Koteen
This is mad man Peter Schroff's contribution to the Orange County Art Of Shaping exhibit. There were a ton of cool boards created just for the show, this one takes the cake for most out there. Photo: Koteen
This is mad man Peter Schroff's contribution to the Orange County Art Of Shaping exhibit. There were a ton of cool boards created just for the show, this one takes the cake for most out there. Photo: Koteen
Perhaps we can do a TransWorld SURF Model Search at the next Sacred Craft Surfboard Expo? The girls prancing around ASR would be perfect! Photo: jackenglish.com
Perhaps we can do a TransWorld SURF Model Search at the next Sacred Craft Surfboard Expo? The girls prancing around ASR would be perfect! Photo: jackenglish.com

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With the ASR trade show pretty flatlining, Sacred Craft and the few girls on the floor of the trade show were the highlights of this past weekend in San Diego. Photo: jackenglish.com
With the ASR trade show pretty flatlining, Sacred Craft and the few girls on the floor of the trade show were the highlights of this past weekend in San Diego. Photo: jackenglish.com
The Reef girls are always a hit at ASR... Photo: jackenglish.com
The Reef girls are always a hit at ASR... Photo: jackenglish.com
Michael Baron of Byrne Surfboards with the one and only Tom Carroll. Photo: jackenglish.com
Michael Baron of Byrne Surfboards with the one and only Tom Carroll. Photo: jackenglish.com
Rusty Preisendorfer and his lovely wife checking out the Sacred Craft Surfboard Expo. Photo: jackenglish.com
Rusty Preisendorfer and his lovely wife checking out the Sacred Craft Surfboard Expo. Photo: jackenglish.com
Carl Ekstrom's unique asymmetrical board. Photo: jackenglish.com
Carl Ekstrom's unique asymmetrical board. Photo: jackenglish.com
That airbrush on the left could create a problem when paddling... Photo: jackenglish.com
That airbrush on the left could create a problem when paddling... Photo: jackenglish.com
Marko Foam is one of the several companies that are filling the foam void created after Clark Foam shut down a few years ago. Photo: jackenglish.com
Marko Foam is one of the several companies that are filling the foam void created after Clark Foam shut down a few years ago. Photo: jackenglish.com
As evidenced by these sticks and many more at the Sacred Craft show, wider and shorter seems to be a recurring theme in surfboard design. Photo: jackenglish.com
As evidenced by these sticks and many more at the Sacred Craft show, wider and shorter seems to be a recurring theme in surfboard design. Photo: jackenglish.com
Bill Stewart's surfboard with headlamps...apparently the lights work pretty well and if you think about how many waves go unridden at night this idea is just the tip of the night-surfing iceberg. Photo: jackenglish.com
Bill Stewart's surfboard with headlamps...apparently the lights work pretty well and if you think about how many waves go unridden at night this idea is just the tip of the night-surfing iceberg. Photo: jackenglish.com
After a 50 year hiatus, balsa is back! Photo: jackenglish.com
After a 50 year hiatus, balsa is back! Photo: jackenglish.com

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At what point does a surfboard become a piece of art? Photo: jackenglish.com
At what point does a surfboard become a piece of art? Photo: jackenglish.com
...Lost shaper and Tribute to the Masters Shape-off honoring Simon Anderson presented by US Blanks winner Matt Biolos. Photo: jackenglish.com
...Lost shaper and Tribute to the Masters Shape-off honoring Simon Anderson presented by US Blanks winner Matt Biolos. Photo: jackenglish.com
Before and after at the Sacred Craft Consumer Surfboard Expo. Photo: jackenglish.com
Before and after at the Sacred Craft Consumer Surfboard Expo. Photo: jackenglish.com
One of the best young up and coming shapers in California, Ryan Sakal displays one of his past creations. Photo: jackenglish.com
One of the best young up and coming shapers in California, Ryan Sakal displays one of his past creations. Photo: jackenglish.com
Chuy Reyna from Firewire Surfboards. Photo: jackenglish.com
Chuy Reyna from Firewire Surfboards. Photo: jackenglish.com
Looking for a custom fin? The you should've gone to Sacred Craft this past weekend! Photo: jackenglish.com
Looking for a custom fin? The you should've gone to Sacred Craft this past weekend! Photo: jackenglish.com
Sweet shred sleds at the Windigo Surfboards booth. Photo: jackenglish.com
Sweet shred sleds at the Windigo Surfboards booth. Photo: jackenglish.com
Joe Virgillo from Plus One Surfboards with one of their custom-shaped shortboards and a SUP in the background. Photo: jackenglish.com
Joe Virgillo from Plus One Surfboards with one of their custom-shaped shortboards and a SUP in the background. Photo: jackenglish.com
"Young Guns Of Shaping" competition winner Ryan Burch from Cardiff By The Sea, California. Photo: jackenglish.com
"Young Guns Of Shaping" competition winner Ryan Burch from Cardiff By The Sea, California. Photo: jackenglish.com
One of California's most respected shapers, Jeff "Doc" Lausch from Surf Prescriptions shows off his eclectic line of surfboards. Photo: jackenglish.com
One of California's most respected shapers, Jeff "Doc" Lausch from Surf Prescriptions shows off his eclectic line of surfboards. Photo: jackenglish.com
Mavericks pioneer and premier shaper Jeff Clark with one of his tow boards. Photo: jackenglish.com
Mavericks pioneer and premier shaper Jeff Clark with one of his tow boards. Photo: jackenglish.com
Kasey Curtis from Lokbox fins which are Taylor Knox ridden and approved. Photo: jackenglish.com
Kasey Curtis from Lokbox fins which are Taylor Knox ridden and approved. Photo: jackenglish.com
One of the least appreciated yet vital steps to building a surfboard is the glass job, Buy your local glasser a six pack next time you see him! Photo: jackenglish.com
One of the least appreciated yet vital steps to building a surfboard is the glass job, Buy your local glasser a six pack next time you see him! Photo: jackenglish.com

