EUROSIMA SURF SUMMIT

2 days
12 conference speakers
350 participants

EUROSIMA welcomes you to the 20th Surf Summit on October 14 and 15, 2021 at the Hossegor Sporting Casino.

The annual Action Sports business conference invites you to meet inspiring and talented speakers who share common core values and beliefs, to discuss the future of leadership.

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A must-see event

Open your mind

Give yourself a breath of fresh air, be curious, open up to others, to new ideas and new opportunities that will all contribute to your own personal development and that of your company.

Boost your business

Take advantage of the expertise of high class speakers to learn, imagine, draw inspiration, innovate and come together to build the future of the Action Sports industry.

Grow your network

Enjoy the many laid back and fun activities around the event (meals, parties, activities, surfing competitions…) and take the opportunity to meet new people, create new relationships and share the values of the surfing community.

A unique setting

Set between sand dunes and the Hossegor lake, just a few feet from the ocean and world class surf spots, the Hossegor Sporting Casino is the perfect venue for the 20th edition of the Surf Summit.

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Inspiring speakers

Emmanuelle DUEZ
Founder of The Boson Project

Founder of the atypical and committed consulting firm The Boson Project, Emmanuelle Duez sails from mission to mission, raising and answering the following key question: what if human capital were truly a treasure and the only effective way to sustainably transform businesses and institutions for the better?

Emmanuelle DUEZ
Founder of The Boson Project

After extensive studies in various fields at top institutions (Law, Sciences Po Paris, ESSEC, Bocconi), in 2013, Emmanuelle founded the atypical and committed consulting firm and research center The Boson Project. Through each encounter and task, the team raises and answers the following key question: what if human capital were truly a treasure and the only effective way to sustainably transform businesses and institutions for the better?

Since founding the company, she has led various entrepreneurial adventures, all working towards reaching human excellence in Businesses and Urban environments: The Boson Space, Tchatche, Belleville by Boson…

Since 2014, she has also become an Ensign in the Citizens’ Reserve of the French Navy, a position in which she helps build bridges between Civilian and Military worlds. To that effect, in 2017, she partnered with French Military School “Ecole de guerre” (Army War College) for Senior Officers to create “A la croisée des Mondes” (The Crossing of the Worlds) a conference that examines the art of leadership and relies on crossing lessons learned from both civilian and military worlds.

In 2019, Emmanuelle was listed in the “Thinkers 50 Radar Class” which identifies emerging thinkers the world needs to follow to implement improvement in the fields of leadership, business and management.

As a conference speaker and author of a number of professional reports and research articles, Emmanuelle focuses on her core themes: new work interactions, resilience through human excellence, corporate responsibility, transformations in management, the role of space in change, management, corporate alignment and the future of leadership.

Laurent CHAMBERTIN
Personal development coach

Laurent Chambertin is a former international volleyball player. Selected 350 times for the French national team, he has won a variety of world titles. In addition, he is also an athletic coach and events manager. With that experience, in 2015, he launched a career in personal development coaching with a specific focus on leadership and success strategies.

Laurent CHAMBERTIN
Personal development coach

Laurent Chambertin, was born on 29 September in 1966 in Dijon, France. As a teenager growing up in a loving family, he started playing volleyball at a young age, though given his height, towering at 1m91, he could even have gone towards competitive basketball. Early on, his skills and his height got him spotted, and he was soon trained as a setter. Naturally gifted, fully committed and hardworking, Laurent Chambertin thrived and was offered a spot on the French national volleyball team. He went on to compete in the best events such as the French Cup, the European Cup or even the Olympics.

In addition to his career as an elite athlete, Laurent Chambertin evolves in a multicultural environment, developing skills and an expertise in the field of personal development. With a Master’s degree in Organizational Management, he has worked in athletic coaching and event management. This dual profile brought him to dive into behaviour research and examine how to best coach teams. In 2015, Laurent launched a second career as a personal coach focusing on leadership and success strategies.

Last but not least, in 2016, Laurent provided the analysis and commentaries for Canal+ during the Rio Olympics volleyball and was brought on as a consultant for Eurosport during the Tokyo Olympics.

Tiago PIRES
Former pro surfer

Tiago Pires is the very first Portuguese surfer to qualify for the WSL World Tour, enabling him to join the elite of world surfing. After a career of over 20 years, he retired from the competitive circuit to devote himself to the development and promotion of surfing in Portugal.

