Outdoor Friedrichshafen 2014

The 22nd Summit of Outdoor Business was held in Friedrichshafen, Germany July 10-13, 2014. This event takes place in the local convention center and has approximately 13 convention halls with over 9 exhibitors from 42 countries. Additionally there are over 21,000 trade visitors from 93 countries. We had distributor representation from Belgium, Holland, Scandinavia and Switzerland in our booth. The distributors use this event as an opportunity to meet existing clients and potential new clients. Between the three distributors present, they had approximately 30 meetings with Key accounts in their regions. Additionally, we had meetings with potential distributors for UK, Spain, Germany, Dubai and South Africa as well as media.

Honolulu Fish Fry 2014

This past weekend’s fourth annual Aloha Boardshop Fish Fry was a doozy. Held at the historic birthplace of modern surfing, under the watchful eye of Duke Kahanamoku. This year’s contest featured 30 teams competing for schwag bags and bragging rights during a fun south swell . The rules are simple: surf together with your team, ride a random board based on a number you pull and have fun!

About 10 minutes before your heat begins, you pull a random number from a hat. That number is assigned to a surfboard in a stable of locally shaped fish-style surfboards. The surfboards are abstract shapes, twin fin or four fin, short, wide and weird! You never know what you’re going to get and sometimes it might not be that functional. Adding to a spontaneous time in the water.

Some teams are made up of families, friends or both making the time surfing together a fun experience instead of a competitive one. It’s a like a super session with only you and your friends in the lineup! Your goal as a team is to put up as many points as possible for waves ridden, so you want to make sure everybody on your team gets good waves and cheers each other on. The conversations between team members mid-heat is an exhilarating combination of seriousness, excitement, encouragement and laughter. Those adjectives are what surfing is all about, making the Fish Fry a special event considering that Queens is Duke Kahanamoku’s home break.

Hokule'a Spotted Huahine

At 7:00am on July 13th, the canoes Hōkūle’a, Hikianalia, and Fa’afaite departed Opunohu Bay, Moorea enroute for Ra’iatea. Winds were light but favorable, blowing in the east. When night hit, the canoes were faced with cloud coverage and squalls. Even after last night, early this morning around 6:15am the island of Huahine was spotted and confirmed by the Hōkūle’a and Hikiananlia. The Hōkūle’a, Hikiananlia and Fa’afaite are enroute to Ra’iatea, just a few miles past Huahine. At the current pace of the canoes,  Ra’iatea is only 12 hours away. 
To follow along and see current position of the canoes, please visit http://www.hokulea.com/track-the-voyage/