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New ABCs for Paddle Board Lessons

Starting in July commercial stand-up paddleboard operators will need to pay fees, follow safety regulations and show proof of insurance in order to offer lessons and tours in Laguna Beach, under rules approved this week. The law omits limiting hours of operation, as staff had...

Planners Tackle Surf and Turf

Commercial stand-up paddle board instructors may be subject to some rules restricting how they operate in Laguna Beach as a result of a draft ordinance considered by the Planning Commission on Wednesday. The regulations will require City Council approval at a future date. The...

Safety Rules on the Way for Stand Up Paddlers

Testimony about potential hazards due to the surge of companies offering stand-up paddling lessons on local beaches prompted the City Council on Tuesday to approve developing an ordinance covering safety, insurance and liability rules related to companies providing instruction...

Will Laguna Stand Up to Regulate Paddlers?

Laguna Beach’s City Council on Tuesday will consider potential regulation of stand-up paddling instruction due to complaints stemming from the surge of companies offering lessons on public beaches. In a letter sent to council members last November, owners or managers of four...

A Tale But No Evidence of the Journey

“ABC Wide World of Sports did a five minute segment on the Aquathon in 1996 finding it one of the new “extreme sports.” Aside from this minor slip, we have been successful in keeping the event out of the press.  For example, Sports Illustrated asked for rights to...

ZeroTrash 1st Saturday

Two new SUP groups joined the  ZeroTrash 1st Saturday community trash clean-up effort on Feb. 5. In all, 425 pounds of trash was plucked from streets and sea, including trash and milar balloons from kelp beds near Fisherman’s Cove.