Action Sports Retailer held its trade exposition last week at San Diego's convention center, and show officials described the 14th annual gathering as a success. More than 7,200 exhibitors preregistered for space at the show, up from 6,000 last year.
The show included 200 manufacturers who were first-time exhibitors or who had returned to the show after a hiatus. "We're seeing a definite resurgence in the marketplace," said David Loechner, the director of the trade exhibition.
He pegged the show's strength to an improved economy and more sports television programming that features surfing, beach volleyball, skateboarding, in-line skating and snowboarding. The Action Sports Retailer show is endorsed by the Surf Industry Manufacturers Assn.
The sports clothing exposition included more than 50 manufacturers exhibiting snowboarding clothing, boards and accessories for the fast-growing sport. The Ski Industries America trade association believes that U.S. consumers spent more than $102 million on boards, apparel and accessories during 1993.