Join Team Robert Browne!

The LBSA encourages everyone to get behind Robert Browne and his family in their efforts to help him overcome the spinal cord injury he suffered while surfing here in Long Beach. Robert's courage and determination to regain full use of his arms and legs is inspiring, but he needs our help!

Above: Robert with his Godfather, Bobby.

From the Team Robert Browne website:  http://www.teamrobertbrowne.org

Team Robert Browne was formed by friends and family in response to an unfortunate surfing accident. Our goal is to raise money in order to assist Robert and the Browne family in paying for medical and living expenses related to Robert’s disabling spinal cord injury.

"On July 3, 2014, Robert started his day following his passion of surfing in his hometown of Long Beach, New York. 

To avoid colliding with, and potentially injuring a young lady, Robert dove off his board hitting a sand bar and shattering his C5 and C6 vertebrate with shards affecting his spinal cord suffering a serious spinal injury.

Robert has lost the use of his legs and is restricted to a wheel chair, he is currently battling to regain use of his legs with physical therapy and has limited use of his hands."

Besides the enormous medical costs, the family is also struggling to rebuild their home after Sandy, and more renovations will now be needed to retrofit the home for wheelchair access. Want to help? Consider donating directly by clicking here: http://www.teamrobertbrowne.org/donations/ and following TeamRobertBrowne on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TeamRobertBrowne

Also, on September 19th, 2014 all are welcome to come to the Casino Night benefit at Bridgeview Yacht Club in Island Park, hosted by the Testaverde Fund!

Please consider donating and coming out for Casino Night – hope to see you all there!

Get your tickets and make donations here: http://www.teamrobertbrowne.org

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Summer Surf Schedule, 2014

Welcome to Summer 2014!

The 2014 Summer Surf Schedule is essentially unchanged from last year's schedule, with the permanent beaches in the east and rotating schedules through the west central area and the West End. As always, we ask all surfers to make sure you purchase and carry your beach passes and obey all beach park rules. See full schedule below.

For a downloadable version, please click here.

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CITY OF LONG BEACH

Surfing Beach Schedule – Summer 2014

All surfers must pay admission to the Beach Park and are subject to all

Beach Park and Beach Patrol rules and regulations.

 

DESIGNATED SURFING AREAS, HOURS, AND YELLOW FLAG MARKERS

Continuing the successful policy from prior years, Surfing Beaches, Limited Hours Surfing Beaches, and other areas that are open to surfing will be marked clearly with yellow flags by the City of Long Beach Lifeguards, serving to visually notify residents and visitors where surfing is permitted. Beaches designated as All Hours shall be open to surfing at all times, 7 days a week. Beaches designated as Limited Hours shall be open to surfing until 12N, 7 days a week.

Surfers are hereby instructed that when the yellow flags are taken down on a limited hours beach, surfing in that area has ended and they must exit the water promptly. Lifeguards shall give a 10 minute warning prior to taking the flags down to indicate when surfing hours are ending. Surfers on any beach who fail exit the water or promptly paddle or walk to an adjacent surfing beach when instructed by lifeguards or other beach park personnel shall be subject to fines.

PERMANENT SURFING BEACHES – SEVEN DAYS A WEEK:

Surfing is permitted 7 days a week at all hours on the following beaches:

Lincoln Blvd to Monroe Blvd – All Hours

Maple Blvd to Pacific Blvd to the East of the of the swimming area – All Hours

 

LIMITED HOURS SURFING BEACHES – SEVEN DAYS A WEEK:

Surfing is permitted 7 days a week until 12 Noon on weekdays and 11AM on weekends and holidays at the following beaches:

Between Roosevelt Blvd and Neptune Blvd

Between Magnolia Blvd and Laurelton Blvd* (*Except May 24, June 14-15, Jul 6, Aug 2-8 and Aug 31)

Between Laurelton Blvd and Lafayette Blvd (Danny Bobis Beach)

Between Lindell Blvd and Grand Blvd

 

ROTATING WEST-CENTRAL SURFING BEACH SCHEDULE

Surfing is permitted 7 days a week at all hours on the following rotating schedule:

(*Surfing may continue after 11am on holiday weekends at discretion of Chief of Lifeguards)

Sat May 24*                                       Between Lafayette Blvd to Washington Blvd           

Sun May 25*                                      Between Lindell Blvd to Grand Blvd

Mon May 26*                                              Between Laurelton Blvd to Lafayette Blvd   

Sat-Sun  May 31 – June 1                   Between Washington Blvd to Lindell Blvd   

Sat-Sun June 7-8                                 Between Magnolia Blvd to Laurelton Blvd   

Sat-Sun June 14-15                             Between Lafayette Blvd to Washington Blvd           

