Presenter Bios

Dr. Lindsay Usher is an assistant professor of Park, Recreation and Tourism Studies. Her research interests include surf culture and surf tourism, as well as climate change and coastal tourism. Her current research includes recreational conflict and management on public beaches and surf localism in Central America.

Dr. Edwin Gómez is an associate professor of Park, Recreation and Tourism Studies. His research interests include attitudes and perceptions surrounding tourism and ethnic perspectives on leisure and public recreation. His current research includes behavioral modeling of ethnicity and recreation, dog parks, urban parks and sense of community in neighborhoods.

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Peleando las olas: An exploration of surf localism in Pavones, Costa Rica