My good friend Chad Nelsen, Environmental Director at Surfrider Foundation, has a great post at the Surf Economics blog about daily beach attendance at Trestles, in SoCal. Why the schism? Surfers have to go to work. Beachgoers… don’t. In a way, he’s kinda blogging his doctoral dissertation at UCLA, feeding us tidbits like this as he goes along.
Chad and I both hit the “glassy” ceiling three or four years ago and decided to go back to grad school for what we love most- our families, and surfing, and, you know, the deep blue sea. Now we crunch data and write papers and abstracts, and actually think we know what we’re talking about… sometimes.
I like Chad’s research alot. He’s doing for surfing what other economists have done for fishing, hiking, and scuba diving- helping to put a price on the value of nature. One of Surfrider’s big accomplishments- declaring a surf break a national monument in Rincon, Puerto Rico. How’s that for awesome? Save the waves!