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The Board of Surfing South Africa has submitted a motivation to the authorities to request that the current regulations preventing surfers from accessing the ocean, be relaxed or amended to enable all surfers to surf legally.
The motivation addresses recreational and competitive surfers,, coaches and surf schools. The economic impact that beach closure is mentioned but not detailed as this is beyond SSA’s current scope.
Our proposals, if accepted, would be most successful if all athletes, surfing structures and surf related businesses form co – operative relationships. These are outlined in the statement but until we receive a positive response, there is no point in providing comprehensive detail.
The authorities may not accept our proposed plan or they may request/suggest amendments which could lead to changes in the strategy.
Our proposal takes into account the adjusted Lockdown 3 amendments gazetted on 11 January.
SSA understands and supports the National priority at this time, which is to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 second wave. With this in mind, we request that all surfers and ocean users comply with the current regulations.
SSA does not believe that the changes we are proposing will in any way increase the risk of spreading Covid-19, provided the protocols we have recommended are complied with by the ocean users themselves.
SSA has very limited resources and we request that the surfing community appreciate that we cannot respond to individual requests for information on the current situation.
We will provide further updates as and when relevant information is to hand. This information will be communicated on social media and to the district surfing bodies as well as the disciplines that are part of SSA. We request that districts and disciplines distribute this information to their members accordingly.
Surfing South Africa appreciates the co – operation of our surfers and fellow ocean users at this time. Author: Bruce Anderson, Deputy President, SSA Board of Directors.