The 2021 San Diego Surf Stakeholder Summit


See + Do San Diego-based CORE Project partners with Big Wave Risk Assessment Group (BWRAG) to help host an Ocean Safety Summit aimed at equipping ocean enthusiasts with safety knowledge and lifesaving skills in emergency situations.

Thursday, November 4, 20210

Based on research by Technavio, the global surfing market is expected to grow an additional US $ 2.74 billion before 2024. But this rapid growth is having repercussions that have been accentuated by the COVID-19 pandemic. A surf industry based in the United States to study which was released during the pandemic estimated that the surfing population in the United States has increased by more than 2.2 million. Broken down, that’s about 6,000 new people a day, many of whom lack adequate ocean safety experience and knowledge.

At the same time, the number of conferences on safety in open water or related environments has seen a dramatic drop of -69% since 2019. Unfortunately, the rapid growth in the number of participants in adventure water sports – coupled with a lack of awareness and security conferences – could probably be responsible. for the significant increase in medical aid in the surf zone. The Rescue Association of the United States – a nonprofit professional association of beach and open water lifeguards in the United States – has reported a shocking 260% increase in the total number of surf injuries in three years, nationwide.

To put it in perspective, think if you had 6,000 new drivers on the road every day and many of them never got a license or received proper training. It is a serious security hazard. This is the type of reality we face in the water, especially in the local surf ranges. Something has to happen, and it has to happen quickly, ”said Yehuda Ben-Hamo, founder of The CORE Project, a San Diego-based ocean security organization.

The San Diego 2021 summit

In response to the increase in injuries and the lack of training available in ocean safety, The Core Project is partnering with the Big Wave Risk Assessment Group (BWRAG) to host the 2021 San Diego Summit at the San Diego Mission Bay Resort on November 13-14, 2021.

In March 2021, two surfers collided – resulting in death and other head injury – to Rincón headland, one of California’s most iconic surf beaches and, coincidentally, the busiest on the coast. “Since then, there have been many similar incidents – thankfully not fatal – but where surfers suffered traumatic injuries that could have been avoided if both parties had been better educated. This is something that is becoming more and more common on popular surf spots and poses a serious threat to many recreational surfers and ocean enthusiasts, ”says Ben-Hamo.

“Surf injuries have been the number one call our lifeguards have answered over the past few years,” says Larry Giles, former chief lifeguard at Encinitas. Injuries in surf areas and medical aid have continued to increase. “The recent increase in water sports attendance on the beach and the ocean continues to add exponential stress on marine safety resources,” said Chad Sambell, California State Park rescuer.

California marine safety experts warn that the 2021 numbers are likely to rise and that they are taking appropriate action to tackle these issues for the coming year. “We desperately need to implement more widespread ocean security measures and support groups – like Project CORE and BWRAG – that are working to address these issues,” Sambell says.

The CORE project

The CORE project is a local ocean safety organization created in memory of Encinitas Surfer & Lifeguard, Blake Dresner, who suffered a fatal surfing accident in 2020. The CORE project is committed to protecting ocean recreation through research, awareness and education. “Water sports are unique when it comes to their accessibility. You don’t need to buy a lift ticket or pay for a season ticket; you can buy a soft board from Costco, drive to the nearest beach, and jump right in with others who have over 10 years of experience. You can only imagine the repercussions this causes, putting not only newcomers at risk, but also anyone who has safely recreation on their local beach for years. Not everyone can afford a lesson from a certified instructor, and that is why we are working to develop mass education tools, free for public use, to help alleviate these issues, ”says Ben- Hamo.

Dedicated to making a difference, The CORE Project teams up with the Large Wave Risk Assessment Group (BWRAG) – a group of renowned health professionals, watermen and athletes specializing in water safety training for surfers and ocean enthusiasts – to help their face-to-face ocean safety summit under the name of San Diego Surf Stakeholder Summit. The San Diego 2021 Summit hosted by BWRAG will take place at the San Diego Mission Bay Resort on November 13-14, 2021. It is co-presented by Foundation of Changing Tides and JuneShine and will be driven
by BWRAG Master Instructor and Big Wave Legend Greg Long, BWRAG Pat Master Instructor
Chong Tim, BWRAG instructors Ryan Hargrave, Jon Hoover and more.

The two day course

Although the course has a strong focus on surf-based emergency scenarios, the knowledge and training is beneficial for any beach emergency. The Summit welcomes all ocean enthusiasts, regardless of age, background and skill level. The two-day course will include classroom training covering hands-on training in freediving theory, breathing technique, surf wave analysis, CPR / AED and medical intervention training, action planning emergency, the selection of safety equipment, as well as the theory of management of high surfing risks. . The in-water portion will provide participants with instruction in unassisted and surfboard assisted rescues of conscious and unconscious victims, as well as training in jet ski assisted rescues.

At the end of the event, participants will receive CPR / AED + first aid certifications and a BWRAG safety certificate which can be presented to Patagonia to purchase their PSI vest. Opening the Summits in person, Brian Keaulana, Head Instructor of BWRAG and Hawaiian Watermen, said, “We are delighted to resume our in-person training with finally the global surf community. We know the winter season is fast approaching for the northern hemisphere, so our goal is to deliver the heights we can achieve in 2021 in the 5,700 mile stretch between Puerto Rico and Hawaii. “

Join us!

We truly believe that EVERYONE deserves equal access to a safe and reliable coastal playground. That’s why we encourage others to join us in attending BWRAG San Diego Surf Stakeholder Summit on November 13 and 14 so they can help protect the lives of others during an emergency scenario, creating safer coastal and surf communities for all, ”said Ben-Hamo.

In addition to the two-day summit, BWRAG + The CORE Project will be hosting a special Talk Story event on Thursday, November 11 at JuneShine’s Scripps Ranch Brewery, located at 10051 Old Grove Rd, San Diego. The Talk Story is free and open to members of the public aged 21 or older.

Registration for the San Diego 2021 Summit is now open. Learn more about the CORE project and how to register for the summit here.

See you there, San Diego!

Sat Sun
November 13, 2021 – November 14, 2021
7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
San Diego Mission Bay Resort

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