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About Surf Park Central

Surf Park Central was founded in 2012 by John Luff, a successful surf park developer and industry expert, and Dr. Jess Ponting, a Professor of Sustainable Surfing Tourism from San Diego State University, with a mission to accelerate the successful growth of surf parks. In September of 2013 we hosted the first Surf Park Summit in Laguna Beach, California, and in September of 2016 we hosted Surf Park Summit 2 in Orlando, Florida in conjunction with Surf Expo. We’ve since hosted Surf Park Summit Europe at Surf Snowdonia, the world’s first commercial Surf Park, and hosted numerous in-person and virtual summits.

In October 2021, Surf Park Summit hosted 250+ surf pool industry leaders, wave technologies, developers, investors and surfing legends gathered in San Diego, and we’re already planning Summit 2022 (pre-register for Surf Park Summit 2022 here). Today, with various digital products and research services now available to members and sponsors, Surf Park Central remains the leading source for fact-based industry intelligence and professional networking access for the surf-anchored real estate industry.

Get a little taste of Summit with our 2021 Surf Park Summit highlight reel. And read more about Surf Park Summit 2021 from Surfline and The Inertia. Pre-register for Surf Park Summit 2022 here.


Since the first Summit and subsequent events we’ve cemented ourselves as THE go-to resource for all surf park and surf pool news and information, with a growing loyal network of 275,000+ followers. Our audience and contributors consist of real estate developers, investors, retailers, resort owners / operators, action sports enthusiasts, professional surfers, entrepreneurs, wave technology providers, suppliers and professional service companies and industry stakeholders around the world.

Last year we launched Surf Park Insiders, an exclusive professional community for those serious about surf pools. Surf Park Insiders is Surf Park Summit 365 days a year, offering virtual networking opportunities with the Insiders community, access to premium surf park industry research and reports, and access to the recordings from every Surf Park Summit event. For the Insiders community we also release monthly Insider episodes, hosted by Dr. Jess Ponting, in which he interviews surf pool industry executives and thought leaders. Get a little taste of Insiders below, with Insiders Episode 5, with surfing legend and surf entrepreneur, Shane Beschen.

Surf parks and man-made surf destinations are a rapidly emerging market with current success stories in the making and incredible potential in the coming years. One of our top priorities is to keep our audience on the leading edge of this new industry with all the latest developments in the wave technology and surf destination development realm. It is our vision and primary goal to support and help accelerate the advancement of man-made surf destinations in a successful and sustainable manner. The parallel between the growth of surf parks and surfing’s first ever inclusion within the Olympic Program in Tokyo for the Summer Olympics. Surf parks even went mainstream in 2021 with ABC’s The Ultimate Surfer.

At Surf Park Central we feature:

  • Surf Pool Technology Research & Developments
  • Surf Park & Surf Pool Company and Supplier Profiles
  • High Quality Videos & Photos of Surf Pool Surfing
  • Surf Pool & Surf Park Events
  • Surf Pool & Surf Park Destinations
  • Industry news relevant to wave pools, surf parks, and wave technology
  • Team tested and recommended surf products, gear and fitness programs
  • Surf Park & Surf Pool Career Opportunities
  • Many more features, sections, and developments will be available soon…
  • *We also welcome contributions
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