Editor’s Note: This piece was done in conjunction with our partners at Surf Park Central.
The Annual Surf Park Summit took place at the Scripps Seaside Pier in San Diego last week, bringing together movers and shakers from one of the most interesting and innovative aspects of the modern surf industry – surf pools, also known as wave pools. There’s a lot going on in the industry right now, and a lot went down over the two days the summit was held so we thought a rundown would be appropriate, so you can keep an eye on – and maybe get stoked for – the future of surfing.
The Summit has been going strong since 2013 and is a massive get-together for brands, companies, and industry leaders to gather and align on different technologies, environmental efforts, and more. This year saw panel discussions on surf-park culture with surf legends Damien Hobgood and Ian Cairns, on the future of surf-pool technology with top surf-park executives, and a conversation about the influences of surf pools on surfboard shaping with shapers Matt Biolos and Timmy Patterson (who craft boards for Olympic gold medalists Carissa Moore and Italo Ferreira, respectively).