New show for paddlesportsNext year, the international paddlesport community will have its own trade show, to be held in Wisconsin in September.
From 2018, the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market will be held in July rather than August in Salt Lake City, so representatives from the US canoeing industry have now announced their own trade fair
The first Paddlesports Retailer will be held from from September 12-14, 2017, in Madison, capital of Wisconsin.
Outdoor-industry insiders Sutton Bacon and Darren Bush ( pictured addressing a kayaking forum at Ispo Shanghai 2015) are behind Paddlesports Retailer.
Since 1994, Bush has also organised America’s largest paddle sports expo, Canoecopia. The show is “for paddlers, by paddlers,” said Bacon at canoekayak.com.
Bush says: “After hearing that OR was moving dates, it became clear this meant the end of paddlesports in Salt Lake City. There’s just no way vendors or retailers can leave their factories and shops in peak season.”
The location, north-west of Chicago, was reported to be chosen because it was a convenient place for retailers to travel to, internationally or domestically .
• Emerald Expositions, organisers of Outdoor Retailer Summer Market, are said to be trying to attract the paddlesport community to show at the Surf Expo in Orlando, also held in September 2017.