Technology, sustainability, employment or sporting events will be discussed at the fourth edition of the Gran Canaria Blue Economy Forum on Friday, October 7.


Tickets, free upon registration, can be purchased on the website

Everything is set for the fourth edition of the Gran Canaria Blue Economy Forum, which will focus on the challenges and opportunities of the surf and wave industry, starting next Friday, October 7 at 9:00 a.m. Promoted and financed by Cabildo de Gran Canaria, the place will highlight the potential of this sector of the blue economy, in addition to being a tourist destination, emphasizing diversification, sustainability, the use of local resources and talents.

This fourth edition of the Gran Canaria Blue Economy Forum will have free entry, pre-registration through the website Participants will be able to choose between attending InfaCare in person, where they will be able, in addition to exchanging impressions with the rest of the participants, or following the programming in streaming via virtual access to presentations and discussion tables. can enjoy.

The occasion will also include two face-to-face hands-on workshops with real-life examples of how surfboards are built and repaired. These spaces, whose capacity has been reduced, are intended for people over 14 years of age.

today’s program

The president of the Cabildo de Gran Canaria, Antonio Morales, and the councilor for tourism of the town hall of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Pedro Quevedo, will proceed at 9:00 a.m. to the opening of the Gran Canaria Blue Economy Forum, which will be hosted by Blue Economy, Alicia Gómez Led and facilitated by a professional training specialist in the field of

With all this, at 9:30 a.m. the first presentations of the day will begin by Pedro Quevedo, who will deepen the “blue strategy for the development of beach activities”. Then, at 9:50 a.m., it will be the turn of Yucan Cesse, adviser and former director of the San Sebastián Development Company (Basque Country), to talk about “surfing as a lever for economic development in Donostia”. Throughout his speech, Sesse will give an example of institutional support for companies in Cerf and the Basque Country.

At 10:10 a.m., Guillermo Quintana, technician of the Economic Promotion Company of Gran Canaria (SPEG), will speak about “Growth opportunities in Gran Canaria for blue economy companies”. This block of intervention will be launched by Fernando Odriozola, founding partner and commercial director of WaveGarden, who will present the success story of the world leader in wave generation systems with a conference entitled “Engineering at the service of waves”.

The second part of the morning will begin at 11.15 a.m. and will include various lectures. ‘New sources of employment in the surf sector’ will be discussed by Sergio San Roman, director of the Association of Surf Schools of Gran Canaria; Adur Latamendia from Pucus; and Sergi Galano from Flamasurf. After them, it will be their turn at 12:00 p.m. at the “Diversity and Inclusion” table, with surfer Oscar Perez and ONCE Regional President in the Canary Islands Miguel ngel Deniz discussing the benefits of Gran Canaria. To be the reference as a tailor-made surf destination.

The importance of major sporting events such as the World Championships will be at the center of the debates of “The Sports Event”, which will start at 12:30 p.m. with the participation of Maximo Tavio and Jose Fernandez of El Frontón King. Las Americas Prof. The morning will end with a discussion on “the future of surfing”. Canarian Talent, featuring Kalani da Silva and surfer Sara Gonzalez from the Kalani Surf Academy.

afternoon session

The evening session will begin at 4:30 p.m., with the “Wave Protection to Rehabilitation: Interventions in Natural Sports Facilities” panel discussion featuring speakers including Carlos Acosta, CEO-Weight of Hydraulic and Maritime Engineering and editor of the Wave Catalog. Government of the Canary Islands; Angel Lobo, president of the Canarian Surfing Federation and expert in marine and coastal spatial planning; and Ignacio Garcia, geographer and beach development specialist.

This will take place from 5:30 p.m. when the Gran Canaria Blue Economy Forum will discuss “Waves, magazines, video and cinema”, with the participation of Miguel ngel Goma from Radical Surf Mag and Javier Amazaga from Three60 Magazine.

The informative program of this edition will begin at 6:15 p.m. with the proposal “Made in the Canaries: Surf Fashion, Trends and Sustainability”, featuring Elena Morales, designer and founder of Elena Morales, the floor; Nestor Santiago, CEO of Fibras Naturales de Canarias; and Eugenio Navas, designer at Ogeno.

Shaping and Glassing tolerances

The innovation brought by this edition of the Gran Canaria Blue Economy Forum is the inclusion of two practical workshops on expanding surfboards. These appointments will take place in two groups, one at 4:00 p.m. and the other at 5:30 p.m., and will include the participation of Oscar López and Carlos Luduena, shapers from Fuerteventura; Yere García, shaper from Lanzarote and Nicolas Chantelupe from La Rochelle (France), carpenters along the river.

In addition to all this, the Gran Canaria Blue Economy Forum is promoted and financed by Cabaldo de Gran Canaria with the organization of Infecar and the cooperation of the City Council of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria through the City Council Of March. SPEGC, Best in Gran Canaria, Maritime Cluster of the Canary Islands, Association of Surf Schools of Gran Canaria, Canarian Surfing Federation and Cajassite, as official affiliates.


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