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The Sand Sports Super Show

Posted in Events on October 20, 2017
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With the weather turning from scorching to perfect for off-roading, the annual Sand Sports Super Show rolled into Orange County Fairgrounds September 15-17, 2017, for three days of dirt-based fun. For nearly 20 years now, the off-road faithful have been making the trek to Costa Mesa for the show.

Not that it’s much of a hardship. The cool ocean breezes make this one show that’s not to be missed, and the fact that it has morphed into a nearly UTV exclusive one had many of the attendees excited about the parts available for their rigs. In just a few years, the UTV market has taken over the show, and companies, both large and small, are offering great parts to make your SxS faster, safer, and better in all respects.

Over 150 companies, many of whom were targeting the now fully engaged UTV and SxS market were on hand to entice the thousands of spectators who filled the Fairgrounds. 4 Wheel Parts and other huge outfits, such as Chaparral, Coyne Motorsports, SxS Performance, and Burt’s, seemingly brought their entire stores out as UTVs, riding gear, and parts were abundant. They had anything and everything to tempt the assembled with wheels, tires, lights, and UTVs — lots and lots of UTVs.

A beautiful weekend greeted the attendees of the 19th Annual Sand Sport Super Show. It was a family affair that had kids of all ages drooling over the cool vehicles and parts.

Most of the major builders were there. Yamaha, Can-Am, Arctic Cat (now Textron), and Polaris had their latest models on hand for everyone to check out. The major OEs have been busy designing new rigs to flesh out their lineups, and Yamaha and Can-Am debuted new four-seaters to go along with their “sport” vehicles.

This was fun for the whole family; bands played classic rock, kids played in the water, and folks of all ages were tempted by huge corndogs (our personal favorite), turkey legs, and delicious treats for all tastes. Beer was flowing, and games of chance were happening. Companies really want you to win so they can give you free stuff. We love that, and it seemed that the attendees did too. If you were looking for a toy hauler, then this was the place to be too, as there were literally hundreds on display, some of which are seemingly bigger than our house!

As usual, the Sand Sports Super Show is in tune with what show attendees are looking for in that it had a huge contingent of companies showing off parts and their latest models, making it plenty of fun for everyone. It’s grown widely over the past few years and shows no signs of letting up. We’ll be back next year too, but may need to bring more money, as our eyes were way bigger than our wallet.

The Dirt Alliance crew was on hand with a host of killer trucks, including this Chevy we really want to shoot.
Yamaha, Polaris, Arctic Cat, and Can-Am all had huge booths showcasing their latest models.
Want something old-school? This Dodge was in the Nitto booth and was super clean.
Our old buddy and multiple Hall of Famer Larry Roeseler was at the Safecraft booth. With dozens of Baja wins in trucks and on bikes, numerous Gold medals at the ISDE and No. 1 plates in D37 Desert racing, we think this guy is the greatest all-around off-road racer of all time.
Mac’s Tie Downs had this amazing rotating display. It literally rotated a UTV around, showcasing their tie down’s ability to keep a rig secured even in the most extreme conditions.
Known for their killer RZRs, the Wolfpack guys have started to take Can-Ams to the next level too.
This killer Bronco shows that even a legend can be made better.
This is one way to get kids interested in off-roading.
It wasn’t all UTVs though. Many companies, such as Kibbetech, had killer vehicles such as this “Baja Bug” ready to roll through the biggest jumps with ease.
Being fans of vintage, we had to showcase this Manx from the Weddle guys.
Fresh off his V2R win, Phil Blurton was at the show with his No Limit UTV
Sound systems are becoming a big thing for the UTV crowd, and this one pumped out the music.
King Shocks makes some fine units that are available for just about everything off-road including this sweet Polaris RZR four-seater.
The Cognito crew is always on hand to show off their great selection of parts.
Yamaha had a track set up and plenty of YXZs on hand for the crowd to cruise around.
SCORE made its debut at the show.
As usual, 4 Wheel Parts had a huge display and plenty of parts for everything off-road.
Rugged Radio had a huge presence at the show.
Honda was there with both UTVs and a wide selection of bikes.
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