Ruling the waves

12/Mar/2013

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Beach services co-ordinator John Snook and Cr Jason Robbins with the new surf rules sign. Picture: Dominique Menegaldo Beach services co-ordinator John Snook and Cr Jason Robbins with the new surf rules sign. Picture: Dominique Menegaldo Buy this photo

STIRLING Coastal ward councillor Jason Robbins has been catching waves at Trigg beach for 40 years, and he has seen a lot in his time in the water.

He has devised an initiative to reduce tension on local waves which was passed by the City of Stirling nearly 12 months ago, and earlier this month his ‘Surfer’s Code’ signs, designed with input from Surfing WA, were installed from Trigg to Brighton Beach.

Mr Robbins said the signs were the only ones of their kind in the metropolitan area, and he was inspired by a similar sign in Yallingup.

“I started getting a lot of people coming up to me on the beach asking me how to surf, and about the different protocols,” he said. “Traditionally, you learn how to surf from your brother or friends.

“What we’re noticing now is that with the density of the population increasing, people are coming down and trying it out without really knowing what they’re doing in the water, and they don’t have the contacts to know how to drop in and the right of way.

“It becomes a problem, because it causes a lot of angst in the water, so I thought it would be great if these people had something they could refer to, just to give them a little bit of education.

“It’s a two-way street – we want the more experienced surfers to be able to catch waves without beginners getting in their way, but we don’t want to discourage the learners either.”


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