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Long Beach Scuba Show June 21-22

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Scuba Show in Long Beach

 

The list of exhibitors looks pretty impressive...I've never attended, but may be able to schedule a business trip :D to L.A. next week, and could possibly work it in...is it worth the trouble? How does it compare to DEMA?

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Hi Bruce,

 

Yes, its worth attending but is very different than DEMA. This is a consumer show (unlike DEMA) so the whole sales pitch is different. Seems to me there are less manufacturers and more retailers, but Atomic Aquatics, XS Scuba and most the big camera companies typically are there. It does get a pretty good turnout and exhibitors come from around the world, but not as many as DEMA.

 

I'll be there setting up on Friday and wandering on Saturday and Sunday helping out my clients. I'll also be working in the OCUPS booth both days. There are at least 21 people from my Underwater Photography Meetup Group coming, so we'll all gather for happy hour on Saturday after the show. You're welcome to join us.

 

Bonnie

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Every year, we plan the next years trip based upon who we meet at the Show.

Mostly aimed at consumers for sure but we typically enjoy a Sat morning there.

 

Unfortunately, I'll be out of town this year :D

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I'll be tending the Aquatica booth at the show, all of you are welcome to drop by and press the flesh, its always nice to put a face on the name, oh and to grab a cold one in the evening.

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Scuba Show in Long Beach

 

The list of exhibitors looks pretty impressive...I've never attended, but may be able to schedule a business trip :D to L.A. next week, and could possibly work it in...is it worth the trouble? How does it compare to DEMA?

 

Having worked both the Long Beach and BTS shows I would say the CA show is slightly larger with proportional increase in total attendance.

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I'd really like to hit this show, seeing I live in LB...but I already had a Lake Havasu trip set up when I found out about it. Looks like it's going to be chock full of great stuff!

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I'm heading up from San Diego for the show. Looks like fun!

 

Phil

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I'm heading up from San Diego for the show. Looks like fun!

 

Phil

Check out the LAUPS and the OCUPS booths, some very nice pics (and some of mine) as well as the Reef Check booth, doing good work in California on detailing the health of the local environments.

Bill

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Hey, guys. We'll be sending some folks from the Wetpixel Quarterly side:

 

Eli Woolery, editor

Michaela Brockstedt, marketing

Adam Lau, sea monkey

 

Say hi if you see them on the floor. They will be volunteering at casino night, too!

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My enjoyment of the scuba show has varied over the years. First couple years, I just walked around.

 

Then for a couple years I took a lot of seminars, almost all of them, but back then Jim Church was alive and it was easy to take everything he taught. Good to see they have Marty Snyderman back again, he was absent for a few years.

 

The seminars tend to be the same year after year, so I got tired of that and was kind of getting tired of the show, but then one year I was looking for a new BC, the next year I was looking for a new macro lens, and on it went.

 

The nighttime casino party used to be more fun when the whole show was in the queen mary, it was in a big ballroom, it was big and classy. I haven't been to it since it moved.

 

Now I spend the whole weekend there, mostly because my wife has a booth (523, JuJeeBeads), but also because I run into so many old friends that I spend half the time talking. I've never really gotten into all the vacation booths, but I certainly spend plenty of time at the photo booths. This year the usuals will be there, Reef Photo, Ikelite, Backscatter, Fantasea, Inon, Aquatica, Olympus... I'm probably missing some. This is the only time ULCS stuff is sold at a discount and I always need something.

 

This year I'm interested in the Oxycheq booth, they always have some interesting stuff: small wings, big floats. Heard they have an inexpensive yet bright and small LED light and a new small backpack. I'm also interested in the data logger at the ReefNet booth; I had a couple of dive computers fail at the same time and lost some dives I was too lazy to record. I also have to talk to Olympus, I'd like to see the E520 PT-05 housing and I'm still certain the E4x0 PT-03 housing is flawed. I'm also interested in LED video lights, I especially want to see the new L&M ones. And then I usually stand around the ReefPhoto booth until they stop paying attention to me and I can walk off with stuff.

 

Here's the Oxycheq light link. Be sure to watch the youtube video. I want to see it in person. It looks narrow, but that's OK for what I want:

http://oxycheq.com/Oxycheq/Torch-Backup.html

 

This is also a good time to buy a set of Doc's proplugs, they have all the sizes and a sizing template. These things really make my ears happier on multiday trips. I don't clear as early or often as I should.

 

The food at the bar in the hallway outside the show is usually better, but there are lots of good options to the west of the convention center now, outside.

 

$2 off admission coupons are easy to get, any shop with CDN's should have them.

 

They don't sell stuff at the show because they don't want the show to compete with local dive shops. Some specialty stuff will be for sale. The official policy:

 

RETAIL SALES POLICY

SCUBA Show 2008 prohibits all “cash & carry†transactions involving the retail distribution of diving equipment during the show. This policy is intended to cover all retail merchandise items normally considered “diving equipment†(tanks, weight belts & weights, wetsuits and their accessories, dry suits and their accessories, lycra suits, masks, snorkels, fins, regulators, B.C.s, dive computers and gauges.). Prices on dive gear may not be posted. Prices on dive gear may only be distributed if they are a part of a general brochure.

 

This policy does not cover vacation, travel, scuba courses, artwork, posters, photographs, bags, clothing, books, jewelry, boats, kayaks, compressors, DVDs, cameras and accessories, knives, lights, and watches. If you intend to sell items not specifically covered herein, you must get prior written approval from SCUBA Show 2008. All retail sales are subject to the confines of all applicable local, state, federal, and tax laws. The retail sales policy will be strictly enforced in the exhibit hall.

Edited by RogerC

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Hi Phil, john and I will be at the OCUPS booth Saturday afternoon, come by and say hi!

 

Fletcher

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And then I usually stand around the ReefPhoto booth until they stop paying attention to me and I can walk off with stuff.

 

Damn Roger, I thought you just hung out because you liked me... :P

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Ultralight will be there with their new buoyancy arms, booth 741. I enjoy seeing old friends I only see once or twice a year and catching up.

 

Come on out to LA, Bruce, make it a weekend

 

Terry

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Damn Roger, I thought you just hung out because you liked me... :P

 

I like you, Ryan, but I like your stuff more.

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Randy and I will be there also, wandering around, and are looking forward to the weekend. Randy also is a volunteer for the S2R folks at the Casino Night party...so I get to play his chips. Woohoo!

 

See you in Long Beach!

 

Kathy

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I've added some photos from the show to my Scuba & UW Photographers Meetup Group website. I met a lot of people at the show who I've only known online until now (like Roger and Phil) but didn't get to talk with many others. Sorry I missed you if I did. See you at DEMA.

 

Bonnie

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Since I started this thread, I should report that I DID schedule a business trip to SoCal so I could attend the show, and I quite enjoyed it! Roger's exhaustive description above is far better than anything I can write, so I only have a few personal observations for people considering going next year.

 

Lots of exhibits for dive destinations I'm not interested in, but several that I WAS, so I stopped and chatted with them and that was beneficial. It was nice to visit housing manufacturers' booths full of gear (which I checked out for friends who are considering buying new cameras/housings). I got to see numerous people I knew, e.g., Ryan and his Reef Photo crew, Deb Fugitt and the Gutekunsts, and I met several people I had communicated with but never met before, such as Mark Rupert of Inon. All in all, I think it was well worth attending...at least once. I doubt I'll go every year, but I certainly expect to attend again - at least occasionally!

Edited by bmyates

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