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Recreation

MX - Whale leaps and lands on top of boat in Gulf of California in Mexico, injuring two passengers

A giant whale nearly destroyed a small yacht in the Gulf of California when it crashed on top of it Saturday in Sinaloa, Mexico. Two of the four passengers on board suffered non-life threatening injuries, including rib and leg fractures. The accident took place in a region which is a popular destination for whale watchers at this time of the year

Northeast
Recreation

NJ - A new island emerges at the Jersey Shore, and boaters are angry it's been closed to protect birds

Something remarkable has happened over the past few years off the coast near Brigantine: A sandbar, or shoal, has emerged into what wildlife officials are calling a 100-acre island complete with lagoon that already is “one of the most critically important areas for birds” in New Jersey.

Northeast
Recreation

NY - The Gusts and the Gusto

Home-wrecking coastal storm gives the East Coast a week of wind and waves — but mostly wind.

International
Recreation

AUS - They really are a man's best friend! Surfing champion rides the waves with his dogs - but they don't like getting their feet wet!

While most people struggle to get their dog into a bath, a champion surfer has convinced a team of daring pooches to hit the water on a paddle board.

West Coast
Recreation

CA - Pacifica pier repair to move forward with conservancy grant

The California Coastal Conservancy authorized a grant in the amount of $260,000 to repair the Pacifica pier at its May 5 meeting.

Southeast
Recreation

FL - In Search of Giants: A New Harvest Leaves Goliath Grouper Hanging in the Balance

Climb aboard a modest skiff in Tampa Bay to cast for a fish shrouded in controversy and confusion.

Southeast
Recreation

SC - Isle Of Palms Pursues Legal Consultation Opposing S. 40

It’s been almost a year since Gov. Henry McMaster put his signature on S. 40, legislation that gave the South Carolina Department of Transportation the authority to decide where visitors to four Lowcountry beaches can park on state roads. And how much, if anything, they’ll have to pay.

Mid-Atlantic
Recreation

NJ - 5 Old Beach Rules New Jersey Should Get Rid of For Summer 2022

Summer 2022 would be a lot more fun without these pesky old beach rules! Read More: 5 Old Beach Rules New Jersey Should Get Rid of For Summer 2022

International
Recreation

AUS - ‘The Cali dream was a bit tarnished’: How Australia’s surf culture became the envy of the world

It took a special sort of pluckiness to attempt a surf in Victoria in the winters of the late 1960s. With water temperatures hovering around 12 degrees and wetsuits yet to make their mark, local surfers took to wearing football jumpers in a bid to prevent hypothermia while capitalising on Bells Beach’s bitter offshore winds and notorious winter swell.

West Coast
Recreation

CA - Appellate court rejects Friends of Oceano Dunes petition

The Second Appellate Court of Appeal this week denied an emergency petition seeking a writ to prohibit California State Parks from installing additional fencing and vegetation for dust control at the Oceano Dunes Vehicle Recreation Park.

West Coast
Recreation

CA - Court upholds closure of 130 acres of Oceano Dunes for dust mitigation

New dust mitigation measures at the Oceano Dunes can continue to be installed after an appeal on a San Luis Obispo Superior Court ruling was denied on Tuesday.

Northeast
Recreation

RI - A Timeline of the Fight For Coastal Access in Rhode Island

Rhode Island beachgoers and waterfront landowners have a long history of battling it out over shoreline access boundaries.

Northeast
Recreation

ME - Judge allows portion of Maine beach intertidal zone access suit to move forward

WELLS, Maine — A judge has whittled down a wide-ranging lawsuit against intertidal beach property owners to a single question.

Hawaii & Alaska
Recreation

HI - Kahalu‘u Beach Park to close for coral spawning

Kahalu‘u Beach Park will be closed from May 16-21 due to anticipated coral spawning events, according to the county Department of Parks and Recreation.

Southeast
Recreation

FL - Beachgoers frequent a regional beach access in Walton County. An HOA wants to make it private.

The Watercolor Community Association has filed a lawsuit that could result in a stranglehold being placed on the public's ability to get to the beach via Walton County's popular Van Ness Butler Regional Beach Access.

Gulf of Mexico
Recreation

LA - A Grand Isle milestone: Beaches are now open seven months after Hurricane Ida slammed the barrier island

Seven months after Hurricane Ida slammed Grand Isle with 150-mph winds and devastating storm surge, the sun rose again over open beaches on the island for the first time this week.

Southeast
Recreation

FL - Sharks cause delay in East Coast Dog Surfing Championships in Cocoa Beach; no dogs were hurt

COCOA BEACH — Standing paw-tiently on her padded surfboard, and staring into a sea of spectators while awaiting her second wave, Lily likely didn’t notice a couple of curious sharks who had invaded the shoreline on Easter Sunday.

West Coast
Recreation

CA - From 'thrilled' to 'disappointed,' La Jollans react to Point La Jolla closure

The California Coastal Commission’s vote April 8 to close Point La Jolla and most of Boomer Beach to the public for six months each year has drawn polarized responses, much like the discussions that led to it.

International
Recreation

South Africa - Fearless surfers ride the storm as big swells hit Durban beach amid flooding

Durban - While some were hoping and praying for the recent heavy rains bucketing over KwaZulu-Natal to stop, a group of fearless surfers were biting their nails in anticipation, waiting for a chance to go out and ride the huge swells that hit the Durban beachfront this week.

Northeast
Recreation

RI - Champlin's Marina plan has roiled Block Island for 20 years. Supreme Court has the final say

PROVIDENCE — The Rhode Island Supreme Court has taken a major step toward deciding whether a controversial marina expansion should go forth on Block Island, bringing an end to a case that began nearly two decades ago.

Coastwide
Recreation

USA - Rincon moment: Dora, Peck and Aaberg, 1966

Let’s pause a moment to study an iconic photograph from 1966 of John Peck, Miki Dora and Denny Aaberg striding into the Rincon surf. All three are surfing legends, with the scheming and charismatic Dora still perhaps the most influential surfer of all time.

West Coast
Recreation

CA - Wildlife and Ecology Sail on San Francisco Bay

Set sail from Sausalito for an ecology-themed tour of the Marin Headlands, all the way out to Point Bonita Lighthouse

West Coast
Recreation

CA - California Legislation Seeks to Set Criteria for Designating State Surfing Reserves

California designated surfing as its state sport in 2018. More than just a tourism draw, the designation meant the Golden State would have to take on greater responsibility in caring for and preserving its coastline.

Northeast
Recreation

CT - Beach-access bills in the General Assembly set to fail

Suburban members of the General Assembly have apparently succeeded again in derailing efforts to force Connecticut beach-side towns to make it easier for out-of-towners to enjoy the sand and sun along Long Island Sound.

Gulf of Mexico
Recreation

FL - Is customary use doctrine constitutional? Walton County judge declines to rule on it.

DeFUNIAK SPRINGS — In two separate rulings, one on a motion and the other following a court hearing, Walton County Judge David Green declined to rule on the constitutionality of Florida's existing customary use doctrine.