SURFING is worth £52 million a year to Northern Devon and supports around 1,500 jobs in the area, according to a new survey. The survey was commissioned by TRISURF, a European community surfing project based in Northern Devon and run under the North West

SURFING is worth £52 million a year to Northern Devon and supports around 1,500 jobs in the area, according to a new survey.The survey was commissioned by TRISURF, a European community surfing project based in Northern Devon and run under the North West Devon Leader+ programme.It was undertaken to find out how important surfing is to Northern Devon's economy. TRISURF project coordinator Chris Farris said: "It is generally accepted that surfing is an important economic driver in Northern Devon, but nobody knew to what extent. Surfing surveys in the past have concentrated on Cornwall or the South West as a whole, so no figures at all existed for Northern Devon. I think that the results of this survey will highlight how important surfing is to this region and dispel the widely held myths about surfers contributing little to the economy".