Surfing in California
Replies: 18 - Last Post: Apr 1, 2013 6:22 PM Last Post By: ianw6705
Mar 31, 2013 11:37 AM
15Quick funny story for you. Several years ago, 10-12, a couple of the Malibu elite decided to hire a "private" security strong man to patrol " their " beach on a ATV and keep the riff raff out. Well the guard started getting pretty bold and abusive to family's and kids. This went on for few weeks. No one knew it was going on.
Well then we get a west swell coming in and surfers being surfers and came in droves to Malibu, Mr Security did not like it, not one bit.
Mr. Security got into it with 3 surfers and one, former marine, ruffed up Mr. Security, pretty good to.
Fast forward, Mr. Security and the home owners brought the surfers to court. One of the surfers turned out to be a pretty good lawyer and found some of the family's who were abused.. Well the judge threw out all of the charges against the surfers and fined the home owners and Mr. Security. Both also got a couple years probation. Justice served!
Mar 31, 2013 2:40 PM
16Coming from Australia (land of the free beach) I find it extraordinary that anyone would hire security for such a task.
Having said that though, there is a right-of-way public access all around the edge of Sydney Harbour (a skinny national park in fact) - it's a truly beautiful body of water, with some of the most expensive homes on the planet. Naturally these elites prefer the unwashed not to stroll along their "private" waterfront ... so they put up all sorts of pseudo-fences and barriers and stern notices - all illegal of course.
One day I'll walk all the way round, just to say hi!
Apr 1, 2013 3:44 PM
17The beaches in California pretty much all BELONG TO THE PUBLIC. The well-worn trails to reach more
obscure beaches have an established legal easement for use by the public under California law. The wealthy
may have bought oceanfront homes-- they DO NOT own the beach in front of their home (despite what some
of the wealthy elite try to trick the public into believing as illustrated by Hermasjoe's account.) I love finding the quiet surf spots in front of the mansions in SoCal and plunking my gear down in
front of the home. Never personally been challenged by any of the super-wealthy for use of these beaches.
but I've seen all their "Private Property" and "No Trespassing" signs on the pathways to them. Perhaps
they sense that my brother is a high-priced attorney who has one of those homes with an ocean view and
what legal consequences would ensue should they try to block my access to what we all have a right to enjoy-- Californians and visitors alike.
Apr 1, 2013 6:04 PM
18Fortunately in Australia - with both a smaller population, and a beautiful surf coast perhaps ten times longer than Southern California - almost all the beach-front is parkland or nature reserve, and then a road, and then the first private property. Not in all cases, but pretty much. Where there is private property on the beach-front side of the road, there is plenty of car or pedestrian access, and there is still no question that home-owners have any property or occupancy right to the beach.
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