If the waves are big enough barley any torists are out there. They stay on the beach.
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Thread: Call to arms?
Aug 19, 2008, 08:34 PM #12Junior Member
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- Oct 2007
are you honestly suggesting that "Surfing Beach Facilitators" become more common along the coast.
Aug 19, 2008, 09:09 PM #13Member
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- Jun 2008
Brothers lay down your arms. Save them. You are only battling in vain; for waves worth paddling or battling for are not ashore during the tourist season.
Aug 19, 2008, 11:51 PM #14
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- Dec 2006
- Ocean City, MD
OCM knows who pays the bills, it's the vacationing swimmers, not the stand up surfers, or even the bodyboarders. I suspect it also has a lot to do with the size of the town's beaches. We also are lucky enough to have 30 miles of national park beaches at Assateague Island (where they happen to be talking about expanding the protected beach area).
OCM has 9 miles of beaches, most of which have no jetties, and none of which have visible outfall pipes in the impact zone. What the ESA and Surfrider, and the town's recreation department negotiated for surfers was three beaches on weekdays, and two on weekends and these beaches move south one block each day and rotate back to the north twice during the summer. It pretty much covers the 145 numbered streets north to south. The inlet break was a recent addition to the original two beaches, but the city thought it a wise move to keep swimmers away from the inlet rips, boat traffic, and heavy concentration of Latino beach-goers. Interestingly, the beach patrol now views the inlet beach as their personal beach for lifeguard training and junior lifeguard exercises. The more the merrier.
If Belmar only has two or three miles of accessible beach, and I think I recall a LOT of pilings all along the beaches (at least there were back in the 70's) you're likely to have less leverage with the town. If you and your local surf businesses join with Surfrider and ESA representatives and can win over the town recreation director to your cause, you might negotiate a better deal. Question: Did they ever remove those pilings and did they pump the beaches up there or not?
Aug 20, 2008, 03:45 AM #15Xtreme*Liquidshredder Guest
Yo homies. 1st street jetty (vb) can be real crowded during the summer especially on the weekend. It really sux and all especially with the tourists with their du rags and jean shorts swimming right next to the line up at 2nd street. But its all good it's actually kinda funny. Thankfully all the good waves aren't until after tourist season which also is when cops won't rite tickets as often as during summer.
Aug 21, 2008, 12:10 PM #16Member
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- Jul 2008
I'm not pushing for more beaches, just a real effort at keeping them for surf, body board, or swimmers, and not let them be mixed.
And just from a safety standpoint, I think its far more dangerous for bodyboarders than you might think. With the surfboard, the swimmer is the only one really getting hit, but I've gone head to head with these people before, that really hurts. I have 3 previous concussions, I really don't want to get another one, especially because I'm at a high risk for being lights out next time. Passing out in the water isn't a goal of mine.
it's almost over. . .and its been flat for the past three and a half weeks. . . but i still salute your effort and better times are coming soon
Aug 22, 2008, 08:07 PM #18