Byron Shire Council Votes To Ban Surfing Without A Leggie

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Stu Nettle (stunet)
Swellnet Dispatch

Despite dubious comments from their Legal Counsel, councillors at Byron Shire Council tonight voted unanimously to ban surfing without a legrope on all Byron beaches.

Councillors agreed that enforcing legropes was "a long-held wish of residents, including the majority of the surfing fraternity, especially on our most crowded surf breaks." The issue intermittently makes the headlines, most recently when surfer Matt Cassidy had his bicep severed by an out of control surfboard at Wategos Beach.

Matt Cassidy needed an emergency tourniquet after he was hit by a loose surfboard (Photo Josh Wheatley)

The issue was also being primed by the Byron legal community. In a 2019 issue of the Byron Bay Echo, a local legal firm, Somersby Laundry Lomax, took out a full page ad targeting surfers. It asked the question: “Have you been injured by a surfer whose board was not restrained by a legrope?”

Despite the escalating tensions, Ralph James, Legal Counsel for Byron Shire Council, outlined the difficulties of policing and enforcing the law:

"For Council to establish the offence to the criminal standard (i.e., beyond a reasonable doubt) Council would need to show both that a surfer wasn’t wearing a leg rope in the water and that the accused reasonably passed near enough to a notice prior to entering the water that they could be said to have acted contrary to it. It is not clear how Council enforcement officers could reasonably gather evidence of these elements"

Curiously, the council minutes also included a link to a Swellnet article 'Legrope War Lost At The Pass'. That headline may now be wrong, though we expect the issue is a long way from being settled.

More to come.


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thermalben Thursday, 27 Apr 2023 at 8:04pm

Huge news. I wonder if any other councils will follow suit?

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zenagain Thursday, 27 Apr 2023 at 8:07pm

Who's gonna be the first fined?

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sarge4 Tuesday, 2 May 2023 at 12:49pm

Derek Hynd

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freeride76 Thursday, 27 Apr 2023 at 8:11pm

I'm opening a book, but it's strictly for private entertainment.

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crg Friday, 28 Apr 2023 at 6:58am

I’d like to put a $100 on the first hipster fined to get daddy the QC to challenge it legally in court…

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tubeshooter Friday, 28 Apr 2023 at 7:33am

Don't think whoever it is will need the services of a QC.
"I would anticipate a close to 0% successful prosecution on any fine that was court elected".. Ralph James (legal council)

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stunet Friday, 28 Apr 2023 at 7:42am

Yep, it was a sober appraisal from Ralph, hey?

That said, I wonder if this development will build the argument of any individual case brought by a legal firm?

Worth reading the quotes from Ben Crawford at Byron legal firm Somerville Laundry Lomax:

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tubeshooter Friday, 28 Apr 2023 at 8:08am

I'm no lawyer, but I imagine it would be easier to prosecute a damages claim if it could be proved that the defendant was aware of the rules as signposted and ignored them.
I can't see too much enforcement in general going down, but if you hurt someone because of your stray board out there now, the fine maybe the least of your worries.

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Yippee Friday, 28 Apr 2023 at 10:37am

Right on

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Ninja Friday, 28 Apr 2023 at 1:31pm

I reckon you should be a lawyer well said

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Sheepdog Saturday, 6 May 2023 at 10:06am

Generally speaking, "ignorance of the law is no excuse"

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tubeshooter Saturday, 6 May 2023 at 5:33pm

Yes, but that mostly applies to uniform state or federal laws, such as traffic laws.
In this case it is a local law or regulation unique to Byron Bay Shire and the onus is on the council to not only properly inform residents and visitors of the rule, but also prove that any defendant was made aware of that rule.

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shane-peel Saturday, 29 Apr 2023 at 12:23pm

I'll put a pineapple down it's a longboarder. Riding a log with a legrope is like having sex with a condom, nice and safe but it just don't feel right. How long FR ya reckon till sombody's leggie breaks, the board cleans somebody up and then the legrope maker gets sued. The council would be far better off putting a skills based regulation in place for breaks like the Pass, kinda like getting ya boat licence. A regulated break and premium surf experience at places like the Pass would increase the value of the resource to the community. Geez you would almost pay a yearly fee for the permit if you knew the line-up was going to be manageable right? Guaranteed kook free and safe, I don't mean uncrowded but we all know the difference between a crowd of skilled surfers compared to a crowd with rank newcomers crowding it. A place down the inside for kids and learners, lifguard / guide on an electric jetski making sure it all ran smoothly and that they were on hand for any dramas … oh hang on that's wave pools where they charge 60 bucks. LOL

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Sprout Thursday, 27 Apr 2023 at 8:15pm

Sometimes there just comes a saturation point where dickheads require regulation. Unfortunate but necessary.

Interesting about requiring notice. Put signs up, have information/education tents or whatever for 3 months, then surely ignorance is no excuse like any other law, e.g. dogs off leash.

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jedi old mate Thursday, 27 Apr 2023 at 8:18pm

Seems like a Beachgrit click bait article, the truth is stranger than fiction..

We are so privileged in a lot of this country that our biggest perceived local problem is people surfing leashless.
Am I the only one who finds this absolutely absurd and hilarious?

So thankful to call this country home and not be in Haiti, Myanmar, Sudan etc where we worry about surfing problems rather than being gunned down in the street.

White people problems ay… some people need some perspective.

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lostdoggy Thursday, 27 Apr 2023 at 8:23pm

Yep, I think it’s crazy.
I wear a leg rope at the pass, but I still surf it as if I’m not wearing one. ie I try not to lose my board at all times.

It’s the leggy wearing peeps bailing boards left right and centre that are the biggest problem and danger.

I know I’m not the first to point this out.

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dlk92 Friday, 28 Apr 2023 at 9:51am

I'm not local to the region but happened to be in Byron last week and thought I'd chance a session at the pass. A bloke ditched his mini-mal in front of me and it nearly got me. He was wearing a leg rope so I was the only person he could realistically hurt so not saying wearing them doesn't significantly reduce risk, but in crowded conditions ditching your board is still a big problem.

I politely said (hope I was polite) that he shouldn't have ditched, to which he told me I should know not to paddle behind mal riders, and later that he had to let it go or it was gonna clobber him. Better it clobber me than him I guess he was thinking! And I do generally try and avoid paddling behind mal riders, or anyone who looks inexperienced, but the onus still has to be on the surfer to maintain control of their board as best as possible, not on other surfers to avoid them. Even when wearing a leg rope that doesn't justify ditching your board, learn to duck dive or turtle roll, or worst case grab the board by the leash saver and hold on as best you can.

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bonza Friday, 28 Apr 2023 at 10:01am

"to which he told me I should know not to paddle behind mal riders"

How did it get to this.

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A Salty Dog Friday, 28 Apr 2023 at 1:57pm

Strangely enough I have always tried to avoid paddling behind anyone, regardless of craft, particularly when you are being confronted by a wall of white water.

To me it's just common sense.

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bonza Friday, 28 Apr 2023 at 2:17pm

of course it is - but not always a reality when surfing crowded breaks. at times you will find yourself behind a surfer or 3 in a tight spot. throwing your board for any reason 99% of the time let alone because "its a mal" when there are people around is dumb, arrogant & dangerous.

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G.C. Cruiser Saturday, 29 Apr 2023 at 1:10pm

Definitely, Salty. But common sense isn't very common these days.

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lostdoggy Friday, 28 Apr 2023 at 10:09am

If you're not even going to attempt to hold on to your board in a crowded lineup like the pass you should expect to be sent in.

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burzum Thursday, 27 Apr 2023 at 8:25pm

Until it’s your kid that gets an acquired brain tumour from jury from some fuckwit who didn’t want to wear a leggie at a crowded point break. Not so absurd and hilarious.

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jedi old mate Thursday, 27 Apr 2023 at 9:14pm

On the scale of global problems people face daily, being worried about someone surfing without a leg rope is absolutely trivial and in my opinion barely qualifies as a legitimate problem.

It’s a privilege to be able to wake up in the morning and go for a surf and if our biggest problem is the potentially of our children getting injured whilst pursuing a recreational activity then we are so fortunate and lucky. Life’s pretty good for most of us but we often fail to recognise it.

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burzum Thursday, 27 Apr 2023 at 9:22pm

You remind me of my mum when I was a kid - think of the starving children in Ethiopia! You are so lucky to even have broccoli on your plate!
Just not a relevant comment. You’re on a surf forum and this is topical. We can wax lyrical about how lucky we are in some other more appropriate place.

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jedi old mate Thursday, 27 Apr 2023 at 9:58pm

Fair point.
It’s just hard for me to take this issue seriously that’s all. Just a classic north coast whinge fest of people making a mountain over a molehill.
Besides I could think of better things to whinge about, such as whinging about people who whinge about people not wearing leg ropes.
I reckon its borderline satirical that this is what rates go towards. Welcome to Byron bay Australia lol.

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C B Friday, 28 Apr 2023 at 1:14pm

you're right mate, globally it's not much of a concern. But does that mean it doesn't have to be addressed? We're in a privalidged spot, but does that mean we need not bother to make things better?

I think the issue also goes beyond the fact that it could injure someone. It's the demonstration that the rider doesn't care about the other people they're riding with. It's an advertisement of that. Not a culture I'd like to promote. Along with the culture of drop ins and the rest. It's all there to share, and as a collective we should always steer things in a positive direction.

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bbbird Sunday, 30 Apr 2023 at 5:23pm

In the US you can loose your house if you hit someone and get sued.
Surfing lessons from a world class longboarder

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Spicoli Friday, 28 Apr 2023 at 9:45am

Well said.

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Boops Tuesday, 2 May 2023 at 10:02am

Spot On.

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burzum Thursday, 27 Apr 2023 at 9:18pm

Tumour from jury? I meant brain injury. Bloody auto correct.

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CampDog Thursday, 27 Apr 2023 at 9:33pm

We are better off teaching our kids to be aware of their surroundings, duck n weave and think for themselves than rely on local council to solve a problem.

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velocityjohnno Thursday, 27 Apr 2023 at 11:27pm

Remember the 5 D's: Dodge, duck, dip, dive and dodge.

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CampDog Friday, 28 Apr 2023 at 9:36am

If you can dodge a wrench..

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velocityjohnno Friday, 28 Apr 2023 at 9:45am

hehehe, 'you can dodge a longboard' :)

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tubeshooter Friday, 28 Apr 2023 at 10:01am

haha "Ouch Town, population you bro."

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velocityjohnno Friday, 28 Apr 2023 at 12:38pm

lol a rich serving of humour here
stop me before I move on to Step Brothers

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jedi old mate Friday, 28 Apr 2023 at 1:04pm

Not sure about you guys but I usually drink my own urine before paddling out at the pass. It’s sterile and I like the taste and apparently it helps people dodge stray mals as well which is an added bonus. I would recommend to any people worried about leashless surfers.

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spinafex Friday, 28 Apr 2023 at 9:13am

It's not the biggest perceived problem in the shire - it's the biggest perceived problem that council actually act on. The biggest problem is Air BnB's taking all the rental stock. When ever the council tries to do something about it they get rolled by the state government acting on behalf of property interests.

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AndyM Friday, 28 Apr 2023 at 3:23pm

Just out of interest, Byron Shire Council was set to introduce a 90 day short term holiday let late last year before the State Gov came and knocked it on the head.

However the State's Independent Planning Commission has just recommended that Byron be given the power to introduce a 60 day limit, so figure that one out if you can.

Definitely a win for functional communities though.

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bbbird Monday, 1 May 2023 at 9:35pm

The pro-development real-estate taxfreeloaders took over Byron Council many moons ago... they even sold their own Byron Council building and bankrupted the town wayback .... in the late 1980's.
Poof..... there gone. next 'election'...

Try getting liberals to cover the cost of 10 yrs of approved land use changes ( wetland-- $hmetland) shiny new councillor representatives) .... ie. community impacts of extensive marginal developments to all the NSW east coast communities, rate payers, holiday traffic jams, etc for the costs & fractured fallout....

and during the millennial droughts .....lets bail out the multinational & 'trusts' of cheap desert land cattle farmers too...

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bbbird Monday, 1 May 2023 at 9:53pm

8 billion of your tax dollars in drought band-aids

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bbbird Monday, 1 May 2023 at 10:46pm

if your stuck in a roundabout.....

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[email protected] Saturday, 29 Apr 2023 at 8:03am

Perhaps it’s because we give a shit about the little things and respect the law and try and keep others safe that we are not those countries. I hear what you’re saying, councils and their bylaws give me the shits, but the alternative is Sudan.

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bbbird Thursday, 27 Apr 2023 at 9:11pm

So, if you or one of your family get hit by a random surfboard and cant surf or work due to this significant injury; inflicted by an out of control weapon, released by an (insta@%#fool!).... is it ours or their problem or just a privilege of being a citizen of Oz?
Stick.... fine + cost of injuries
Be interesting if one the clubbys lost their board, ski, boat.. (na....never appens)

Enable Free 3hr Parking from Watigoes - Pass - Clarkes Bch for those whom have & wear a legrope... while surfing..... waves ....during the day...

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dastasha Friday, 28 Apr 2023 at 8:17am

Na it happens.

My 8 year old got hit by a loose clubbie board. No injury.
Mind you another clubbie dropped him at home as a teenager. He'd been finned in the head by an adult rec surfer. Clubbie went above and beyond his duties to bring him home.

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tubeshooter Thursday, 27 Apr 2023 at 8:53pm

Well, it will definitely be interesting to see how this plays out.
I imagine other councils will be thinking the same.

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Michael Adam Thursday, 27 Apr 2023 at 11:04pm

The dork takeover of surfing intensifies…

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lost Friday, 28 Apr 2023 at 12:08am

I’ve seen plenty of stray clubbie boards at main beach - those things are friggen huge. I sure hope this rule captures them
as well.

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tubeshooter Friday, 28 Apr 2023 at 5:51am

Council basically admitted in the meeting that compliance won't be strictly enforced, if at all, for legal and practical operational reasons.
They'll pump out the $21K worth of signage, run a few cheap adds in the local rags etc and that will probably be it. They know there's no revenue in it for them. They say the rules are more about messaging, which can't be a bad thing IMO. But where does the legal slope end from here.?
Can't wait to see if or how long it takes someone to actually get fined.
I'm also equally curious as to how those oh so rebellious hipsters, influencers and wahine wannabes will respond.., Popcorn anyone?

Some audio and video of the council meeting below.
The legrope stuff starts about -1:20:00 from the end of Part 1.

They even amended "wear" a leggy to "use" a leggy in case some smart arse thought about finding a loophole there. Classic.

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yodai Friday, 28 Apr 2023 at 6:03am

I’m not from Byron but often look at swellnet cam and blown away how many people in the water and often see competent surfers going down the line just dodging surfers paddle up the face
Does not look that enjoyable
To get this date into perspective can a local rider let me know on a typical crowded day how many surfers are out at the pass and approx what % would not have a legrope

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freeride76 Friday, 28 Apr 2023 at 6:05am

Depends on the size- 100-300.

When it's small, heaps of logs without leggies.

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Lanky Dean Friday, 28 Apr 2023 at 3:19pm

Man, that just sounds straight up sketchy.
Good odds for getting hit.

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farquarson Friday, 28 Apr 2023 at 6:36am

A few years ago I counted 40 out of 100 surfers not wearing leashes.
An average day about 10 to 20 percent no-ropers.

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calk Friday, 28 Apr 2023 at 7:20am

Really looking forward to seeing what the hipster 'standard' leg rope will be...

Gotta be different, but they all end up the same.

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RockyIsland Friday, 28 Apr 2023 at 7:49am

It will have a Vape stash pocket or a sleeve for your Moustache Scissors and or Man Bun ties.

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calk Friday, 28 Apr 2023 at 11:51am

That's it for sure!

You've nailed it spinafex.

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spinafex Saturday, 29 Apr 2023 at 10:43am

The cord itself will be plant based. The cord through the middle will be sisal, the external hose will be FSC certified Hevea rubber. The cuff is Yulex and nylon / velcro made from recycled fish nets.

