The Surf Industry Manufacturers Association (SIMA) and Board Retailers Association (BRA) are proud to announce they have joined forces to present Surf Summit 13, to be held May 12-15, 2010 in Los Cabos, Mexico.

This year the annual Surf Summit conference will be taken to the next level by unifying the SIMA and BRA conferences into one event that will truly encompass and showcase the entire surf industry. With a larger manufacturer and retailer presence and a stronger representation of the industry’s top leaders, Surf Summit 13 will be a more complete union of the tribe.

"Surf Summit can only be made better by including the Board Retailers Association members and staff," said Doug Palladini, SIMA President and VP of Marketing for Vans. "I'm really pleased that the BRA leadership agrees in all the mutually beneficial gains that can be generated by combining our forces for this important leadership event going forward."

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2010 Boards & Waves

The 2010 Boards & Waves Expo will feature over 100 exhibits of surfboards, fins, foam, and surf accessories, Stand Up Paddle (SUP) and “eco/green” displays, action sports-related products (skateboard, kiteboard, motocross, BMX, wakeboard), surfboard painting with Drew Brophy, surf- and beach-inspired artists, surfboard shaping demos, homemade surfboard contest, educational seminars and more.

The two-day event is the East Coast’s ONLY “consumer expo for surfers” and will be held on April 17 & 18, 2010 at the Cocoa Expo Sports Center in Cocoa, Florida.

There will be free product giveaways including a raffle to win a Ricky Carroll surfboard each day.

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Dean Bowen

Dean Bowen (Gerroa, NSW) today claimed the 2010’s Grade – 5 Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Hurley Burleigh Pro Junior claiming a professional junior surfing world-record USD$25,000 winner’s cheque.

Bowen defeated Chris Friend (Alex Headland, Qld) in a seesawing final, which saw Bowen fall behind early, before retaliating with a blistering 9.17 (out of a possible 10) wave, registering a combined two-wave total of 16.17 (out of a possible 20) to Friend’s 14.63.

“I’ll definitely be having a few drinks tonight with family and friends, and possibly take a quiet little trip to the Gold Coast casino,” an excited Bowen, 19, said.

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