It was grrrreat!
Well, my guess is that barbecues and fun are goin on into the night, and Chuck
and Jeff and
Co are not yet home.
The paddle out was simply put, something else.
About 75 men, women, boys, girls -- and one bloke on a chair perched atop two
surfboards strapped together -- paddled out to link hands in a large aloha
circle, in the
name of a ocean policy that would promote clean water and healthy seas -- and
moment of silence and thought for those lost on 9/11 -- all in the glistening
of the ocean outside the main lineup. . . while a sweet long period swell rolled
The whole thing was witnessed by a huge crowd of happy-go-lucky beachgoers, some
whom I spoke to were taken by the happening.
The aloha circle broke up after a short speech and a communal cheer. And the
group did it's best to paddle into one large party wave toghether. The wave was
one and a whole lot of boards were seen flying in the air right after it broke,
but to no ill
Clean long lines were the order of the day, and somehow despite the throng
thong, but that's another story) there seems to be enough for everyone. Thanks
chapter, that made my week, day, month, maybe my summer, it was great to be out
there with everyone.
Law of the Sea Treaty update
"How's this for a once-in-a-blue-moon scenario? Six major environmental
groups endorse a sweeping international treaty strongly supported by
the American Petroleum Institute and other industry groups."
What's behind the stalling and scaremongering on the Law of the Sea Treaty?
Andy Funnell missing after jetski mishap
"PWA tour windsurfer Andy Funnell presumed missing after jetski mishap."
tragic news ( Boards magazine)
Sea Protection Costs Less Than Fish Subsidies
more . . .
By Ed Stoddard
Surfrider CLI yahoo discussion and messaging group
Protecting the world's oceans will cost governments far less than the
amount they spend on subsidies for fishing fleets and will lead to
bigger catches in the long run, according to a new study . . . that a network of marine protected areas (MPAs) covering 30 percent of Earth's
oceans would cost $12-14 billion annually.
It says this falls far short of the $15-30 billion already spent each
year on subsidies to commercial fisheries, which environmentalists
say encourages overfishing.
Welcome Long Island's newest surfrider chapter!
Long Beach Elections and ACOE:
Overheard on the NewYorkSurf.com community bulletin
"Actually gidget -- having these 3 republicans
on City Council is LB is the GREATEST thing we could have right now.
2 out of them have committed AGAINST the ACOE project to the beach!!!!
(I'm not 100% how Mona is on this whole deal.) Kelly verbally supported
on Monday the Republican ticket b/c he too is against the plan.
. . .
Remember -- in local politics, parties don't mean the same as in state
and fed governments.
Long Beach Herald
Long Beach Surf Breaks under threat:
Erosion Closes Part of Robert Moses Beach
Severe erosion has made dramatic alterations to RM5 .
Large sections of the beach west of the concession bldg have been washed
away, in some places back to the fences.
For more info check Newsday.
MIKE BURNS FREESTYLE VIDEO FEATURES KING OF THE
CAPE ACTION, BREAKS DOWN THE TRICKS
Marc Lefebvre reports that in Mike's new video all the latest moves
are broken down into easy to learn sections to help aspiring Vulcan
flippers learn the latest and greatest moves from the top pros. If YOU
participated in the event, YOU ARE in the video. Its a video hat trick;
an event video, an instructional video, and a freestyle action video
all in one.
To order please send $30.00 plus $4.95 shipping/handling to:
Michael Burns Video Productions Inc.
30 Jericho Tpke. #101
Commack, NY 11769
Or you can email: firstname.lastname@example.org
for more details...
11.02 CIB Joins ROBBERY MOSES!
Watch your gear at C.I.B! and other Bayville spots. Dana and Stan
have both recently had boards and equipment stolen from this local site.
