Personally I think this change sucks butt!!!
One of the great things that made the AWSI trade show so awsome is that it is a small event, small town giving lots of time to socialize with reps and venders, plus you actually get to have hands on time with all the gear!!
As a shop owner how can it get any better than actually getting to test the products your selling
Nothing makes selling to a customer easier than actual expierence on the gear and not whatever the brochure tells you. It is invaluable. Now I will have to spend more time traveling and spending shit load of money to hit demo events. LAME
Plus I am a kiteboard shop, I don't give a crap about whats in surf expo or I would go already.
What made AWSI truly unique is now gone. I hope the surf expo bombs hardcore and they bring it back to its roots in Hood River.
Enjoy the zoo and chaos in Florida. Say goodbye to getting true one on one personal service from your distributers. take your ticket, get in line and make the most out of your 5 minutes at each booth.
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