A surf festival is not a surf festival without its surfers and shapers. And this year at the 2013 BBSF there will be a standout selection of master surfboard and handplane shapers sporting their unique and creative talents during the festival’s shaper exhibit.
With two days of foreshore displays and demonstrations both in town at the Main beach site on Saturday 26th and at Wategos beach on Sunday 27th, there will be plenty of time to inspect, enquire and test ride new and revolutionary designs, and to even order your own custom stick.
International attendees include Brazilian Rodrigo Matsuda who has pioneered his own line of finless and wooden glide crafts, American Ryan Lovelace, a young talent in Californian style hull shapes and boards known for their beautiful simplicity and perfect functionality, Björn Holm from Finland a specialist in recycled handplanes and the progressive and well known logger shaper Gato Heroi.
Australian masters of the craft include the naturally talented surfer/shaper Eden Saul of Dead Kooks Surfboards, the effervescent Tom Wegener and his timber miracles, style master duo Ado and Andy from Rake Surfboards, south coast twin fin flex tail magician Mick Mackie, master craftsman Thomas Surfboards of Noosa, experimental glide master and Sunny Coast identity Mitch Surman, local legend Simon Jones of MOTE shapes and a new range of board creations from former world champ Beau Young Surfboards.
Last but not least Joel Fitzgerald. Joel is a great example of a shaper who takes his talents to the waves and is just as much a gifted surfer in the water as he is a shaper in the studio (pictured above). Having grown up in the Northern Beaches under the wing of his father Terry Fitzgerald, legend and creator of Hot Buttered in Australia, Joel often found himself at the ankles of incredibly talented surfers who required the proper surfing equipment to pair. He was on the pro tour himself at a young age and very well understands the physical and metaphysical aspects of performance design however is careful to marry this with tradition and style. We are very lucky to have Joel now living and shaping in the Rainbow region.
All these guys have put a lifetime of sweat and tears into their profession of passion so give them your support, lend an ear and set yourself on a path of new discovery at this years Shaper and Swap Meet exhibit weather a surfer or simply one with a passion for art and design.
Whilst you are there don’t miss the opportunity of the annual ‘Swap Meet’ on Sunday. Find or trade with a bargain, extend your quiver or simply learn a lot about how and why board designs work or don’t work by discussing surfboards with experts and innovators. This year’s attendance and display of boards for the “Swap Meet” is absolutely free. Supported by our festival partners Allpress Espresso and the Byron Bay Malibu Club who will put on the best Barbie, the fun starts at 8.00 am at Wategos on Sunday 27th and will continue until the afternoon with lots of surfing and demo events, live music and much more.
As a surfer, know that your surfing will never grow boring if you keep trying and testing yourself, and here lies the perfect opportunity to do so. For more details visit the online festival program.
For more on the shapers visit – byronbaysurffestival.com/shapers