“United States Skateboard Education Association Announces Learn to Skateboard Day – Encouraging everyone to skateboard for the first time” via PR from  USSEA

“United States Skateboard Education Association Announces Learn to Skateboard Day – Encouraging everyone to skateboard for the first time” via PR from USSEA

April 19, 2021 – Olympia, WA, USA – The United States Skateboard Education Association (USSEA) announces its third annual Learn to Skateboard Day. USSEA is an organization dedicated to empowering everyone through life-changing skateboarding experiences, regardless of age, gender, or race. Learn to Skateboard Day is Saturday, May 22, 2021. Instructors and all those who love skateboarding are encouraged to create an event in their community and teach children and adults the sport they love. Whether it’s a skatepark or a driveway, a front yard or a parking lot, Learn to Skateboard Day events are for everyone who wants to learn a new skill, a new sport, and have fun.  “Learn to Skateboard Day was just an idea a few years ago, and now it’s an international event,” said Joe Eberling, co-founder of USSEA. “We know what a positive impact skateboarding can have on people’s mental, physical and emotional well-being, so we want more people to take part in skateboarding. If you thought skateboarding was for everyone else, then think again.” Eberling continues, “Our research indicates that millions of people want to skateboard but don’t, usually because they had a bad first experience or they are afraid they might be laughed at. At USSEA, we encourage creating opportunities for these potential skaters to find a welcoming and safe environment for their first experience on a skateboard. It all comes together on Learn to Skateboard Day.” With skateboarding making its debut at the Olympics this year, more people are becoming interested in learning to skateboard, and skateboard enthusiasts are ready to teach and share their excitement for the sport. Learn...
“T&C Surf Celebrates 50 Years in Business” by Tiffany Montgomery via Shop Eat Surf

“T&C Surf Celebrates 50 Years in Business” by Tiffany Montgomery via Shop Eat Surf

Please click on the following link to view this relevant Shop Eat Surf Article containing the history behind and the future ahead of T & C Surf (BRA Distinguished Retail Member): T&C Surf Celebrates 50 Years in Business” Be sure to visit the Shop Eat Surf website to view valuable Industry News and Resourceful Articles regularly via this link: Shop Eat Surf If you are not already a BRA Retail Member, you can easily opt in to either Regular (no cost) or Distinguished ($99/yr.) Membership via this super simple join...
“Surf Expo retailer registration for the next show is now open plus Surf Expo highlight videos” via the awesome people behind Surf Expo

“Surf Expo retailer registration for the next show is now open plus Surf Expo highlight videos” via the awesome people behind Surf Expo

Surf Expo is the largest and longest running watersports and beach lifestyle tradeshow in the world. Since 1976, retailers from around the globe have relied on Surf Expo to identify new trends, new brands, and to get business done. Don’t miss your chance to be a part of this vibrant, award winning marketplace! Surf Expo is excited to welcome our board specialty retailers back to forge new relationships and celebrate old ones with Vendors and each other. The Surf team is committed to creating an event experience at the Orange County Convention Center’s West Concourse where their customers, partners and employees can safely and effectively conduct business. Show Dates:  September 9-11, 2021 (Waterfest Sept. 8th)Location:  Orange County Convention Center, West Concourse, Orlando, FL  | View MapShow Hours: Thursday & Friday: 9 am to 6 pmSaturday:  9 am to 4 pmRegister for the Show: Click HereMake Your Hotel Reservation: Click HereTo view the Exhibitor List:  Click Here Click and view the following videos to recall the relevance, helpfulness and fun of this remarkable trade show: Surf Expo Overview January 2020 Surf Expo Highlights BRA Battle of the Shop Bosses Surf Expo January 2020 (shorter edit) BRA Retailer Roundtable Panel Discussion from Surf Expo Connect (Sept. 2020) January 2019 Surf Expo Highlights Surf Expo Orange County Convention Center 2021 Click on the link above to register for this relevant, helpful and fun trade show Surf Expo is a trade-only event. The next show will be held September 9-11, 2021 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando Florida. www.surfexpo.com or connect on Instagram @surfexpo, Twitter @surfexpo and Facebook @SurfExpoOrlando. For more information on Surf Expo visit surfexpo.com Surf Expo provides access to its...
“MY STRUGGLE WITH DEPRESSION AND HOW WE CAN HELP OTHERS” by Eric Brown via Jenkem Mag

“MY STRUGGLE WITH DEPRESSION AND HOW WE CAN HELP OTHERS” by Eric Brown via Jenkem Mag

