Yamba Surf Club members (left to right) nippers Tyler Essex and Pat O’Mahony, with patrol member Mel O’Mahony wearing the traditional cap.
Yamba Surf Club members (left to right) nippers Tyler Essex and Pat O’Mahony, with patrol member Mel O’Mahony wearing the traditional cap.

Surf caps not 'cool' anymore

THE iconic red and yellow caps may be under review, but in many ways our local lifesavers have already moved on.

Surf Life Saving Australia has asked surf clubs around the country to report back by May 20 with their views on the future of the corded cap.

Yamba Surf Club president Alan Schofield said the club would debate the matter but it “wasn't a major issue”.

“These days we wear peak caps and the big floppy hats which cover them (the caps) up anyway,” Mr Schofield said.

“We don't regard them as means of protection anymore, it's more for identification.

“They're handy when you're swimming because people can see them but they're mostly there to identify people – they're part of the uniform.”

The review comes after reports younger surf club members around the country consider the traditional cap “uncool”, while others are concerned about the lack of sun protection.

Mr Schofield said the issue of the traditional cap had come to a head nationally and Yamba would put its own views forward in due course.

“It came through in circulars last week asking clubs for their opinions,” he said.

“We haven't really discussed it yet but it could be time to do something about changing it.

“We've got a meeting Monday week so we'll see what everyone thinks before we have a firm view on it, but my personal opinion is that they could be phased out.”



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