The Official Tradeshow of the Paddlesports Industry

The world’s largest paddlesports-only show arrives in Oklahoma City—the nation’s newest paddling destination.

2018 Attending Media 

MEDIA HIGHLIGHTS

  • Exceptional Attendance

    Everyone’s in one place—see 150+ exhibitors and 250+ retailers come together to show off and preview the best new boats, gear and apparel of 2019. More than 600 attendees expected!
  • The Industry’s Best Demo Venue at Riversport Adventure Park

    Try out 2019’s hottest paddlesports products in the OKC Boathouse District. Flatwater and whitewater sites are just a stone’s throw from each other at the nation’s only urban white- water rafting and kayaking center.
  • cast your vote at the new product showcase

    Monday & Tuesday, August 27 & 28, attending media will have an opportunity to vote for the industry’s best innovations in boats, boards, gear, apparel and accessories at the New Product Showcase by Paddling Magazine.

  • 2018 Paddling Magazine Product & Industry Awards

    Wednesday evening features an industry party with awards in 11 different categories, plus the highly anticipated Best of Show presentation.
  • Travel Incentives

    Qualifying media can apply for a room reimbursement from Paddlesports Retailer by emailing their hotel confirmation number to info@paddlesportsretailer.com. Oklahoma City’s CVB will provide access to attractions and highlights throughout the metro area.
  • Welcome Packets for all Registered Media 

    Sign up to get your generous helping of Paddlesports and OKC swag!
  • Official Media Events

    Access to the New Product Showcase and the media-only Bricktown Canal paddle.

  

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Media Contacts

Paddlesports Retailer

Gavin Young, Communications Director

Visit OKC

Tabbi Burwell, Communications Manager

OKC Boathouse Foundation

Holland Taylor, Marketing Coordinator


STORY IDEAS

Lonnie Bedwell, Extreme Adventurer and Blind Military Veteran: Lonnie Bedwell is the special guest speaker at Paddlesports Retailer’s Industry Breakfast on Tuesday, August 28, at 7:30am. Lonnie is best known for completing the first blind descent of the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. He is a military veteran and extreme adventurer who has achieved multiple first descents as a blind paddler, has climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, and has summited several of North America’s highest mountains. He served five years on board the USS Oklahoma City (SSN 723) and was its sailor of the year in 1993. His award-winning book 226: How I Became the First Blind Person to Kayak the Grand Canyon was published in 2015 by Pro Player Press.

Urban Whitewater Course: 8 million gallons of water fueling Class II-IV rapids in downtown OKC at the crossroads of the nation; how it’s helping whitewater paddlesports grow in America’s heartland while promoting health and fitness throughout the region.

OKCRespond: An innovative, collaborative community program that gives OKC first responders (fire, police, EMTs) free access to Boathouse District fitness and mental health programs designed just for them. Programming also provides them an opportunity to mentor at-risk youth. First responders participate in both dragon boat and whitewater rafting competitive leagues.

Olympic Hopefuls The OKC National High Performance Center is a U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Training Site providing world-class training opportunities for both rowing and canoe/kayak flatwater and whitewater slalom. The center is affiliated with the national governing bodies for both sports, USRowing and the American Canoe Association.

Oklahoma Regatta Festival This festival features competitive kayaking, rowing, dragon boat and whitewater raft racing September 28-30. Every night, athletes compete in the OGE NightSprints, 500 meter sprints on the only permanently lit race course in the country.

Lake Overholser A rural escape just 20 minutes outside of Downtown OKC. The location provides a second training ground for flatwater kayakers as well as recreational and sport enthusiasts. Paddlers can kayak or SUP into the Stinchcomb Wildlife Refuge and enjoy sightings of whitetail deer, beaver, egrets, cormorants and hundreds of species of migratory birds and waterfowl.

Modern Downtown Streetcar System Six miles of downtown streetcar will link major attractions in the downtown area. It will be the most extensive of its type in the U.S., and the system will connect workers to their jobs, residents to events, and visitors to city attractions. The streetcar broke ground in Bricktown January 2017 and should be completed in late 2018.

The Sailing Center at Lake Hefner The wind sweeping down Oklahoma’s plain makes Lake Hefner in northwest Oklahoma City a destination for competitive and recreational sailors. The Sailing Center at Lake Hefner has sailing lessons and camps, a competitive sailing team, as well as kayaks and SUPs for outdoor enthusiasts.

70-acre Downtown Park - Scissortail Park The city’s newest park will provide citizens and visitors with a variety of recreation activities, including concerts, walking/biking/running trails, picnic sites, youth sports fields, play areas, public art, interactive water features, and outdoor education opportunities. Designed to promote a healthy lifestyle, the park will connect downtown Oklahoma City to the shores of the Oklahoma River and is scheduled for completion in 2021.

Sanctuary Asia at the Oklahoma City Zoo A new 6.6 acre, $22 million expansion called Sanctuary Asia is headed to the Oklahoma City Zoo August 2018. The venue will create an environment where endangered animals from the Asian continent can thrive. Sanctuary Asia is a refuge where Asian elephants are safe and free to live, socialize, eat, play and explore. Other animals on site: red pandas, Asian rhino, langurs, Komodo dragons, raccoon dogs, cranes and cassowary birds. The space includes a restaurant, event space and kids’ splash area.


For a collection of Paddlesports Retailer press releases: paddlesportsretailer.com/news.

For additional OKC facts and story ideas: visitokc.com/media.