Tiago PIRES
Former pro surfer

Tiago Pires is a former Portuguese pro surfer, who was born in Alcantara (Lisbon) in 1980. He discovered surfing at 9 years old and shortly after won several national championships. In 1999, he won the Junior European Championship and joined the WQS, where he won 5 events.

But 2008 would be the year Tiago made his mark by becoming the very first Portuguese surfer to qualify for the WSL World Tour, enabling him to join the elite of world surfing. He competed on the tour for 7 consecutive years, reaching the position of 21st in the rankings.

In 2013 however, a serious knee injury stopped his rising career and in 2016 he decided to quit competitive surfing for good. Although already the owner of a Surf School, Tiago also created ReAct Sports Management to help athletes manage their career and organize surf-related events. In 2019, he partnered up with “The Good Swell”, the well-known agency that organizes “Surf Out Portugal”. They work hand in hand together on various projects, including the 2020/2021 edition of “Surf Out Portugal”.

Pedro FERNANDES
Brands and Sales Director at Despomar

After 7 years as a Brand Director for L’Oréal, Pedro Fernandes joined the Action Sports market in 2015 at Despomar, firstly as Sales Manager for VONZIPPER Europe, then as General Manager for VONZIPPER Europe, and he is now the Brands and Sales Director for the group.

Pedro FERNANDES
Brands and Sales Director at Despomar

Long time surfer and proud dad of 2 kids Pedro Fernandes has been developing all his career in multinational environments in the areas of sales, marketing and brand management. Before Despomar he has worked for 7 years as a Brand Director for L’Oréal. He joined the Action Sports market in 2015 at Despomar, firstly as Sales Manager for VONZIPPER Europe and after 1 year as General Manager for VONZIPPER Europe. Since 2018 he has been the Brands and Sales Director at Despomar managing more than 30 brands, a distribution sales team in Portugal and Spain and a design team for their own brands.

Jean-Louis RODRIGUES
EUROSIMA President

Having been an executive in some of the biggest players of our industry (O’Neill, GSM Europe, Boardriders) Jean-Louis Rodrigues has extensive experience in action sports and sports article sales. In 2019, he became the President of EUROSIMA, the Action Sports manufacturers’ association, a position he is fully committed to.

Jean-Louis RODRIGUES
EUROSIMA President

Jean-Louis Rodrigues has extensive experience in sports and action sports product sales. Originally from Portugal, he came to France at 11 years-old. A son of a shop owner in Biarritz, he started his career at Go Sport as a Manager of the Purchasing Department. He then joined Reebok as a Key Account Manager for France.

After these two positions based in Paris, he then relocated in the South West where he became te General Manager of O’Neill for South Europe, a position he would occupy for 7 years. He then moved on to Billabong as Retail Director and later Sales Director before taking over as General Manager of GSM in 2013 (group that includes Billabong, Element, RVCA, Von Zipper, Xcel).

In March 2017, the investment fund Oaktree Capital Management LP, which already owned the brands DC, Roxy and Quiksilver through Boardriders, purchased Billabong. The merger gave birth to a global giant in the Action Sports and Lifestyle industry. Jean-Louis Rodrigues then became General Manager Wholesale EMEA at Boardriders, a position that he will hold until April 2020. Elected President of EUROSIMA in 2019, Jean-Louis is now fully committed to his duties with the European Association of Action Sports Manufacturers.

Pascale GOZZI
President of UNION sport & cycle

Pascale Gozzi is a member of the Sport 2000 Board of Administration and runs four franchised stores which specialize in skiing, mountain, cycling and team sports. Convinced that the sports industry has a key role to play in the country’s national economic recovery, she joined the UNION sports & cycle family in 2007 and became its President in 2021.

Pascale GOZZI
President of UNION sport & cycle

Pascale Gozzi is a member of the Sport 2000 Board of Administration and runs four franchised stores in the Isère and Ardèche areas, which specialize in skiing, mountain, cycling and team sports. She joined the FPS family in 2007, which would later be renamed UNION sport & cycle, following in the footsteps of her father, William Gozzi, who had himself been a board member since 1987. Today, as President of UNION sport & cycle, Pascale Gozzi is convinced that our industry has a key role to play in the country’s national economic recovery. With that in mind, she is more than ever committed to the environmental transition.

