Sustainable Stoke
The Conference

Building on the global conversation started by the book of the same name, this event will bring together the best minds, thought leaders and the most influential figures from the surf industry, academia, non-profits, and the surfing community to explore the cutting edge of the surfing world’s transition to sustainability.Register

The Center for Surf Research's Sustainable Stoke Conference

September 19 & 20, 2015 – San Diego State University Alumni Center
Come join the discussion and the movement that is changing the future of surfing culture.


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Agenda - Day 1

Panel 1. Disruptive Sustainability Innovations in Surfing. How do we make them stick and where to from here?

Panel 2. Corporate Adoption and Scaling of Sustainability Innovations. What has been working so far?

Panel 3. Making Waves. Literally.

Keynote Presentation: Senator Fred Hemmings

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Agenda - Day 2

A day with the scholars. More than a dozen research papers presented by scholars from the United States, the UK, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Australia, and Canada, will be discussed and analyzed.

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Dr. Gregory Borne

Director of the Plymouth Surfing and Sustainability Research Group at Plymouth University and co-editor of Sustainable Stoke.


Dr. Jess Ponting

Director of the Center for Surf Research at San Diego State University and advisor for Sustainable Surf and the Executive Committee of World Surfing Reserves.

Senator Fred Hemmings

Senator in the Hawaii state senate from 2000-2010, founder of the World Cup of Surfing championships, and advisor for the SDSU Center for Surf Research.

Dr. Andrew Stern

Founder of Smartfin, an initiative of the arts-based environmental nonprofit Lost Bird.

Dr. Stephen Mayfield

Professor at UCSD, Co-Director of Food and Fuel for the 21st Century, and Director of the California Center for  Algae Biotechnology.

Dr. Rey Banatao

Dr. Rey Banatao is co-founder of  Entropy Resins which produces the revolutionary Super Sap epoxy resin used on many sustainable surfboards including Firewire.

Sustainable Surf - Kevin Whilden & Michael Stewart

Founders of Sustainable Surf, a non-profit charity organization.

Derek Sabori

VP of Sustainability at Volcom and contributor to the Sustainable Stoke.

Carl Kish

Carl Kish is a former Center for Surf Research intern who started STOKE Certified, a business that certifies sustainable surf and snow resorts.

Justin Enjo

Justin Enjo is a Project Engineer and a member of the lead development team for Wave Loch’s Surf Pools.

John Luff

John Luff, founder of Surf Park Central, now the world’s leading online resource and website for surf parks, wave pools and wave technology.

Rusty Miller and Tricia Shantz

Rusty and Tricia live near Byron Bay. Both are passionate about the environment and social construct of their community. Together they have published two books

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We look forward to seeing you. You can purchase your copy of the book Sustainable Stoke to pick up at the conference as well.

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