Deadline for Contracts Today!
March 22 is our contract deadline for the Hood River Event in August. The 2018 Industry Presentation and Demo has had a surge of signups in the past 48 hours. Ozone, Liquid Force, Chinook, Litewave, Starboard, Airush, and more!
We have space left for ! Get those contracts in!
We will be unable to accommodate Product Presentation time slot requests for contracts submitted after the deadline.
HQ Kites, CORE, Carved and Deluxe boards
have submitted their contracts for Hood River Event in August.
Blade Kites contract submitted for HR event this August!
Naish and Dakine sign up for the event!
Dakine and Naish have signed up for the event this summer. Expect the whole lineup of Dakine harnesses and Wind gear. Naish is bringing the store with Windsurfing, Kiteboarding, SUP, and their full Foil line.
North Kiteboarding, ION, Fanatic, North Sails
Joins the Hood River Event!
Things are starting to happen for the Hood River Event!
- Mystic - Harnesses and Waterwear
- Ocean Rodeo - Kite and Waterwear
- F-One - Kite, Foil, SUP
- Manera - Harnesses and Waterwear
Want to Exhibit?
Want to be an exhibiting brand and need an order contract for booth space?
Email firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll send one your way.
Hood River is a busy place in the summer. Book your Accommodations quickly!
- Best Western Plus
The Best Western Plus is a great place and they have offered us special rates for event attendees. It is a 15 minute walk and less than 5 minute drive to the Event Site. Your stay comes complete with everything the Best Western has to offer including special breakfast at their Riverside Restaurant located inside the complex. To book and get the discount call 1-800-828-7873 and tell them you are with the AWSI event in August. Check out the facility at http://www.hoodriverinn.com
- Hampton Inn & Suites
Just a short 5 minute walk from the Event Site and close to town too. This is a new construction hotel with all the amenities and a pretty decent free breakfast.
- Oak Street Hotel
The Oak Street hotel is the epitome of a classic Bed & Breakfast. Right in the heart of downtown it's about a 15-20 minute walk to the Event Site or a 5 minute drive.
- Air B&B
Hood River is an Air B&B mecca with options ranging from condos, private rooms, whole houses, or camping space. Listings are up now but many locals open up their listings in March and April. That doesn't mean wait! If this is the path you want to go then check often and when you see something you like be on it.
Hood River Industry Presentation and Demo
August 14-17, 2018
Contracts to the Brands are out!
As brands sign up we will keep an updated list on our website windkitesup.org. Don't see a brand that you want on there? Let us know so we can get them to the event.
Hood River is a busy place in the summer and you need a place to stay. We are working with local hotels to block out some rooms for our attendees so you can get in early. Bottom line is you want to have a place lined up sooner than later! Stay tuned for links to quality accommodations.
What to expect at the AWSI Event
We are bringing together the top brands in Windsurf, Kite, and SUP!
- Product Presentations
- On-water Demos
- Parties Nightly!
AWSI is pleased to announce that we will be hosting an industry on-water demo August 14-17 in Hood River, OR. The private event will be open to all manufacturers and retailers. Stay tuned for more information as the event develops and please contact us if you have interest in either exhibiting as a brand or participating as a retailer. We will have our pricing for booth space available by the end of the month.
Wow. What a crazy year for Surf Expo. The show was cancelled early, the awards show was moved up a day, the trophies weren't delivered due to weather, and Orlando Airport closes early today. Hopefully our friends can either make it out or weather the storm while it passes over.
It was also an intense year for the awards. SUP male awards went to a world record setting feat, the kite awards were so close it required three rounds of voting for both men and women, and windsurf male athlete of the year turned out to be awarded to 3 best friends for their outreach effort in helping kids get stoked on windsurfing. We made it back and here's the winnes!
We are uploading the videos now but here are your winners!
SUP Female Athlete of the year - Penelope Strickland
SUP Male Athlete of the year - Chris Bertish
Windsurf Female Athlete of the year - Sara Houser
Windsurf Male Athlete of the year - A Tie between Wyatt Miller, Tyson Poor, and Bryan Metcalf-Perez. Thank you for your Beyond Boardshorts Program
Kiteboard Female Athlete of the year - Colleen Carrol
Kiteboard Male Athlete of the year - Ewan Jaspan
SUP Retailer of the year - South Shore Paddlesports
Windsurf Retailer of the year - Windance
Kiteboard Retailer of the year - Houston Kiteboarding
SUP Brand of the year - Bote
Windsurf Brand of the year - Starboard
Kiteboard Brand of the year - North
Surf Expo and the Awards Show is NEXT WEEK! We are looking forward to some great videos for the awards show this year with some very strong candidates. Join AWSI and Kona beer and make the Awards Show even more prominent by sponsoring one of the bars or reserving a table in front of the stage.
Bar sponsorship $300. Decorate the bar with your flags, banners, and logos. Get the bartenders in your brand shirts and gear. Shout outs and recognition from the MC during the show. (Be sure to visit the (your company) bar as we move on to the windsurf rider of the year!)
Table reservations $80 Reserve a table for yourself and your guests right on front of the stage. No hassle in finding a seat!
Attract. Influence. Retain. The AIR marketing series developed by AWSI will be a series of panel discussions observing market and retail trends in the SUP, kite, and windsurf world. You will be hearing from industry leaders and retailers on new technology and product, techniques on keeping balanced inventory, and where the next generation of consumers are coming from.
Stay tuned for schedule and details on each segment.
The party is approaching! Who will be rider of the year?! Brand and Retailer of year!? Find out with a pint of Kona in your hand at the AWSI industry awards show on Day 2 of Surf Expo 2017
WE welcome FoilMount to AWSI! This is one of the coolest and most innovative technologies to hit the water this summer. Grab your favorite board, stick on the FoilMount, and you have yourself a new way to shred. Find out more at foilmount.com
Windance shows us the new Ocean Rodeo Stick Shift Bar.
Get some on the new Fanatic Air Stubby!
More of Everything on the new JP Thruster Quad!
The A-Town Throwdown is going to be a hit! AWSI has brought some of our industry partners to offer a public SUP demo to add to the event. Naish, Fanatic Boards, and Big Winds will be there with their 2017 boards for you to try. The demo will be hosted right next tot he SUP finish line. Take a break from watching the freestyle contest and see what's new in the SUP world!
Click the logo and head to the event registration page to find out more.
AWSI welcomes Nathan Patterson from MACkiteboarding and Pete DeKay of Windsurfing Now to our Board of Directors. We look forward to their contribution and insight on how to make AWSI work increasingly better for our members and industry.