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    Ocean Rescue

    Any chance of a quote like this ever coming from an NJ summer lifeguard?

    From a FL newspaper re. the surf from TS Sandy.

    "Fort Lauderdale's Ocean Rescue advised beachgoers to stay out of the ocean, but knows not everyone will heed the warning.

    "The expert surfers will be out there so we just tell them to be careful and we're there if they need our help," Chief Breck Ballou said. "We're there to go out and get them.""

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    When was the last time a surfer needed to be "rescued" barring some type of injury or shark attack? Have there ever been any instances of surfers being swept out to sea in big swells? ... I know I haven't heard of anything like that around here ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by jasorod View Post
    When was the last time a surfer needed to be "rescued" barring some type of injury or shark attack? Have there ever been any instances of surfers being swept out to sea in big swells? ... I know I haven't heard of anything like that around here ...
    Happens out here every big swell. Somebody gets stuck in a nasty rip or gets pummeled by a massive wave. I saw a story about some grom a couple of months ago who was pulled out of the water by the SDCoLG, in Del Mar I think, with a really, really nasty fin cut to his thigh. Bad enough that they'd tied a tourniquet with his leash before getting him to the shore. The sea demands respect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jasorod View Post
    When was the last time a surfer needed to be "rescued" barring some type of injury or shark attack? Have there ever been any instances of surfers being swept out to sea in big swells? ... I know I haven't heard of anything like that around here ...
    All it takes is for your leash to snap, then it's time to face the wrath.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dlrouen View Post
    All it takes is for your leash to snap, then it's time to face the wrath.
    Yeah, that's true ... I was just saying that barring something happening, i.e., if you have your surfboard with you, and you're not physically hurt, I would think you should be okay.

    Have there been any instances of surfers needing a rescue simply from being in big surf and finding themselves unable to get back to shore (again, assuming they aren't hurt and haven't lost their board)? I ask because around here, now that the lifeguards are off-duty, I'm not sure who would come and get you in that instance ... it would probably have to be some type of first-responder like the fire-dept/police or possibly even the coast-guard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jasorod View Post
    Yeah, that's true ... I was just saying that barring something happening, i.e., if you have your surfboard with you, and you're not physically hurt, I would think you should be okay.

    Have there been any instances of surfers needing a rescue simply from being in big surf and finding themselves unable to get back to shore (again, assuming they aren't hurt and haven't lost their board)? I ask because around here, now that the lifeguards are off-duty, I'm not sure who would come and get you in that instance ... it would probably have to be some type of first-responder like the fire-dept/police or possibly even the coast-guard.
    About 8 years ago, I paddled out in a hurricane swell with a buddy. To be honest, we really should not have paddled out - we realized that after we made it past the breakers. I started going for a monster, which I did catch, only to be gobbled up down the line. My leash snapped during the 'washing machine cycle' and I was all alone. My buddy was a good ways away, thanks to the killer drift. I tried paddling in to shore, but the sets just kept sucking me out. Someone must have called the police, because CB guards showed up in Team America fashion via their Hummer. One guard hopped out and grabbed my board, which had already washed up. About 10 minutes later, I finally made it to shore, with no help from the guards. I walked up, grabbed my board, said "thanks for saving my board" & walked off. Guards are not technically supposed to put their lives in danger, so a resuce is not always in line, if you will. Looking back, it was a great lesson and I'm glad I was able to make it in on my own. The same swell tore apart the North End pier - my buddy and I actually saw a pier piling floating away when we were out there. We thought it was a whale at first.

    The ocean is a ferocious beast, so don't take it for granted. On that note, don't count on a rescue, so know your limits.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dlrouen View Post
    About 8 years ago, I paddled out in a hurricane swell with a buddy. To be honest, we really should not have paddled out - we realized that after we made it past the breakers. I started going for a monster, which I did catch, only to be gobbled up down the line. My leash snapped during the 'washing machine cycle' and I was all alone. My buddy was a good ways away, thanks to the killer drift. I tried paddling in to shore, but the sets just kept sucking me out. Someone must have called the police, because CB guards showed up in Team America fashion via their Hummer. One guard hopped out and grabbed my board, which had already washed up. About 10 minutes later, I finally made it to shore, with no help from the guards. I walked up, grabbed my board, said "thanks for saving my board" & walked off. Guards are not technically supposed to put their lives in danger, so a resuce is not always in line, if you will. Looking back, it was a great lesson and I'm glad I was able to make it in on my own. The same swell tore apart the North End pier - my buddy and I actually saw a pier piling floating away when we were out there. We thought it was a whale at first.

    The ocean is a ferocious beast, so don't take it for granted. On that note, don't count on a rescue, so know your limits.
    CB lifeguards are well aware that the surf community makes their lives easier on big days.

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    leash?

    Quote Originally Posted by dlrouen View Post
    All it takes is for your leash to snap, then it's time to face the wrath.
    what girl uses a leash?

    my pop didn't let me use a leash. he said, "you will either get better at sticking it, or you will be swimming in the olympics."

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    Quote Originally Posted by OBlove View Post
    what girl uses a leash?

    my pop didn't let me use a leash. he said, "you will either get better at sticking it, or you will be swimming in the olympics."
    PROTEIN! MUSCLE MILK! HGH! What a tough dude.

    I normally pass on the leash, but I always bring one along in bigger surf. I would rather save my energy paddling for waves, than paddling for my board.