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The Most Progressive Surf Tourism Industry In the World: Papua New Guinea

Surfing is one of the fastest growing action sports in the world and new waves are becoming more difficult to discover as surfers travel to the ends of the Earth in search of perfect, empty a-frames. Communities that are over-crowded and over-populated with surf hungry tourists and residents can have a negative affect on the ecosystem and overall area of a place. This negative impact that comes with overpopulation eventually will diminish the value of the original place and can lead to the degradation of a place that was once truly natural and unique.

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One place that the average consumer of surf media rarely hears about is Papua New Guinea. This culturally rich and undeveloped country has and will have preserved and controlled surf tourism for generations to come because of their progressive surf management plan. The plan essentially keeps track of how many people visit local areas, puts resources back into the local communities, and gives these communities control over tourism in their area. Hopefully, the plan will influence other countries to act and put plans together to preserve their amazing beaches for future generations.

Photo Credit Courtesy of Chris Peel 

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Watch John John Florence Launch Backflip with Ease at Baldface
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