“Surfing beyond the Ocean. Wavegarden”
By Fernando Odriozola, Business Development Director of Wavegarden
“Wavegarden is ready to deliver world-class waves anywhere in the world. Our new full-size facility, 300×50 metres, is finished. During the conference, we are going to showcase this new installation with a World First Release Video.
We would like to share some insights about our world-wide patented Wavegarden technology and how we are capable of delivering perfect surfing waves of any size and any length. Our installations can be developed in existing shallow lakes and lagoons or in purpose built ones, creating the most natural waves for surf enthusiasts and a wonderful spectacle for visitors.
We will also talk about the sustainable principles that Wavegarden is based on and how those principles drive profitability for investors. We are ready to spread the happiness of surfing all over the world.”
Fernando Odriozola is Business Development Director at Instant Sport, S.L., a company based in San Sebastian that is behind Wavegarden. He has been informally involved in the project since its inception, around 10 years ago, and formally involved since the Commercial launching of the Company, in early 2010. He has a masters degree in Industrial Engineering. He has developed his professional career in different sectors related with technology, such us microelectronics, and has lived in Spain, UK, Hong Kong, Indonesia and Western Samoa. He is also a passionate surfer and traveller, having visited over 40 countries.
Global Surf Cities Conference 2013 – ‘Destination, Innovation, and Collaboration’
The Gold Coast will play host to the first Global Surf Cities Conference in the days prior to the Quiksilver and Roxy Pro Surf Events on 27 February to 1 March 2013, bringing together leading surf city representatives from around the world and Australia.
The conference will feature high profile speakers including Chris Hines, environmental advisor from the UK, Andy Abel from Papua New Guinea Surf Tourism, Dr Jess Ponting from the Centre for Surf Research in the USA, David Byrne from Surftech International Australia and more.
The two major aims of the Conference are to establish a platform for networking among surf cities so as to develop globally sustainable surf industries and to develop frameworks for international collaboration in surf industry education, employment and global career mobility. A feature to the conference will be a surfboard shaping demonstration led by Master Shaper Richard Harvey.
The conference will finish on the corporate deck at the Quiksilver and Roxy Pro trials – a great opportunity to see the Gold Coast Surf industry in action and see some seriously good surfing!
Conference topics include:
surf business (including a presentation on the latest global technology and innovation in the SUP (stand up paddling) market
innovation in surf
surf city governance and more.
The conference caters for representatives across the surf industry including:
business (surf schools, manufacturers, retailers, publications)
academia (surf and coastal management, surf tourism, sustainability)
government (economic development, tourism, coastal planning, events)
peak bodies and associations
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