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Old     (scottyb)      Join Date: Sep 2002       04-21-2006, 9:25 AM Reply   
I was wondering if anyone knew what the figures were comparing skiing to wakeboarding. For instances what percent of marketshare for watersports related goods are wakeboarding related compared to waterskiing related. I made an inference that skiing is losing ground and wakeboarding/wakeskating/wakesurfing is gaining ground, and I want more credible evidence than just my opinion. Thanks for the help...
Old     (boarditup)      Join Date: Jan 2004       04-21-2006, 10:02 AM Reply   
Water Sports Industry Association.

The wake market is much bigger now, but the ratio is not eroding the ski market anymore. As a dealer, I am seeing an uptick in the skis and a significant rise in kneeboards. Tubes have leveled off. What I am hearing is people are getting tired of tubes and looking to dabble a bit and the kneeboard is the next easiest thing to ride. Quite a few older riders are re-discovering skis and moving to hydrofoils. Trick skiing and jumping are struggling. Slalom is strong. Barefooting struggling a bit.

This is only one dealer's opinion.
Old     (rooster_cogburn)      Join Date: Feb 2006       04-21-2006, 11:09 AM Reply   

From my perspective here in the midwest, you are dead on.
Old     (partydock17)      Join Date: Apr 2004       04-21-2006, 11:28 AM Reply   
Here in central Oklahoma its about the same as Karls post...

But we still have alot of BareFooters.

Danny T.
Old     (mcfly)      Join Date: Jan 2002       04-21-2006, 11:44 AM Reply   
Wow. As a dealer here in Dallas, my kneeboard/ski/slalom share of sales is a very small percentage of my total sales in the pro shop. I sell about 1 slalom, pair of skis or kneeboard for every 15 wakeboards.

We see a lot of beginners jumping right onto the wakeboard instead of starting on skis. I guess it is because that is all you see on the lakes here in DFW. There are wakeboarders and wake-surfers everywhere.

Old     (innov8)      Join Date: May 2005       04-21-2006, 11:59 AM Reply   
I am with Marty on this one. We stopped stocking skis all together and sell nothing but Wakeboards Wakeskates and Wakesurfs. We are also in the DFW area.
Old     (scottyb)      Join Date: Sep 2002       04-22-2006, 1:25 PM Reply   
From the midwest perspective I see that skiing is still really strong, alot of organizations pushing it to grow, but looking at the west coast, florida, and texas I think wakeboarding is making gains.
Old     (mojo_riser)      Join Date: Feb 2003       04-23-2006, 10:30 PM Reply   
in the midwest especially Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Illi showskiing is a way of life for many families. So that promotion keeps skiing in the midwest going.


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