Jim Hannan, Mike Whisnant and Jeff Haney to battle in foam
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 7 January, 2016 - Surf Expo today announced a special edition Master of Masters surfboard shaping competition has been added to the the 9th Annual Florida Shape Off to be held at next week’s show, January 14-16, 2016.
The Master of Masters line up features past Florida Shape Off winners Jim Hannan, Mike Whisnant and Jeff Haney. The champions will compete to be “best of the best” as they replicate a Channel Islands Proton board. The Proton, a collaboration between Al Merrick and Dane Reynolds, is a go-to choice for surfers everywhere and was voted 2009 SIMA Image Awards Board of the Year. Each shaper will have one hour to complete the task.
Surf Expo Show Director, Roy Turner said, “We are excited to add the Master of the Masters to our Florida Shape Off and are honored to have Al Merrick and Channel Islands participate. Al's designs have been so influential to modern board design and using his Proton model for the challenge will add to our new best of the best series.”
Scott Anderson, GM of Channel Islands added, “It’s great to see the energy around board building at Surf Expo. The original Proton being replicated is a complete hand shape by Al Merrick with an impressive amount of bottom curve. We are looking forward to seeing these craftsmen in action.”
The shaping will take place on Saturday, January 14, 2016 in the shaping bay on the floor of Surf Expo. Al Merrick will judge the competition. The winner will receive $1,000 cash and will be announced at an Award Ceremony at Noon.