Roger Hinds conquers the 2015 Icons of Foam

May 19, 2015 | Surfing
The Rusty 1984 'Occy' model by Roger Hinds

Roger Hinds won the 2015 Icons of Foam Shape-Off Tribute to Rusty Preisendorfer, at The Boardroom, in Del Mar.

It's a back-to-back victory for Hinds. Last year, Roger conquered the Icons of Foam competition honoring Ben Aipa. The surfboard shaper has more than four decades of experience.

"I'm really proud and humbled for back-to-back wins against such great shapers and honoring Rusty Preisendorfer. Looking forward to next year!" said Roger Hinds.

Rusty was extremely pleased with what he saw. The board he shaped for Mark Occhilupo had special tweaks.

"All these shapers did a fantastic job. There were some subtle yet definitive design characteristics in this board particularly in the back half (Rusty 1984 'Occy' model). I'm honored and inspired by their efforts," underlined honoree Preisendorfer.

The Ultimate Craftsman Project challenged four craftsmen to build a unique board from start to finish. By one-tenth of a point, Gene Cooper narrowly captured the victory over Roger Hinds. Cooper made an 11'4'' chambered C2 gun modeled after the Dick Brewer Buzzy Trent elephant gun.

A 5'11'' Maurice Cole-shaped Dingo model shaped using Marko recycled EPS foam core and glassed with Connora recyclable resin was awarded "Best In Show" in the Sustainable Surf division; the same board also won "Best Modern Performance".

The "Best Sustainable Advancement" was won by Arctic Foam's algae-based polyurethane blank glassed with Green Room bio-resin. The "Best Traditional Material" category was awarded to Gary Linden's Cuervo Agave shortboard made with 100% agave plant material including the core, the resin, and the cloth.