Surfing survey biggest of its kind in New Zealand
One in every 27 people surf in New Zealand and the biggest survey of its kind in the country hopes to find out what makes them tick.
Surfing New Zealand is spearheading the survey which hopes to expand on a similar one they did 10 years ago by looking at what some of the barriers to surfing are in the community.
Spokesman for Surfing NZ Ben Kennings said surfing had changed since the last survey and he hoped they would get at least the same amount of respondents as before.
"We had more than 2000 people fill it out last time but we were living in a much more connected world now," he said.
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Kennings said there was an estimated 145,000 surfers in New Zealand but the survey would give them a rough idea about how they were dispersed across the country.
"It's about finding out how many surfers there, what kind of boards they ride and what kind of barriers they face in getting out there," he said.
"Those barriers could be that it's too expensive, they don't know where to learn or their access is bad."
Kennings said boardriders clubs around the country would be able to find out what the issues were affecting surfers in their communities.
"For example they might be able to see that cost is a factor stopping people getting out there," he said.
"Clubs could then maybe look at lowering their lesson costs for example."
The survey won't close until Monday November 21 but Kennings said it had already turned up some interesting results.
"We've had about 1000 responses in the last week and already about 15 per cent of them are Stand Up Paddleboard riders.
"I don't expect that percentage to change much but there were almost none in our last survey, they didn't really exist back then."