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What a great time of year; tons of Holiday cheer and positive energy, and capping it all, we live in San Diego, a place like no other! Our town is symbolic of the healthy, balanced, and active lifestyle. We have universities and patent density. We have more millennials on a percentage basis than anywhere else. We revel in our diversity and openness. We have amazing geographic advantages with the weather, the Pacific to the west, eastern desert and mountains, Mexico to our south, and the US Marine Corp guarding our northern border with Orange County. And we have sunny weather and a sunny populace, wow!
It’s no wonder that such an amazing lifestyle has produced so many brands that truly reflect San Diego’s Sport and healthy lifestyle industry. For your small SDSI staff, it's a privilege to represent our industry, to help young companies accelerate to their future, to play a role in developmental plans for our larger brands and to serve as a link to the high minded service providers who make things happen.
Immediately after this year’s Holiday party, John Sarkisian, our Industry Chairman, sent out a brief note that really sums up our mission. I’d like to share this with you and thank each of you for your support.

“Reflecting upon the holiday party last night it occurred to me that while we continue to strive to improve as an organization to provide value and resources to our members we should not forget the core value our organization brings to the SAL industry.
Conceived by Marco ten years ago, accelerated by the Bill Walton and lead by Bob Rief, Nick Roth, Renne Catalano-Gussman and Dana Rowley, SDSI has created a community where one did not exist before. To see so many young entrepreneurs in one place benefiting from this community of leaders and mentors should remind us all that simply having a place to turn to when you have put yourself out there with an idea and the hope of creating a business might be SDSI's greatest value of all.”

Happy New Year!


Guy Kawasaki is Back!
Yes, our SDSI buddy, Guy Kawasaki, will return to San Diego as Keynote speaker at the Future of Sport Conference Jan 18 at UC San Diego. This is the biggest event SDSI has ever put on, and we hope for your support. What will the new generation of athletes, wear, buy, eat, watch, think? Forces critical to the sports industry are emerging rapidly, leading to new opportunities — and creating blind spots. Facing an accelerating pace of change, it’s difficult to predict relevant business scenarios and to confidently deploy resources toward long-term plans. After you take a look at the updated speaker list, you may want to buy more tickets to give to colleagues and friends as holiday gifts!

Holiday Party
Thank you to the 100+ members, mentors, and guests who came out for a fun night of catching up while embracing the holiday cheer! The Holiday Party is always one of our favorite events and we hope you enjoyed yourselves. A few pictures can be found on our facebook page

SDSI Global Headquarters Closed Next Week
Our office will be closed next week for the holidays, which is why this newsletter is going out today. We will pick back up in 2018 at full strength!

The Fringe Presented by Harrahs
The Farmers Insurance Open’s most popular venue, The Fringe, will be rocking the 15th green again like only Harrah’s can. Expect the same high energy, sports bar vibe, with new amenities and a larger build to help you Get Your Torrey On. With the Post Party Presented By Harrah’s SoCal set to go off on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday afternoons directly after play, be sure to get your front row seat at The Fringe. It’s the perfect place to entertain some clients, meet up with friends and family, and enjoy one (or three) adult beverages. Oh yeah, there will be golf, too… SDSI members can contact Nick Roth for more info on getting the group rate ($75) for individuals. More info here.

SDSI Founder, Marco Thompson, Teaches 1,000th Wake Surf Protégé
Anyone who knows Marco Thompson knows that he not only loves to wake surf but that he loves to share the stoke with as many others as possible. If you want to give wake surfing a try, track Marco down at the next board meeting and he’ll get you up and riding in no time. Marco worked with Outdoor Outreach, a local charity connecting at-risk youth to outdoor experiences, for his 1,000th student and has taught several other Outdoor Outreach students since then. Donate to Marco’s fundraising goal or view the recent segment on Fox5.

Hookit Hires Chief Revenue Officer
Hookit names Kimberly Cook as their new CRO! Cook spent 5 years at Google and has been in the industry for 25 years. She commented, “Hookit continues to push the boundaries of new technologies in machine learning with predictive analytics to support and empower the sports industry. That technology with the commitment to customer success is why I joined the team” Congrats, Hookit! View the full press release here.

