The inaugural edition of the International Bodyboarding Corporation (IBC) World Tour is under pressure due to the Covid-19 outbreak.
The first events running under the IBC are being pushed forward in the calendar, as the novel coronavirus continues to put coastal communities and nations under lockdown.
The IBC World Tour issued a statement saying that "the latest update in regards to the 2020 World Tour remains largely unchanged."
Event organizers are working closely with their relevant governmental partners in order to secure revised dates.
"However, as the pandemic continues to impact countries around the world, nothing is certain," the IBC stresses.
As a result, two stages have already been rescheduled.
The Garden Classic, in Kauai, Hawaii, moved to August 8-9, while the Kiama Pro in Australia is now set to August 27 - September 3.
Suspended and Confirmed Events
The following events remain suspended, with new dates to be announced.
Wahine Bodyboard Pro, ES, Brazil
Itacoatiara Pro, NI, Brazil
Antofagasta Bodyboard Festival, Chile
Bellavista Iquique Pro, Chile
Arica Cultura Bodyboard, Chile
South Africa Pro, South Africa
"The IBC, along with all world tour event organizers and their local governments, continue to monitor the global Covid-19 pandemic on a day to day basis."
Only a couple of competitions remain unchanged. However, this may change due to the ever-evolving health threat.
The Sintra Pro, in Portugal (September 7-13) and the Gran Canaria Fronton King, in Gáldar, Canary Islands (October 17-31), are still expected to run.
The IBC urges all bodyboarders and bodyboarding fans to follow the guidance and advice provided by their governments and health authorities in order to reduce the spread of the disease.