We know surfing. We know the numbers.

The surf industry is driven by a growing, passionate, and vibrant customer base of participants in the United States. According to the 2021 SFIA Single Sport Report, the surf population is younger, affluent, well-educated, and active. 

Data Highlights

In 2020, the overall surfing population was approximately 3.8-million participants.

From 2019 to 2020, the surfing population grew and astounding 28 percent.

Passionate surfers are going surfing more often.

The core surfing population grew by a whopping 34 percent from 2019 to 2020.

Of the 3.8 million surfers, 65 percent are male, 35 percent female.

The 25- to 34-year-old age bracket is the largest, with 24 percent of the total surf population.

Surfing is dominated by youth – as 71 percent of the total surfing participants are in the 6- to 34-year-old age range. 

In fact, 87 percent of all surfers are younger than 44 years old. 

Surfers are affluent: more than 44 percent have a household income of $100,000 or more. Surfers are well educated. 

Just over 56 percent of the total surfing population has some college education, while 41 percent are college graduates and almost 15 percent have post graduate studies. 

Surfers lead active lifestyles. 

The top other activities they participate in include fitness walking (41 percent), running (39 percent), day hiking (38 percent), swimming (37 percent), yoga (35 percent), road / paved surface bicycling (32 percent), snowboarding (24 percent), and skateboarding (21 percent).