Surfing For Change: Travel Guide To Nicaragua

posted May 25, 2013, 3:09 AM by GoOut Project   [ updated May 25, 2013, 3:15 AM ]

Kyle Thiermann teams up with international NGO’s to document new models of sustainable development.

“SURFING FOR CHANGE: TRAVEL GUIDE TO NICARAGUA,” is a short film, that illustrates the role that surf tourists can play in preventing the damaging effects that surf tourism booms can have on developing communities. This documentary highlights a group of young surfers and volunteers from Project Wave of Optimism (WOO), a non-profit organization, who is working with Nicaraguans to create a new, replicable model of surf-tourism in Gigante, Nicaragua.

About the Film:

“SURFING FOR CHANGE: TRAVEL GUIDE TO NICARAGUA” is Creator and Host Kyle Thiermann’s sixth film in the "Surfing for Change” series. Join Thiermann as he takes viewers to the fishing village of Gigante, Nicaragua to explore how surfers are working to create a new model, to benefit the local community while also meeting the needs of tourists.

Thiermann illustrates the boom and bust cycle that typically occurs when tourists flock to these communities, otherwise known as Butler’s Curve of Tourism, which consists of massive, unplanned expansion followed by a decline in tourism and a devastated town. Although this model is shown through the lens of surfing, it is consistent throughout all kinds of tourist destinations. The film highlights the work of Project WOO, a group of surfers who recognized the need for change in surf tourism development and set out to make it happen. Join Kyle and Surfing for Change to see the positive impact that surfers and their allies can have in preserving the natural beauty and cultures of global surf destinations.

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