Mark your calendars for the fourth annual “Billabong Art of Shaping Event,” which will be held October 8th and 9th 2011 at the Sacred Craft Consumer Surfboard Expo at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in Del Mar, CA. This years’ “Billabong Art of Shaping: Los Angeles County Edition” event will feature 24 of the top shapers from Los Angeles county.
In addition to the shaped boards, there will be book signings, surfboard giveaways, and great deals on surfboards, wetsuits, LB skateboards, art, gear and more.
The list of confirmed participating shapers includes Scott Anderson, Joe Bark, Jose Barahona, Clyde Beatty, Matt Calvani, Lance Carson, Bing Copeland, Robbie Dick, Bruce Grant, Tyler Hatzikian, Brian Hilbers, Jeff Ho, Hap Jacobs, Dennis Jarvis, Don Kadowaki, Glen Kennedy, Greg Liddle, Casey McCrystal, Jed Noll, Pat Ryan, Mike Stavros, Jeff Stoner, Jerry O’Keefe and Michael Zippi. All invited participating shapers received a check from Billabong for $600 to be used towards materials, and the winner will be awarded $2,000 from Billabong.
The concept of the “Billabong Art of Shaping Event” is to showcase the talent of LA County surfboard shapers and craftsmen by allowing them to build boards that highlight their particular contribution or influence on the evolution of the surfboard over a particular span in time. Shapers are invited and encouraged to “create a board representing the era, style, or shape they are best known for or relate to”; or, whatever best motivates their creativity and talent.
The booths will be hosted by members of the Art of Shaping LA County Advisory Board, which includes John Leininger of Becker Surfboards. Collectively, there will be an extensive knowledge of LA shapers and their accomplishments.
Entries will be displayed in The Billabong Art of Shaping showcase and auction arena at the Sacred Craft consumer surfboard expo along with full sized images of the shaper himself and a profile that includes information on the board he chose to build, his company or label, and his shaping history or career.
Since the “Billabong Art of Shaping LA County Event” is a charity event, the winner of the competition is the shaper of the board that brings in the highest auction price at the Live Auction held Saturday night, October 8th; and thus becomes the largest single donor to 2011 SIMA Humanitarian Fund Grant recipients, the beneficiaries chosen for this years’ “Billabong Art of Shaping Event”.
The public auction will be at 6PM at the Sacred Craft Consumer Surfboard Expo – Del Mar Fairgrounds. Cost is $10 at the door; kids 12 & under free with a Free Subscription to Surfer Magazine. For more information check out http://www.billabong.com/artofshaping/ Continue reading