Rex Marechal Wins Al Merrick Shape-Off At The Boardroom International Surfboard Show

The Boardroom International Surfboard Show saw Australian Rex Marechal take the title in the 2017 Icons of Foam Tribute to the Masters Shape-off. The competition required shapers from all over the world to replicate an iconic Kelly Slater surfboard that was originally shaped, and then judged this year, by Icon of Foam honouree Al Merrick

Merrick & Marechal

Merrick & Marechal

Press Release: May 9, 2017 – Del Mar, Ca — A packed house at The Boardroom International Surfboard Show watched Rex Marechal, of Forresters Beach, NSW Australia, claim the 2017 Icons of Foam Tribute to the Masters Shape-off. The shape-off competition featured 11 shapers all attempting to replicate a classic Kelly Slater surfboard shaped by this year’s Icon of Foam honouree Al Merrick.

“I can’t believe it. I’m over the moon,” said Marechal. “I’m so stoked to be able to come up with the goods. What an honour to win the Al Merrick Shape-off. Al is such an inspiration. He impacted our designs so much: year after year, decade after decade. And to compete against this incredible pool of international talent — it is quite an honour. ”

The 10 international shapers were: defending champ Nick Palandrani, Chris Christenson, Johnny Cabianca, Ward Coffey, Wayne Rich, Roger Hinds, Ryan Sakal, Gary McNeil, Matt Kinoshita, Zack Flores and eventual winner Rex Marechal. Each was asked to replicate the same exact board, one of Kelly Slater’s personal boards from early in his career, circa 1990. They each received 1.5 hours in the shaping bay and the boards judged by Icon of Foam honouree Al Merrick. US Blanks provided all the foam for the event and $1K was awarded to Marechal and his name etched into the Icons of Foam Tribute to the Masters Mike Marshall perpetual trophy.


•Nick Palandrani of Source Surfboards took top honours in Best in Show presented by Ziobaffa Organic Wines with his Six Shooter Channel Bottom

•Michael Russo’s MUSIC single fin channel bottom by Rusty Preisendorfer was an honourable mention in Best in Show.

•15 boards laminated on-site in the Douglas Surf Products lamination demo

•171 autographs by Al Merrick

•6201 people attended the show

•154 surfboards were sold

•11 surfboards given away

•48 custom surfboard orders written

•42 minutes for Al, Britt Merrick, & Simon Kile to judge the 11 shaped blanks

•14,788 skate runs on the CARVER Wave Bank

•56 vintage and unique surfboards sold at California Gold Surf Auction.

VIPS in attendance included Joe Roper, Taylor Knox, Lisa Anderson,  Debbie Beachem, Rob Machado, Alex Gray, Shaun Tomson, Peter Townend, Tia Blanco, Bob Mignona, Malcolm Campbell, Duncan Campbell, Todd Richards, Reno Abellira, Carl Ekstrom, Steve Pendarvis, Hamish Graham, Randy Rarick, Paul Naude, Sam Cody, Matt Calvani, Gregory Harrison and others.


The Boardroom is a gathering of enthusiasts from around the world highlighting surfboards, surf culture & innovation. The show includes the world’s finest contemporary surfboards, fins, wetsuits, board bags, leashes, accessories, board shorts and surf gear; plus live shaping & laminating, exhibits, demos, art, music, an auction — something for everyone.

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