Should A Parking Permit Determine Where You Surf?

Where do you surf these days? Most of the time I choose the beach closest to my home. It’s a good wave and I have the spot really dialed in. I know where and when you can park. I know if it’s cold I’m not too far from my car. I know when it’s going to hold a swell right.

All these comforts considered, shouldn’t you switch up your surf spots? I tried today.

I thought about Democrat Point, but had no luck as the road is closed for the winter. My friend told me Robert Moses field 3 has been breaking, but I couldn’t tell you if that was true because the parking lot is closed. So, I headed east. I checked Smith Point, a spot where I could finally park, but of course there wasn’t a wave. I drove further east and found myself in Westhampton. The parking lot was open, but there was a sign noting the requirement of a parking permit. Well, the waves were just too inviting to leave, so I ignored the sign and parked without a permit.

I understand that not all beaches can be free, but should they be closed? Should you have to live in the town to use there parking lots? I didn’t get a ticket in Westhampton, but I did pass more then one cop car, which put the thought into my head that I would.

So were do you go? I’m just trying to surf. I’m not worried about lifeguards on duty. I’m not there to litter or walk on the dunes. I really just want to be able to park my car safely without getting a ticket.

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2 Responses to “Should A Parking Permit Determine Where You Surf?”


  1. 1 bmiltenberg (@bmiltenberg) April 2, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    Interesting discussion point here. Love Demo but winter is near impossible, and Smith’s is just the worst. In the winter, I think there should be much more relaxed parking rules in general on the island, including the Hamptons and Montauk. I’ve been watching this site for a long time here, (http://www.minarditraining.com/webcam/), and the sand looks better than it ever has. Wonder what parking is like down there too.

    • 2 dmadey April 2, 2012 at 12:56 pm

      Looks like you guys got waves again today. Where are those Minardi training photos taken? Looks warm too, although I’m sure it isn’t.


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