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San Sebastian becomes the surfing capital of the world.


On 21, 22 and 23 November, San Sebastian will be hosting the International Meeting of the World Surf Cities Network, featuring representatives of the 12 cities around the world that are part of this network. The meeting will showcase the projects and ways of working that the participating cities are rolling out, in addition to offering the chance to learn from global experts and to make contact with surfing businesses, entrepreneurs and professionals from all around the world.


The World Surf Cities Network (WSCN) is a collaborative network between cities that have a strategy to develop surfing as a wealth-generating activity. It is made up of twelve surf cities from Europe, the Americas, Africa and Oceania interested in improving local competitiveness and creating employment through open innovation in the surfing industry. The participating cities share knowledge, develop exchanges and generate synergies and new ideas that create wealth at a local level around surfing. After holding its annual meeting on the Gold Coast (Australia), and in Santos (Brazil), Durban (South Africa), Ericeira and Viana do Castelo (Portugal), and Arica (Chile), this year the members of the network are coming together in San Sebastian, at a convention that which will also give them the chance to contact international firms and companies dedicated to surfing.


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The City’s Deputy Mayor, Ernesto Gasco, pointed out that "seven years after the establishment of the World Surf Cities Network led by San Sebastian, we are meeting as we do every year, but on this occasion as the hosts. The number of cities that are part of this project has increased, from the five initial members to twelve today, and this number will increase to thirteen when we finalise the membership of the Chilean town of Viña del Mar over the next few days. The main aim of this network is to transfer knowledge surrounding the surfing business and to work with the business model generated bysurfing in our urban areas".


This year the event will be attended by representatives of the cities of Arica (Chile), Santos (Brazil), Montañita (Ecuador), Huanchaco (Peru), San Sebastian (Spain), Durban (South Africa), Lacanau (France), Gold Coast (Australia), New Plymouth (New Zealand), Viña del Mar (Chile), Mafra (Portugal) and Viana do Castelo (Portugal).


At the International Conference, which will take place on Wednesday 21 November in the Miramar Palace, there will be a speech given by Jim Houghton, executive director of sales at Surfline, the most important specialist surfing digital medium in the world, with 1.7 million views a month. Afterwards, the cities of the WSCN will present their strategies to develop surfing as an important economic sector. In the afternoon, they will visit one of the leading surfing companies in the region of Gipuzkoa, Wave Garden. The participants will visit this firm’s demonstration centre in the town of Aizarnazabal. They will also have the chance to visit the facilities of the Hurley Centre in San Sebastian, right by Zurriola Beach.


The International Conference is open to all interested members of the public, who can sign up here: http://www.worldsurfcitiesnetwork.com/es/


The surfing business is one of the economic sectors that San Sebastian has been developing for some years now. It is estimated that surfing can have an economic impact on the city of more than 35 million euros, in terms of tourism and industry, and that it generates close to 500 jobs. To develop this sector, the Donostia Surf City Cluster was launched, involving 53 companies and 11 local entities.


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