Bubble Gum Surf Wax Sponsors Chunk Of Foam Challenge


Three East Coast Craftsman prepare for unique challenge during THE BOARDROOM


Three East Coast Craftsman prepare for unique challenge during THE BOARDROOM

(Orlando, Florida, Wednesday, August 14, 2013)--Bubble Gum Surf Wax has signed on to be the presenting sponsor of the Chunk of Foam Challenge. 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 $1,000. The Chunk of Foam Challenge takes place during The Boardroom at Surf Expo in Orlando, Florida, September 7-8.

"Bubble Gum Surf Wax has been keeping surfers glued to their boards for decades," says Britt Galland, wax maestro at Bubble Gum. "This unique shaping competition will have the public glued to the unfolding action within the Chunk of Foam Challenge shaping bay. We're honored, and it makes perfect sense, to have the Bubble Gum brand associated with the core of the surf industry--the shapers."

According to The Boardroom show Director Scott Bass: "I've produced nine shaping events since 2007, but never one this raw. I threw this concept onto Facebook a few months ago and it's received plenty of attention. Americans are thirsty for authentic craftsmanship. This challenge helps to highlight surfboard shaping, the craft of board building, and the very core of the surf industry."

Three shapers, including three-time Icons of Foam Tribute to the Masters winner Ricky Carroll, will try their hand at crafting a surfboard out of a block of foam. The other two shapers participating in the Chunk of Foam Challenge presented by Bubble Gum Surf Wax are legendary Right Coast craftsman in their own right: Juan Rodriguez of One World Surf Designs, and Stuart Sharpe of Sharpe Shapes.


The Chunk of Foam Challenge will kick off with the ceremonial spinning of the wheel. There will be three surfboard designs on the wheel, and whichever design the arrow lands on determines the surfboard the shapers will be asked to replicate. All three shapers will replicate the same surfboard design.


Each shaper will be allowed to check out the surfboard (hold it, feel its rails, and dwell on its intricacies) for 60 seconds. That's all. The surfboard is then put behind stanchions for viewing only. No one is allowed within ten feet of the board.


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, and no rocker bars.


Each shaper is allowed three hours. The time limit is will be strictly enforced.


A select panel of uniquely qualified distinguished, and subtly gray-haired judges will determine the winner.


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 who can create a board using just their hands, a few primitive tools and their inner vision?

This is an intriguing, entertaining, and fun opportunity to lift up and exalt the craft of shaping surfboards.

The Boardroom at Surf Expo Happens September 7-8, 2013

· Open to the Public at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida!

· 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 and surf equipment

· Live music, art, film, and culture

For information on exhibiting your surfboards or surf equipment at The Boardroom contact Nikki Houston (nhouston@boardroomshow.com) or Scott Bass )scott@boardroomshow.com).

About THE BOARDROOM at Surf Expo
Thousands of surfers from all over Florida and the Eastern Seaboard will convene to celebrate all things surfing. The Boardroom is a consumer surf show focusing on the equipment needed to go surfing: surfboards, fins, wax, wetsuits, leashes, bags, board shorts, sunglasses, sun screen, surf travel agencies and much more. Deep down there are only two things a surfer really cares about, waves and the equipment to ride them with.

Back in the summer of 1984, in a sun-bathed kitchen in Leucadia, California, Britt Galland, just two years out of San Dieguito High School, along with his brother Grant, invented Bubble Gum Surf Wax. Now no matter who smells Bubble Gum Surf Wax, they're brought back to an earlier place in time; it's like being a kid in summertime again, running around with a pocket full of Bazooka bubble gum. Bubble Gum wax has been keeping the feet of surfers the world over glued to their boards.