The Boardroom To Honor Terry Martin

The Boardroom To Honor Legendary Shaper Terry Martin

(SAN CLEMENTE, CA., JULY 18, 2013) Attention surfboard lovers: in the Fall of 2013 the THE BOARDROOM will visit Orange County, California, for two days of surf culture including the world’s best surfboards, fins, wetsuits, board bags, leashes, cameras, techy gadgets and surf gear; plus live shaping, live laminating, exhibits, demos, art, movies, music and good times. The dates for the THE BOARDROOM are October 5 & 6 at the OC Fair & Event Center.

The Icons of Foam Tribute to the Masters Shape-off competition will honor legendary Southern California surfboard craftsman Terry Martin.

Last year, sadly, the surfboard world lost iconic craftsman Terry Martin. In a special memorial shaping tribute this July, The Boardroom at the OC Fair & Event Center will honor Martin during the Icons of Foam Tribute to the Masters Shape-off presented by US Blanks. Six shapers will receive the honor of replicating a classic Terry Martin surfboard. The winning shaper will receive $1K and their name inscribed upon the Mike Marshall perpetual trophy alongside past winners Ricky Carroll, Marc Andrieni, Pat Rawson, Wayne Rich, Matt Biolos & Ward Coffey.

“Last year was tough. We lost a truly humble, beautiful, classy and beloved father, shaper and surfer,” said Scott Bass, founder and show director of The Boardroom. “The grieving has mostly passed, and it is a fine time to honor Terry Martin’s shaping legacy and exalt his surfboard craftsmanship during the Icons of Foam Tribute to the Masters.”

Terry Martin, described by many as ‘The Machine’ because of his effortless and efficient shaping style, spent the majority of his 60-year shaping career working at the Hobie Surfboards factory. He averaged ten boards a day and surfed during lunch.

Martin helped to create signature models for legendary surfers including Corky Carroll, Gerry Lopez, and Wayne “Rabbit” Bartholomew. Mickey Munoz, a legendary shaper in his own right, described the big, bearded Martin as “giving, ethical, knowledgeable, passionate about shaping and surfing and the art of shaping; a friend, a real friend, a good friend; a brother. He was almost like a saint, if you will, just his consciousness and his demeanor.”

“Terry Martin took great joy in walking the aisles of past Boardroom shows greeting his friends and fellow craftsmen and talking story. He was always particularly interested in the Icons of Foam Tributes and loved to study the techniques of his fellow shapers. I think Terry might have had a hard time being featured in this way had he been able to attend the event… but to honor Terry and his talents as a shaper in this way is a wonderful tribute to this great man and iconic shaper” said Royce Cansler on behalf of the Martin family.

“Each year at the Icons of Foam Tribute, US Blanks is in awe of the talent level and inspirational shaping that takes place,” said Jeff Holtby of US Blanks. “This years’ lineup of shapers honoring Terry is jaw-dropping. We are again stoked to be a part of this special event.”

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