While it is hard to beat a great auto or classic car show it is good to have a little variety in life! So, mix it up a little an check out one of the top Boat shows in the California the Progressive Insurance Los Angeles Boat show!

I know, it is a little cold to be thinking much about boating, at least in the watersports department. But if you are considering upgrading to a newer ski boat or pick up some of the latest waterboards and ski equipment this is a great show to check out and well, the 14 hour drive to get from Northern California to the bottom of Southern Cal is a good reason to get out of the house.

The show runs from February 7-10 2013 and has two different locations. Click here for the whole schedule. The main location is at the LA Convention Center where you will check out the majority of the vendor booths, exhibits, Clinic and seminars. There will also be boats displayed at Marina Del Rey on the same days.

Something that might make it worthwhile to take the drive is to meet two of the current wakeboarding greats! Wakeboarding legends Bob and Phil Soven will be taking a break from their MTV reality show WakeBrothers to take pictures and sign autographs.

There will also be 2 sailing seminars, 4 power boat clinics and 2 powerboat seminars to help hone your boating skills. You can also “test drive” a kayak or stand up paddle board, or join in on the Hooters and Jack FM Wing eating contest.

Well, if you can’t make the LA boat show, there’s always the Boat and RV show at the Boat and RV show help each year at the Redding convention center.