“Situated between the ocean and the mountains, the Basque Country is a fabulous playground to try out products and test them from day to day. Moreover, in the boardsports sector the region has a melting pot of skills and expertise like nowhere else in the world. The other boardsports industry hubs are in California and Australia, but are spread over a wide area, whereas here the whole industry is concentrated within 30km!”

The Basque Country has been one of the world’s surf capitals for about half a century. The Atlantic Ocean and its waves set the scene, and our drive and passion did the rest. As the years and seasons pass, our region has focused on providing a true home to the boardsports industry.

  • The boardsports sector has been organised around the EuroSIMA cluster since 2005.
  • It provides over 3,200 jobs in nearly 400 companies, including the world’s top 5 companies (Quiksilver, O’Neill, Billabong, Rip Curl, and Volcom).
  • A business park has been created specifically for the boardsports industry: BAIA Park in Anglet (and Olatu Leku, its business service centre, business incubator, and resource center).

More than 40 brands are concentrated in an area spanning less than 50km. This sector generates sales of 1.2 billion euros every year (European market).

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