Thursday, October 02, 2008

There's big money in ocean waves

And it's not just in ocean energy. Protecting a high-quality surfing wave makes good business sense.

Here's a study of a surfing spot in Spain and it's value to the local economy. Once people read this, we'll probably see a rush of projects to make new surfing waves in small coastal towns around the world.

Thanks to the Save the Waves Coalition, we now know that saving the wave pictured above, in Mundaka, Spain, is good business. Surfing adds $4.5 million to the local economy and supports 95 jobs in a town of 1900 people.

Oh yeah, let's not forget that surfing is good clean fun.


Anonymous said...

Wow, who would have thought surfing would help the economy. Cool facts.

Kate Wing said...

I must point out that this is not new stuff, as the summary from the 4th International Surfing Reef Symposium shows. Chad Nelsen at Surfrider wrote his thesis on valuation of recreational surf, beating out my Spartina invasion paper at the Coastal Society conference back when we were both grad students. Not that I'm bitter.

Theresa said...

I learn something new from your blog every day.