Virgile CAILLET
General Delegate of UNION sport & cycle

Virgile Caillet is the General Delegate of UNION sport & cycle. He has spent over 30 years in the sports industry and its economy. Among his positions, he was Vice General Director of the French Track and Field Federation. In early 2012, he was named Director of KantarSport, a research institute dedicated to studying sports economics.

Virgile CAILLET
General Delegate of UNION sport & cycle

Virgile Caillet has been the General Delegate of the UNION sport & cycle since November, 24, 2016. Having spent over 30 years working at the heart of the sports industry and its economy, he has taken on the responsibility of a variety of key positions. Indeed, he has been the General Representative of UNIVELO and FIFAS, as well as the Vice General Director of the French Track and Field Federation. In early 2012, he was named Director of KatarSport.

A graduate of the ECCIP Management School, he also worked on developing the sponsoring and promotion strategy for the brand ASICS in France. In addition, he is also the administrator for the National Sports Agency and a Member of the Sports Economy industry board at AFNOR as well as the Vice President of the FESI.

Aymeric DE RORTHAYS
Au Vieux Campeur General Manager

Aymeric de Rorthays literally started out at “Au Vieux Campeur”. With his brother Ludovic, who runs the business with him, from the moment they could walk, the boys spent countless hours tagging along with their father in the shops or at French and European trade shows. Aymeric’s management style is therefore driven by common sense and is rooted in a sustainable approach.

Aymeric DE RORTHAYS
Au Vieux Campeur General Manager

Aymeric de Rorthays literally started out at “Au Vieux Campeur”. With his brother Ludovic, who runs the business with him (they are both officially the General Managers), from the moment they took their first steps, the boys spent countless hours tagging along with their father in Vieux Campeur locations, whether in shops in the Parisian Quartier Latin or travelling to trade shows both in France and across Europe, anywhere from Grenoble to Munich. So quite naturally, later on, it was an interesting and “fun” experience to work with suppliers who’d known them as boys. Jumping into work at the age of 16, Aymeric started out as a buyer in 2002 for a few years, while he was still in college. Then, shortly after graduating, he became General Manager.

“As General Manager of an atypical company, with even more atypical practices, my working methods tend to deviate from the norm and have often thrown off people we work with, whether internally or externally. I’m very much like our business: independent. My passion and dedication to the Outdoors stems directly from that love for freedom” he says.

 

About Au Vieux Campeur

Created in 1941 (though the name was only registered as a trademark in 2000 when the website was created), Au Vieux Campeur is the leading independent Outdoor brand/ label in Europe (and perhaps globally). It is also still a 100% family owned business. Au Vieux Campeur has locations in 11 French cities (Gap being the most recently inaugurated location after their corner at Printemps Haussman, both opened in 2020). The website, which remained informative for a long time, shifted to a commercial function quite late, but now represents 12% of the company’s total turnover (98% of sales recorded in France). One element that makes their online logistical system unique is that there is no dedicated warehouse. All products ordered online are prepared and shipped by the teams in the shops. Just like the website, the company joined social media only quite recently.

Albeit their late arrival to the party, they can quite comfortably state that their Instagram and Facebook pages are among the most followed in the field of Outdoor sports and both provide a genuine (and efficient) platform to communicate directly with their community.

Jules TRECCO
Co-founder & CEO at Angell

Jules Trecco started his career in M&A (mergers and acquisitions) and venture capital, assisting Meetic founder Marc Simoncini with the creation and development of Jaïna Capital. Following this experience, he founded several companies, to recently embark on a new adventure in the luxury bikes universe: Angell.

Jules TRECCO
Co-founder & CEO at Angell

Jules Trecco started his career in M&A (mergers and acquisitions) and venture capital, assisting Meetic founder Marc Simoncini with the creation and development of Jaïna Capital.

Following this experience in venture capital, he went on to found two separate companies. The first, an innovation consulting firm and the second, a high quality delicatessen, the latter which he sold in 2014.

Without missing a beat, Jules joined the Board of Directors at Fauchon and took on the role of Chief Marketing, Digital and Communication Officer in addition to joining Executive Committee for the group a little later on.

Jules is also the founder of Artéis (Investment in « Savoir Faire » & Talents Start-Up Studio) as well as Cobb & Saïto (Transformation Consulting and Training).