Sat June 21 – Fri June 27                    Between Lindell Blvd to Grand Blvd

Sat June 28 – Thurs, July 3                Between Laurelton Blvd to Lafayette Blvd

Fri July 4*                                          Between Washington Blvd to Lindell Blvd

Sat July 5*                                          Between Magnolia Blvd to Laurelton Blvd

Sun July 6*                                         Between Lafayette Blvd to Washington Blvd

Mon July 7 – Fri July 11                    Between Lindell Blvd to Grand Blvd

Sat July 12 – Fri July 18                    Between Laurelton Blvd to Lafayette Blvd

Sat July 19 – Fri July 25                    Between Washington Blvd to Lindell Blvd

Sat July 26 – Fri August 1                  Between Magnolia Blvd to Laurelton Blvd

Sat August 2 – Fri August 8               Between Lafayette Blvd to Washington Blvd

Sat August 9 – Fri August 15             Between Lindell Blvd to Grand Blvd

Sat August 16 – Fri August 22           Between Laurelton Blvd to Lafayette Blvd

Sat August 23 – Fri August 29           Between Washington Blvd to Lindell Blvd

Sat August 30*                                   Between Magnolia Blvd to Laurelton Blvd

Sun August 31*                                  Between Lafayette Blvd to Washington Blvd

Mon Sept 1*                                       Between Lindell Blvd to Grand Blvd

 

ROTATING SURF SCHEDULE – WEST END

Surfing is permitted 7 days a week at all hours on the following rotating schedule:

(*Surfing may continue after 11am on holiday weekends at discretion of Chief of Lifeguards)

Sat May 24*                                       Tennessee Beach (Tennessee to Maryland)

Sun May 25*                                      Ohio Beach (Georgia to Nevada)

Mon May 26*                                                Arizona Beach (Arizona to Wyoming)

Sat-Sun May 31-June 1                      Maryland Beach (Maryland to Georgia)

Sat-Sun June 7-8                                 New York Beach (NY to Arizona)

Sat-Sun June 14-15                             Tennessee Beach (Tennessee to Maryland)

Sat June 21 – Fri June 27                    Ohio Beach (Georgia to Nevada)

Sat June 28 – Thurs, July 3                Arizona Beach (Arizona to Wyoming)

Fri July 4*                                          Maryland Beach (Maryland to Georgia)

Sat July 5*                                          New York Beach (NY to Arizona)

Sun July 6*                                         Tennessee Beach (Tennessee to Maryland)                          

Mon July 7 – Fri July 11                    Ohio Beach (Georgia to Nevada)

Sat July 12 – Fri July 18                    Arizona Beach (Arizona to Wyoming)

Sat July 19 – Fri July 25                    Maryland Beach (Maryland to Georgia)

Sat July 26 – Fri August 1                  New York Beach (NY to Arizona)

Sat August 2 – Fri August 8               Tennessee Beach (Tennessee to Maryland)

Sat August 9 – Fri August 15             Ohio Beach (Georgia to Nevada)

Sat August 16 – Fri August 22           Arizona Beach (Arizona to Wyoming)

Sat August 23 – Fri August 29           Maryland Beach (Maryland to Georgia)

Sat August 30*                                   New York Beach (NY to Arizona)

Sun Aug 31*                                       Tennessee Beach (Tennessee to Maryland)

Monday Sept 1*                                 Ohio Beach (Georgia to Nevada)

 

Continuing the policy of the last several years, surfing will be permitted on all other beaches at all times unless/until swimmers are present, at the discretion of the Chief of Lifeguards.

           

SURF SCHOOL BEACHES

Surf Schools will operate on the following 2 beaches 7 days per week

Between Maple Blvd and Pacific Blvd (to the East of the of the swimming area)

Between Long Beach Boulevard to Riverside Boulevard (West side of beach open to swimming on weekends)

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Next LBSA General Meeting – November 4th, 2013 at the Long Beach Hotel!

The next general membership meeting of the Long Beach Surfer's Association will be 7PM on November 4th, 2013 at the Long Beach Hotel.

Prior to the meeting, the LBSA, in coordination with the Long Beach High School Surf team will be presenting a surf forecasting clinic: "Surf Forecasting 101" – All are welcome to attend!

Download your copy of the flyer here: LBSA_SurfForecastFlyerNov2013v2

See y'all there!

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“A Hundred Miles to the End” to Premiere at the LB Library – July 13th, 2013 – get your tickets NOW!

SMASH and the LBSA are proud to present the world premiere of John Beattie's surf film, "A Hundred Miles to the End" on July 13th, 2013 at the Long Beach Library!

