Surfing Australia calls for 'common sense' during COVID-19

SAFETY FIRST: Surfers around Australia are being urged to take all the necessary precautions when enjoying a day out on the water at their local break. Photo: Surfing WA/Majeks.
SAFETY FIRST: Surfers around Australia are being urged to take all the necessary precautions when enjoying a day out on the water at their local break. Photo: Surfing WA/Majeks.

Surfing Australia has released a new video outlining their advice for surfers around the country during the COVID-19 crisis.

In light of the relaxation of some restrictions to gatherings, the group stressed the importance of continuing to follow Federal, State and local authorities and adhering to beach closures where applicable.

Surfing Australia's Michael Crisp appears in the video, which provides a number of common sense tips to staying safe and responsible while surfing.

"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."

The group also noted that some beach closures and heavy restrictions were the direct result of people not observing social distancing requirements.

"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."

Surfing Australia's COVID-19 safe surfing tips

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 and go home.