San Diego Running Co. Hosts Santa Run
High Performance Movement has rebranded to San Diego Running Co. and held their 4th annual Santa Run earlier this month featuring thousands of Santa’s running throughout PB. The 5k event also featured a 1 mile dog/owner wave, a 1 mile kids run, and a one mile competitive run. Take a look at their facebook page for tons of photos of all the fun! View the clip from the CW pre-event here. Their next theme run event will be the San Diego Leprechaun Run on March 17.

American Wave Machines Featured on Bisnow List
AWM is featured in a list of thrilling activities to do in unusual places. “Malls have been reinventing themselves into entertainment complexes and many have turned to indoor surfing to attract visitors. American Wave Machines is one company that as been helping malls transform boring courtyards into surf parks and has surf pools in Sur Plaza Boulevard in Lima, Peru, and Oasis Surf in Brossard, Quebec.”

Polite Table Tennis Kickstarter Launched
Polite Table Tennis just launched a kickstarter campaign just in time for the Holidays! The blog post on Urban Daddy puts it best beginning with, “Seriously, They’re Nicer Than Most Dining Room Tables” Words can’t do these tables justice, so click the links to view images of these well-crafted pieces of art. Back their kickstarter or view the Urban Daddy post.

Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa Innovates with Sustainable Addition
The Estancia added the City’s only Organic Refuse Conversion Alternative (ORCA) to help divert food waste from our landfills. The machine breaks down the waste through aerobic digestions to turn it into earth friendly water that flows directly into the sewage system. “Having the ORCA on site allows our team to be self-sufficient when it comes to sustainable food waste disposal, and it reduces the emissions caused by trucking food waste to landfill sites,” said Danny Fancher, director of food and beverage at Estancia La Jolla. View the full press release here.

Mindfulness Spotlight in Del Mar Lifestyle
4LBU’s Prince Daniels Jr was featured in Del Mar Lifestyle as he offered some mindfulness strategies to get you through the holidays… and beyond. Implementing these seven tips will get help you become more connected with your surroundings and allow you to focus on the task at hand… something we can all use a lot more of this holiday season. Read the article here.

Race Walk Championships January 20th in Santee
Tracy Sundlun stopped by the office and mentioned the Race Walking Championships which sparked a lengthy conversation on the rules, regulations, and enforcement. Shortly after, we saw this group TD celebration by the Green Bay Packers and there were violations within the first 5 steps - maybe those guys should stick to football. To see real world class Race Walkers, you need to look no further than our own back yard as the 50km (yes, 31.07 miles of race walking… at a pace of sub-8:00/mile) will be held near Santee Town Center with 1,000+ in attendance. It is free to attend so stop by and take it all in. More info can be found here.

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Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa - HR Coordinator and Front Desk Agent click for info

Hookit – Multiple positions available click for info

J!NX – Freelance artist position click for info

KPMG - Multiple positions available click for info

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Jan. 18 – Future of Sport Conference click for info

Jan. 23 - SDSI Springboard Class 10 5 Minute Pitch

Dec. 28 – Holiday Bowl WSU @ Mich. State, San Diego, CA click for info

Jan. 4-6 - Agenda Trade Show, Long Beach, CA click for info

Jan. 9-12 - Consumer Electronics Show, Las Vegas, NV click for info

Jan. 20 - Race Walk Championships, Santee, CA click for info

Jan. 24 – Farmers Insurance Women’s Day, La Jolla, CA click for info

Jan. 25-28 - Farmers Insurance Open, La Jolla, CA click for info

Jan. 25-28 - Outdoor Retailer + Snow Show, Denver, CO click for info

Mar. 11-14 – 30th annual ROTH conference, Dana Point, CA click for info

Mar. 17 – Leprechaun Run, Pacific Beach, CA click for info

This email was sent by SD Sport Innovators at 253 S. Highway 101, Suite C, Solana Beach, CA 92075.

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