As anyone familiar with the marine industry knows, we are a tight-knit bunch with a deep-seated passion for boating and all the activities that surround it. And as the face of boating continues to evolve, it is more important than ever to have a place where competition can be left at the door, and industry leaders can collaborate to tackle the current issues at hand, as well as shape the future of the sport.
Enter WSIA Summit, or for those not familiar, the Water Sports Industry Association Summit. As well as advocating for the watersports industry all year long, each February, over 250 industry professionals travel west (this year to the Resort at Squaw Creek in Lake Tahoe, California) to collaborate and focus on topics including safety, risk management, advocacy and participation growth. The WSIA’s mission is to promote and protect the future of all towed water sports, and over the course of Summit’s two days, members, board of directors, and committee chairs alike all moved the industry a step forward and set plans into motion.
This year SeaDek was a contributing sponsor of Summit, and had members of the team on-site to take part in meaningful discussions, networking, and some time on the slopes with their peers.
The keynote speech by Dr. Wallace J. Nichols, bestselling author of Blue Mind, made an especially lasting impression on attendees. After years of exploring the scientific evidence behind the positive physical, emotional, and spiritual effects of being on, in, or near the water, Dr. Nichols compelled the audience to use their unique relationships with the water to bring more people into our lifestyle.
The Summit culminated with an awards dinner that honored many of the industry’s pioneers and innovators, including Tom Weber, who received the career achievement award for his decades of contributions to waterskiing. Also presented at the awards dinner were the Water Sports Innovation Awards, of which SeaDek received one for our new Flat Fenders!
Thank you to the WSIA, the sponsors, and all the Attendees that traveled to Tahoe to take part in Summit 2020. It was great to connect with old friends, make new ones, and be a part of creating the next chapter of the marine industry. Until next year!