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  1. #11
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    Sounds like they were doing there job to me, you were boogie boarding in one of the designated surf zone. You can sponge anywhere, why would you want to be where all the surfers are? It is so obvious the area is zoned for surfing only.

    What is annoying is how some lifeguards make you wait until exactly 5:30 pm before you can paddle out versus others. I was waiting to paddle out, it was 5:25 pm, I could see many surfers paddling out a few streets down and it was not the surf zone so I ran down to the water and started to paddle out. The lifeguard whistled at me and made me get out, there was no one in the water. I pointed up the beach at the other surfers, but he still would not let me go until exactly 5:30!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by n2waves View Post
    What is annoying is how some lifeguards make you wait until exactly 5:30 pm before you can paddle out versus others. I was waiting to paddle out, it was 5:25 pm, I could see many surfers paddling out a few streets down and it was not the surf zone so I ran down to the water and started to paddle out. The lifeguard whistled at me and made me get out, there was no one in the water. I pointed up the beach at the other surfers, but he still would not let me go until exactly 5:30!!!

    even thought that maybe you could've just asked if you could paddle out rather than just assuming? i'd bet that if you had, the guard would've been fine w/ it. he prob. kept you out just to make a point. it WAS, technically, still "guarded hours" when surfing is prohibited.

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    Yeah, out of town guards operate differently. They should never be disrespecting surfers. That 5:30 stuff is BS. I get it, they do that everywhere, but if no one is out... Come on. Thats lame.

    And although I agree with most people who are saying that this guy "should have known" about the surf beaches, if some lifeguard is out "surfing" he is not on duty. Now, if a guy in bright red trunks paddles out from the beach on the giant 12 foot labelled "LIFEGUARD" board and tells you to do something... Then you listen. This is a guard, who is on duty. If ANYONE is out already surfing in the zones, they have NO AUTHORITY whatsoever. Same goes for my area. I know the life guards. And just because you are on your "break" from work and you paddle out. You get NO PREFERENCE. You dont get a free spot in the line up. You will NOT drop in on me. They are citizens when they are in the water. When they are on duty, on land and come out and command something. You must respect them back and listen... But if ANYONE talked to me the way this guy said they did, I would have reacted the same way. Tell em to fu** off. You should have paddled back south, but still cuss them out first. Sounds like they cried wolf and then ran in to get backup, because they were kids with big mouths and no balls... If you wanna paddle up and threaten someone, you better carry it out or else you are just a little bi**h. Thats funny to me that they paddled in and got help. Clowns.

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    i always find theres a break breaking better than the surfing beach. why would you sponge in a crowded surfing beach when you can be anywhere?

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    i was just passing through. no i wasn't concentrating on the beach, i was looking out for sets. the fact is i had 3 lifeguards approach me and none of them identified themselves. it was 4:45! i just wasnt paying attention to the beach. nobody in the lineup had a problem with me being there nor did anyone say that it was the surfing beach.

    sure i figured out what was going on, but at the point i didn't care. i took issue with the hostility that the 2nd guard showed towards me. he was a sergent. it was totally uncalled for. he swam out to me just to provoke me. that is what this is about.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mooseknuckle View Post
    So you have lived here for 14 years and you didn't turn around once and see two giant yellow lifeguard stands and fflags? Not to mention that you would prob know that surfing is not allowed between 10 and 5:30. And now your whining about a $50 fine? I don't know man your storydoesnt make that much sense.
    a simple answer to that question is: no i didnt notice the flags. there were alot of people on the beach and the flags just didnt stand out to me. it was 4:45 and i guess i figured the guards were letting them surf. it was the end of their shift and it was right there on the jetty.

    i am not whining, just posting a story of something that happened to me on the beach. that is what this forum is for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by surfordie View Post
    That does sound lame as ****. A lot of these lifeguards are college dudes who just come out for the summer for a job. Thats it. You'll be surprised that a lot of these guys aren't even residents of your town or whatever town they happen to be guarding in. Didn't you call them out on why they didn't identify themselves as lifeguards?


    And Beachbreak not trying to get all pc on you, but are you going for some kind of record to see how many times you can call things[having nothing to do with sexuality] gay?
    of course i called them out for not identifying themselves, after i got out of the water. that will be the heart of my case when i go to court.

    i had a sergent of the OCBP swim out in the water to provoke a fight with me. to you that might be lame, to me it is bull****.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zeroevol View Post
    Sorry, but I have to agee with Moose. After about a week, you know surfing beaches, swimming beaches, lifeguard shifts, etc. 14 years.... since i didnt paddle out there, i didnt know that it was the surfing beach that day You didn't notice anyone on surfboards?? Come on dude... The guard should have identified himself as BP, but oh well. Good luck
    the surfing beaches change every day. i dont pay any attention to it. jeez, we've only had about 4 days worth of good surf this summer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by surfde View Post
    i always find theres a break breaking better than the surfing beach. why would you sponge in a crowded surfing beach when you can be anywhere?
    i was just passing through. it wasn't crowded. maybe 10 guys spread out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ECsponger View Post
    Yea dude obviously I sponge, but I know about the surfing beaches. I was out at the same spot earlier that day with my buddy who rides a shortboard. He went down to 47th-46th, I stayed with a pack of younger spongers on 48th, I stayed right up on the flag. Gotta recognize your position in the water, you weren't paying attention.
    you are right, i wasn't paying attention. that doesn't give the sergent the right to come out and try to pick a fight with me.

    these lifeguards need to show a little profesionalism and respect.