Hawaii has suspended all surf competitions due to safety management concerns of beach crowds.
That means two World Surf League events, the Sunset Open and the Big Wave Jaws Championship Peahi on Maui, scheduled for this month are cancelled.
“The public health and safety of our communities, contestants, spectators and guests is first and foremost,” the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism said in a release.
“Unlike other professional and amateur events held on private property, the enforcement of crowds and large gatherings on public property will be challenging.”
The World Surf League tour kicked off with the Pipe Masters last month in Hawaii but authorities don’t want to take any unnecessary risks.
At last month’s event the WSL conducted 1,100 Covid tests, with five coming back positive.