Sponsors
Billabong ▼ -0.020 | PPR ▲ +1.35 | American Apparel ▼ -0.029 | The Buckle ▲ +0.01 | Columbia ▲ +0.06 | Deckers Outdoor ▲ +2.55 | Dicks ▲ +0.12 | Foot Locker ▲ +0.18 | Genesco ▼ -0.02 | Iconix Brand Group ▲ +0.01 | Jarden Corp ▲ +0.85 | Nordstrom ▲ +1.03 | Luxottica ▲ +1.64 | Nike ▲ +1.05 | Pacific Sunwear ▼ 0.00 | Skullcandy ▲ +0.09 | Sport Chalet - 0 | Urban Outfitters ▲ +0.06 | VF Corp ▲ +0.35 | Quiksilver ▲ +0.07 | Zumiez ▲ +0.81 | Macys ▲ +0.45 | Tillys ▼ -0.04 |
Ticker Sponsor
Readers Say
I waited too long to sign up for Executive Edition
I waited too long to sign up for Executive Edition

I read Shop-Eat-Surf at every opportunity, and I waited too long to sign up for the Executive Edition. It’s timely, relevant and clearly “from the industry, for the industry.

- By Andy Laats, President, Nixon
Executive Edition is a must have
Executive Edition is a must have

Before Shop-Eat-Surf, there were two sites I paid for premium content on. One is Surfline, the other is the Wall Street Journal. One is about all things surf, the other, the best business content site in the world. Shop-eat-surf is the intersection of those two worlds. Shop-Eat-Surf provides everything from coverage of events, people, brands and trends. However, beyond the Executive Edition "wall" is more meaty analysis and interpretation of financial statements, business models and brand philosophies; why certain brands and companies are succeeding, where others aren't. The Executive Edition is a must have read if the business of surf and action sports are on your radar screen.

- By Jeff Berg, Co-owner, Surfline
Industry Insight

FSG LAWYERS: On creative workspace office pros & cons. SDSI: 7 new companies accepted into the Springboard business mentoring program. AGENDA: Registration and travel planning now open for January and February trade shows.

Details on Industry Insight.


Tiffany Montgomery
Print This Article

Roy Turner on next Surf Expo trade show

By Tiffany Montgomery
July 17, 2009 7:56 AM

We continue checking in with trade shows today as trade show season approaches. Today, we hear from Roy Turner of Surf Expo.

One new Surf Expo feature Roy discusses is a Retail Survivor Series hosted by the Board Retailers Association on Aug. 19, the day before Surf Expo starts.

Previously in our trade show series, we talked with Andy Tompkins of ASR and Aaron Levant of Agenda.

How is Surf Expo August shaping up?

Overall, good. Despite our economy, beach traffic has been steady this summer, and our retailers are saying that sales are beating their projections.

Do you expect the show to have as many exhibitors and attendees as last summer show?

With the exception of the windsurf manufacturers, we'll have nearly the same number of exhibitors but not as many booths.

The attendee story is looking good. Our retailer pre-registration numbers are actually on par with numbers last year.

Are there any new features being introduced at this show?

We are excited to have our wakeboard pool actually on the show floor this year. Earlier this spring we offered a special free day of exhibitor training in California and Florida. At the show we're continuing that theme with a daylong Retailer Survival Series by the Board Retailers Association on August 19 and a live, interactive painting demo for surfboard shapers from artist Drew Brophy. The 2009 Wake Awards are going to be great. Of course, we'll also have our skate park and the fashion shows.

Are you seeing exhibitors opt for more cost-effective booth options?

Definitely. Many exhibitors are deciding this is not the show to bring in their custom booth and are focusing instead on how to present their new lines in a simple, cost-effective manner.

Several of our exhibitors are taking advantage of a turnkey booth package that we developed. Other exhibitors are planning trips to the local Home Depot, Ikea and the like for some on-site, low-cost booth designs that will still fit in with their brand image.

How is Surf Expo helping cash-strapped retailers get to the show?

The most obvious way is by negotiating hotel rates to the lowest in five years - starting at $55 per night. But our Buyer Relations team is constantly on the phone with retailers, helping them plan their shows now so they can get in and out of Orlando in the most time-effective manner with as little time spent out of the store as possible.


Articles You Might Have Missed