Matt Biolos Wins Tribute To The Masters Shape-Off Honoring Simon Anderson; Ryan Burch Tops Young Guns Of Shaping

San Diego, CA (August 16, 2010) — — Surfboard craftsman Matt Biolos bested five other shapers to win the Tribute to the Masters Shape-off honoring Simon Anderson presented by US Blanks during the Sacred Craft Consumer Surfboard Expo on Sunday. Biolos, the head shaper behind LOST Surfboards, competed against a field of stellar craftsman which included Pat Rawson, Brian Bulkley, Larry Mabile, Jason Bennett and Michael Barron. Biolos' name will be etched onto the Mike Marshall perpetual trophy and Biolos also received $1000, which he quickly offered to a local charity.

"This is a bit of redemption for me, as I am sometimes pegged as a guy who is only known for his marketing expertise, and maybe I don't get credit for my shaping ability," said Biolos in front of a large crowd on Sunday at Sacred Craft. "It is real honor to win this event, as Simon Anderson is a true legend."

"Matt's board was the clear winner and an easy choice, as the deck and nose rocker were spot on, and the bottom curve exact as well," said judge and tribute honoree Simon Anderson. "Of course all the boards were exceptionally shaped, and I am very honored to have these six great craftsman turn out for this event, it means a lot to me."

The other shaping competition during the weekend surfboard extravaganza was the Young Guns of Shaping presented by SIMR Surfboards. In that event four shapers under the age of 25 were given a massive 11-foot chunk of foam from which to carve out a surfboard. Cardiff-by-the-Sea's Ryan Burch bested DJ Kane, Gary Strahle, and Tyler Warren. Burch won $500 for his efforts and the praise of Young Guns shaping judge Rusty Preisendorfer.

"All four guys did an exceptional job given the monumental task they were given," said Preisendorfer. "Ryan's board had great balance, it was symmetrical and the overall flow of the shape was superior. Again, all four guys deserve a ton of credit, and I look forward to watching their shaping careers blossom."

The Sacred Craft Consumer Surfboard Expo took place on the August 14 & 15. Over 7000 stoked attendees enjoyed the surfboard expo which included live shaping, live glassing demos, artwork, music, a surfboard auction, and interaction with the elite shapers, designers and manufacturers of the surfboard industry.

About SACRED CRAFT
Sacred Craft is and always has been about the surfboard. We are passionate about our crafts, and about the craft: surfboards, shapers, designers, manufacturers and the culture that flows from the surfboard. Because surfers really only care about two things: waves and the equipment to ride them with.

About US BLANKS
Our comprehensive line-up of blanks is unmatched in both design and quality. Proven classic shapes, together with a larger and exciting new offering of cutting edge designs, puts US Blanks at the forefront of surfboard cores. Offering Polyurethane, Recycled "Green" Polyurethane, Molded EPS and Block EPS makes US Blanks the blank supplier of choice throughout the industry. Stay True To The Core.

About SIMR Surfboards
SIMR Surfboards was founded in 2007 when two San Diego shapers came together under one label. It wasn't until 2009 that SIMR, INC. was established and a collective shaping team decided to build a brand. SIMR was initially founded on three core commitments. (1) 100% Custom Surfboards. You will never see our surfboards on the rack in some surf shop. We don't make a board unless it is for a particular surfer. (2) Environmental Commitment. As surfers, we are the most aware of the footprint we leave behind. Our strong commitment to alternative inputs is only part of our environmental commitment. We also recognize our responsibility to offset our footprint through the support of groups like 1% for the Planet and the Surfrider Foundation. (3) Women In Action Sports. We made a decision that we would equally support the growth of women in action sports. These commitments are visible in the events we support and the team we have chosen to represent our brand. For more information about the products and efforts of SIMR Surfboards, please visit www.simrsurfboards.com.