Curious as to every ones thoughts on leash laws as I cant remember the last time I saw it actually being enforced.
I've seen it in the summer at guarded beaches, but never to the point of tickets. Usually the guard will catch you on your way into the water and say "you need a leash". Every once in a while when one comes out on the paddle rescue board or rowboat, they'll snag you, asking you to get out and get a leash. I guess if you are a repeat offender, or refuse to get out, they might ticket you, but I don't have the energy to waste on fighting the lifeguard who is just doing his job, enforcing a rule he may not agree with either.
I usually wear one even when not required, as a safety factor. I make every effort not to allow my board to get away from me, but every once in a while, it happens. If I have a cord on, then I don't have to worry about getting sued by someone looking for a payday at my expense.
they are occasionally enforced, usually just in the summer. me and 4 or 5 others got $75 tickets for it at the 62nd street pier last may. My friend took his ticket- wiped his ass with it and threw it on the ground. Then the cop wrote him another one AND a $200 ticket for littering. All 3 tickets stood up in court. Dumba**. I just paid mine and shook it off. I hate that surf spot now, probably because of that day.
Surfing restrictions are just further proof that americans hate freedom.
Im with ya and up until a couple of years ago when my wife enlightened me with the fact that we now own our house, cars and have a little stash in the bank and that a twenty dollar leash could possibly keep us from loosing it all. Kind of changed my mind.
what a kook. ive been hit, my board has gotten severely damaged, snaked by people, etc but ive never even said anything to anybody. wanna know why? because fighting and yelling in the water gets you nowhere. (people might even gang up on you and snake ya even more. ive seen it done haha) and yea vb has been pretty good (on our standards) the last 2 weeks. something to ride almost every day. I wanna get one more big swell before true wetsuit season starts