Surfing is experiencing a bit of a boom these days. If the neverending gripes in comments sections that crowds suddenly ballooned with the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic are any indication, more people are doing it. Never mind the fact that the global population itself is pushing eight billion as we speak, more people surfing couldn’t have anything at all to do with the logical, unavoidable fact that more people are also existing. More than any time in history, as a matter of fact. Look it up.
Pushing the snark aside, there are a handful of things changing in the world that are bringing growth to surfing as an industry. Your local shaper probably has proof that those order cards started running low somewhere around June 2020 and never really slowed down, which is really more likely an indication that those of us who were already surfing just started dropping a stimulus check here and a stimulus check there on custom boards…to the tune of some $3.3 billion dollars by 2027. Yes, with a b.