Press Release

San Diego, California – Sept 21, 2023 – Four winners were announced at the annual Surf Park Summit event held in San Diego this past weekend. The event, hosted by Surf Park Central, is the premier event for surf park developers, operators, and industry professionals and took place September 18th – 20th, 2023.

Held annually as the Summit, this years award ceremony recognized the outstanding achievements of companies and individuals in the surf park industry, celebrating excellence that ultimately contribute to the growth and success of the industry.

This year’s awards honored the leaders and visionaries who are driving innovation and progression in the surf park industry in the areas of Sustainability, Innovation, Democratizing Access, and Leadership and were open to any companies and individuals representing existing surf park developments, owners, operators, designers, technology manufacturers, and industry suppliers.


This year’s awards were measured against the following criteria in each of the following four categories:

Sustainability & Positive Impact  This category recognizes the efforts of those who are contributing to the creation of environmentally conscious surf parks, reducing their carbon footprint, and implementing sustainable practices in their operations. Additionally, the category celebrates the impact of these surf parks on their local communities as they work towards building a sustainable future for the surfing community.

FINALISTS: The Wave; EpicSurf; STOKE; Sustainable Surf


Innovation  The Innovation award applauds those individuals and organizations who are driving this industry forward through their innovative ideas and practices.

This category is meant to recognize those who are shaping the future of the surf park industry by continuously exploring new possibilities and striving for excellence in all aspects of technological development, enhancing the guest experience, and operating practices.

FINALISTS: Wavegarden; Surf Lakes; Flowstate

WINNER:  Flowstate

Democratization & Accessibility  The category recognizes the importance of inclusivity in the surfing community and celebrates those who are working towards making the sport accessible to everyone, helping to remove the barriers that have traditionally made it difficult for individuals from landlocked regions or marginalized communities to participate in the sport. This category celebrates the surf parks that prioritize accessibility by providing affordable, safe, and inclusive facilities that cater to diverse populations.

FINALISTS: Skudin Surf; URBNSurf; Unit Surf at Wellenbezwingen

WINNER: Skudin Surf

Leadership  The Summit Leadership Award celebrates an individual in  the surf park industry who has demonstrated a vision, passion, and innovation that has led to exceptional contributions towards advancing the development and growth of the industry. This award acknowledges this individual’s ability to inspire others and to drive change through their visionary ideas and relentless pursuit of excellence.

HONORARY DESIGNATIONS:  Damon Tudor of URBNSurf;  Sean Young of Wavegarden

WINNER:   Tom Loch of Surf Loch

Surf Park Central congratulates all of the 2023 finalists and winners!


Surf Park Summit is the world’s leading symposium and networking event dedicated exclusively to promoting the development and growth of the surf park industry. The Summit event brings together top minds from around the world including surf park and surf pool developers, investors, operators and suppliers, as well as academics and world-class champion athletes to discuss the future of surf and surf destinations beyond the ocean. Surf Park Summit is sponsored by Surf Park Central.


Surf Park Central was founded in 2012 by John Luff, a successful surf park developer and industry expert, and Dr. Jess Ponting, a Professor of Sustainable Surfing Tourism from San Diego State University, with a mission to accelerate the successful growth of surf parks. In September 2013, Surf Park Central hosted the first ever Surf Park Summit in Laguna Beach, California.  SURF PARK CENTRAL’S MISSION is to educate, connect, and build a community amongst those who are serious about making waves in order to foster and promote the sus

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