Recreation

International
Recreation

South Africa - Level Free! Surfers liberate themselves from lockdown, with a few arrests

It was a weird Monday on 1 June 2020 as a cosmic Takealot delivered a neatly wrapped package from Neptune that had the raptured hordes rush into the sea.

Pacific Northwest
Recreation

OR - North Oregon Coast reopens 13 state parks, beach access points, on Friday

One of Oregon’s most popular areas for outdoor recreation and tourism is reopening on a wider scale Friday.

Northeast
Recreation

DE - Herring Point, beaches at Cape Henlopen State Park closed to surfing, swimming due to possible shark bite

DNREC officials have closed Herring Point to surfing and swimming Thursday afternoon until further notice following a biting incident reported just before 1 p.m. Beach goers are also restricted to knee-deep waters around the Cape Henlopen bathhouse.

Mid-Atlantic
Recreation

NC - High risk of rip currents in effect for Hatteras and Ocracoke islands

A high risk of rip currents is in effect for beaches south of Cape Hatteras, while a moderate threat of rip currents is forecasted for northern Hatteras Island beaches, per a Wednesday morning update from the National Weather Service (NWS) Newport / Morehead City office.

Coastwide
Recreation

Oh God, now what! Jet-Powered Electric Surfboards!

This Jet-Powered Electric Surfboard Lets You Surf Without Waves

Coastwide
Recreation

USA - A 2020 ranking of the top 10 beaches in America

As states reopen, its back to the beach for some. Stephen “Dr. Beach” Leatherman, a coastal scientist and professor at Florida International University, has been ranking the nation's beaches for 30 years. Here is his 2020 ranking.

International
Recreation

Australia - Surfers brave monster waves as 10-metre swells lash Sydney's coastline – in pictures

Over the weekend a low-pressure system hung over Sydney which created swells of up to 10 meters. Daredevils headed to ocean pools and beaches to take advantage of the wild weather

Coastwide
Recreation

USA - As Memorial Day tempts people outdoors, virus rebound feared

Millions of Americans are getting ready to emerge from coronavirus lockdowns and venture outdoors to celebrate Memorial Day weekend at beaches, cookouts and family outings, raising concern among public health officials that large gatherings could cause outbreaks to come roaring back.

International
Recreation

Featured Video: Coastal fossil find and prep (kinda): Mystery fossils, fossil vertebrae and more!

Mamlambo is an amateur fossil hunter living on the South Island of New Zealand. He enjoys hunting the coastal cliffs for Miocene and Cretaceous era fossils and venturing further afield for the petrified wood and fossils that can be found there. He is constantly learning about the fossils that can be found here in New Zealand.

International
Recreation

Featured Video: My Journey On How To Make A Career From Coastal Foraging Whilst Living The Dream

Meet Craig, a YouTube coastal forager. In his videos, we follow along as he explores the coasts of the UK identifying forgeable crabs, oysters, and the like. It's educational and provides a new appreciation for the rich wildlife that exists on the shoreline.

Gulf of Mexico
Recreation

LA - Riding Reeboks great way to catch speckled trout in surf

Destrehan angler, a veteran wade fisherman, shares tactics he uses at Elmer’s Island

Great Lakes
Recreation

IN - Indiana Dunes offers virtual hikes to keep in touch with nature

Park rangers with the Indiana Dunes National Park Service in Northwest Indiana are working hard to connect people with nature, virtually.

Arctic & Antarctica
Recreation

Canada - Ottawa bans ‘pleasure craft’ in Arctic coastal waters, will reopen some national parks as of June 1

In an effort to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission in remote and vulnerable Arctic communities with few medical facilities, Ottawa announced that “pleasure craft” will be prohibited from operating within Canada’s Arctic coastal waters (north of the 60th parallel), as well as in the coastal areas of northern Quebec and Labrador.

Gulf of Mexico
Recreation

FL - I'm committed to wearing a mask to the beach; others not so much

Wearing a mask on the beach is like wearing a scarlet letter. People look at you with suspicion. They assume you are sick or afraid. Either way, you are the one with the problem.

International
Recreation

Netherlands - Five surfers found dead off the Dutch coast

Five surfers have died after surfing amid dangerous weather conditions off the coast of the Netherlands, Dutch authorities said Tuesday.

Southeast
Recreation

FL - Smelly sargassum seaweed could return to Florida's beaches in coming weeks

A burgeoning field of burdensome sargassum is making its way from the eastern Caribbean to South Florida with researchers estimating an early July arrival depending on winds and current.

International
Recreation

Int'l - Five surfers drown in rough, foamy seas off Dutch coast

Five surfers have drowned in rough and foamy seas off the Dutch coast near The Hague, emergency services said.

