Web Summit Chief Executive Paddy Cosgrave today revealed that the Surf Summit, an event prior to the Web Summit, will continue to take place over the next ten years in Ericeira, admitting the possibility of a second edition in Sagres.
“We have already had two amazing years and it is great to be back in Ericeira for another edition of the Surf Summit. We are going to plan something very special for the next ten years,” said the Irish entrepreneur at a meeting with journalists at Praia da Foz do Lizandro, Ericeira .
Paddy Cosgrave said that at the moment he is only “focused” over the next four days, during which the biggest technological summit in the world will be held in Lisbon, but left on the air a second edition of Surf Summit in the south of the country.
“In the last year, I went to Sagres three times to learn how to surf. It could be an excuse to do the second edition there,” said the official, stressing that the objective is to maintain the format of having approximately 200 to 250 participants in each edition of Surf Summit, as has happened in these first three editions.
Later, Paddy Cosgrave, whose wife and brother are surfers, explained that besides Ericeira, he has been a fan of Sagres over the last year, so he will study the possibility of “keeping Ericeira and organizing another Surf Summit in Sagres “, in ways still to be defined.
Hélder Sousa Silva, mayor of Mafra, who also participated in this meeting with journalists, was pleased with the words of the CEO of Web Summit, assuming that it is a design of the municipality that leads to continuing to host the Surf Summit.
“It is the third consecutive year that this event is taking place and, for us, it is a pride and an honour, because the Surf Summit helps promote Ericeira in the four corners of the world,” he said.
The mayor of Mafra, where the village of Ericeira is located, thanked Paddy Cosgrave for betting on the beaches of Europe’s first surfing reserve and the second in the world considering that it is “the best place for surfing, but also for the ‘stand up paddle’ (SUP) and for the walks “.
And he said, “I told Paddy that, just as Lisbon is going to have the Web Summit for another ten years, we’ve also got to have the Surf Summit for another ten years.”
According to the politician, since the first edition of Surf Summit in 2016, “some technology companies have been installed in this region, promoting employment and development.”
For his part, surfing Tiago ‘Saca’ Pires, the first Portuguese to race on the world surf circuit, who has been present in Surf Summit initiatives since its inception, has declared himself honoured to be associated with an event like the Web Summit and highlighted the advantages that Surf Summit brings to participants from all over the world.
“We exchange different ideas and concepts, it’s a unique experience and we get important inputs to develop business,” he said, praising the informality of the initiative that allows learning in a relaxed context and communion with nature.
“People leave here with their eyes sparkling,” said the surfer.
Joana Schenker, the first Portuguese bodyboarding champion, confessed to being “very enthusiastic” to be participating for the first time at the Surf Summit, highlighting the importance of taking the opportunity to discuss environmental protection issues.
The third edition of the Surf Summit, an event that precedes the Web Summit technological summit, is taking place this weekend in Ericeira, allowing participants to get to know each other and learn from professional surf sports.
The technological, innovation and entrepreneurship summit Web Summit was born in 2010 in Ireland and moved to Lisbon in 2016 and is expected to remain until 2028 at the Altice Arena (formerly Meo Arena) and the Lisbon International Fair (FIL) in Lisbon.
Around 70,000 participants from more than 170 countries are expected to attend this third edition of the event in Portugal.
This year’s edition takes place between Monday and Thursday.