Born in Hermosa Beach, he grew up near the Pollard Valley factory, which is famous for Bing, Jacobs and Gregnor. Starting surfing in the early 60’s, he met Bing’s head shaper at the age of nine. In 1984 he spent 14 years as a head shaper under Jacobs. Shaping for five years for his best friend Dewey Weber. In 1993, she began shaping in the room next to Renee Yatter in the original Santa Barbara Surf Shop building. In the 2011 BRS, she won the shaping contest.
Ricky is from New Smyrna Beach, Florida has been shaping for over 40 years and from a craftsman perspective, surpasses Kelly Slater as Florida’s favorite son. Ricky has won the Boardroom’s Icons of Foam Shape-off competition a record three times, and he won back-to-back the first too years in 2007 honoring Mike Diffenderfer and in 2008 honoring Bill Caster; then again Carroll won in 2012 honoring Mark Richards. Cool side note: Ricky plays the drums in a band. He’s very good.
Born and raised in Southern California, Chris was passionate about surfing from a young age. Chris grew up watching his neighbor shape a surfboard in the garage. When he was 18, he went on to college and borrowed his neighbor’s equipment to shape his first board. That was the beginning of his shaping. In 1992, Chris started his career development after six years of apprenticeship with Dick Brewer. Completed Dick’s skills, and the effects of skip and fly, and gained the ability to design and create surfboards of any size.
Latest surf equipment presentations
Presenting the latest surf equipment at each exhibition booth. You can check the items you want to try this summer, including boards, wet suits, clothes, fins and accessories. Limited sales of professional use items are also planned.
Surfboard shaping contest : Presented by US BLANKS
With the theme decided, the participants will shape the board in a special shape room in the venue in 90 minutes and three host shapers will judge the boards. There will be talk sessions and discussions after the contest.
Surfboard Shaping Demonstrations : Presented by US BLANKS
A chance to see board shaping live. In the special shape room in the hall, shaper of event participating brand performs shaping. You should feel something from the scene where the form is cut and the board is born.
Talk shows & sessions
We will hold talk sessions with host shapers and visiting shapers. If you see them in the hall, you would like to talk freely like on the beach.
Vintage board garage sale
Find a treasure and get it!
Dave & Austin Karama will talk about foil surfing
Real Waterman, Dave Karama and his son Austin will be at the site on the 17th (Fri). It is an opportunity to know about the latest information about foil surfing from Karama family who is leading foil surfing scene. [TBA: timetable]
IN THE BEGINNING IT WAS ALL ABOUT THE SURFBOARD.
… The only thing that mattered. From ancient Polynesia to the WSL World Tour; from Waikiki to Maverick’s; from The Endless Summer to Surfline; as the eras passed what we’ve worn or said or listened to or traveled to or read or watched are just sidebars on surfing’s timeline. Because the history of our sport is the history of the surfboard. Nothing has defined the surfing experience more than that on which we ride the waves. Nothing defines the surfer more than his (or her) surfboard. So much more than a tool,the surfboard is the philosophical icon, a sacred craft, a culturally pervasive symbol of freedom, adventure and enduring youth.
This is why the surfboard builder was once the primary arbiter of surfing culture, from those early Hawaiian kahunas to the first wave of board manufactures in the early 1960s. Think back:Hobie, Hansen, Bing, Weber, Noll, Jacobs, Haut, et al. These labels –the surfboards they produced and the way this product was marketed–shaped surf culture, both literally and figuratively. It was all about the ride–what you wore came second.
Yet as the decade passed, the emphasis shifted away from the surfboard. The surf magazines became the main cultural hub, establishing ethical and aesthetic boundaries and ultimately marginalizing the role of the surfboard in their increasingly narrow portrayal of the sport.According to the surf mags throughout much of the 1980s and ‘90s there was only one way to surf: a mono-board culture.
At the same time the burgeoning surf wear industry began to eclipse all other commercial elements of the sport. Riding a swell of endorsement –based marketing, these soft good companies became our cultural leaders, creating the imagery and feeding it to a media who, in turn, fed this pre-digested vision back to us: a mirror with no backing, that only reflected outward.
This is not to say there’s been any sort of deliberate attempt to commoditize our passion; the surf media is not evil, they’re just off track a bit. Our culture arises from riding surfboards on waves. It is all about the surfboard; has always been about the surfboard. Since 2007 THE BOARDROOM has reasserted and maintained this philosophy. To put the surfboard–and the modern day kahunas who craft and design them—back at the forefront of surf culture. At THE BOARDROOM we place surf culture, its influence, its importance, its responsibility, back in the hands of the artisans who shape our sacred craft- and ultimately our future.
Please join us as we showcase builders, designers, craftsman, surfboards, essential surf equipment, gear, art, music & more.