The group handed a letter to the chief of the Phuket Provincial Office, Thalerngsak Nutprahan, who will give it to the governor regarding their proposal.
“We asked the governor to allow the existing operators to use the beach areas that have already been managed or in specific zones. We offer services to beachgoers and make a living as locals. Our jobs also support the tourism industry in Phuket especially during the tourism low season when there are strong waves and high tides,” said Decha Sittidech, a representative from the group.
“Also, the International Surfing Association has ranked Phuket as one of the top 10 destinations for surfing and stand up paddling. The Thailand Surfing Association has arranged annual surfing competitions in Phuket for 15 years already and drawn a lot of surfers from other countries.”
“More importantly, the group of surf and water sports of each beach have monitored and rescued many swimmers from the sea, so we would like the governor to find out about this work and consider our group to continue making a living.”