Sacred Craft Surfboard Expo Highlights

TransWorld SURF correspondent Tania Milberg reports from the TransWorld SURF “Magical Morning” surfboard demo before heading to the Sacred Craft Surfboard Expo at the Ventura County Fairgrounds.

Wayne Rich Victorious At The Sacred Craft “Tribute To The Masters” Shape-Off; Event Honored Legendary Shaper Renny Yater

wayne-richIt was a Masters weekend in more ways than one. A humble and emotional Wayne Rich took top honors at the Sacred Craft Expo’s “Tribute to the Masters Shape-off” competition honoring Renny Yater presented by US Blanks. The competition was part of the two-day Sacred Craft Surfboard Expo.

“I’m so stoked and humbled, and just thrilled,” said Rich, as his voice filled with emotion. “This man (Renny Yater) is a like a father figure to many of us, and to compete against these great shapers is a very, very big honor. I worked next to Renny for a long time, and perhaps some of that Yater mojo actually did wear off on me!”

Six shapers including Rich, Todd Proctor, Michel Junod, Nick Palandrani, Matt Moore and Dennis Ryder each replicated a classic Yater Spoon. Renny Yater, his son Lauren and Marc Andreini spent an hour judging the six shaped blanks and then announced Wayne Rich as the winner.

Rich’s name will be inscribed next to 2X winner Ricky Carroll (Diffenderfer, Caster) and Pat Rawson (Brewer) on the “Tribute to the Masters Mike Marshall Trophy”. Rich also pocketed $1000 for his victory.

Carl Ekstrom’s 5′ 8″ Asymmetrical Quad/Keel won Sacred Craft’s “Best of Show” award. Sacred Craft honors one surfboard shaper/designer/manufacturer with the Best of Show award for a surfboard that uses cutting edge technology and/or outside-of-the-box design concepts. Ekstrom’s masterpiece was chosen slightly ahead of Danny Hess’s wood perimeter/EPS constructed quad. Ekstrom was awarded a complimentary booth at the next Sacred Craft Expo.

Later this week, one lucky winner will receive 7days/6 nights at Joyos G-Land Surf Camp. Another winner will receive a new surfboard. The winning announcements will take place on on Friday, April 16.

For many, the highlight of the show is watching shapers carve out new boards. Photo: Hunter
For many, the highlight of the show is watching shapers carve out new boards. Photo: Hunter

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