SURF EXPO

January 14-16 2016

 

Industry News

Board Retailers Association Announces New Chairman and New Future

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (September 26, 2016) – The Board Retailers Association (BRA), a non-profit organization representing more than 600 independent owned surf, skate, snow and wake retailers is pleased to announce that it has elected a new chairman, Bruce Cromartie of BC Surf and Sport, for the 2017 term. Having previously served as Co-Chair from…

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2017 Water Ski Hall of Fame Award of Distinction Recipients Announced

POLK CITY, Fla. – The USA Water Ski Foundation Hall of Fame Selection Committee is pleased to announce the 2017 Water Ski Hall of Fame Award of Distinction recipients. Ralph Armstrong, Nick Barron, Rob Bemman, Joy Kelley and Gary Thompson will be honored for their extraordinary contributions to our sport on April 29th at the Water Ski…

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Island Daze Launches Its Boardshort Bottle Opener (BBO)

  The name says it all. Island Daze Boardshort Bottle Opener (BBO) is one of its kind with a built in bottle opener that is attached to the pocket flap of the shorts. The BBO shorts are a patent pending product that comes in 5 stylish boardshorts and a cargo style walkshort with multiple color…

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2016 USA-WSF Scholarship Winners Announced

The USA Water Ski Foundation is pleased to announce the 2016 USA-WSF Scholarship recipients!  We are proud to honor these remarkable young athletes and thank everyone who applied for a scholarship and congratulate those of you who were selected this year. Scholarships for all sports discipline water skiers are available through the USA Water Ski…

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USA-WSF & Aktion Parks Announce Partnership for New Water Sports Complex

A new world class Elite Cable Park and water sports complex will soon be coming to Auburndale. Aktion Parks, a subsidiary of Correct Craft, and the USA Water Ski Foundation (USA-WSF) have officially announced their partnership and plans to create the water sports complex. Elite Cable Park (ECP) will be part of USA-WSF’s new headquarters…

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SIMA Announces Participants for 2016/2017 Business Development Program

LAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif. (June 15, 2016) – SIMA is pleased to announce the participants of the 2016/2017 Business Development Program. The mission of the SIMA Business Development Program is to create a sustainable business mentoring service focused on accelerating the aspirations of the surf industry’s early stage entrepreneurs. Now in its third year, the committee…

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HSS Announces Grand Opening on May 25 at 8am

HUNTINGTON BEACH, CALIF. – Huntington Surf & Sport has completed a major renovation at its downtown (Main and PCH) location and is set to formally unveil its new look on Wednesday, May 25 at 8am. There will be special guest speakers, while Aaron Pai along with two others will cut three ribbons representing the past,…

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Logjam Classic Delivers for Inaugural SurfAid Cup Santa Cruz

The inaugural SurfAid Cup Santa Cruz, hosted by Big Stick Surfing Association (BSSA) was held Saturday April 23, 2016 in pumping 6-10 foot conditions at Pleasure Point. The tag-team-style event saw eight teams of four compete for the fundraising and surfing trophies. Over $63,000 was raised to support SurfAid’s Mother and Child programs in remote…

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Hobie 2016: A New Category, A New Way to Have Fun on the Water

Oceanside, California, April 5, 2016 – Hobie® has done it again. They have married their renowned MirageDrive® pedal system with 65 years of boardsports expertise to create a totally new kind of Hobie fun. Introducing the world’s first Mirage stand up pedal boards: Hobie Mirage® Eclipse 10.5 and Hobie Mirage Eclipse 12.  It will now…

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Surf Expo Expands Watersports Categories for September

San Juan Capistrano, CA – February 9, 2016– Emerald Exposition’s Surf Expo today announced it will be adding kayaks, canoes and related gear and accessories to its September 8-10, 2016 Orlando-based event. This addition reinforces the show’s standing as the premiere watersports show in the United States. The addition of the kayak and canoe segment of…

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WSIA Announces Kevin Michael As New Executive Director

On a mission to promote and protect towed water sports long into the future, the WSIA (Water Sports Industry Association) announces Kevin Michael as the group’s new Executive Director, effective March 1, 2016. WSIA President, John Archer, welcomed Kevin to his new position in front of 170 industry members during the WSIA Summit in San…

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13th Annual SIMA Image Awards given to surf industry’s top innovators

Anaheim, Calif. (February 12, 2016) – Sixty-five nominees representing 2015’s best from the surf industry were honored last night at the 13th annual Surf Industry Manufacturers Association Image Awards ceremony at the City National Grove of Anaheim, celebrating their outstanding innovations and contributions made to the industry. Nearly 800 attendees from surf companies and specialty…

