To me, the issue isn't even the surf schools. Yeah, they suck and cause crowding issues, but there's obviously enough demand to keep these guys employed, so you can't really blame them for satisfying the demand. The real issue to me is the lack of access for surfing in general in the NYC area during the summer months. If more beaches were open to surfers during the day, I don't think the surf schools would be such an issue.
i should have been clearer that this is my main gripe. yes, i personally hate surf schools for the pathetic no job kooks they are, but i support their right to exist. the problem is letting them set up on the one of the only two surf beaches in the area. it's not as big a deal when you can surf anywhere.
Originally Posted by zrich
Does Long Beach, NY have any of this chit surf school stuff going on?
Yes, but surfing access was expanded in LB this summer (still sucks, but better than before). The schools are now operating on one of the "permanent" surf beaches and one non-surf beach (so the school has it's own beach). Thus, there are a couple of surf beaches with no surf schools.
Originally Posted by MFitz73
What have you tried? Did you talk to the surf school about your concerns?
Originally Posted by travy
If they need a permit to operate the business on public land, then some elected official oversees the permit process. Talk to them and let them know its causing problems.
One last thing..."shut them down" is not the right message if you want to have your concerns taken seriously. Nobody wants to shut down a legit business.
"operate their surf school in a less hazardous location" might be a more productive request.
Good luck....when they paddle/wade out 10 soft tops thick on a decent peak its pretty annoying.