Many surf breaks (and their surrounding areas) are increasingly compromised by climatic factors and direct human activity. It is also true that surf-driven pressures, such as tourisms and overcrowding, can pose serious threats to the very same seascapes that drive those activities in the first place.
Understanding the value associated with surfing ecosystems can help inform polices and management plans to preserve such values now, and into the future. However, valuation is not always an easy task. In our recent article, myself, Dr Ana Manero, and Dr Leon Mach take a look at key principles of environmental economics and management through a surfing lens.