Introducing the FCS Shaper Awards

27 Feb 2019 1 Share

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Leading surf hardware brand FCS have today announced a sick new initiative that will celebrate the corest of surf core legends we have – shapers – with the inaugural FCS Shaper Awards.

Says FCS:

“The annual FCS Shaper Awards serve to recognise the core of surfing’s rich history and culture, celebrating legendary and iconic shapers for their significant contribution to the craft of shaping, surfboard building and manufacturing.”

There are going to be two categories to the award: the Legend Shaper Award and the Icon Shaper Award, with one winner for each category.

The Legend Shaper Award will go to someone who has a minimum of 40 years commitment to the shaping trade, has made a significant contribution to surfboard design, is highly respected by their peers, and is currently shaping.

The Icon Shaping Award will go to someone slightly fresher, with a minimum of 20 years commitment to shaping, who has also shown an innovative and committed approach to shaping, as well as being highly regarded in the surfboard building trade, and is still currently shaping.

So how are these winners going to be chosen?

Well, it’ll be up to you/us to nominate them. You can vote for your favourite shaper via this link here. Every vote will go into the draw to win a set of FCS II Shaper Series fins.

After that the judges will pick three finalists for each category, and then narrow it down to a winner for each. Oh, and the judges? Yeah they’re iconic legends too: Rabbit Bartholomew, Tom Carroll and Brad Gerlach.

Once the winners are decided, the Legend and Icon Award winners will shape two boards that best represent their shaping philosophy, one of which will be surfed by Mick Fanning and the other will be auctioned for charity.

So, let’s get voting for some legends and icons who've foam dust embedded in their knuckles! We’ve got till March 30 to get our nominations in!

– Nominate a shaper now –

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