OC MD regulates "boogie" boards 3 1/2 feet, 2 feet wide and finless. The longer Catch Surf 54" Beaters exceeds the code which hasn't been an issue when riding prone, now with so many who are able to ride them as stand up's someone (unknown who) is seeking to regulate the the activity ..........................
i've found that as long as you're a decent surfer, the lack of etiquette found in most SUPs isn't a big issue & can be dealt w/. the fact that they let loose a tanker in the line-up whenever they wipe out &/or bail their boards is the bigger problem & a massive safety issue. like the douchebag who wasn't wearing a leash & lost his barge 4 out of 4 waves i saw him "ride".
SUPs don't belong in the line-up. end of discussion.
I'm glad my area beaches aren't like that.
Also, there are a couple people who SUP around here that are good. The rest are middle-aged yuppie wannabe's. But we've been over all this before....
There always seem to be a couple SUPs at the break I surf most often, especially on smaller days, but I've never had a serious problem with them, in fact I've seen some surfed quite skilfully. I think they look kind of goofy and dislike that they can catch just about anything while I'm stuck paddling my brains out on a board that isn't the size of an aircraft carrier... but after seeing people catching and riding wave after wave on small days I've had to admit it at least looks like something to do to at least get out there. I think the real problem with SUPs are the middle aged yuppies who seem to have no understanding or respect for surfing or surf culture... they can get annoying and dangerous. I'd say that's only been about 1/3 of the ones I've seen though, maybe I'm lucky but I can't hate on every SUP boarder in general, just the ones that seem to have come straight from the LL Bean outlet. Anyways, this thread seems to have been hacked off topic... my condolences to OC, loosing rights on the beach is never cool.