11th Annual Surfing Arts, Science & Issues Conference. “Modern Oceanography & the Future of Surfing.” Alternative & Sustainable Surf Craft Surf Session. Feb 16 & 17, 2013.

The 11th Annual Surfing Arts, Science and Issues Conference

Modern Oceanography and the Future of Surfing

Saturday, February 16, 2013 – 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sunday, February 17, 2013 – 8:00 AM – Noon

Sumner Auditorium on campus at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography – La Jolla, California

From the instantaneous availability of information about surfing areas around the world to the increase in surfing populations and pollution awareness, modern surfing is becoming more data-dependent all the time. Behind this sea-change in surfing is the world of oceanography, with a history that stretches from the observations of the ancient Greeks to today’s complex mathematical models and data gathering networks. SASIC XI will explore this connection between modern oceanography and the future of surfing. Speakers include the father of surf reports, Dr. Walter Munk, the forecasting team at Surfline, and Dr. Falk Feddersen, research scientist at Scripps.


8:30 Registration
9:00 Introduction – Cher Pendarvis and Glenn Hening, conference co-chairs
9:30 “Waves Across the Pacific” – the 1963 documentary on the landmark Scripps project that confirmed theories connecting Antarctic storms with surf all around the Pacific
10:15 “Where the Swell Begins” -­‐ Dr. Walter Munk
11:00 Surfzone Pollution: Using Science to Separate Fact from Fiction –Dr. Falk Feddersen, research scientist at Scripps, will give the Dr. Walter Munk Lecture
12:00 Lunch
1:00 The Technology, Analysis, and Consequences of Surf Forecasts– Kevin Wallis, Surfline
2:00 Two Extraordinary Swells – Presentations on the Code Red Tahiti swell in 2011 and the early October swell at Peahi in 2012 – the Surfline forecasting team
3:15 The Ultimate Swell – Research and Hypothesis – Glenn Hening
4:00 Conference Conclusion


Alternative and Sustainable Surf Craft Surf Session – north side of the Scripps Pier
Organized by Steve and Cher Pendarvis, the public is invited to participate in a morning of riding waves using a variety of surfboards, handplanes, paipos, and other craft from the fringes of the surfing community.

The conference is open to the public. Registration is $35 and includes free parking, morning and afternoon snacks and drinks and a box lunch. Students/seniors $25. T-­‐shirt add $15. You can register at the door on the day of the event, cash or check only. Or register online before February 11th to reserve your t-shirt.

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Paipo Stokefest - the alternative and sustainable surf craft session, February 17, 2013, Scripps Pier, La Jolla

Additional Resources:
Groundswell Society – 100% hand-made handplanes, paipos, fins, and surfboards by Christine Brailsford
Cher Pendarvis – conference co-chair
Pendoflex – surfboards by Steve Pendarvis

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