West Marine Press Release

West Marine Selects the Garmin Virb Elite Action Camera with WI-FI and GPS and the Quatix Watch as Top Picks for 2014

See Innovative Wireless Technology at the 2014 Miami International Boat Show

Media Contacts:

Laurie Fried
West Marine

Watsonville, CA (February 10, 2014)

West Marine (Nasdaq:WMAR), the largest specialty Waterlife Outfitter of quality marine grade products, apparel, footwear and accessories, named the Garmin VIRB Elite Action Camera and the Quatix Watch as Top Picks for 2014. The VIRB Elite is an HD action camera that combines enhanced video recording with Wi-Fi capability and advanced GPS functions. Plus, the VIRB Elite uses ANT+™ wireless connectivity allowing the Quatix watch to act as a remote control. The Quatix watch can start or stop the VIRB camera or have the VIRB take still images wirelessly.

“Garmin has taken the action camera to a whole new level,” said West Marine’s Executive Vice President of Merchandise, Ron Japinga. “The VIRB Elite is easy to use, waterproof, and it turns off and on with the push of a button,” noted Japinga. “The Quatix watch enhances the VIRB by putting wireless controls on your wrist.”

In addition, the Quatix marine watch is equipped with an altimeter, barometer and 3-axis compass. There are multiple profile settings for various activities including sailing, power boating, running and more. The Quatix, which utilizes NMEA 2000 networking, can even steer a boat when paired with the Garmin autopilot.

The VIRB Elite is $399.99 and the Quatix watch is available for $449.99.

Customers can test these electronics at the West Marine’s booth at the Miami International Boat Show, center pod, upper level. The VIRB Elite, the VIRB and the Quatix watch, along with 85,000 other products for your life on the water are available at www.westmarine.com.

About West Marine

West Marine, Inc. is the largest specialty retailer of boating supplies and accessories in the United States, with nearly 300 company-operated stores located in 38 states, Puerto Rico and Canada. Founded in 1968 by a sailor, West Marine has grown to become a leading omni-channel retailer for boaters – from power cruisers and sailors to anglers and paddle sports enthusiasts – and offers gear, apparel and footwear for anyone who enjoys recreational time on or around the water. The company’s wholesale channel is one of the largest 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.