Recreation

Northeast
Recreation

Calls for a Beach as Designing Begins for Brooklyn Bridge Esplanade

Last week, the city kicked off its public design process for the Brooklyn Bridge Esplanade, the quarter-mile stretch of East River waterfront from Peck Slip to Catherine Slip. But it was a small sandy patch, just 191 feet long and lapped by the river’s waves, that grabbed much of the attention.

Southeast
Recreation

Caroline Marks returns to Sebastian Inlet as reigning World Surf League Rookie of the Year

One year ago, 15-year-old Caroline Marks returned to her hometown Space Coast as the youngest surfer in history — female or male — to qualify for the pro championship surfing tour. She capped her visit by getting carried off the beach after winning the Florida Pro at Sebastian Inlet.

Gulf
Recreation

The new smoking ban frontier: removing butts from beaches

A Sarasota County ban on smoking at the beach was overturned in court, so now state legislators are looking to ban it statewide The dispute is about litter, not second-hand smoke.

Gulf
Recreation

A first for Alabama coast, smoking banned at public beach

Gulf Shores has Alabama’s most popular half-mile stretch of public beachfront, with sugar-white sandy beaches luring families and tourists year-round.

Caribbean
Recreation

Meet Punta Borinquen, World's Newest Surf Reserve

Fine stretch of Puerto Rico surf protected from development - forever.

Hawaii & Alaska
Recreation

Professional bodyboarding events return to Pipeline

The professional bodyboarding circuit is returning to Banzai Pipeline, in Hawaii, after a one-year hiatus.

Southeast
Recreation

Ever-encroaching sand to be moved again at Jockey’s Ridge

As the dunes migrate steadily south, Jockey’s Ridge State Park plans to move 140,000 cubic yards of sand away from the southeast section of the property near Soundside Road.

West Coast
Recreation

Mavericks surf season is off to explosive start

Local surf fans were left scratching their heads when the Big Wave Tour announced it would not be holding the Mavericks Challenge surf contest this week, despite reports of large, dangerous surf poised to crash along the San Mateo County coastline.

Northeast
Recreation

Tropical Hawk Comes to Maine

Maybe some things really are not meant to be. New England Patriots fans will know what we mean considering the way the Patriots lost to the Miami Dolphins in Miami last Sunday yet again, despite holding a lead with just seconds left in the game.

International
Recreation

Gabriel Medina clinches world surfing title at Pipe Masters as Jesse Mendes takes Triple Crown

Kelly Slater has again shown why he is the king of surfing with a ridiculous wipeout recovery at Hawaii's famous Pipeline break. The 11-time world champion was deep inside a tube in his third round heat at the Pipe Masters when he was clipped and knocked off his board.

West Coast
Recreation

Surfers brave monster Mavericks waves, despite no competition

HALF MOON BAY, Calif. (KGO) -- Monday at Mavericks was projected to be one of the biggest and most epic surfing days of the decade at the famous Half Moon Bay surf spot and it lived up to that billing.

Southeast
Recreation

Swimming with Super Grouper

As I drift north toward the Ana Cecilia off Singer Island, Florida, I prepare my underwater camera to photograph one of my favorite fish, the Atlantic goliath grouper.

Hawaii & Alaska
Recreation

‘Momentum Generation,’ a new HBO surf documentary, brought this critic to tears

You do not need to be interested in surfing to be excited and moved by Jeff and Michael Zimbalist’s excellent, eloquent documentary “Momentum Generation,” which premiered Tuesday on HBO. A surf film might not be the first thing you’d expect to bring you repeatedly to tears, but I can say with authority it is possible.

West Coast
Recreation

California Intent on Public Access for Beach in Ritzy Enclave

(CN) – In no uncertain terms, members of the California Coastal Commission put property owners in a wealthy enclave north of Los Angeles on notice that their days of blocking the public from accessing an 8-mile stretch of pristine coast will soon be over.

Gulf
Recreation

Walton County seeks declaration of customary use

DeFUNIAK SPRINGS, FL — Attorneys for Walton County filed a complaint in Circuit Court this week seeking affirmation of its claim that the dry sand areas behind 1,194 private beachfront properties should be available to the public.

West Coast
Recreation

25-Foot Waves Batter Oregon Coast, More to Come Over Weekend, Early Week

(Oregon Coast) – Major wave action is taking place on the Oregon coast right now, which has been cause for a high surf advisory in effect through 10 a.m. on Thursday. Bringing 25-foot waves at times, it’s not a good time to be on the beaches. In fact, according to the National Weather Service (NWS), there will likely be more such warnings for Friday and then again early in the week.

West Coast
Recreation

AGENTS OF CHANGE: THE CITY SURF PROJECT

Through a combination of subterfuge, embargoed evidence, and tight lips those ensconced in San Francisco's surf scene tend to do everything in their power to keep the city's seasonally world-class surf to themselves. But while they've historically done a good job of keeping things under wraps–doing their damnedest to dissuade the multitudes of techies who've descended upon the city's ocean adjacent neighborhoods from entering the lineups–a non-profit organization is trying to introduce surfing to the city's underrepresented populations.

Coastwide
Recreation

“Charlie Don’t Surf!”: ‘Apocalypse Now’ and What Surfing Means to America

How Francis Ford Coppola and John Milius used the Vietnam War and surf culture to showcase dying American exceptionalism

Gulf
Recreation

Beach accesses named after longtime public servants recognized

OKALOOSA ISLAND — As the fronds of newly-planted palms flapped in a frigid wind, about 70 people bundled up by the beach on a 42-degree Monday afternoon to honor two lifelong public servants.

