ASB MAGAZINE: The World Surf League via CEO Erik Logan announced that competition will resume at the Billabong Pipe Masters presented by Hydro Flask and with a promising forecast to close out the event which had been put on hold due to a positive Covid-19 result from the CEO and members of the WSL staff. In addition, the remaining heats of the Maui Pro presented by ROXY will be completed at Pipeline, the first time a women’s CT competition will ever be held at the venue. The Maui Pro event was put on hold due to a shark attack at the Honolua Bay (Maui) venue last week.
According to Erik Logan a mammoth amount of work has gone into getting professional surfing back, part of which included comprehensive Covid-19 protocols to ensure the safety of the local community, surfers and staff. In a statement posted to the WSL website, Logan elaborated on the evolving situation.
“Last week, the WSL’s Covid-19 protocols identified and isolated a positive case and contact tracing group — of which I was a part — and contained the further spread of the virus. I can attest that it is highly communicable
I have, of course, been in isolation since the contact trace, two full days before my own diagnosis. I continue to experience mild symptoms and am grateful for the medical community on Oahu.
One of the reasons I wanted to share my positive test is to demonstrate my — and the WSL’s — utmost respect for our local community, for all the individuals who make the North Shore, and Hawaii, so special. The trust between our organization and this community is paramount.
The North Shore has generously hosted Championship Tour events since our inception in 1976. This place is universally regarded as the proving ground for the world’s best surfers and we are honoured and humbled to be a part of amplifying and celebrating this legacy. It’s why we’re so proud to be a part of this special place and be able to operate here year round.
I’d like to thank the State of Hawaii, Mayor Caldwell’s office, the Department of Health officials, the Film Commissions and, most of all, the local community for continuing to support the world’s best surfing happening here.
Commenting on the resumption of the Maui Pro presented by ROXY heats to be completed at Pipeline and the first time a women’s CT competition will ever be held at the venue. Erik Logan said, “We have been supportive of the recently-passed Bill 10 and look forward to being a part of bringing greater gender equity to surfing in Hawaii. “
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