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SPMT11-127: Surf Industry Studies


In this subject, students will learn about the history and culture of surfing and how the sport has evolved to form the basis of a multi-billion dollar, highly fragmented global industry. The modern surf industry incorporates sport, media, arts, apparel, hardware, tourism, education and technology sectors. This subject will be built around issues confronting managers in this industry and will utilise case studies and guest speakers to explore and understand the industry’s inherent challenges and opportunities. Surfing often takes place in urban centres, but also in socially and ecologically fragile regions – both contexts present challenges and opportunities for the industry’s key stakeholders. With its Olympic debut in Tokyo 2020, and with the commercialisation of artificial wave technology in the form of surf parks, surfing participation is set for unprecedented growth, presenting new opportunities and challenges. A sustainable development lens is adopted to examine surfing’s tangible and intangible impacts; its built and natural infrastructure; the regional and urban areas in which it takes place; and the private, public and third sector partnerships upon which the modern industry is built.

Subject details

FacultyBond Business School
Semesters offered
  • January 2023 [Standard Offering]
  • September 2023 [Standard Offering]
Study areas
  • Business and Commerce
  • Health Sciences
  • Sport
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2022: $3,950
  • Commencing in 2023: $4,050

Learning outcomes

1. Explain the history and culture of surfing and the fragmented nature of the modern global industry. 2. Identify growth and participation patterns across different national contexts. 3. Describe sustainability challenges and opportunities posed by the sport’s rapid growth. 4. Apply an understanding of surf culture and sustainability principles to identify and analyse a major issue confronting the surf industry. 5. Deliver a logically constructed persuasive presentation using appropriate visual aids. 6. Work effectively with others to complete a group project.

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