Today a cop rounded up everyone surfing at 79th street (in Virginia Beach) and informed us that there is no more surfing allowed within 300 feet of the 79th street pier. 79th street happens to be one of the better breaks in all of Virginia Beach and we were forced to move to a ****ty break while watching empty peeling lefts go off at the pier.
If only the bastards in city hall surfed...then we wouldnt have these bull**** problems.
Special thank you to the Army Corps of Engineers <3 <3 <3 thank you for destroying my favorite surf spot! <3 <3
move to the mentawais, haha or just surf there anyway and act stupid every time they call the cops. Also figure out if the pier is ever closed or what the security hours/shifts are..... maybe you could fit in a dawn/pre-dawn session?
Last edited by epidemicepic; May 5, 2008 at 02:25 AM.
Sounds like time for a classic Surf-in where you mob them with surfers from the entire town and area. I'm willing to bet the signs are on the beach as well, and most likely attempts to enforce it are from the beach as well. Do they have waterborne police?
I was thinking about playing the dumb game but the cop specifically said if he saw anyone after yesterday crossing the line, it would mean a ticket. Im liking this idea of a Surf-in and there is usually a huge crowd surfing there anyways.
The pier isnt even really a pier in a conventional sense. All it does is run a water line to dump **** in the ocean 1000 feet out.
Does Vah Beach claim offshore rights? OCM annexed two miles offshore x 10 miles long a number of years back just so they could exercise jurisdiction over that area with Beach Patrol and such. (I can't imagine that they had many objections from the residents of all that submerged property that the US Govt. technically owns) The BP has zodiacs they run around in, but I suspect their main resort to control would be exercised through the local Coast Guard. Not to mention the need for waterproof tickets to hand out.
The good news here is our ESA negotiated two rotating surfing beaches (consequently not always the best breaks, but better than nothing) and just last year the ESA and Surfrider in concert with the Parks and Recreation dept. negotiated with the town council to reserve the inlet area for surfing on weekdays. It was sort of an easy agreement for the council because the downtown day-visitor Latino poplulation is way up and the authorities are a touch xenophobic, if you know what I mean. That's why they built a "model sand dune" right under the pier- to discourage all the Hispanics from hanging hammocks under there. Maybe the Latinos should take up surfing.
I suspect your issue is more with the pier operator than it is with the police, so try building some bridges in that direction- sort of you pat my back and I'll pat yours. That, or tell everyone who paddles out 300' away from the pier to paddle out with a round river rock and drop it in the same place. Given enough time and enough surfers dropping rocks and pretty soon you'll have a first class point break and you can claim it's a fish habitat meant to help the pier. Let's see, 10 surfers in the water for 200 days= 2000 rocks, and that's just the beginning! Whatever you do, get the Parks and recreation department involved. They can be good advocates especially when community health is involved.
I'd have to agree, we all get pissed at restrictions place on surfing, and just about everything else these days, I would suggest organizing yourselves a start playing the political game as every other group does. It will take time, but you might be suprised at how strong the surf lobby can be. Perhaps you can contact one of the local surf orgs. for help. Telling the pier operator and the fuzz to f**k off will make you feel good today, but will probably only hurt your cause in the long run. We've done pretty good in OCMD in the last couple of years and I'm pretty sure the local gov knows there are a lot of us surfers in this town and we vote too.