Surf Park Central Presents the 10th Annual Surf Park Summit

Sept 18 – 20 | Scripps Seaside Forum | San Diego, CA
Surf Park Central presents the 10th Annual Surf Park Summit, the premier event for surf park developers, operators, and industry professionals. Set against the stunning backdrop of Scripps Seaside Forum in La Jolla, California, this year’s summit promises to be an unforgettable experience, taking place from September 18th – 20th, 2023.
Surf Park Central and their annual Summit event has been the uniting force behind industry growth for a decade, fostering innovation, collaboration, and the acceleration of surf park projects worldwide. As the only event dedicated exclusively to the surf park industry, it offers attendees unparalleled opportunities to network with global leaders, gain industry insights, and discover the latest trends, technologies, and innovations.  
The Surf Park Summit is the ultimate platform for connecting with industry visionaries and making deals that matter with a reported nine out of ten guests stating that they forged valuable relationships at the Summit and seven out of ten guests report initiating new deals from Summit connections.

EVENT: 2023 Surf Park Summit
DATE: September 18 – 20, 2023
LOCATION: Scripps Seaside Forum in San Diego, CA

Surf Park Summit Announces 2023 Dates
Surf Park Summit attracts execs in the wave pool space from across the globe.


Real Estate Developers & Investors: The Surf Park Summit is a gateway to expert insights, offering invaluable guidance on financing, development, and design. Comprehensive presentations and panel discussions will not only save you time and money but also provide real-world examples, shedding light on both the successes and failures of surf park projects.

Park Owners & Operators: Joining the Summit allows owners & operators to share crucial insights and best practices, collectively advancing the industry’s standards. Additionally, the event offers the chance to stay ahead of the curve by discovering the latest innovative products and services from leading tech and surf park suppliers worldwide, ensuring that your park remains at the forefront of the industry’s offerings.

Wave Technology Manufacturers and Industry Suppliers: The Summit provides a unique opportunity to showcase all the latest products and innovations to a captive audience of park developers and operators. It’s a platform to announce new projects, build vital industry connections, and engage in deal-making discussions enabling companies to position themselves as a key player in the surf park industry’s ongoing growth and development.

This year’s Summit is expecting over 250 attendees representing companies and surf park projects from around the world.

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The 2022 Surf Park Awards winners included EpicSurf, Unit and Wavegarden. Photo by John Cocozza


For CEOs, executives, and innovators in the surf park industry, the Summit kicks off with two exclusive VIP events on Monday, September 18th.

Executive Workshop (2-4 pm at Scripps Forum): Hosted by Dr. Jess Ponting, co-founder of Surf Park Central, this hands-on workshop fosters collaboration and success in new surf park projects.

VIP Welcome Reception & Happy Hour (6-8 pm at Aaron Chang’s Art Gallery): Held at the renowned gallery of surf and ocean photographer Aaron Chang, this event offers VIPs a unique opportunity to network while enjoying Aaron Chang’s iconic surf photography.

The heart of the Summit unfolds on Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept 19 & 20th, offering two full days of networking, educational sessions, and presentations from industry leaders.

Highlights include:
Keynote Speaker
– Jeff Pensiero: Founder of Baldface Lodge, Jeff is a visionary in the adventure and hospitality industry, renowned for creating exceptional experiences.

2023 Consumer Trends Report: Jess Ponting, PhD (STOKE/Surf Park central Founder), in collaboration with Surfline, presents the annual Surf Park Consumer Trends report.

Panel Sessions: Engaging discussions with industry leaders focus on key aspects of the surf park industry, including finance and investment, risk mitigation, iconic surf destination design, feasibility, planning, development & construction, sourcing water, and future innovations in the space.

Project Announcements & Updates: Featuring spotlight presentations from Surfline, Endless Surf, Wavegarden, Water Technology Inc (WTI), Surf Lakes, UrbnSurf, Surf Park Management, Beach Street Development, and many more.

Innovation & Technology Lightning Rounds: Hear from top manufacturers in the industry on the latest technological advances that are propelling the surf park space forward.

New for 2023: THE DEVELOPERS TRACK: Designed for current and future surf park developers and operators, this track offers 15+ individual breakout sessions during Surf Park Summit 2023. Gain expert insights, access the best advice, learn new strategies, and get real-world examples to save time and money in surf park development.

Annual Surf Park Awards: The Summit proudly showcases the Surf Park Awards, recognizing the outstanding achievements of companies and individuals in the surf park industry. This year’s awards will celebrate leadership in the areas of sustainability, innovation, democratizing access, and leadership, further contributing to the industry’s growth and success.