According to Transworld Business, METALLICA's Kirk Hammett (guitar) and Robert Trujillo (bass) will serve as the keynote speakers at this year's Surf Summit 17, set to take place May 14-17 at the Melia Cabo Real resort in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
Surf Summit 17 will deliver an unforgettable lineup of expert speakers that will redefine the way you think about business, as well as provide insight and motivation for a successful launch into the days ahead. You won't want to miss the opportunity to gather with more than 250 leaders from top surf brands and retail shops for valuable educational seminars, evening events and plenty of social surfing and networking time.
Attendees can again look forward to indulging themselves at the beachfront, all-inclusive resort with all of the rooms featuring breathtaking views of the resort's desert gardens, expansive coastline or championship Cabo Real golf course. Guests will also enjoy all you can eat food, a beautiful resort pool, and an overall unforgettable conference experience.
In a 2006 interview with Juice magazine, Trujillo said: "[Playing with] SUICIDAL [TENDENCIES] was such an important time for me. It also reacquainted me with surfing. Mike Clark, who's a really amazing surfer, got me back into surfing. I surfed a lot from '82 to '86, and then I kind of, started slacking. When I joined SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, whenever we'd end up in Australia, or anywhere there was a wave, Mike would surf it. He'd drag me along with him. We'd be in New Zealand, and he'd say, 'Dude, let's go surfing.' He was really good, and I was kind of, okay. He'd get me out there and I finally realized through him that I had an amazing opportunity as a touring musician to explore some of the most amazing waves all over the world. Being able to surf in Tahiti, and places like Brazil was unreal. We'd always end up in Hawaii at some point. We'd do a killer concert in Hawaii and then we'd be able to go surfing for a few days. Because of those experiences with Mike Clark, and now with METALLICA, I've been to Portugal, for instance, surfing southern Portugal, about six times now. I love it down there.
Asked how long, Kirk has been surfing, Trujillo said, "He's only been surfing [since 2002], but he lives in Hawaii. His wife is from Hawaii. She grew up there. He has a beautiful, beachfront place in Hawaii, and he's just surfing all the time. He surfs Ocean Beach, because he lives in San Francisco. It's great, because for me, going from SUICIDAL with Mike Clark, now I'm with METALLICA and I have a surf partner again. With my experience with METALLICA, I've already surfed Portugal, Morocco and all over Australia with Kirk. The great thing is that professional surfers love the music, so when I was with SUICIDAL in Australia, we're surfing with Luke Egan, Shane Powell, Matt Hoy and people like that. Now with METALLICA, I was surfing in Australia with Mick Fanning, Dean Morrison and Jay Phillips. These guys are putting on a show for us in the water. We're front row center, at a break like Kirra, for instance. We're getting waves, because we're with these guys and we're with METALLICA. Kirk and I just did a show in south Africa three months ago and we got to surf some amazing waves over there with some of the locals. It's great to be in a band that respects you enough to let you have some waves. It works out good."