Things around here have been winding down for a few weeks now. Sparky is happier because I’ve been able to spend a lot more time with him. After a really busy Labor Day weekend, the season in the Upper Keys is over. Now we have more time to do other things.
Going Back To Surf Expo
Tonight we’re leaving for Orlando to go to Surf Expo, the biggest board sports show in the world. A lot of the biggest manufacturers are going to be there, including Riviera, Boga, Hobie, Bogaert, Bote, BIC Sport, and a lot more.
The show starts off tomorrow with demo day, where you get to try out everyone’s boards. After that it’s three days at the Convention Center, checking out all of the new toys.
It’s Not Just Boards
It’s not just going to be paddleboard companies, though. There are going to be hundreds of manufacturers, including clothing companies like Quicksilver, and diving and snorkeling manufacturers like Cressi. PADI is even going to be there introducing their new Freediving Class.
Keep an eye out here. I’ll be posting daily updates from the show, and in the next few weeks I’ll be writing some new reviews for boards, and some of the other toys that I see there.
While I’m there, I’m also going to be checking out a few things for my boss like finding out about becoming a GoPro dealer, and looking for custom printed rash guards.
Sparky’s Vacation And New Toys
Even though he is the mascot, unfortunately Sparky can’t go to the show. I found a place for him to stay, though, thanks to a new site called rover.com. It’s just like Airbnb, but for your dog. He’ll be staying at someone’s house in Orlando, right by the Convention Center.
Hopefully we’ll be coming back from the show with our new paddleboard…FINALLY. Maybe that and the idea of getting to paddle more, now that work is less busy, will help cheer Sparky up.
There’s Always Something To Do On A Boat
Of course, no road trip would be complete without a stop at West Marine. I need to get new carabiners for the rudders and the steering lines. I originally used cheap ones from the hardware store, so of course they’re rusting pretty bad. And the plastic oar sockets on the dinghy cracked, like they always do on Walker Bays. So I’m replacing them with stainless ones, like I did on the old dinghy.
Freediving Class And More Training Soon
Speaking of freediving classes, next weekend I’m heading down to Marathon to take my Freediver Level 1 class. I’m going to be staying with friends on their boat, in Boot Key. I’ll be spending most of the weekend in a classroom and a pool, but it will still be nice to get down to Marathon again.
It’s been way too long!
There’s a few other classes that might be taking in the next few months too. Nothing is definite yet, though, so I’ll save the rest for a future post.