Anyone with information about this crime should report it to the Bayville
*** Take Action to Protect California Beaches from Seawalls Please take
action now (by Aug. 30th) to help protect California's incredible beaches
from destructive seawalls. Go to our "Action Alert" web page where you
can send a free fax in support of California Assembly Bill 2943. This
bill will amend the California Coastal Act to protect our beaches and
beach access from beach-destroying seawalls. The Action Alert page is
with more info at http://actionnetwork.org/campaign/ca_beach_now/explanation
*** Largest Ocean Sewage Dumper in USA
Votes to Treat Sewage to Secondary Level From Surfrider's Press Release
of July 18: "Nearly ten years of effort on behalf of the Surfrider Foundation
culminated late Wednesday night, with a narrow 13 to 12 vote by the
Orange County Sanitation District Board to discontinue operating under
the controversial 301(h) waiver, which has allowed them to discharge
partially treated sewage into the channel off Huntington Beach for nearly
20 years. The Board's vote clears the way for the agency to initiate
full secondary treatment of sewage before reaching the ocean, as mandated
in the 1972 federal Clean Water Act." This represents a huge victory
for Surfrider and for clean water at our beaches. Read the entire Surfrider
press release at http://beach.com/surfrider/press_releases_index.asp
*** Surfrider's Working to Protect Very Special
Coastal Places Surfrider's Position Statement on Marine Protected
Areas (MPAs) states that, "Surfrider believes that some areas of our
ocean should be set aside for full protection where fishing and the
removing or disturbing of living and nonliving material is prohibited.
Fully protected marine reserves can allow low-impact non-extractive
recreational activities such as diving and surfing while providing opportunities
for research and education. These activities still allow protection
of the coastal and ocean environment's ecological integrity." Read more
in the new Surfrider web section launching Aug. 2 entitled "Special
Places" at http://surfrider.org/specialplaces
*** National Academy of Sciences Calls for
Independent Review of All Army Corps Projects Efforts are growing to
reform the enormously wasteful and environment damaging Army Corps of
Engineers. Congress recently asked the National Research Council
of the National Academy of Sciences to examine the Army Corps procedures.
The study of the Army Corps is now completed and, among other things,
the National Research Council recommends independent, third-party review
of all controversial or potentially environment damaging projects that
the Army Corps propose. This is a badly needed first step in meaningful
reform of the Army Corps, who have been responsible for countless destructive
and wasteful projects in our coastal watersheds. More info at http://www.planetark.org/dailynewsstory.cfm/newsid/17059/story.htm
Mike Burns harvests heads in the King of the
the venerable windsurfingmailing list recently talked about Southhampton's
own Jace Panebianco and his crew, but gave no details on the fate of
Iron Mike Burns in the Spock-spraying, Willy skippering, Wymaroo-wrangling
contest known as KOTC (King of the Cape). Yup round these parts, some
folk don't much care about what happened on some Italian lake -- the
World Freestyle Champ in this longitude is often regarded as whomever
is the KOTC.
This year reigning men's Amateur Champ Mike Burns was bumped up a
whole division to play with the big boys in the Pro segment, and was
looking at a possible drubbing at the hands of the PWA's jet-setting
titans of tweak. But wait.
The results are in and Iron Mike, our intrepid Sultan of Vulcan, has
begun his sojourn in Proville by pocketing the scalps of more than a
few of the aforementioned Lotharios of loop.
Surely we are over the top in our account of the situation, but one
look at the names on this list tells the story. The Mike was looking
back down the leader board at the likes of
Personal watercraft banned within the boundaries
of Fire Island National Seashore (New York) effective immediately. For
more details head over to Newsday.
The park's southern boundary extends 1000 feet
into the Atlantic ocean, and 1.5 miles into the Great South Bay. The
park, it was said, will emphasize education this summer over punishment
-- the first time offense fine would be $50.
"A man dashing across a lake
on a customized personal watercraft at about 55 mph was killed in an
apparent collision with a flying duck." for the complete story
see the AP thread
Not funny. I guess no matter what watercraft
you are riding - remember the top speed a windsurfer has been clocked
at runs about 55 mph!!
from Rich Ressman (Cast-off windsurfing
equipment needed for new junior windsurfing program in Chicago) I am
an orthopaedic surgeon who will be giving up my practice next June 2002
to volunteer and start a windsurfing program at the Junior Lifeguard
Program at Leone Beach, Chicago (Touhy Avenue and the Lake). I attended
Touhy Beach as a boy and recollections only bring back fond memories.
