At least three surfing locations in Phuket, Thailand, are being shortlisted for recognition as National Surfing Reserves (NSRs). Unlike the coastline of Sumatra, Thailand is not renowned for its surf, however, it is a safe and accessible destination with a favourable climate of environmental awareness, especially with tourism. These factors combined with the natural resource, is why Phuket is being considered for this distinction. National Surfing Reserves (NSR) Global Chairman Brad Farmer noted that the surfing reserve concept is recognised as coastal resource worthy of conservation. There are currently 14 NSRs in Australia, two in Hawaii and several more under review in the region, including Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Philippines and possibly China.