When the end of January arrives, it’s tradeshows time. This year we Europeans were very lucky to have the ISPO 2014 tradeshow before the SIA in the US, so we were a bit spoiled for once to know what’s new for next season before our fellow Americans.
Going to a tradeshow means a lot of talking, losing your voice, sore feet from walking around all day, eating crappy food from the show or not eating at all, but at the same time it means great times, meeting with good friends, interesting chats with the important people from the splitboard industry, get to see where the market is moving to and, since the show is in Munich, drink lots of delicious German beer.
In addition, this year Splitboard Magazine organized the first Splitboard & Beer party, where we rented a mountain cabin in downtown Munich and invited all the splitboarder community with the only purpose of having a great time, chat, drink some beer, play table football and taste some delicious Spanish food, and some schnapps too.
We were extremely happy that people joined us in this get together, and hope everyone had as much fun as we did. There will definitely be more Splitboard & Beer parties in the future.
In addition to that, the Tailgate Alaska booth, the meeting point for the freerider community, organized a clinic about splitboarding where Splitboard Magazine was invited to take part of, along with the most important people from the splitboarding manufacturers. It was great to discuss the present and future of splitboarding with such important people like Will Ritter, Chad Perrin, Klemens Branner and more.
The splitboarder family is growing, the equipment is getting lighter and more efficient and lines that were impossible to imagine to be ridden in the past are being ridden now by motivated splitboarders all over the world. Splitboarding is definitely alive and well, long live splitboarding.
Here’s a recap of the brands that attended the ISPO trade show and the equipment that they will offer for the season 2014-15.