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Craig Friday, 28 Apr 2023 at 7:57am

While over-regulation/governance isn't ideal, in this situation it's needed.

If the lineup isn't able to regulate itself and these no-ropers continue to put others at risk (and also do damage) thanks to their selfish ways, having any sort of deterrent is a positive step.

Also, at other crowded points up and down the coast it may make surfers stop and think before paddling out without a legrope.

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basesix Friday, 28 Apr 2023 at 8:36am

It's interesting isn't it Craig.. from an outsider's point of view, it is an amazing microcosm of what regulation is all about. No-one wants it, especially in the ocean, I agree with southernraw, but even in a disgusting monkey-soup, people have a right to be/feel safe when it is such an easy fix, and regulation is inevitable when people don't exercise responsibility to others. Otherwise we could end up with vigilantism, stupid behaviors, and lamo law suits.
No doubt it has bewildered people that over 10 years it hasn't just evolved into a wear-a-leggy-no-brainer.. it is like the mask situation, you just do things out of respect for others, even if you don't agree or it's not your idea of perfection, to show you are not an entitled snowflake twat. And to avoid regulation.

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JackStance Friday, 28 Apr 2023 at 8:46am

Here's an idea:

Change the name of 'Man Bun' to 'Headjob Handle' and problem #1 solved.

Next, local crew regulate properly so that the only law needed is the law of the sea. No leggy? push em off the board and send it into speckies... Or paddle it down to Belongil. Chest thumping? crew tells fuckwit to fuck off. Super cool "local" claiming whatever surf rights? Unless they're Arakwal, crew assists them to pull their head in. Which should be easy if it has a headjob handle on it.

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zenagain Friday, 28 Apr 2023 at 12:04pm

Headjob handle is pretty cool but a bit long.

How about `Dick Roll`?

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fitzroy-21 Monday, 1 May 2023 at 5:09pm

Saddle Horn.......

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pointy Friday, 28 Apr 2023 at 9:14am

they'll probably just wear the ankle strap and say that it snapped

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RockyIsland Friday, 28 Apr 2023 at 9:19am

Wonder if all the shops are sold out of legys yet......Supply Chain (rope) issues

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spinafex Friday, 28 Apr 2023 at 10:20am

FCS, Creatures secretly behind all of this.

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CampDog Friday, 28 Apr 2023 at 9:44am

The modern day surfer has a kink for leashes.

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velocityjohnno Friday, 28 Apr 2023 at 9:48am

But Mr Ranger, my leg rope is a wireless leg rope...

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Yippee Friday, 28 Apr 2023 at 10:40am

A big win for little kids in the shorebreak, their mums, swimmers and the entire beach going public.
I suspect it will be enforced, just perhaps not by council.

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bonza Friday, 28 Apr 2023 at 11:23am

i doubt it will have any net effect.

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lostdoggy Friday, 28 Apr 2023 at 11:33am

I have a feeling the comments section here is gonna look a little different to swellnet.
popcorn ready lol

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velocityjohnno Friday, 28 Apr 2023 at 12:25pm

Actually, looking at that pic the people underwater who are attached to those boards will act as anchors, and the boards shouldn't go much further, maybe the closest one spin toward our brave protagonist, but he should be OK.

Now if they didn't have leggies, our hero would be a statistic. Discuss.

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Nick Bone Friday, 28 Apr 2023 at 1:16pm

Forgive the ignorance but what’s the benefit of no leggie?

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Terminal Friday, 28 Apr 2023 at 1:44pm

There's lots of arguments presented but essentially it's image.

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user Friday, 28 Apr 2023 at 1:32pm

Byron council will probably set up "Dob in a Doofus" program. Just photograph them not wearing a leggie, and a photo of them at their car with rego number, and they'll get a fine in the mail. Ha Ha. Will be interesting to see if the Hipsters start wearing leggies in Byron or if they piss off and start terrorising some other towns.

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freeride76 Friday, 28 Apr 2023 at 1:59pm

I reckon they will move south.

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velocityjohnno Friday, 28 Apr 2023 at 2:06pm

Already in play.

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OHBILLY Friday, 28 Apr 2023 at 2:14pm

They should come surf North Narrabeen, we'll give them a warm welcome.

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morg Friday, 28 Apr 2023 at 2:29pm


Everywhere south of Byron is a manbun free zone.

It's very important that they stay up north :)

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lostdoggy Friday, 28 Apr 2023 at 2:45pm

Ever been to crescent?

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velocityjohnno Friday, 28 Apr 2023 at 3:46pm

That's what I reckon will happen, sadly. All you've seen and more, plus a bit more country soul new age fun with a vintage feel.
One thing in favour of safety is the sharp rocks inside keep kids and other members of the public further away near the creek mouth, and shred lost boards.

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JackStance Friday, 28 Apr 2023 at 3:57pm

I hear Scott's Head is the next Byron

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Godarren Saturday, 29 Apr 2023 at 10:58am

Way south - there's a byron crew infesting a sthn Tas break en masse

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booman Friday, 28 Apr 2023 at 2:17pm

Ridiculous overreach at Byron Pay.

I have been surfing at snapper and a leash less hipster was spotted near the rock. The self regulating common sense procedures of locals surfers resolved instantly, the problem without the need for draconian laws that promote lowering of the average IQ of humans in Byron Pay..

I have been hit reaaal bad at snapper by an out of control logboarder, i estimate the kook owner of the board was 25ft away from me when the leash stretched out. End of session and couldn't walk for 2-3 days well.

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crg Friday, 28 Apr 2023 at 3:17pm

Legally I’d imagine the only benefit of the local laws would be to mitigate the implied assumption of risk in going surfing in Byron. Essentially will be unenforceable until case law cements the clear definition of a leash-less rider as negligent and that every surfer has an assumed right to think all riders will be wearing one.

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JackStance Friday, 28 Apr 2023 at 4:00pm

The new law may be near impossible to prosecute on, but it could provide a useable legal context for a civil claim for damages in negligence by an injured party.

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JackStance Friday, 28 Apr 2023 at 4:04pm

"... to prosecute on, .." as in actually fining some one who doesn't have any identification on them, or if they appeal the fine arguing that they didn't see the signage. That kind of State v citizen situation, compared to the situation where an injured person sues a leggy-less hipster.

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Channelbottoms Friday, 28 Apr 2023 at 3:18pm

1 leashed surfer ditching board = Potential for one casualty.
1 unleashed surfer loosing board in a crowded line up = Potential multiple like Skittles.
Consider fellow human rather than more rules though.

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southernraw Friday, 28 Apr 2023 at 3:48pm

Haha. Funny watching Byron eat itself. Doesn't know whether to sue itself or preserve it's brief 'culture'.
That's the problem when cities move into country coastal dwellings.
You not only get all your big deal city labels buying out the local shops and stealing part of the towns charm, lose your accomodation and locals...bought and sold to people out to make a profit,..but as a bonus... you get your lawyers!! And city policy makers.
See a potential problem, solve it with a law. Just that that's not how surfings ever been.
Isn't it ironic that the freespirited Byron is the first place in the world to implement a surfing law (outside of clubbie flag laws). #freebyron.
Looking forward to a mass protest paddle out of influencers without leggies (but only on a cloudless clear day).
Also hoping a shark doesn't swim by cos that might get sued too!!(can we sue them yet?)
I saw a guy get knocked out on the beach once by a heavily tattooed fella at the Pass for not wearing a leggie and his board drifting into the knockees family and kids. I thought that was pretty swift,(funny), simple and encouraging justice. Also thought that sent a message.
Anyway, here's some rare vintage pics of the pass pre2023 of influencer chicks. They might be worth something one day!
Keep in mind, these people really do hold influence on social media on the way to be seen in the lineups out there.
Funny in most of the pics, the only string i'm seeing isn't a leggie one...hell, barely a legrope to be seen in these one of Australias most crowded breaks.
You're welcome.

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dazzler Friday, 28 Apr 2023 at 4:00pm

I surfed the Pass at midday for 2 hours on Monday:

* yes it was crowded - not as bad as Goldie
* yes it was pumping, got a cracker from the rock to caravan park kitchen
* only saw 1 or 2 no-leggie types
* relatively well behaved crowd, compared to Noosa or Goldie. Did see one terrible drop in which resulted in a stern talking to & clear instructions to fornicate & travel.

The wildest, riskiest thing I saw was the children & adults swimming / standing / snorkelling in the school of baitfish about the size of a tennis court in the shallow tide gutter.

The kicker is this was about 3 metres along the beach from the flags in front of the cafe & the lifeguards (red & yellow variety) did not appear concerned in the slightest.

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old-dog Friday, 28 Apr 2023 at 4:04pm

I reckon the will be a bit of stealthing, slip it off half way through the act.

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gsco Saturday, 29 Apr 2023 at 12:43pm

Lol that’s a good one

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canetoad Friday, 28 Apr 2023 at 4:08pm

Im going to buy a Ranger outfit. So i can arrest some of the drop dead gorgeous no legrope ladies who love to show it all. A full body search could be required for a reason, not sure what !
Is there something wrong with me saying that ?
Thank you Byron Council. Happy happy days.

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southernraw Friday, 28 Apr 2023 at 4:23pm

hahaha. Hilarious!

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Michael Adam Friday, 28 Apr 2023 at 4:44pm

What a stupid time to be alive…You gotta laugh!

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legrope1 Friday, 28 Apr 2023 at 5:50pm

Got disqualified for wearing a leggie in a 1973 inter club comp too many waves

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Nick Gee Friday, 28 Apr 2023 at 9:51pm

good stuff.

how about they make a section of the break where you can only surf without a leash? and every 15 minutes the clubbies come through on a surf boat.. nice steady pace on the way out... sideways before ditching on the way in..


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truebluebasher Friday, 28 Apr 2023 at 10:24pm

Environmental Safety Review of Byron Leg Rope Mandate (Parts 1/2)
Yes! Of course we gotta do this for NP / MP selling out to Dodgy Surf Product Racket.

Cape Byron State Conservation Area
Reserved for Avalanche of unleashed Festival Surfboards to take out Hikers & block the Pass!

Cape Byron Marine Park
Reserved for Mandated Bio Security Hazard Surf Products!

Rhythm of Life = Law of Nature for every action an equal & opposite reaction.
Ocean goers & Craft are rooted to our Tides & Seasons > En Nino - La Nina, Rain / Hail / Shine.
Shipping Trade Ports exaggerate tidal effect to save on fuel hastening sea rise & coastal erosion.
All come & go with the walk of life..ever been the way of the World!

Humble Leg ropes defy The Laws of Nature to shit on mother Nature & fellow man...
Naturally all know of increased injuries to surfers & Marine life but few know of their Bio hazard.

Simply, Ocean surface holds largest life on Earth > (90%) of Ocean Life + 50% of Earth's Oxygen!
As Sun & seas rise Photosynthesis ramps to cleanse our Planet = Surfer's Paradise!

Byron / WSR Point paddle-out > Leg Rope Boom- skims approx 500m x 1m x 0.5m.
Don't be fooled by yer slim Leggie as it swells a higher wall of water with each stroke!
As this bubble grows it also pools more marine critters to a point that exaggerates nature!
All surf sites report on leggie drag but never as a crowded line-up operating as a mining site
Surprisingly each single paddle out equates to the transference of 250m2 of World #1 Resource.
Boom bauble would vary by Leggie Length & board design, size & paddle depth & speed!

Byron MP Laws
No Trawling / Ballast transfer (Exactly what a Leggie does & is designed to do!)
All forms of Set-Drop-Drag lines are banned > All gear must be Stowed on board!
Again...we are perfectly describing Legropes as breaching rules each & every time!
Cape Byron Marine Park Rules > [ There is no exemption for Leggie mandate in Marine Reserves ]
Leggies present danger to marine life & would need to be stowed on board like any other craft.

States / Nations / Oceans / Grom Comps to WSL all breeds attack chew / tug & entangle in Leggies!
Any way ya look at it, a wall of 300x entangled leggies is a shark net in a marine park...(Fine them!)
1950's Council inspector would rule today's recoiling multi pronged barbed boards as Spear Guns
Don't care wot sort! $500 for ya Spear Gun & $500 each for that creepy Leggie knitted Shark Net !

News : { Free roaming Grey Nurse cops $1,100 fine for entangling it's fins in the Mayor's Leg Rope }

Ok! Here's a dose of reality!
4 sessions of 100 leashed surfers returning 4 wave booms = more than Cape Byron Marine Park
Defying Laws of Nature Leashed Surfers only boom resource 'out' to Flood an Artificial Pontoon Reef.
Each surfer starves Foreshore of 250m2 nutrients then booms it beyond wavezone to bridge Reefs.
If outbound payloads continue the foreshores starve & erode as nearby Middle Reefs flourishes.
Consider tide is working in but surfers are defying natural action continually booming nutrients out.
By removing softer surface nutrients leaves a more gritty wave zone eating away at less nourished shoreline!
An abomination of nature by artificially damming & pooling life giving force out! (Why do this?)
Boardriders shield away Majestic Ocean force with toxic slabs now also deprive us of Huey's nectar!

Booming Bio Hazards...
BOM declares Hazardous Surf + Councils declare Pathogen Hazards...[Beaches Closed]
2022 this lasted for a Month in Byron...

Surfers / Floody Idiots defy warnings & venture out in Hazardous Seas of Bio Hazards.
Crowds of Leashed Surfers unite as #1 Toxic Poop Scoopers...
Just as above but now Leashed Surfers are conveyor belting e-coli at their Blue Sky Mine site.
Repeatedly Booming more concentrated Poo back to seat & pool wetties in a Pontoon Reef of Poo.
Doctors tested Surfer's Rectums & found 9% Antibiotic resistant e-coli (3x more than Population)
Surfers were found to be 4x more likely to harbour & spread resistant bacteria...

WHO : Global Health Emergency > Bigger threat to mankind than Cancer!

If Oz 3.5milion Leashed surfers paddle out 500m once, they deprive over 2x GBR foreshore resource!
Or pool 2x GBR of e-coli...fuelling 3.5m surfers as antibiotic resistant Mutants killing off Aussies.
Leggie boom transports Big Pharma poop to mutate Surfers as aliens to marine critters & mates!

(Part 2) Solutions

tbb did not put in the research to split #1s from #2s
Coz whatever... we all surf & need to clean up our act.

Ok! tbb alerted crew to World's # 1 Health Crisis...
How to bring Outlaw Toxic Leggie Surfers back from the Dark side to cleanse with the flow.

* Mandate restricted Leggie abuse in peak seasons to limit loss of Foreshore nutrients.
* Paddle breaks every 50m to release nutrients into rightful natural enclaves.
* Ban leggies from pooling Big Pharma Shit in line-ups during Pathogen Closures...STFAH.
* Ban leggies / crowds from Hazardous Large Surf to not interfere with natural peak migration

Dolphins migrate by surfing larger, longer swell lines to leap higher, smashing parasites out'n'off!
Surfers with undersea lassos detour dolphins wider & slower > leaving dolphins plagued by pests.
Pooey arsed infectious outlaw Surfers claim diseased Dolphins are stealing their waves!

Q: Can our Breaky TV hero poop scoopers be of some use to mop up Marine Parks & foreshores.
tbb is tweaking the Laws of Nature to comfort leggie wearers into thinking they're not all evil.

* Reef Repair
In times when Foreshore & beach sand is plentiful & Reef is silted...then yes!
Leashed surfers could mine inshore nutrients to pond their out the back Lilly Pad of Niceness.
Can add inshore reef drop zones where surfers pull up drop their leggie load & go again
As each day or Peak sessions end the Pontoon Reef/s will have likely merged with Middle Reef's...
By night it backs down & Next day repeats with nutrient doses increasing with repeated leash hauls.
In this case the Marine Park can encourage & reward Leggie Surfers for healing the Middle Reef!
Yes! Eco Medals & Hero crowns & shit...all good! Bloody Legends!

