World Surf League
“We live in a global economy. Brands are growing without geographic boundaries, and need to mature to deal with those opportunities.”
Sports in Transition
James Gross is Co-Founder and President of Percolate. James also enjoys running, and wants to build both the world’s greatest software company and surf team.
Paul Speaker is co-owner and CEO of the World Surf League (WSL). Speaker was named CEO after leading the acquisition of the Association of Surfing Professionals, which became the World Surf League in 2013. He brings to the WSL a deep expertise in sports and entertainment, having spent his career working with film studios, sports leagues and other entertainment companies. Under his leadership, the WSL has made significant enhancements across all areas of surfing, ranging from broadcast to social media and event production to athlete development, which has led to a dramatic increase in fan engagement and corporate partnerships. Prior to leading the WSL, Speaker served as President of Time Inc. Studios, a dedicated in-house digital studio launched by Time Inc.