Supporting the industry since 1999

Creation of SIMA in the USA

Why? To manage the diverging trends that ensued after the explosion of the industry.
How? By federating surfing brands in order to enable them to develop together in coherence and harmony with the “boardriding spirit”.

Creation of a European SIMA: EuroSIMA

Why? Because the European market is truly booming.
How? Thanks to the union of 5 founding brands: Rip Curl, Billabong, Quiksilver, Rusty, Gotcha and Hoff.

The European surfing manufacturers association opens up to all boardsports

Why? Because we share the same riding values with other sports such as snowboarding and skateboarding.
How? First, by creating a Mountain Division.

Birth of the boardsports cluster

Why? Because boardsports have become a significant industry in the Aquitaine region.
How? At that time, the French State had allocated funds to set up and develop clusters with the aim of creating networks and links among the various players in a given field and in a given territory: public institutions, industrials, research laboratories and training centres.

Merging the boardsports cluster and EuroSIMA

Why? This public-private merging allowed EuroSIMA to considerably develop its reach and impact.
How? By developing projects in fields such as innovation, R&D, training, employment and sustainability.

EuroSIMA is officially recognised as a business cluster

Why? For its actions fostering competitive advantage for companies in boardsports throughout Europe.
How? Through 200,000 € of financial support over a 3-year period.

EuroSIMA reorganises and becomes the association for urban and nautical action sports

Why? Because its Mountain Division was incorporated into Outdoor Sports Valley. EuroSIMA therefore decided to federate new action sports.
How? By opening the association to businesses from other action sports such as kite surf, windsurf, stand up paddle, skate, etc.

Our missions

EUROSIMA goal is to federate the action sports industry and promote its authenticity.

Our non-profit association supports the industry and its members’ best interests with genuine neutrality, regardless of size of turnover. We guide you towards innovation and provide support for your economic development. We help you maximise human resources and expand your skills.

Our Services

Would you like to connect with your peers or other
stake holders in action sports?

We hold various networking events (Waterman’s Ball, Aloha’péro) and have created a business directory to facilitate interaction among businesses and service providers and we also hold regular collaborative meetings (CEO Lunch, Emerging companies).

Are you looking for visibility, assistance, understanding?

We create events and communication campaigns that aim to showcase and promote our innovative industry, territories, businesses, players and products (Surfing Lounge, Industry awards, Universities network).

Do you enjoy learning, growing and
discovering new things?

We regularly hold events and seminars (Design Summer Camp, Surf Summit) as well as meetings (HR breakfasts) and training courses (Reach, ADEC, etc…) with the objective of developing skills and increasing the expertise of professionals and employees within our industry.

Are you looking to reach new territories?

We create territorial structuring projects in partnership with local institutions: Olatu in Anglet, Pédebert in Hossegor, Ocean Experiences in Saint-Jean-de-Luz. We encourage your development: assistance with set up, business creation, sponsoring, assistance and support with innovation and sustainability, help with export. We help you get funding. We provide support with recruiting new talents. We also offer shared services: company healthcare coverage, mobile and phone service provider offers, shipping, market research, meeting rooms, vehicle rentals, etc. 

A team at your service

Franck Laporte-Fauret
Executive Director

Franck is the Director of the association. He is charge of promoting our industry throughout Europe and fostering interaction and links among the various partners and members.

Contact Franck
Christophe Seiller
Cluster Manager

Christophe is the Cluster Manager. He manages new projects, encourages economic development and advises decision makers on various issues, namely on the Ocean Tech project.

Contact Christophe
Stéphanie Godin
Communications Manager

Stéphanie is the Communications Manager for the association. She designs and organises internal and external events and is responsible for the association’s visibility with influencers.

Contact Stéphanie

The EuroSIMA Board

Jean-Louis Rodrigues
EUROSIMA President

Board member since 2007

Emilie Souvras
Global Brand Manager Roxy

Board member since 2016

Joost Grootswagers
Volcom Europe General Manager

Board member since 2016

Matthieu Lefin
Rip Curl Europe General Manager

Board member since 2019

Wilco Prins
Former EUROSIMA President

EUROSIMA Honor member and Board member since 2011

Rémi Forsans
Grand Annecy Territory Marketing Manager

EUROSIMA Honor Member and Board member since 2005

Patrick Giraudon
Arva / Nic Impex General Manager and Outdoor Sports Valley President

OSV Representative and Board member since 2019

Frank Heissat
Dakine EMEA General Manager

OSV substitute and Board member since 2019

Nicolas Dazet
Daz-Hub Director

Board member since 2017

Darren Broadbridge
Sales Europe and Operations at Euroglass

Board member since 2019

Frédéric Bouchet
Napco Europe General Manager

Board member since 2019

Matthieu Guyonnaud
Business Unit Manager

Board member since 2019

Kévin Lestrade
Bythewave Technologies and HackSchooling Institute General Manager

Board member since 2019

Juan Gonzalez-Vega
Moskova General Manager

Board member since 2009

Marc Farhat
Hoff Distribution General Manager

Board member from 2010 to 2013, and again since 2019

Miky Picon
QUIKSILVER GLOBAL SPORTS MARKETING SURF

Board member since 2014

Philippe Sirech
Unleashed Mag and Spotyride General Manager

Board member since 2019

Nicholas Lartizien
Surf Hardware International Europe General Manager

Board member since 2008

They are part of the #eurosimafamily