Dr. Jess Ponting

Director of the Center for Surf Research, San Diego State University

Jess worked on a surf charter boat off the north west coast of Sumatra before carrying out the first empirical research into sustainable surf tourism in his Masters degree, and completing the world’s first PhD to focus on sustainable surf tourism management. Through the Center for Surf Research, he is now creating the potential for sustainable tourism to be an economic driver for remote communities in need. and formed the links to surf tourism in a subsequent extended surf trip through the eastern island of Indonesia. Jess believes that well informed passionate and motivated surfers can be game changing leaders for a sustainable future. The Center for Surf Research aims to inspire a new generation of surfers to be humanitarian and conservation activists in the places they visit.