* Foreshore Nutrient Replenishment to offset offshore unnatural prolonged Leggie depository.
tbb can share the foreshore does run a stinky filthy green slime Tailing overflow of inbound muck!
All know exactly where that is...can't miss it as whole town must skid thru the surfer's slime trail!
Surfers return nutrients to shore with board, leggie. boardies, booties but mostly wetties.
Just as Surfers drink 10x more seawater they spread 4x more bacteria & waste 10x more town water!
OMG...not another skeg at the head of the Slime Trail...Half an hour later & now 20 more in the cue!
Surfers have gotta wash off 4x more bacteria...& it fuckin' glows a green trail back out the Surf zone...
Surf Dude flooding & leeching more green scum over the beach...Wot?

So we now see the full "Outside Perimeter Mining operation"...
Paddler Leggie Booms nutrients out to WHO #1 Toxic Lilly Pad & Wettie sponges up 4x bacteria.
Surfs ashore > Beach Shower trails the Green Glow for next Leggy paddler to boom out the back.
So we can intervene to better resource leggie deprived incoming nutrient to limit continual loss...

Tailings Tip site Shower needs a long sprinkler hose run off to spread the concentrated nutrients.
More desal showers feeding lost nutrients to more foreshore plantings.
Hand held DIY Bottle Top showers direct water to precise needed locations...(Zero Waste) Yes & Yes!
tbb has saved many a local seaside plantings with these...just do it! Warm power shower'n'all!

Bioluminescence would best show nutrient transference from wave zone > line up > Pontoons > Reef
One would normally see a glowing wave zone & shoreline against stark darkness.
A leashed peak crowd seeing the wave zone fade as the line up & beyond the wave zone lights up.
Essentially creating an unnatural circular glow with glow fading thru Waves upon the shore.
In calm seas the Leggie trail glow would intensify away from natural flow to pool in outer dead zone!
This dead zone would permeate to grow larger & glow brighter before daybreak.
Mindful that it only minutely demonstrates the massive Peak Mid Summer Sun Photosynthesis!

Coz that's the lesson here...
It's not just one leggie it's a 500 strong Leashed FIFO Marine Park plankton mining operation!
Any mandating a large marine mining operation is restricted by the Marine Park!
See how this pans out...It is only ever Surfers breach or pollute even during beach closure.
Now these Bullies mandate for more, more & more VIP shit...enough already...Can't breathe!

Byron Beach Patrols
2x 60m Off Leash Swim Beaches Byron Shire SLSC After 100 years service (Peak 8x 60m Patrol)
That's it folks...A couple of Lifeguards is the best the Town can afford & muster over a Century!
5.6kms Off Leash Dog beaches is policed by council Staff > basically leaves 34kms to Patrol!
Leggie Mandate proposes to patrol + Enforce fines over ALL 40km beaches + 40kms Creeks/Rivers.
Ask! How many Patrol Officers for 34km + 40km waterways & for 100 years?
Gold Coast Waterways Authority $200m / yr employ 10,000 staff! Byron got Leggie Sponsors...Huh?
Goldie + hi rise dobbers failed to police Covid beach breaches...even had to block roads completely!
Still...Ben's cams showed 'em surfing breaks all to themselves! About 3 days > a week tops! Over!

Byron Shire has not explained how back2back exhibitionist tbb can legally Shoot d' Shoot!
Mayor : "Shoot d' Shoot is now a death by a 1,000 cuts Loop d' Loop!"

Marine Park Upgrades

All day Dolphin Pass Loop Line Subway with City Loop

AIS Byron MP Compliant Olympic training Circuit

Bespoke Aqua Croquet

PS : tbb would get intentionally taken out & hit around 3x a session...(That's standard!)
Recall being targeted & hit 6 waves in a row at Superbank only trying to come ashore!
tbb extends best wishes to majority hit by leashed boards & those hit by loose boards.

Please just mandate 100% shit free zero harm Byron Marine Park! Surfjustsurf is everything & more!
tbb will promise to break iso for any Shootenist Shoot exhibition...dust off the unfathomobile! Shh!
Happy to share the overriding Marine Park research as marine critters are seldom considered!

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dnahkcaB Monday, 1 May 2023 at 6:42am

Leggies, barely do anything that your legs would otherwise create, as you paddle. They drag on the surface, which is devoid of marine life, other than fish, doesn't effect the aquatic environment. Get your facts right.

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Lucky Country Saturday, 29 Apr 2023 at 8:08am

Yawning to the same garbage responses to this topic which keeps popping up. I don't wear a leggie on my log when surfing ALONE and no law will change that. Here's some perspective for so many people who clearly have never jumped on a log. I'm no hipster, I work in corporate and in my 40s, next to no hair, so no man bun, enough with the perception of this being a cool culture. Been surfing since I could walk and living on the Sunny Coast where it can be flat half the year you need a quiver from a tiny fish through to a decent log if you want to enjoy the ocean year round. It ain't exposed to the 18 second swells of the Indian and Souyhern Ocean.

Leggies when walking on a log are a pain in the arse. If you're just doing turns and not moving your feet of course you would wear one.

Do yourself a favour and tie a 9ft piece of rope to a fence and cross step forward and back. Try not to step on the leggie, good luck. Any experienced surfer will know the feeling of standing on their leggie on any board. I personally don't like the lack of control I have when tangled up in the leggie and I would pick a line up with experience leggie-less loggers over the crowd of ditching beginners that frequent Noosa, Byron and from what I keep reading on this Swellnet Thread.

Also, don't be a sheep. If I'm catching my own waves without a leggie down the beach, don't walk past an endless choice of peaks and paddle out to me and sulk I'm not wearing one. Cue the haters.

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Nick Gee Saturday, 29 Apr 2023 at 12:17pm

yep, we've all stepped on our leggies.

so you wear a leggie when surfing in crowds... or no? the driver of this legislation is that people are not and need encouragement to demonstrate the slightest bit of selflessness in reducing the potential risk of catastrophic injury to others.

even the most experienced and risk averse have relied on their leggie to avoid injuring others in the water. as you would know, not even in crowds, all it takes is two and a miscommunication.

rest assured if i pulled up at my local and saw a line up of only leash-less 40 something man-bunless (or man-bunhaving!) loggers i'd call it a rest day or go elsewhere. i mean... endless peaks.

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bbbird Sunday, 30 Apr 2023 at 4:25pm

Walk a dog and practice avoiding the leash (or dog neck rope) when the dogs veer off to sniff, socialise, etc or....
practice skipping or
try walking, stepping, shuffling, hopping, pirouetting to the nose & back on a longboard with a decent legrope on.... cross stepping a log is more about fashion than function in small waves.

Just had a great run waves that end near a rock ledge .... everyone had a legrope on.... for practical purposes if your caught inside a freak wave.

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gerry stuivenberg Saturday, 29 Apr 2023 at 9:21am

From my understanding in South Australiais that the local governments only has jurisdiction to the LOW water mark and that all the other waters are under the jurisdiction of the Marine and Harbours dept. So how far does the Byron Bay Shires jurisdiction go. a SHIRE is a RURAL area with its own elected members, the sea or ocean is NOT RURAL. Big question marks,?????????????????????????

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Lanky Dean Saturday, 29 Apr 2023 at 9:44am

If you get caught without a leggie. after 2 times,
You have to wear the keala k
Leash harness. For five years

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Denyer Monday, 1 May 2023 at 3:47pm

I choked when I read this. COTY.

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velocityjohnno Saturday, 29 Apr 2023 at 10:14am

I find offsetting the leggie with the cord going out at 90 degree angle from the ankle stops a lot of interference. The leggie will also be dragged behind the board and pulled by the water, so it's surprising how much you can walk without being tangled. There's also the larger ones worn slightly below the knee. But it's not the same as surfing without one for that feeling. Agree on the small waves, the shape of the little Perth reefs meant surf a full quiver if you want more than close outs. It seems there's a spectrum of free riding targeted by the council's actions, from you or I having a peak alone, to the boards being lost in very crowded conditions and hurting people with little alteration to behaviour so the hurt continues. What to do? Are the hurt people owed a duty of care? So far the council's action doesn't extend to the Sunny coast. What's Alex like on a crowded day these days?

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PAG Saturday, 29 Apr 2023 at 10:44am

can we add fines for drop ins, not paddling out and around, white wash take offs, not waiting in line greed . ta

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southernraw Saturday, 29 Apr 2023 at 1:34pm

haha. Fark hope they don't start fining me for my bogged cutties!!

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bbbird Monday, 1 May 2023 at 6:28pm

na..... unless they're bog standard

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Michael Adam Saturday, 29 Apr 2023 at 12:08pm

Never thought I’d be embarrassed to be Australian. First the blind rule following and narcing during the “pandemic”, now inviting govt authority into our lineups.

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Surfalot67 Monday, 1 May 2023 at 4:13pm

Was only a matter of time before the cookers took this as an opportunity to spread more ignorant manure

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Michael Adam Monday, 1 May 2023 at 5:20pm

Yep. It’s cookers vs the useful idiots again.
Another silly distraction to keep our eyes off the real problems we pay these pollies to fix.
Time for your booster!

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Surfalot67 Monday, 1 May 2023 at 5:28pm

Cool reply tiger. Must suck to live in your world, 5% thinking 95% are wrong. Do you wear a seatbelt? Sunblock? Bike helmet? Condom, if you're lucky enough to get a hop-on? Thongs, if the road is hot? Should life jackets be banned on boats? Those sneaky EPIRBS, tracking you out fishing in the tinnie? Losen up the tin foil hat champ, somethings are required because idiots don't know they're idiots

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Michael Adam Monday, 1 May 2023 at 6:32pm

Never worn a condom or bike helmet. But I don’t care if you do or don’t.
As for the others: sometimes, it depends. They should all be up to the choice of an informed adult.
You are right with your last sentence.
I think you need to loosen up in general, “champ”.

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Terminal Saturday, 6 May 2023 at 6:34am

Can't tell if exquisite trolling or goose posts

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bbbird Monday, 1 May 2023 at 6:48pm

" Never thought I’d be embarrassed to be ......" a mammal....... maybe that's also what the dolphins & whales tried to say to the fishing fleets when they dragged they're bodies up.

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Michael Adam Monday, 1 May 2023 at 6:58pm

Dolphins are arseholes.

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velocityjohnno Saturday, 29 Apr 2023 at 12:31pm

You must have missed the stack hat bike helmet enforcement from ages ago, it's been a nanny state for a very long time.

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bbbird Monday, 1 May 2023 at 6:56pm

Royal Institute of Technology (& their nannies): 1min doco .... for brain impaired ?

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Lanky Dean Sunday, 30 Apr 2023 at 12:32am

Is it that much to ask,
Eastern Sydney beaches have designated soft top board only hours.
Thinking the pass got away pretty easy really.
I live in a remote place with plenty of rocks next to all the waves/points I surf.
Using a leggie is a must not an option.
I have a hard time understanding the longboarders arguments

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dnahkcaB Sunday, 30 Apr 2023 at 7:03am

Ironic that Cassidy had to use a leggy for a tourniquet.

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Seaweed Sunday, 30 Apr 2023 at 2:18pm

Down in south west vic where a broken leggy often leaves one facing a long swim over deep dark water, I’ve yet to hear a single logger complain about leg ropes.

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spinafex Monday, 1 May 2023 at 1:26pm

Noticed the same at rock fringed breaks.

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truebluebasher Monday, 1 May 2023 at 1:43am

27th April Stu's Article
28th April Byron Shire Council Press Release

Man is this some fucked up Me Generation Yuppie shit!

[We're concerned about safety on our beaches so we decided to improve community safety in the water]
[ Under the Local Govt Act, Councils can require Leg Ropes for Surfboards & the lever we're are using ]
[ Ultimately, we'd like the Surfing Community to take care of itself, but if this is not happening...]

[ We'll "Lead the Way" & (Hope) other Councils & NSW Govt Mandate Leg Ropes...]

[ Once NP / Crown approve placement of signage, it will be installed at a "Number of Shire Beaches"]

[ Will come into effect once new Signage has been installed! ]
[ Launched with Education Campaign aimed at Locals & Visitors! ]

Byron shire are concerned about Majority Beach Goers safety so promote Water safety to a select few!
Byron Shire could mount signs on all 99.9% of beaches right now! less about beach safety!
But they want the whole of NSW to mandate Leggies on every other beach outside their Shire!
Byron Shire are intentionally mandating there monstrous Leg Rope Trawling Traps in NP / Marine Park.
Extortion Letter reads > Whole of NSW must mandate Legrope traps over entire East Coast of NSW.

Bucket list...Shoot d' Shoot Hat Trick!
tbb could give the MP Lynching Mob an exhibition on how basherz wear Leg Ropes! (Won't be pretty!)
Get lassoed, lynched & hogtied then trawled by arm & waterboarded 500m by Mayor...(Can't breathe!)

Think this is a joke!
2013 Leg Rope Mandate @ Byron Surf Festival Basherz Exhibition!
Yep...tbb has been holding out on Leggie Rage!
Yes! Sadly already been down this road...This is not the first Byron Leggie Mandate...Kaboom!
In fact there is already an International Leggie Mandate voted on at the Marine Park...(Approved)
Not sure if any would know or care as none mentioned it since but it is still in force!

Oz / International Body Basherz Roundtable included show sea pony Rasta
tbb was outvoted on Drop ins > Leggie tugging was henceforth permitted > Without warning!
Mandate : Any boardrider dropping in on unarmed Surfer will have his leggy tugged a stop!
Yes! It's called a Scooby Doo! As in Hot Dog flies thru the air & made to look like the Kook he is!

In other words instead of being arm / neck noosed & waterboarded we decided to Tug yer leggies!
At full speed > Oh Boy! Whole line up goes quiet...Drop in Kook Surfer issues his Death Threat/s!
tbb has copped endless leggie injuries but only 3x tugged the Leggie...OMG! It takes some nerve!
eg : tbb gives 3 warnings to Surfer in Crowded Flags or 3x Wave Thief that waterboards...then tbb tugs!

Waterboarding example!
Trailing Leggie baubles over Basher'z lead arm then boardrider turns to clasp > cutting blood supply.
The water from single fin is less but twin / Thruster Jet sprays face..(Tied up & Can't breathe...Dying!)
This continues as Basher is slowly dying while being trawled at speed like a rag doll!
Vote! Who here thinks a Boardrider that drops in on a Basher cares for his life...he doesn't...they laugh!
Happens heaps at Snapper & long points like the Pass...
basherz get hit on the head by boards heaps coz we're at surface level...but leashes are #1 Safety risk!
Leashes are wild & dangerous & can't be seen or kept outta harms way or controlled by Boardrider!
Why mandate a surf product that none can see, shape, control or master...(It's not a fuckin seat belt!)

Here's yer NP Wave Pool useless VIP killer Surf Product Mandate...think that's it!

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mike oxhard Monday, 1 May 2023 at 7:00pm

I dunno how you blokes do it on the east coast I would just take up another sport if my local beach was this crowded

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bbbird Monday, 1 May 2023 at 11:25pm

heaps of good waves on the east coast, away from the crowds ....ATM

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Lets assume Byron Council can manage to squeeze in another few Ban Symbols on Beaches.
Council say Mandate will come into effect once signs go up!
Then Council will run an Education Campaign for Locals & Visitors...

We can look ahead to see what cost to the Town's Surf Industry!
tbb has done a pretty solid review...trying to focus on positives! We'll see!

Firstly! Byron Council are Mandating a Leg Rope Law.
Now! Not one Retail outlet sells "A leg Rope" > 100% Sell Surf Leashes!
Consider Byron is World #1 Airbnb...Visitors will only know to buy & wear a (Surf Leash!)
[Leg Rope] Signs will need to come down > Replaced with {Surf Leash} Signs!
Oz will blame Byron's American cultural bent for further eroding Oz Surf Lingo!

Next comes an even bigger problem...All 8 in town Byron Surf Shops market unleashed Surfers.
18 unleashed images across all 8 Stores > Including Hot unleashed surf Chix modeling Mals.
Also note that World Leading brands promo most unleashed & rank Leggies as worse than shit!
Can't wait for Mayor to fine World's leading brands $1,100 for each shit on his mandate!

