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June 22, 2009 3:53 PM

Press Release

New Dates Announced for SIMA Surf Summit 12: September 30 - October 3, 2009

- Registration Now Open for the New SIMA Surf Summit 12 Dates -
Aliso Viejo, Calif. (June 22, 2009) - The Surf Industry Manufacturers Association (SIMA) is pleased to announce the new dates for Surf Summit 12: September 30 - October 3, 2009 at the Crowne Plaza Resort Los Cabos in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico. After postponing the original May dates due to concern about the swine flu, SIMA is proud to be continuing the tradition of uniting the tribe in Cabo for the 12th annual SIMA Surf Summit.

"SIMA's new Surf Summit 12 dates reflect the surf industry leadership's strong consensus that we need an annual gathering of people and ideas, be it May or September," said Doug Palladini, SIMA president. "We know that attending will remain a priority for all SIMA members given the need for increased business acumen and communication in these challenging economic times."

The event activities will follow the same schedule as previously announced, including favorites such as the Retailer Appreciation Night, Cabo Crawl and the TransWorld SURFari. The winners of the SIMA Image Awards will also be announced during a ceremony in the sand on Friday, October 2, 2009. The line-up of original speakers will change slightly and a finalized list of speakers will be released in the coming weeks. Attendees will enjoy the same educational benefits, networking and social surfing time as the successful years before.

All attendees that registered for the May Surf Summit dates have been contacted directly and have the option to either roll their registration into these new dates or be issued a refund if they are now unable to attend. For currently registered attendees wishing to roll their registration into the new dates or receive a refund, an Attendance Confirmation Form has been sent and MUST be completed and returned to the SIMA office by Friday, July 31, 2009.

Registration is now open to all SIMA members and surf retailers that were not previously registered for the event in May and can now attend during the new dates. Registration for non-SIMA members and non-surf retailers is by invitation only. The deadline to register is Friday, July 31, 2009.

This year SIMA Surf Summit will be at a new venue - the Crowne Plaza Resort Los Cabos (www.cploscabos.com). The all-inclusive, beachside resort is located closer than in years past to all the hot surf spots, including East Cape, which is just 40-minutes away. With all rooms boasting an ocean view, two colossal pools, and as much great food as you can eat, the Crowne Plaza Resort Los Cabos will provide an epic experience all while allowing for a more affordable registration fee for attendees. The more than accommodating venue will set the stage for four days of networking, informative seminars and surfing.

For more Surf Summit 12 information, please visit www.sima.com/surfsummit.aspx. For registration materials or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Shannon Park, SIMA Event Manager, at Shannon@sima.com or 949.366.1164 x2.

The Surf Industry Manufacturers Association (SIMA) is the official working trade association of more than 300 surf industry suppliers. Founded in 1989, SIMA is a non-profit organization that serves to promote awareness of the surf industry and participation in the sport of surfing through public relations efforts and a variety of services, educational programs and research. In addition, SIMA actively supports oceanic environmental efforts through its 501(c)(3) charitable environmental foundation, the SIMA Environmental Fund. In the past 19 years, SIMA's Environmental Fund has raised more than $4.4 million for environmental groups seeking to protect the world's oceans, beaches and waves. The SIMA Humanitarian Fund, also a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation, was established in 2006 to award grants to various surf or boardsport related social and humanitarian non-profit organizations whose efforts are focused on improving the quality of life, health and/or welfare of people. For more information on SIMA, visit www.sima.com.

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