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Newport Beach may give lifeguards more discretion over when surfing is prohibited

Newport Beach may give lifeguards more discretion over when surfing is prohibited

Newport Beach lifeguards soon could have more control over the time when surfing is prohibited along the city's beaches. The City Council indicated Tuesday that it favors allowing lifeguards to blackball, or prohibit, hardboard surfing off the city's beaches when they determine conditions are unsafe for swimmers, body boarders and users of skim boards. When a yellow flag with a large black circle is flying on the beach, hardboard surfers are not permitted in the water. The idea is to divide ocean time between hardboard surfers and those who surf without boards to help prevent injuries, the Daily Pilot reported. Currently, surfboards are prohibited from 10 a.m. to 5...

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