The World Surf Cities Network (WSCN) led by Donostia/San Sebastian, is presented at the Pan-American Games
(In the image, from left to right, Karin Sierralta, Vice-President of the ISA, International Surfing Association, and President of PASA , Pan- American Surf Association, and Euken Sesé, Managing Director of Fomento de San Sebastián)
The international sporting event of the Pan-American Games 2019, which is being held in Lima (Peru), has been the stage for the presentation of the World Surf Cities Network (WSCN) to representatives of the main surfing organisations in the Americas. The objective was to reveal the development model of the network, which is led by Donostia San Sebastian through the Department for Economic Development - Fomento de San Sebastián, which seeks to foster local economic activity, industry, tourism and local employment, through surfing, by means of the exchange of knowledge, ideas and cooperation in projects between surf cities. The meeting was also used to establish contacts with the Peruvian city of Miraflores for its possible incorporation in the WSCN.
The Managing Director of Fomento de San Sebastián, Euken Sesé, was responsible for presenting the WSCN Network, which is coordinated from San Sebastian, to the PASA Assembly, Pan-American Surf Association. During the meeting, he presented the strategy and objectives of this World Surf Cities Network, the fourteen members of the network and the projects and issues that it is currently addressing. PASA is the entity that organises, promotes and regulates surfing activity throughout the Americas. It works with each associated entity to improve the sport of surfing in the respective country, nation or territory and for any type of dealings between the entity and private or governmental institutions. He also had the chance to have a working meeting with Karin Sierra, Vice-President of ISA, the International Surfing Association founded in 1964, and recognised by the International Olympic Committee as the world’s governing body for surfing. The Pan-American Games 2019 brings together 6,700 athletes, who will participate in 39 sports and 61 disciplines, of which 22 are the qualifying contests for the Tokyo Olympic Games 2020. This is the first edition in which surfing participates as a competitive sport, with 88 athletes from 16 countries. The competition will take place at the sporting complex on Punta Rocas beach, which has fixed stands for 700 people and a temporary infrastructure for 750 spectators on the days that the competition will be held, between 29 July and 4 August.
The World Surf Cities Network (WSCN) which is led by Donostia/San Sebastian is a collaboration network between cities that have a strategy for the development of surfing as an activity that generates wealth. It is made up of fourteen surf cities in Europe, America, Africa and Oceania interested in increasing local competitiveness and the creation of jobs through open innovation in the surfing sector. Participating cities share knowledge, develop exchanges and generate synergies and new ideas that generate wealth at a local level in relation to surfing. The network is currently made up of the cities of Arica (Chile), Santos (Brazil), Montañita (Ecuador), Huanchaco (Peru), San Sebastian (Spain), Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Spain), Durban (South Africa), Lacanau (France), Gold Coast (Australia), New Plymouth (New Zealand), Viña del Mar (Chile), Ericeira (Portugal), Newcastle (Australia) and Viana do Castelo (Portugal).