20th Surf Summit, 2021

Preview: EUROSIMA Surf Summit October 14 & 15 in Hossegor, France

The 20th edition of the annual action sports business conference will be back this year on October 14 & 15. This year EUROSIMA will welcome the action sports industry for its traditional 2-day conference at the Hossegor Sporting Casino, following last year’s online-only format due to the global health crisis.

The Surf Summit will take place alongside the Quiksilver Junior Pro 40 (October 13-15) and will also kick off the Quiksilver & Roxy Pro France (October 16-24), one of the qualifying events for the upcoming WSL World Tour.

The program at time of going to press was as follows:
For the complete schedule, please see the bottom of the page.

The summit starts at 10am with an opening address by Jean-Louis Rodrigues, EUROSIMA President, this will be followed by Emmanuelle Duez, Founder of The Boson Project, presenting ‘New Types of Work Interactions and Team Motivation’.

After lunch, Dave Mailman will hold a conversation with surf legend and shaper Maurice Cole. This will be followed by a round table conversation with Pascale Gozzi, CEO of Gozzi Sports and Sport2000 and UNION Sport & Cycle President; Jean-Louis Rodrigues, EUROSIMA President; and Virgile Caillet (UNION Sport & Cycle General Delegate). The conversation will cover how their associations will support the action sports sector.

At the close of the day, there will be a presentation announcing the winners of the 2021 Eurosima Sponsorship Program. After the presentation, there will be a showing of the film ‘Rame pour ta Planète’, and the annual Summit Dinner will be held during the early evening.

The second day of the summit starts with a Surf Session at the Hossegor Surf Club. Then from 10am, Tiago Pires, former pro surfer, will share his experience about his transition into a second career after over 20 years in the competitive circuit. From 11:30am, Francisco Spinola, WSL EUROPE Manager and Surf Contest Organiser; Tiago Pires, Former Portuguese Pro Surfer and Pro Events Organiser; Paulo Martins, Despomar – Leading Surf Distributor in Portugal; and Jean-Louis Rodrigues, EUROSIMA President will share a round table to debate ‘Is Portugal the Next European Surf Hot Spot in Europe?’. 

Then just before lunch, there will be a presentation of “The International Surf Archive” project by Emile Mahler. Following lunch, the CSR ‘Commitment of the action sports industry’ will be debated by Aymeric de Rorthays, Au Vieux Campeur General Manager; Julien Martel, CEO and Co-founder of Akewatu; Thibaut Haegdorens, Neo Workshop – RepareTaCombi.com; Arthur Seydoux,  Head of Customer Experience at Angell; and Aristide Schöndienst, Founder of Polyola.

The 2-day conference will also include a number of activities for guests to relax and plenty of opportunities for networking at lunches and during the athletic activities and surfing competitions…

During the Surf Summit, EUROSIMA will be presenting the 7th edition of the Surfing Lounge exhibit, which showcases the most innovative products and services in action sports.

The Waterman’s Ball will take place on Friday at 7pm on the last evening of the Surf Summit and includes the Surf Industry Awards for the ‘European Male and Female Surfers of the Year’ and ‘Rookie of the Year’ and the ‘Action Sports Product of the Year’.

So if you need to visit SW France for business or pleasure, add the Surf Summit and Waterman’s Ball to your calendar and participate in Europe’s number one networking event for the surf industry, as well as getting to see some of the best surfers in the planet in action.

Complete Schedule

October 14
10AM
 – EUROSIMA ADDRESS,
Jean-Louis Rodrigues, EUROSIMA President
10AM – 7PM SURFING LOUNGE,
An exhibit of the most creative and innovative products and services of the Action Sport Industry
10.30AM – 12PM – TRANSFORMATIONS IN MANAGEMENT AND NEW WORK RELATIONS,
Emmanuelle Duez, Founder of The Boson Project
12.15PM LUNCH BREAK – LA GREEN CANTINE,
In association with Carlsberg & Ocean52
2.30PM – 3.15PM – FOSTERING COLLECTIVE INTELLIGENCE,
Laurent Chambertin, former professional volleyball player and personal development coach
3.30PM – 4.30PM – SUPPORT FOR THE SPORTS INDUSTRY IN FRANCE,
A conversation with Pascale Gozzi, CEO of Gozzi Sports at Sport2000 and UNION sport & cycle President, Virgile Caillet, General Delegate of UNION sport & cycle, Jean-Louis Rodrigues, EUROSIMA President
4.45PM – PRESENTATION OF THE WINNERS OF THE 2021 EUROSIMA SPONSORSHIP PROGRAM AND CALL FOR INNOVATION PROJECTS
7.30PM – PARTNERS & SPONSORSHIP OFFICIAL DINER,
70 Hectares & l’océan restaurant in Seignosse

October 15
8.30AM – 9.30AM
– SURF SESSION AND FREE SURFING INITIATIONS,
In association with the Hossegor Surf Club on registration
10AM – 7PM SURFING LOUNGE,
An exhibit of the most creative and innovative products and services of the Action Sport Industry
10AM – 11.15AM – FROM THE LINE-UP TO THE MARKET,
Tiago Pires, former pro surfer
11.30AM – 12.15PM – IS PORTUGAL THE NEW HOT SPOT IN THE EUROPEAN SURF SCENE?
A round table with Francisco Spinola, WSL Europe General Manager and President of the Ocean Events Group, Tiago Pires, former pro surfer and pro events organiser, Pedro Fernandes, Brand & Sales director at Despomar, Jean-Louis Rodrigues, EUROSIMA President
12.30PM – PRESENTATION OF “THE INTERNATIONAL SURF ARCHIVE” PROJECT
1PM LUNCH BREAK – LA GREEN CANTINE,
In association with Carlsberg & Ocean52
2.30PM – 4.30PM – THE CSR COMMITMENT OF THE ACTION SPORTS INDUSTRY,
1- A conversation with Aymeric de Rorthays – Au Vieux Campeur General Manager
2- A round-table on sustainable and alternative business models with Aymeric de Rorthays, Au Vieux Campeur General Manager, Julien Martel, CEO and co-founder of Akewatu, Thibaut Haegdorens, Neo Workshop – RepareTaCombi.com, Jules Trecco, Head of Customer Experience at Angell, Daniel Guntschnig, Co-founder of Polyola surf foam, Audrey Queruau Lamerie, General Director of Alltroc

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