Winter Surf Expo Set for Jan. 9-11 In Orlando
By Space Coast Daily // January 4, 2014
50th Anniversary of 'The Endless Summer'
ABOVE VIDEO: Filmmaker/narrator Bruce Brown follows two surfers, Mike Hynson and Robert August, on a surfing trip around the world.
ORLANDO, FLORIDA — The Surf Expo will kick off the 50th Anniversary Celebration of Bruce Brown’s iconic film The Endless Summer at their upcoming show Jan. 9-11 which is just a stone’s throw from the Space Coast which is acknowledge as the capital of surfing on the East Coast.
Surf Expo is produced in January and September in Orlando, Florida and draws buyers from specialty stores across the U.S., the Caribbean, Central and South America and around the world.
The show features approximately 2,600 booths of apparel and hardgoods and a full line-up of special events, including fashion shows, annual awards ceremonies, and demos.
Average buyer and exhibitor turnout exceeds 26,000 attendees including retailers, exhibitors and media per show.
‘THE ENDLESS SUMMER’ 50TH ANNIVERARY CELEBRATION
“We are proud to celebrate and commemorate this iconic surf film at Surf Expo. Not only has nearly every surfer on earth been inspired or influenced in some way by The Endless Summer, but the impact it has had on our industry, our fashion, art, music and lifestyle is unmatched” said Roy Turner, Show Director of Surf Expo.
The celebration will kick off with an exclusive screening of The Endless Summer with live commentary from the movie’s director, Bruce Brown and stars, Robert August and Mike Hynson. Robert “Wingnut” Weaver, star of The Endless Summer II, will host the event to be held opening night of Surf Expo.
Alex Mecl, Managing Director of Bruce Brown Films said “Bruce Brown Films is excited to be kicking off The Endless Summer’s 50th Anniversary in partnership with Surf Expo. We are extremely pleased to be celebrating together with our friends in the surf industry and Surf Expo is the ideal place with all of the industry gathering together. As one of the most cherished and popular surf films of all time, millions around the globe have been inspired over the past decades to search for that perfect wave! Surf Expo is the perfect venue to be sharing that experience again 50 years later!”
Leading actor Robert August noted “I’m so excited to spend this celebration with my industry friends and all my East Coast buddies at Surf Expo!”
“The roster of events will not only embrace surfing history with The Endless Summer and the East Coast Surfing Hall of Fame’s 2013 inductee ceremony, but recognize and honor the newest generation of surfing with Eastern Surf Association’s All Stars introduction ceremony”, said Surf Expo’s Marketing Director Adrienne Belk.
The celebration at Surf Expo will be the kickoff event to commemorate the momentous anniversary. All Surf Expo exhibitors and attendees are welcomed to attend.
The next Surf Expo is January 9-11, 2014 in the West Hall of the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando Florida. For more information visit www.surfexpo.com.
BELOW VIDEOS: The January 2013 Surf Expo show was the largest in trade show’s 37-year history with 11,800 pre-registered buyers and more than 3,500 brands represented in 250,000 gross square feet of exhibit space.