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Surf Park Business Review Guidelines

Editor: Jess Ponting, Ph.D. M.M. B.Sc.

Associate Editor: Chris Kluesener, M.B.A.

The “Surf Park Business Review” is an independent electronic journal of international scope for the surf park industry, edited and administered by Surf Park Central. 

The journal provides articles written by and catering to the information needs of surf park developers, operators and operations managers, investors, and suppliers of hard goods and professional and other services to the surf park industry. Articles share emerging best practices, case studies, innovations, research, data, and provide actionable information for readers. Simultaneously articles act as lead generation drivers for authors by establishing them as authorities in their fields of work.

Surf Park Business Review articles are published monthly on Surf Park Central’s Insiders platform and abstracts appear in bi-monthly Surf Park Central community emails and website newsfeed. 

Author Submission Guidelines

Authors should send an expression of interest along with 3-5 topic ideas to the editor at [email protected]  The editor will work with authors to select topics to avoid overlap with other recent authors. Multiple topics may be selected to be pursued over several journal editions.

Once topics have been agreed upon, authors should submit their manuscripts in MS Word format 12pt font, double spaced and be between 1500 and 2500 words including references. References should be in APA style. Longer articles will be entertained upon request. American or UK English is acceptable as long as use is consistent throughout the article. Articles should clearly state which currencies are being used to demonstrate values and what units of measurement are being employed.

A separate cover page should be included that includes the name, title, affiliation, contact details, a 250 word bio and a high resolution headshot in jpeg format of the author(s). The cover page should also include a 100-150 word summary of the article, and up to 6 keywords.

The SPBR audience spans a range of professional disciplines, please refrain from using profession-specific jargon, or if you must, please provide definitions, glossary, or explanatory footnotes as necessary to allow all readers access to your information.

Please keep bullet points to a minimum. Images, tables, figures, and models are encouraged but must be high resolution.

Work must be original and not have been submitted for publication elsewhere.

Submitted work must be based on primary research, facts, data and or case studies.  This is not a forum for advertorial, opinion pieces or articles designed to injure individuals or companies. 

All submissions will be peer reviewed, submission is not a guarantee of publication. Articles will be accepted as is, accepted pending minor changes, accepted pending major changes, or rejected. Constructive feedback will be provided for those submissions not immediately accepted.

Potential topic areas might include but are in no way limited to the nexus of surf parks and:

  • Adaptive surfing and surf therapy
  • Action sports crossovers
  • Adding value through surf culture and heritage
  • Advertising
  • Architecture
  • Booking software
  • Cable park learnings
  • Carbon offsetting
  • Community building
  • Concrete Innovation
  • Construction
  • Design
  • Employee skills training
  • Entitlements process
  • Feasibility studies
  • Finance
  • General Contracting
  • Geo-technical analysis
  • High performance training
  • Hotel Attraction Business Models
  • HR in the surf park space
  • Institutional capital
  • Insurance
  • Lagoon Solutions
  • Marketing
  • Market research
  • New surf park culture
  • Onsite events
  • Onsite storage services
  • Operations Management
  • Pre-development work
  • Preventative maintenance
  • Private Club Business Models
  • Programming
  • Public perceptions and PR management
  • Real Estate Development
  • Rental equipment services
  • Reinvigorating retail malls
  • Renewable Energy
  • Risk management
  • Skate park activations
  • Ski industry learnings
  • Sustainability
  • Surf conservation and activism
  • Surf industry partnerships
  • Themed Attraction Business Models
  • Video capture
  • Water Conservation
  • Water filtration and treatment
  • Water parks
  • Wave generation technologies
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