The Blackball Fight is Almost Over ... Almost!

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If you've ever been kicked out of the water due to the blackball flag, the newly formed Newport Surf Council NEEDS YOUR HELP NOW!! Here's what's happening: The City of Newport Beach is considering changes to surfing laws for the first time in 18 years and support is needed in the fight to increase our access to the surf.

The blackball issue has gotten a lot of attention in recent weeks, but far too much notice has been paid to the nasty fight over the Wedge which has distracted greatly from the needs of the surfing community at the vast majority of the surf breaks in the City. In order to make sure that our message is heard clearly, the Newport Surf Council has banded together and developed a simple message for The City of Newport Beach's Blackball Working Group.

While these basic recommendations outlined in the letter below were written up by the 16 members of the NSC's Recommendations Committee, they are asking the entire surfing community to support the cause and become involved throughout this project.

Please read the below letter, and if you agree with this plan of action, write your own simple email stating your support of the below plan and email it to vog.achcaebtropwen|llabkcalB#vog.achcaebtropwen|llabkcalB.

NOVEMBER 7, 2013

TO: BLACKBALL WORKING GROUP
FROM: NEWPORT SURF COUNCIL

RE: INPUT FROM THE SURFING COMMUNITY ON REVISIONS TO BLACKBALL

Dear Members of the Blackball Working Group,

The Newport Surf Council (NSC) was established in 1995 and represents a variety of longtime Newport Beach residents with families and an interest in surfboard riding across all of the City’s varied breaks and beaches. Members of the NSC have been deeply involved in advising the City on surfing regulations since the 1970s and represent the strongest historical awareness available on the issue and its evolution over time.

Recent meetings of the NSC have produced a consensus and a list of recommendations that the surfing community believes are reasonable and just in maintaining public safety while increasing access to the waves during the summer months. It is believed the surfing community and industry at large will give its full support to the platform crafted by the NSC committee upon its release.

These recommendations as presented are in basic conceptual form, and the exact implementation would be molded in future discussions. These recommendations include:

1. Establishment of areas where surfing may safely take place all day long during the summer.
• Newport remains the only coastal city in Orange County without any all day surfing area.
• The plan for three surfing zones in the jetty area that was approved and recommended by the Parks, Beaches and Recreation Commission in 1995 is still viable and should be
instituted for 2014 on a trial basis.

2. Reduction to the hours and days when surfing is prohibited at 40th-44th Street.
• This surfing resource is underutilized much of the year and much of each day.
• Enforcement of the no-surfing rule often diverts Lifeguard resources from a safety focus.
• Limit surfing restrictions to times lifeguard towers are staffed June 15 – September 10.

3. Continue to advance the use of discretion to allow more surfing when conditions warrant.
• Increase awareness of Lifeguard policies/criteria on when the blackball will be applied.
• Create system for extended surfing time at Blackies/Pier area on busy summer mornings.
• Allow surfing to continue during most red flag conditions.
• Allow users of blackball-approved bodyboards to legally ride in a standing position.

4. Defer any in-depth discussion on regulations at the Wedge for one year.
• The Wedge represents a tiny fraction of the overall beach use patterns in Newport.
• Just as it was handled in the early 1990s, the Wedge-specific regulations ought to be
considered separately from the larger issues facing Newport as a whole.
• Quality data on the usage rates of the many groups vying for special access to the Wedge
should be collected through next summer so the issue can be better addressed in the future.

The Newport Surf Council is committed to once again working with City Staff, Commissions and the Council to develop sensible solutions to surfzone access while maintaining safety for both year-round members of the Newport Beach community and day-use visitors to our beaches. With long-term experience and a reasoned, common voice, we look forward to a successful and popular update to the surfing regulations in the coming months.

Respectfully Yours,

Newport Surf Council Recommendation Committee


If you agree with this above plan of action, write your own simple email stating your support of the plan above and email it to vog.achcaebtropwen|llabkcalB#vog.achcaebtropwen|llabkcalB.

