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Australia Guardian angels for surfers in Lacanau

18:33  23 may  2020
18:33  23 may  2020 Source:   leparisien.fr

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The long beach at Lacanau (Gironde) may still be prohibited for sunbathing, surfers arrive there by the dozen every morning since the end of confinement. And they are no longer alone. For a few days, Laurent Rondi, the president of the Lacanau Surf club, supported by Rico Leroy, world champion of tandem surfing, have been volunteering to organize patrols with a jet ski to help them in case they encounter a problem in waves. A usual practice during competitions but which had never been tested for a long time.

“Until June 2 at least, we are there every morning from 8 am to 10 am, including weekends. We leave the beach when the CRS and MNS rescuers start their surveillance. There is no question of competing with them but really of helping them as much as possible to apply this notion of dynamic range, which has modified traditional surveillance, ”explains Laurent Rondi. “We were inspired by what Hawaiians do. There, this voluntary monitoring is widely used by clubs, continues Rico Leroy, virtuoso jet ski pilot. If a surfer is in the galley, he can hang on the handles of the body-board that we are towing. "

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" We will help them cover fuel costs, but their commitment is a pleasure, comments Laurent Peyrondet, the mayor of Lacanau, who crosses his fingers to find normal use of the beach.

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Surfers, for their part, welcome the initiative. “It is true that seeing the jet go back and forth between the south and north beaches is reassuring. We tell ourselves that he can quickly come to help us if we break the board or if we get too stirred up, ”says Jeremy, occasional surfer. Emilie, a Bordeaux resident in the learning phase, noted that "they also come to tell us not to be too tight, which can happen when we are waiting for waves". The famous barrier gestures, even on the ocean.

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