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  1. #41
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    Quote Originally Posted by delawaredell View Post
    AINP was actually open this morning and I surfed until 12pm. I didn't see anyone corralling people out or any barricades, but I did hear from the Dispatch that AI will be closed.
    Remember, this is Fed gov, State side should remain open for those looking to surf.
    Additionally, gates were up so no charge for this AM, even though I have a pass.

    And yes, it was really really good this morning, you missed it.
    Actually, when I arrived at AI national at 0830 yesterday it was absolutely closed. NPS vehicles & barricades blocked the roadway to the wild side. Everyone who wanted to surf had to go stateside or the state campgrounds.

    You must have connections to bypass all those park rangers & surf that national side....? Or maybe you were confused as to your exact locale...?

    Stateside was decent in the morning through low at 1125-ish, and it was even ok through high tide into the afternoon but the long lulls were, well, long. Last week was better.
    Last edited by yankee; Oct 2, 2013 at 05:39 PM.

  2. #42
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    Cool Ass a teak

    Quote Originally Posted by yankee View Post
    Actually, when I arrived at AI national at 0830 yesterday it was absolutely closed. NPS vehicles & barricades blocked the roadway to the wild side. Everyone who wanted to surf had to go stateside or the state campgrounds.

    You must have connections to bypass all those park rangers & surf that national side....? Or maybe you were confused as to your exact locale...?

    Stateside was decent in the morning through low at 1125-ish, and it was even ok through high tide into the afternoon but the long lulls were, well, long. Last week was better.

    I got there at Sunup (6:55am) not thinking about shutdowns , had great surf then after 4 & 1/2 hours went to 50 to get lunch. Came back at 12:30 to cops at the gate not letting anyone in . I tried to reason with them to no avail . Its only a parking lot and road thats already there . I say close the bathrooms and outdoor showers and let us "swim at out own risk" the lifeguards aren't on duty anyway . Just goes to show how wastfull the feds are. If you compare parks , The fed park is Five times more expensive, Has Cold outdoor showers , and stinky bathrooms with toilets that drop into the ground . At least in MD you get Indoor Hot Showers,
    and working plumbing . At the Federal Side they tore down the Ranger Building and are building NEW buildings , no wonder they want to RAISE the Debt Cieling . I think Ill tear down my house and build a bigger more expensive one even though I dont have the money ??

  3. #43
    Quote Originally Posted by yankee View Post
    Actually, when I arrived at AI national at 0830 yesterday it was absolutely closed. NPS vehicles & barricades blocked the roadway to the wild side. Everyone who wanted to surf had to go stateside or the state campgrounds.

    You must have connections to bypass all those park rangers & surf that national side....? Or maybe you were confused as to your exact locale...?

    Stateside was decent in the morning through low at 1125-ish, and it was even ok through high tide into the afternoon but the long lulls were, well, long. Last week was better.
    Yep I was there yesterday from 8 til noon and can vouch for what is said above as accurate. (I counted ~ 70-100 people in water in that strip of real estate at the St. Park yesterday, which seemed very high and crowded for this spot since the National Park was closed and everyone was corrallled into the bath house/state park area.

    I guess as long as the Federal employee furlough continues, expect large crowds at the St. Park area since its the only option on AI at the moment.

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    Guess you showed up at the wrong time. I got there before 8am and drove right through the gate. I even left at 10am and on the way out saw one of my friends coming in, and made a U-turn back in for another session with him. They probably were only manning the barricades for portions of time while they were preparing for shut down. To clarify, I was at the first parking lot on the Fed side, not the drive on portion, and not the last parking lot. There were tons of others in the water at that location, but I was able to see tons of people at State side as I looked north.


    Quote Originally Posted by yankee View Post
    Actually, when I arrived at AI national at 0830 yesterday it was absolutely closed. NPS vehicles & barricades blocked the roadway to the wild side. Everyone who wanted to surf had to go stateside or the state campgrounds.

    You must have connections to bypass all those park rangers & surf that national side....? Or maybe you were confused as to your exact locale...?

    Stateside was decent in the morning through low at 1125-ish, and it was even ok through high tide into the afternoon but the long lulls were, well, long. Last week was better.

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    Yep it was crowded all over. And since I had a blast surfing the next 4 hours, I figure that I arrived at the right time, hoss.

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    Quote Originally Posted by delawaredell View Post
    Guess you showed up at the wrong time. I got there before 8am and drove right through the gate. I even left at 10am and on the way out saw one of my friends coming in, and made a U-turn back in for another session with him. They probably were only manning the barricades for portions of time while they were preparing for shut down. To clarify, I was at the first parking lot on the Fed side, not the drive on portion, and not the last parking lot. There were tons of others in the water at that location, but I was able to see tons of people at State side as I looked north.
    Yep it was crowded all over. And since I had a blast surfing a fun 'peak' all to ourselves over the next 4 hours, I figure that I arrived at the right time, hoss.

  7. #47
    I arrived at 7:30. Everything was still open. The gate for passholders raised. Wasn't thinking about the shutdown/impacts, just what the surf would look like. There was talk in the water later that they might clear the beach because of ordinance found. It was laying on the beach near that cove-like break 150 or so yards to the north of the North Lot crossover. No one ever came out. There might have been 60 people out by 9, mostly split between the break in front of where the guard tower used to be and the rest at the cove. The numbers dropped as the morning went on. By 1 there was maybe a dozen. Now I know why. The tide was on it by 3:30 and I was one of the last ones out. What a truly spectacular day.

  8. #48
    There were also people who usually surf at Chincoteague there because obviously the Refuge was closed also.

    I spoke to a couple of old folks for a few minutes who had been at the state area on Mon and they said there were like three cars in the parking lot and they wanted to know what was going on yesterday to bring such a crowd. This was as we stood on top of the dune looking out on 100 people in the line up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by still stoked View Post
    There were also people who usually surf at Chincoteague there because obviously the Refuge was closed also.

    I spoke to a couple of old folks for a few minutes who had been at the state area on Mon and they said there were like three cars in the parking lot and they wanted to know what was going on yesterday to bring such a crowd. This was as we stood on top of the dune looking out on 100 people in the line up.
    I freakin' luv summer, and I don't like wearing 4/3, 5/4 rubber any more than the next circus act but all I can say is.....bring on the crowd-thinning COLD.

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    I think all the furloughed govt. workers were in the water yesterday. What's up with that?