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Surfers savour daylight saving

WAVE OF SUPPORT: Dylan Crawford (left) and mate Josh Atkins at Duranbah Beach. Photo Blainey Woodham / Daily News
WAVE OF SUPPORT: Dylan Crawford (left) and mate Josh Atkins at Duranbah Beach. Photo Blainey Woodham / Daily News

LOCAL teenagers Ryan de Raadt, Dylan Crawford and Josh Atkins love their surfing and can be found at Duranbah Beach most mornings.

Commenting on the imminent start of Daylight Saving, Ryan said he was all for the change.

"When it's Daylight Saving Time, I can do more surfing in the afternoon after school.

"If it's not Daylight Saving Time, there isn't enough time left to get down to the beach after school.

"And I really like my surfing.

"It doesn't really affect me in any other way."

Fellow surfer Josh Atkins said "I feel like I get more time out in the water once Daylight Saving starts.

"I get up earlier in the morning and stay out longer in the afternoon because the sun stays out.

"Crossing the border can be frustrating when I go meet people."

1970s surfing legend and long-term Daily News surfing columnist Andy McKinnon said "I don't know if Daylight Saving really affects surfers, especially those that surf early in the morning.

"Early morning surfers get up before the sun is up and it doesn't really matter what the clock says.

"They go on the availability of the light."

Where surfing events was concerned, Daylight Saving could prove confusing.

"People will get caught out at surfing events.

"It's a bonus for schoolkids though as they get an extra hour of daylight after school and for those who don't live near the beach, they'll get some extra travelling time.

"Where sunrise is concerned there are really no problems but with sundown there may be some issues," Andy said.

Topics:  daylight savings, surfing


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