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Retail Buyers Guide:  SUP 2018

CATEGORY: SUP
BRAND: RRD

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PADDLE EXPO
Will you attend Paddle Expo? If yes, what are your expectations (business opportunities, competition benchmarking, retailers’ education)?
Yes RRD will present to the paddle expo 2017.

For sure the market that is growing super fast is the inflatable market. It’s a great place to put your brand up against other brands to track out progress.

TRENDS
What are the main 2017 trends in Stand Up Paddleboards in terms of categories (SUP Surfing, downwind/race, touring, river, all around/leisure, yoga/fitness…)? Which sector of the market are you focusing most on?
This year the cruising inflatable increased a lot, also the inflatable SUP with the windsurf mast insert.

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TECH HARDBOARDS/INFLATABLES
What’s new with your hardboard construction? And where do you see hardboard sales heading? What’s new with your inflatable board construction? And where do you see inflatable sales heading? Please tell us about your new technologies or product breakthroughs for 2017?
We are looking to find an eco-friendly material to use for hardboards. It isn’t easy! For now the market is not suited to the rigid board but instead toward the inflatable. The new technologies that we will present during Paddlexpo will be the Thermo plastic belt; a special stripe that increases the stiffness by around 40% more compared to a conventional inflatable board.

AESTHETICS
What is the story behind your boards’ graphics?
Our graphic is the razzle dazzle. It’s a special camouflage used during the 2nd world war. We like to use this because it’s atypical and unique.

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RETAILERS’ HELP
How are you helping your retailer network to sell your product?
SUP riders are really the best tools to help the shops and the retailers to sell, also the promo gear and the test day are important.

PRICE POINT
How have prices evolved for the hardboard/inflatable categories and what are the main price hot spots?
To compete in this market isn’t so easy because suppliers are selling last year’s boards cheap, meaning prices have to go down.RRD

KEY INNOVATIONS
What product innovations are you most hyped on for next year?
Our new inflatable technologies such as the thermo plastic belt will be key for us.

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Retail Buyer’s Guides

Great Outdoors SS21

Hanging Shoes SS21

Boardshorts SS21

Bottles & Flasks SS21

Backpacks SS21

Skate Hardgoods SS21

Swimwear SS21

Skate Shoes SS21

Foamies 2020

Kiteboards 2020

Kites 2020

Longboards 2020

Sunglasses 2020

SUP 2020

Surfboards 2020

Impact Vests 2020

Powsurfers FW20/21

Cruisers 2020

Wetsuits FW20/21

Beanies FW20/21

Snow Helmets FW20/21

Base Layers FW20/21

E-Boards 2020

Facemasks FW20/21

Snow Safety FW20/21

Goggles FW20/21

Snowboards FW20/21

Skate Shoes FW20/21

Longboards SS20

Watches SS20

Sunglasses SS20

Kiteboards SS20

Kites SS20

Wetsuits SS20

SUP SS20

Sun Cream SS20

Hanging Shoes SS20

Boardshorts SS20

Surfskate SS20

Backpacks SS20

Skate Shoes SS20

Eco Textiles SS20

Longboards 2019

Surfboards 2019

Underwear 2019

SUP 2019

Sunglasses 2019

Facemasks FW19/20

Powsurf FW19/20

Beanies FW19/20

Wetsuits FW19/20

Cruisers 2019

Goggles FW19/20

Snow Safety FW19/20

Socks 2019

Snowboards FW19/20

Snow Helmets FW19/20

Longboards SS19

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