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Discussion in 'VapeCon' started by Rob Fisher, 30/12/16.
What were the numbers?
Waiting for Hi Ho @Silver to recover and do the calculations...
what an experience!
my Vapecon weekend started on Friday which was build day. I arrived bright and early to find @Rob Fisher and @Silver there and after a jovial 5min greeting it was time to get to work! Our head quarters were assembled and we had a base for our operations.
@Stosta @Alex @Kuhlkatz @Rowan Francis arrived shortly after and it was go time! We had to get everything prepared before the vendors swarmed into the hall to setup their stands. Systematically we ticked things off our checklists while finding time to scoff down some boerie rolls in-between.
TEAM WORK is what got us through and once it was all setup we left to get some beauty sleep for the MAGIC that we knew was about to be unleashed the next morning.
I arrived in darkness.... but found a buzz at the gates. Upon further investigation, I found a winding line was forming and everyone was in good spirits. it was incredible to see how many people had sacrificed their mornings to be there.
The A&M team all took to their places and we all put on the finishing touches before the gates were opened.
There was a cheer that echoed through the hall as @Rob Fisher announced that VAPECON IS OPEN!!!
Streams of people dashed through the doors, making their way to the various stands and we knew that the next 10 hours was nothing short of EPIC
Between the ECIGSSA Vapecon Stand and the main entrance, it was great to put names to faces of our fellow forumites and I lost track of how many warm handshakes and hugs were passed around. The atmosphere was electric!
Almost like a choreographed dance our schedule was followed starting with the Nick Blaze Rap performance by @Nicholas. It was incredible seeing the reactions from all of the attendees and the live performance was very well accepted.
@method1 and International DIY Star Wayne Walker took to the stage for the DIY talk and in addition to the questions put together on the forum, members were able to have a brief Q&A session with Wayne Walker - No doubt there are many DIY creations to look forward to following VapeCon.
The Cloud Chasing Competition Prelims followed and @Quakes helped to keep the judging fair and the flow going.
International Guest Johnny from VGOD graced our stage and offered a remarkable demonstration of his trick routine, with an impromptu Q&A session which was very refreshing and jovial. @Yusuf Cape Vaper, while Johnny was unable to accept a sponsor from Vape Empire @shaunnadan, is always there for you
The Trick Competition was great and it's incredible what our local talent has to offer! the guys did their best with what they had considering the airflow taking into account the Health and Safety aspect especially with the high number of occupants we had in a single hall. @SAVaper alongside Johnny from VGOD helped with judging the event.
The Cloud Competition Finals were fierce ! all of the contestants brought their A games. @Dietz @Tashy helped to judge the finals with huge support from the crowds.
What seemed like only minutes had passed since the gates opened @Rowan Francis (who was sporting a kilt!) and I got a break to get some food and was thoroughly impressed by the vibe of the event and how happy people were. NOWHERE ELSE will you find an event with so many smiling faces
The prize giving session was brilliant with @Rob Fisher holding us all on the edges of ours seats to find out who the Competition winners were.
Overall the event was a huge success and I feel privileged to be a part of the INCREDIBLE DREAM TEAM that put it all together.
ECIGSSA SALUTES ALL THOSE WHO ATTENDED - YOU ARE THE REASON VAPECON WAS EPIC!
It was such an honour and privilege to be given the opportunity to assist @shaunnadan and @Rowan Francis at the judges table with Johnny there.
All I can say is thank you very much.
Thank you @shaunnadan !
And let it be said that if it weren't for you and your meticulous timing, we would not have had the amazing choreographed performance that we all observed. You are a comp master and prize master of mega epic proportions!
Thanks for all you did for us Shaun!
VapeCon 2017 was mega epic indeed!!!
Just wanted to say a few things after the dust has settled a bit and it's still fresh in the mind.
Firstly, I would like to congratulate everyone that was involved in VapeCon 2017. Thank you for taking part and for making it the special event that many of us enjoyed. VapeCon is not about size or being boastful. It's about quality and spirit. And I am very happy to report that I saw epic spirit indeed - in so many ways.
