Iconic surfboard craftsman Terry Martin passed away last year, and in his honor, The Boardroom Show will host a special event for Martin this July at the US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach, California, during the Icons of Foam Tribute to the Masters Shape-off by US Blanks. Five shapers will receive the honor of replicating a Terry Martin surfboard.
“Each year at the Icons of Foam Tribute, US Blanks is in awe of the talent level and inspirational shaping that takes place,” said Jeff Holtby of US Blanks. “This years’ lineup of shapers honoring Terry is jaw-dropping. We are again stoked to be a part of this special event.”
“The grieving has mostly passed, and it is a fine time to honor Terry Martin’s shaping legacy and exalt his surfboard craftsmanship during the Icons of Foam Tribute to the Masters,” said Scott Bass, founder and show director of The Boardroom Show.
Terry Martin was known by many as “The Machine” because of his effortless and efficient shaping. He spent most of his 60-year shaping career at the Hobie Surfboards factory where he averaged ten boards a day. Martin was also known for creating some signature models for legendary surfers like Gerry Lopez, Corky Carroll and Wayne “Rabbit” Bartholomew.
Mickey Munoz described Martin as “giving, ethical, knowledgeable, passionate about shaping and surfing and the art of shaping; a friend, a real friend, a good friend; a brother. He was almost like a saint, if you will, just his consciousness and his demeanor.”
“Terry Martin took great joy in walking the aisles of past Boardroom shows greeting his friends and fellow craftsmen and talking story,” said Royce Cansler on behalf of the Martin family. “He was always particularly interested in the Icons of Foam Tributes and loved to study the techniques of his fellow shapers. I think Terry might have had a hard time being featured in this way had he been able to attend the event… but to honor Terry and his talents as a shaper in this way is a wonderful tribute to this great man and iconic shaper.”