My boards were on public display for the first time and I could not have selected a more appropriate venue than the annual Surf Expo. Held every January at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida the Surf Expo is where the surf industry gathers to display the latest in surf and beach apparel, surfboards, stand up paddleboards, skateboards, art, accessories and more items than you can imagine coming from the ocean and the youth culture.

Ricky Carroll of R&D Surf Inc. provided floor space at his booth that included surfboards from five shapers. Using custom made steel stands the boards were showcased to a large crowd of buyers and industry insiders. People took noticed as well as snap shots of the boards and overall I was pleased with the compliments and well wishes that I received. And because of that I am motivated to continue with the goal of mounting a 15 Boards 15 Shapers exhibition. The desire is to have the exhibition include not only the boards but black & white framed portraits of the shapers, framed full-frame photographs of the images used on the boards and a multimedia show of the work it took to make the boards.

Coverage was provided by ESM (Eastern Surf Magazine) and can be seen on their web site