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Surf Expo Launches new CONNECT Tool for Buyers and Brands

Connect with Brands & Buyers

ORLANDO, FL– (August 2, 2022) –  Surf Expo, the premier watersports and coastal lifestyle marketplace, is launching Surf Expo CONNECT in conjunction with its upcoming show at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando on Sept. 8-10.

Surf Expo CONNECT provides a seamless way for both buyers and exhibitors to create meaningful new business connections, make the most of face-to-face time, and reach new vendors and customers.

For buyers, the free CONNECT with Brands tool allows buyers to research brands and products, create a “must-see” list, email with brands, and reserve one-on-one time with them using the calendar system to request an appointment.

For exhibitors, the CONNECT with Buyers tool allows them to search registered buyers by location, title or product categories. Exhibitors can also see a list of attendees who have shown interest in their company, message buyers, view appointment requests and manage meetings in the calendar function.

Each exhibitor at Surf Expo qualifies for 30 free emails and 30 appointment requests to buyers, and can expand the plan if desired.

“We always strive to add new benefits and resources for the buyers and exhibitors that attend Surf Expo,” said Roy Turner, senior vice president and show director. “We believe the CONNECT application will be invaluable to both buyers and exhibitors for building new business relationships.”

CONNECT is available now for registered buyers and exhibitors on the Surf Expo website at

Registration is open for Surf Expo September. Head to for further show information, including the exhibitor list and floor plan.

Find out more about exhibiting, sponsorships, or other opportunities at


About Surf Expo

Surf Expo is largest and longest running watersports, beach and resort lifestyle tradeshow in the world. Produced twice annually in January and September and draws buyers from stores across the U.S., the Caribbean, Central and South America and around the world. The show historically features hundreds of apparel and hard goods and a full line-up of special events, education and awards ceremonies. Surf Expo is a trade-only event. Visit for more information.


About Emerald

Emerald is a leader in building dynamic, market-driven business-to-business platforms that integrate live events with a broad array of industry insights, digital tools, and data-focused solutions to create uniquely rich experiences. As true partners, we at Emerald strive to build our customers’ businesses by creating opportunities that inspire, amaze, and deliver breakthrough results. With over 140 events each year, our teams are creators and connectors who are thoroughly immersed in the industries we serve and committed to supporting the communities in which we operate. For more information, please visit


Media Contact:

Amy Dufour
Marketing Manager, Surf Expo