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Zoltan Istvan, a transhumanist presidential candidate from Mill Valley, stirred up some controversy this week when he had an op-ed published in The New York Times about surfing and COVID. “A few days ago, a county sheriff’s officer stood outside his vehicle in the parking area of the beach in Bolinas, waving off visitors and telling surfers to go home. Like many other surfers, I avoided him by parking on a side street. I suited up and after making sure he was looking the other way, sprinted to the water. I caught my first wave of the day a minute later.

I understand that quarantine rules must apply to everyone or the plan to flatten the curve doesn’t work. But I doubt that surfing alone jeopardizes the health of society in any statistically meaningful way, especially because all the surfers I’ve seen have been careful to practice social distancing in and out of the water. The physical, mental and spiritual benefits to surfing outweigh the tiny chance a surfer might become infected or infect someone else.”

FULL STORY: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/01/opinion/surfing-coronavirus-quarantine.html?referringSource=articleShare
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