PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE OF SURFING IN CATALONIA
Friday June the 6ths - Conference Room Maritime Museum Barcelona - 20:00
Many conferences, roundtables, talks have been made formerly in the Catalan surfing community to debate the topics we are concerned about. This time, the BCNSFF as impartial organism and promoter of surfing in Catalonia, we have organized a roundtable where the following topics will be discussed and where we will enjoy the presence of related experts.
Schedule: Friday 6 June, 20h.
Duration: 1h+15 minutes for audience questions
Location: Maritime Museum of Barcelona, Conference Room (capaxity 100pax)
Entrance: included within the festival (5€) Doors will be open at 19:55 only for the people interested in attending the symposium.
- Surf History and a focusing in Catalonia: surf as sport, origins of surfing in Catalonia, evolution.
- Surf Culture: does it exist a surf culture in Catalonia? Barcelona, surfing city?
- Surf schools: necessity or obstacle? Is it regulated?
- Catalan Surfing Federation: Why? It is the most coherent way to solve Catalan surfing issues. When?
- The breakwaters / Tidal barriers and other architectural barriers: Does it work? Is it possible to look for mixt solutions that take into consideration the sea users and waves as amusement?
- Catalonia’s surfing future: More people = more tension in the water. Is it possible to do anything with it? A WaveGarden in Catalonia… when?
- Mr. Gee Beaumont (The Fishbone Project Founder)
- Abel Marsal (Escola Catalana de Surf Director)
- Toni Fuentes (Unió Catalana de Surf President)
- Prof. Agustín Sánchez-Arcilla (Laboratory of Maritime Engineering, LIM/UPC)
- Pau Serracanta (Wavegarden Barcelona, S.L. Associate)
- Felip Verger (3sesenta Magazine Editorial Director and Catalan Surfing Association Ex-president)
Mr. Gee Beaumont (The Fishbone Project Founder)
Founder and publisher of publishing house “The Fishbone Project”, and lifelong surfer of Barcelona and surroundings. He also considers himself a failed musician & draftsman.
“The feeling of quietness and calm that surf gives me, physical and mental, being out there in the water, is what charges me the batteries to keep on living and standing the “bullshit” it has to be stand on land, you always know that sooner or later you’ll be back in the water. It is like your little secret, your way out of the day to day issues."
Abel Marsal (The Catalan Surf School Director)
Abel Marsal, director of the Catalan School of Surfing, he’s been surfing for 20 years, from 1994. He owns the following qualifications: technical director of Catalan Surf Association (ACS), national trainer by the Spanish Federation of Surfing (FES), International Surfing Associatin (ISA) Paddle Surf with IOSUP.
“I come from a sport that people used to say it was one of the most difficult ones, pole vault, but I think that surfing is even more difficult since the training field is different every single day. Its difficulty is such a challenge that offers me adrenaline, physical condition and a strong feeling of self-improving desire. Every little improvement makes me feel happy and moreover in a natural surrounding as the sea is. Surfing is my way out, my life style."
Toni Fuentes (Surf Club Union President)
Toni Fuentes, 40 years old, Castelldefels. Professionally dedicated to education and sports, passionate of the drifting sports. President of Castelldefels Sports Club and current president of Catalan Surf Union, both honorific charges.
“I do skate since I was 10 years old and surf since 15. Surfing allows me enjoying the natural environment such the sea is The feeling of drifting the wave and the feel of its power makes me feel really good.
Prof. Agustín Sánchez-Arcilla (Laboratory of Maritime Engineering, LIM/UPC)
Agustín Sánchez-Arcilla Conejo, Doctor in Civil Engineer by Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC) and lecturer of hydraulic engineering department, Environment & Maritime (DEHMA) from UPC.
From 1990 he is the director of Maritime Engineering Laboratory (LIM/ UPC) from DEHMA, where he develops his research activity in the maritime engineering field (coast & port).
He has been promoter of the creation of the international Coastline Ressources Research (CIIRC) where he is the current Vice-president. In the academic field he is lecturer in the ETSECCP of Barcelona where he lectures.
He has published more than 15 books and more than 100 reviews in national and international magazines. He has also taken part of more than 30 european research projects.
Pau Serracanta (Wavegarden Barcelona, S.L. Founder)
Pau Serracanta works in Dorna Sports where he is currently associate and General Director of commercial department and adviser associate of many sports related companies, among them, Wavegarden Bcn S.L., from which the is co-founder associate.
He has internationally participated as speaker in many sports management conferences. He is also lecturer of Sports Business & Management Master of the Pompeu Fabra University and he is also author of “Alpine Ski for blind and low vision capacity people” (Madrid 1998).
“I am a sea lover and I enjoy it in many different ways, but surfing is the most intense and authentic way to feel it. Surfing gives me a boundless dose of happiness. No one can ruin my day if I’ve been surfing”.
Felip Verger (3sesenta Magazine Editorial Director and Catalan Surfing Association Ex-president)
Felip Verger, 44 years old, co-founder of Golfo Atlántico, a little communication agency surfing focussed and Head Publisher of 3sesenta. He is currently residing in Donostia from 2007.
“Surf is my religion. The sea & the mountain are my temples and surf is my pray”.