The Chunk of Foam Challenge took place May 17th-18th during The Boardroom show at Del Mar Fairgrounds in San Diego. Four shapers (Kelly Connolly, Chris Christenson, Hank Warner, and Mike Estrada) were asked to replicate the original …Lost 5’5″ x 19 1/4 Round Nose Fish (made famous by Chris Ward and Cory Lopez) from within a chunk of surfboard foam within a three-hour time limit. The winning shaper, Chris Christenson, was picked by Matt Biolos and Cory Lopez and received $500 and $500 worth of foam from US Blanks. Check out all the photos below from the event.
Mike Estrada in the shaping booth trying to replicate the original …Lost 5’5″ x 19 1/4 Round Nose Fish.
Proper props and virtual viewing for the Chunk of Foam Challenge.
Cory and Biolos inspect one of the first RNF’s made.
A Lucky Bastards Glassing Co. piece in the Best of Show competition.
The crowd browsing.
Cory Lopez and Joe Alani checking Mason Ho’s latest clip.
Tristan Mausse of the Lucky Bastards Glassing Co. giving some technique tips.
“I love spam and the feel of this cork board”
Cory Lopez signing a copy of the cover of 5’5″ x 19 1/4 and other oddities…
Mike Estrada, Matt Biolos and Cory Lopez talk fish.
The Lucky Bastard’s tribute to America.
Kelly Connolly recreating the original …Lost 5’5″ x 19 1/4.
The E-Tech boys at the glassing demo.
Ryan Carlson at the Lib-Tech booth with his …Lost hat.
Mayhem going where few men have gone before.
Wardo signing a lucky fans RNF right over Biolos’ signature.
Grom squad handing out stickers.
Cory signs the RNF while Wardo starts to over heat on his spicy burrito.
“This looks just like the one I had in ’97″
The dynamic duo.
The terrific trio.
Chris and Cory signing cover copies of 5’5″ x 19 1/4 and 5’5″ x 19 1/4 Redux.
“What do you mean I have a flight to Brazil today?”
Cory signing a …Lost Round Nose Fish SurfSkate.
Joe Alani after 5 beers.
Kelly Connolly covered in foam.
“I think it was ’96 or ’97″
The other star of 5’5″ x 19 1/4… Mr. Tom Curren crouching at Kirra on his hand shaped board.
Not the original but one of the first Round Nose Fish Biolos made for Cory.
Chris Christenson and Kelly Connolly share a laugh.
Chris Christenson inspecting the original RNF.
Christenson checking his rendition of the RNF.
Biolos checking the rails.
Lucky Bastard boards on display.
“I think that last Kolohe board was too wide. Let me try one of Julian’s” – Chris Ward and …Lost surfboard’s team guy Rick Downes discussing board dimensions.
The resin in these buckets was actually used in the making of …Lost surfboards.
Resin tint boards by The Lucky Bastards Glassing Co.
“Yup, I’ll take this one”
Hank Warner mowing a chunk of foam.
Cory Lopez and Matt Biolos judging who recreated the original …Lost 5’5″ x 19 1/4 RNF best.
Little Ms. Biolos already following in dad’s footsteps.
Wardo checking his quiver for the Brazil WQS Prime contest.
Wardo packing his quiver for Brazil last second in the parking lot. He still managed to miss his flight (due to forgetting his Visa) but hopped on a flight the next day, showed up to the contest last second and made his heat.
Get ready big wave world.
Daniel Thomson and Matt Biolos.
Chris Ward discussing sales strategy with Dave Rosenberger.
Meet the Wardos.
Chris Ward and Gary Linden.
Mason Ho’s “Exacta” series surfboard.
Jason Kenworthy and Cory Lopez.
The Chunk of Foam Challenge winner Chris Christenson.
The Wardos meet the Fletchers.
Cory and Chris checking some of the entries.
…Lost “Exacta” series. They’re the exact boards the pros ride.
The Chunk of Foam Challenge takes place this weekend (May 17th-18th) during The Boardroom show at Del Mar Fairgrounds in San Diego. Four shapers (Kelly Connolly, Chris Christenson, Hank Warner, and Mike Estrada) will be asked to replicate the original …Lost 5’5″ x 19 1/4 Round Nose Fish (made famous by Chris Ward and Cory Lopez) from within a chunk of surfboard foam within a three-hour time limit. The winning shaper picked by Matt Biolos will receive $500 and $500 worth of foam from US Blanks. In the winter of ’96/’97, while everyone was riding 6’1″ thrusters featuring Slater’s elf shoe rocker, and long before the “retro” fish craze, two kids attacked the North Shore and beyond on 5’5″ twin fins. The subsequent action and other oddities ended up being patched/edited into the 1997 …Lost movie 5’5″ x 19 1/4 and other oddities… Those two kids (Chris Ward & Cory Lopez) will be in attendance this weekend for all the action. Also, come by the …Lost booth to see all the latest surfboard models and screenings of 5’5″ x 19 1/4.
RULES OF THE CHUNK OF FOAM CHALLENGE:
- Four shapers.
- Each shaper will receive three hours in the shaping bay.
- No template.
- No pre-fab rocker.
- No modern measuring devices.
- No measuring the board.
- 90 seconds to fondle the original board.
- Can not touch the original board during the 3 hours.
- They may use only one power tool of their choice.
- A hand saw.
- A 10″ piece of string with a nails at each end.
- Hand sanding devices and finishing tools.