John Bradbury to be Honored at Tribute to the Masters Shape-off
November 13, 2008 -
Attention surfboard lovers: in the spring of 2009 the SACRED CRAFT Consumer Surfboard Expo will visit the Ventura County Fairgrounds for two days of surfboards, live shaping, demos, seminars, movies, music and good times…but mostly surfboards. The dates for the Ventura SACRED CRAFT Consumer Surfboard Expo are May 16 & 17, 2009.
The Tribute to the Masters Shape-off competition will honor legendary Santa Barbara surfboard craftsman John Bradbury. Bradbury was a highly influential Santa Barbara shaper/surfer learning his craft under the tutelage of legend Renny Yater. Bradbury was a ‘locals local’ and the epitome of the local shaper with a faithful clientele of underground wave riders, a shaping bay in his backyard, and a keen eye on approaching swells. Through the ’60s and ’70s, Bradbury’s “Creative Freedom” logo was synonymous with the underground Santa Barbara surfing scene. In the mid-eighties he was among a handful of board builders who began experimenting with polystyrene epoxy. Bradbury’s lightweight contemporary designs caught the attention of top pros such as Martin Potter, Cheyne Horan and Brad Gerlach. Sadly John Bradbury died of leukemia in 1999. Ten years later, in the spring of 2009, six regional shapers will honor Bradbury’s legacy in the “Tribute to the Masters Shape-off” by replicating a classic Bradbury design.
“I’m super stoked to see my dad and his work honored in this fashion,” said John’s son Josh Bradbury. “My dad’s time on this earth was too short, but thankfully people still appreciate his shaping skills and more importantly, what a great person he was.”
The SACRED CRAFT Consumer Surfboard Expo is an opportunity for shapers, surfboard craftsman and surfboard manufacturers to come together under one roof and share their passion with the surfboard loving public. It operates with one sole objective, to bring passionate surfers in front of passionate board builders. Plans for a Fall 2009 expo in Del Mar, and a Spring 2010 Expo in Huntington Beach are already underway.
WHO: Surfboard lovers from all over
WHAT: SACRED CRAFT Consumer Surfboard Expo
WHEN: May 16 & 17 2009
WHERE: Ventura County Fairgrounds, Surfers Point
WHY: Because surfers really only care about two things: Waves and the equipment to ride them with.
For more information contact:
Scott Bass – Expo Director
About SACRED CRAFT The history of our lifestyle is the history of the surfboard. Nothing has defined the surfing experience more than that on which we ride the waves. Nothing defines the surfer more than his (or her) surfboard. So much more than a tool, the surfboard has become a philosophical icon, a sacred craft, a culturally pervasive symbol of freedom, adventure and enduring youth.