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2016 ESA All-Star Team Inducted at Surf Expo

The Eastern Surfing Association held its annual All-Star Team induction ceremony at Surf Expo on Friday, January 15th on the Expo’s main stage. The ESA All-Star Program, which began over 30 years ago, includes some of the best competitors the ESA has to offer. Each All-Star Team member has had to meet a variety of…

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StokesMe 2015 Comes to a Close

LAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif. (October 7, 2015) – StokesMe, the SIMA Humanitarian Fund’s 30-day fundraising campaign which came to a close at the end of September, raised key funds for 15 surf-related humanitarian organizations. Throughout the month multiple initiatives took place allowing surf industry brands, retailers, consumers and athletes to join forces towards achieving the campaign’s…

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2016 Hall of Fame Award of Distinction Announced

The USA Water Ski Foundation Hall of Fame Selection Committee is proud to announce the 2016 Water Ski Hall of Fame Award of Distinction recipients. Paul Boel, Leza Harrison, Hank Longo, Les Todd and Mark Voisard have made extraordinary contributions to our sport and will be honored on April 16th at the Water Ski Hall…

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The 2015 Ski with the Legends Event Expands to the Midwest

The USA Water Ski Foundation’s “Ski with the Legends” (SWTL) program is once again taking it to the next level.  The popular fundraising event – that allows every day skiers a chance to get on the water with and get coached by the greatest legends in the sport – is expanding to the Midwest in…

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PADI Worldwide Announces Launch of Freediver Program

RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, Calif. – (2 September 2015)— As PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) prepares to celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2016, the organization is expanding beyond scuba diving to offer training in freediving, a sport quickly gaining in popularity among water and adventure enthusiasts. While the program won’t officially launch until November 2015,…

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Honorees from the 2015 Wake Awards

ORLANDO, Fla. (September 10, 2015) – Every year the best riders around the globe descend upon Orlando, Fla., at the Surf Expo to find out who are the best in wake at WAKEBOARDING’s annual Wake Awards. Fans and pros alike gather to find out who and what will be celebrated as the most noteworthy accomplishments of the…

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Official USA Water Sports Complex Coming to Auburndale

POLK CITY, Fla. – The USA Water Ski Foundation announced today plans to relocate the organization’s Headquarters, Hall of Fame and Museum to the city of Auburndale’s Lake Myrtle Sports Complex.  Plans include the building of a wakeboard cable park and water ski complex to accommodate multiple disciplines of towed water sports. Lake Myrtle, a…

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SHACC to Host an Epic Gathering to Celebrate a Trio of Historic Events

San Clemente, CA – On Friday, August 21st, 2015 The Surfing Heritage & Culture Center (SHACC), will host its first annual National Luau in Washington, DC, as part of a three-event celebration of surfing as a catalyst of cultural change and innovation. The Luau will bring together an unprecedented gathering of surfing legends and icons…

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Surfer’s Hall of Fame Honors Gordon Clark, CJ Hobgood & John Davis

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. – The sport of surfing pays homage to three legendary watermen on Friday, July 31st when a visionary surfboard blank manufacturer, a former world and U.S. Open of Surfing champion and a local icon are inducted into the 2015 Surfers’ Hall of Fame. Gordon Clark’s Clark Foam was the leading producer of…

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Freestyle Signs Skimboard Innovator and XXL Nominee Brad Domke

COSTA MESA, Calif., April 30, 2015 – Freestyle is pleased to announce the addition of professional skimboarder and WSL XXL “Wave of the Year” nominee Brad Domke to its roster of elite athletes. Domke, who has risen to fame by riding impossible big waves on a finless skimboard, joins professional surfers Cory Lopez, Luke Davis…

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Nautique Employees Serve Both Local Community and Haiti

ORLANDO, FL (March 16, 2015) – As part of its Nautique Cares initiative Nautique employees recently served in two separate projects; one in their home community of Central Florida and another in Haiti. In Orlando Nautique employees volunteered March 7th to help build a Habitat for Humanity home that Nautique Boat Company is funding. This…

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Nautique Wake Series Kicks Off

ORLANDO, FL (February 24, 2015) – The Nautique Wake Series, the industry’s premier tour with the industry’s largest prize purse, kicks off next week in Melbourne, Australia. The first event of this series is the prestigious Moomba Masters Invitational on March 4th-9th. With hundreds of thousands of spectators lining the shores of the Yarra River…

