well i dont drive yet and none of my friends do either were all like 16 and so getting to otehr breaks is difficult sometimes. and trains from little silver drops us like 2 blocks from beach there so we jsut walk right down. guy who got hit was after i got off work so around like 3
can someone post a link to the story in OC MD about the death?
SURFER REMOVED FROM OCEAN IN CARDIAC ARREST
Before the Ocean City Beach Patrol reported for duty Friday morning, surfers pulled a fellow surfer from the ocean near the Hilton Suites on 33rd Street. Several lifeguards were already on the beach and assisted with treatment when it was reported around 7:40 a.m. "We had staff getting reading for our early morning Junior Beach Patrol program," says Kristin Joson, OCBP spokeswoman. "Two of our Crew Chiefs were able to respond on quad [ATV]."
The surfer was in cardiac arrest and they performed CPR while waiting for EMS. He was taken to Atlantic General Hospital in grave condition.
Photo by Kristin Joson, OCBP Web Editor/Public Relations Coordinator
Beach Patrol Capt. Butch Arbin says the man may have suffered a spinal injury. Witnesses observed the surfer fall off in shallow water. Capt. Arbin said he does not believe the man survived. Initial witness statements made it sound as if he bailed out after a ride and may have struck the bottom and sustained a neck injury but later reports suggested he had suffered an aneurysm and later died. [Getting medical updates these days from hospitals is often difficult because of HIPAA laws].
I really have a problem with these local towns restricting surfers to one or two beaches. It's really dangerous. Most towns have 1-3 miles of coastline and they force surfers to all go at the same beach even when there is no one in the water! Recently, in Spring Lake, they have been forcing surfers to surf at one beach even if it's rough and there is a red flag. Bathers do not need as much room as surfers. On average a bather is in the water for what 15 minutes? Surfers are there for 1-3 and sometimes 4 hours or more! I think that the bathers should be restricted to certain beaches and there should be more beaches opened up for surfers.
In the summer of 2006, I was surfing my home break (at the time) in Sea Girt, Philladelphia Ave. with at least 45 other surfers. One break, 45 surfers. It was only a matter of time before something happened. I shouted to my friend, be careful man it's really shallow inside.... I took off backside and a grom was paddling right through the impact zone. I turned hard at the last minute but was forced to dive off my board or risk running right over this kids head. I hit the sandbar head first and broke my neck. I floated face down for about two minutes in and out of conciousness. I couldn't feel my legs or arms and finally got ahold of my limbs and literally crawled to the shore. Meanwhile, the lifeguard on duty was talking to some teeny boppers and didn't notice anything had happened not that I would have taken his assistance anyway after making everyone surf on that beach. I was so angry. Thank God that my wife (girlfriend at the time) is a chiropracter and we had x-rays within about 30 minutes and a brace for my fractured vertibrae.
I don't have any long term affects but my orthopedic surgeon told me that I am his miracle case because about 95% of his patients who have impact to the top of their heads like that are quadrapalegic. I have thought about getting a petition signed by local surfers and telling my story to get these towns to open more surfing areas in the summer. But I realize that I will just get more frustrated/angry when I go through all of that effort and nothing comes of it. Their reasoning is "the bathers make up a majority of our revenue each summer". Well, I have to buy a badge also even though I LIVE here and SURF here all year round. Why don't I or other surfers have any rights when it comes to the water?
Capt. Arbin said he does not believe the man survived.
So, do a paddle out? Honor the dead, and it would make a great opportunity to garner attention to the second class citizen treatment surfers get during tourist season. Press eat up photo ops like that. This would be our chance to unite the brother/sisterhood, & bring some media attention to the plight.