Surf’s Up as Los Angeles County Beaches Reopen for Recreation

Los Angeles surfers (Joel Pollak / Breitbart News)
Joel Pollak / Breitbart News

LOS ANGELES, California — Dozens of surfers flocked to Los Angeles County beaches as they opened, officially, on Wednesday morning for recreation.

The surf conditions happened to be unusually good, drawing more surfers than usual to the Pacific Ocean.

This reporter counted roughly 60 surfers at the break at Sunset Point Beach.

At one point, a pod of bottlenose dolphins swam past. A seal also made a cameo appearance among the surfers.

Bottlenose dolphins swim by surfers off Sunset Point (Joel Pollak / Breitbart News)

Bottlenose dolphins swim by surfers off Sunset Point (Joel Pollak / Breitbart News)

The question of access to beaches has been a contentious one in the midst of state and local stay-at-home orders during the coronavirus pandemic. Governor Gavin Newsom clashed with local authorities in Orange County, who had kept beaches open for recreation throughout the pandemic, drawing large numbers of people on a particularly hot weekend in late April. San Diego County allowed beaches to reopen last Monday, with discretion allowed for local authorities to close them.

Surfers in Los Angeles never really disappeared, but they tended to be active in the early morning, before police arrived.

The Los Angeles Times reported that beaches in the county would be open for recreation, but not sitting or sunbathing: “Permitted activities will include running, walking, swimming and surfing. Group sports like volleyball are prohibited.”

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti scrambled Tuesday afternoon to contain the damage after a county official announced that stay-at-home restrictions would be extended for three months.

Garcetti called into CNN to clarify that some restrictions would be lifted, in coordination with the state government, while other restrictions would likely remain in place.

Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News and the host of Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot on Sunday evenings from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET (4 p.m. to 7 p.m. PT). His new book, RED NOVEMBER, is available for pre-order. He is a winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.

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