The surfonomics of Guarda do Embaú
Two Brazilian researchers studied the impact of surf tourism on the local economy of Guarda do Embaú, a World Surfing Reserve.
Marcos Abilio Bosquetti and Marcos Antônio de Souza wanted to quantify the economic impact surfing and surf resources have on their community.
They believe that understanding the benefits of a world-class surf spot in the local economy is essential in guiding policymakers in the right direction.
Guarda do Embaú is a small village located adjacent to the Serra do Tabuleiro State Park, the largest conservation area in the state of Santa Catarina, which boasts a stunning natural environment, including the powerful Da Madre River coming from the mountain and flowing into the sea, an intact estuary ecosystem, and a mature sand dune system.
The village, also known as "Guarda," belongs to the City of Palhoça, and it is only 40 miles south of Florianopolis Island, the capital city of the state of Santa Catarina, southern Brazil.
Guarda's world-class surf spot attracts surfer tourists from Brazil and abroad.
The Surf Spots
Surfers visiting Guarda do Embaú can enjoy three surf breaks: Pico do Canto (the corner), Pico do Meio (the middle), and Pico da Prainha (the little beach).
The best months for surfing are during the rainy season (summer and part of fall), although waves are consistent throughout the year.
Excerpts taken from "Surfonomics Guarda do Embaú, Brazil" by Marcos Abilio Bosquetti and Marcos Antônio de Souza