Start 2014 off right by checking out one of January’s greatest outdoor events. With all these conventions, races, and spectator/user friendly happenings; there’s no reason to stay on the couch this month:
Surf Expo – January 9-11
The longest running and largest board sports and beach/resort lifestyle convention is returning to Orlando to rock the waves and display some of the best gear and technology in the surf industry. With over 2,600 booths, and 10 times that amount of attendees; this event will be great to catch a wave meet some surfer buddies. Whatever you do, pack a swimsuit.
FIS Freestyle Ski World Championship – January 9 & 11
Head over to Deer Valley in Utah to watch some of the worlds best skiers go head to head for their potential plane tickets to Russia. This Olympic qualifying event will bring out the best in competitors and give every spectator a chance to see their favorite skiers as they fly down the mountain and into a possibly bigger world-wide spotlight.
Red Bull Line Catcher – January 11
If you happen to be in Les Arcs, France in the middle of this month, check out Red Bull’s Line Catcher event which features some of today’s best back country skiers as they try and one up each other down next to vertical lines and powder deep enough to get lost in. Stream it live from the website if you can’t afford the plain tickets.
Burton Mountain Festival – All Month
From Bear Mountain, CA to Seven Springs, PA; the Burton Mountain Festival is bringing the tunes, boards, and good vibes to all sorts of mountains across the country. Ride the newest products, meet some of your favorite riders, and celebrate with Burton everything that’s good about the mountain lifestyle.
2014 Orange Bowl Paddle Championship – January 12
The American Canoe Association has brought back their paddle championship back to Miami upon popular demand. With over 250 riders, and 1,000+ spectators, this event is for everyone under the sun. With paddling workshops, races, and good weather; this is the right event to break any winter-time blues you might be having.
Nitro Circus Live – All Month
The poster boys for adrenaline junkies, the crew from Nitro Circus is hitting the road for an extensive road trip across the country. With over 10+ shows in January, find the nearest one near you, reserve your seats, and be prepared to be on the edge of them.
X-Games Aspen – January 23-26
It’s that time of year again, time to wax the skis and practice your back-flips. This year’s Winter X-Games is promising to deliver on the action and amazing feats of mankind. Check it out live in the beautiful Aspen, where the beer flows like wine, or watch it all from the comfort of home on the ESPN network.
ISPO, Munich – January 26-29
If you are in the neighborhood, the ISPO convention in Munich will prove to be the biggest collection of outdoor leaders in the industry. Check out the events, get the latest scoop on the newest gear, and network with all the brands, people, and culture that makes up the outdoor industry.
Mount Washington Valley Ice Fest – January 31st – February 2nd
For every twenty years, the Mount Washington Valley Ice Fest has been host to the best ice clinics, latest demos, and most up-to-date presentations on ice-climbing safety and encouragement. Check it out this year, grab a beer, and hang out with a culture as cool as the stuff they climb on.
Winter Olympics, Sochi – February 7 – 23rd
Alright, so it’s not happening in January, but it’s worth marking on your calendars now. All sorts of qualifiers will be happening this month, and if you’re seriously considering attending the Olympics as a spectator this year, start planning yesterday. Security will be tight, and plane tickets to Russia can be a bit steep. Either way, check out all that you can about this years Olympics and get ready for another season of spectacles this year in Sochi.