Not all Surf Shops sell Surf Leashes + They are the least relevant surf product in Byron.
Here's a rundown of Byron Surf Shop's ranking of Mayor's shit hot Surf Leashes!
Surf Dive'n'Ski 8 > Byron Surf 24 > Surfboard Empire 30 > Boards in the Bay 64 > Okanui 75 >
Golden Breed *93 > Ripcurl (Own leggies) 174 > Volcom *300-400 + Nothing!
* No leggies adverstised! tbb tried every link + Search [ Surf Leash ] = Nothing >Welcome to try!

Not one Surf Shop cares to carry News of Leg Rope Mandate!
Not one Byron Surf Shop will Advertise a Surf Leash & it shows no signs of bothering to care!
Hot Tip : Click Accessories / Hardware...ya might occasionally get lucky!

Just gonna intro that SLSC is in full view of Pass & closest Leggie access point for Visitors!
Mayor has a golden opportunity to skip Surf Shop sales & direct "Safety" profits to SLSC.
Leggie Sales could fund SLSC own Boardriding Comps & fund > aligned Safety Campaign.
Crew are assuming that the Mayor will Exempt SLSC Events / Rescues from Mandate!

Byron Council are promoting Legropes (vs) Byron Surf Stores never bother selling Surf Leashes
Mayor has zero connect with surf industry or Surf Shops & it's on the Billboard into town!
SLSC gave him the cold shoulder...Exclusive Sales Brand may fund more than current 2 Patrols!

Further outta town are Foundation Board Shapers that mostly promote unleashed Golden Era!
What Now! Do we air brush Leggies onto the Classics?

SLSC / Arakwal / Marine Park Surf Craft will likely be exempt.
Comps will Test the Mandate...
Surf Festival / SLSA / WSL Long Board Events will likely seek & win Exemption!

Now tbb said he's trying to smooth this over...crew can read going next level.

Only 1 of 4 hire board companies promised Leggies but also advertised boards without!
Golden Breed say yer mad not to use them but don't include them in pricing.
Once again shows the depth & scale of Leggie integration...
Coz it's likely these guys will come under the pump if a Tourist goes Commando!
tbb researched Hire Companies & thinks it's best to share the Hire Charts as is, so all can see!
Note these guys are caught promoting freedom but need to crack down on leggies! Hard Job!

Crew will see the importance of sharing Hire companies wording.
Note how wording & Hire contracts will now need to frontline Byron Leggie Mandate.
Also see that none are running news breaks of such & will struggle to update!

[L] 2 Surf are 100% Legrope compliant with Softies!
Mayor could start here & bludge off these guys passion for leggies...

Will the Mayor offer rebates for traders / Hire Comps / Instructors Mandate Upgrade?

Little is said of min $75 impost to Surf Marine Park, now similar to NP Ferries / 4WDs
Min' being the lowest or only price for some town yeah! Gotta fork out whateva!

Goldie Locals would warn Byron to keep on yer guard...Fed / State power alignment!
Anyone else suss on this Power Grab...Perfect Timing!
Byron Council might be exploiting Surfers to win Mandate of NP/MP for bigger fish.
Should this be a walk in the Park then expect more mandates for the VIP Beach Front.

Local Surf Shapers & Surf Shops naturally promote Byron's Free Surfing Era
Mayor's outdated [Legrope] Signs are at odds with 100% Town Surf Shops & World Tourism.
tbb knows crew use & prefer Leg Rope but Mandate will advance Leash in US Byron culture!

Surf Shops know nothing of Mandate nor promote it, nor do they care to profit from it!
SLSA keep clear of the Mandate.

Ok! So the crew want a Bonus Conspiracy Theory!
tbb's research can further revel the Shire's Big Leggie Brands.
If any were to profit it would be brands that cover most stores.
Creatures / FCS / Ocean & Earth ( Rip Curl ain't pushin' their Leggies see : 174 Rank)

tbb thinks the crew should follow any leads that can deliver 100% Leggie Mandate!
It just so happens Byron has 100% branded Mandated Legrope Example that ticks all boxes.
[L]2 Surf both wear & sell *Creatures / FCS Leg Ropes that are also available thru-out Byron.
Byron's 100% mandated Surfers wear Speedo & strap on*Creatures Leggies & Ride MF
Any fool knows the Mayor needs a strong platform...this being the only one to stand on!
tbb hit search & Creatures Products combo most Surf Shops pretty sweetly.
Not saying there's a push on... but any Mandate does flow Creature's does check out!
Purely regional as Mick is based near ya would expect don't set fire to foamies!

So there's ya conspiracy theory...let's give it some air...
Mick is all tied up playing Red Bull Footy at his Leggie Mandated local Urbnsurf Hang.

MF teaches US Ambassador that ya don't need a creature's Leggie to Surf Kirra Point.
Just need US Swat Team to Clear the Line Up.

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Troz Tuesday, 2 May 2023 at 4:55pm

Will make the Nippers carnival a bit expensive, are the clubbies gunna get fined.

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truebluebasher Wednesday, 3 May 2023 at 12:26am

Ranch Leggie Mandate Surf Flick!
"Barrel of Laughs" /R\ (Contains Horrific Surfboard Abuse Scene)

Ranch Tale of inhumanity!
Longboarders & Skimboarder bitch about how Kelly won't let them do nuthin' Rad.
Don't even think of bustin' a move Kelly can't do...His Pool - His Wave - His Rules!
No surfer has the right to paint the Boss as a Kook...or else!

See : As Kelly's Henchmen Lasso free spirits
See : Free Spirits squirm & cringe as they're being Hog Tied
See : Leashed Kooks surf like Zombie stiffs!

Never before have any witnessed a Leggie Mandate so brutally terrifying!
Viewers have been warned...strap into yer seats with No pass out!

[11:08] Ranch Leggie Mandate kicks in...
Skimboarder cries as Kellie's Bouncer confiscates his Board.
Over to the Slab Lab Drills a fuckin' hole straight thru his finless skim board!
That's not a Drill Bit!...Drools!...This is a Drill Bit...Fark! Wet yer Boardies...Gromz look away now!

Kellie's Pool Bully chains the Free Flow spirit to the Wheels of Surf Industry.
Peels off the back of the Sticker...OMG...Thankfully edit out that horrific scene!

[11:20] One last chance...Skim dude sniffs out his ride to freedom...still free as bird...
Makes a run for little surfer & be free!
With no leggie...he freely runs & slides to rebound wave face to spin & get slotted...neato!
Skimmer Dude buys a Leggie inside the Ranch Barrel Leggie kiosk & exits the barrel fully leashed!

Pure Hollywood magic! Now that's a Classic Leggie Mandate Flick!

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Mickieyoyo Wednesday, 3 May 2023 at 4:52pm

I’ve often wondered about how you could seek compensation from a surf injury obtained by another person. Hard to prove if no one witnesses it. I had my back broken a few years ago down the south coast. Blatant drop in by a old fella who couldn’t control his big board.

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yodai Wednesday, 3 May 2023 at 6:20pm

One week on since council met
Curious to know what the Byron locals for and against are now saying
Any change yet in the water?

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Clam Thursday, 4 May 2023 at 10:48am

I would probably invent my own leash if I didn't want to wear one and the law said I had to.
change the cord to a very thin piece, (in small waves do you really need it to stretch?)
maybe change the ankle strap and attach it to my back , bicep or knee. invent your own "out of necessity" !

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truebluebasher Thursday, 4 May 2023 at 12:38pm

27 April 2023 Byron Shire Ordinary Council Meeting
Council has previously discussed Leggies months / weeks earlier!

(10.3) Legrope Enforcement on Byron Shire Beaches
Time Stamp : Menu
[5:48:25] The Original 5 Point Motion( Shown ) Advised Changes
[5:49:05] New 8 Point Motion > constantly changes
[5:51:00] Misreporting of 'Celebrated' [Surf Rage Article] "Surfer running over another Surfer's Leg!"
Cr :"Lady was hit by outta control board..did I already say that!"
[factcheck] Never not once is a loose board injury reported anywhere in this article!
[5:52:00] 'Legropes Keep Surfers Safe from Each other!'
[factcheck] Injuries from surfboards are increasing as leggie use increases.
[5:52:30] Enforcement - Red Circles - Can't ride a Helicopter (No idea?)
Create Media Hype for Free Ads for Tourists > Byron to become Leaders in Surf Safety!
[factcheck] (Byron patrols 2x 60m of 40km ocean beaches)
[5:55:30] Culcha! Repeats milking free Media Hype by Sending Signals as Consultation.
[5:57:00] Budget > Start at busiest of 26 Beaches (100% must be enforced to comply with Mandate!)
[5:58:50] Change Wording > Leg Ropes as recreational wear > Use Leggie.
[6:00:20] Signage > (Can't Draw squiggle on No Circle) Need 26 Stand alone Instructional Signs
[6:02:35] Lucky Leggie Lottery Prize Pool...Maybe limited to Nippers.
[Factcheck] Nippers can't race with leggies nor are they permitted to play Sports Bet!
[6:03:50] Feel Good Initiative is Cool > Concerned over Sign / Compliance Spend
[6:05:15] Burden on Compliance Team (No Enforcement) > Priority is on Animals / Camping [P]
[6:05:10] Leggie Mandate is not a Priority for compliance staff > Almost impossible to Enforce!
[6:06:30] Surf Rage (vs) Leggie Free [Don't be a Dope Wear a Leg Rope] Campaign > Extra Publicity!
[6:08:20] (Argument) Dogs off leash [P] Camping are mostly enforced on Beaches > also Leggies?
Compliance Officers to put the fear up Beach users to do the right thing & to strap on their Hard On!
Make things better for the Wildlife?
Detractors will also help with free publicity...(Giggle) Win! Win!
[6:09:45] Relevant State Authorities (Background Chatter goes on for a good while)
Probably Crown / Marine Park / NP / Premier > Kinda resolved by writing to MP.
[6:11:40] Signage Cost $21,000 > No Fun Stickers > Need separate Signs > on Same Sign Posts OK!
Fuck any Laughable Safety Campaign > Need the [Leg Rope (Wording) Signs]
[6:15:27] Summary
[6:15:40] Vote [All in Favour]
(Back up copy here)

Council often motioned to exploit Surf Media Hysteria for & against Legropes for Civic Compliance.
There is no Budget approved for Media outside requirements
Separate Leggie Signs mounted on Shire's 26 No Fun Sign Posts.
There is no budget or priority for Compliance Officers to enforce the Legrope mandate!

If there is further correspondence then check relevant State MP.
Assuming Byron Shire Council bothered to inform them!

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AndyM Thursday, 4 May 2023 at 7:59pm

So two of the major questions being bandied around my neck of the woods are:
a) if the no-leggie crew are chased out of Byron, will they migrate south, and
b) will the Ballina Shire Council consider a similar move with regards to banning surfing without a legrope

At this stage at least, Ballina Council isn't interested.
This from a councillor -

"I highly doubt it will ever get the support of Council.
We have nil capacity or resources to enforce something like that, as I see it, if Byron Council’s resolution creates change it will be through creating change in social norms.
Council has jurisdiction over some coastal reserves that we manage on behalf of the crown but I am fairly sure it doesn’t involve behaviour in the ocean (I could be wrong though, let me check).
For example, for someone to report people driving a 4WD dangerously on the beach (something we get a lot of complaints about) they have to have a clear photo/video with the number plate and be willing to sign a stat dec, then we have to match it up with the permit camera - in other words, it’s almost impossible.
We get some $$ through vehicle permits which we use to offset the cost of rangers, but for legropes there is no opportunity to raise revenue to pay for enforcement costs.
I’m not totally closed off to the idea but I’d need the surfing committee to do a bit more lobbying to demonstrate they want it to happen, otherwise it looks like I am pushing for change that noone wants!"

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Solitude Thursday, 4 May 2023 at 8:06pm

You’d be pretty keen to surf Ballina shire’s point breaks without a leggie.

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stunet Friday, 5 May 2023 at 7:52am

I'm fairly certain the decision by Byron Council is one of those 'read between the lines' moments.

If you read the statement by Byron's legal counsel, there's almost no way the council can enforce the rule, so why then did they vote for it? (and voted unanimously too)

I'd venture the answer can be found in the Byron Echo ads posted by Somerville Laundry Lomax.

Now that legropes are legislated, even if they can't be enforced, case law just got a serious foothold.

Meaning, if you lose a board and it clocks someone, then a $1,100 fine should be the least of your worries.

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AndyM Friday, 5 May 2023 at 8:41am

For sure.
This was my reply to the councillor -
"What you've said seems to coincide with general opinion amongst the surfers I've talked to - it won't necessarily be enforced on the ground and is more a way of encouraging change by sending a strong message.
The other point in question is whether this change in Council regulations will make it easier/more successful in pursuing legal action in case of an injury.
It will be interesting to see how this plays out in the future.
It will also be interesting to see if [the local boardriders] are in favour of it."

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tubeshooter Friday, 5 May 2023 at 7:09pm

Noosa isn't planning on mandating it either.

"Acting Noosa Council chief executive officer Larry Sengstock told Noosa Today: “Noosa Council has not considered going down the path that Byron Bay Council has undertaken, and there has been no official discussion on the issue that I am aware of. Of course, we expect there will be mixed views within the surfing fraternity.

Currently our approach is that we support an education process through the erection of signage outlining the surf codes and rules, along with other safety measures, while working with the Noosa World Surfing Reserve stewardship council, Surf Life Saving Queensland and various other stakeholders.”

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AndyM Thursday, 4 May 2023 at 8:54pm

Generally yes but there's one place with a nice sandy beach which sees its share of the leggy-less.
And it's also a popular place for really young kids learning to surf.
Bad mix.

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Solitude Friday, 5 May 2023 at 7:23am

I know where you’re taking about. Have seen the varied mix there - good call.

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MidWestMonger Friday, 5 May 2023 at 10:31am

Maybe an educational video can be used to highlight the consequences of a loose board injuring a kiddie.
Either Blood Father or Taken?

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Sheepdog Saturday, 6 May 2023 at 10:16am

There's a few things the many average joes can do to LESSEN the chance of getting hit.
If you get caught inside, DONT try to make it to the face so u dont have to duck dive the white water. Paddling across the riding surfers line is one of the most basic no no's. Not only can a rope less surfers board hit you, you, can also get run over. Paddle the OTHER WAY, towards where the white water wave is smaller. The set WILL end. You WILL get out the back again. If its FULLY pumping, sometimes at a point break its actually easier to just get out and jump off the end of the point again, than wearing your arms out duck diving 20 waves.
And If you are paddling out after catching a wave, DONT paddle right on the peel line, looking to scavenge. A bigger set WILL come through, and you WILL be in the impact zone, and you WILL wear it. Paddle wide. There's less sweep out there anyway

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RockyIsland Sunday, 7 May 2023 at 9:44am

'Paddle Wide Enjoy the Ride'

A seasoned surfer knows if you paddle wide you not fighting the current as much and even access the water flowing back out to sea.
Just don't get the the paddling out on the peel line thingy......but the 90% all do it.
There is a certain reef down this way that when you flick off you actually paddle away from the wave in the opposite direction to the peak. You always end up in prime position on the peak as the current boomerangs back and you beat all the peel line paddlers back out without even trying.
A wise old Vicco legend showed me this when I was a young Grom.
Most of our reefs work this way.

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Gazbomb Saturday, 6 May 2023 at 11:09am

Well, there should be no shortage of sovereign citizens in the Byron shire ready to take up the cudgels on this one.

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lostdoggy Sunday, 7 May 2023 at 10:38am

Imagine how good she’d surf without the leggie.

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AndyM Sunday, 7 May 2023 at 3:21pm

Nah that’s been photoshopped - everyone knows it’s impossible to surf like that with a leg rope :)

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morg Sunday, 7 May 2023 at 9:46pm

This bloke probably wished the surfer had a legrope:

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ryder Tuesday, 9 May 2023 at 8:49am

Straight from the mouth of the leash dodger himself, Devon Howard.

Starts around the 17 minute mark!

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truebluebasher Tuesday, 9 May 2023 at 1:27pm

Sky News piss take on Leggie Law

"I'm surprised Kamala Harris is working for The Byron Bay Council!"
"Wait 'til the Traffic Wardens are out on Surfboards...!"

