Sep 08 2009 11:27 am
WOULD YOU SPEND 15 MINUTES, IF IT MEANT SURFING THE REST OF YOUR LIFE?
We thought you would. And the good news is you can. All across the country, surfers are facing access and environmental fights that fail to consider their needs and enormous impact. While fishermen and other recreational ocean users flex big muscle in courthouses and town halls, surfers get pushed aside a ‘segment group.’ A minor hobby for punk kids – instead of healthy lifestyle for whole families. That’s because we let them.
Despite being a 1000-year-old sport with a $7 billion industry, surfing has failed to produce the demographic and economic studies to show who we are, where we live, and what we spend. So while other interest groups bolster their arguments with impressive numbers to prove their positions, all-too often, surfers get blindsided and bowled over, unable to offer a single hard number to support their cases or save their breaks.
Not anymore. With your help, we can start to paint a true picture of who surfers are and how we behave. And every surfer who answers provides another stroke of necessary detail. All you need to do is take 15 minutes to fill out the survey. Here’s some quick rules:
- Answer honestly. An accurate study is our best weapon.
- When in doubt, leave an answer blank. We’d rather have less info than bad info.
- Pass it along to your friends.
All information is anonymous. We promise not to share the individual details for commercial purposes, but we will share the bulk data – national, state by state, and as a whole. Right here. That way, surfers, in any fight, in any coastal town – from the most precious, world-class pointbreak to the shittiest, shiftiest sandbar – can proudly walk into any town hall or business office and prove with concrete numbers that surfing is a pursuit as crucial to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness in their beach town as any other ocean activity. That enjoying the ocean is much a god-given American right as protecting your beach home investment.
Maybe if we’re just as selfish, aggressive and determined as we are in the water, we’ll never lose another wave. And if we do, it’s because we looked hard, considered it carefully and let it go for a greater good – not because someone snaked it from us.