What made VapeCon special was the smiles on many faces and the camaraderie between vapers. It was a coming together on so many levels. A super day, charged with lots of excitement and fun. So thank you again to all of you wonderful folk that were there and played your role in making it mega epic!
On behalf of the ECIGSSA VapeCon organising team, I would like to say thanks to:
Each and every attendee - who woke up early, queued for hours and made this event what it was. Thank you for bringing your enthusiasm and friendliness. You all made it very special.
Our South African vaping vendors / exhibitors - who put in such a brilliant effort and slogged tirelessly for many weeks to make it happen. You guys did us all proud. Your stands looked amazing! And your specials... wow...
The International exhibitors - thank you for making the trip to our beautiful country and for joining us in this special event. We are honoured to have had you with us.
Nic BLAZE @Nicholas , Wayne Walker, Johnny from VGod and @KZOR - thank you for being there and making all the effort. We appreciate it hugely.
The Food and Drinks vendors - thanks for setting up so nicely and keeping us all well fed and hydrated. The food I had was wonderful and many loved the wide variety on offer.
The participants and winners of all the competitions - these competitions were a major feature on the day. From Cloud Blowing to Tricks, DIY to Vendor Juice Shootout - you all kept us enthralled. Wait till you see the photos Thanks to all of you for your efforts and good spirit on the day!
The team from Heartfelt Arena - to Marilie, Thebe, Ruben and co. - you guys are legends. Thank you for all the hard work in the months leading up to this event. We could not have done it half as good without your help and enthusiasm along the way!
Our own dream team - the ECIGSSA Admin & Mod team - who helped with so many things to make VapeCon great. @Alex, @Kuhlkatz , @Rowan Francis , @Stosta (coming up from Dbn) - you guys are rock solid. @shaunnadan - thank you for all you have done for us with the comps, prizes and making sure the schedule ran smoothly on the day! @Stroodlepuff - thank you for all your help and tireless efforts in the run up to the event. With the food vendors and so many other aspects. You rock! @Gizmo for putting together such a marvellous and professional VapeCon website for us. And to @Rob Fisher - you sir are a legend. Enough said. Thanks Rob for all you have done for VapeCon and continue to do for the vaping industry at large. And for being the world's best MC!
VapeCon 2017 was a remarkable event. It is quite humbling to see how things have changed over the past three years. "Breathtaking", "superb", "electric" - these are some of the words people used to describe it. For me it was all of the above... and more. I loved this day so much that I was very sad when it was over
We are all actually lucky to have such an amazing event - and such a vibrant vaping industry in SA. Long may it continue...
PS - coming up on the VapeCon agenda soon will be the photos and the video. @Rob Fisher and I will tell the story using the photos and we are very excited for that. Then the video. We just working hard right now getting it all ready.
to you @Silver for being the gentleman that you are - sorry I missed you at VapeCon - and for the energy and effort you afforded this Mega Epic Event - A very warm and sincere word of appreciation - Thank You.
CC - The ECIGSSA Forum Team.
I did greet - however short - @Stosta @Rob Fisher and @KZOR - Awesome.
Thank you @Max - much appreciated!
Sorry we never got to meet and have a chat
Been getting a lot of queries about the VapeCon photos and the official video
Sorry guys, been delayed - there was so much footage and so many photos that its taken us a while to get through. But we have been working very hard on this. Also has not helped that some of us have been busy on numerous other things too, catching up after VapeCon. (Myself included)
The good news is that it's looking great and we are nearly ready to go. Will be rolled out soon....
Thanks to all Members working hard behind the scenes...much appreciated
Something big is coming soon...
My name isn't on here but i did rsvp ? Any help
We are in 2018?
@Cor is correct, your name is on the list, this one: https://www.ecigssa.co.za/vapecon-2018-sat-sun-25-26-aug-rsvp-save-the-date.t46417/unread
You are on the right one @Ruben! https://www.ecigssa.co.za/vapecon-2018-sat-sun-25-26-aug-rsvp-save-the-date.t46417/
I am so very sorry got that very stupid mistake ❤️