The sunbathe is a natural activity for many people in the southern hemisphere, but for some it’s a life or death pursuit.
Photo: Supplied Sunbathing is also a popular sport in some parts of the world.
In the US, the sport is also called sunbatting, which is short for sunbat, and is a very popular sport for people in Australia.
“It’s one of the few sports that we’ve had that is not only safe for the athlete but also good for the environment and the local community,” Mr Huggins said.
He said the sport was also popular with people who were deaf.
“I was walking down the street with my deaf friend and she asked me if I wanted to go do a sunbat on the beach,” he said.
People can lose their eyesight by just swimming.” “
A lot of people don’t realise how much of an environmental problem it is.
People can lose their eyesight by just swimming.”
Mr Hoggins said the popularity of sunbathes and other extreme sports was due to the prevalence of deaf people.
“Most of us are not aware that we have this condition and it’s just a really common thing in our communities,” he explained.
“There are a lot of deaf communities in the US that do not have a lot to do with extreme sports, and it is just one of those things that just doesn’t happen too often.”
He said there were several reasons for the popularity.
“One is the fact that a lot more deaf people are living in the United States than we are, and so a lot less opportunity for them to have an opportunity to participate in extreme sports,” Mr Fagan said.
The sport was popular in Australia in the 1960s and 1970s, but the number of deaf-blind people in that time has fallen.
Mr Haggins said deaf people had always been part of extreme sports and were always welcome.
“If you go back to when I was growing up, people were actually doing some of the first extreme sports in Australia,” he recalled.
“So we’re a pretty well-rounded community.”
But, he said, there was still much to be done to support the deaf community.
“We are just as much a part of the deaf culture as anyone else in the world, but as far as the deaf population in Australia, we have some of our own problems,” Mr Dyson said.
Mr Dynes said the deaf were in a position to influence the sport.
“When people come to the beach and get into the sunbatcher, they have a very strong emotional connection to the sport,” he told the ABC.
“They really appreciate the camaraderie that comes from this sport.”
‘Dreaded’ but ‘happy’ Mr Higgins said it was important that people understood the sport and not demonise it.
“Dreadful, but a very normal thing to go through,” he concluded.
“And it’s very, very, nice to be able to see people on the other side of the fence.”
Dr Fagan agreed.
“The sport is a sport that everybody enjoys, everyone loves to do, so there’s no reason to do it in the way it is,” she said.