Boating Industry

October 2014

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LAUNCH October 2014 | Boating Industry | 9 The Exhibitor Video Awards honor the best product and company videos submitted by IBEX exhibitors. The goal of the EVAs is to showcase the technology and innova- tion exhibitors are bringing to IBEX and to create an interactive way for IBEX exhibitors to promote themselves and their products or services. EVAs will be awarded in three cat- egories: Best Company Video, Best Product Video and People's Choice. IBEX will also offer several educational ses- sions this year on a number of technical topics including designing for 3D printers, fi berglass repair, hull design, tailoring wakes and more. HOT SPOTS Coastal states lead PWC growth Personal watercraft are up 31.2 percent, which is the fastest growing in the marine fi le. Los Angeles has seen signifi cant PWC growth, up 71.0 percent from last year. Beyond those numbers, the Sunshine state is a leader across all metropolitan areas, up 64.0 percent in West Palm Beach-Boca Raton, 60.1 percent in Orlando, 55.4 percent in Tampa-St. Peters- burg-Clearwater and 51.0 percent in Miami Fort Lauderdale. The rest of the east coast has also seen a range of growth, with Charlotte- Gastonia up 36.2 percent and New York up 21.9 percent. IBEX will feature more than 500 exhibitors. Last year, Rick Pitino drew a packed house to the industry breakfast. Bob Knight will deliver this year's keynote. Los Angeles, CA 71.0% Miami-Fort Lauderdale, FL 51.0% West Palm Beach-Boca Raton, FL 64.0% Houston, TX 32.9% Orlando, FL 60.1% Detroit, MI 32.9% Charlotte-Gastonia, NC 36.2% Source: Statistical Surveys Inc. Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 55.4% PWC are extremely popular in Florida, where all four regions have seen increases above 50 percent over last year. New York, NY 21.9% Dallas-Ft. Worth, TX 6.8%

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