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SIMA Image Awards Winners

Sixty-five nominees representing the best of the surf industry from 2014 were honored at the 12th annual SIMA Image Awards ceremony. Nearly 1,000 attendees from surf companies and specialty retail shops packed the City National Grove of Anaheim to celebrate the outstanding innovations and contributions made by the SIMA Image Awards nominees, and to see…

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Texas Ski Ranch partners with BoardCo.com

NEW BRAUNFELS, TX – The Board Shop at Texas Ski Ranch is excited to announce a new partnership with online wakeboard and wake accessory powerhouse BoardCo.com. This new partnership will give local wake and water enthusiasts a wider selection of all their favorite gear, the absolute best pricing around, and the ability to shop online…

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Locomotiv at Surf Expo

Locomotiv, LLC is proud to announce the first attendance of Surf Expo as part of the exciting inaugural year of business! Locomotiv features an array of customized longboards that gives each of our riders a unique experience. “My favourite board ever!” said recent rider, Zoey Vagner. She continued, “It carves down a hill like no…

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A new surf brand at Surf Expo – Surf Ratz: “Strictly for Groms”

The Brand The thriving surf scene of North Cornwall, England, triggered the idea for a Grom friendly surf brand: Surf Ratz. Not a scaled down adult surf line but something with dynamic visual impact, specifically engineered to entertain and appeal to kids.The brand’s creators have an extensive background in apparel and Entertainment Licensing. The distinctive…

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Electric Appoints Director of Sales North America

SAN CLEMENTE, CA – Electric announced today that Jeremy “Snowy” Lonsway has joined the company as Director of Sales, North America. “Electric is the perfect fit for me. Born and raised in Orange County, California, I was heavily influenced by the 80’s youth culture of skateboarding, surfing, snowboarding and punk rock music. Electric’s athletes, ambassadors…

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Nautique Named Florida Manufacturer of the Year

ORLANDO, FLA (December 5, 2014) — In a State with 18,200 manufacturers, Nautique Boat Company has been selected as Florida’s 2014 Manufacturer of the Year! This award, presented annually by the Manufacturer’s Association of Florida (MAF), is given to a manufacturer who demonstrates leadership in all areas of its business. It is the result of…

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Water Ski Hall of Fame Welcomes the Class of 2015

POLK CITY, Fla. – Trailblazers and record setters Bill Bowness, Kim Laskoff, Jennifer Leachman-LaPoint, and Jeff Rodgers will comprise the 33rd Water Ski Hall of Fame induction class, the USA Water Ski Foundation announced today. The four icons will be enshrined among the greatest legends of the sport at the 2015 Water Ski Hall of…

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THE BOARD PRESS: Our Industry’s Action Sports News

We are very excited to announce the launch of The Board Press, a bi-annual action sports news magazine along with a website stuffed full of exclusive online features and news stories. The premiere issue of The Board Press will launch at Agenda, SIA, KNOWSHOW and Surf Expo in January 2015 and ship to thousands of…

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Destination Brands Launches MB Miami Beach Suncare

(September 2, 2014), Miami, FL – MB Miami Beach Suncare, the result of a deal between Destination Brands International and the City of Miami Beach recreates the city in a bottle with essential ingredients like salt water gel, triple acting sea kelp and of course, a beachy fra-grance. The entire MB Miami Beach Suncare line…

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Outdoor Tech® Unleashes Waterproof Kodiak Portable Power Bank

Los Angeles, CA – Fully waterproof and shockproof to the elements, Outdoor Tech’s all-new Kodiak (SRP $49.95) is the portable rugged power bank made for any environment. Whatever small device you have is quickly and easily charged by the mighty 2.1 Amp output and huge 6000 milliamps of battery power, all while being small and…

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Cobian Ambassador Bethany Hamilton to Appear at Surf Expo

SAN DIEGO, Aug. 26, 2014 – Fans of Bethany Hamilton, a pro surfer and inspirational icon to millions throughout the world, will get the opportunity to catch a sneak peek of her upcoming surf film and interact with her during the Q&A portion of her Surf Expo seminar. The seminar will be held Sept. 5…

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Alliance MultiMedia names Corey Marotta as Vice President of Sales and Marketing

Alliance MultiMedia – Cardiff CA. (August 18th 2014) – Alliance has named 10-year sales and brand strategy leader Corey Marotta to Vice President of Sales and Marketing of Alliance MultiMedia. This shift offers Corey more control and leadership responsibility for the flagship endemic media titles, Alliance Wake Magazine and Alliancewake.com, as well as responsibility for…

