A California governor has said surfing could bridge a gap between his state and impoverished El Salvador, which has struggled to attract tourists in recent years.
The Central American country has one of the highest homicide rates in the world but is highly regarded for its beaches and surfing potential, albeit lacking in footfall of late.
Governor Gavin Newsom talked up the boding possibilities of surfing and said on Tuesday “There’s no doubt there’s a lot we can do together in this space,” adding Visit California, the state’s tourism arm, was already interested in some form of partnership.
El Salvador President-elect Nayib Bukele was also in attendance and concurred: ”We have the best surfing beaches in the world and they have the other ones. So we want to work together.”