Well, as Will H. suggests, better luck next year.
I'm not sure about kites, but I know that the Monday and Tuesday after the
Orlando Surf Expo
show many of the Windsurfing related businesses
where over on Merritt Island (about 45 min. east of Orlando) doing a full
blown dealers only demo of all the new '05 gear.
I also know that a couple of weeks ago there was the AWSI
Industry/Retailer Summit on South Padre Island for 6 days featuring all
the latest in Windsurfing and Kitesurfing gear, all day demos, every day
plus alot of product seminars.
If you are "in the industry" or a Windsurfing/Kitesurfing retailer how you
missed being notified about these demo opportunities is beyond me.
If you are simply a consumer, check out some of the dealer sponsored demos
all around the country.
Depending on where you are located there could be a demo in your home
Sailworks/Starboard/Powerex/HPL have a large demo operation that travels
all over the country.
BIC North America/Gaastra has a somewhat smaller demo operation that
travels through out most of the country supporting their dealers.
Exocet/Aerotech Sails/Epic Gear also has a demo
large demo trailer that travels in the Southeast and Florida.
Northsports has a huge demo fleet in Cape Hatteras at the Windsurfing
For Kiteboarding, check the Hatteras area as there are lots of shops here
that offer lessons, some demo gear (I think because I know very little
Mark the 3rd week in April down on your calendar.
That's when the huge Frisco Woods Windfest occurs. Many of the demo people
will be there for that event, and you can cover kites and windsurfing in
the same area.
Hope this helps,
> To the guys working in the windsurfing/surfing/kitesurfing business, I
> would like to ask you about a trade show to attend where I can check
> out products from different manufacturers and try them if possible. I
> am talking about boards, sails, kites, etc. for a school and retail;
> if there's a show where you can check out that type of products as
> well as apparel that would be ideal. I heard about Surf Expo in
> Orlando but I don't think you can try the products here, and another
> show in Texas but I don't have any more information on that one.
> I will appreciate any information you can provide.
> Dirk L.