For many years the bodyboarding industry has seemed a little like a dead horse flogging itself.
Worryingly, the first rippling effects of the Covid-19 crisis enveloping the world are just beginning to be felt in the bodyboarding community.
Ranked bodyboarding, the brilliant concept that provided competitive bodyboarders in Australia with the opportunity to be given an interclub standing against other participating riders has been suspended.
With Australian State surfing bodies suspending competitions indefinitely, this decision was probably to be expected.
In Newcastle, The Cruickshank’s have made the sensible doors to shut down the bricks and mortar side of their business for the foreseeable future, sighting the health and safety of both customers and their family as the catalyst behind the decision.
District 5 will continue to trade as normal online, so you can engage in some retail therapy while house bound.
The team at Handpicked custom boards have also made the decision to close their doors for 21 days. All current orders will be finished up and shipped, before the shaping bay is closed down.
It is almost a fait accompli that other bodyboarding businesses will be affected down the turnpike, with the unfortunate potential for many to go under.
More as the story develops.