PRESS RELEASE – Last year, sadly, the surfboard world lost iconic craftsman Terry Martin. In a special memorial shaping tribute this July, The Boardroom at the US Open of Surfing will honor Martin during the Icons of Foam Tribute to the Masters Shape-off presented by US Blanks. Five shapers will receive the honor of replicating a classic Terry Martin surfboard.
"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.”
About The US Open of Surfing
The summer's biggest youth culture festival, the US Open of Surfing returns July 20 – 28 with 2013 marking the 20th anniversary of the prestigious surf contest, and 54 years of consistent, competitive surfing at the iconic Huntington Beach Pier. The nine-day event attracts crowds of upwards of one million people and showcases a 10-acre interactive festival featuring more than 100 surf, skate and cultural exhibits, autograph signings, concerts, guest emcees and prize giveaways. More information is available on www.usopenofsurfing.com.
About The Boardroom
The Boardroom, in one incarnation or another is the brainchild of former SURFER Magazine online editor Scott Bass and has been in existence since 2007. The idea was to highlight the surfboard shapers and give them a space to discuss design concepts, show their wares to the world and exalt the craftsmanship. The show has evolved from a pure consumer event to include a business-to-business environment with two trade-only days providing exhibitors one-on-one time with key retail buyers and media. The Boardroom will be held on the beach, within the footprint of the US Open of Surfing on July 23-24 (Trade Event) and July 26-27 (Open to the Public).
For more information and announcements, stay tuned to boardroomshow.com. For information on exhibiting at The Boardroom at the US Open, contact Scott Bass email@example.com or Nikki Houston at firstname.lastname@example.org.