Recreation

Mid-Atlantic
Recreation

Hey land-lovers, if you're in NY or NJ you can whale watch from the shore this fall

There are two ways to go whale-watching. One is to take a boat, and go to them. The other is to stay on shore — and let them come to you.

International
Recreation

New coastal path route to highlight Buckhaven, Scotland foreshore improvements

Walkers passing through Buckhaven will soon be able to take in the improved foreshore, as changes are set to be made to the Fife Coastal Path.

Gulf of Mexico
Recreation

Reflections on Texas, the outdoors and 40 years of writing and photography (with podcast interview)

September’s arrival marks a time of transition for Texas’ natural world and those whose hearts and actions are tied to the rhythms of land, water, sky and the life in, on and over it.

Coastwide
Recreation

Surfing in the Age of the Omnipresent Camera

On a recent, sunny Friday morning, a group of journalists and photographers gathered on the roof deck of the Surfrider Malibu, a boutique hotel that looks out over the iconic surf break for which it’s named. We were there for a demo of a new feature from Surfline, an iPhone app best known for its surf forecasts. Called Sessions, the feature captures the waves surfers ride and downloads the videos to their phones. “The pro guys have their personal filmers documenting their every ride,” Dave Gilovich, Surfline’s chipper, sixty-seven-year-old brand director, said. “Well, Surfline Sessions is for the everyman.”

International
Recreation

South Africa - Bylaw regulating access to beach and foul language has Capetonians swearing to resist

Owners of highly valued beachfront properties have significantly encroached on the public’s right to access beaches by extending the edge of their properties on to public coastal land, or blocking access paths, city officials said at a public participation meeting in Fish Hoek on Thursday evening.

International
Recreation

South Australia - Beach access wheelchairs finally roll out after gathering dust for two years over insurance hurdle

A day at the beach is taken for granted by most Australians, and until now it's only been a dream for a group of people living at Whyalla, on Spencer Gulf, in South Australia.

Northeast
Recreation

New Jersey - Advocacy organization’s efforts lead to another handicapped-accessible N.J. beach

“Creating better beach access for people with disabilities.” That’s the motto of Beach Days for All, an Ocean County-based organization led by Jessica Miscio and Chris Aldrich.

Northeast
Recreation

New Jersey: Can Beachgoers Walk the Beach Without a Tag?

The Herald received a series of Spout Offs stating that an Avalon beachgoer’s rights were infringed upon. The beachgoer was allegedly stopped by the Avalon Beach Patrol because they took a walk on an Avalon beach without a beach tag.

Mid-Atlantic
Recreation

National Park Service, ham radio groups to celebrate International Lighthouse Weekend

Cape Hatteras National Seashore and Cape Lookout National Seashore will celebrate International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend on Saturday, August 17 and Sunday, August 18 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Pacific Northwest
Recreation

What Lurks Beneath Oregon Coast Beaches? Get Ready...

What is underneath the Oregon coast? Agates, yes. Bedrock and a few shipwrecks, yes. Also, at least one old timey mail car. Plus, bugs, crabs, clams and a whole biosphere of wee little critters. (Above: bedrock at Moolack).

International
Recreation

How the Chase for Huge Surf Led to Robinson Crusoe’s Lonely Islands

Here’s the thing about chasing the world’s biggest waves: you don’t really know where they are. You do, however, know where they’re not.

West Coast
Recreation

Documentary at Newport film festival will show how Huntington Beach set Guinness world record for largest paddle-out

It took 511 surfers to claim the world record. Surfers were supposed to hold onto a massive circle of pool noodles, but it eventually broke and they joined hands instead. Several city officials, including then-Mayor Barbara Delgleize, were in attendance.

