Shop Eat Surf Checks in with Surf Expo

http://www.shop-eat-surf.com/news-item/1021/roy-turner-s-surf-expo-update By TIFFANY MONTGOMERY We continue checking in with trade shows today as trade show season approaches. Today, we hear from Roy Turner of Surf Expo. One new Surf Expo feature Roy discusses is a Retail Survivor Series hosted by the Board Retailers Association on Aug. 19, the day before Surf Expo starts. Previously in our trade show series, we talked with Andy Tompkins of ASR and Aaron Levant of Agenda. How is Surf Expo August shaping up? Overall, good. Despite our economy, beach traffic has been steady this summer, and our retailers are saying that sales are beating their projections. Do you expect the show to have as many exhibitors and attendees as last summer show? With the exception of the windsurf manufacturers, we’ll have nearly the same number of exhibitors but not as many booths. The attendee story is looking good. Our retailer pre-registration numbers are actually on par with numbers last year. Are there any new features being introduced at this show? We are excited to have our wakeboard pool actually on the show floor this year. Earlier this spring we offered a special free day of exhibitor training in California and Florida. At the show we’re continuing that theme with a daylong Retailer Survival Series by the Board Retailers Association on August 19 and a live, interactive painting demo for surfboard shapers from artist Drew Brophy. The 2009 Wake Awards are going to be great. Of course, we’ll also have our skate park and the fashion shows. Are you seeing exhibitors opt for more cost-effective booth options? Definitely. Many exhibitors are deciding this is not...