Tickets are ONLY available online – Click here to get yours! http://ahundredmileslb.eventbrite.com

Read more about the film here: http://smashsurf.com/smash-fest-1-to-host-world-premiere-of-a-hundred-miles-to-the-end/

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Important LBSA Meeting – Wednesday, June 5th, 2013 7:30PM at Earth Arts!

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Project Pay it Forward #11 scheduled for June 1st, 2013 – Come out and help out!

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LBSA expresses concerns over Summer 2013 Surf Schedule to City Manager

As many in the Long Beach Surf community are aware, the City has published a proposed 2013 Surf Schedule. While the LBSA and it’s members fully support the City in it’s efforts to develop a fair and equitable schedule for this first summer post Sandy, there are a growing number of members of the LBSA and the community at large that have expressed safety and other concerns, especially as it relates the the proposed schedule’s lockdown of all surfing west of Lincoln Boulevard after 11am on holiday weekends. Will Hallett, the new President of the LBSA, expressed concerns to the City manager via email on May 23rd, 2013. Below is the email, in it’s entirety.

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Dear Mr. Schnirman,

As you may have heard, I recently took over for Billy Kupferman as President of the Long Beach Surfer’s Association. I’ve had the great pleasure to work with you and members of the City’s management on a variety of projects over the years, both as part of the LBSA and individually. On behalf of myself, the Board of Directors of the LBSA, and the entire membership, we all look forward to continuing to work with all of you cooperatively for the greater good of all of the citizens of our City.

I am writing to you today to express the concerns of the LBSA membership and the LBSA Board of Directors over this year’s proposed Surf Beach Schedule, which to our knowledge, has not been finalized. We all know that it has been a difficult time since Sandy, and there were legitimate concerns over the initial schedule that was published. We applaud the City for quickly looking to correct the concerns brought out by the community. In a similar light, I would be remiss in my duties if I did not call to your attention the following concerns from 2012 that have not been addressed in the proposed 2013 schedule, and a new major concern that has been introduced by the proposed 2013 schedule. The two issues unresolved from last year are as follows:

1. Fairness to the swimming (non-surfing) community in the Westholme area – addressing “Back to Back to Back” surf only beaches.

The 2013 proposed schedule, as written, allows for scenarios where there will be two consecutive back to back beaches, and some weeks even THREE consecutive beaches that will be off limits to swimming in the morning hours. The LBSA believes this is an unfair burden, and we strongly recommend that this be addressed.

2. Undue burden on any one of the rotating Westhholme and West End beaches as the “Surf Beach” for entire holiday weekends.

The 2013 proposed schedule, as written, maintains the same beach in the Westholme and West End areas through the entire holiday weekend. The LBSA and other interested citizens have recommended changing the beach each day. If this cannot be done for 2013, it certainly should be considered for Summer, 2014.

With the Memorial Day Weekend rapidly approaching our most grave concern is our third item:

3. Closing of all Surf Beaches west of Lincoln Blvd after 11am for the entire Memorial Day, July 4th, and Labor Day weekends.

The 2013 proposed schedule, as written, provides that the rotating beaches in the Westholme area and the West End be closed to surfing after 11am for these 10 “holiday weekend” days. This effectively means that there will be no place to surf after 11am for an entire 3 mile stretch, and will force surfers to converge on one of only two places, both in the east end of town.

Make no mistake – the position of the LBSA is that closing these beaches after 11am on the holiday weekends creates a major safety concern!

We completely understand the need to make the best possible decisions with our shared resource, and while we understand that the holidays bring out major amounts of swimmers, it also brings major amounts of surfers. We believe the overcrowding that is likely to occur puts our surfing community at a severe, totally unnecessary risk.

Additionally, by closing all beaches west of Lincoln after 11am on these days, the City has effectively deprived anyone who lives in the Westholme area or the West End an opportunity to surf with their families for major portions of their holiday weekend, as no one who lives in that area will be willing to move their car and give up a precious parking spot to go to the east end. Finally the youngest of our citizens in the surf community deserve better. If they live west of Lincoln, we cannot and should not send them off to surf alone, and certainly not into a dangerously overcrowded surf beach.

The LBSA plans to monitor the situation carefully, and we will do our best to respectfully relay our findings and observations to you, the City Council, and the Chief of Lifeguards, for whom we have the utmost respect. We have always enjoyed a great, cooperative relationship with the City. We look forward to your response on these issues, and with you, we all look forward to a safe and successful summer.

Respectfully,

Will Hallett
President, Long Beach Surfer’s Association

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Anyone with thoughts or concerns on this issue is encouraged to contact the LBSA at info@longbeachsurfersassociation.com, and to write or call the City Manager and the City council as well. The LBSA firmly believes that all points of view on the 2013 surf schedule should be heard, but safety must be and should always be the top priority.

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