The Boardroom, Trade Show, Del Mar, California

 Surfboards of varying shapes, designs and construction techniques will compete for BEST OF SHOW honors at THE BOARDROOM Consumer Trade Show in Del Mar, Ca., May 17 &18, 2014. The Boardroom’s BEST OF SHOW, presented by Surf Expo, is a fantastic opportunity for the public to see the surf industry’s finest work.
Each and every surfboard manufacturer / exhibitor will automatically be allowed one entry into the competition. A large area of the show floor will be set-aside for the crowd to view all of the Best of Show entries. A distinguished panel of experts will decide the five Best of Show category winners. There are five categories.

THE BOARDROOM BEST OF SHOW 2014 presented by Surf Expo Categories:

1) High Performance Shortboard (HPSB)
2) Longboard
3) Artistic
4) Alternative
5) Wood

2013 Best of Show winners as seen in upcoming issue of SURFER Magazine
“Surfers and the general public who attend The Boardroom will be in awe of the many creative and inspiring surfboards entered in Best of Show,” explained show director Scott Bass. “You will see imagination, expertise, craftsmanship, futuristic concepts and a passion for handmade perfection that sets the bar very high.”
The five winning boards and their manufacturers will be featured in a SURFER Magazine full-page ad in SURFER’s Annual Board Buyers Guide.
In addition to BEST OF SHOW, The Boardroom also features many exhibit and demos including the Icons of Foam Tribute to the Masters Shape-off presented by US Blanks honoring legendary Hawaiian shaper Ben Aipa.

 Surfers from all over
WHAT: Latest & greatest surfboards & gear for Summer 2014
WHEN: May 17 & 18, 2014
WHERE: Del Mar Fairgrounds, Wyland Exhibit Hall

WHY: Because surfers really only care about two things: 1) waves and 2) the equipment to ride them.

Two days of surf culture including the world’s FINEST contemporary surfboards, designs, technological innovations, fins, wetsuits, board bags, leashes, cameras, accessories, techy gadgets, board shorts and surf gear; plus live shaping & laminating, exhibits, demos, art, music and good times.

Europe, Florida, Hawaii & California to be represented during shape-off; Matt Calvani to defend at The Boardroom

(DEL MAR, CA., MARCH 19, 2014) — –The Boardroom Consumer Surfboard Tradeshow is pleased to announce the six shapers honoring Ben Aipa this May in Del Mar. A call went out to shapers around the world. Three were randomly selected from a large international pool. Two were personally selected by Ben Aipa. The final shaper of the six competing is defending champion Matt Calvani.

“We are humbled and extremely stoked to honor legendary Hawaiian surfer, shaper, waterman Mr. Ben Aipa,” said Scott Bass, Executive Director of The Boardroom. “Since 2007 all of the shapers that participate in the shape-off do so out of respect for the honoree, and the craft of surfboard shaping – a sacred craft. A craft passed down through the generations, beginning in Polynesia and carrying on today with icons such as Ben Aipa, as the spirit and culture of surfboard building, designing and manufacturing thrives.”

“It’s such a privilege being the first Hawaiian honored at the Boardroom Show,” said Ben Aipa. “The Aipa label has a lot of history in the San Diego area and it’s gonna be unreal watching these guys shape a classic Sting. Hey guys, don’t wing it, STING it!”

SHAPERS : Icons of Foam Tribute to the Masters Shape-off presented by USBlanks.

  • Matt Calvani – BING (Encinitas, Ca)
  • Cordell Miller – CORDELL (Newport Beach, Ca)
  • Davey Smith – CHANNEL ISLANDS (Santa Barbara, Ca)
  • Roger Hinds – BEAR (California, Hawaii)
  • Axel Laurentz – PUKAS (France, Spain)
  • Skye Richards – SAR (Florida)





2007 honoree – Mike Diffenderfer / Ricky Carroll

2008 honoree – Bill Caster / Ricky Carroll

2009 honoree – John Bradbury / Marc Andreini

2009 honoree – Dick Brewer / Pat Rawson

2010 honoree – Renny Yater / Wayne Rich

2010 honoree – Simon Anderson / Matt Biolos

2011 honoree – Doug Haut / Ward Coffey

2011 honoree – Carl Ekstrom / Wayne Rich

2012 honoree – Mark Richards Ricky Carroll

2013 honoree – Rich Price / Stu Kenson

2013 honoree – Terry Martin / Matt Calvani

2014 honoree – Ben Aipa /