Carlsbad, CA, January 29, 2010 – Despite the economic challenges of 2009, the action-sports industry continues to thrive with new ideas, product innovations, and campaigns aimed at growing the market. TransWorld Business decided it was time to recognize the industry’s leading retailers, manufacturers, sales reps, and products by proudly introducing the 1st Annual TransWorld Business Industry & Retail Awards. TW Biz reached out to more than 2,500 retailers and industry insiders for their nominations and votes across several unique categories in order to distinguish the shops, brands, reps, and products that contributed the most to the action-sports industry in 2009 by building demand and strengthening the endemic market.
And the winners are:
Brand Of The Year
Best Specialty Store Specific Line
Most Innovative Point Of Purchase (POP) Materials
Retailer Of The Year
Surfside Sports (Costa Mesa, California)
Online Retailer Of The Year
Dogfunk.com (Salt Lake City, Utah)
Hardgoods Retailer Of The Year
Hanger 94 (La Mesa, California)
(powered by ActionWatch)
(Category with best average retail margins over past twelve months)
#1 National Brand In Category: Volcom
Breakout Category Of The Year
(Category with best year-over-year sales change)
#1 National Brand In Category: Roxy
(Hardgoods category with best year-over-year sales change)
Stand-Up Paddle (SUP) Boards
#1 National Brand In Category: N/A
(Category with best turn rates over past twelve months)
Short Complete Skateboards (<34″)
#1 National Brand In Category: Sector 9
For a complete breakdown of the winners and results visit transworldbusiness.com.
Winners will receive an award along with a complimentary TransWorld Business VIP membership. The membership includes access to exclusive VIP-only Web content, complete multi-sport Exposure-Meter reports, monthly retail sales reports from ActionWatch, and a 12-issue print subscription beginning with the January 2010 State Of The Union Address issue, which features bold market predictions from expert industry executives like Bob McKnight, Laurent Potdevin, Doug Palladini, and many more.
To become a VIP member, log on to business.transworld.net/subscription-information.
The winners were selected using the results of a two-month survey conducted in two parts, VIP, and People’s Choice. VIP votes were by invite only and were weighted at 70 percent of the final results. The People’s Choice nominations were conducted on transworldbusiness.com and were weighted at 30 percent. Think of it as the Electoral College and the popular vote, and just like our nation’s elections, the votes were rigorously patrolled to ensure only one vote was cast per person. Hundreds of votes were cast in each category.
About TransWorld Media:
Since 1983, TransWorld Media has been the world’s leading action-sports media company, serving over 27 million of the most passionate audience of skateboarders, snowboarders, surfers, BMX, and motocross riders annually via Web sites, magazines, videos, and events.
TransWorld is a division of the Bonnier Corporation. Bonnier Corporation is one of the largest consumer-publishing groups in America and the leading media company serving highly engaged audiences through more than 40 special-interest magazines and related multimedia projects and events.