Professional surfing is back in arid land.
At the first professional surfing contest of the year, just as the Billabong Pipemasters heated up, a major cleanup was seen after World Surf League staff tested positive for the coronavirus. The news arrived a few days after a shark attack on Maui near the contest venue canceled the women’s event.
WSL officials announced that the men’s contest was suspended on Saturday after a positive test for COVID-19, including CEO Eric Logan. WSL is based in Santa Monica.
“WSL is committed to putting the safety of athletes, staff and the surrounding area above all else, and is working closely and transparently with the Hawaii Department of Health to determine the path ahead,” said a WSL official. Stated. “As part of the league’s COVID safety program, those who return a confirmed positive test are self-isolated until cleared and the contact tracing protocol is fully implemented. WSL says the athlete was exposed. Don’t think, keep running the safety protocol. “
The women’s contest was already on hold following the attack of a shark that killed a surfer in Honolua Bay. The new site wasn’t announced, but the organizers planned to change the rest of the event.
It’s unclear if both events were paused and resumed within a few days, or if the events were canceled together.
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