The first annual Hermosa Beach Surf Expo presented by Spyder Surfboards arrived at Hermosa Beach Pier Plaza on August 20.
The expo showcased many of the surfboard manufacturer industry’s celebrated brands, along with music and more. From 11 a.m.-5 p.m., attendees attended live demonstrations on how a surfboard is built, visited interactive booths with top surfboard material vendors and enjoyed live music. Award-winning surfboard manufacturer Dennis Jarvis shaped surfboards on-site and participated in a live Q&A session. Steve Albin from Aloha Glass shop, a top glassing company, was onsite glassing surfboards and answering questions from the audience about how boards are built.
In addition, the City of Hermosa Beach inducted four new individuals into the “Surfers Walk of Fame” – Ted Robinson, Champion; Charles ‘Chip’ Post – Pioneer; Kelly Gibson – South Bay Legend and John Leininger – Cultural Legend. The honorees joined fellow inductees and surf legends Greg Noll, Dewey Weber, Hap Jacobs, Dale Velzy, Dennis Jarvis and many others who have been recognized for their contributions to the surf industry at large, as well as to the South Bay’s rich surf history for over three decades.
“As in years past, Spyder Surf is all about the industry and families getting together and having fun as we continue to celebrate surfing. This extension of our Spyder Surf Fest is designed to share the secrets of how to build a surfboard with the public and why it is important to know why American-made products are of superior quality compared to the knock-offs that are flooding the marketplace,” said Jarvis, founder, Spyder Surfboards.
Participating brands at the first annual Hermosa Beach Surf Expo included presenting sponsor Spyder Surfboards, Caskey and Caskey, Kim Komick Custom Homes, Kinecta Credit Union, Hotel Hermosa, Watermans Safe House, Bolour and Associates, Surfrider, Heal the Bay, South Bay Boardriders Club and industry manufacturers Future Fins, US blanks, Varial Blanks, Revchem Plastics and Creatures of Leasure.