Surfing Australia have released some great advice for those surfers hitting the waves to get some exercise in at the moment.
The following is provided by Surfing Australia
During this time, it is imperative to continue observing Federal, State and local authorities and adhere to beach closures.
Surfing is fun, and a great way to get your daily exercise. It’s also non-contact and easily done by yourself whilst following the physical distancing rules, if we all adjust a few things together.
EIGHT STEP SURFING ADVICE
1. Surf the spot closest to your home ONLY.
2. Wax up and prepare at home. Put on your wetsuit, boardies and other gear at home before driving to the beach.
3. Follow physical distancing at all times coming and going to the beach. For example, if you have a narrow path to the beach wait an extra minute for it to clear before you walk down.
4. Have a surf and leave immediately, don’t chat with mates in the car park. Call them on your phone.
5. If the surfing spot is overcrowded – don’t go out
6. Don’t paddle next to someone like you would normally. Give them more space.
7. CRITICAL CHANGE – take it in turns. Do not paddle back over to the peak after catching a wave. Wait your turn patiently on the shoulder.
8. Don’t change in the parking lot. Wrap your towel around yourself & go home.
Some beach closures have been a direct result of the public not making an effort to follow social distancing rules. Not all beaches are equal as it relates to observing social distancing rules and regulations. A local council’s decision to close a beach is made up of multiple factors outside of ‘surfing as exercise’. These decisions need to be respected by the surfing community.