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    Sacred Craft Surfboard Expo This Weekend at Ventura County Fairgrounds

    Renny-adweb-10in Surfboard aficionados rejoice, the Sacred Craft Surfboard Expo is coming to the Ventura Fairgrounds again this weekend, April 10 and 11. We had a great time at last year's Sacred Craft Expo, especially watching the Tribute to the Masters Shape-off honoring the late John Bradbury's high-performance shortboard shapes.

    Fletcher Chouinard and the Patagonia surf crew will be attending Sacred Craft again this year. Stop by the FCD/Patagonia booth and get a coupon for 10% off anything at Fletcher Chouinard Designs (discount limited to current inventory only, no store transfers, no custom orders). Patagonia surf ambassador Gerry Lopez will be at the booth on Saturday from 12-3 hanging out and signing copies of his book Surf Is Where You Find It.

    This year's Tribute to the Masters Shape-off will honor Santa Barbara legend, Renny Yater, and his unique Yater Spoon longboard design. Recreating Renny's designs will be Todd Proctor, Nick Pallandrini, Dennis Ryder, Michel Junod, Matt Moore and Wayne Rich.

    According to Sacred Craft, "The six shapers will each be allotted two hours in the US Blanks shaping bay in which to replicate a classic Yater Spoon. The Yater Spoon, a board that won the heart of Miki Dora, as well as thousands of other surfers, is not an easy board to craft. The shapers will be put to task as the Yater Spoon offers unique volume changes, bottom roll and rail foils. The winning shaper will receive a check from US Blanks for $1000."

    Hit the jump for a detailed schedule of the two-day event, some videos from last year and a few photos of my Yater Spoon.

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    [At first glance, the Yater Spoon looks like a classic longboard. This one's 10' even.]

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    [But once you catch a glimpse of the step-deck you'll see what makes the board unique. First shaped in 1965, the idea was to make the board lighter and easier to turn by thinning out the nose.]

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    [Notice the ripples in the stringers where the step-deck occurs.]

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    [The profile view reveals why the "Spoon" moniker was chosen.]

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    [A great shape I love to ride and look forward to seeing others re-create.]

    SACRED CRAFT CONSUMER SURFBOARD EXPO

    WHO: Surfers, Shapers, Designers, Craftsman, Manufacturers
    WHAT: Surfboards and the culture that flows from them.
    WHEN: April 10 & 11 2010; Sat. 10am-6pm; Sun. 10am-4pm
    WHERE: Ventura County Fairgrounds @ C Street
    WHY: Because surfers really only care about two things; waves and the equipment to ride them with.
    HOW: $10 at the door includes TransWorld SURF subscription and door prizes including surfboards and one week stay at Joyo's G-Land Surf Camp.

    SATURDAY APRIL 10th 

    7:00a:  MAGICAL MORNING SURFBOARD DEMO presented by Transworld SURF @ C Street lot - Stables area - free to the public!

    10:00a: C STREET surfboard demo ends

    10:00a: DOORS OPEN to Sacred Craft Consumer Surf Expo including SurfersVillage Grotto w/ Rob Havassy's Surf Story Project artists collective studio & gallery and the Korduroy.tv short films lounge.

    10:00a: LIVE SHAPING demo Michel Junod (9am start) "Tribute to the Masters" competition honoring Renny Yater presented by US Blanks

    10:00a: COLLECTIBLE SURFBOARD & surf memorabilia 'roadshow' style appraisals presented by PRIMO BEER Barry Haun, Kirk Putnam, Sam George, Chris Simpson, Steve Pezman, Joe Tabler, Irwin Spitz, Keith Maynard Eshelman & Bird Huffman; others TBD

    10:00a: YOUNG GUNS OF SHAPING - live shaping demo Ryan Lovelace presented by Bubblegum Surf Wax

    10:30a: LIVE MUSIC presented by Rhythm - Boo Stubbs

    11:15a: LIVE SHAPING demo Wayne Rich "Tribute to the Masters" competition honoring Renny Yater presented by US Blanks

    11:30a: YOUNG GUNS OF SHAPING - live shaping demo Andrew Doheny PacSun USA National Surf Team member; presented by Bubblegum Surf Wax

    12:15p: LIVE MUSIC presented by Rhythm - Kevin White

    1:00p:  SURF NERD trivia game World Champ Peter Townend Vs. World Champ Shaun Tomson presented by Transworld SURF

