Al Merrick will be honored in the Icons of Foam Tribute to the Masters Shape-off
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 6 December, 2016 - Legendary surfboard craftsman Al Merrick will be honored in the Icons of Foam Tribute to the Masters Shape-off presented by US Blanks. Ten international shapers will attempt to replicate one of Merrick's classic designs. The competition takes place during The Boardroom International Surfboard Show at the Del Mar Fairgrounds on May 6 & 7, 2017.
"I've been drawn to surfing and surfboard design my whole life," said Al Merrick. "I am thrilled to be an Icons of Foam honoree. The list of past honorees, which includes John Bradbury and Renny Yater, is remarkable. I'm quite humbled and I look forward to a great shape-off at The Boardroom in Del Mar."
"Al Merrick's surfboard designs are above reproach. You'd be hard-pressed to find a surfer that hasn't ridden one of Merrick's boards. And it's no wonder, with an incredible amount of stylish, progressive and historic surfing from the likes of Tom Curren, Kim Mearig, Davey Smith, Willie Morris, Rob Machado, Shane Beschen, Taylor Knox, Bobby Martinez, Lisa Anderson, Sofia Mulanovich, Dane Reynolds and of course a gentleman named Kelly Slater," said The Boardroom's Executive Director Scott Bass. "All of us involved in producing the show are over the moon to be honoring Al Merrick."