At 35 million surfers and growing, Surfing is widely heralded as a fast-growing, ‘in’ sport and lifestyle. Surf Travel in particular has incredible potential for sparing the tourism industry in developing nations, a fact made all the more significant as 83% of the developing world cites tourism as the principal export. Unfortunately the average surf trip is all too often sterile of any meaningful interaction with the destination visited. The local community suffers all the drawbacks associated with increasing tourism (social, environmental and cultural degradation) with little if any benefits. Massive economic leakage (eg: foreign owned properties, goods made in china) ensures that the local population remains impoverished and servile. Extreme versions of this tragic reality can be found in locations around the world, where privatized beaches dedicated to wealthy travelers are made inaccessible to anyone else