After two years in Lyon, France, The Paddle Sports Show is moving to the city of Strasbourg for its 2023 event taking place September 27-29.
The international trade show is all-encompassing of the paddlesports industry. It includes everything from kayaks to standup paddleboards, and even foil sports manufacturers. The Paddle Sports Show also features an industry award ceremony and the “Testival” on-water demo day. The event draws retail buyers, outfitters and others within the industry from across the continent as well as internationally. In 2022 The Paddle Sports Show said it had over 90 exhibitors and more than 1,000 attendees. According to the event organizers, the move to Strasbourg is intended to be strategic.
“We are moving to Strasbourg to get a more centrally located exhibition center in Europe,” shares Philippe Doux, organizer of The Paddle Sports Show and publisher of Kayak Session. “Strasbourg being pretty much in the center of Europe, at the French and German border—two of the three biggest European markets along with the U.K. That means a really easy trip for exhibitors and visitors alike, wherever you come from.”
The tradeshow will move into the Le Parc des Expositions de Strasbourg, an exhibition center that opened in September 2022 and was designed by international architecture firm Kengo Kuma & Associates. The exhibition center is located in the heart of the city and sits adjacent to canals connecting to the Rhine River.
According to Doux, the announcement is already proving a positive move for The Paddle Sports Show.
“The response is beyond expectations, with projections looking at an even bigger event than the previous two years. Nine months before the event, over 100 exhibitors are already prebooked.”
Learn more about The Paddle Sports Show 2023.