‘This situation is bigger than surfing’
Surfing might not be banned during the lockdown but all activities that carry risk should be avoided, and surfing is one of those, says Gisborne Boardriders Club development officer Flo Bub.
“Banned or not, we should all do our bit. We shouldn't go biking or chainsawing or surfing.”
If a surfer gets into difficulty, or is injured, people will gather to help. This increases the risk of Covid-19 transmission.
“For me, it's really hard not to go for a surf but hopefully this is a once-in-a-lifetime crisis.
“This situation is bigger than surfing. I probably wouldn't say that about a lot of things. For people who surf it's a part of their lives. It's hard to explain to a non-surfer that it's an almost spiritual feeling.”
But right now, the nation is in a crisis and this calls for empathy and consideration of others, says Mr Bub.
“Behave as if you have Covid-19. You wouldn't climb ladders, go mountain climbing or surfing then. Don't treat the crisis as a holiday.”
The message during the lockdown is stay at home, says surfing identity and Gisborne district councillor Larry Foster.
“Every time people congregate they are at risk of exposing themselves to others who might have the virus. Everyone has to be responsible.”
Mr Foster limits his own outings mostly to walking the dog.
“Even at the supermarket I feel vulnerable. There are so many people around you and touching things. We need to adhere to what the PM said and lock down. Go out only when essential and look after your family.”