Board Retailers Association Votes In New Chairman and Hires Executive Director via Press Release on Shop Eat Surf

Board Retailers Association Votes In New Chairman and Hires Executive Director via Press Release on Shop Eat Surf

PRESS RELEASES | Published Aug 7, 2019 BRA Names New Chairman, Executive Director The Board Retailers Association (BRA), a non-profit organization representing thousands of independently owned surf, skate, snow and wake retailers, is pleased to announce that it elected a new Chairman, George Leichtweis of Modern Skate & Surf this year.  Having been on the Board of Directors as the Chairman of the Skateboard Committee for many years, George was a founding member of BRA and has been in the specialty retail business for 40 years.  Former Chairman, Bruce Cromartie will remain on the Board of Directors. BRA Chairman George Leichtweis George is passionate about independent retailers being successful and believes that they are the backbone and feeder system for all the board sport industries.  “It is where young kids have their first impression of each sport that will stay with them as they continue to grow into adults and pass on the ‘stoke’ to others.  Board Retailers Association can provide smaller retailers with the tools to be successful and keep their doors open to continue to turn new kids on to the sports that they love.” George is the owner and president of Modern Sports, Inc, dba Modern Skate & Surf as well as Modern Skate Park.  Over the last 40 years, he has operated multiple Modern Skate & Surf stores in Michigan and also the world-renowned Modern Skate Parks in Novi, Madison Heights and Grand Rapids, Michigan and has been involved in the “Extreme Sports” arena since 1979.  He currently operates one location that consists of a retail store for Specialty Sporting Goods, a World Class Skate Park...
Pass The Handle Ambassador Robby Maschhaupt by Garrett Cortese via Wakeboarding Mag

Pass The Handle Ambassador Robby Maschhaupt by Garrett Cortese via Wakeboarding Mag

Pass the Handle introduces the fun of towed watersports to new people. By Garrett Cortese May 3, 2019 Robby Maschhaupt is spreading wakesurfing far and wide.Courtesy Tanner Larson A former NASCAR pit crew member, the fun-loving Robby Maschhaupt has made it his mission to spread his love for wakesurfing to as many people as he can through the Pass the Handle movement. This summer he’s teamed up with Centurion boats, Roswell Marine, Monster Energy, and other sponsors to create an epic tour that’s free for any who want to come ride with him. What’s the Pass the Handle movement all about and what does it mean to you? At its core, Pass the Handle was created to help introduce the fun of towed watersports to new people. For me personally, it’s about giving back to the sports and lifestyle I love so much. I get so much joy out of not only teaching people to wakesurf, but in knowing that it’s helping the industry as a whole by introducing new people to it. Since you started offering free clinics through the Pass the Handle initiative, about how many people have you pulled? Over 3,000. And I know for a fact we’ve been directly responsible for 28 people buying boats after coming to one of our events. But the numbers aren’t what matter, it’s the experience and making sure everybody has as much fun as possible, as well as the skills to take with them and teach their friends and family. What can somebody expect if they sign up for one of your clinics? I hear it a lot; “That was...