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...

Surf, Wind and Wake Manufacturing Facility Closes Temporarily

According to Transworld Business: Cobra International Co., Ltd. is a major manufacturer of surfboards, kiteboards, and wakeboards based in Chonburi, Thailand. It is also the leading manufacturer of windsurf equipment, with more than 50-percent market share. Letter from Cobra International, Ltd. The current political and world economic climate makes it is necessary for Cobra International to control rising manufacturing costs. After the failure of 5 weeks of negotiations between the two parties and after the Cobra Labour Union did not accept Cobra Internationals final offer the Union deemed the negotiations a failure. The management regrets that the current situation could not be resolved thru mediation and hopes to resolve this situation as soon as possible. To ensure the safety for the non Cobra Labour Union affiliated staff and to avoid any intentional damage to the companies plant the Cobra Management called for a Special Paid Holiday effective December 3, 2008, and have no other choice but to announce a lockout effective 8 am December 4, 2008. Cobra International will welcome Employee’s who wish to work back into the factory as early as Monday, December 8, 2008. Unfortunately this issue will affect all shipment plans currently in place. As soon as physically possible we will supply you with a current finished goods list and revised production output plans. Please inform your Customer Service person of any specific PO’s in your shipment plan that should take first priority, so that we can work with you to lower the impact on your business. After receiving your priorities and/or partial shipment instructions we will get back to you ASAP with revised shipment...