Signs designed to create smooth sailing for Cottesloe surfers

Cottesloe Longboard Club champion Jarrah Caulder and Cottesloe Council community development officer Sherilee Macready want surfers to read the wave rules. Picture: Jon Bassett.
Cottesloe Longboard Club champion Jarrah Caulder and Cottesloe Council community development officer Sherilee Macready want surfers to read the wave rules. Picture: Jon Bassett.

SURFBOARD-SHAPED signs showing the rules for better times on the waves have been installed at three popular surf breaks in Cottesloe.

“We think people will appreciate some guidance and it allows more expert riders to give some education and direction to others,” Cottesloe Longboard Club champion Jarrah Caulder said.

Similar signs have been installed in the City of Stirling, but the Cottesloe versions, a joint venture between the club and Cottesloe Council, are modelled on those at Manly in Sydney.

Mr Caulder said the signs would help all board users of The Cove, Isolated and Dutch Inn surf breaks know surfing etiquette.

He said the availability of cheap boards, the popularity of potentially more dangerous long boards and some riders adopting the retro-trend of not using leg ropes required the rules to be displayed.

Cottesloe Council community development officer Sherilee Macready said feedback from the public had been the signs were a good idea, but there were no plans to put them elsewhere.

The rules and the signs’ information are toned down versions of the ‘Tribal law’ regime in place at Margaret River.

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