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180S Apparel Combines Fashion and Function for the Active Outdoor Lifestyle

Surf Expo, Orlando, FL, Booth #1092, Sept 4-6, 2014 — 180s provides fitness enthusiasts with active apparel and accessories that mix high performance with colorful surfer style fashion. The spring/summer 2015 line includes eye-catching contemporary patterns and fabrics with cutting-edge technology. 180s showcases its new products at Surf Expo, booth number 1092 at the Orange…

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Shaper Simon Anderson returns to Surf Expo after 34 Years

The Surfboard Agency presents their shapers tour with a cast of Australia’s best including Simon Anderson, Luke Short, Al Emery, Vampirate Surfboards, and Aloha Surfboards (Marcie O’Neill) September 4 – 10 (East Coast, USA) and September 11 – 14 (Biarritz, France). Simon Anderson revolutionised surfboard design with the 1980 invention of the “thruster” which remains…

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Introduction of Hamboard’s Huntington Hop Skateboard

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. – It has been quite a year for a small start-up that manufactures surfboard-inspired skateboards in this iconic beach town. First, Hamboards was featured on the hit ABC-TV show Shark Tank,” and won a $300,000 investment deal with “shark” Robert Herjavec. Then on July 18 to 20, it secured a coveted spot…

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Shop Shootout Announced!

Surf Expo Attendees – Get ready for the inaugural Shop Shootout! Liquid Force, Byerly Boards, CWB Boards, O’Brien and Hyperlite invite all Surf Expo guests to join us for a night of fun at the Orlando Watersports Complex. On the eve of Surf Expo we will come together to celebrate the season and our sports,…

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New MasterCraft 20-Footer Delivers Full-Size Surf Without Compromise

VONORE, Tenn. (Aug. 5, 2014) – MasterCraft combines the best attributes of its surf-centric technologies and legendary vessel design to launch the new X20, its first-ever boat designed from the fins up to create the perfect surf wave. Good things truly do come in small packages as the 20-footer sculpts larger surf waves typically seen…

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Denny Salas Named Executive Director Of The WSIA

The Water Sports Industry Association (WSIA) announced the hiring of Denny Salas as the new executive director effective August 1, 2014. Working formerly with the National Marine Manufacturer’s Association (NMMA), Salas impressed the WSIA’s Board Of Directors with his presentation at the 2014 Summit In The Snow, which identified him as a candidate for this…

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Surfers’ Hall of Fame Honors Rusty Preisendorfer; Occy to Present Award

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. – Rusty Preisendorfer, one of the industry’s most prolific and forward-thinking shapers/entrepreneurs and whose iconic R-dot boards are ridden by the world’s elite surfers, is among the 2014 inductees to the Surfers’ Hall of Fame. Rusty joins with Timmy Turner, the filmmaker and modern-day inspiration who overcame a virulent staph infection to…

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Registration Now Open for SIMA Boot Camp P.M.

LAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif. (June 30, 2014) – Registration is now open for the SIMA Boot Camp P.M. featuring a presentation from riCardo crespo, Chief Creative Officer with th13teen, a creative-led brand advisory group. The event will be held on Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at the Fox Headquarters in Irvine, Calif., from 5:00 – 7:00 P.M….

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USA Water Ski Foundation to Unveil New Website

Polk City, Fla. – On July 1st, the USA Water Ski Foundation will launch a dynamic new website – www.usawaterskifoundation.org. The new site features improved navigation, better search functionality, social media interactivity and quick access to news, educational materials and information about the Foundation and events throughout the towed water sports community. “The new website…

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Filtrate Eyewear Partners With WesternFront Sales

SAN CLEMENTE, Calif., (June 10, 2014) – Filtrate Eyewear is proud to announce that WesternFront Sales Agency will exclusively sell Filtrate Eyewear direct to Western Canadian retailers. WesternFront Sales will play a strategic and integral role in establishing and growing the brand in Canada. “We are very pleased to announce our partnership with Jay and…

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Grand Opening of “Lenses of Aloha”

Friday, June 6, 2014 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Texas Surf Museum 309A N. Water St. Corpus Christi, TX 78401 . 361-882-2364. The first place people think of when they hear “surfing” is Hawaii, not Texas. The Texas Surf Museum has decided to show our visitors Hawaii through the eyes of Texans. Our new exhibit,…

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