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Surfing limits over for this season

October 31, 2013
  • Kevin "Mel" Thoman, left, with Craig Plitt, right, and Lance Jenks below the flag.
Kevin "Mel" Thoman, left, with Craig Plitt,… (Marty Henke, Daily…)

Body surfers gathered at The Wedge to pay tribute to the final day of surfing restrictions for the season. This may be the last year for the regulations; they are being reviewed by city officials and are subject to change.

As it stands, Newport Beach bans all boards from the ocean at The Wedge, a popular surfing spot at the end of the Balboa Peninsula, from 10 a.m to 5 p.m. from May through October, allowing body surfers free reign over the waves during that time. A committee called the Blackball Working Group has met several times to review the rule — which has remained unchanged for 20 years — and others, as part of an overall evaluation of surfing in Newport Beach.

If any need for change is recognized, the group will present its suggestions to the city's Parks, Beaches and Recreation Commission, probably in January.

— Emily Foxhall

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Twitter: @emfoxhall

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