November 2, 2012 -
Trespassing for Coastal Access
Good article by Jason Hoppin on recent arrests of surfers crossing private property to surf Martin’s Beach in San Mateo County. Good discussion not just on the facts of the case but the issues of private ownership of traditional and customary access routes to public beaches.
April 19, 2012 -
Green and Money
November 14, 2007 -
Crime Increases Reported in Baja
The San Diego Union-Tribune has a well-written article on increasing crime, particularly armed robbery, targeting surfers visiting Baja California’s surf spots.
Several surf school and surf tour operators based in the San Diego area are reportedly leaving the Mexican market due to a perceived increased risk of violent crime.
October 24, 2007 -
A caller on local talk radio ask this morning if it was safe for surfing with all the local fires in Southern California. The response was, yes, but only if the caller could wear a mask to filter out the air particulates.
August 29, 2007 -
Leash Laws For Surfers?
Interesting discussion of a proposed ordinance in New Jersey that would mandate the use of leashes by surfers.
Leash laws for dogs pop up from time-to-time and are always contentious, but a new article discusses the possibility of a leash law for surfers. The proposal looks at the proposal both from the enforcement standpoint, including as a possible drain on resources, and the impact of civil liability, potentially opening up surfers to civil lawsuits if a runaway surfboard causes injury.
One interesting quote: “[The sponsor] believes such regulations are being considered in beach towns in Florida and California.” Nothing’s crossed our desk here. Can anyone bring up anything like this in the comments?
November 20, 2006 -
Ongoing Research Request
Used to have this request in the now defunct forums, but reviewing the search engine referrals (california surfers wetsuits law nudity to be specific) this morning reminded me it hasn’t been here in too long.Â As part of an article I’m trying toÂ finish, I’m interested in any first-person (or otherwise verifiable) accounts of law enforcement action taken in California against people changingÂ on the beach, especially in and out of wetsuits.Â Â Â
Interesting SitesBeachapedia.org Beachapedia
Cal. Coastal Commission Like them or not, they are one of the biggest players around when it comes to coastal access in California.
Howling Point Your moderator’s personal site. He does have a life outside of this, as shown by the occasional gaps in posting.
Surfrider Foundation Activities and campaigns for clean water, beach access, beach preservation and protecting special places.