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

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

Everything is ready for the fourth edition of the Gran Canaria Blue Economy Forum, which will delve into the challenges and opportunities of the surf and wave industry, starting next Friday, October 7th at 9:00 am. Promoted and financed by Cabildo de Gran Canaria, the venue will focus on the potential of this sector of the blue economy, in addition to being a tourist destination, with a focus on diversification, sustainability, use of local resources and talent.

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

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

day’s schedule

The President of Cabildo de Gran Canaria, Antonio Morales, and the Councilor for Tourism of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria City Council, Pedro Quevedo, will proceed at 9:00 a.m. for the opening of the Gran Canaria Blue Economy Forum, which will be hosted by Blue Economy, Alicia Gómez Conducted and conducted by a specialist in vocational training in the field of

With all this, at 9:30 am will begin the first presentations of the day by Pedro Quevedo, who will delve into the ‘blue development strategy in beach activities’. Next, at 9:50 am it will be the turn of Yucan Cesse, adviser and former director of the San Sebastian Development Society (Basque Country), to talk about ‘surfing as a lever for economic development in Donostia’. Throughout his speech, Sesse will provide an example of institutional support for companies in the Cerf region and the Basque Country.

At 10:10 a.m., Guillermo Quintana, a technician at the Gran Canaria Economic Promotion Society (SPEG), will talk about ‘growth opportunities in Gran Canaria for blue economy companies’. This block of intervention will be kicked off 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 talk titled ‘Engineering at the Service of Waves’.

The second half of the morning will begin at 11:15 am and will have various talks. ‘New sources of employment in the surf sector’ will be discussed by Sergio San Roman, manager of the Surf School Association of Gran Canaria; Adur Latamendia from Pucus; and Sergi Galano from Flamasurf. After them, it will be their turn at 12:00 at the ‘Diversity and Inclusion’ table, with surfer Oscar Perez and ONCE Regional President in the Canary Islands Miguel ngel Deniz addressing the benefits of Gran Canaria. To be the benchmark as a customized surfing destination.

The importance of major sporting events such as world championships will be the focus of debate at ‘The Sports Event’, which will begin at 12:30 pm with the participation of Maximo Tavio and Jose Fernandez of El Frontón King. Las Americas Prof. The morning will conclude with a discussion on ‘the future of surfing’. Canarian Talent, which will be attended by Kalani da Silva and surfer Sara Gonzalez of Kalani Surf Academy.

afternoon session

The evening session will begin at 4:30 pm, with the discussion table ‘Wave Protection to Rehabilitation: Interventions in Natural Sports Facilities’ with speakers such as 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 expert on beach planning.

This will take place from 5:30 p.m. when the Gran Canaria Blue Economy Forum will discuss ‘Waves, Magazines, Video and Cinema’, with participation from Miguel ngel Goma from Radical Surf Mag and Javier Amazaga from Three60 Magazine.

This edition’s informative program will kick off at 6:15 pm with the proposition ‘Made in the Canary Islands: 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.

Toleres de Shaping y Glassing

The innovation that this edition of the Gran Canaria Blue Economy Forum brings is the inclusion of two practical workshops on expanding surfboards. These venues will take place in two groups, one at 4:00 pm and the other at 5:30 pm, 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, Canary Islands Maritime Cluster, Association of Surf Schools of Gran Canaria, Canarian Federation of Surfing and Cajassite, as official affiliates.

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