A cooperative network between cities where there is a strategy to develop surfing as an activity to generate wealth.
• Managing surf tourism
• Cooperation between cities
• Development and employment
• Sharing knowledge
A surf city is an urban area where surf, the culture of surf and employment in industries related to the surf sector constitute a significant part of the economic, social and base of the city and where there is a surf industry formally recognised by the administration of the city.
The elements to be taken into consideration in surf city are: location, natural resources and population size, industry (design and manufacture of surfboards, textile, accessories and equipment and retail trade), services (surf tourism, surf clubs, surf competitions and events, education and training related to surfing, surf media, estate agency market related to surfing, etc.), the culture of surf (number of surfers and surf associations and federations, surf culture, history and icons of surf in the city) and recognition of the city’s administration of the importance of the surf industry and its promotion.
WHY A WORLD NETWORK OF SURF CITIES?
The WSCN seeks to promote local economic activity (industry, tourism and local employment) through surf by sharing knowledge of ideas and cooperation in projects between surf cities. The Network is led by the city of San Sebastian which has ample experience in innovation management.
Sixteen surf cities in Europe, America, America and Australasia make up the Network. All of them share the interest in local competitive enhancement through surfing.
The city of San Sebastian promoted the creation of the World Network of Surf Cities and leads the technical secretariat for the coordination of its activities. All the cities in the Network form part of the Management Committee.
The cities in the Network celebrate an annual reunion for the presentation of the annual results and approve the plan activities for the following year. The event to launch the Network took place in San Sebastian in November 2011.
The Network has a strategic plan and an annual plan of actions.
WORLD SURF CITIES
ERICEIRA - PORTUGAL
Viana do Castelo – Portugal
San Sebastian – Spain
Lacanau – France
Las Palmas – Canarias Island – Spain
Santos – Brasil
Vina d’El Mar – Chile
Arica – Chile
Huanchaco – Peru
Miraflores – Peru
Montanita – ECuador
Salinas – ECuador
Durban – South Africa
Ericeira Surf Clube was recently featured in a webinar promoted by the Portuguese Institute of Sport and Youth (IPDJ – Instituto Português do Desporto e Juventude) about the good practices of sport clubs under a European community program.
Next year Ericeira will once again host a World Surf League (WSL) Challenger Series event.
The stage of maximum status of the world qualifying circuit is scheduled for October 2021 (between the 5th and 10th, more precisely) in Ribeira d’Ilhas.