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truebluebasher Thursday, 11 May 2023 at 2:47pm

#1 swellnet exclusive Oz Leg Rope Policy.

*(Part 1) Universal Surf Safety

Whole of Govt Air Travel Policy is King & of one mind.
TMS Travel Management System.
Govts set parameters to tax & police yer walk on the wild side...
Resulting in overcrowding & over policing of Seachange Gateways.

Student Excursions + International Study Tours require Insurance.
Insurance / Entry will only be given if relevant risk is averted by a mandatory safety plan.
Protection of visiting Beach-goers is paramount to Oz State Govts more so than any place on Earth!
Only Oz State Govts continue Mandating Covid Vax on all Ocean Entry / Departure + Regulating WSR.

30% of Oz drownings are migrants (83%) Men from India / China / UK
Oz has highest (30-50%) Student / Migrant seachange...many from India / China.
All instantly receive their free Crash Course in Swim / Surf lessons!
Of interest promoting water safety thru Migrant woman classes to then instruct families.
Mostly as women are likely to take orders when learning!

Oz is exampling by mandating stricter surf safety laws to promote, entice & secure more migrants.
Stricter mandated Universal Surf Safety fast bosses our Curriculum to local beaches
More & higher Migration = More Surf Safety Policy shaped to rescue our new brothers & sisters.
Basically > Universal Surf / School Policy becomes Beach / Surf Policy for every Wild Colonial Grom.
Get on board upright citizens, stay fastened to the not touch, feed or provoke any waves!

{Table 1} WHO ~ AWSS Australian Water Safety Strategy 2030
Australia is best placed to lead by example on world front & is committed to doing just that.
Guiding Principals ~ Aspirational Goal =50% less Drownings by 2030
Incorporates Oz Govts / Councils.
10% drownings are by rescuers > Govts are training our Kids to be able Surf Life Savers by default.
6yrs ID & Flag a rescue > 12yrs Rescue / CPR > 17yrs Swim 400m / Fully clothed-Deep water rescue

{Table 2} Core
CARA Curriculum Activity Risk Assessment
Likelihood : [ Rare > Unlikely > Possible > Likely > Almost Certain ]
Slide Rule Ranked by.......
Consequence : [ Low> Medium > High > Extreme]

{Table 3} Surfing Australia Surf Schools (Risk Register)

Risk Description > [1] Low > [3-8] Med > [9-12] High (Here is Top 10 / 50 Surf Risks)
High : [12] Tides / Winds > [9] Sun / Rips / Fatigue
Medium : [8] Holes / Shorie > Spinal (re: Shore Dump) + Struck in Face by own Board
Medium : [6] Leggies / Run Down by board / Collisions (Another)

Low :(eg) [4] Poor Swimmer / Sharks / Polluted Water [3] Swell / Rocks / Water-Depth -Temp / Rash

(Correct) [6] Leggies are Top 10/50 Surfing Australia Surf School Risks.
tbb says not to panic about yer leggies > Wild Card [8] Shorie is the underscored root of all Evil
Govts most fear the carnage of a shit hot shorie slab splattering their precious endangered gromz.

Gone is the Kook Era of strappin' on a Hard on to cop a floggin'!
These foundation Surf Policies guide Surfboard Policy & precede strapping on a Leggie!
[L] School Surfboard rider must first be familiarized with Line Up before hugging their cuddly soft!
This make take 15 minutes / Session or 6 hrs over weekly Sessions

'Oz Leg Rope Policy'.
Part 1 Universal Surf Safety
Part 2 Surf at Own Risk - Groups! + Excursions / Camps
Part 3 [L] 2 Surf + Wave Pools Hire / Lessons / Pro Exemptions
Part 4 School Surfing
Part 5 Comps

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truebluebasher Thursday, 11 May 2023 at 8:47pm

(Part 2) Oz Leg Rope Policy
There is no Insurance for Alt Groups or Events
School Excursions / Retreats / Bodysurf / Ocean swim Groups & unleashed Long Board Events.
Free flow Ocean Events outside of Patrols are undertaken at own risk.
Require a Safety Plan...Defined Marked Perimeter to access & exit to Safety Utilities & Staff.
No Pool swim event under 16 degrees > No Ocean Swim Event under 18 degrees or High Risk Alerts

Run by Lifeguards or Proficient Safety Officers compliant with activity
Safety equipment of Fluro Shirts-Caps, Whistles, Rescue Board/s,
Participants sign that they're well qualified in swimming or such ocean activity.

Excursions / Retreats will incorporate Surf Safety during program...
Unwritten Law is compliance being relatable to return group with rapid reliable access.
re: Sharks / Storms / Seas

Sponsors actually Mandate override Comp Safety Trials in Surfing Australia / WSL.
Sponsors will mandate Watches / Shark Bands for Ocean Swimmers
East Coast School Excursions are more likely to mandate leg ropes than other states.

Bodysurf Event Plans > Fingal / Straddie wing it...
Main Beach Comp pair Grumpy Old Salts with Grom Gurlz in Heats.
(Perfect example of Low cost max Safety Compliance...hard to knock that back!)
Byron / Noosa Bodysurf + Long Board Comps have Surf Festival Patrol
Recent Coolum Wedge Bodysurf Event had SLS Patrol / Vehicle / 2x Buggies / IRB
Surprisingly all Comps have same entry fee... > safety compliance is by regional convenience!

Ocean Swim Groups may seem wild & free but do follow Strict Safety Plans...
Swim compliance + 200m outer Limit / LG Tower Stops / Rescue Boards / Return via Patrol Zones!
They also Engage SLS & warn each other of Rough conditions / Sharks ...not to proceed!

Going Solo?
Cooly Goldies & pros respect basherz that can waltz a wave point 2 point.
That don't stop Govt / Clubbies / Weekend Warrior Kooks rounding us up & clearin' us out!
Surfing is almost banned...slap on the Rego $ticker & touch nuthin' that moves or STFAH!

Again...these base level safety plans are what makes Leggie uptake possible!
These Safety plans are also the foundation of Leggie intro into [L]2Surf / Hire Contracts.
Parts 1-5 evolved in their own way & order was only found at last is a mess!
(Parts 1/2) uncovered untold unknown hazy areas that are still evolving.
(Parts 3/4/5) Intro Leggies via [L]2Surf / hire into Wave Pools > Schools > Comps
Again! Not all follow the Same mantra but we can explore & answer why that is!
There are also quite a few Pro Leggie Model norms that get unleashed in Pool Parties.

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truebluebasher Friday, 12 May 2023 at 11:05am

(Part 2b) Continued...Regional Leg Rope Mandates.

Just as some Authorities Outlaw Leggies ( Weirs / Piers etc...)
Other Regions Mandate Leg Rope use by Policy & possibly fines..

25th May 2005 Landes, France (Surf Leash Obligation)

27/28th April 2023 (Current) Byron Shire Leg Rope Mandate

All of this sounds familiar...tbb thought to revisit Gold Coast Surf Management Plan.
Under Local Govt Act : Gold Coast City Council requires Surfers to wear Leg Ropes!
End 2015 "Objective Outcomes
[1.1] Clearly Understand Local Surf Etiquette & Surf Safety Customs.
Key Actions : "Work with key stakeholders & the wider community to develop and refine local surf etiquette including but not limited to the use of Leg Ropes!"

Surf Council Pow Wow...Tribal Council Leggie Lore!

14th Dec 2022 Gold Coast City Council (Implements 2015 Surf Council Management Plan!)
Surf Safety & Etiquette (Always wear a Leg Rope!)
Understanding how to control your board is a crucial skill and respectful etiquette toward other ocean user groups. The following (Tips) will help you manage the enormous responsibility you have under your feet.
* Always wear a Leg Rope. Stray Surfboards can do serious carnage and harm!
* You never have permission to throw or discard your board.
* Never turn your back on the Sea. Always watch for conditions such as waves and wind power that turn Surfboards into dangerous missiles.

(Onto more serious matters...China just fitted Leggies onto their Missiles so Oz can now sell more Wine Casks!)

Enjoy yer Fully Leashed Good Goldie Surfer Toons

[ Breaking News ]
Good Goldie Surfer's dirty secret exposed..."I only wear Leggies for Sponsor bucks...well durr!"
FFS...Don't say Good Goldie Surfer crossed over to the Dark Side...One of those!" Is nothin' sacred!



Can enjoy the full Mostly Good (Little bit evil) Goldie Surfer Toon series here...

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(Part 3a) [L] 2 Surf

State Govt mandate Leg Ropes to comply with (Part 1) WHO / Travel Safety Insurance...
(eg) Natcab Mandate Cruise Vax using WHO emergency-Extended by Industry self regulation

Operators are competitive & will Self Mandate "ALL" Health/Safety Regulations (Tick! + Tick!)
By doing so receive Govt Stamped approval for Mandated School Programs & Tourism Groups.
You will actually read operators outing less than safe rival "Shonks/ Kook operators."
However! Some very reputable [L] 2 Surf Schools have never & may never be forced to leash.
Read above : SLSA Safety Plans use Handle Straps in Shallows...Leggies out Back!
Clubbies teach Bashin' before Boards (vs) Pros stick to the Rails...Don't touch anything Gromz!

* Direct Mandate on State Employees " Teachers / Schools" (Part 5)
* 3rd Party Mandate by WHO operational "Global Safe Swim / Drowning Guidelines"
* Regions / Councils ~ "Landes / Byron / Gold Coast Advisory"
* Venue / Event / Competition

Refer to (Parts 1/2) Charts ~[L] 2 Surf is High Risk

* Mandated Min Swim proficiency ( A person of no swim ability is declined a lesson (re) Safety Course )
* Mandated Surf Safety Induction ( Intros proficient Pool Swimmers into Ocean / Wave Pool Risks )
Either by Intro or as part of Lessons over a set course / level of engagement to 6-8 weeks usual.

* SA Risk ~ Leg Ropes > Top 10 (Medium Risk) results in [L] being Leashed to Softies
* Recently extending to Hand Plane / Bodyboard Leashes or (No Go Zone!)
* So it's less about "Hard Craft / Deep Water" All about Soft Mattress for heavy Shories!
* Advised ~ Fluro Visuals on smaller 1/6 - 1/8 ratio Supervised groups.

Exemptions are made for Proficiency / Shallows / Low student Ratio / Regional constraint
(eg) Leg Ropes Medium Risk / Exemptions
* Trip hazard for Wade Mounting in the Shallows ( Includes Wave Pools - Hard Floors! )
* Board retrieval is still an integral part of [L] 2 Surf Certificate Lesson
* Bodysurf a Wave to retrieve own Board to advance to next Level of Surf Survival Lesson/s.
* Instructor's Tandem for less able Surfers.
* Many surfboards use hand Straps
Note : Above list usually adjoin Surf Club / Council Flags!

* Where Regional Demand outstrips Surf aid Supply (re: Part 5)
( 2 or 3 Students / Board ) re: Lakes / Islands / First Nation Mob or Disabled Groups = Less Leggies!
* Highest Level VIPs will not be lectured to & decide to break free...(re: Part 4)
( Note Leggie is tethered to [L] board on the sand > but never attached to VIP in the ocean! Never! )
#1 Pro Surf instructor learnt his Lesson > No Kook Chord VIP Surfer Chick Kirra Point {Postcard} Tick!

(Part 3b) Surfboard Hire
Here the Leg Rope is Self Mandated to procure Travel / Health insurance (Tick) + (Tick)
Yes! This is an upfront claim...We comply with all Govt process / Travel Insurance!
Pretentious call of the Wild lured by the shiny lovable Human sized travel companion!

Surfboard Shops / Servos / Resort Hire / Mobile Hire / Beach Hire ~ [L] 2 Surf
Surfboard hire will frontline future Mandates.

Seat Belts / Air Bags / Helmets / Life Jackets / Rescue Aids are designed for life of intended use.
Once 20 years > Big Corp soon knocked (Belts > Cars) down to 5 years then crush them like bugz!
Safety mandates cheapest component for shortest time to reduce warranty of whole to a frayed belt!
Wow! Bummer 'bout those cheap shitty belts...just toss equally shitty car & grab another...move along!
Exactly! Mandates reduce Product shelf life by 80%...Corps luv Govt stamping mandates!

Leg Rope Stretches 2-3ft / Thin Cord wriggles infinite shapes & Cuts-Snaps / Swivels + Velcro Fails.
Leg Rope design is lucky to withstand 6 months then it's partly damaged...some claim from day one!
So Pros will insist on replacing Boards (re) Leggies (re) Stickers > every 6 months...Buy More!

As it stands...Oz wide mandate...
WR maintenance checks on 3 million x 2 short life leggies + Constant Inspect [L] 2 Surf / Hire Shops!

* Leggie Images suggest Regional / Mobile / Peak supply issues (Can't comply with mandate)
* Possibly for this reason > Surfboard Hire companies down play (Buzz Kill) Leg Ropes.
* Ignore our Posters of Hot Wild unleashed Surfie Chix > All our Boards have Leggies Mr Prez!
* Hire companies often prioritize Wetties over Leggies (re: Part 5 > WA/SA School Surfing!)

Crew know these operators are busy enough without 100% Mandated inspections of Crazy String.
Car Hire needs a cursory glance at Seatbelts but Leggies need Troops of White Coats & Xrays!

(Part 3c) Leggie maintenance + default Legality
Biggest questions regarding Leg Rope Mandate manifest right about Now...
All surf hire equipment is shared & repaired...or is it?

* Major Brand Surf Shops sell stickers > seldom market or wanna sell their own fussy nerdy Leggies
* Surf Retailers sell & hire used Surf Gear but can a Store Sell or Hire a Used Mandated Leg Rope!
* Can a Leg Rope be temporarily repaired to uphold short life warranty to comply with mandate!

* If surfing reservedly without one is a crime then Surfing radically with a faulty Leggie = #1 Criminal.
* Unruly Leg rope design sooner becomes a safety liability of greater unknown magnitude.

Coz if 3m Aussie Surfers are piloting razor edged hardened Missiles with faulty restraints = #1 Hazard!

Again we see the reality of Hire Companies steering clear of promoting their weakest link!
It's the impossible compliance of String Theory that can't be taken seriously...but must!

Many wish to compare Leggies with Seatbelts...tbb advises that'll come back to bite leashed surfers!

History shows it's likely that any new Leggie Law will excuse regional & o/s visitors...Ask Albo!
Sorry! Marine Park Ranger...never knew Byron was that mental....Just joking Sir!
Throw in Indigenous / Endless Summer Clause for Hodads / Time frames for Plug ins!
A defective Leggie surfer would cop a fine, terminate session & impound gear + 100% Void Insurance!
A defective Leggie shows intent of malice toward others & surfer may be charged as a Nuisance.

Yes! Exactly! That sounds unfair in the minds of many...the Law is an Arse!
But this is the Law for Frayed Seat Belts & the like!
Careful wot ya wish default 9/10 surfers with Defective Leggies would be branded killers!
Surfers would need to up leggie maintenance or keep forking out for short lived fake safety Merch!

No ones at Fault...just...
You first need a decent AS Safety Device to Mandate otherwise leashed surfers will forever be at fault.
Even the best policy can't excuse towin' about the world's craziest mind of it's own risky Safety Device!
Marine Park Ranger : "You are aware that trawlin' endangered Basherz are illegal bycatch...(Laughter!)"

Just reading from policing & insurance claim handbook...Reads: Best intentions come undone!
What's interesting is Manufacturers Leggie Advice follows sound pre surfboard Surf Safety Programs.
That being surf ability is paramount before strapping to a Surfboard.(Surf first then ride boards for fun!)

Leggy Law is 100% SLS bodysurf mantra not the fast tracked Pro Surf outta my way kook Mantra!
tbb feels if Boardriders could first learn to surf then problems might disappear! Respect the Ocean!
Govts addressed this & 'Surfing' is already now Mandated before Gromz can strap on Leggies (Part 5)
Uncle Toby's Gromz (vs) That Ol' bastard Huey...can't wish for more than that! Wonder who will win!