West Coast
Recreation

Santa Cruz’s Privates Beach coastal access dispute winds down

LIVE OAK — Once asserting that it did not need new permission to keep the small “Privates” beach locked and privately accessible, the Opal Cliffs Recreation District agreed this week to maintain free daily coastal access, with a scaled back security gate in place by summer.

Gulf
Recreation

New park may be in works for Destin

DESTIN — After two years of waiting, the city of Destin could be getting another waterfront park.

International
Recreation

Surf therapy helping young people with mental health

Organizers of a mental health initiative with a difference are hoping a pilot scheme offering surf therapy for young people can soon be rolled out full-time.

Southeast
Recreation

Tempers rise in the Everglades; Ohio dredging costs to rise

It’s no secret the algae blooms that turn waterways into guacamole on portions of Florida’s east and west coasts emanate from harmful discharges coming out of Lake Okeechobee. In another part of the country, deadlines for prohibiting open-lake dumping of dredge materials is approaching in Ohio. Both these issues will impact local marinas and boat dealers, not to mention having a potentially negative effect on boating in those parts of the country.

Gulf
Recreation

Free entrance days of 2019 at the Padre Island National Seashore

Entrance fees to the Padre Island National Seashore will be waived.

West Coast
Recreation

Surfers chase the storm swell before the rain hits Southern California

As one of the first swells of the winter season appeared along the Southern California coast, surfers hit the water before the expected storm and rain rolled in. The waves were building through Wednesday morning, and were expected to be 4 to 6 feet high by the afternoon.

Gulf
Recreation

Powderhorn Ranch becomes wildlife management area

More than 15,000 acres of the Powderhorn Ranch along the Texas coast in Calhoun County, prime unspoiled coastal prairie, is now a state wildlife management area.

Coastwide
Recreation

2018 SURFER AWARDS: MOVIE OF THE YEAR NOMINEES

From reels being projected in high school auditoriums while filmmakers narrated a script, to paying a pretty penny for VHS cassettes at surf shops, all the way up to today’s attention deficit digital age, the surf flick has endured the fluidity in its format.

Hawaii & Alaska
Recreation

Watch Kai Lenny’s Impossible 20-Foot Jaws Air Drop

November 26 was a day that will go down in history. It was the day a big wave contest was called off because it was too big. It was probably the right call, at least morally. But from a spectator standpoint, man-oh-man, was it a crushing blow.

Hawaii & Alaska
Recreation

Forty-foot waves in forecast for north shore

The National Weather Service has issued a high-surf warning for the north-facing shores of Maui and the north- and west-facing shores of Molokai through 6 p.m. Tuesday.

International
Recreation

VIDEO: New York surfer survives brutal wipeout at Nazare big-wave contest

Professional surfer Will Skudin of New York survived one of the more brutal wipeouts of the Nazare Challenge, a big-wave contest held Friday by the World Surf League in Portugal.

West Coast
Recreation

Officials had $1 million for beach access at Hollister Ranch — where did it go?

Coastal officials knew decades ago it would take money to open Hollister Ranch to the public.

Gulf
Recreation

Atchafalaya Delta WMA waterfowlers average 1.8

NEW ORLEANS — Louisiana’s four coastal Wildlife Management Areas, including the Atchafalaya Delta WMA in St. Mary Parish, were popular destinations for opening day of the 2018-19 waterfowl hunting season Nov. 10 in Louisiana.

Hawaii & Alaska
Recreation

Congratulations to the 2018 Aloha Classic Champions

The five amateur divisions finals were run and won in stunning Ho’okipa conditions today. The red-hot favorites all held their nerve under the intense pressure of expectation to win their respective divisions with power and style.

Great Lakes
Recreation

Warren Dunes management plan public meeting set

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is inviting the public to help shape future management at Warren Dunes State Park in Berrien County. The DNR will host an open house 5-7 p.m. Nov. 28 at the Lake Township Hall, 3220 Shawnee Road, Bridgman, to gather input on the park’s draft phase 2 general management plan.

Gulf
Recreation

Gov. Edwards, LDWF, La. Veterans Affairs, CCA partner to offer wounded, disabled vets special red snapper fishing opportunity

Gov. John Bel Edwards announced that the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) and the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs (LDVA) are teaming up to promote a special red snapper season for wounded and disabled military veterans to catch the remaining recreational red snapper allotment for the state.

Gulf
Recreation

Dunes flattened, trails obliterated: Some Florida state parks undone by Hurricane Michael

Michael wiped out dunes, created new beaches and destroyed access roads from St. George to St. Joe and inland to the Caverns.

West Coast
Recreation

12-year-old surfer riding to world championship

Caitlin Simmers, 12, of Oceanside, California, surfing in the Aloha Cup at the World Surfing Games in September. She has been named to USA Surfing's 12-member World Junior Surfing Champion team.

Mid-Atlantic
Recreation

South Carolina’s saltwater fishing licenses are dirt cheap. But they buy a wealth of fun

Compared to all the coastal states from Virginia to Florida, the cost of South Carolina’s saltwater fishing license is, simply put, ridiculously low.

West Coast
Recreation

How Southern California’s Aerospace Industry Helped Revolutionize Surfing

"There are lots of other beach areas where surfing hasn’t taken off as much as it did in Southern California,” says historian Peter Neushul. “Aerospace is integral to all of that. Where you're living. Your access to the beach. The technology you take to the beach. Everything.”

Southeast
Recreation

Surf fishing shut down, but mullet run is still underway

Devastation as far as the eye can see is still the norm for the beaches from Melbourne Beach to Indialantic to Cocoa Beach. It's unprecedented.