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One of a kind product creates waves at Kawana expo

Sunshine Coast Home Show and Caravan, Camping and Boating Expo at Kawana. Dave West from CTRL V surfboard art. Photo: Warren Lynam / Sunshine Coast Daily
Sunshine Coast Home Show and Caravan, Camping and Boating Expo at Kawana. Dave West from CTRL V surfboard art. Photo: Warren Lynam / Sunshine Coast Daily Warren Lynam

DAVE West is on his way to living the dream.

Just two years ago, the 30-year surfing veteran was inspired to begin creating unique surf board designs that local surfers could customise with artworks.

Although he is still working towards making it a sustainable business, CTRL V has morphed into a home decor alternative, offering people the chance to personalise a board with their holiday snaps or photographs by local artists to adorn their walls.

Mr West said they were the only business "in the world" to offer such a product.

He and wife Dani enjoyed their inaugural Sunshine Coast Home Show and Caravan, Camping and Boating Expo at Kawana over the weekend.

"Everyone we have spoken to said they have never seen anything like this before," he said.

It was innovative ideas like this that expo event director Bob Carroll said were drawing visitors again this year.

More than 14,000 people came through the gates during the three-day expo.

"Sunshine Coasters don't know how lucky they are," he said.

"With so many good ideas for decorating their homes and unique solutions being developed right here, it is no wonder this is such a popular show."

With nearby Kawana Way being closed, Mr Carroll said he had fielded a number of complaints about traffic along the Nicklin Way, but once people managed to secure a car park they had been swept up in the expo magic.

"People come in and start thinking about outdoor living with the warmer months and with all these new developments happening on the Coast, they also start to think about how they can upgrade their homes or whether to sell and start somewhere fresh," he said.

"We are seeing the average age of caravans and camper trailer buyers decreasing as more families hit the road. They don't seem to be as attached to their campers as the older generations, who invest so much emotionally into them as they become homes."

It was not just the expo exhibitors who were smiling after a roaring weekend trade, Kawana Waters Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Linda Delamotte said events like the home show gave a boost for some businesses.

"Just from being in the area, certainly there is a lot more activity," Ms Delamotte said.

"It gets people out of their normal routine and inadvertently helping these businesses as they're out and about."

Bfresh Market Cafe Deli assistant manager Penelope Boyle said a noticeable number of home show patrons had been through their Warana store.

"It really is a busy time of year," Miss Boyle said.

"It gets really busy right through until Christmas."

Mr Carroll said he hoped the Sunshine Coast Council would seriously consider a purpose-built exhibition centre.

"If there was a centre we could use, we could easily do a further two shows like this every year," he said.

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