Major Milestones Reached for the Stand Up Paddle Industry Association
Successful inaugural Summit completed as Membership Approaches 150 businesses
SUP Industry Association
Dana Point, CA – SUPIA SUMMIT 2013
On September 24 and 25, Stand Up Paddle Industry Association members gathered at Aliso Creek Golf Course for our first SUP-IA SUMMIT.
Fifty people from SUP businesses around the United States and from as far as Germany, France and Australia joined in two days of networking, discussion and debate about the Stand Up Paddle Industry. Guest speakers, panel lead discussions and quite few drifting conversations saw us touch base on a range of topics from the growth and development of SUP, youth involvement, water access, government regulation, safety, and the Olympics.
From the Introduction session, the unifying nature of Stand Up Paddle resonated, many participants shared the motivation for the development of their SUP business: Most companies driven by the inclusive nature, health benefits and the feeling of paddling for the first time. Overwhelmingly their attendance at the event was based on their desire to see the sport flourish.
Summits do not happen without planning and a lot of help. We were lucky enough to have some fabulous speakers and panel Members: Anthony Vela, Chase Kosterlitz and Chris Parker lead our Events and Racing panel and Brody Welte, Julie Roach, Byron Kurt, Chris Stec and Tania Nesbitt all contributed to our Certification & Safety Panel. Don Meek from Engine focused on available technologies which can dramatically assist businesses of all sizes and provided a glimpse of future technologies that could rock our world. Both Matt Collins of Tax & Financial Group as well as Gary Sirota & Seyamack Kouretchian from Coast Law Group shared business insights in break out sessions in Financial Planning & Ecommerce respectively.