By  on December 3, 2008

Like the action sports junkies at the core of their industry, the lifestyle trade shows that touch down in San Diego every January and September are on a wild ride.

The economic crisis has caused young consumers, once largely considered impervious to financial swings that afflict their parents, to become stingy. The result is that surf apparel and streetwear retailers and vendors that depend upon these customers are stuck in neutral as they wait for the unsettled market to kick into growth mode again.

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