Gary Bennett and David Paris at JahRoc were really excited and truly honoured to be asked by WSL to design and make the 2018 Margaret River Pro Trophies.
As a highly regarded furniture maker for the last 30 years and a passionate surfer for over 4 decades, Gary seemed the perfect choice by WSL who wanted to bring the local wood element into the new trophy design this year and for the trophies to reflect the essence of the region.
A culmination of landscape, surf and experiences in the Margaret River region influenced Gary’s final design, which he explains in the video interview below.
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Gary Bennett talks about the design concept and inspiration behind the new and exciting 2018 Margaret River Pro Trophies.
Gary Bennett talks about the additional he added to the 2019 Trophy design to incorporate the River of Margaret River element into the trophy.
This year I decided it would be nice to add a symbol of our river to the trophy as it¹s such an integral part of our landscape here. Laying the river along the back of the waves seemed to be an appropriate way to do this as our River runs into the ocean through the winter and as my good friend Shaun Atkinson once pointed out it¹s quite beautiful the way that “Margaret kisses the Indian” where the river meets the ocean.We achieved this effect by carving out the form of the river from the burl then adding a base colour of blue to the Jarrah. We then added a layer of silver foil over that which we gently broke up so that the blue would show through. The last addition was to fill it with crystal clear acrylic which added that 3rd dimension and give the effect of water.The timber we used this was Jarrah Burl for the big barrel and QuiltedMarri for the waves. The burl had a super nice grain pattern which is whyreversed the timbers this year.
ABC Radio Interview Gary Bennett
A fantastic conversation, have a listen to this…
2018 opening press conference
The new 2018 Margaret River Pro Trophies were unveiled today, 10th April during the opening press conference where reining champions gathered and were interviewed, a welcome to country and dance was performed, and the 3rd and final Australian leg of the 2018 world WSL Champion Tour was officially opened.
Gary Bennett has enjoyed being involved as the creator of the 2018 Trophies, and also the Art curator and supplier through JahRoc Galleries for the VIP and Surfers marquee’s at The Margaret River Pro.
2019 Press Conference Photos
Gary Bennett, Stephanie Gilmore, Paul Papalia
In The making progress images
From concept drawings, scale designs, sifting through piles of timber to get the desired timber selection with grain patterns that compliment the design and tell unique stories. Pattern making to get a 3 dimensional visual on perspective and proportions, shaping the peaks of the waves and adding inlays to give shape and interest. Sanding and polishing to a perfect finish and the final inlay of the stainless steel plaques. A labour of love, finishing in truly amazing trophies that the 2018 winning recipients can be proud to have on show.
A nice addition was the design and construction of collapsable timber stands to present the trophies on. Timber bolts were made be cutting a thread in Oak dowels which were then tapped into Marri and Jarrah back boards. The idea was to have something that could be packed away in the winning surfers suit case and easily put back together at home.