Vote Today for Transworld Business Retail Awards

TransWorld Business is kicking off its 2010 Retail Awards and they need your help. These awards recognize the core shops that have done the most this year to support core action sports retailers so log on to the link below for a quick (we’re talking under two minute) survey and let your voice be heard! http://www.zoomerang.com/Survey/WEB22BE3SKXCV5 The deadline for your vote is Tuesday, November 30, so get on it. The winners of the Industry and Retail Awards (that’s right, shops are nominating you too) will be announced in the January issue of TransWorld Business. Thanks for your...

Damn Am at 3rd Lair Moves Forward as Scheduled Despite Lack of Headline Sponsor

I came across an interesting post from Rob at Skatepark of Tampa regarding the upcoming, and well-known, Damn Am Skate Contest taking place at 3rd Lair in about two weeks. Interestingly enough, there is no headline sponsor for the event and 3rd Lair and Skatepark of Tampa (SPOT) will front the bills themselves to keep the long-standing event tradition alive. We all know how expensive these type of contests can cost and while I don’t claim to know why none of the skate companies are sponsoring this event, it is pretty shocking that no one stepped up to the plate and pretty commendable that a retailer and skate park owner will take over the financial responsibility. I should mention for the sake of being fair, that Rob does thank a couple of companies that provided prizes and “other support” including Transworld, Red Bull, Zumiez, Arnette, Independent, Mob, Dean Guitars and Bones. The Damn Am contest has previously been sponsored by DC and...

Vestal Launching Sunglasses in 2010

A highlight from the Transworld Biz interview with Johnny Gehris and Marty Kish revealed that Vestal will be launching a sunglass line in 2010. The line will be limited (about 24 SKUs), and use the best-possible, high-end materials. Vestal plans to add the sunglasses line to their existing displays that are already in retail stores. Expect a soft launch in September 2009. Look for Vestal’s musical artists to promote the product instead of their athletic...

Firewire Surfboards to Stop Including Fins with Surfboards

As first reported by Josh Hunter of Transworld Business. On September 26, Firewire Surfboards announced to its retail partners that it will no longer be including fins with its boards. The company says this move will enable it to offer a lower MSRP to its customers as well as a better margin for retailers. This decision is sure to spark discussion as it’s a departure from the traditional way that boards are sold. Stay tuned to Transworld Business as this story unfolds for interviews with Firewire CEO Mark Price and key players from the surf accessory/ fin market. Here’s the letter from Firewire Surfboards: Hello Firewire Retailers, We’re constantly striving to improve the performance of our surfboards and the quality of our business practices. With this in mind we’re going to take the unprecedented step of delivering our boards without fins. We realize this is a radical departure from the traditional way boards are sold, but we firmly believe it is in the best interests of our retailers (more margin), our customers (a lower MSRP) and most importantly the planet! In addition, we believe if adopted by others it will spur innovation and interest in fin design and performance. The right move for the environment: • We believe that the positive environmental impact of not forcing surfers to purchase fins they may not need and thereby reducing waste is important. In fact, we’ve actually reduced the Firewire wholesale margin on every surfboard sold because of our belief in this change. Of course we’re counting on surfers recognizing we’ve lowered our environmental footprint and the $50.00 MSRP reduction will increases...

SURFER Editor Chris Mauro Leaving

Chris Mauro, former Editor of SURFER is leaving the publication to pursue outside projects. Chris will be replaced by Joel Patterson who used to work with TransWorld Media and most recently Surfline.com’s WATER magazine. SURFER will celebrate its 50th Anniversary in January 2010. Brendon Thomas has been appointed Managing Editor of...