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 www.transworldsurf.com 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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The surf-filled weekend kicked off with the TransWorld SURF "Magical Morning" surfboard demo at C-Street. Photo: Reyna

The surf-filled weekend kicked off with the TransWorld SURF "Magical Morning" surfboard demo at C-Street. Photo: Reyna

Chuy Reyna from Firewire unloads the Fire-van for the frothers. Photo: Reyna

Chuy Reyna from Firewire unloads the Fire-van for the frothers. Photo: Reyna

A "Magical Morning Surfboard Demo" attendee shreds C-Street on a loaner. Photo: Reyna

Despite some eggy wind and a cold front, a "Magical Morning Surfboard Demo" attendee shreds C-Street on a loaner. Photo: Reyna

A rad reed board outside of the Sacred Craft Surfboard Expo. Photo: Mimi

A rad reed board (similar to the ones used in ancient Peru) outside of the Sacred Craft Surfboard Expo. Photo: Mimi

Creative surfboard designs on the floor of the Sacred Craft Surfboard Expo in Ventura. Photo: Hunter

Creative surfboard designs on the floor of the Sacred Craft Surfboard Expo in Ventura. Photo: Hunter

Esteemed 805 surf photographer David Puu on the scene at the Sacred Craft Expo. Photo: Mimi

Esteemed 805 surf photographer David Puu on the scene at the Sacred Craft Expo. Photo: Mimi

Nearly eighty feet of classic surfboards in one photo; that's gotta be a twsurf.com record! Photo: Hunter

Nearly eighty feet of classic surfboards in one photo—that's gotta be a twsurf.com record! Photo: Hunter

Ryan Lovelace inspects his rail line while a father/son duo watch through the plexiglass. Photo: Mimi

Sacred Craft shaper Ryan Lovelace inspects his rail line while a father/son duo watch through the plexiglass. Photo: Mimi

Redwood stringer, balsa blank, and built by one of the mist iconic shapers in history; this Yater Spoon is priceless! Photo: Hunter

Redwood stringer, balsa blank, and built by one of the mist iconic shapers in history; this Yater Spoon is priceless! Photo: Hunter

Renowned surf artist Robb Havassy with some of his wares. Photo: Mimi

Renowned surf artist Robb Havassy with some of his wares. Photo: Mimi

Good luck explaining the airbrush on your new board (the one on the right obviously) to your chick... Photo: Mimi

Good luck explaining the airbrush on your new board (the one on the right obviously) to your chick... Photo: Mimi

A bit better than what we used to draw on the school books eh? Photo: Mimi

A bit better than what we used to draw on the school books, eh? Photo: Mimi

NorCal shaper Bill "Stretch" Reidel demonstrates the art of glassing. Photo: Mimi

NorCal shaper Bill "Stretch" Reidel demonstrates the art of glassing. Photo: Mimi

Stretch's superior glassing skills on exhibit at the Sacred Craft Surfboard Expo. Photo: Mimi

Stretch's superior glassing skills on exhibit at the Sacred Craft Surfboard Expo. Photo: Mimi

World Champions Shaun Tomson and Peter "PT" Townend battle it out on the set of TransWorld SURF's game show, "Surf Nerd". For the record, Shaun won. Photo: Mimi

World Champions Shaun Tomson (left) and Peter "PT" Townend battle it out on the set of TransWorld SURF's game show, "Surf Nerd". For the record, Shaun won. Photo: Mimi

Fins galore at Sacred Craft. Without these bad boys we'd be without any type of direction. Photo: Mimi

Beautiful and custom made fins at Sacred Craft Ventura. Photo: Mimi

Tanner Prairie shows no fear of the foam in the Sacred Craft shaping bay. Photo: Mimi

Tanner Prairie shows no fear of the foam in the Sacred Craft shaping bay. Photo: Mimi

Surfer/musician Will Jobson jamming on the Rhythm sound stage. Photo: Mimi

Surfer/musician Will Jobson jamming on the Rhythm sound stage. Photo: Mimi