Surf Expo kicked off yesterday with board demo day at the Orlando Watersports Complex. The last time I went to the show we arrived really late, and didn’t have time to try anything out after checking in. So after dropping Sparky off at his doggie sitter, and hanging out for a while, to make sure he was ok, I raced over to the show.
Where Do I Even Start?
Most of the manufacturers from the show were there, with literally hundreds of boards that you could take for a spin. I still got there a little later than I had hoped, but even if I had gotten there as soon as the gates opened, there’s no way I would have had enough time to try them all out.
New Gear And Some Surprises
My first stop, of course, was BIC Sport since the Wing has been on the top of my list for a while now. To my surprise, the Wing Limited has been discontinued in blue, and is being replaced with red this year. That will make the board easier for rescuers to find, if I run into trouble when doing my paddle around the Horn, to raise awareness for selfie stick addiction.
BIC also has a new line of boards made from wood and other natural materials called Earth SUP.
There’s also a new company making an electric motor that can be mounted on any paddleboard right through the fin box. I forgot to get a picture, and can’t think of the name right now, but I’ll check them out at the show today. The’re partnering with a few different manufacturers, so they’ll be at multiple booths.
In then end, I didn’t go too crazy, and just tried out a few different boards including some inflatables, touring, and a few yoga boards. I demoed 8 total models from Red Paddle, Pulse SUP, BOGA, Solstice Sports, BIC Sport, and Earth SUP. I’ll be writing some reviews on these boards in the coming weeks, after I get back from the show.
Sparky was initially a little upset he didn’t get to go to the show. I got a few texts throughout the day, though, and it looks like he’s settling in just fine, and enjoying some relaxation time. Hopefully going home with a new board will help cheer him up too.