Sacred Craft is happening this weekend in Santa Cruz, CA. If you haven’t heard of the expo yet, what are you doing? Its basically the premium place to geek out on surfboards. There is one more day left, Sunday the 20th, so if you’re anywhere near Nor-Cal, make the journey. Below are some things I enjoyed seeing today.
More info here – Sacred Craft Expo Website
Here is the crowd at the show. A lot of people showed up. As you can see, the building is 50% surfers and 50% surfboards.
This next board is my favorite one at the show. It needs to win best in show this year. (Scott Bass, if you’re reading this, please take note) It is a collaboration between mad scientists/shapers Bufo Brauers & Carl Ekstrom. SurfScience.com has done interviews with each of them (Carl – Bufo) and we’re stoked to see them working together.
The board is an asymmetrical EPS fish with adjustable flex pressure. This is the future people!
Some of the fins from Rainbow Fin Co. Check out the cool colored glass ones. The one on the left with a huge rake was made to surf in kelp. Pretty good looking stuff.
Bulletfins were designed to split the water around the base of the fin. Gene Cooper really enjoys it on some of his shapes. Its an interesting idea, I’ll have to give it a try.
A wide offering of foam blanks from Marko Foam. Notice the one with a ton of stringers. Also, the one one with no stringers.
Some boards from Cooperfish. The one he is showing off now is a stringerless high density PU pig shape with a glassed on fin.
Here is a giant wooden SUP. That thing looks beast to paddle and will set you back a coll $2,500. You won’t have to worry about wind chop though.
Some shots from the shape off.
I saw this board sitting off in a corner. Shaped by none other than Dale Velzy. A good looking board and piece of surfing history.
Here are the team of surfboard appraisers going over the classic boards people brought in. Sam George was hanging around for a good part of the day.
If I had $10,000 sitting around, I would buy all 15 of these Rusty boards.
This is called the topless boardbag. Its a neat idea. It slips on easy and protects your board from UV damage and scratches. Unlike a board bag it doesn’t get all wax covered in the inside. A novel idea.
A company called Incide was showing off their new blanks. Each one has a 3D carbon fiber stringer in the inside like the one pictured here. I will most likely be buying one to test out for my next surfboard project.
This is Santa Cruz style at its best.
FCS showing off some of their new SUP product.