As the world continues to grapple with the Covid-19 pandemic and its ever-evolving impact on our daily lives, some of the world's top surfers are speaking out. In light of the WSL's decision to postpone all events through March for the safety of the athletes, staff and fans, there has been solidarity amongst the planet's top surfers.
"Bummed we won't to get to see everyone at Snapper this year but thank you to the WSL for taking this situation seriously," said John John Florence on his Instagram Stories.
Brasil's Tatiana Weston-Webb, who was on the ground in New Zealand for less than 12 hours on her way to Piha, echoed the sentiment.
"I think the WSL made a really good decision. What's happening is no joke, stay safe everyone … better to be safe than sorry," she said.
"[The] WSL making the tough choices. Nice to know they are looking after the athletes and fans," added Owen Wright.
All three surfers harbor both World Title and Olympic gold medal aspirations and their understanding and support speaks to how we all must come together as a global surf community.
Given the serious nature of the current worldwide health crisis and the abundance of caution that we all must operate in, what comes next is unclear. But through our collective response, understanding and patience, we will get through this and there will continue to be more epic moments in the water.
"I was in the United States embarking for Australia and I had to change my route. I believe it will be for a greater good. But here between us, I was looking forward to competing again," said 2019 World Champ Italo Ferreira.
The feeling's mutual, Italo. We were looking forward to seeing you pull on that yellow jersey on the Gold Coast.
To all the surfers that have spoken up, thank you for your understanding and adding your voice to this important conversation.