Congratulations to Ricky Carroll

A huge congratulations to undefeated shape-off champion, Ricky Carroll from Florida, for his unrivaled success at the 2nd Annual Tribute to the Masters Shape-off, presented by Ice-Nine Foam Works. With only 90 minutes in the Akeena Solar portable shaping booth at the Sacred Craft Consumer Surfboard Expo, each renowned competitor raced against the clock to successfully replicate the Bill Caster four-channel, wing-pin tail, single-fin Chris O’Rourke model board. It was no simple feat, and the judges had their work cut out for them as they deliberated each anonymous shape. “And the grand prize winner, for the second year in a row—Ricky Carroll from Florida!” announced Sam George, amidst an animated crowd of anxious show attendees, which included members of the Caster family, whom were honored to be a part of an event that benefited the iconic Caster name and logo. The east coast shaper literally jumped off the ground in disbelief and exhilaration as he humbly accepted a hug from legendary shaper Terry Martin, along with the one-thousand dollar check and the Midget Smith trophy. Midget’s family was also present to receive high honors for preserving legacy of his name. “This competition represents the celebration of life of two icons of surf, and by having Terry Martin present the Midget Smith trophy, all the parts came together,” said Ice-Nine president Jon Stillman. “We’re stoked about the whole thing. Seeing the Caster family there as well as Midget Smith’s family added a whole lot of heart and soul to the event,” he added. “The competition was just as hard as last year’s, and the shape was just as difficult to...