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The value of recreational surfing to society
Lazarow, N.; Miller, M.L.; Blackwell, B. (2008). The value of recreational surfing to society. Tourism in Marine Environments 5(2-3): 145-158.
In: Tourism in Marine Environments. Cognizant Communication Corporation: Putnam Valley. ISSN 1544-273X, more
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Author keywords
    Surfing; Surf quality; Coastal planning and management; Economics; Recreation and tourism; Serious leisure

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  • Lazarow, N.
  • Miller, M.L.
  • Blackwell, B.

    This article comments briefly on the origins of surfing and its growth through the 20th century, discusses the growth of participation in surfing, and then uses a range of social science techniques including observed market expenditure and nonmarket valuation to describe the socioeconomic value of surfing at various locations. The findings demonstrate the significant economic, social, and cultural importance of surfing amenity, the need to clearly articulate and measure changes in recreational amenity, and the need to consider any negative impacts on surf breaks and the natural environment that may occur as a result of development, coastal planning, and protection works.

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