I had just woken up at 4:00 AM, and while I was waiting for my dog to finish his business, I checked my Instagram and saw a few guys posting photos of Henry Gartland. Later that morning all of his sponsors, friends, and magazine outlets followed suit. While lurking slap I found out that Henry had committed suicide. I was shocked that another young, talented skater took his own life. The next day Instagram stories with the suicide prevention hotline’s number started making the rounds. However, certain pros began to call out their friends and teammates for not being there to help them and for not properly checking on them. That’s the thing though… Does anyone know how to properly help a friend that has depression or anxiety? Do they even know how to tell if they feel that way at all? WHO AM I? My name is Eric Brown. I’m twenty-seven years old and was born in New Mexico but grew up in West Texas in a small college party city known as Lubbock. I attempted suicide two times when I was eighteen years old and survived. I grew up in a somewhat healthy household where I was the youngest of three. I was a typical middle-class kid. I didn’t have too many real-world issues to contend with until my sister got pregnant at a young age, my parents lost their jobs during the recession, and they began fighting. While that was going on at home, I was picked on and bullied a lot at school. Even though I was a good athlete, I was a weirdo. Not like...
“Industry celebrates Surf Shop Day on May 15, 2021” via Surf Expo and Independent Retailer articles

“Industry celebrates Surf Shop Day on May 15, 2021” via Surf Expo and Independent Retailer articles

Orange County, CA, April 20, 2021 -Surf Shop Day (happening on May 15th) will celebrate the small mom and pop businesses that have given rise to a lifestyle and culture enjoyed by millions around the world and we invite surfers to reconnect with their roots. Join the celebration- sign up now. To help celebrate Surf Shop Day this year, Building The Revolution has teamed up with Slant Six, leading experts in helping retailers grow their private label brands will be offering local shops a limited collection of shirts, towels, and straw hats for shops to use in building their private label collection and firing up the locals. “Surf Shop Day is an opportunity to acknowledge, celebrate and support the retailers who built our industry into what it is today.” Said Ryan O’Leary, Founder of Slant Six. Loyalty to local shops runs deep with consumers and there’s no better way to recognize this deep connection between the shop, brands and consumers than by drawing attention to the retailers that have made the industry so exciting and vibrant. This year, Slant Six will be offering a limited collection of shirts, towels, and straw hats for shops to use in building their private label collection and firing up the locals. “I’m beyond stoked that Ryan and Slant Six stepped up to support surf shops in North America,” said Mike Vavak, Founder of Building the Revolution and Surf Shop Day. “Their surf shop only line will not only provide something special at surf shops but encourage shops to start looking at themselves as their own brand.” Surf Shop Day, will celebrate the small mom...
BRA Covid-19 Retailer Resource Guide (strategies, webinars, loans and more) – published on March 23, 2020 / last updated with links to recently updated resources on April 30, 2021

BRA Covid-19 Retailer Resource Guide (strategies, webinars, loans and more) – published on March 23, 2020 / last updated with links to recently updated resources on April 30, 2021

Welcome to the BRA COVID-19 Resource Guide. Below you will find resources for the benefit of all board specialty retailers (BRA Retail Members and non-members alike) during this challenging period. The Board Retailers Association is actively aggregating resources to assist you in navigating these uncharted waters. We update this page with additional resources regularly. If you are interested in contributing relevant information or helpful resources that will benefit other board specialty retailers, please email our Executive Director at doug@boardretailers.org Relevant and trustworthy online resources providing facts related to transmission of Covid-19 (Corona Virus) and strategies to battle the spread #spreadthestokenotthevirus Center for Disease Control (CDC) – Official Website Flatten The Curve – Everything you and your customers need to know to battle COVID-19 is on this website World Health Organization – Mental health and psychosocial considerations during the COVID-19 outbreak This epic and relevant drawing was created by Reddit User Darth Voter Relevant educational webinars (on-demand) > Crystal Media – 3 Tips To Get Started With Social Selling Today and Staying Top-of-Mind and Connected to Customers During a Pandemic > Management One – 1) “The Retailer’s Guide to the Economic Stimulus Package & Financial Options to Address COVID-19” – The CARES Act is a complex mix of government aid and bank loans each with their own timelines and requirements. The parameters and regulations for these loans is changing hourly! 2) With rent being one of the highest monthly expenses for brick and mortar retail businesses, it’s a good idea to approach the subject of temporarily altering the structure of your agreement – The Art of Landlord Negotiation to Ease the Highest...