Luisa Boné, Councillor for the Beaches of Orihuela Costa, has reported that the Governing Board has approved a project to modify the Beach Ordinance Laws – which until now stated that no-one is allowed in the sea when the red flag flies.
The Councillor said: “The main objective of the modification is to allow ‘red flag surfing’ on the shores off Cala Cerrada in La Zenia. For surfers it is when the red flag is out that the sea has the optimal conditions for practising the sport. We want to support the local group of experienced surfers which has been lobbying to promote this sport.”
Cala Cerrada is one of the eleven beaches of the Oriolano coast that has, according to those who practice this sport, the optimal conditions and characteristics to be able to enjoy surfing among its waves. For this reason, for years a group of enthusiasts has been calling for mandatory authorisation to be able to practice the sport legally. Until now, every time they surfed they were breaking the law because the red flag was raised. Each year, more people have requested the local government to revise the law.
Councillor Boné added: “Former Beaches councillor, Ramón López Cabrera, listened to this request and authorised surfing on this beach within a framework established in the current Beach Ordinance. However, to protect people there are a series of conditions that have to be met. For example: having the appropriate federation license, so that people are correctly insured in case of accidents and free practice is only allowed outside the high season. Now we want to go a step further so that surfers can also enjoy the waves throughout the high season.”
Once the project to modify the Beach Ordinance has been approved in the Governing Board, there is a period of ten days for the presentation of any opposition and then the amended law will be taken to the Municipal Plenary for final approval.
The Councillor concluded by thanking “Zenia Surf Club” for its willingness to collaborate with the City Council in implementing a good sports culture.