Paddlesports Retailer Partners with Nation's Best Sports

Asheville, NC – May 6, 2019 — Paddlesports Retailer, the official national trade show of the paddlesports industry, has partnered with Nation’s Best Sports for the 2019 show season in late August. Paddlesports Retailer is set for August 25-29 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, while Nation’s Best Sports Fall Semi-Annual Market will take place August 27-29 in Fort Worth, Texas. The first-time partnership enables NBS retailers to attend the PSR show on Monday and Tuesday, before traveling to NBS for Wednesday and Thursday.  

Paddlesports Retailer General Manager Charles Conner commented, “We’re happy to collaborate with the Nation’s Best Sports team to offer retailers a two-for-one opportunity. It’s difficult for many retailers to take a week out of the store or office, and the option to attend two shows provides them extra value for their time and travel expenses. It’s also helpful for our industry to attract retailers with a secondary interest in paddlesports, as they represent potential new customers for many of our exhibitors.”

Participants will register for both shows and will fly into Oklahoma City and out of Fort Worth. A free shuttle will be provided on Wednesday, August 28 from the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City to the Fort Worth Convention Center in Texas—an easy three-hour trip.

NBS retailers who book an Oklahoma City hotel in the official PSR room block and attend Paddlesports Retailer will qualify for the full lodging reimbursement available to all PSR attendees. The full reimbursement is available to reservations made prior to June 1, with a 50% lodging reimbursement available for reservations made prior to August 1. Registration and hotel booking instructions for Paddlesports Retailer are located at

For more information about the NBS market and how to register, visit their website.

NBS Member Itinerary

Paddlesports Retailer Days

Sunday, August 25  

6pm: PSR Kick-Off Party Early Check-In @ Bricktown Brewery, OKC     

Monday, August 26

PSR On-Water Demo Day at Riversport Rapids

12pm-4pm: Flatwater

5pm-9pm: Whitewater

Tuesday, August 27

7:30am-9am: Industry Breakfast & Speaker

9am-5pm: Full Show Floor Day

9am-7pm: New Product Showcase and Paddling Magazine Industry Awards viewing and voting

Catered Lunch Provided for NBS Members

5pm-7pm: The Paddling Magazine New Product Showcase Happy Hour presented by PolyOne

7pm-9:30pm: After-Hours Get Together Presented by American Whitewater at TapWerks Ale House

Nation’s Best Sports Fall Semi-Annual Market Days

Wednesday, August 28

Early AM Shuttle to Ft Worth Provided by PSR & NBS

Arrive to Fort Worth Convention Center Late AM

12-1pm: Member Lunch Buffet

12-6pm: Booth buying

6pm-8pm: Taste of the Outdoors Social Event

Thursday, August 29  

7am-9am: Member Breakfast Buffet

8am-1pm: Booth Buying

1pm-3pm: Extravaganza

1pm-7pm: Booth Tear-down/Move-out

About Paddlesports Retailer

Paddlesports Retailer is the national trade show of the paddlesports industry, endorsed by the Paddlesports Trade Coalition. The show provides exclusive on-water demo opportunities, an expansive marketplace and an unsurpassed cultural experience for exhibitors, retailers, media and industry advocates alike. For more information, visit or contact

About Nation’s Best Sports

Nation’s Best Sports (NBS) is the nation’s oldest and largest sporting goods buying group. Formed in 1956, NBS is comprised of over 400 independent retail members representing over 800 store fronts across the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. The NBS mission is to provide independently owned dealers the ability to effectively compete in an everchanging environment through aggressive purchasing, marketing and service opportunities. For more information, visit


Catherine Rash, Marketing Manager | Nation’s Best Sports | Phone: 817-605-2223

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