Nineties era Kelly Slater design replicated beautifully by Marechal
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 9 May, 2017 - A packed house at The Boardroom International Surfboard Show watched Rex Marechal, of Forresters Beach, NSW Australia, claim the 2017 Icons of Foam Tribute to the Masters Shape-off. The shape-off competition featured 11 shapers all attempting to replicate a classic Kelly Slater surfboard shaped by this years Icon of Foam honoree Al Merrick.
“I can’t believe it. I’m over the moon,” said Marechal. “I’m so stoked to be able to come up with the goods. What an honor to win the Al Merrick Shape-off. Al is such an inspiration. He impacted our designs so much: year after year, decade after decade. And to compete against this incredible pool of international talent -- it is quite an honor. ”
The ten international shapers were: defending champ Nick Palandrani, Chris Christenson, Johnny Cabianca, Ward Coffey, Wayne Rich, Roger Hinds, Ryan Sakal, Gary McNeil, Matt Kinoshita, Zack Flores and eventual winner Rex Marechal. Each was asked to replicate the same exact board, one of Kelly Slater’s personal boards from early in his career, circa 1990.
They each received 1.5 hours in the shaping bay and the boards judged by Icon of Foam honoree Al Merrick. US Blanks provided all the foam for the event and $1K was awarded to Marechal and his name etched into the Icons of Foam Tribute to the Masters Mike Marshall perpetual trophy.
Nick Palandrani of Source Surfboards took top honors in Best in Show presented by Ziobaffa Organic Wines with his Six Shooter Channel Bottom
Michael Russo’s MUSIC single fin channel bottom by Rusty Preisendorfer was honorable mention in Best in Show.
15 boards laminated on-site in the Douglas Surf Products lamination demo
171 autographs by Al Merrick
6201 people attended the show
154 surfboards were sold
11 surfboards given away
48 custom surfboard orders written
42 minutes for Al, Britt Merrick, & Simon Kile to judge the 11 shaped blanks
14,788 skate runs on the CARVER Wave Bank
56 vintage and unique surfboards sold at California Gold Surf Auction.
VIPS in attendance included Joe Roper, Taylor Knox, Lisa Anderson, Debbie Beachem, Rob Machado, Alex Gray, Shaun Tomson, Peter Townend, Tia Blanco, Bob Mignona, Malcolm Campbell, Duncan Campbell, Todd Richards, Reno Abellira, Carl Ekstrom, Steve Pendarvis, Hamish Graham, Randy Rarick, Paul Naude, Sam Cody, Matt Calvani, Gregory Harrison and others.