Just back from Sacred Craft in Ventura, California. What a great show and scene. The show promised “the widest category range of surfboard designs ever assembled” and boy did it deliver! Heaps of beautiful surfboards — from historical 1940’s boards that were surfed at Rincon back in the day, to modern short boards, hulls, eggs, long boards — you name it.
The show is really focused on hand shaped, custom boards and as such, many shapers were on hand and were happily discussing board design with stoked attendees. Another interesting part of the show was the “Tribute to the Masters Shape-off” honoring legendary Santa Barbara shaper, Renny Yater. The shape-off featured six shapers (Todd Proctor, Wayne Rich, Matt Moore, Michel Junod, Nick Palandrani, Dennis Ryder) replicating a classic Yater Spoon. The shapers did their thing on the show room floor in a hermetically sealed shaping bay(!) while attendees could watch them shape in real time. The shaper who most closely replicated the classic spoon won $1,000.
Expo Director, Scott Bass, summed up the show best, stating “It is not fair and quite frankly rather impossible to pigeon-hole the exhibitors into any one category,” said Expo Director Scott Bass. “Really the only category on display at Sacred Craft is passion; a passion that manifests itself as a cornucopia of surf design ideas with limitless synergy.”
If you ever get the chance to check out Sacred Craft, do it, you won’t be disappointed.