Whilst being an ambiguous and contested concept, sustainability has become one of the twenty-first century’s most pervasive ideas, as humanity’s increasing impact on the environment, as well as increasing social and economic inequalities, have local and global consequences. Surfing is a globally recognised cultural phenomenon whose unique connection with nature and rapid expansion into a multibillion pound industry offers exciting synergies for exploring various dimensions of sustainability.

This book is the first to bring together the world’s foremost experts on the themes of sustainability and surfing. Drawing upon cutting edge theory and research, this book offers multidisciplinary perspectives and methodological approaches on the social, environmental and economic components of sustainable surfing. Contributions provide unique discussions that bridge the gap between theory and practice, exploring topics such as sustainable surf tourism, surf-econometrics, surf activism, surfing governance, the surfing industry, and technological advancements. Each chapter produces in-depth insights to provide foundational insights of the relationship between sustainability and surfing.

This book will appeal to multiple audiences in different disciplines and sectors. Practitioners will benefit from the insights presented in this volume, while both undergraduate and postgraduate students will find this volume an invaluable companion, including those working in geography, environmental studies, sport sciences, and leisure and tourism studies.

part I|20 pages


chapter 1|18 pages

Sustainability and surfing in a risk society

ByGregory Borne

part II|18 pages

A systems approach

chapter 2|16 pages

Surf resource system boundaries

BySteven Andrew Martin, Danny O’Brien

part III|65 pages

Technology, industry, and sustainability

chapter 3|31 pages

Surfing in the technological era

ByLeon Mach

chapter 5|17 pages

Surfboard making and environmental sustainability

New materials and regulations, subcultural norms and economic constraints
ByChris Gibson, Andrew Warren

part IV|40 pages

Informing policy domains

chapter 6|18 pages

Surfing voices in coastal management

Gold Coast Surf Management Plan – a case study
ByDan Ware, Neil Lazarow, Rob Hales

chapter 7|12 pages

Surfers and public sphere protest

Protecting surfing environments
ByRob Hales, Dan Ware, Neil Lazarow

chapter 8|7 pages

The non-market value of surfing and its body policy implications

ByJason Scorse, Trent Hodges

part V|93 pages

Reconceptualising sustainable surf spaces

chapter 9|18 pages

Sustaining the local

Localism and sustainability
ByLindsay E. Usher

chapter 10|11 pages

Spot X

Surfing, remote destinations and sustaining wilderness surfing experiences
ByMark Orams

chapter 11|26 pages


A ritual with consequences
ByJon Anderson

chapter 12|17 pages

Culture, meaning and sustainability in surfing

ByNeil Lazarow, Rebecca Olive

chapter 13|19 pages

Simulating Nirvana

Surf parks, surfing spaces, and sustainability
ByJess Ponting

part VI|12 pages


chapter 14|10 pages

Sustainability and surfing

Themes and synergies
ByGregory Borne