PADDLEexpo 2014 welcomes big names, newcomers, to growing global show

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2014 show welcomes leading big names, several dozen newcomers

The 12th annual PADDLEexpo will take place Sept. 28-30, 2014, again in Nuremberg, Germany, with a packed hall expected. Show director Horst Fuersattel has filled every last inch of the 54,000 square feet of useable space in the 90,400-square-meter hall. Stepping into their booth spaces will be 136 exhibitors (2013: 121), which will show a total of 271 brands (2013: 263). 

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Side-by-side with the industry’s leaders from all segments of paddlesports, the show will also welcome 40 new exhibitors. The leading international canoe and stand-up paddling fair has become more and more interesting to the related segments of sport, outdoor, fishing and tourism. Yet PADDLEexpo maintains its specialty focus on all variations of paddlesports only, as well as including a range of seminars and workshops.

Interesting for related segments
The folding and inflatable boat segment is growing enormously, and this makes paddlesports even more interesting for a new group of retailers from sport and outdoor specialty. Those customers spend their free time just as often on the water as do camping and RV enthusiasts, travel trailers or fishing fans. And they didn’t target PADDLEexpo … until now. Exhibitors at PADDLEexpo can now deliver appropriate products for those retailers from related segments. With these changes in mind, a few new faces will be expected among the 1,369 attendees who came a year ago.

Hardware show and newcomers too
As usual, alongside the folding and inflatable boats, will be all of the traditional kayaks, canoes and stand-up paddling (SUP), as well as leisure boats, fishing kayaks and SUP boards, rental boats, paddle apparel and accessories. In particular this year, there will be a wide offering of hardware exhibited. What professional attendees won’t find in Nuremberg is swim fashion, flip-flops, sunglasses or the like.
Lined up with all of the well-known brands are also a number of interesting newcomers at PADDLEexpo 2014. For example, Spade Kayaks: A few paddlesports old-timers have founded a company specializing in manufacturing especially lightweight whitewater PE blow-molded kayaks. At the fair for the first time is Vajda, a big name in competition boats. In the area of SUP, the U.S. brand Boardworks will be here for the first time, exhibiting at the booth of its distributor System X.

In the area of apparel, there will be additional first-time exhibitors worth a look too. Among them are SUP neoprene wetsuit brands Onda from Portugal, Stormm Ride from Poland, and On-Line from Slovenia. Among accessory brands: GSB Electric, a notable newcomer; and Fasten Systems, which specializes in holders for fishing rod and other equipment. In addition, one can find OEM suppliers, which manufacture under contract various brands of boats and gear.

Full program, from workshops to parties
When the industry gets together, a strong program of course has to be part of the schedule. Thus, the first evening is reserved for the traditional Booth Parties. The Industry Party, held on the second evening, is now nearly legendary with its buffet, music and fascinating paddle films from all over the world. Always well attended are the professionally high-quality seminars and workshops offered by various exhibitors either in the conference center or at their booths. And the SUP Lounge is kept busy as a central meeting point directly where the large SUP exhibitors are located.

PADDLEexpo, in Nuremberg, Germany, from Sept. 28-30, is a true trade show with no consumers allowed. Trade professionals may attend the fair at no cost once registered at the website: www.PADDLEexpo.com.

***Mark your calenders now: In 2015, PADDLEexpo will take place Sept. 17-19, again in Nuremberg.***

About PADDLEexpo: Begun in 2003, PADDLEexpo (www.paddleexpo.com) is now the leading paddlesports trade fair globally. The international platform for the paddlesports industry presents all of the newest products and trends, from kayaks and canoes, stand-up paddle, and folding and inflatable boats, to apparel and outdoor, and accessories and gear. A driving force behind the industry, the fair has also become a global marketplace, as well as a meet up and networking event for buyers, manufacturers, importers, retailers, media and associations. PADDLEexpo also functions as a major point of information distribution regarding rentals, event management, customer retention and watersports tourism. PADDLEexpo takes place annually in Nuremberg, Germany, in partnership with the German Canoe Federation.

For more information:
Horst Fürsattel, PADDLEexpo, Tel. +49 9151 86 22 04 or horst@paddleexpo.com

Rainer Bommas, Bommas-PR, Tel. +49 731 175 8770 or rainer@bommas-pr.de

High-resolution photos suitable for printing are available now for download in the press area of the website: www.PADDLEexpo.com/press

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