Northeast
Recreation

Indicating Larger Crisis, Bacteria Invade New Jersey's Largest Lake

This summer, New Jersey’s water problems have hit home. The threat is everywhere, from beaches and bays to inland lakes and streams to reservoirs and drinking water. Stormwater runoff, leaky sewer pipes, failing septics and unchecked agricultural uses are bringing nutrients and sewer overflows into our waterways.

Northeast
Recreation

Great white sharks rule Cape Cod waters

Scientists have begun a new research program around Cape Cod in Massachusetts, focusing on movements and behavior of a growing great white shark population, to reduce the increasing potential for interactions with humans.

West Coast
Recreation

Grunion to create their own brand of July 4th fireworks on local beaches

Fish out of water, the grunion run — or, more accurately, wriggle — onto the coastline in the warmest months, only when the moon is full or new and the tide is high. They are there to spawn, creating a spectacle unique to Southern California and Baja California.

Southeast
Recreation

Our beautiful Florida beaches, polluted by politics

You come here to unwind. To watch waves lapping against the shore, as they will until the end of time. To see a giddy child at play, trying to outrun the tide.

Northeast
Recreation

Nightime Portsmouth beach parking restriction irks neighbors

Town Administrator Richard Rainer said police will not infringe any person’s right to use the McCorrie Point Beach responsibly. But they just can’t park there after 9 p.m.

Great Lakes
Recreation

Sleeping Bear Dunes now offering 'beach wheelchairs' for those who need

For those who have trouble walking but have always wanted to see Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in northern Michigan, there is good news. In a Facebook post over the weekend, the national lakeshore said they now have beach wheelchairs available for free.

West Coast
Recreation

Commission Keeps Oceano Dunes Open to Off-Roaders For Now

Oceano Dunes on California’s central coast will remain open to off-road vehicles for at least another year.

Gulf of Mexico
Recreation

State says toxic algae makes water on coast beaches unsafe to touch, but seafood OK to consume

The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), through its Beach Monitoring Program, continues to maintain water contact warnings across the Mississippi Gulf Coast for all 21 sampling stations.

Pacific Northwest
Recreation

Blaine: A Short History of a Coastal Town

Blaine, Washington: Where America Begins. Sitting on the very northwest corner of Washington and a formal doorway between the U.S. and Canada, Blaine is a small town with a lot of history.

Southeast
Recreation

Brown algae slime blankets surf from Cocoa Beach Pier to Alan Shepard Park

COCOA BEACH — Dawn Stevenson sees the brown, wool-like gunk lap up every summer. But in recent years, she's noticed more severe algae outbreaks hit her hometown beach.

West Coast
Recreation

US Open of Surfing 2019: Huntington Beach prepares to welcome world’s top wave riders

It’s been 55 years since Paul Van Doren came up with an idea to step into the world of surfing with a shoe brand he wanted to create with his brother James.

Northeast
Recreation

Dune-divided community eyes boardwalk to ‘heal the damage’

In this July 31, 2017 photo beachgoers cross over one of numerous large pools of water that formed on the beach in Margate N.J., due to heavy rains. The water was blocked from draining into the ocean by new sand dunes being built as part of a storm protection program that Margate residents vigorously fought, claiming that the dunes would cause exactly the type of standing water that occurred. Now some residents are pushing for construction of a boardwalk to mitigate what they say is damage to the beach caused by the dune project.

Mid-Atlantic
Recreation

Seashell hunters find Civil War bombshell on North Carolina beach. It was still live

A seashell hunt at Kure Beach turned dangerous when a North Carolina couple found a “big bullet” in the sand — and hauled it home as a keepsake.

West Coast
Recreation

Coastal Commission to hear expansion of Dockweiler camp site

Cheaper camping options could be coming to the popular Dockweiler State Beach if Coastal Commission approves an application from Los Angeles County to add 19 spaces for tent-campers.

West Coast
Recreation

Collapsing California cliff claims 3 lives along beach

A popular surfing beach was closed Saturday after a cliff collapsed, sending tons of sandstone onto beachgoers and killing three people.