* Wave Pool Kiosk weirdly affords even more flexible Leggie hire & exemptions.
(Part 4) Next we'll unravel the highly strung Wave Pool Flight Academies.

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udo Saturday, 13 May 2023 at 9:13pm

Thats a great Repair Vid that one...
Freeride i remember you saying you watched the guy from Surfaids make one .

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truebluebasher Sunday, 14 May 2023 at 10:09am

Thanx again to udo for sharing research skills & oversight.
Leggie mandate debate needs checks & balances > these DIY leggie links are relevant & important.
Mostly coz it points out that nearly all Leggies are DIY repairs that would Void Leggie & Mandate!

Reason is obvious! More Leggies = More Leggie Snaps = More Washed up Leggie Boards...well durr!
Inspectors will automatically focus on 100% Leashed boards washing up & enquire as to why the rush.
That's how & why Part 3 came about...
Leggies aren't advertised or sold in all Surf Shops > More DIY repairs = More Mandated Leggie carnage!
Lame Leggie excuse of my knotted Leggie snapped & sorry 'bout yer head thingy again...won't wash.
Hodad wisdom > As more leashed boards wash up...then Angry Mob mandate a new neck for their Noose.
Ocean Play Pals #1 Surfboard #2 Leggie > That leaves careless Leashed Surfers as Public enemy #1.
Choose :
(A) Cuddly Softies : Yer old faithful knotted Leggie is exempted.
(B) Pro Missiles : Newly Formulated Pro Strength HP $100 Single Use disposable Leggie
(It's just the same shitty $40 leggie in a much cooler pack + Sticker...All say Aye!)

tbb credits swellnet & udo for digging out DIY video link & sharing Leggie research for Part 3

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dandandan Sunday, 14 May 2023 at 10:14am

I came across this and as much as I tried I just really didn't find it that convincing.

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Island Bay Monday, 15 May 2023 at 6:11am

I found it surprisingly thoughtful and balanced, except for the wretched idea of lifeguards policing a surf spot.

That it was produced by Patagonia had me expecting some sanctimonious 'activism' piece, but it wasn't.

I have a feeling that this law has very little to do with safety, and is squarely aimed at keeping the council free of liability. As with so many other laws and regulations these days.

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stunet Monday, 15 May 2023 at 7:33am

It's a well-written piece but sounds like Lauren can't quite commit to the stance.

In essence, the piece is about keeping the lineups self-regulating and free of state intervention, but then she proposes having lifeguards set up full time at the Pass? The lifeguards would direct the traffic, help newbies, pull others into line, and I imagine many people would listen. But make no mistake, a lifeguard is still a state player; many people will listen because it's in their interests to learn, but it's only a lifeguard's statutory power - to fine or remove people from the water - that will stop people paddling up the inside, dropping in, bending the rules.

Maybe I'm misinterpreting what she's proposing..?

Also, I wholeheartedly agree with her premise about the 'see something, say something' phenomena. It's something that was adopted around this way when the last of the knuckle men moved away. If someone is verbally pulling a transgressor into line then back them up. Make the pecking order very visible to the person pushing the rules.

I'm just not sure what role that plays within the wider topic. Lauren says: "We are, each of us, being called to take the kind of responsibility that real community requires – including calling people out when they lose their boards."

Do people deliberately lose their boards? I imagine they don't....sorry, I'm being facetious, I know they don't, they lose them by accident so you'll look like a dick for "calling them out".

Of course, people can have their accidents and the crew inside of them, plus the little kiddies playing splash in the shallows, will all remain safe if the offender is wearing a leash.

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simba Monday, 15 May 2023 at 7:56am

Lauren...Learning to surf without a legrope made my risk assessment more precise – if I thought I was going to fall and lose my board, I wouldn’t go.

Well shit happens when we least expect it im afraid so to have that as your way of backing up the claim not to wear a legrope is a bit weak imo......i think the council had to do something and at least it has raised awareness of the problem .

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truebluebasher Sunday, 14 May 2023 at 11:35am

Wow! Some great insight is shared amongst swellnet...gonna have to repay in kind...
Come across US bookend to that one dandandan...perhaps gotta read into them a bit more!

Mostly coz US Longboarders are least gonna strap up & are firing shots over SS Byron's Bow!
Winds of Change are brewing & the natives are getting restless...a lot wind in these sails!

This other article repays udo & dare say he's come across it...still a good high brow Leggie share.
Inside whistle blower toots manufacture quality + Distribution + Expiry Dates
It's a high tech ramble but comes over pretty well for surfers into Leggies...more so the crew!
tbb couldn't work it into Part 3 & reckon that's where the crew can include this in Mandate about here.

Also weirdly stokes up similar Locals Only vibe that Udo refers to with freeride...
Jose : "Wan't some Quality Factory Direct Merch...Give us a yell!" {Sounds creepy...gettin' the shakes!}
Dude is a tripper for Quality Control...Like Wow!

Guess he's channeling tbb for a swellnet Guest Appearance...(Fine!) Here's the Leggie Geek...

20 July 2015 : "Should Surfboard Leashes Have Expiration Dates by Jose Espinoza." (Doable Read!)
"Constantly seeking improvement and efficiency!" That's not a Leggie Label > That's the Geeks Mantra!

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truebluebasher Monday, 15 May 2023 at 12:18am

Oz Leg Rope Policy
(Part 4a)
1950-60's Surfboards entered Wave Pools Portobello (Fun) > Surfatorium (Exhibit) > Big Surf (Comps)
1976' Big Surf clip Zooms in on Grom with a Strap Leggie alongside a Kook with a Sock Leggie
This level of Media indicates Grom is likely the Owner's Son / Kiosk-Hire Team Grom...{ Important}
World Champ Comps were held in Big Surf but no evidence of Leggies or during pre 2000 era.
In fact their is a Photo of an Unleashed Non Plugged 70's Grom Hang & one Grom revisits in 2013...
That's also important for many reasons...

1985 ASP Inland Comp ( No Leggies )
Mid-Late 80's > Several US National Title Wave Pool Comps ( No Leggies )
Kelly Slater's 1st big win & Mag Cover ( All No Leggies )

1998 ASP #1 Man (vs) #1 Woman (No Leggies)

2000's Wave Pool Boardriding continues without Leggies
Wave Pool Surf Schools o's / Darwin / Goldie / Sydney [L] Softies - No Leggies
tbb believes leggies would present as a Trip Hazard in broad Shallow Water / Concrete Floor!

2011 Soundwave Massacre ( 2 Sloshed Shortboarderz carving up the Mosh Pit)
Yes! Pump Action Leashed Spear Guns (WEM is a non leashed / Hand Strap Boards Pool!)
All recent photos show unleashed performance boards amongst hand strap Rescue Boards

2011-13 Water Parks restricted Hard / Sharp Boards/ Aqua Plane Toboggans
Mostly due to Kids dropping / Bumping them on Heads & dropping them in Queues.
Leashed / Barbed Surfboard in a Ramped Zigzag Queue is well restricted during Kiddie Hours!
In fact tbb recalls reading such in Govt PDF...( re : Multiple Razor Fins being swung about )
tbb knows this era well with 2 Gromz losin' our Fav Rad speedie Aqua Plane runs.
Water Parks even set up xxxx bars to overwatch the Killing Field...Pisser Mate!

How is that relevant to Wave Pools of this this Clip...
Mid 70's Early 80's [1:26] Dave's Big Surf Locals Only > Are a devout Unplugged Crew
2012 ~[3:20] Hodad Dave'n'Daughter strap on Leggie/s in the Big Surf line-up Tick! (Now watch!)

Knowing they're on cam > Dad'n'daughter openly unleash before exiting the Line-Up (Exhibits Leggie!)
tbb can only guess they were allowed to Surf for Promo but No leashed / Boards thru the park thanx!
Softies > (Fins+Leashes) would've been restricted and denied thru Main Gate...(Ushered out side exit!)
Being a Local History Doco...the pair didn't wanna become Town Villains so followed Strict Park Rules!
Gate + Central Rad Ride restrictions were killed off > opening side / back doors for Flow / Wave Pools

(Part 4b)
Larger waves Dedicated Wave Pools are guided by Sponsors for selling Wild'n'Free.
tbb puts it this way...There is no need or push for Wave Pool Leggies...Until Sponsor promotes agenda!
Once a Wave Pool has a Dedicated Hang / Hire Kiosk / Cafe ... then they'll likely mandate Leashes.
Red Bull > Rip Curl Era market Freedom + Leggies...

Surf Coach : "When training for Comps most surfers opt not to wear a leg rope to get more freedom!"
tbb thought that was an extraordinary thing to say...until reviewing Wave Pools Leggies...
Here's a working List of #1 Champs surf/ed leashless in Wave Pools
Townend / Tomson / Bugz / Carroll / Curren / Hardman / Lynch / Potter / Slater / Ho / Occy / Fanning / Joel / Medina / Toledo + Andersen / Steph (Possibly more!)

Working list is yet to unleash slightly heavier New Gen #1 Champs.
Many above #1 surfers can bodysurf well. Doubt if any will see the new crew have a bash!
Ferreira / Moore / Wright

2004 Sunway unleashed Joel / Taj
2007 Ocean Dome unleashed Owen / Wilko / JW
2011 Wave Garden Trials unleahed > Ripcurl Mick / (Owen re : Urbnsurf as well)

It is interesting that WSL darlings RipCurl Stores / Riders dismiss leggies more than any!

2012 Super Sally + Electric Blue in Wadi > Non leashed Pool
Important as First Sexy Leggie Marketing in a Wave pool

2013 Sunway Ripcurl Matrix freeze framed Pros Mid Air No Leggies (Again Ripcurl arrogance!)


Wave Garden are Surf Shops before they're Wave Pools...(If it's in the shop they'll mandate it!)
tbb recently called them out on Exploiting Grom Grog Promos... no limits!

2015 Red Bull 'Unleashed' was Oddly the First Leashed Wave Pool Comp (Don't tell them!)
300m long lagoon had them strap up...possibly a few went commando as switch foot scored well.

2015 Kelly unleashed for 1st Iconic Wave / Session at his Ranch...few would notice!

AWM Waco Freak Shows don't need no Leggies flyin' 'bout...but all other visitors do...
Swimmers / Bashers are banned without Life Jackets or being tethered to a Flotation Device
(re: Part 2) Events ~ Stab High / Acid Drop / Freak Peak would operate under own safety Plans.
Possibly more Cams / Wall & Line Up supervision + Own Lifeguard + Proficiency as examples!,t....

Wave Garden will allow VIP Pros to go unleashed but also the occasional [L] is unleashed.
Guessing that's more of a Health issue or Peak Supply shortage...boards will have a handle of sorts!

Roary's pet Beast is so vicious ya now gotta stop by the Kiosk to strap on a shield to fend it off...Scary!
tbb was too slow...Womper Jocks have locked out the Bashers...One of U$ One of U$ One of U$
Handplanes of Fuck off...Strange how only proficient surfers in need of no aid$ are denied Entry?

If one Wave Pool sums up the Leggie Debate it's Typhoon Lagoon...
Typhoon Lagoon has held ASP + Back up for National 'Club' Comps...
Never needed a Leggie from 1989 until Post Covid...Now Park Says "Gotta have a Leggie"
After 33 years & Covid Ghost Pool they now mandate Leg Ropes...

Did Walt put a brain freeze on Lifeguards fishin' out Toxic Slabs?
tbb has got this, coz he already partly knew where to point the bone.

1. Disney contracts NPI Florida who do work for Kelly / WSL
2. Surfers hire Typhoon Lagoon boards thru local Iconic US {RON JON} Surf Shop.
3. {RON JON} Sponsors local WSL QS since 2016
4. 2019/20 {RON JON} Gotta a new CEO...
5. CEO Says she luvs Surf brands'n'all but wants to grow {RON JON} as a brand...USA USA USA!
6. Opens up a Posh Shop in Disney World Main Street near "Typhoon Lagoon"
7. Her 1st {RON JON} product line is...( Have a guess?) ... {RON JON} Surf Leashes
Now guess what happens...
8. Disney Typhoon Lagoon mandate Surf Leashes...might wanna try {RON JON} Mickey Mouse Leashes.
9. Also now ban Bodybash'n...(NPI also hooks in with Slyde handplanes / Flippers gear!)
10. Surf Brands suck at building they're Mandating & pricing freedom outta the Classics!
Great to see VIP Surf Brand Hodads leading the Covid recovery!

Just saying that ya can't Mandate a Wave Pool leggie without a Wave Pool Kiosk Sandwich Board
Walt Disney : "My Magical Kingdom for a Wave Pool Shack!"

Bonus Wave Pool Leggie Hire Breakthru.
Urbnsurf : "All day hire options include unlimited swaps!"
"So you can find the perfect board, fins, legrope, traction & wettie for you!"

First Up! Urbnsurf / wavegarden strictly forbid changing Pool sides mid session.
Any offering of Change for ill fitting Leggies should be saluted...that's mighty hospitable!
Wondering if this involves DIY swaps & if a self fitted Leggie needs inspection or Voids Insurance!
Eitherway it deserves attention for removing / remounting a Safety device mid Session...

Crew can cautiously argue if it's a good thing but it's highly unusual!
More so that this Policy defaults the hiring of a different / additional Leggie than contracted.
We're talking about pioneering DIY choice of used Leggies for replacement hire...
So in effect separates any 2nd hand Leggie as an individual item...(re: Part 3c)

Kinda like swapping Car Jack / Seat Belts / Horn Sound / Mirrors with preferred 2nd hand choice.
Or would this be viewed as replacing a Tyre with a used Spare.
Only when a Mandate is in play does this come under the microscope!
If it were a new replacement item from the comes with fitting instructions!
Few are educated in 2nd hand Leggie inspections / unsupervised it becomes an issue!
If one chooses or ill fits a dud leggie that injures another...pretty sure Urbnsurf will negate hire legality!
Might pay to stick with the original gear until ya know better! Still deserves credit for aiming to please!
Certainly some of the most progressive & open Leggie policy that tbb has researched to date!

(Part 5) School Surfing Leggie Mandates (Yes! They are indeed a thing!)

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truebluebasher Monday, 15 May 2023 at 8:28pm

(Part 4c) Leggie Swap Policy (Addendum)
No...tbb couldn't just leave it hangin' there...nor got the smarts to tackle it...
Urbnsurf's most progressive Leggie Mandate...warranted further investigation.
Wow! Sounds a tad serious tbb...well that's coz it is & may extend into open Leggie Mandate Policy.
What tbb is unravelling is Leggie Policy that is well beyond our scope.

Often we hear talk 'bout Surfboard Rego but never of Leggie Rego Microchips... Huh!
Here's how that works...
All Urbnsurfers must be tagged & waived electronically upon Entry (No Cash'n'Surf fifo crew!)
This ensures every Surfer can be Accused > Judged > Penalised > Direct Debited by Robotic Mandate.
Pool Hire Leggies are 'individually' micro chipped & Auto policed & fined via RFID
Note Leggie may be hired freely within Daily Surfboard Hire but is tracked & billed as a lone Leggie!
Urbnsurf 'instantly apportion guilt & auto deduct' damaged Leggie bill from yer banking Account.
This may include damage to another surfer/s gear!

Lets establish any history of when Urbnsurf Leggie Mandate kicked in?
9th Dec 2019 Creatures of Leisure will exclusively supply Leggies to Urbnsurf.
CEO : "We can't wait for ALL Surfers, especially beginner & 1st timers, to experience our products!"
Did ALL imply COL Leggie Mandate upon ALL Surfers entry from Jan 2020 Open Day.
Eitherway it was said & COL expected that ALL mean't ALL were gonna be leashed!

Now, if there is a need to swap "Unlimted" Wave Pool Leggies thru the day!
Can we even check that...Yes! Surprisingly it's the easiest of checks we can make! Common Knowledge!