    1:30p:  LIVE SHAPING demo Todd Proctor "Tribute to the Masters" competition honoring Renny Yater presented by US Blanks

    2:00p:  LIVE MUSIC presented by Rhythm - Seth Pettersen and the Undertow

    2:00p:  YOUNG GUNS OF SHAPING - live shaping demo Tanner Prairie presented by Bubblegum Surf Wax

    3:45p:  LIVE SHAPING demo Dennis Ryder "Tribute to the Masters" competition honoring Renny Yater presented by US Blanks

    4:00p:  LIVE MUSIC presented by Rhythm - Roman Alexander and The Robbery

    4:00p:  LIVE SHAPING demo Twinzer provocateur Will Jobson presented by Bubblegum Surf Wax

    6:00p:  DOORS CLOSED


    SUNDAY APRIL 11

    10:00a: DOORS OPEN to Sacred Craft Consumer Surf Expo including SurfersVillage Grotto w/ Rob Havassy's Surf Story Project artists collective studio & gallery and the Korduroy.tv short films lounge.

    10:00a: LIVE SHAPING demo Matt Moore "Tribute to the Masters" competition honoring Renny Yater presented by US Blanks.

    11:00a: LIVE MUSIC presented by Rhythm - Will Jobson & Friends

    11:00a: SEMINAR/DISCUSSION S.E.R.F. Academy Academy combines a challenging College Prep Curriculum with Environmental, Humanitarian and Ocean Studies in a setting embracing Outdoor Education, Community Involvement and Surfing. Presented by Bubble Gum Surf Wax.

    11:00a: LIVE SHAPING demo Northern LA's Ian Zamora presented by PRIMO BEER.

    11:45a: SEMINAR/DISCUSSION Standup Paddling Ethics and Impact - Sam George moderates an explosive issue with panel experts. Presented by Bubble Gum Surf Wax.

    12:15p: LIVE SHAPING demo Nick Palandrani "Tribute to the Masters" competition honoring Renny Yater presented by US Blanks.

    12:30p: LIVE SHAPING demo Gary Murphy of Brownfish Handplanes shapes wooden handplane. Get close to the source! presented by PRIMO BEER.

    1:00p:  LIVE GLASSING DEMO - Solarez Zerovoc UV Cure Epoxy Coating Of EPS Blanks Gary Fisher and Mike Richardson of Wahoo International Inc, makers of Solarez UV-Cure resins, will be demonstrating their new 3-minute cure resin for glassing EPS blanks. Imagine shaping your EPS blank in the morning and surfing it before noon. Now imagine doing that with a resin that is eco-friendly and incredibly tough. The new resin, ZEROVOC is exactly what the name implies, Zero VOCs (vapors). It is a one-part system with no toxic or flammable vapors or hardeners that can cause allergies to glassers. The insurgence of so many EPS blanks in recent years has prompted the need for a clean, fast method to glass a strong, light board. ZEROVOC is it. Presented by Bubble Gum Surf Wax.  *In addition Foam E-Z and Entropy Bio will be laminating in their Booth # F9 on Sat & Sun.

    1:00p: LIVE MUSIC presented by Rhythm - Surfer/Shaper/Musician Ashley Lloyd & Friends

    2:00p: SEMINAR/DISCUSSION Fins: Facts and Fiction - Curtis Hesselgrave and Glenn Hening An Overview of recent developments in fin design as presented at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography during the 8th Annual Groundswell Society Conference in 2009. Presented by Bubble Gum Surf Wax.

    2:30p: JUDGING - Tribute to the Masters shaping competition honoring Renny Yater. Presented by US Blanks. Renny Yater, Lauren Yater, Kirk Putnam, Roger Nance.

    3:30p: CHECK PRESENTATION $1000 Tribute to the Masters shaping competition honoring Renny Yater. Presented by US Blanks.

    3:30p: LUCKY WINNER ANNOUNCED - Surfboard & surf trip at Joyo's G-Land Surf Camp.

    4:00p: EXPO CLOSES - See you next year!

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    Some videos from last year's event:

    [Video: "2009 Sacred Craft Surfboard Expo - Gerry Lopez & FCD" shot and edited by Tim Davis; music by Rey Fresco]

    [Video: "What Board Are You Riding Now?" from Curious Gabe on Vimeo.]

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