Surfing Access Disruption Survey

Rolled out in early spring 2020 during the peak of the coronovirus pandemic lockdown, the Surfing Access Disruption Survey sought to measure the lockdown's impact on surfers. The survey is now closed; results are forthcoming.

Many public places have recently closed, including access to the coast and ocean, to protect public health during the coronavirus pandemic. To better understand the effects of these closures on the surfing community and to inform coastal management during future crises, we are surveying surfers nationwide. We are asking everyone to help by taking the survey and sharing it with other surfers you know.

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CSUCI study seeks surfer input on beach closures
Camarillo, California, May 1, 2020 — State and local efforts to stem the tide of the COVID-19 pandemic have left many American coast dwellers without beach access and surfers landlocked.
CSU Channel Islands (CSUCI) Assistant Professor of Environmental Science & Resource Management Dan Reineman, Ph.D., is investigating the social ramifications of beach and ocean access restrictions across the state of California and the nation by launching a nationwide survey aimed at the surfing community.
Reineman is asking surfers across the nation to participate in a survey: and share it with their surfing friends.
“We laud the heroic work of public health officials,” he said. “Under their direction, the curve is flattening. We know these efforts have significance beyond the widely reported economic ramifications. With this survey, we are exploring the effects of coastal closures on surfers.”

Coastal access is being closed to protect public health. What are the implications for coastal users?

“One of the issues at the heart of this project is equality in our access to America’s natural environment. If beaches or, for that matter, national parks are closed, it means that only people who own beachfront homes or large tracts of land will be able to access and benefit from these vital places.”

The online survey is anonymous and open to anyone; we encourage surfers everywhere to complete it, regardless of whether public spaces have been closed near them. The more responses, the more places represented, the more comprehensive the results will be. Information gathered in the survey will not only be used to measure the effects of coastal closures on the surfing community, but also to develop guidance and recommendations for coastal management during future crises.

Results, which will maintain the anonymity of participants, will be released beginning in summer 2020. Other updates will be posted here.