Words: Florian Saylor
This year, the 2018 Boardroom Tradeshow honored Marc Andreini and featured a couple twists to the usual format of the shaping contest. Instead of all shapers shaping just one board, Marc opted for a man-on-man heat format, with single eliminations. He also decided a new board would be introduced to be shaped at each level (semi-finals and finals) and also the shapers weren't allowed to use any measuring devices.
The final came down to Wayne Rich and wildcard Travis Reynolds. Marc Andreini pulled out his Glider model to be shaped, and the shapers quickly got to working in their bays. The finished shapes were then judged by Marc Andreini and Scott Anderson of Anderson Surfboards. After some back and forth in between judges, Travis Reynolds was awarded the winner.
In addition to all the action during the shaping contest, the tradeshow this year had an overall record-breaking attendance. The tradeshow also gave exhibitors an option to enter both a airbrush contest, as well as a resin colorwork contest.
Both of these "Best in Show" contests feature boards that are created ahead of time and then brought to the tradeshow for contest entry. Barry Snyder took home the win for Best Airbrush, and Night Train Surfboards came in first for their Best Resin Color-Work. Hansen and Dick Brewer Surfboards took second place in these categories, respectively.
There was some buzz about them running the winter Boardroom tradeshow in Santa Cruz this year. We will wait and see!
~ Shaper Supply Booth ~
~ Colorkast Booth ~