i dint think it is as cut and dry as you think fitz. On the surface it seems like the surfer is at fault but if this was a designated surfing area then IMO the woman was in the wrong.
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Apr 25, 2013, 02:57 PM #31
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Apr 25, 2013, 04:32 PM #34
Yo Aka pumpmaster empty you file so I can leave a short message. Don't need to fill site with other sport stuff.
There are no designated surf areas. I believe the incident took place on the seawall in Galveston. There are two main points where we have piers that most of us surf because it holds the current and has better developed sandbars. This creates a conflict because the attractions in those areas also encourage the tourons to set up shop for the day even though there is another 8 miles of beach with easy access.
The part that is hard for me to grasp is that Galveston is very shallow with no significant drop off. In order to be in chest deep water you have to be past the third sand bar. Most surfing is done beyond the third sand bar which is a good 75-100 yards from the shoreline. So if you see surfers out there and you swim out to the desired break (which is what she said she did "Reynolds said she was enjoying a day at the beach and went into the water to watch her friend's child who wanted to swim. Long was surfing in the same area.") at what point do you have to assume responsibility for your own safety.
My guess is she allowed a child to get into a dangerous situation and was paying more attention to him than her surroundings and caused and unsafe situation for everyone else....and then of course blamed someone else.
I live in Surfside, 20 mins away from Galveston and unlike Galveston we only have about 6 blocks of surf and its crap every where else, but ppl always want to swim out to the line up like it's cool or something or let their kids play in the impackzone and they think that we should move away from the only break we have.
I only see no swimming areas in Galveston.
Apr 25, 2013, 05:52 PM #37
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People really do surf differently if they think their leash means that they arent going to be swimming all the way in.
But yeah sure i use a leash when circumstances dictate its safer to do so.
Last edited by mitchell; Apr 25, 2013 at 05:55 PM.
Apr 25, 2013, 06:06 PM #38Senior Member
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If you enter the water your a part of the food chain and assume all liability.....in an ideal world. **** unfortunate the legality of the situation
Apr 25, 2013, 06:15 PM #39
And no I've never heard of one of the most famous big wave surfers in history, who drowned (most likely by having his leash tangle on rocks) at one of the most famous big wave spots on the planet and had massive media coverage. Glad you let me know it was Mark Foo, here I've been thinking it was Captain Kangaroo that dronwed that day.
Apr 25, 2013, 07:08 PM #40