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The Outdoor Retailer Show was even busier the second day.
By happy hour time on Friday, it was tough to walk through the halls. Patagonia had a concert inside its booth, Billabong hosted Donovan Frankenreiter live at its branded room, and The North Face had a huge happy hour for VF brands with key athletes giving presentations in a giant camping tent-like booth.
The party of the evening went to Teva, which hosted an 80’s theme party with an 80’s cover band from LA. The party was packed until 2 a.m.
Saturday's OR crowd didn't heat up until mid-to-late morning, with many brands using coffee machines to lure new buyers.
Overall, there was a consensus that a lot of action sports brands are using SUP as a vehicle to tap into the outdoor market and vice versa. I noticed a lot of outdoor brands with surf and SUP graphics on their booths.
And a lot of the action sports brands showcased technical apparel that can be worn not just in the surf, but also on bikes, as well as line extensions geared toward a slightly older consumer.
We’ll have lots of brand updates in coming weeks from all of our interviews at the show.