Thanks for your support! May we all simply get more waves!


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If you've ever been kicked out of the water due to the blackball flag, the newly formed Newport Surf Council NEEDS YOUR HELP NOW!! Here's what's happening: The City of Newport Beach is considering changes to surfing laws for the first time in 18 years and support is needed in the fight to increase our access to the surf.

The blackball issue has gotten a lot of attention in recent weeks, but far too much notice has been paid to the nasty fight over the Wedge which has distracted greatly from the needs of the surfing community at the vast majority of the surf breaks in the City. In order to make sure that our message is heard clearly, the Newport Surf Council has banded together and developed a simple message for The City of Newport Beach's Blackball Working Group.

While these basic recommendations outlined in the letter below were written up by the 16 members of the NSC's Recommendations Committee, they are asking the entire surfing community to support the cause and become involved throughout this project.

Please read the below letter, and if you agree with this plan of action, write your own simple email stating your support of the below plan and email it to vog.achcaebtropwen|llabkcalB#vog.achcaebtropwen|llabkcalB.

NOVEMBER 7, 2013

TO: BLACKBALL WORKING GROUP
FROM: NEWPORT SURF COUNCIL

RE: INPUT FROM THE SURFING COMMUNITY ON REVISIONS TO BLACKBALL

Dear Members of the Blackball Working Group,

The Newport Surf Council (NSC) was established in 1995 and represents a variety of longtime Newport Beach residents with families and an interest in surfboard riding across all of the City’s varied breaks and beaches. Members of the NSC have been deeply involved in advising the City on surfing regulations since the 1970s and represent the strongest historical awareness available on the issue and its evolution over time.

Recent meetings of the NSC have produced a consensus and a list of recommendations that the surfing community believes are reasonable and just in maintaining public safety while increasing access to the waves during the summer months. It is believed the surfing community and industry at large will give its full support to the platform crafted by the NSC committee upon its release.

These recommendations as presented are in basic conceptual form, and the exact implementation would be molded in future discussions. These recommendations include:

1. Establishment of areas where surfing may safely take place all day long during the summer.
• Newport remains the only coastal city in Orange County without any all day surfing area.
• The plan for three surfing zones in the jetty area that was approved and recommended by the Parks, Beaches and Recreation Commission in 1995 is still viable and should be
instituted for 2014 on a trial basis.

2. Reduction to the hours and days when surfing is prohibited at 40th-44th Street.
• This surfing resource is underutilized much of the year and much of each day.
• Enforcement of the no-surfing rule often diverts Lifeguard resources from a safety focus.
• Limit surfing restrictions to times lifeguard towers are staffed June 15 – September 10.

3. Continue to advance the use of discretion to allow more surfing when conditions warrant.
• Increase awareness of Lifeguard policies/criteria on when the blackball will be applied.
• Create system for extended surfing time at Blackies/Pier area on busy summer mornings.
• Allow surfing to continue during most red flag conditions.
• Allow users of blackball-approved bodyboards to legally ride in a standing position.

4. Defer any in-depth discussion on regulations at the Wedge for one year.
• The Wedge represents a tiny fraction of the overall beach use patterns in Newport.
• Just as it was handled in the early 1990s, the Wedge-specific regulations ought to be
considered separately from the larger issues facing Newport as a whole.
• Quality data on the usage rates of the many groups vying for special access to the Wedge
should be collected through next summer so the issue can be better addressed in the future.

The Newport Surf Council is committed to once again working with City Staff, Commissions and the Council to develop sensible solutions to surfzone access while maintaining safety for both year-round members of the Newport Beach community and day-use visitors to our beaches. With long-term experience and a reasoned, common voice, we look forward to a successful and popular update to the surfing regulations in the coming months.

Respectfully Yours,

Newport Surf Council Recommendation Committee


If you agree with this above plan of action, write your own simple email stating your support of the plan above and email it to vog.achcaebtropwen|llabkcalB#vog.achcaebtropwen|llabkcalB.

Thanks for your support! May we all simply get more waves!

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