“As a result, Mr Fyfe had a valid exemption and was compliant with directions regarding regional travel.
“It has further been established that Mr Fyfe did not breach social distancing requirements.
“The intent of the directions is to reduce travel in order to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Western Australia.
“Exemptions for regional travel do apply, but exempt travellers must only travel as required and must only stay in the region for as long as it takes to complete the essential service.”
Fremantle CEO Simon Garlick said that Fyfe’s surfing session served as a form of exercise, in accordance with guidelines, for the Dockers captain.
“Nat has been following all the regulations and guidelines regarding social distancing since they have been released and frequently updated, as everyone is endeavouring to do,” Garlick said.
“As a club we are encouraging our players to do whatever they can to keep occupied while the season is suspended, including working hard in an operating business as Nat has been doing.
“We also require that our players maintain a high level of fitness and general well-being during this downtime by following a daily exercise regime.
“The club categorically supports Nat’s decision-making throughout this episode. He understood he was doing so in accordance with all current responsible practices regarding social distancing.
“As a club we are fully supportive of all of the government regulations that have been introduced to reduce the spread of COVID-19.”