West Marine Press Release

A Weekend of Free, Family-Friendly Activities for Newport Beach-Area Water Lovers at the Grand Opening of the West Marine’s Biggest Store in California, Thrusday, October 3 – Sunday, October 6 - Festivities Include “Cruising for a Cause” Charity Night, Door-Buster Deals, Fashion Friday, Raymarine’s Mobile Showroom, Simrad On-the-Water Demos, Tuna Fishing Seminars, Expert Advice & More

Media Contacts:

Laurie Fried
West Marine

Watsonville, CA (September 23, 2013)

West Marine (Nasdaq:WMAR), the country’s largest specialty retailer of boating supplies and accessories, announced the grand opening celebration of its Flagship Store in Newport Beach on Thursday, October 3 through Sunday, October 6, 2013. Newport Beach area sailors, anglers, paddlers, cruisers and water lovers can take part in the weekend celebration at the store, located at 3433 Via Lido in Newport Beach (In the Via Lido Shopping Center).

At 27,000 square feet, with over 18,000 products, it is three times the size of a normal store, which is 8,000 square feet. It was created to serve both the needs of local residents and those travelling through to enjoy the waters of Newport Beach. Festivities begin at 8 a.m. and continue Thursday through Sunday. For more information visit www.westmarine.com/newportbeach

Family friendly activities throughout the weekend:

  • Sneak peak at Simrad’s new line-up for 2014, plus on the water demos
  • Expert advice and seminars from Raymarine, Garmin, ICOM and Lowrance
  • Door buster deals, giveaways and raffles
  • Sailboat hardware and rigging demonstrations at the on-site Rigging Shop
  • Learn to cook a gourmet meals from your Magma grill
  • Captain Aleks Taldykin of Bravo’s “Below Deck”
  • Fabulous Fashion Friday with Columbia, Roxy, Tommy Bahama, Sperry, O’Neill, Gill and Quicksilver. Free gift with purchase, while supplies last
  • Meet O’Neill’s Surfing and Stand Up Paddleboard Pros
  • Offshore Tuna Fishing with Captain Mike Pritchard
  • The Shark Wrangler, Captain Brett McBride
  • Tips and tricks on how to maximize your boat’s performance and expand your fishing expertise
  • Life Vest and Life Raft Demos
  • Maui Jim Hula Dancers
  • Text to Win 2 tickets to see Jimmy Buffett in Las Vegas

“Cruising for a Cause” Charity Night will be held on Thursday, October 3rd from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the store and benefits nine local charities. Attendees will enjoy music by the Reef Brothers, gourmet appetizers, beverages, great raffle items and a live auction hosted by Captain Aleks from Bravo’s Below Deck. Tickets are $10 and one-hundred percent of the proceeds go to the participating organizations. Tickets are available at the door or through the following local charities:

  • The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Leukemia Cup
  • Orange Coast College’s Professional Mariner Program
  • Surfrider – Newport Beach Chapter
  • UC Irvine Sailing Association
  • Newport Harbor Sailing Foundation
  • Aloha Kai Research Foundation
  • Newport Aquatic Center
  • Balboa Yacht Club Jr. Sailing Program
  • Friends of Rollo

Editor’s Note: See schedule of activities is below. For any media questions contact: Debbie Douglas 949-375-3436 debbie@douglasstrategic.com or Lynn Selich at 310-968-4678 or lynnselich@roadrunner.com

Thursday, October 3 Time Description
On Site Rigging Shop Throughout the day Sailboat hardware and rigging demonstrations
Magma BBQ 11 am-1pm Gourmet Grilling
Carne & Chicken Asada Burrito Bites
Cruising for a Cause 6pm – 9 pm Captain Aleks from Below Deck to MC
Reef Bros. Band, Maui Jim Hula Dancers, Live Auction
Ribbon Cutting 6 pm With Mayor
Friday, October 4 Time Description
Fabulous Fashion Friday All Day Total Zero demonstrations by Columbia & gifts with purchase from select vendors. Coastal Lifestyle prizes throughout the day.
On Site Rigging Shop Throughout the day Sailboat hardware and rigging demonstrations
Media Lunch/Tour 11 am -12 noon West Marine leadership, including: Matt Hyde, President/CEO; Barry Kelly, SVP;
Deb Radcliff, SVP Marketing; Andrew Benz, Regional VP; Laura Barry-Grillon, District Manager; and Chris Beckwith, General Manager will be your hosts.
Magma BBQ 11 am-1 pm Gourmet Grilling: Teriyaki Chicken Sliders
Chuck Folkner from Garmin 12 noon – 2 pm NMEA 2000 Seminar - Electronics networking
Bravo’s "Below Deck" – Captain Aleks Taldykin 12 noon - 4 pm Signing autographs and social media
O'Neill Surfer/ Paddleboard Pros - Rob Rojas & Bree Kleintop, 1 pm – 4 pm Signing autographs
Captain Dave Hansen,
Saltwater Guide & Fishing Fool
2pm -4 pm Boat handling, electronics and learning the best fishing spots, rigging and bait selection to capture your trophy fish.
Saturday, October 5 Time Description
Pelagic - Captain Mike Pritchard 10 am -12 noon Offshore Tuna Fishing
Captain Brett McBride, Shark Wrangler 12 noon – 2pm Former cast member of National Geographic’s “Shark Wranglers” shares his close encounters with these amazing fish.
Magma BBQ 11am -1pm Gourmet Grilling: Carne & Chicken Asada Burrito Bites
Maui Jim Hula Dancers 11am -1pm
Viking 2 pm – 3pm Life Raft/Off Shore Safety Seminar
On Site Rigging Shop Throughout the day Sailboat hardware and rigging demonstrations
Macaroni Marketing 4pm – 5pm Torqeedo Electric Motor Demonstration
Sunday, October 6 Time Description
Pelagic - Captain Mike Pritchard 10 AM-12 noon Offshore Tuna Fishing
MAGMA BBQ 11 am – 1 pm Gourmet Grilling: Teriyaki Chicken Sliders
Captain Todd Mansur 12 noon-2 pm Gray Whales and Sport fishing
Fashion Show Throughout the day
On Site Rigging Shop Throughout the day Sailboat hardware and rigging demonstrations

About West Marine

West Marine, Inc. is the largest specialty retailer of boating supplies and accessories, with nearly 300 company-operated stores located in 38 states, Puerto Rico, Canada and five franchised stores located in Turkey. Founded in 1968 by a sailor, West Marine has grown to become a leading omni-channel retailer for boats and boaters – from power cruisers and sailors to anglers and paddle sports enthusiasts. West Marine also offers gear, apparel and footwear for anyone who enjoys recreational time on or around the water. The company's 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, Inc. its products and store locations, visit westmarine.com or call 1-800-BOATING (1-800-262-8464). West Marine's stock is traded on NASDAQ under the symbol WMAR..