The Surf Expo held earlier this month in Orlando, Fl. saw the release of the Hangup Systems for Surfboards in North America and it has created quite a buzz. In fact it did so well that over 200 retail stores placed orders for the system and over 80 are already in the process of converting their standard retail surfboard presentations to the Hang Ups. Almost all who visited the Global Surf Industries booth at the expo gave rave-reviews on the system and imagined the endless possibilities they have will have to fill all of the space that converting to this new system will give them.
Basically the Hangup System is a way to hang surfboards and avoid building costly racks and stands, while in the process minimizing the amount of space that typical surfboard stands take up. Boards are hung upside down using the fin sockets thus allowing retailers to display 14 or so boards per meter as opposed to the 6-7 that a typical retail rack is able to display. Global Surf Industries also lists the following benefits of using the Hang Up System on their website:
- Flexibility in hanging arrangement for retail environments – no specialized rack is required. The same rack that displays clothes, wet-suits or board-bags can be utilized for your surfboard display.
- Increase your sales by increasing your floor stock. More stock = more sales, same space more flexibility.
- Easily able to accommodate seasonal changes. Surfboards or Steamers on the same space same rail.
- Makes the most of valuable retail floor space.
- Your boards always hang straight and tight.
- A modern professional presentation for your merchandise.
- No part of the surfboard is touching the ground and if secured using the grub screw the surfboard will remain secure.
The only downside is that the Hangup System doesn’t work with fixed-fin boards or twin-fins. It does sound like that is something they are working on though. I can’t imagine store-owners being anything but stoked to have a way of storing more boards using less space while having them appear even more organized. Don’t be surprised to see these systems being utilized more and more as you cruise into your local board-shop.