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FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY: GRAND OPENING OF WEST MARINE STORE IN CLEAR LAKE, MAY 3 - 6

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Patricia Bernstein
Bernstein & Associates, Inc.
713.838.8400
pbernstein@bernsteinandassoc.com

Laurie Fried
West Marine
831.761.6944
laurief@westmarine.com

CLEAR LAKE, TX (April 23, 2012)

West Marine (Nasdaq: WMAR)is celebrating the grand opening of the largest boating supply store in the state of Texas, from May 3 to May 6, with food, fun, tips from the experts, a kayak pool on site with kayak and paddleboard demonstrations, raffles for great products, and lots of other activities.

The whole affair kicks off on Thursday, May 3, from 8 AM to 9 PM, featuring “Cruising for a Cause,” a fundraiser for local charities, from 6 to 9 PM. Edgar Hansen, deck boss and chief engineer of the fishing vessel Northwestern featured on “Deadliest Catch,” will be on hand at the event, and a fishing trip with Edgar will be auctioned off, with the proceeds going to charity. Singing star Kelly McGuire will provide entertainment. There will also be food and beverages.

Tickets are $10/each at the door, or they can be bought in advance from participating local nonprofit organizations, with all the proceeds again going to charity. Participating organizations now selling tickets include the Galveston Bay Foundation, Lakewood Yacht Club, the Texas Mariners Cruising Association, the Leukemia Cup Regatta, South Coast Sailing, Gateway Community Boating Center, and the Yachty Gras.

On Friday, May 4, and Saturday, May 5, the store will be open from 8 AM to 9 PM, and the festivities will include representatives of all major core product lines in the store, including Navico, Simrad, Lowrance, Raymarine, Garmin, TaylorMade, Marinco, Moeller Marine, Star brite, Jabsco Rule, Mastervolt, Torqeedo, Dometic Products, Bio-Bore, Sperry, and Interlux, ready to demonstrate and discuss the features of their products.

There will also be short seminars on essentials like fishing tips, oil changing and safety equipment. Hot dogs will be available for all guests from 11 AM to 1 PM, to enjoy with the kayak and paddleboard demonstrations in the kayak pool. Special products will be raffled off to attendees. The fun continues on Sunday, May 6, from 8 AM to 7 PM.

ABOUT WEST MARINE

West Marine, the largest specialty retailer of boating supplies and accessories, has more than 310 company-owned stores located in 38 states, Puerto Rico and Canada and three franchised stores located in Turkey. Our call center and Internet channels offer Customers over 75,000 products plus the convenience of exchanging catalog and Internet purchases at our Store locations. Our Port Supply division is one of the largest wholesale distributors of marine equipment serving boat manufacturers, marine services, commercial vessel operators and government agencies. For more information on West Marine's products and store locations, or to start shopping, visit westmarine.com or call 1-800-BOATING (1-800-262-8464).