Surfers, those guys you see with bleached-out hair, sun-kissed skin, no shoes and perhaps a little zinc slathered across the bridge of their noses, may not look like a million bucks, but their way of life is actually worth a good chunk of change.
How much is surf culture worth? About $6.3 billion, in the U.S. alone.
Within the last decade, the number of people who surf at least once a week has grown by 50% to an estimated 2.6 million, according to Fortune. A 2012 report showed that those who surf worldwide grew from 26 million in 2001 to 35 million in 2011.
Fortune estimates that by 2017...