MASONRY MADNESS 2021 Is A Wrap
Competitions Were A Highlight At The Summer World of Concrete In Las Vegas
By Dan Kamys
The 2021 World of Concrete is a wrap, and one of the highlights of every year's events are the four competitions that make up MASONRY MADNESS Day. On Wednesday, June 9th, the masonry industry's toughest competitors went head-to-head in four competitions.
MCAA's Masonry Skills Challenge
MCAA’s Masonry Skills Challenge is the national championship of masonry apprentices in first, second- and third-year skill levels. The contest consists of aspiring masons who are given three hours to showcase their skills by challenging the winning apprentices from numerous regional U.S. and foreign competitions to determine the top masonry apprentices at each level. This exciting competition spotlights the industry’s finest young masons and focuses on careers in the masonry industry. Here are the top finishers in the 2021 competition:
The SPEC MIX TOUGHEST TENDER® Competition is a combination of speed and detail that requires each of the mason tenders in the SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 to strategically lift, carry and place thousands of pounds of materials and tools needed to set up the bricklayer’s defined workstation. This year’s SPEC MIX TOUGHEST TENDER title went to Steve Braswell from John Smith Masonry in St. Louis, MO with a time of 14:49.
SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500®
He laid 678 in only one hour! Mason David Chavez and mason tender Guadalupe Hernandez with Ranch Masonry in Houston, TX teamed up to earn the title, “World’s Best Bricklayer.” This is the second time Chavez has earned the World Champion title, winning it all in 2018. The recognition comes after winning the most exciting contest in masonry, the SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500®. 20 of the best masons and tenders in the world came together at the World of Concrete expo at the Las Vegas Convention Center to test their skill, speed and stamina by battling to determine who can build the largest and best 26-foot-long brick wall, with the least amount of errors, in one hour. The event headlined the first convention of its size to be held in Las Vegas since efforts to combat the pandemic caused a national shutdown.
Winning Team: David Chavez (Mason) and Guadalupe Hernandez (Tender) from Ranch Masonry in Houston, TX
SPEC MIX TOP CRAFTSMAN
For the third year in a row, mason Darian Douthit and mason tender Nigel Delmez won the SPEC MIX TOP CRAFTSMAN, which goes to the team with the “most sellable” wall, as determined by a panel of judges. For his precision, Douthit is taking home a new Kubota RTV-X1140, $5,000 in cash, an Essick Pro12 Mortar Mixer along with additional sponsorship prizes.
Winning Team: Darian Douthit (Mason) and Nigel Delmez (Tender) from Providence Masonry in Miami, OK
About the Author
Dan Kamys is the Editorial Director of MASONRY Publications.