Lindsay Usher is an assistant professor of Park, Recreation and Tourism Studies at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. She was born and raised in North Carolina. Surfing has always been a big part of her life: she started kayak surfing on the Outer Banks when she was 12 and has competed in four World Championships. Lindsay has since taken to a board as well. She served in the Peace Corps in Guatemala as an ecotourism facilitator. After Peace Corps, she went to Penn State University and got a Master’s and Ph.D. in Recreation, Park and Tourism Management. Lindsay’s research combines her love of surfing with her community development background. Her thesis examined community well-being and surf tourism in Las Salinas, Nicaragua. She returned there to explore surf localism for her dissertation research. Her current research projects include a study of localism and surf tourism development in Pavones, Costa Rica and an on-going study of surf culture and surfing management practices in Virginia Beach, Virginia.