Pacific Northwest
Recreation

WA - Seattle’s vanishing piers leave a vibrant fishing community reeling

The Elliott Bay Fishing Pier was a diverse hub where locals connected with surrounding nature. Will it ever come back?

Northeast
Recreation

NY - Almost time to buy a beach parking sticker in Oyster Bay

Seasonal beach parking sticker sales will begin on May 16, one week later than was originally scheduled by the Town of Oyster Bay.

West Coast
Recreation

CA - After many sacrifices, some Californians draw the line at closing beaches

Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered a temporary “hard close” of all state and local beaches in Orange County on Thursday.

Southeast
Recreation

SC - Alligator takes over South Carolina beach as humans stay home for COVID-19 lockdown

Alligators are continuing to assert themselves in South Carolina as coronavirus lockdowns keep visitors from beaches and parks along parts of the coast. Read more here: https://www.heraldonline.com/news/state/south-carolina/article242302006.html#storylink=cpy

West Coast
Recreation

CA - Video of surfers riding bioluminescent waves off California coast

Surfers off the California coast were caught on camera taking advantage of bioluminescence in the water by riding the neon blue waves after dark.

Southeast
Recreation

FL - Florida attorney Uhlfelder plans ‘Grim Reaper Beach Tour’

Saturday Night Live kinda jumped the gun on attorney Daniel Uhlfelder’s plan to walk Walton County’s beaches dressed as the Grim Reaper.

West Coast
Recreation

CA - San Diego City Beaches To Reopen Monday, With Restrictions

San Diego beaches will reopen at sunrise on Monday, but with restrictions. No group gatherings, no parking and no lying down to soak up the sun.

West Coast
Recreation

CA - ‘You would think it was summer’: Heat wave brings crowds to Newport, other OC beaches amid coronavirus fears

As heat blasted Southern California on Saturday, the scene on the sand at several beaches was what you’d observe on any hot summer weekend.

West Coast
Recreation

CA - Three arrested on San Diego beach for violating California governor's stay-at-home orders

Californians with surfboards are arrested on the beach for not adhering to lockdown orders.

Northeast
Recreation

MA - Cape Cod National Seashore sees uptick in dumpings, other violations during coronavirus crisis

An increase in dumpings, dogs off leashes, and other violations have been seen at the Cape Cod National Seashore since the COVID-19 crisis hit Massachusetts, according to National Park Service officials.

Hawaii & Alaska
Recreation

HI - Sailboats Finding Few Safe Harbors As Hawaiʻi Ports Lock Down

While many locations are looking to ease their COVID-19 restrictions – others are still on lockdown, including Hawaiʻi. This presents potentially dangerous challenges for those sailing the oceans in private boats.

Hawaii & Alaska
Recreation

HI - Absence of divers and snorkelers bringing new life to coral reefs

While tourists and residents may be unhappy about Hawaii’s stay at home order, that’s not true for the marine life. The absence of scuba divers and snorkelers is bringing new life to the coral reefs around Oahu.

Pacific Northwest
Recreation

OR - Cottage Grove surfers that climbed fence to access Oregon Coast beach cited for trespassing

Two Cottage Grove men caught climbing a fence and accessing the Oregon Coast beach through a closed access point were cited for second-degree criminal trespassing Monday.

Coastwide
Recreation

According to CNET - Best places to order online seafood delivery for 2020

A delivery or regular deliveries of healthy seafood online can greatly help your diet as you're hunkering down at home, yet still trying to eat in a balanced way. Delivery services can bring all manner of groceries, butcher meats, booze and even fully-prepared meals to your doorstep, which is handy when you're practicing social distancing in public

Caribbean
Recreation

V.I. National Park Reopens Beaches, Trails, Parking Areas on April 20

Beginning Monday, April 20, V.I. National Park will reopen park beaches, trails and parking areas.

West Coast
Recreation

CA - 'Petty, Tyrannical Bulls***': California Is Filling Skateparks With Sand To Enforce 'Social Distancing,' Backlash Blows Up Online

Officials in California have resorted to filling skateparks with loads of sand to stop kids from skateboarding during the pandemic — all in the name of public health.

West Coast
Recreation

CA - Road Trips: Maverick’s

The Pacific Ocean, Point Reyes National Seashore, and an antibiotic called Bactrim, all contributed to the quick recovery of my traveling companion. We were full strength once again and heading south. Golden Gate Bridge and more stunning views of the Pacific were in our immediate future.

International
Recreation

Could Greek Beaches Look Like This in Coronavirus Era?

Many people wonder how summer tourism could even be a thing in 2020, as billions of people around the globe continue to remain at home in an effort to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.