Minor Policy

No one under the age of 16 is allowed at Surf Expo.

However, the show does recognize certain situations and can make some exceptions to this rule.

Exception #1

Shop owner’s children. We realize that many small shops are family run stores. The children will someday own & run the business. You may request a badge for those children who are aged 12 -15 years old.

Exception #2

Nursing Mother.
If the owner of the shop is a nursing mother and the child is less than one year old, a request may be made.

Exception #3

Medical reason. In certain situations a badge may be granted.

Buyer Minor exception requests can be submitted anytime, but must be received no later than August 25. Requests made after this will not be accepted, nor will any on-site requests be granted. Email your Buyer Minor requests to steven.fisher@surfexpo.com

No Strollers are allowed on the show floor.

If, for any reason, the child must be removed from the show floor, any associated costs will be the sole responsibility of the parent, guardian, or exhibitor.

Exhibitor Minor exception requests must be submitted at least three weeks prior to the show using the form below. Any questions can be e-mailed to june.griffeth@surfexpo.com.

Buyer Guest Policy: There are no Minor Buyer Guests.

Industry Guest Policy: There are no Minor Industry Guests.


Q. What are the dates of your upcoming shows?

A. Surf Expo Tradeshow: January 8 - 10, 2015

Q. What are the show hours for January 2015?

A. Thursday, January 8, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
    Friday, January 9, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
    Saturday, January 10,  9 a.m. - 4 p.m. 

Q. What building/hall of the Orange County Convention Center will Surf Expo be in, for the January 2015 show?

A. Surf Expo January 2015 will be in the WEST Hall of the Orange County Convention Center. This is the building across the street from the Hyatt Hotel, and connected via walkway to the Rosen Centre Hotel.

Q. I have attended Surf Expo in the past. Do I have to register all of my Company data again?

A. Although you must "register" your attendees for each show, no, you don't have to enter all of your company data again, You may be asked to update a couple of demographic questions (Surf Expo uses this information to make the show better for the attendees). You can click here to log on to your store profile, edit employees and update physical store addresses.

Q. I've forgotten my password. How can I get it?

A. We will be glad to assist you. Click here to go to the main registration page. Under  "Edit/Add to Your Buyer Registration" enter your email address and click "Click Here" after "Forgotten Password" in the text below.

Q. I would like to attend Surf Expo for the first time. What credentials do I need?

A. Stores need to supply a valid Tax I.D. number and current retail business license. First time attendees (buyers) need to show a cancelled payroll check or copy of the most recent W-2. Badge pickup requires a valid photo I.D. as well.

Q. I am an approved store owner and would like to bring a guest, what do I need to do?

A. The buyers' guest fee is $30. Buyer guests can be registered online as well as onsite but the request must be made by the main company contact.

Q. Can I bring a minor into the show?

A. Minors are allowed to attend Surf Expo under specific circumstances. Please click here for a full explanation of our minor policy.

Q. Is childcare available at the show?

A. No. Quality childcare nearby the convention center is available from providers recommended by the Orange County Visitors' Bureau.

Q. I'm traveling internationally to Surf Expo, where can I request an invitation request for an international visa?

A. After completing the regular registration process a form will automatically be offered based on your address. If your registration is approved the invitation letter will be forwarded to you by email.