SLINGSHOT BRAND OF THE YEAR AWSI 2016!
Kiteboarders worldwide are going to feel like kids on Christmas when the new 2017 products roll out from all the kiteboarding brands. From new control bar technology and materials to more customized gear and accessories, this year’s annual industry trade show for AWSI (Association Windsports and SUP Industries) at Surf Expo 2016 did not disappoint the Tkb staff or retailers as they checked out all the new toys coming from participating brands including Airush, Best, North, Slingshot, Ocean Rodeo, Ride Engine, F.One, Manera, Mystic, AXIS, Litewave Designs, Crazy Foil, HQ Kites, Vanhunks, Naish, WOO Sports, LP Foils, Waterman MFG and Progressive. 2017 represents a year of innovation and there’s plenty to be excited about! For details on what’s coming, be sure to check out the 2016 Surf Expo videos at www.thekiteboarder.com.
Friday night, the industry presented its annual awards for the brand, male rider, female rider and retailer of the year. For the brand of the year nominations the criteria was:
Profile/exposure (traditional and social media exposure) in North America
Recent product innovation
Support of events in North America
Support of a healthy dealer network in North America
General increase/maintenance of significant market share
Support of healthy industry initiatives (trade shows, media, events, athletes
In the running were Cabrinha, North, Airush, Liquid Force and Slingshot but in the end, Slingshot claimed the 2016 Brand of the Year Award, much to the pride of an elated Tony Logosz (SS Co-founder) who thanked his team for their dedication and hard work, along with the industry and riders worldwide for their support.
For the male and female riders of the year, the awards were based on:
Profile/exposure (traditional and social media exposure)
Professionalism, ability to present the sport in a professional manner
Involvement/support of North American events, demos
Content generation (video, print, social)
Colleen Carroll (North), Sensi Graves (LF) and Tonia Farman (LF) earned the top votes with North’s Colleen Carroll coming out on top for the the third year in a row. When accepting her award, Colleen said it was an exciting time to be involved in kiteboarding, especially with the inauguration of the Kite Park League and tour this year, a grassroots efforts organized by riders pushing progression in park-style riding.
For the men, it came down to Jesse Richman (Naish, Brandon Scheid (LF) and Craig Cunningham (North). Winner Jesse Richman was not able to make it to this year’s show so North American Naish representative Mike Dunhaime accepted on his behalf. This is the second time Jesse has been recognized as male rider of the year.
The kite awards concluded with retailer of the year, an award voted on by the industry brands. For the first time, MAC Kiteboarding out of Michigan took the top spot.
Congratulations to all the finalists and winners of the 2016 AWSI awards!
Terzo appuntamento ETT con Signal e nuova produzione Slingshot !
Thirsty for a new ETT?! Perfect, because here it is and this one goes down smooth! Gettin’ Barreled rolls south to Tennessee to visit the oldest distillery in America, Jack Daniels and it’s cooperage. After seeing how a barrel is made and learning the process that is whiskey making, the barrel has a very full and interesting life and it is our goal to extend it one more time and turn the used barrel into a snowboard! Whiskey and Snowboarding what could go wrong? Enjoy and please watch responsibly. Special thanks to Jason Rowlet
Siamo a palla di cannone!
Finito di spedire Mystic, Osprey e Slingshot Kite e Wake, qui in Uc non ci fermiamo più. Questa settimana prepariamo R&E, Remote e gli assortimenti Mystic aspettando la nuova fornitura Slingshot Kite, Osprey Longboard e Moonshine.
Youri Zoon !
What does Youri Zoon, one of the most recognizable and respected riders in kiteboarding, have to say about a return to his roots with team Slingshot. Learn his take on the incredibly fun kite he helped pioneer.
Click the link below to spend five minutes with Youri as he opens up about changing sponsors, being back with team Slingshot and the RPM, battling Carlos Mario for a world title, quality vs. quantity and, ultimately, why he’s having fun on the water again.
New Mystic Video SS 16 e Longboard sul pronto!
Spedito tutti gli ordini sul programmato, possiamo da ora consegnare tutti i nostri marchi di Longboard sul pronto con consegna entro due giorni in tutta Italia.
A segure gli ultimi video di Mystic, che vi ricordiamo potete ordinare sul pronto i best seller della collezione SS 2016.
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