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Terry Martin Shapes featured in the inaugural Concours d’Elegance sponsored by The Sport of Kings

A special line up of Terry Martin surfboards and their riders was organized at The Sport of Kings-sponsored Concours d’Elegance featuring the late shaper’s work at the Doheny Surf Festival, June 29-30. Photo by Linda Michael
A special line up of Terry Martin surfboards and their riders was organized at The Sport of Kings-sponsored Concours d’Elegance featuring the late shaper’s work at the Doheny Surf Festival, June 29-30. Photo by Linda Michael

By Denny Michael

As part of the Doheny Surf Festival, June 29-30, the nonprofit group The Sport of Kings introduced its first ever Concours d’ Elegance celebrating the surfboards shaped by the late Terry Martin of Capistrano Beach. Martin who passed away in 2012 is known as one of the all-time great surfboard shapers. His influence and designs spanning many decades were well represented on the beach and in the water.

The Concours d’ Elegance was a gathering of Terry Martin fans who were able to show and surf their boards in a fun exhibition. Hundreds of people lining Doheny Beach were able to see these boards up close.

Mitch Yuasa, A local San Clemente shaper and participant in the event said, “Terry made my day today.” Josh Martin, Terry’s son and a shaper himself, had the special honor of selecting the best board of the program. He looked at every aspect of the boards from tip to tail before deciding on which board would be crowned the best of the bunch. As he eyed each one you could see the direct connection he has to the surfboards that were shaped by his father, many of the same designs Josh is shaping today for Hobie Surfboards.

In the end, it did not matter who won as everyone on beach were winners, participants or fans alike.

The Sport of Kings Foundation was established to provide assistance to the lives of people in the surfboard manufacturing industry. This was one of many outreach programs supporting their cause.

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