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SIA NextGen Study Offers Detailed Insights Into Growing Participation, Diversity in Snowsports

December 16, 2021

SIA is leading the way in connecting the winter outdoor industry with consumers in new and unexpected ways. Park City, Utah (December 16, 2021) – The NextGen Study of Winter Participants, a report released today by Snowsports Industries America (SIA), offers a detailed look at the perceptions of young and diverse non-participants in winter outdoor […]

Wave Rave Owner On New Los Angeles Store

October 25, 2021

In partnership with Shop-Eat-Surf By Tiffany Montgomery | Originally Published October 25, 2021 SES talked with Wave Rave Owner Steve Klassen about the new store, which is located in a building owned by the Dakine equipment licensee, current business trends and how supply chain challenges are impacting his shops.  Wave Rave, the Mammoth snowboard retailer […]

686 Joins the Outdoor Sales Surge

February 1, 2021

It’s not just snowshoe and backcountry brands that are having a good season. We talked to Mike West and Jono Zacharias about adjustments 686 made after the pandemic struck, how sell through is going this snow season, and how pre-book orders for next season are shaping up. In partnership with Shop-Eat-Surf By Tiffany Montgomery | […]

Michael Akira West, owner and founder of 686, discusses his new project “In My Eyes”

July 8, 2020

Q: We all know you as the founder of 686 and an entrepreneurial outdoorsman. How did you become a professor at USC, and what spawned the idea to bring in these entrepreneurs as guest speakers for your class? A: I was a student at USC in the Entrepreneur Program from 1991-93, and I just wanted […]

In My Eyes