Banger for Bucks Skate Contest Returns to Surf Expo

One Shop To Rule Them: Bangers For Bucks 2011 Surf Expo’s  Bangers For Bucks skate contest is back and better than ever, pitting nine skate shop teams against each other in a battle for $15,000 in cash and merchandise. Here’s how your shop can be one of them. Surf Expo’s marquee skate event, Bangers For Bucks, is returning January 6-8 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. There nine skate shop teams will compete on a custom built Team Pain street course in front of thousands of buyers and industry leaders in what has become the most prestigious skate shop contest in the world. Sponsored by Skullcandy, Vans, and Eastern Skate Supply, Bangers For Bucks offers shops the chance to compete for $15,000 in cash and store merchandise. “It’s fantastic to be see the growth of Bangers For Bucks at Surf Expo,” says Martin Ramos, contest manager and Owner of Kona Skatepark. “The level of skating is through the roof. Based on what I saw at the qualifying events, you can expect one hell of a show.” Last year’s champ– Progressive Skatepark from Canton, Georgia– gets an automatic bid to defend its title. Six other slots are chosen through a series of three Top Shop qualifiers held around the country. At the Top Shop qualifier in early May, 25 different shops threw down, but 3rd Lair from Golden Valley, Minnesota and Blacklist from Lawrenceburg, Indiana were a cut above the rest. Fast forward to October when 15 shops gathered at the palatial Eastern Skate Supply park in Wilmington, North Carolina with Midtown Skatepark from Orlando, Florida and  Bluetile...

Attendee Comments on the BRA Retail Summit

“It (The Retail Summit) gave me the opportunity to meet some new friends and reconnect with some old ones. There was so much good information and healthy interaction that I almost wanted to get back into retail. I look forward to helping further the retail/manufacturer relationship in the future. There is so much to consider with fully vertical retailers, internet sales, domestic and international economy pressures and our customers changing lifestyles. The more we all understand our changing business environment and the effect on each other, the better chance we have to grow our business together. Lets be smart and work hard to keep this open communication and exchange of information going. I’m still reeling from the stoke.” Glenn Brumage, IASC “I had a killer time (in Puerto Rico), learned an assload of stuff, danced with some Puerto Rican babe and met some incredible people.” Shawn Taylor, Santa Cruz Surfboards “I just wanted to say that I got a lot out of the Summit, and the content was extremely rich. I’ve been doing this retail thing for a long time and sometimes it can be quite uninspiring. I walked away from last week feeling re-charged and inspired. I’m not a big group email kind of guy, but I just wanted to say that you did a good job. Keep it up!” Pete Censoplano, Sun Diego “I know that all the Sk8 shops, Sk8 Park owners and retailers that attended were very stoked on [IASC’s] presentation. Your state of Skate combined with the Skate Deck merchandising report and creative thinking exercise were a big hit! I’ve received a ton of...