Operational Safety impact on Wave Pool leggies (Think tbb just made this up...shh!)
* Urbnsurf Wave Lulls are half as short as Ocean = 2x leggie wear
* Urbnsurf 6 sec Wave trains are 2x faster than Ocean = 2x leggie wear
* Urbnurf 6 sec clear is twice as swift as Water-Slides / Pros resulting in extra forces on Leggie!
* Resulting in 2x Crab-pots = 2x leggies to disentangle = 2x damage to leggies
* Wave Pool mandates Leggies resulting in more Kook Leggie abuse by Mandated default
* Shallow Pool / Star Fall technique anchors board forcefully to an abrupt halt stretching Leggie to max!

Surfer Mag : "The density of equipment & materials should be taken into account - Salt vs Freshwater!"

* Leggies deteriorate in Pool Chlorine faster than both Fresh / Saltwater
* Board / Leggie combo > weighs / drags more along Wave Pool fresh water surface than salty ocean.
* Pool Water Temp variation on leggie chord is almost 2x that of ocean
* Pro's / Kooks Leggies get stood on, dragged, frayed on abrasive concrete surface thru-out the park
* Zero Leggie Etiquette > Even here @ Melb/Vic /Urbnsurf [L] 2 Surf Promo. (Do any care?)

These few examples might explain why Unlimited open ended flexible Leggie swap is offered.
Needed, if only to cover the fact that Hired Pool Leggies are more prone to break & injure other surfers.

Again we know for sure that Wave Pool Leggies are Mandated by the Wave Pool Kiosk not Surfers.
Here's Click Bait for longboard crew...all know a long board with no Leggie plug is well outta order..
Trendy Promo to hook unleashed Noosa / Byron crew...anything for a buck!
Do tandem Surfers require 2 Leggies... tbb explained they exploit Leggie Mandate for Promos!
Leggies are just a gimmick...recall all them earlier Wall Drop take offs!

Anomaly "Hire Gear is Non Transferable!" = Total opposite of Urbnsurf's Unlimited Hire Swap Promo?
* It's your responsibility to inspect gear & accept it's been checked + assume responsibility during use!
* Assumption of Risk (b) You absolve Urbnsurf from any liability from Hire Gear damage/injuries/deaths

Meaning: The freedom to Swap Hire leggies places further onus on Hirer with each unqualified swap.
In effect...the changing of a Leggie in a Combo > Auto records as separate Leggie hire item on your ID.
Sounds great but be very careful 'bout swapping gear & maybe get a witness to record of such swap.
Mostly for agreed Supervising of said...they instruct you to check & inspect...not them!

Just sharing this Orwellian Leggie Mandated near future as it's almost in place...
Wave Pool Mandates Micro Chip Leggies - Deploys Auto Guilt & Deducting Fines from yer Account.

Who votes for that Oz style Wave Pool Leggie Mandate for Byron Surfers?
Just sayin' to be careful wot ya ask for...this is very real & is enforced in Oz Line Ups here & now!
Already adopted by Govts / Surf Organizations using the Wave Pool...they're fine with it! Stamp yours!
We all saw how fast & how long surfers were locked outta interstate Bali / Oz Cruises & departure.
Guess wot...Still are folks!
Now layer yer current bog standard microchipping of Pet Basherz & Robo Leggie Mandate on top...
That's a pretty fucked up Yuppie craze & is exactly why tbb revisited Wave Pool Leggie Mandate!

Conspiracy they surfers are banned from Oz / o's travel / Bali / Wave Pools & soon Byron / GC.
Mandating more product in the lineup culls ocean loving free surfers from sharing Surf stoke!

Out the back...Tsunami of Surf Rage is Rising...gee! Wonder wot got Huey all cranky like that...durr!
Huey : "Will you Kooks just clear me Yoga Mat of yer crazy string...Surfjustsurf."

Back 2 School next...maybe!

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truebluebasher Tuesday, 16 May 2023 at 11:21pm

Surf Research Q : "Did the 1st Morey Boogie Model come with a Wrist Leash!"
Surf Research displays an old school Plug / leash Boogie.

ebodyboarding Leash Claim...
[0:20] "Wrist leashes have been around since day one since Body Boards were first marketed.
(1973) They had leashes you could buy!"

1973 (Trademarked as in above First ) DIY Boogie ( tbb thinks this DIY Kit required a Quick fix!)
Due to the fact the Boffin Kook's Kit Boogerz were sloppy & were taking in too much water...
Possibly at Rocker bending technique stressed the glued seams & let in the Air...then obviously Water.
Stories of Homies slicing open DIY Slabs to release the Water...Hence the Screw Drain Hole / Plug.
Reckon Tom threw 'em a freebie or Cheap Fix / Marketed it as an upgraded Leash Plug!
Cleverly...coz none talk of Leash Plug doubling as a drainage Plug as a quick fix for his Lab Rat's Slabz.
A blip in Surf History as the DIY '73 models were instantly obsolete...still a few rogue knockabouts!

1973/74 All hail the Booger Drainage Plug / Leash combo
Whenever yer DIY Booger is full > Insert a Dime to unscrew yer go to plug to Drain it...
Screw it back in...hit the line up with Wrist strap.
Repetitive unscrewing for drainage > resulting in worn thread with Plugz pulling out!

1974 Morey signature original DIY Slab exhibiting this new Plug
1973-78 Tom was master of mixing any Plugs for Leashes / Handles / Fins
'Click Browse All Bodyboards' > for full combo 70's range.
When viewed in gallery form...Tom's genius combos for all mandates is a spin-out!
This guy is trippin' well out there...50 years ahead of time.

Mid 70's Board-Chord-Wrist Strap in Museum Display...(Click for excellent Zoom)
That's pretty Hi Tech in comparison to Surfboard Leggies of the day...All say Aye!

1974 The year after > The DIY Surfboard Leggie mucky Deck Plug was born.

Ya see how weird Surf History is...our secret!
Wave Pools were invented to aerate & warm the Pool water & soften the Surface for Tower Divers.
The Leash plug was invented to drain DIY Waterlogged Booger Slabz.
Twist Plug required a Coin Slot / finger grip doubling to attach a Leash / Fins / Handles!

Seriously! Ask why any would care if a Boogie hit them or had to wade ashore in 2ft Grom Slop!
Even the Wedge Promo Jocks...simply pull the biscuit outta their arse swimming needed!
Ain't no Booger hittin' no outta bank long haul swims in 1973...Huh?
Plenty of leash free Big Wave Booger Ads followed...
Heaps of Leash free Boogie models followed as compounds need to drain boards now!

Point is! There was no need for Boogerz to beat Surfers to Velcro Leashed Plug Tech but Tom did!
Well most certainly as a complete Leash gear...Mid 70's kit is well spaced out!
Plugs were born of necessity to save his Homebrand from goin' down the plughole > Leash as a bonus!

The Surf Research point about bypassing fibreglass Board beach restrictions is poignant...
Did Tom feel that even his Big Softies would be impounded if they washed up...(re: Fins)
In that case...Yes! The Plug was born for many reasons including Fins to solve all problems.
Clever fellow was dealing with all issues with his cool plug in combos to outsmart any mandate.
Might be gone but reckon he's still light years ahead of today's VIP Surf Rage Mandates.

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truebluebasher Thursday, 18 May 2023 at 7:59pm

(Part 5) School Surfing Mandates (Many)
Part 1 re: Surf / Wind / Sun are High Risk
School Uniform (Mandates) Sun Hats (Note: Not in Surf?)
History records many strangulations by Helmets / Hats ( Weight / Drag / Hanging )
Many Hats / Helmet Straps have been recalled & banned in Defence / Policing / Work / Ed / Surf

Govt / Schools Primary Mandates for "Water Sports"
Consent / Medical Forms > Child Supervision / Safety > [ Blue Card ]
Public Health Warnings
(SUN) Sunscreen & Fluro Rashies + Covering of Teen Bods instills virtue of Victorian Era Values

Water Sports / Surf Mandates
Accredited > Swim / Rescue / Ocean Training
eg: (Part 1) SLSA / RLS / Surfing Aust / Council Swim / Surf Gromz / Gromz Surf Schools.
There is no Leg Rope mandate amongst Grom Schools.

State Govt Education Mandate bans boardriding until Surf Safety Course is included / completed.
All Oz Govts Mandate - Swim > Surf Survival > Rescue Skills before any child can ride a Surfboard.
Rips / Signs / Flags / Conditions / Wading / Body Surfing / Paddling- Rescue Boards
Many's a few core Surf Skill Courses (Can plug into 'Leashed' Surf Schools)
WA/SA/NT / Tas (re: SLSA Beach 2 Bush)
Qld/NSW/Vic (re: SLSA Surf Survival Program)

There is no 'Core' need for lesser Surf skills of 15% VIP Stand Up Boardriders or debated Leg Ropes.
Clearly, few boardriders stand up during Board Rescues > SUP Course is not feasible for Microgromz

Any Kook Kid without Surf Training strapping on a leashed Surfboard is effectively a public nuisance.
Gromz mandated Surf Skills lends Gromz authority to educate Leashed Kook Hodad Boardiders
Oz 10m wade 'every' Wave in Surf Zone (vs) 1.5m Boardriders camp 99% outback shielding 5/6 waves?
Endless Footage verifies Surfers who surf without leggies can surf ashore (vs) Mostly Leashed > Can't!
Alarming vision of Gold Medal Boardrider slovenly refusing to surf ashore during Olympic Final...
Surf shops / Surfers Rescue 24/7 were born to address inadequate surf skills of lazy Boyz Toyz Era.

The secondary order of School Mandates are Governed by added Climate & Risk
WA / SA / Tas (Wind) Wetsuits are Highly Recommended for similar reason.
WA Mandate bans Primary School SUPs whole, after recent terrifying Wind incident

(Stinger Risk) OZ Medium Risk [6] > Old / NT rank Stingers above Wetsuits

(Part 2) Recap : School Excursion Mandates Safety Plans (More open to Variables)
Regions Less likely to comply with full suite of Patrols / Supplies / Vests / Seat Belts / Oars / Leashes
Camps incorporate Body Surfing outside flags with shared Flotation of Rescue Surfboard.
See below : Byron High School Body Surfing + Various Boardriding.

{Important} State Govt's Legrope Mandate Primary Mechanism
tbb said he is conducting this review fairly & openly as always...
Here's a Smoking Gun! For anyone Wishing to Mandate Leashes
Govts / Councils Authorising > Private Transit > Surf Patrols for Students / Community
* Seat Belts > Transit
* Life Jackets > Boating Life Jackets
* Leashes > Flotation Device slots between SLSC > Marina (High Risk) Surf/Tidal Zones!
Reasoning (How / Why) State Govts Mandate...
* Boardriders with leashes can exit outside of flags (Note: With Buddie / Not on isolated beaches)
* Ocean Swimming is beyond the outer surf zone > Has rescue board & Swimmers exit thru flags!
* Body Boarders leashed to flotation + can Exit either near or thru Patrol Zone.
Non Approved
* Upright Unleashed Surfers have no leashed / Handle rescue craft & prohibited from flags Exit
* Basherz are not leashed to hand plane (Flotation device) + no rescue board...Must return to shore!
Surprisingly it's nothing to do with's hard / heavy Bodies / objects flung from height.
(Unsecured above head height projectiles in Highest Risk Shorebreak Zone)
Spinal injuries are the most costly & devastating Health burden. High Risk : Sun [9] > Shorebreak [8]
Same as xing a Motorway or leashing to Mobile Scaffold or Securing Loads at speed...
No Hitch hikers / Pedestrians or unsecured Loads on Motorway or in high risk Waterways.
A Leashed Kook is #1 sea Captain of the Seaway (vs) Unleashed #1 Longboarder is a Hazardous Kook!
The Leashed Kook is now holding up 20-30 vessels & Longboarder is returning from session into Jail.
tbb knows that's back to front but that is how Transit Law plays out...Kooks are rewarded as Godz!
Readers can see how Bureaucrats simply follow the highway / events / marine codes & we arrive here!

States therefore inherently know they can perfectly slot in Leggie Mandates & do so without question!
Qld :
* Must not allow Free-Swim / Surf Activities
* Match Boards to Student Ability & Location.
* Use Soft Boards & Leg Ropes for Beginners!
* Check Boards & Leg Ropes for Damage & correct Fit!
* Use Nose Cones on Boards (re: Standard Sharp / Hard Board concerns in Grom'z Surf Policy!)

* Boardriders must wear Leg Ropes (No Shore Slabs)
* Bodyboard Riders must wear Wrist-Leashes + Flippers / Savers (No Shore Slabs)
* Wave Ski riders must leash paddle to craft (Not near Reefs / Rocks)
* SUPs wear Leg Ropes (Not Near Reef / Rocks)
* Kidz (PDF) Vest
* Surf Helmets encouraged
* Check all gear for Damage & Sharp Edges not to be used.(re: Sharp Edges > Governs SLSA policy)

Vic (Leg Rope / Wrist Strap > Prevents board from being carried away from Surfer to endanger others!)
* Softboards will be used by beginners
* Leg Ropes will be used with Surfboards
* Wrist Leashes will be used with Bodyboards
* Students will briefed on keeping a safe distance from other surfers (Crowd concern in School Policies)

Tas [DOC] http://canvas.
* (Cold) Wettie / Hoodie / Plugs feature ahead of (Sun) Fluro Rashies
* No Fibreglass/Hardboards for Beginners > Only Industry Standard Softboards
* SUPs must have a leg rope attachment to Board + Must Wear lifejacket
* Bodyboard riders must have a wrist or leg strap attachment to board + Flippers/saver
* Surfboard riders must have a Leg Rope attachment to the board.
* Wave Ski Riders must have a paddle attachment to the board

# 4 Oz State's have Student Leggie Mandates (Dating back to Tas Feb 2016 or earlier)
Leggie Mandate background > Derived from Tas Surfing Australia "Coaching Qualification"
2013 re: Leggie Mandate Origin SA RTO / ASC Accredited- Coaching -Gromz-Schools-Comps
ASC accreditation could likewise warrant Govts to Mandate School Leggies! re: Try NSW?
Only as guidance > Mandates differ from State to State so the origin is Own Dept (Ed-Transit-Health).
* No Hard Boards for Beginners and No Sharp / Damaged Boards
* Fluro Rashies /
* Leashes on ALL (Soft / Hard) Boards & gear (Fins/Oars)
* Leashed Student Riders must keep Clear of Shories / Reefs / Rocks
* (Surfing Australia) Vic Crowd Spacing 1 surfer / 1.2sqm (A Covid measure)
* Additional push for Life Vests / Helmets are recommended

# For any Surfers wishing to know (extra) about Byron Leggie Mandate...
Byron High School offers Surf Survival > Body Surfing > Longboarding > Surfing
NSW Education Mandates leashes on all Student's surfcraft on Byron Beaches

Byron Shire Council never discussed NSW / Byron Shire's existing Student Legrope Mandate.
tbb is learning from Byron Students...
Grown Ups might simply ask Students when/how Byron Leggie Mandate was implemented / Policed!
Outta the mouths of Gromz! Byron Kidz must think Grown Ups & Council are a bit slow!

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truebluebasher Friday, 19 May 2023 at 8:05pm

(Part 6) Comp Leg Rope Mandates

1977 Victoria Philip Island Blacks Reef (International Pro Comp)
Mandated the final Ban of that era on Leg Ropes in Comp Final
Much is said of One Competitor calling the shots (Officials made the call)
Extremely Shallow Reef Conditions presenting an obvious high risk snag hazard.
100's since died of Snagged Leggies & similar leash bans are still enforced...(Not an unusual call)

1970-2010's Wave Pool Comps both in Oz / o's continued to Ban Leggies in Classes & Comps

2000's Authentic Surf Festival's Logger Comps & breakaways rejecting post Leggie era mod cons!
People compare to Seat Belts >>> eg: Pre Seat belt era Cars are exempt from Seat belt Mandate!
Any modifications destroy authenticity of pre Leggie Surf Culture...One of Us One of Us One of Us!

2015 Wales Wavegarden Red Bull Unleashed International > First majority Leashed Wave Pool Comp
2018 The Ranch > 1st Mandated Leashed Wave Pool Comp (Note Kelly surfs it unleashed from day 1)

2005 Landes France Mandate leg ropes for all Regional Comps
2013(Approx) Oz East Coast Surf Schools-Comps Mandate Leg Ropes (Largest Mandated Youth Zone)

Surfing Australia...
(Inform progressive competitors of o/s ISA Compliance)
The use of Leg Ropes will be determined by the Conditions and at the Contest Director's Discretion!

