Rip Curl Nationals, which was originally scheduled for April 3-5 at Wickaninnish Beach, B.C. and SUP Nationals scheduled for August 8-9 in Collingwood, Ontario, have been officially postponed until 2021. This was made after careful consideration and 6 months of extensive discussions with key community stakeholders, prioritizing the health and safety of the communities, athletes, officials, and surf fans.
While it is universally acknowledged that surfing is amongst the sports best suited for competition to be held safely during the age of unresolved COVID, we respect the ongoing concerns of many in our community as the world works to resolve this. We also recognize the importance of return to Sport and physical activity as they play an important role in the physical, psychological and emotional well-being of all Canadians.
Surf Canada’s pragmatic Safe Return to Competition guidelines, has been developed through a consultation process that protects the health and safety of athletes, coaches and practitioners, and respects the public health authority guidelines at the federal level as well as in each province and municipality.
Return to Sport planning involves three key components: 1) Public Health Guidelines, 2) Technical Considerations & Guidelines, and 3) Medical Considerations & Guidelines. These three areas of consideration are a must in our planning process for a safe and effective return to training, and ultimately competitions. Public Health guidelines is a continual reference point for a Return to Sport Protocol.
“A return to high-performance sport does not happen overnight, nor is there a one-stop solution. As Canada’s high-performance athletes and coaches will soon return to training in pursuit of their Olympic and Paralympic dreams, we want them to be able to do so in a manner that is safe for them, their families, and their communities. Our focus currently is on investing in measures that optimize a healthy and safe return to training. As the environment changes, the funds will continue to invest in key priorities identified by our medical and technical experts.”
– David Shoemaker, CEO, Canadian Olympic Committee
“Sport has the power to reunite and heal a nation – from our youth being physically active in all corners of the country to our nation’s best training for the podium. I truly believe high-performance sport will play a pivotal role in strengthening and rebuilding communities across Canada”
– Anne Merklinger, CEO, Own the Podium
Surf Canada and our Event Delivery Partners will continue to monitor the global pandemic and provide periodic updates on the status of these events and update you regularly as recommendations, guidelines and information becomes available.
We are confident that this postponement will put Canadian surfers in the safest possible position to perform at their very best at the next edition of our National Championships, and in the lead up to the Tokyo Olympic Games.
Dom Domic MPA, BA
Executive Director / Directeur Exécutif
The chance for Canadian Surfers to stand atop the Pan-Am and Olympic Games podium is no longer a dream, it’s a reality. Surfing in Canada is rising in participation and popularity with each passing wave, and will continue to do so for years to come. Our sport has an optimistic future, however the funding required for coaching and the technical support needed to achieve success on the world stage requires significant financial resources.