Global Wave Conference

Agenda for the 2015 Conference

Global Wave Conference
11-14th October, 2015
Cornwall & London, England

Sunday 11th


GWC Speaker Coach departs Heathrow


Arrival at Bedruthan Steps, Welcome CornwallHugo Tagholm, Chief Executive, Surfers Against Sewage

1:00pm - 2:00pm

Hotel check-in and Cornish packed lunch provided by FinisterreFinisterre

2:00pm - 5:00pm

Cornish Surfari hosted by Finisterre (Speakers Only)Finisterre

6:00pm - 7:00pm

GWC drinks reception

7:00pm - 9:00pm

GWC dinner for speakers and sponsors, Bedruthan Hotel

WelcomeHugo Tagholm, Chief Executive, Surfers Against Sewage

Amazing Surf StoriesBrad Gerlach, Big Wave Surfer

Monday 12th


Delegate registration, Conference Centre, Bedruthan Hotel

8:45am - 9:00am

Welcome and Conference ChairHugo Tagholm, Chief Executive, Surfers Against Sewage

9:00am - 9:30am

Keynote speech Lucy Siegle, Ethical Journalist, The Guardian

9:30am - 11:00am

Protecting Surfing Habitats: Approaches

25 years of campaigns to protect surf habitatsHugo Tagholm, Chief Executive, Surfers Against Sewage

Trestles: A prime surfing ecosystem under threatDr Chad Nelsen, Chief Executive, Surfrider International

Save The Waves: World Surfing ReservesNik Strong-Cvetich, Chief Executive, Save The Waves Coalition

Surfrider Foundation Europe: Working with UNESCOStéphane Latxague, Executive Director, Surfrider Foundation Europe

Promoting and protecting surfing zones in a developing nationDr Eduardo Najera, Mexico Director, WILDCOAST/COSTASALVAJE

11:00am - 11:15am

Coffee break

11:15am - 12:45pm

Climate Change and The Ocean

Marine Renewables - Engaging with DevelopersDr Ian Ashton, Research Fellow, Exeter University

CO2 Emissions: Threats to Waves and Surfing Ecosystems: Ocean Acidification, Ocean Currents and StratificationKevin Whilden, Co-Founder, Sustainable Surf

Climate Change and Coastal AdaptationPhil Dyke, Coastal and Marine Adviser , National Trust

Future Waves SurveyDr Dan Reineman, Postdoctoral Scholar, Stanford University

Climate Change and Sustainable Surfing in PeruCarlo Grigoletto, Director, DG Costera

12:45pm - 1:45pm

Lunch, The Herring Restaurant, Bedruthan Hotel

1:45pm - 3:45pm

Marine Litter

5 Gyres InstituteDr Marcus Eriksen, Director of Research and Co-founder, 5 Gyres Institute

The Global Ghost Gear InitiativeAlyx Elliott, UK Head of Programmes, World Animal Protection

Marine Litter: Are there solutions to this global environmental problem?Professor Richard Thompson, Professor of Marine Biology, Plymouth University

Project OceanDr Heather Koldewey, Head of Global Conservation Programmes, Zoological Society of London

Global Scaling: Repurposed Marine LitterJon Khoo, Co-Innovation Partner, Interface Carpets

Nets To DecksDavid Stover, Co-Founder, Bureo Inc

3:45pm - 4:15pm

Coffee break

4:15pm - 5:00pm

Water Quality and Human Health

Health, Wellbeing and Value of the CoastlineDr Mathew White, Environmental Psychologist, European Centre for Environment & Human Health

Water Quality Testing and Water UsersPaul Hickey, Deputy Director - Water Quality, The Environemnt Agency

Safeguarding Water Quality and Water Users - Challenges and OpportunitiesAndy Cummins, Campaigns Director, Surfers Against Sewage

5:00pm - 5:15pm

Coffee break

5:15pm - 6:15pm

Innovation, Sustainability and Surfboards

The Ecoboard ProjectMichael Stewart, Co-founder, Sustainable Surf

Sustainability at ScaleMark Price, CEO, Firewire Surfboards

Locally Sourced and Artrisan SurfboardsJames Otter, Founder and Master Craftsman, Otter Surfboards

