Surf club cracks down

Keith Hammond, Dean Montgomery and Steve Turk support the new dress code at the Coolum Surf Club.
Keith Hammond, Dean Montgomery and Steve Turk support the new dress code at the Coolum Surf Club.

Anyone who shows a bit of cheek at the Coolum Surf Club will now be shown the door – and no butts about it.

The surf club board has handed down a new edict that patrons must wear their pants at an acceptable level, not exposing their underwear or buttocks – or “back cleavage” as former Maroochy councillor Bruce Dunne described the look on Channel 7’s Sunrise this week.

Yes, the issue has gone national, with the club fielding media calls from far and wide.

But manager Peter Law said he had received about 30 text messages supporting the ban on low-slung jeans and high-riding undies for men and women.

Mr Law said the club had acted upon complaints from members.

“It’s not a nice look as far as we are concerned,” he said.

“It’s a family club and they shouldn’t have to come in and look at those sort of things.”

Mr Law said patrons whose bum cracks or underpants were visible would be asked to pull their pants up.

“If they don’t want to do that, then they leave the premises.”

Fearing it could be the thin edge of the wedgie, surf club patrons interviewed this week were right “behind” the ban.

Dean Montgomery said that when he went to the surf club to enjoy a drink, the last thing he wanted to see was a bloke with “half his backside hanging out”.

“I think half these young blokes that go around wearing girls’ jeans and having them hanging around their backsides, there’s got to be something wrong with them,” he said.

Surf club regulars Keith Hammond and Steve Turk both described the look as “disgusting”.

“I don’t think it’s suitable for out in public, when it comes to the restaurant or the bar area,” Keith said.

“They’ve got dress codes that you’re not allowed to wear thongs after six o’clock so why should some kid come in and wear these types of jeans where you can see half of their backside?”

Maroochydore Surf Club operations manager Trish Johnstone said the cheeky fashion was not an issue at her club.

“We’ve never had any occasion to remove anybody from the club or refuse service to anybody dressed as such,” Ms Johnstone said.

“It’s probably different clientele that we have here to up there at Coolum.”

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