Determining the economics of surfing
A 2008-09 survey by Surf-First and the Surfrider Foundation attempts to figure out the demographics and economics of surfers in the United States through an Internet-based questionnaire. The average surfer in the survey was male, in his 30s, well-educated and employed full time, defying the stereotype of a surfer as young, uneducated and jobless.
Source: "A Socioeconomic and Recreational Profile of Surfers in the United States," by G. Scott Wagner, Chad Nelsen and Matt Walker, July 2011. Graphic: Tobey/The Washington Post.