SURFscape

The Ultimate Consumer Experience

“The surf market is one of the most creative and innovative industries in the world,” said Surf Industry Members Association (SIMA) President Paul Naude. “We’re thrilled to bring all these incredible brands and amazing products to the beach where consumers can experience them firsthand. Once someone catches the wave and surf stoke, they’re a surfer and surf product buyer for life. We’re looking to grow the market with this unique consumer-facing experience in a way that’s never been done before.”

FAQ

What is SURFscape?

SURFscape will feature more than 100 leading surf brands on the beach in an invigorating outdoor, open-space experience. The pristine beachside expo will attract more than 10,000 passionate consumers to interact with these amazing brands and experience hands-on gear testing. In addition to learning more about surf products, SURFscape will feature something for almost everyone – including surfboard and wetsuit demos, van life exhibits, health and wellness experiences, a surfboard shapers village, art gallery, advocacy oasis, a storyteller’s stage, food trucks, and much more.

What type of activities will available to consumers?

SURFscape is a consumer-first experiential event. From surfboard and wetsuit demos to an art exhibit, storytellers stage, music, food and more. Exhibitors are encouraged to showcase their brand values and immerse consumers into your product or services that will enhance their surf and outdoor lifestyle.

Where will SURFscape take place?

SURFscape will take place in Huntington Beach. Just a few blocks south of the iconic Huntington Beach pier directly across from The Waterfront Hilton and the Hyatt. Take a look HERE.

Who should attend SURFscape?

SURFscape will take place along the coastline of Huntington Beach, making it the perfect place for consumers, members of the media, bloggers, and influencers to put the latest gear to the test in the surf, on the beach, and coastal trails of one the most vibrant regions of the California coast.

How do I exhibit at SURFscape?

Just scroll below to view the event deck or reach out to us here and someone will get back to you.

Letter from the Executive Director

Vipe Desai, Surf Industry Members Association

My journey with the ocean began in elementary school. I was just an inner-city kid growing up in Los Angeles who had never seen the ocean, but a school oceanography field trip out of the Port of Los Angeles would change that - and my life.

That experience opened up a whole new world for me.

After that trip, it was back to my school - far from the ocean - and I was left dreaming of everything I experienced that day.

Instead of taking me to the beach, my parents decided it would be a treat to take me to see Jaws on the big screen. That stopped me dead in my tracks, and I decided that a large fish that eats people and boats was not for me. 

I soon forgot about the ocean.

But the universe would intervene and redirect me back to the ocean. One day, a young student at my elementary school came to school with a BB Gun and caused some trouble, a few kids got hurt, and fortunately, no one was seriously injured.

My parents had already thought about moving, and we made our way to Torrance. I made friends with a whole host of young new friends, and they introduced me to surfing - which I had no idea what that was - but I went along with it.

We hit the local surf shop (ET Surfboards) and got dialed in with boards, wetsuits, leashes, and wax.

Later that week, we headed to the beach in the middle of one of the most significant El Niño swells - frigid water and all, wearing only springs suits, and somehow we evaded drowning. We made it back to shore, laughing and seawater gushing out our noses, but we were hooked. The stoke had made its way into our hearts - even though none of us caught a wave or stood up that day.

We knew what was ahead once we learned how to surf.

My love for surfing and the business of surfing only grew - strike missions down to Baja, got an education at Point Loma Nazarene University while surfing in between classes, opened up a surf shop with one of my best friends, and helped new friends launch some of the most recognized brands in the action sports industry and along the way - finding my voice to speak out and stand up for our oceans - twice - before members of Congress.

Simply put, This has been a fantastic journey - the surf tribe welcomed me with open arms, and I now have family and friends worldwide in the best surf zones.

These experiences and relationships have led me to the Surf Industry Members Association. I'm here to support an industry that helped raise me, and now, our beloved sport is on the world's stage.

Friends, WE ARE IN THE OLYMPICS!

Duke Kahanamoku's dream has been fulfilled. We're all part of his dream, and the inspiration he passed along to so many along the way continues to bring new participants and enthusiasts into our world.

My work here at SIMA is to support our industry, help our members thrive, and use the full economic force of the surf industry to protect our ocean for future generations and our livelihoods.

There's a ton of work to do, but I know that we're up for it.

We have to be!

The planet is breaking down, but the surf industry is stepping up.

We have many exciting years ahead of us, and we will continue to create opportunities that support the growth of the surf industry through fearless innovation, stoke, and sustainability.

If you're not a SIMA member yet, I invite you to join us - we can only do this together.

Onward and upward, together.

Vipe Desai | Executive Director

Surf Industry Members Association