SAN DIEGO — With the slogan “A Tradition of Trend,” the latest installment of the action sports-oriented ASR Expo, ending Sunday here, seemed reborn in mining its heritage as a showcase for more than gear for generation extreme.

From a padded jousting court at backpack makers Ogio to a fashion-minded runway show to artists creating works on the spot at individual booths (see sidebar), ASR lent an atmosphere of recharged optimism and confidence among retailers and vendors. And the most popular sport of all was writing paper.

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