Surf and Sustainability – SandS* is the first research group in Brazil that studies the challenges and opportunities for a transition towards sustainability in the surfing world. SandS was created in 2017 at the Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC), Florianópolis (Floripa) Island, but aims to encourage collaboration between scholars from Brazil and abroad in studies on the economic, social, and environmental impact of surf tourism. SandS works in collaboration with the International Association of Surfing Researchers led by the Center for Surf Research, San Diego State University, California.

On 18 Feb 2021, BBC News International – Future Planet released a special article about the unexpected benefits of surfing highlighting our Surfonomics study on the impact of surf tourism on the local economy of Lobitos, Peru. [this study is available on our Publications page].

Research Lines:

Sustainable Surf Tourism: Surf tourism is rapidly expanding throughout the world’s surfable coasts, however, the sustainability of a surf destination depends on whether the type & scale of tourism is best suited to that context. This line of research explores the challenges of integrating surf tourism into a community’s social, economic, and environmental aspirations in a sustainable way, as well as environmental initiatives, such as surfing reserves, surf protected area networks, and local grassroots movements.

Social Innovation in the Surfing World: The blissful experience of sliding on a wave is for everyone. This line of research investigates key issues on gender equality in surfing, accessible beaches, adaptive surfing, surf voluntourism, and surfing on the wave of sharing economy.

(*) SandS is certified by the Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq).