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Leading Audio Manufacturer Receives Supconnect Technology Gear of the Year Award  

Auckland, New Zealand – FUSION® announced today that its STEREOACTIVE purpose-built portable marine stereo has won the Supconnect Gear of the Year Award in the Technology category at the 2017 Outdoor Retailer Summer Market show in Salt Lake City, Utah.

The Gear of the Year Award is presented to products in ten categories, as well as an Overall gear winner. The 2017 Supconnect Gear of the Year Awards launched on June 15 and winners were chosen with support from voters, feedback from retailers and the Supconnect advisory board.

“Technology and accessories have opened up SUP to an even greater market. It now appeals to yogi’s, whitewater enthusiasts and beyond,” said Andre Niemeyer, publisher, Supconnect. “Though tech and accessories are usually small in size, their ability to open markets couldn’t be more grand. In that spirit, it’s with great enthusiasm that we award the Technology Supconnect Gear of the Year Award 2017 to the Fusion STEREOACTIVE. A group of sport enthusiasts with ample experience in industrial design and paddling developed a highly thoughtful mobile stereo device designed specifically with stand up paddling in mind, but also for the broader paddling community. With that, they have broadened the SUP appeal even further and proved that one can still stand up paddle and rock some tunes!”

“We are very proud of the passion and dedication our design and engineering team has put into STEREOACTIVE and are excited to be honored by Supconnect and the paddling community,” said Chris Baird, managing director of FUSION Entertainment. “We designed an audio entertainment system that was engineered for the ocean, but is just as practical to use 365 days a year in any outdoor or indoor application. STEREOACTIVE continues to add to its accolades, including an NMMA Innovation Award at the Miami International Boat Show, Coolest Gear of the Show at PADDLE Expo and being recently nominated for a DAME award. We are humbled by the overwhelming acceptance the industry has shown this product.”

FUSION, the leader in marine entertainment, is dedicated to offering innovative solutions that enhance personal leisure time, whether on the water or on the road. FUSION, backed by Garmin, builds products that exceed regulatory standards, using the latest technologies at Garmin’s international ISO accredited manufacturing facility.

For more information on the FUSION STEREOACTIVE, FUSION Entertainment or its entire line of marine audio products, please visit

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