Paddlesports retailing convention coming to OKC

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Paddling Business

Paddlesports Retailer, the new industry trade show designed “for paddlers, by paddlers” is just five months away. This year the trade show moves from its debut location in Madison, Wisconsin, to the Cox Convention Center in centrally located Oklahoma City.  

“Oklahoma City is cool,” says Paddlesports Trade Coalition chairman, Bill Kueper, in a Paddlepsorts Retailer meeting at Canoecopia on March 9, 2018. “Housing is easy. The water venue is world-class brilliant. There’s nothing else like it in the United States. Oklahoma City is becoming a major Metropolitan area—they’re trying to be the new Boulder.” 

Paddlesports Retailer runs Tuesday, August 28 to Thursday August 30. The on-water demo will take place on Monday, August 27 at the Boathouse District. The demo will begin at 3 p.m. and run until 10 p.m. underneath the facility’s stadium lights.  Show participants can canoe, kayak, raft and paddleboard down class II-IV rapids while testing all the latest flatwater boats on the USOC sprint kayak course. The Boathouse is walking distance to the trendy Bricktown District, downtown, and the convention center and adjacent hotels.

“I think we’re going to want to be in Oklahoma City on a longterm basis,” said Paddlesport Retailer co-founder Sutton Bacon during the same meeting. “We’d like to find a home and stay there and make some roots."

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