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What you missed at the Association of Wind and Water Sports Industry trade show in the USA

by Sensi Graves 25 Sep 18:55 BST September 8-11, 2021

After a one-year hiatus, 2021 marked the return of the Association of Wind and Water Sports Industry trade show. AWSI exists to support and provide representation for windsurfing, kiteboarding, wing, foil and stand-up paddleboard companies.

Hood River is the perfect location for the AWSI trade show as the Event Site features a rolling lawn down to the waterfront, making for an epic rigging location to house the plethora of gear that the trade shows hosts.

Spread out over four days, the event featured brand demonstrations from Naish, Slingshot, Ride Engine, F-One, Manera, AK Durable Supply, Airush Kiteboarding, Freewing, and more. Some brands went in-depth with their product lines and offered up full line presentations while others kept it concise and focused on their values, mission and future goals. Gear demos were available throughout the day and a light, steady westerly breeze meant lots of water time for retailers, brands and athletes alike.

Starting at 8am each day, the waterfront was littered with foils, wings, kites, surfboards, and twin tips from the 20+ brands that exhibited. The industry was out in full force-the who's who of Kiteboarding and Wingfoiling were present with legends such as Robby Naish, Titouan Galea and Jesse Richman milling about. Brands, retailers, distributors and athletes were eager to talk shop, stoke one another out and see familiar faces.

The wind was off and on through the event but luckily the first two days were bright, sunny and hot. As the wind filled in, forecasted, eager attendees started making their way to the water. The ability to test the gear that the brands have been working on for so long is one of the absolute highlights of the AWSI and participants made their way to the river for lots of sessions.

At 4pm each day, pro rider demonstrations began and despite marginal conditions averaging around 14knots, athletes such as Jack Rieder, Noe Font, Titouan Gallea and Annie Reickart put on a show! Boosts, handle-passes and wing foil tricks abounded.

Another highlight of the week were Jesse Richman's tow-ups as he got pulled behind a jet-ski with his 15meter kite and released some 50-70 feet in the air sending board offs and front rolls on the way down. The rest of us sat on the beach drinking beer and cheering him on.

The AWSI also nominates brands, and riders for "Of The Year" categories. During the AWSI party, Male and Female Kiteboader and Wingfoiler of the year, as well as Kiteboarding and Winging brand of the year, were awarded. Of the 5 nominations in each category, the winners were: Fred Hope for Male kiteboarder, Daniela Moroz for Female kiteboarder, Olivia Jenkins for female winger, Kai Lenny for Male winger, F-one for wing brand of the year and Naish for kiteboarding brand of the year.

After 3 full days at the waterfront and with the industry out in full force, brands began breaking down and loading up to head home. With the first AWSI event in two years, we were all eager to talk shop, mingle and try out new product. The overall tone of the event was one of gratitude and stoke as we all get to do what we love, in a beautiful location, with awesome people and friendly faces.

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