The "Billabong Art of Shaping Event" will be taking place September 10th - 11th at ASR in San Diego and Rusty is one of the coveted San Diego shapers that has been invited to create a board for this event...
The concept of the "Billabong Art of Shaping Event" is simple: it is a venue to showcase the talent of San Diego surfboard shapers and craftsmen by allowing them to build boards that highlight their particular contribution or influence on the evolution of the surfboard over a particular span in time. Shapers are invited and encouraged to "create a board representing the era, style, or shape they are best known for or relate to," or simply whatever best motivates their creativity and talent.
A few notes from Rusty about the board he custom built for the event:
-8'0" 201/4" by 2 7/8"
-Round pin single fin, similar to what I would have ridden at good double overhead Blacks in the mid to late 70's, perhaps modernized a little.
-Agave is a local San Diego wood. Larry Fuller helped assemble the blank.
-John Cherry fin.
-The glassing was done by Diamond.
Kudos to all for the help. I hope it's new owner waxes it up and takes it for a spin!
Billabong's Royce Cansler waits patiently as Rusty puts the finishing touches on the Agave Gun
Rusty has a hard time letting go of this beauty...
Text and Photos: Brody