Industry News 1/7/2015

EVENT: Tickets Now on Sale for 12th Annual SIMA Image Awards Ceremony

Tickets are now on sale for SIMA Image Awards, the highly anticipated awards ceremony that will honor the best of the surf industry from 2014. The event will take place Thursday, February 12, 2015, at the City National Grove of Anaheim with doors opening to both the industry and public at 7:30 P.M. Multi-media action sports personalities Chris Cote and Nicole Dabeau will return to host the night for their second year; the duo will also be joined by guest presenters. The Surf Industry Manufacturers Association (SIMA) announced the nominees for the 2014 SIMA Image Awards in November, and the nominees will be honored and the winners announced at the ceremony in February.

The SIMA Image Awards ceremony will also be a night to honor and celebrate the core surf retailers that have been in business for 50 or more consecutive years. This is a way for brands to show their gratitude to these shops for their outstanding work and dedication to the industry. More details and the list of surf shop honorees will be released in the coming weeks.

“Honoring surf shops open at least 50 consecutive years just takes this event to the next level,” says Doug Palladini, SIMA President and Vans’ VP/GM North America. “Now the combination of modern innovation and progression, coupled with reflecting the surf industry’s rich heritage, makes this a cannot-miss evening. We’re looking forward to the big announcement next week about the shops being honored and details of the recognition."

Tickets are sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Tables of 12 are on sale for $1,000 and include 12 tickets and a reserved table in the premier seating area. Tables of six are on sale for $600 and include six tickets and a reserved table in the premier seating area. General Admission tickets are also available at $25 per person. Tickets are required for entry into the event and lost tickets will not be refunded. The deadline to secure reserved tables and tickets is February 6, 2015. There will be no refunds after February 6, 2015.

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In its twelfth year, the goal of the SIMA Image Awards is to identify the surf industry’s most influential companies and recognize them for their efforts to advance and grow the industry over the past year. For complete details on the nomination and voting process, as well as the complete list of nominees, visit Thank you to Surf Expo for your continued partnership as the official Premier Sponsor of the SIMA Image Award ceremony, to the Blue Carpet Sponsor Audi and to RepSpark Systems for your supporting sponsorship.