WHAT: 2008 Sacred Craft Consumer Surfboard Expo

WHEN: October 11 & 12; Sat 10-6pm Sun 10-4pm

WHERE: Wyland Exhibit Hall; Del Mar Fairgrounds

COST: $5; Kids under 16 free; everyone entered to win a NEW surfboard

Following a successful surfboard rendezvous in 2007, the 2008 Sacred Craft Consumer Surfboard Expo organisers have ramped it up a notch with a larger venue, more exhibitors and more reasons for surfers, consumers and surfboard manufacturers to be in attendance.

Legendary San Diego shaper Bill Caster is being honored during the "Tribute to the Masters Shape-off" presented by Ice-Nine Foam Works. Shapers from up and down the coast, including Santa Cruz's Ward Coffey, LA's Matt Calvani and San Diegan's Ned McMahon and Chris Christenson, will replicate a classic Caster design with the winning shaper receiving a $1000 prize.

"I've always felt my dad was one of the unsung heroes of the industry," said Caster's son David. "The Caster family is excited to see our father honored." The finished blanks will be auctioned off with the proceeds benefiting the Caster family in their efforts to protect the iconic Caster surfboard label.

Manufacturers already locked in for 2008 Sacred Craft include Rusty, Lost, Channel Islands, Ice-Nine Foam Works, Chris Christenson, Stu Kenson, Steven Mast, Walden, Encinitas, Stamps, Noll, Velzy, Hobie, WaveRod, Linden, Shooting Blanks, WetGlass EVF, White Hot Foam, Foam E-Z, Bubble Gum Surf Wax, South Coast, Kevin Cunningham, Matuse, Patagonia, Rip Curl, Hynson, Moonlight Glassing, John Cherry, Mitsven, Hot Batch, Bruno, Mike Sheldrake and Jim Phillips; with more signing up daily.

Professional surfers are also getting into the foam flying fray. Rob Machado (The Rob Machado Foundation), Pat O'Connell (Surfrider Foundation), Brad Gerlach (SurfAid International) and Joel Tudor (Chumash Preservation Society) will all be shaping a board during the Sacred Crafts "Professional Surfers Shaping Auction". These rare, one-of-a-kind boards will be auctioned off benefiting the pro surfers charity. Other pro surfers are being lined up to participate.

New in 2008 to Sacred Craft is the hands-on "Shaping Experience" exhibit. "Shaping Experience" will feature blanks, sanding screens, and other shaping tools so that every visitor can try their hand at shaping a rail, manipulating a swallowtail or drawing out a template.

The "Bubble Gum Seminar Stage" will feature entertaining seminars including Drew Brophy's "Pen and Paint Techniques" seminar, a Q&A with David Rensin (author of the new Miki Dora Biography); Jon Stillman on changes in the foam marketplace, plus other informative, insightful banter including some super top secret stuff.

Another new addition is the inclusion of wetsuit companies into Sacred Craft. With the cold water season just around the corner and some very unique technologies being implemented into the '08-'09 wetsuits it is appropriate to offer the hardcore surfing patron that visits Sacred Craft an in-depth look into the wetsuits, straight from the manufacturers.