Biarritz Bitcoin Surf: Sun, Waves, and Controversy


The temperature in the seaside resort on the Basque coast is expected to reach 37° C, as the fourth edition of the Surfin’ Bitcoin trade show begins today, dedicated to cryptocurrencies and especially to the most famous of them. But a controversy risks bringing a shadow to the picture. Invest will be on hand to cover the three-day event.

The fourth edition of the Surfin’ Bitcoin fair takes place from tonight until Friday in Biarritz. About 600 people are expected to attend conferences on influencers, transmission and taxation, but also on mining, ecology and of course currencies.

Among the headliners, we count: Stephanie Cabossiorass (France director of Binance), Yves Choueifaty (president of Tobam), Thaddeus Dryja (co-inventor of the Lightning Network), Sébastien Gouspillou (miner, BigBlock), Owen Simonin (influencer better known as Hasheur), Jean-Marc Stenger (Société Générale – Forge), Peter Todd (developer) and Stéphane Vojetta (Renaissance deputy).

Since 2019, the event has grown to become a flagship event for the crypto community in Europe and particularly for bitcoin-maximalists – those who swear by the most famous of cryptocurrencies. But the fall in the markets also seems to have had an impact on the programming, which is a little less ambitious than last year. No free day for this edition, while it had attracted a large audience in 2022. Over the entire duration of the event, 2,000 people came. The organizer Jonathan Herscovici, CEO of StackinSat, the organizing company, writes on the Medium social network: “The market context, as well as the various debacles that the sector has experienced (Terra, FTX, Celsius, etc.), have was particularly “challenging”. »

StackinSat facing charges

An anonymous message published on the Internet came last week, also questioning the management of the company. Its subsidiary, Surfin 21, which managed the event, has been placed in liquidation, confirms Jonathan Herscovici in his message on Medium, but he denies the accusations about the management of the company. “The company [StackinSat, editor’s note] is now profitable and has a slight self-financing capacity,” he adds. A new entity legally separated from StackinSat has been created to take over from Surfin’ Bitcoin. So many misadventures that are sure to agitate the corridors of the living room.

It will still take place – by a certain irony which will not escape us – at the Casino de Biarritz. The United Kingdom had also briefly considered regulating cryptocurrencies like gambling this year.

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