6:45pm - 7:30pm

Burger and beer at the Lanai supported by Skinner's Brewery

Live board glassing from Escape Surfboards

7:30pm - 8:30pm

Surf Films

Caste-A-Wave; A Wave Ki FilmBrad Gerlach, Big Wave Surfer

The Fisherman's Son; Presented and Hosted by PatagoniaRamón Navarro, Surfer

Tuesday 13th

8:45am - 9:00am

Welcome and Conference ChairHugo Tagholm, Chief Executive, Surfers Against Sewage

9:00am - 9:45am

Keynote speech: Deep Blue LifeGreg Long, Big Wave Surfer

9:45am - 10:15am

Who are we saving the waves for? Re-imagining surfing for social impact.Dr Easkey Britton, Founder; Waves of Freedom , Visiting Research Fellow, University of Waikato

10:15am - 10:30am

Coffee break

10:30am - 12:00noon

Engaging and Inspiring Communities to Take Action

Parley For The Oceans - Global Community CollaborationsMike Long, Director of Operations, Parley for the Oceans

Communicating Successfully: PR and AdvertisingChris Hides, Managing Director, M&C Saatchi PR

Building Momentum and Stoking the FireKahi Pacarro, Executive Director, Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii

The Evolution of the Surf CommunityBen Freeston, Founder, Magicseaweed

Bulding Conservation Stewardship in the CaliforniasZach Plopper, Coastal and Marine Director, Wildcoast

12noon - 1:30pm

Sustainability: The Role of the Surfing Industry

Plymouth Sustainability and Surfing Research GroupDr Greg Borne, Director, Plymouth Sustainability and Surfing Research Group

Fostering a Sustainable Approach in the Surf IndustrySean Smith, Chief Executive, Surf Industry Manufacturers Association (SIMA)

Stoke CertifiedDr Jess Ponting, Founder, Centre for Surf Research

A Sustainable FutureDerek Sabori, Vice President of Sustainability, Volcom

Building Ethical and Sustainable Products for SurfingTom Kay, Founder, Finisterre

1:30pm - 2:45pm

Lunch, The Herring Restaurant, Bedruthan Hotel

2:45pm - 3:45pm

The Value Of Waves (Part 1)

The Uniqueness of WavesDr Tony Butt, Trustee, Surfers Against Sewage

Conservation Issues in South AfricaMichael Carnegie, Artist & marine conservationist

Wave Protection in PortugalDr Pedro Bicudo, President, SOS - Salvem o Surf

Surfers as Stakeholders in Coastal GovernanceMartijn van Schaik, Co-Founder, Surfrider Foundation Holland

3:45pm - 4:00pm

Coffee break

4:00pm - 5:00pm

The Value of Waves (Part 2)

The Value of Recreational Surfing to SocietyDr Neil Lazarow, Senior Research Scientist, CSIRO

Waves: Natural, Economic and Sports ResourceDr Angel Lobo Rodrigo, President, Canary Islands Surfing Federation

Protecting Surf Breaks in New Zealand through Surf Science TechniquesEd Atkin, Director, eCoast

5:00pm - 5:30pm

Conference summary

6:00pm - 7:00pm

World Surfing Reserves Vision Council Meeting (closed meeting), Garden View Room, Bedruthan Hotel

7:00pm - 8:30pm

Live MusicEmily Barker, Award Winner, BAFTA, Ivor Novello

Drinks and canape reception hosted by O'NeillxParley, The Cocktail Bar, Bedruthan HotelParley For The Oceans

Wednesday 14th


Travel to London


Arrive in Westminster, London

4:00pm - 6:00pm

Protect Our Waves All Party Parliamentary Group, Churchill Dining Room, House of Commons

Drink receptionSteve Double MP, Member of Parliament

Conference highlightsHugo Tagholm, Chief Executive, Surfers Against Sewage

Global Wave Champion Award, Presented by Steve Double MPTom Curren, Surfer & Musician

Announcement of new global collaboration with Parley For The OceansCyrill Gutsch, Founder, Parley for the Oceans