But in VB, we're near the "a-hole" of the Mid-Atlantic, with the Elizabeth rivers, James River, Chesapeake Bay, and other local drainage continuously emptying into the ocean at one relatively small location.
I got sick from surfing in the 40's blocks while that replenishment was happening this summer. And so did several people I know, as well as their kids.
Cali beaches are often closed; the ocean pollution is bad here on the right coast, too.
Has anyone who's been surfing the VA Bch area consistently the past couple weeks experiencing lower GI problems, i.e., the runs? Not meaning to get too personal here, but I've been having symptoms off and on for the past 2 weeks. They seem to correspond with my sessions. I've been getting out at least 4 X per week lately, and during the past 2-plus weeks the water has been reddish brown with a stronger than usual fishy smell. I attributed that to some red tide we seem to be experiencing here. Maybe I inadvertently swallowed too much of the stuff, or perhaps my "surf immunity" isn't adequately developed.
In addition to this reddish brown soup and washed up on the beach at Dam Neck late yesterday and this morning was the upper half of a large loggerhead turtle. It's head was almost as large as a basketball. It had been cut right in two - presumably by a ship's prop.
DosXX. Good meeting you the other week. I'll PM you. I've had ear probs since Mar of this year with swollen eardrums. Still not corrected. Another guy who surfs there has had similar probs. Yes, it's the water.
I always thought it was kind of weird that 3 friends that I grew up surfing with at the north end of sandbridge ended up with cancer. 2 made it and 1 didn't. It's most likely a coincidence but 3 guys that regularly surfed the same 1/2 mile stretch of beach all getting cancer in their 20's-30's seems a little out of the norm if you ask me.
You never know what lurks on the bottom down there and who knows what kind of ammo they use when they target practice with the shore based howitzer type cannons.