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Free the Montauk 8: Surfing is not a crime

December 06 2007 | Jim's Blog,
by Jim




File under "hard to believe this is late 2007 in America"...

As hard to believe as it may seem there are places in the world that actually use local law enforcement resources to control... surfing. That is there are places in the world that actually will write a citation if you paddle out and surf. No, I'm not talking about some feral trip in Indo or an Ivory Coast sojourn in Africa. I'm talking about Montauk, Long Island.

In Montauk you can get a ticket for surfing.

In Montauk you can get a ticket for... surfing.



For many people it is incomprehensible that this can happen in the US in this day and age, I'm one of those people.

Surfrider Foundation exists "for the protection and enjoyment of oceans, waves and beaches for all people". This means... we believe that people should be able to access the beach. We believe that people should be able to be able to access the beach, recreate... go surfing.

That isn't a radical thought. That's a simple, straightforward thought that is closely aligned with the foundational freedoms of this country. The radical thought is the fact that local law enforcement would spend the time, energy and money ticketing surfers for... surfing.

Read the story here. Support the cause here. Buy the T here.

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