And whilst in the 2020 Olympic Games surfers will compete in a natural ocean environment there is little doubt that the proliferation of wave pool technologies and the increasingly economically viable nature of their development is going to have a have a role to play in surfing's future. As for the the impact Goldschmidt is going to have on this future - lets watch that space.
What is clear is that the imperative to educate, research, enhance understanding and communicate issues relating to sustainable development and climate change has never been more stark. And to that end someone else was in Marrakesh speaking at COP22. Nev Hyman Founder of Firwire Surfboards and now founder of Nevhouse.
I am not especially fashionable, never paid fashion a great deal of attention - if it doesn't involve jeans and a t-shirt, more often than not with a pair of deck shoes thrown in there's a strong chance that I'm not going to be very engaged.
Before you reach the contest area the importance of film is clear, as you cross the threshold into the competition space - you become part of this virtual world. And with millions watching the action in the water from the comfort of their homes as well as those that had travelled to the contest, all kinds of sustainability related issues come to mind.
This week represented the conclusion of an academic year. Let me make it very clear, this does not mean I am now on holiday. Far from it, there is a considerable amount of work to do in preparation for next years teaching and a pressing need to continue the research agenda.
Firewire is probably one of the world's most successful manufacturers and distributors of mass produced surfboards. These boards boast both sustainability and high performance. Founder and chief shaper is Nev Hyman and if you own a Timbertek you'll have already read Nevs note about the environmental credentials of the board...
The 2012 London Olympic Games was touted as the most sustainable games ever and it was at the time the biggest construction project in Europe, today another development is underway in London that also boasts to be the largest in Europe