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The surf industry is grouped around the surf industry cluster "Surf City Donostia". In this forum, in addition to companies and public and sports institutions, another series of strategic partners participate namely universities and research centres.

The weight of business and the manufacturers is very important in the sector overall, in which the variety of activities and typology of companies stand out: distribution companies, enterprises manufacturing technical material, textiles and accessories, shops, audio-visual companies, communication media, events organisers, engineers, surf schools and specialised accommodation.

The industry has the public support of Fomento de San Sebastian, the city's economic development agency which transmits and offers a considerable number of grants, services and support programmes for the creation of jobs and new companies.

Outstanding in this surfing environment are: Pukas, the largest manufacturer of surf boards in Europe; Wave Garden, the company that is revolutionising the world of surf with its artificial wave designs; Trinityboardsport, engineering that designs parabolic boards and chips incorporated in the surf boards; and Surfilmfestival, the first surf film festival in the world, among others.

Figures:

  • 1.600 federation registered surfers
  • 2.5 surf events and championships that generate €132,000 a year
  • 3.65 companies in the sector
  • 4.Manufacturing in the sector in 2010 came to €6,196,900, which represents 0.03% of the GDP in Guipuzcoa.
  • 5.150 jobs

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