Bodyboarding: a New York state of mind

New York City has temporarily lifted the ban on bodyboarding, after receiving protests from the wave riding community.

When the New York City Parks Department issued the ban, bodyboarders almost could't believe what they were hearing. The authorities announced that all "flotation devices" were not allowed to enter the local waters.

The reasons behind the ban were not quite clear. Apparently, the bodyboarding prohibition was raised since two kids got swept out around Beach 33r with their boards, during tropical storm Bertha.

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Sebastian Siede: he Arica his home | Photo: Pablo Jimenez

Upsets, mistakes and spectacular performances marked the conclusion of Round 4 and 5 of the Arica Chilean Challenge 2014.

The organization decided to extend heats from twenty-five minutes to thirty minutes, to compensate for the inconsistent but rising swell.

Mike Stewart confirms that ageing is of less importance, when you've got the knowledge. The nine-time world bodyboarding champion picked off the handful of valuable waves to win his heat. Iain Campbell took second.

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Rockaway Beach: no bodyboarding | Photo: New York District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

New York City has banned bodyboarding in all public beaches.

The New York City Parks Department has issued a ban on boogie boards. Anyone trying to enter the water with a bodyboard will face penalties.

The unprecedented decision was taken by Jill Weber, administrator at the Parks Department Rockaways. Apparently, the bodyboarding ban is on since two kids got swept out around Beach 33r with their boards, during tropical storm Bertha.

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