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    Can a lifegaurd remove me from the beach?

    Hey I was out today and we have the no swimming flags up that signify where the surf zone is. The current was strong, but the lifegaurd constantly kept calling me back in because I was very close to the flag that ends the surfing beach. I never once moved into the swimming zone or came close to injuring anyone, but after 2 times he said it is my last warning and if I do it again he was going to escort me off the beach?

    Is he aloud to do that? I'm in public water and on a public beach and not harming anyone.
    We always have problems with our lifeguards on the surf beach for some reason.
    I understand they are there for the safety of everyone and only enforce the rules and not make them, but I feel like some of them are almost " taking advantage " of being the "big guys" out there.

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    yeah they can, depending where you're at they'll get the cops and youll walk away with a fine too. better off avoiding them all together if you can

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    Depends purely on if you can paddle faster than he can kayak. Perhaps the WaveJet will be approved by the SI vets for at least one legit use?

    At any rate, charge at will and hand over duckets for said fine. Small price to pay for exercising your autonomy and commandeering that which you respect in its essence while many of the other denizens just think is amusement like a clown making bikes out of balloons at wedding receptions.

    I'll post your bail brah, or pay your fine. Release the primordial beast.

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    yep . seen at 1st street . this guy paddled across the inlet from croatan. there were like 3 lifegaurds hiding behind surfers trying to catch him, Hilarious! The guy was like (nope aint got me).
    It was all over when a state tropper walked out to end of the jetty and pointed him in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quailman View Post
    yeah they can, depending where you're at they'll get the cops and youll walk away with a fine too. better off avoiding them all together if you can
    Concur. Avoid having it become a situation, warranted or not, where the cops get pulled in. End up with a ticket, court time, the fine itself, and court fees. Not worth all that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DosXX View Post
    Concur. Avoid having it become a situation, warranted or not, where the cops get pulled in. End up with a ticket, court time, the fine itself, and court fees. Not worth all that.
    This one was posted once awhile back, I think.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-w9WesZctAA

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    That's the way it was most of my surfing life in VB. used to be NO SURFING anywhere except 1st st and south side of pier between 10 and 5 from Memorial to Labor day. They had boats, helicopters, and piggies on foot and atvs. the trick is to ignore them when they beckon you.
    Last edited by chicharronne; Sep 1, 2013 at 01:04 PM.

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    No they can not it is public water as long as you are not doing anything illegal thy can not kick you out.

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    I had a run in with the lifeguards in NJ a couple years ago. It was one of the first hurricane swells and it was pretty perfect about chest to head high. I was surfing with a bunch of other guys out at a non surfing beach since I got on it at dawn. At 9:00 the Lifeguards show up and clear the water since its a non surfing zone.

    The problem was, it was a red flag day with no swimming allowed so it makes no sense why we would have to get out of the water if the swimmers were not allowed to get in the water anyway. Plus the waves were super fun. Anyway I stayed out for another 45 minutes or so while the lifeguards stood on the beach yelling and blowing there whistles at me. Eventually one guy paddled out screaming at me at the top of his lungs and I basically just told him to F off and kept surfing.

    I went in about 20 minutes later and they didn't do anything. They were just on some power trip for no reason. Anyway, just ignore them and keep surfing. They are only there for a few months anyway.

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    No, they cannot. They can ask you to leave, or maybe write you a town ordinance citation, but they cant make you leave. They can call for a police officer to come and "takeover" but all that officer can do is ask you to leave. An officer cannot write a state citation for violation of a town ordinance, it is written in the ordinance book that ordinances are not subject to general statute provisions. On the other hand if a police office orders you to leave an area if it is a lawful command then you can be arrested for RDO, disturbing the peace, disorderly conduct depending on where you live, but you have to be committing a crime as defined by general statute. Good Luck.