Monday, July 21, 2008
Monday, July 7, 2008
Despite the annoying title this MSNBC article provides an interesting perspective on about how high petroleum costs are impacting surfboard production costs, international surf travel and even local surf visits. As surfers become more discerning about their surf checks and visits Surfline has seen an upswing in subscriptions.
An interesting quote relevant to the use of the Travel Cost Method to estimate the economic value of surfing at Trestles:
"The high gas prices still haven't dissuaded some die-hard surfers from enjoying their sport — expensive or not.
As the sun set over San Clemente's famed Trestles surf break on a recent summer day, Alan Harrison peeled off his wet suit and swore he would never choose money over surfing.
"If you love it, you can't change it for anybody or anything," said the 23-year-old Harrison, who spends $40 a week to get to Trestles from his inland home. "Even if gas went to $10 a gallon, I'd still do it. I'd find a way. It's an addiction."
Sunday, July 6, 2008
At last weeks The Coastal Society conference a session was held on surf economics called, "THE SOCIOECONOMICS AND MANAGEMENT OF SURFING AREAS: INTERNATIONAL CASE STUDIES FROM MEXICO, SPAIN, CALIFORNIA AND AUSTRALIA"
The session included talks on Mundaka, Trestles and Ensenada surfing areas. The session was moderated by Dr. Linwood Pendleton and stimulated some great discussion.
Pdf versions of the presentations are here:
Chad Nelsen - Trestles, California
Melissa Murphy - Mundaka, Spain
It's worth noting that Melissa's work is being sponsored by Save the Waves.
Paula Pijoan - Ensenada, Mexico
Neil Lazarow (coming soon)
You can download a link to our paper here.
Posted by Chad Nelsen at 8:11 PM