The program involved rowing, sailing, waterskiing,
canoeing, scuba, swimming, softball, football, basketball, horseshoes
and other outdoor sports. For me, most days started at 8 A.M. and I
didn't get home until 9 P.M. The program was run for many years by the
late Sam Leone, and many attendees considered him a second father. The
program starting June 2002 is sponsored by the Chicago Park District.
We expect to have up to 30 boys and girls ages
11 to 16 involved in the windsurfing program, and we are looking for
donations of long boards and rigs. Donations would be to the Chicago
Park District, so they are tax deductible and receipts will be provided.
Please contact Richard Ressman by e-mail at email@example.com
or by telephone at 312 222-1023. Thank you, Rich Ressman
Note: Renee Linskens will be attending the Islamorada Pro Am Nov. 8-11
at the Moorings Village. Anyone with sails, rigs, booms, masts, mast
bases, extensions, buoys, or harnesses they no longer use could bring
them to the Pro Am for Renee to take north to Chicago. Wheelspray@att.net
All the Western LI
windsurfers who worked on Wall St.
are safe as far as we know. Brook was uptown at a meeting, Rich saw
the second plane hit the tower and ran all the way to 14th St., (he's
a runner!). I was in the subway near the WTC at the time, and met eyewinesses
to the second plane hit, and managed to get the first train going back
in the other direction before the subways were shut down. I don't know
the surfing community as well, as I do their windy brethren, but I would
remember anyone of their number here if Ireceive any messages.
We live and never forget.
Those we have lost but not forgotten.
8/29/01 - This just
in from Drysuit2
Responding to fresh
reports of West Nile Virus-infected mosquitoes, state health officials
yesterday closed Heckscher State Park to campers
and limited public use of the park to daylight hours only. John Baugh
a notable expert in the field of Mosquito borne diseases, and avid windsurfer
himself was turned away at 5:30 PM one evening as he attempted apost-work
sesh. The recommendation to limit park use was made by Suffolk County
health officials after confirmation that two mosquito samples taken
in the park Aug. 15 tested positive for the virus.
-- Robbery Moses Park?
this just in from the Mustang:
"Hey guys. Listen up, or this could happen
to you. It seems that some punk ass is hanging around Robert Moses 5.
He drives a silver Ford Focus hatch with a dented front drivers side
fender. What this prick does is watch SURFERS hide their keys under
their cars. Then this punk takes the key, opens the car, robs it, takes
your credit cards, and puts the key back where he has found it so that
you don't notice right away. Besides taking any valuables from your
car, he immediately max's out your credit cards. A local from RM5 (the
guy from this spring with the green board and the baggy drysuit who
was pig-doging sick barrels) said he saw the thief in action. He described
him as Hispanic. He has already robbed like 10 of the local crew at
rm5 for A LOT of $. He hits like 5 cars a day. Bring your keys with
you to the beach because if this asshole is watching, he will rob you
blind as soon as you paddle out. "---------Mustang---------
Army Corps of Engineers to dredge Fire Island
Inlet during off-season, the story was recently reported inNewsday.
from inlet to be pumped off nearby beaches to replenish shorelines foreshortened
by erosion this past Spring and Winter. Perhaps the veterans can tell
us what effect this will have on the breaks. The link here is from a
later story - but an earlier story did mention Gilgo as a target beach
to also receive replenishment as part of the $100-million project.
7/27/01 Lighting Up the Wind
I mean LIPA
is reportedly considering building windmills off the south shore to
harness the wind's energy. With strong opposition to the building
of power plants on land, the energy co. is looking to the free source
of power we all know so well. A couple of 10.5 sq.m sails and a Starboard
Go hooked up to a generator ought to do it. The mills will befar enough
offshore not to be an eyesore. but what it will do to the wind field
is anyone's guess. Reckon nautical engineer Scotty Furrrr oughta be
able to fill us in...more wind or less Scott?
The area east
of Fire Island to the tip of the island has been gauged by LIPA as the
windiest stretch to exploit.
8/4/01 Loopin Out of the Closet
Rob was recently seen at the end of a sparsely populated 5-10 knot Sunday
at heckscher... repeatedly hurling himself in a somersault off his sail
less longboard into the drink, and landing on his back. That's dedication
for all youze looperz-to-be.
a body guard. Step on the little
bird brah and you in big trubble bruddah!