By Sam Watson

ON WEDNESDAY, Surfing Australia announced the Stand-Up Paddleboard titles on Phillip Island on October 12 would be cancelled.

Surfing Australia cited COVID-19 restrictions as the catalyst for the cancellation, adding there was a lengthy process undertaken to determine the outcome.

“After considering all possibilities with the consultation of key staff at Surfing Australia and state branches, unfortunately there were too many uncertainties to run this national event due to the broader restrictions associated with the current COVID-19 outbreak,” Surfing Australia said.

All competitors scheduled to compete in the event have been advised to consult with their state branch regarding the appropriate next steps.

And Surfing Australia said they aim to bring back the SUP Titles “bigger and better” in 2022.

On Tuesday, Surfing Victoria also made the decision to cancel the Indigenous Surfing Titles due to the current COVID-19 outbreaks.

The event was due to be held at Bells Beach from September 10-12 after it was already postponed due to restrictions in May.

“We are shattered to have to cancel this
incredible event for the second year running,” Surfing Victoria chief executive Adam Robertson said.

“The event is a true gathering of Indigenous surfers from around Australia on Wadawurrung Country, however, the health and safety of competitors, staff and the community is our top priority.”

There was a fundraiser organised by Surfing Victoria to help with the travel costs of competitors, and they’ve said that will remain open until next year’s event.

The fundraiser can be found on the Australian Sports Foundation website at asf.org.au.