Hosted by Surf Park Central & Center for Surf Research September 7, 2016 at Surf Expo in Orlando, FL


Private after party at Typhoon Lagoon Wave Pool for all Surf Park Summit 2 Invitees


The Future of Surfing Outside the Ocean


September 7, 2016 at Surf Expo in Orlando, FL

The industry’s second ever Summit to accelerate the future of surfing outside the ocean.

As we see it, the vision is clear: build authentic, sustainable and profitable surf experiences to grow the surf industry and provide the mental, physical and emotional stoke of surfing to those that do not have access to the ocean. To do this, the Summit will gather the industry’s top minds including surf park and surf pool developers, investors, operators, suppliers, academics, experts and athletes to discuss the opportunities and challenges related to the development of man-made surf destinations.

Speakers, Presenters and Panelists

Andy Ainscough Surf Snowdonia | Surf Park Summit 2 Speaker

Andy Ainscough

Co-Founder & Managing Director at Surf Snowdonia – Home of the World’s First Commercial Wavegarden Surf Lagoon

Roy Turner

Executive Vice President & Group Show Director for Surf Expo – The World’s Largest Boardsports and Beach Lifestyle Tradeshow

Bruce McFarland

Founder & President of Solana Beach, CA based American Wave Machines. Inventor of SurfStream® and PerfectSwell®
Aaron Chang Surf Park Summit 2 Speaker

Aaron Chang

Award winning, internationally acclaimed surf and ocean photographer. New creative endeavor in large scale communal surfboard sculptures.

Robert Reynolds

Director at Park Lane and Managing Director at Surf Park Solutions. Specialist in creative deal structuring, finance and investments in the surf park industry

Cheyne Carnahan

CEO & Founder of Waves Manufacturing. Innovation, design, and construction of surf pools and standing waves.

Tony Finn

Founder of Liquid Force, the global leader in wakeboard related products and apparel. The company also has wakesurf, kiteboard and wakeskate divisions

Dr. Atso Andersen

President and Chairman of Artwave Surf. Man-Made open water surf technology. The Nordic approach to surfing.

Fernando Aguerre

President of the International Surfing Association (ISA). Co-Founder and former CEO of Reef

Mark “Skip” Taylor

Experience Creator at RePlay Resorts. An alum of IMG, Skip is an accomplished action-sport, lifestyle, event and entertainment producer

Tristan Boxford

Founder & CEO of the Waterman League, the governing body for the Stand Up Paddle Surfing World Tour and Racing World Series

Barry Hopton

Business Manager of ATG UV Technology on the experience of chemical-free microbiological treatment for large bodies of water.<

Glenn Brumage

Managing Director at Wabsono International whose primary mission is the promotion of Chinese participation in the activities and lifestyle of Action Sports
Finance and Ops Panel at Surf Park Summit 2

Finance & Ops Panels

Comprising multiple panels over the course of the event will be some of the worlds top surf pool and surf park operators, financiers and developers
Claude Coudry | Surf Park Summit 2 Panelist

Claude Coudry

Founder and President of Oasis Surf. Montreal, Canada’s first surf park brings together retail, entertainment, food and beverage, and surfing under one roof

Wave Technology Panel

The world’s top companies and experts will discuss the latest in wave generating technology, breakthroughs and projects currently in development

Gary Ream

President & Founder at Camp Woodward. President of the International Skateboarding Federation (ISF)

Tony Perez

GM, SURFER & SURFING at The Enthusiast Network. TEN holds the world’s largest action/outdoor sports media platform

Tom Lochtefeld

Founder & CEO of Surf Loch, and the Wave Loch & Wave House family of companies. Co-Founder & Co-Developer of Raging Waters

Peter “PT” Townend

First World Professional Surfing Champion (1976) and Surfing Hall of Fame Inductee. Dominant figure in the sport, culture and business of surfing.

Dr. Jess Ponting

Founder and Director of the Center for Surf Research at San Diego State University. Leading academic in surf travel research and surf park developments


The Co-Founders of Psicobloc present one of the most unique and purest forms of climbing now available anywhere.
Sean Young Colliers International Surf Park Summit 2

Seán Young

Founder and Head of Colliers International Destination Consulting. Lead business advisor on 8 surf park projects across the world, including Surf Snowdonia

Scott Hyland

Sales Director of Neptune Benson and expert in commercial water filtration on water filtration for recreational applications.


Surf Park Summit 2 After Party Presented by Allied Specialty Insurance and THE Insurance Co

About the first Surf Park Summit

September 13, 2013 in Laguna Beach, CA

The first Surf Park Summit was an invite only event with over 300 attendees from 30+ countries including 3 world surfing champions and a range of great speakers. Co-Founded by Dr. Jess Ponting of SDSU’s Center for Surf Research and John Luff of Surf Park Central, the event attracted global media attention including Yahoo! News, NBC, Forbes, ESPN, USA Today and the Associated Press. Over 100 combined TV, digital and print publications covered the event.

Excerpt from the Associated Press

Some of surfing’s biggest names aren’t just catching waves. They’re also talking about making them.

Surf parks — massive pools with repeating, artificial waves — are the latest buzzword in the surf community, as everyone from top athletes to retailers look for ways to expand the sport, boost sales and create a standardized way to train that could help surfing earn an Olympic pedigree.

“Mother Nature stipulates that surfing only can occur where waves can be born. When man takes his hand to forming the waves, it unlocks the potential of surfing anywhere. And that is the most powerful thing,” said Doug Palladini, VP & GM of Vans Americas, President of the Surf Industry Manufacturers Association.



Top Tier Media Coverage

Surf Expo Logo | Surf Park Summit 2

About Surf Expo

Surf Expo is the longest running and largest boardsports and beach/resort lifestyle trade show in the world. Produced in January and September the show draws buyers from major resorts, cruise lines and major retailers along with media across the U.S., the Caribbean, Central and South America and around the world. The show is recognized as a leader in the industry and has celebrated record-breaking attendance (exceeding 26,000) in 2014 and 2013 and features more than 2,600 booths of apparel, hard goods and a full line-up of special events, and annual award ceremonies and demos. The next Surf expo event is September 8-10, 2016 with Board Demo Day  and Surf Park Summit 2 on September 7, 2016. All shows are open to trade only. For more information visit

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