The coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, is a new sickness that can severely affect one’s lungs and airways. Based on the different sources and statistics given by the WHO, its symptoms are the following:
- Dry cough
- Shortness of breath
- Muscle or joint pain
- Sore throat
- Stuffed nose
Some of the ways to protect oneself from catching this virus are:
- Regular hands’ washing with water and soap, for at least 20 seconds.
- Using hand sanitizer gel if there’s no access to water.
- Covering mouth and nose with a tissue, a face mask or with your sleeve; when coughing or sneezing to prevent infecting and getting infected.
- Avoid close contact with people who have any of the above-mentioned symptoms.
- Work from home
Avoid crowded social places (restaurants, bars, pubs, cinemas … etc.)
Now back to why you are here. Surfing in the time of Corona!
As we all know and have experienced up till present, almost everything has stopped due to COVID-19 or coronavirus, from going to work, to traveling, to weddings, to SURFIIIIING.
How did CORONAVIRUS affect surfers’ lives and still does?
Surfing has been, so far, banned in Portugal, Spain and Italy due to the severe and quick spread of coronavirus as well as, those cities lockdowns. Preventing everyone from leaving their houses, let alone going on a trip to the beach or sea to catch waves. It has impacted the livelihood of thousands of surfers, changing their routine, lifestyle, and bringing down their moods.
Now, haven’t we all thought about it? An escape to the ocean, to mother nature, to ensure our safety and naturally cleanse ourselves inside and out. Well, trust me! I know exactly how frustrated you all have been feeling.
Wait! It gets worse than this. World Surf League’s CEO Erik Logan has openly announced that the WSL is postponing, if not, canceling all events through the end of May. After getting in touch with different health branches in different locations of the world, they have come to this final decision. However, they have, also, announced that they will continue on sharing daily awesome, entertaining content across all their platforms within WSL studios.
You can check out Erik Logan’s announcement on 2020 Tour Plans by watching the video below:
World Surf League acknowledge the loss resulted by this cancelation, and claimed this on one of their latest Instagram posts:
“Out of an abundance of caution and concern for the safety of athletes, fans and staff, the WSL has made the decision to cancel all upcoming events in the month of March, including the opening of the 2020 Championship Tour on the Gold Coast of Australia. The WSL is carefully considering the impact of these cancelations on our Tours and we will provide more information as it becomes available. For more information, go to worldsurfleague.com”
Let’s stick together and support each other, if not in the real world, in the virtual world, at least. Share with your friends, family and surf partners. Let them know that we are together in this.