NEWPORT BEACH (CBSLA.com) — A meeting held on Monday night may help settle a turf war over the surf at the Wedge in Newport Beach.
Since 1985, bodysurfers have had the famous spot to themselves a few hours daily from June 15 through Sept. 10. In 1993, the city council extended those dates to May 1 through Oct. 31. The rules were established to blackball surfers, boogieboarders and skimboarders from the water over safety concerns.
But on Monday night, a city panel called the Blackball Working Group, discussed a potential end to the regulations.
Supporters of both sides shared their stories and opinions, hoping to come to a fair, equal conclusion.
“Six months out of the year, for 20 years, seven hours a day defies all logic to me,” surfing photographer Diane Edmonds said.
Meanwhile, body surfers argued that the presence of full-length surfboards presents hazards and danger to swimmers when in the water.