The Washington Post recently ran an excellent article entitled "Surfonomics" on the cover of their Sunday business section. The article discussed how economic valuation of surfing and surf spots is helping to raise awareness about the value of surf protection. You can read the article here.
The article featured a number of references to projects being conducted by Surfrider and others and we have received a number of requests for additional information on those efforts. The list below provides a number of links to those references:
Salva Tres Palmas, Rincón, Puerto Rico:
The study by Dr. Linwood Pendleton: A Preliminary Study of the Value of Coastal Tourism in Rincón, Puerto Rico (~.pdf)
Surf Economics in the US:
Dr. Chad Nelsen's disseration, entitled Collecting & Using Economic Information to Guide the Management of Coastal Recreational Resources, that includes valuation of surfing at Trestles in San Clemente, CA.
Dr. Jason Scorse, Center for the Blue Economy
Dr. Charles Colgan, National Ocean Economics Program
Dr. Linwood Pendleton: Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions