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The Value of Recreational Surfing to Society


Lazarow, N and Miller, ML and Blackwell, B, The Value of Recreational Surfing to Society, Tourism in Marine Environments, 5, (2-3) pp. 145-158. ISSN 1544-273X (2009) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.3727/154427308787716749


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. © 2009 Cognizant Comm. Corp.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:surfing, surf quality, coastal planning and managemetn; economics; recreation and tourism; serious leisure
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Social change
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Heritage
Objective Field:Conserving intangible cultural heritage
UTAS Author:Blackwell, B (Dr Boyd Blackwell)
ID Code:60164
Year Published:2009
Deposited By:NC Marine Conservation and Resource Sustainability
Deposited On:2010-01-18
Last Modified:2010-04-23

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