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Socioeconomics and Economic Impact of Surfing


  • 20 Million Surfers Worldwide (Approximate # in 2007)

How Surfing Influences Lives of Surfers

  • Life Choices
    • Career Choices
    • Residence and living location decisions
    • Work schedules
    • University & College choices



  • “Surf Spots” are considered ‘Natural Cultural Resources’ according to the National Environmental Policy Act
  • Estimated expenditures to local businesses, including fuel and food add $40.16 per surfer per surf session to the coastal economy at Trestles Beach, California (in Lazarow et al., 2007).


  • 90% of Australia’s population is located in the coastal zone.
  • 16% of Western Australia’s population surfs. (300,000 Surfers in WA)
  • More than a recreational pursuit – surfing is a sub culture within Australia’s Society

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