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NetDoc's Photo-Blog of DEMA 2010

Discussion in 'Shows and Events' started by The Chairman, Nov 27, 2010.

  1. The Chairman

    The Chairman Chairman of the Board

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    Other than the travel exhibitors that give you lots of local rum, etc. there are not too many free samples being given out. However, you can make some GREAT deals on Saturday as people are packing.
     
  2. tstormdiver

    tstormdiver Instructor, Scuba

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    I noticed the Hollis scooter picture you had taken. Looks like they've vastly changed the hull locking mechanism. I got one of them back in July. Looks like they've abandoned the screw- on hull & adopted the clip- on hull instead, like most others. Makes me wonder if there might be issues with the screw- on design. To date I have had no issues with mine, other than some condensate getting into the headlight. Hollis took care of it quickly & since, have ad not other issues. Might post in Hollis' area & see what is up with the change.
     
  3. The Chairman

    The Chairman Chairman of the Board

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    You could always ask them in the Hollis forum! :D
     
  4. The Chairman

    The Chairman Chairman of the Board

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    PADI was ALWAYS busy, busy, busy! Good job!

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    One wonders what Ty Sawyer has really been up to!

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    Two new friends. Being in Media has it's benefits! :D

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    Curacao looks like a wonderful place to visit.

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    Unexso is always doing something different.

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    The Grenada booth.

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    Rick Lessor getting ready for battle.

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    Dennis shows off Zeagle's prototype Sidemount BC.

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    Ships 2 Reef! Good peeps.

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    Our newest medical moderator, [​IMG]
    manning the Duke Dive Medicine Booth!
     
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  5. The Chairman

    The Chairman Chairman of the Board

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    DSS' newest offering for rebreathers.

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    The part you can't see in the previous picture.

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    Tobin's wry smile over his impeccable craftsmanship.

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    Shark Bite Scuba's Tank Dolly.

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    It will hold ALL of your gear, and yet comes apart for easy traveling/packing.
    This made my "Top Three" of the show!

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    Marine Diving inc puts on a good show.

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    Randy Jordan's Lion Tamer USA.

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    Acuspear A spring powered spear for Lionfish.

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  6. Any general themes you noticed with respect to the downturn in the economy and the decline in the diving population ? (is the industry going to be more responsive to price-sensitivity going forward ?)

    Is the dive industry still deluding themselves and chasing the microscopic fraction of the diving population defined as 'tech diving' with respect to their R&D emphasis ? (I noticed a lack of coverage with respect to things like rebreathers or side-mount, for example, so are they 'done' chasing the 'wealthy commando' demographic ? )

    Any sign of gear orientation towards 'youth'? The average US diver is aged upper 40's,
    and I'm wondering what youth oriented (excitement generating) gear you might have seen ?

    Notice any new up-and-coming potential 'growth' brands ?
     
  7. drbill

    drbill The Lorax for the Kelp Forest Scuba Legend

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    You and Elena look quite dapper! Some day I may actually attend DEMA, but until I do I'll experience it vicariously through your pictures.
     
  8. Lee Taylor

    Lee Taylor Crusty old diver ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Thank you NetDoc. This display of photos and LINKS is extremely interesting, informative, and helpful. Thank you for taking the obvious enormous amount of time to make the postings. GOOD job. WELL done.

    I feel like I was there.
     
  9. mdb

    mdb ScubaBoard Sponsor ScubaBoard Sponsor

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    NetDoc:

    Your photo recap of DEMA continues to be of great interest.

    Your caption on the photo of Dive attorney Rick Lesser-suing PADI on the insurance issue-is mislabeled as Rick Little.

    Good job, I recognize a lot of familiar faces.
     
  10. The Chairman

    The Chairman Chairman of the Board

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    The mood (theme?) was very upbeat in regards to the economy. Many manufacturers are increasing their production and all of the destinations said that occupancy was way up. The only negatives were from the Keys, where the oil spill scare screwed them up.
    On the average, tech divers and (more importantly) tech diver wannabes spend a good deal more than their recreational counterparts. Just like muscle car enthusiasts out spend the average driver, this segment of our market pays (and paves) the way for most of the improvements in gear configuration.
    There was a "Teens4Oceans" booth, a NAUI advert for Boy Scouts and Barry University.
    Not really. I think the established brands are getting bigger and a few quite so.
     

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