Taiwanese surfers get fined for surfing.
Four Taiwanese surfers have been fined for surfing during a level 3 lock-down in Taiwan. Taiwan shutdown all water activities including surfing, visiting beaches, and rivers for a total of three weeks. The ban was due to be lifted on the 8th of June, but just three days before the lift four surfers tried to take advantage of a clear empty break.
After a sudden rise of covid-19 cases in Taiwan, Taiwanese pulled together to try and get it under control. The local government banned surfing, and surfers and the community stopped all water activities. But when an un-named local visited the beach he spotted surfers surfing. He decided to take a video and some photos of the surfers and immediately called the police. Shortly after the police arrived at the beach they called the four surfers to beach to fine them. Each surfer received a $15,000 NTD fine ($540 USD) .
Chou Shui Beach 臭水衝浪區
臭水衝浪區 Chou Shui beach, which translate to stinky water beach is a semi-popular surfing spot in Toucheng, Taiwan. The break has two cafes that look directly over the water, which in the summer months gets very popular.
Other countries had banned surfing such as France and Spain with some max fines being upwards of 30,000 Euros.
Top Tip: Don’t ruin surfing for everyone.