In 2017, Jules and Marc Simoncini joined forces again to launch Heroïn, a brand of luxury racing bikes, for which he became the Managing Director. In 2018, the duo embarked on yet another adventure: Angell.

Thibaut HAEGDORENS
Reparetacombi Founder

After several years working in Board Sports sales, Thibaut Haegdorens became a commercial agent for several snowboarding brands and then he shifted into in the surfing world. In 2020, he launched Reparetacombi, a workshop that specializes in neoprene wetsuit repairs. The workshop officially opened its doors in June of this year. 

Thibaut HAEGDORENS
Reparetacombi Founder

After several years working in Board Sports sales (skateboarding, skiing, snowboarding) in Belgium and in the Alps, Thibaut Haegdorens became a commercial agent for several snowboarding brands (Skullcandy, Bataleon Snowboards, Union Bindings, Celtek, Nomis…). He then shifted into in the surfing world with brands like Lib Tech or O’Neill. In late 2019, he dove into a new project: a workshop that specializes in neoprene wetsuit repairs through the company Neo Workshop and its website Reparetacombi.com. The workshop officially opened its doors in June of this year. 

 

About Reparetacombi

Reparetacombi is a workshop that specializes in providing high quality neoprene repair services for wetsuits. The workshop endeavours to work as closely as possible to the wetsuit’s original manufacturing techniques: putting in a new zipper, changing the collar, replacing a panel…sewing up lose stitches.

The workshop is equipped with 4 industrial sewing machines, specifically designed to work with neoprene, blind stitches, flatlocks, etc. Reparetacombi caters to professionals (surf shops for their customers) and the public at large, with all-inclusive solutions for both. Services include repair as well back and forth delivery fees. Repairs orders are placed through an online form on the website (reparetacombi.com/devis) or by going in to a local partner shop (Store Locator).

Daniel GUNTSCHNIG
Co-founder of Polyola

Daniel Guntschnig studied international business administration in Vienna, Austria, with a focus on SME leadership. He combine his knowledge with his passion for surfing and sustainability to found in 2020 with his friend Aristide Schöndienst, Polyola, a company manufacturing sustainable and innovative foam blanks for the surfboard industry.

Daniel GUNTSCHNIG
Co-founder of Polyola

Daniel Guntschnig studied international business administration in Vienna, Austria, with a focus on SME leadership. He combine his knowledge with his passion for surfing and sustainability to found in 2020 with his friend Aristide Schöndienst, Polyola, a company manufacturing sustainable and innovative foam blanks for the surfboard industry.

 

About Polyola

Polyola is a young company with the purpose to change how surfboards are made through sustainable material innovation. Together with a diverse team of scientists, surfers and creative thinkers we have developed the first 100 % recyclable PU Blanks, based on recycled material and a wooden component. With the whole lifecycle and performance in mind we reimagine surfing’s beloved PU Blanks but in a more sustainable way. Our proprietary formulation uses less toxic, recycled and recyclable materials to enhance performance and longevity of the final product. After finishing 3 years of development, we now offer our blanks, as well as the recycling service of shaping offcuts and broken boards made from our foam, Europe – wide.

Julien MARTEL
CEO and Cofounder of Akewatu

After working for several years in the health industry, Julien Martel entered the executive MBA program at Insead. That is when he first started drafting the concept of Akewatu, a marketplace that would quickly grow into the largest surf equipment and hardware for surfers and by surfers.

Julien MARTEL
CEO and Cofounder of Akewatu

After working for several years in the health industry as CEO of Alere e-santé and contributing to the creation of Cordiva in France in 2013, a company which was purchased by Air Liquide 3 years later for 8 million euros, Julien entered the executive MBA program at Insead in 2015. That is when he first started drafting the concept of Akewatu, a marketplace that would quickly grow into the largest surf equipment and hardware for surfers and by surfers. With his business partner Nicolas Drouet (founder of Nicobeach), the two entrepreneurs are convinced that surf shops need help selling online. Purchasing and consumption behaviours evolve quickly and translate imply significant increases in online sales. Today, Akewatu is a team of 14 professionals, all dedicated to bringing brands and shops together to the one and only platform that can stand up to the current marketplace giants.

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Is Portugal the new hot spot in the European surf scene?
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