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The Utility of Surfers’ Wave Knowledge for Coastal Management

Marine Policy
Volume 67, May 2016, Pages 139–147
May 11, 2016
Dan Reineman

This study investigates the local knowledge of surfers through two surveys of more than one thousand California surfers and promulgates, based on survey data, a formal definition of surfers’ local knowledge as "wave knowledge." In so doing, this study makes the case that wave knowledge can be used to inform coastal management decision-making in those situations where wave resources, and thus the growing stakeholder group of surfers, could possibly be affected.