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    Is long beach ny always this strict?

    Today apparently the lifeguards told surf shops not to rent out boards because it was too rough. They didn't even want people boogie boarding, but would let people boogie board if they had fins and actually checked to see if boogie boarders were wearing fins...the surf was around waist high with rip currents? Is this typical or something new? I understand safety first, and I do see where they are coming from with the fins, but advising surf shops not to rent out boards on a waist high day? Isn't that a bit much? Do they only want you out there in knee high surf?

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    it was waist to shoulder yesterday - and I would assume the problem isn't the surf, it's the amount of people. There were literally about 80 people in the water at Lincoln yesterday - my guess is they don't want people who most likely don't know what their doing (if they're renting boards - not saying you don't, just saying in general) because with that many people in the water with surf that is more powerful than usual it can be very dangerous.

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    Quote Originally Posted by forman View Post
    it was waist to shoulder yesterday - and I would assume the problem isn't the surf, it's the amount of people. There were literally about 80 people in the water at Lincoln yesterday - my guess is they don't want people who most likely don't know what their doing (if they're renting boards - not saying you don't, just saying in general) because with that many people in the water with surf that is more powerful than usual it can be very dangerous.
    Where do all these people go when its 10 degrees out and firing??? Guess there aren't many locals around there...........

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    well the problem is during the summer there's pretty much only one surfing jetty - they close most of the other ones for swimming.

    That's what causes the ridiculous traffic jam. After September 3rd, you can surf at any of them with no problem.

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    Is it always that crowded on weekends? Is any time of day less crowded? I am guessing it is better during the week. Also, is there any way to find out if they are restricting things like renting surf boards or boogie boarding in general in advance? It didn't look like they really posted anything on their website or anything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skater View Post
    Is it always that crowded on weekends? Is any time of day less crowded? I am guessing it is better during the week. Also, is there any way to find out if they are restricting things like renting surf boards or boogie boarding in general in advance? It didn't look like they really posted anything on their website or anything.
    I've said this a bunch of times, but go early or go late and you don't have to deal with restrictions or crowds. Most of the summer surf crowd is too lazy/drunk to get up early and has already begun partying after 6 pm. Surf shops might not be open so you could be SOL as far as renting boards goes. I've never tried to rent a board here, but I can't believe the beach patrol can restrict private businesses from doing business. I don't think they'll announce it if they do.

    Two more weeks of this crap...can't wait until it's over and we get some real waves sans kooks.

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    By early do you mean before 9am when the lifeguards go on duty? It is strange because I went last year during labor day weekend, and it wasn't nearly as crowded and they let everyone do their thing without any problem, but this year they were so strict! However, I have only been there twice when the beach patrol was there, and I was shocked at how different things were the second time around! That is why I was wondering if this was normal for them. If this predicted swell comes, I am debating going sunday or monday. I am starting to think that getting there early on a monday might be best, and if I can't rent a board, just boogie board to enjoy the swell. But it is crazy! And on such a high swell day, that is a huge loss of business to not be able to rent out boards! I do understand where they are coming from with crowds and kooks, but the reality is there are people 1. who live in small nyc apartments and can't exactly store a longboard anywhere. And if we so rarely get to go to the beach, it doesn't really make sense to go out and buy one. 2. Who want to try out a new type of board before they buy it. or 3. who normally longboard and only own that, but wanted to switch to shortboarding on a day where the waves are big enough to enjoy it. and 4. There are kids who have parents that got them a surfboard as a present and are totally new to surfing and don't know what they are doing as well!

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    Hey skater, surf where you live, and stay the hell away from here. LOCALS only.
    Last edited by Loggerhead; Aug 23, 2012 at 10:40 AM.

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    swell=people who know what they are doing.
    rent your boogie board and go bay side! we dont need a tea bagger blocking real surfers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loggerhead View Post
    Hey skater, surf where you live, and stay the hell away from here. LOCALS only.
    This is a joke, right?