Not stoked. As climate change warms the world’s oceans, waves are likely to shrink across nearly 40% of the planet during prime surfing season, according to a new study. That's bad news for surfers and the $7 billion global surf industry, as well as for countries like Costa Rica and Nicaragua, where surf tourism is booming.
Computer modeling by scientists from Australia, Canada, Japan, Portugal, Sweden and the US found, for instance, that annual mean wave height in the North Atlantic could fall by around 10% or 0.3-0.4 meters (0.9-1.3 feet), according to the paper published in the journal Nature Climate Change. Not that New Jersey or the UK are exactly surfing Meccas, but the findings set off alarms among surfers, who tend to obsess about wave size.