It’s Official – Billabong Bought Becker Surf and Sport

Rumors have been circulating, even down at the Surf Summit in Los Cabos, Mexico a few weeks ago that Billabong was interested in purchasing Becker’s retail operation. The rumors became more official yesterday at least one industry blog reported that the sale was a sure thing. Last night Tiffany Montgomery of Shop Eat Surf posted the ofifical press release confirming that Billabong would be acquiring Becker’s retail operation. Dave Hollander, owner of Becker Surf and Sport, a former founding member of the Board Retailers Association (BRA) and a Member of the Advisory Board until the sale yesterday, owns six retail shops including their newest SUP store. To see the official press release visit Shop Eat Surf at...

Board Retailers Association Mourns Loss of Greg Bennett

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (September 29, 2009) – It is with great sadness that the Board Retailers Association (BRA) announces the loss of Greg Bennett. Greg and his wife Jill owned Birthday Suits, a specialty chain of North Carolina shops focused on swimwear. Greg was a founding member of BRA, a Board Member since 2003, a great retailer, and a close personal friend. He has been in business and active in the industry and his community for 25 years. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family. “I have known Greg for almost ten years and I cannot express my deep sorrow for his family’s loss. Greg was an amazing source of inspiration for me personally and the association during our formative years,” said Mike Duncan, BRA President. “We would not be where we are today without his support and I am forever grateful.” Greg’s memorial service was held Monday, September 28th in his hometown on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Relay for Life Outer Banks, c/o Jill Bennett at 322 Sir Chandler Drive, Kill Devil Hills, NC...