Comp footage : BOM [ Hazardous Surf / Beach Closed ] Enter at Own Risk Leg rope / Helmet Mandate'
eg: Surfer's Lifeline to Life Raft in Rising Seas! (vs) Applauding as Surfer is Drowning not Claiming!
Base Leggie rule for all Pro Comps

"A Provision for attaching a Leg Rope should be attached / inserted into the Surfboard." (A Plug!)
"Bodyboard leashes/straps used may be wrist/bicep or Leg Rope types connected by single Plug!
"No Straps will be allowed for SUP 'Surfing' Events at National Titles (Note opposing SUP Mandates)
"Own Life Jackets / Leg Ropes are Compulsory for 'Offshore SUP Technical Races / Marathons'
"No spare equipment (Replacement Leggie) can be sourced from outside Comp Zone during Heat.

After 50 years of Leg Rope Tugging it's still not an infringement & receives no penalty!
Sabotaging safety Equipment to sacrifice an opponent is simply regarded as a basic interference.

If any are serious enough to Mandate Leg Ropes then sabotage should mount as equal high priority!
tbb was a targeted victim of such & is shocked to read after 50 years...SA Comps still laugh this off!
Lynching competitors down mine shafts warrants life bans, not an interference call in a Comic book!

Provisions for Surf Zone Leg Rope > Mandated when surfing thru Hazardous / Offshore Seas.
SA do equally operate Surfboard events with SLSA in Mandated Non Leg Rope Wave Pools.
This being why SA adopt flexible Comp Director's call!
SLSA / State School Comps follow SA (East States Mandate Leggies / WA-SA-NT less so)

WSL Prioritize Mandate for their Essential Apple Watch (Competitors: "Broken since day one!")
Office of Tours has the right to require Leg Ropes for safety or other reason!
But do not have the right to require a specific brand!
Shortboard use is High > Long Board use is below 50% & falls further towards finals / Top 10 Surfers.
Media : Long Board Leg Rope Mandate kicks in with Hazardous Seas as said.
BWT Mandates > Surfer's own gear > Life vests (Not Leg Ropes)
WSL Wave Pool comp venues Mandate Leg Ropes

ISA Mandate Leg Ropes + Olympics adopt same Mandate
But there is no Policing, Penalties or Fines in the rules or seemingly dealt out!.
All Longboard presentations show 90% compliance in Urban EU / Oz breaks.
Around 60-70% compliance amongst heats in Exotic small wave Line-ups.
As tournaments progress to Finals > Leggie compliance slips to 40% with more free leg work surfers.
Lowest Tier Competitors wear leg ropes more often...less for advanced competitors.
Unleashed competitors have enough bodysurfing skills for rapid retrieval during Comp time.

Comp Leg Rope Mandate is triggered by Hazardous Surf (Overcast / Rain / Wind Chop / Swell)
Equipment check shifts from organizer/s of Student Comp to participant in Pro Comp.
Possible Parent Consent at State Care / Surf School gives way to adult self Travel Insurance!
Part 1 discussed this need for travel insurance for compliant WHO events in High Risk Waterways.

tbb uncovered enough anomalies in Leggie Loopholes to warrant a further part before Review findings.
As saying...tbb don't go looking for more simply outs itself to have a say at the table.
Loopholes cover our daily recreation & travel to better define where Leggie Law should or if apply.
Leashed Mandates or greatest magnitude & comparison fly under the radar that warrant inclusion!
(Part 7) Leggie Loopholes

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truebluebasher Saturday, 27 May 2023 at 12:05am

(Part 7) Oz Leg rope Policy
Leggie Loopholes
As the title suggests this review unleashes opposing breaches of own laws to better define mandate.
Kinda like after decades of free surf > Disney adds a Surf Brand Shack then mandates Leggies.
Many of these Mandates are openly & comfortably breached on same day in same Wave/Pool.

Exactly why tbb hunted them down...because they define leggie mandates in absolute detail.
Grey > becomes as stark as Night (vs) Day...Yes! Leggie Policy on the run & by the hour!
Well that's the deconstruct the layers...that explains this delayed review...very tricky stuff!

Kelly is mandating : No Basherz & Buns to sell more Merch.
Kelly / California Wave Pool Bill salutes Surfboard Stickers triumph over Surfers...
Surf Sticker Law 115960.8. (b) (1) Inept humans will drown in the Surf without a Surf Sticker.
(b) Concise : "In the event that Wave line up is not clear for Patrols to see the bottom." (re: Turbulence!)
(1) Requires surfer to be leashed / tethered to a flotation device + A surfboard.

Surfer is then demoted to riding boards prohibited to ever surf waves ever again! Look but don't touch!

115960.18 9 (b) Unaided Lifeguard can't offer sufficient protection to users > [Needs Stickers]

Surely the GOAT can't override Lifeguard procedure...Huh? Why mandate & stipulate rescue technique!
Goat's Mandate : Even Superman can't give it a bash...but why + Why does Kelly call it a Wave Basin?
Wave Basin : Receptacle for Boardriders to spit & shave waves. [Warning] Too turgid for Bathers to Surf!

Here we see those least able to feel or surf a wave rewarded with premium if they could tell?

Larger Wave Pools source lower grade Water : (Not Potable / No Full immersion is permitted)
Meaning : One must remount ASAP not Bathe in Kelly's Cocktail to start the next Pandemic.
Skeg Bath Toy Mandate brainwashes Govt Ocean policy access...(Choose : Surf Stickers or Jail Time!)
Govt never ask advice of any that can actually loop d'loop GOAT's basin without any of his shit!
Apparently...we Surfers never his pea brain nor on Govt's white Board.

Wave Pools run Float Lines to separate or Ban swimmers & surfers from lurking near mechanical danger!
This is the other obvious reason to ban Surfers without Flotation...drawn closer & pulled downward!
eg: Urbnsurf Bodysurf Ban : (Our Water is good enough to gulp + very little immediate Turbulence!)
Review : "You have to be careful when the Pistons first start to pump water and it sucks everyone towards the Metal Netting against the Piston. Apparently many a board Ding has been going down when this happens and making Zak's Surf Shop in Melbourne a lot of money on repairs!"
Just wonderin' if Zak patches Urbnsurf's Basher'z dings & reattaches odd bits'n'pieces!

tbb thinks this is #1 Reason the Pool Bullies mandate Basherz to leash to Surf Shack Ice Cream Lids.
Turbulence is a most clever ploy to divert attention away from Wave Pool dangers & failings.

Clear to all that Dodgy Wave Pool Bully Crimes ramp Surf Safety Stickers prohibiting Free Surfing.
Sharks / Toxic Bath Toys ramp Wave Fear...Waves are Pure Evil [Stick to the Rails & Deploy shields]

Does not apply to VIP Kelly who surfs unleashed at own Pool > First Ride + His Tandem Surfers.
Tandem Surfers need handles to remount Kelly's Rescue Board...or maybe Kelly's leg rope as a Stirrup?
That's when he decides to wear one of course!

Victoria Dog Pool ~ Leashes Only (Fully Vaxed + No Bitches)
$ 44 Orientation $18 Pool session / 30mins + (Vet Pool Kiosk $10 Leashes + Ear Drops)
Another example of an on the run Pool mandate to corner the market!
Very few Vets/Councils if any, would mandate Leashes on Swimming dogs!

America Dream Mall ( Perfect Swell )
Day / Family session (No) : Loose-Lanyards / Wetties / G Strings / Sharp gear / Fins / Go Pro.
Nite / Boardriders (Yes) : 8ft leashes / Wetties / G Strings / Man sized Razored Weapons / Fins / Go Pros
Reason : Day 1,000's of Wetties soak up Water + G Strings lure Blokes that don't spend in malls!
Waves wash & loop sharp stuff over 1,000's swimmers > all caught on Go Pro...(Get a lawyer!)

American Dream...(1st Amendment Trumps Wave Pool Mandate)
VIP Nightriders pay extra to sponge up town water & threaten Kooks with pump action Spear Guns.

Safety Mandates [Rule 1]...VIP Hodads buy their way around the Law.
Airlines : Business Class get Posh Seat belts > The rest get the Waist belts. (Wot price a Life!)

2012 Darwin Wave Pool bans Big Softie Legropes [L] Schools but not Booger wrist straps?
This applies to smaller less crowded rip-tide SA / SLSA VIP Gromz surf safety classes.
SA Chart (p1) Leggie Med Risk [6] + Shorie Shallows High Risk [8]
Common Leggie Mandate = [No Leg leashes] on Stand Up Surfing in "Patrolled" Shallows / Crowds
Unleashed Softies + Swimmers in 3 sec Wave Trains > Never a major incident > Safer than Ocean.
Never about the leggies > (Lay down yer weapons > Surf Rage is over!)

Tandem Surfers (*Unleashed Combos)
*Standard = 1(Leashed) +1(Unleashed passenger / pet)
*Un/Leashed Tandem Surfer/s + Dog/s = (4x Combos of Leashed 1-2 boards - Vets : Unleashed only!)
*Protest Boards = 90% unleashed (Possibly others do Art Work > Hand over board to Protester!)
*One Mega Board (Max) = Oz 47 / US 66 (All unleashed Surfers)
Kook Party Waves Wipe Out crashes = 50 Kooks ( 95% leashed)
WR Surfers Wave (Max) = 110 -150 surfers (90% leashed)
*Surfing Santas (Max) = 837 Santas (Soft Sleighs 20% leashed (vs) Hard Sleighs 90% leashed)
*Paddle Out (Max) = 1,000 boardriders (0-50% leashed paddlers) Revered Ceremonies = No Leggies!
*Largest Wave Surfed = (No Leash) > Tow Rope + Foot Holds + Life Jacket

Leggie Mandate bans Tandem / Dogs Surfing & Big Wave Tow Ins + Reduces Ceremony / Protest.
Would Byron Shire insist on Dog Leggie to be worn on Dog's Leg...suggest ya just pay $1,100.

Crew might know more about unleashing outta respect for revered Hodad Paddle out...
Could be some middle ground there or a starting point...any input is most welcome for Cultural reasons.
Is there a line in the sand were all tribes meet & respect each other...nice to know!

Snowboard Leashes
2005-07 Mandates were introduced & policing was to be simple with limited access points.
Security are no match for Teenage Turnstyle Rampage...
Seemingly no charges were laid or bans enforced.(Locals see about 4 runaways / season / field)
Surprising to most...these snowboards whizz by mid air with a hum (UFO incoming)
Global Alpine Codes share similar wording...
[ Always use suitable restraining devices to prevent runaway boards // skis...Added later ]

Consider this Anomaly...(France / Oz Mandate Leggies)
All nations 1st to install Seat Belts & last to remove Vax Mandates, all run Mass Animal Export Kills.
Oz #1 Covid Cruises 700/ 800 [+] + Oz Stormed & Sabotaged #1 Sea rescue of 438 survivors!
Oz Vaxed Border Exit Mandate (vs) Record Import Vaxed Covid Strains = longest Wave of [+] & Deaths
Oz/NZ were 1st to mandate Bike Stack Hats & lanes now Bike injuries & deaths are skyrocketing
Oz Govts legrope mandates high Leggie use > higher Surfboard injuries > Ramped Record Surf Rage.

Leggies Increase Risk Taking > Pros have Highest Safety > Take more Risks > Record Injuries...well durr!
Bullet proof brats with pump action Harpoon Guns > "My shit don't stink...outta my way kooks!"

Nobility Leashing of Dogs was to foster aggression...(UN / Vets argue for minimum leashing)
Ankle Leashes are considered Archaic...many boardriders now clasp to upper limbs / Waist / Harnesses.
Byron [Leg Rope] Law is outdated in every sense before it begins!
Oz still Ankle Cuff prisoners 2hrs max then break to free the Leg > Dogs 2m leash (30m-1hr Max)
Sleigh Dogs > 30mins on > 30mins off > 2hrs on > 2hrs off!
Please don't leash the Dog's Ankle! Nor anyone's ankle.
If any have endangered another then last resort min' ankle leash intro time 30min then 2hrs max.
Just saying the world freaks with any Convict style Ankle Leash...(Also High Risk Injury / Death Rate)
Recommend Byron adopt flexible Restraint options...Ankle Leash is Bondage / Prisoner shit!
If some choose Ankle Leash then that's their gig but to mandate an Ankle Leash alone is not a UN gig!

Leash Reactivity (Threshold Distance) [2hr] Pass
Pain discomfort leads to Fear > Agro response to > Passers-by / Paddlers / Surfers.
Chest Puffing > Trembling > Eyes turning Red > Ramped drive wanting to cut loose...go on the offence.
Govt, Police, Prisons legislate Leashed passengers must be unleashed each 2hrs for health mandate.
(2hrs Surf Leash Max) Surf Rage Intervention > Pro Behaviour Trainer > Therapy > Psych Drugs!
Any Leashed boardrider surfing over 2hrs needs Psychotic Surf Rage intervention...All say Aye (UN Tick!)
As tbb says...careful what ya wish for as all this is Mandated Leash Law thru whole Oz legal system.

Research is nearing the business end of Presenting Clear Guidelines
Wotz more alarming is this mandate will be followed by many more, that will restrict Transit.
Climate Change Turbulence is increasing dramatically & stricter leashing will prioritize all Transit.
40+ BMI Large majority = Pay $ x2 (Seats)
Mother's / Babies = Soon Pay $ Extra Seat
Pet Travel is integrating & Skyrocketing = Soon Pay $ Extra Seat
Cost of Travel will soar & so to will Leashed Transit in Turbulent High Risk Climate zones
Turbulent Zones = Sky above > Outside Flags > All Main / Off Roads > Slopes + (Hazards)
Best easy example : Bus hits a gravel patch [ Fasten NOW ] Clasp Handle/s or (Surf it out = Fine!)

3b Animal Exports now outnumber > 1.4b o/s Travellers with 2m Pets
41% have Pets > 53% Travel with them > 60% NP / Hike / Beaches > 80% Xmas > 85% local
Remarkable DIY Bus Mandate slices thru this Leggie debate brilliantly with re: Surfing / Skateboarding!
In fact tbb will salute this shit hot Down Town research for drawing this conclusion...brilliant read it is!

This call to restrict free travel is only the beginning... World is shrinking & overcrowding real fast!
(Part 8) Mandate : Climate Risk [ Fasten NOW ]
Climate Mandated Turbulence Tax / Insurance will pay for Climate aversion tactics!
Each time yer hunted down in the wild without yer safety harness app...then Godspeed Grom!

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truebluebasher Friday, 2 Jun 2023 at 11:58pm

(Part 8a) Mandate Climate Risk [ Fasten NOW ]

Whipping up more storms in more high risk zones to prohibit natural engagement = More Stickers!

Last Century every person was free to Surf the whole coastline...
Byron according to SLSA stats...
Pop 37,000 - 50% (18,500) surf in 2x 40m unleashed Mosh Pits (Few injuries or Complaints)
Dogs 10,000 - 50% (5,000 max) surf along 5.6km unleashed beaches (Fights + ever demanding more!)
Govts now boast how many Km's for Dog Surfing beaches > Bodysurfers are squeezed into a Tuna Can!
Board/craft riders - 7% (2,600) boardriders swagger 2x 40km zones & near kill each other = Surf Rage.

Reads like most violent Bully VIPs have the lot but demand more...only 80m left up for grabs...going...

The Argument for Free Surfing
Near 90% of Pop live near the Ocean.
Health authorities argue for Seaside healing as #1 cure above all treatments.
SEQ studies show the healthiest visit the Ocean & far removed are least healthy & live shorter lives.
(Pause!) What does that say about being shackled to the same Hospital Bed each wave & visit? Hmm!

History records healthier times of 100% free surf access to invigorating frollicking in wave zones...
Byron shire has now restricted surfing access to just 80m of Ocean. (Slowly killing it's own people!)
Restricting the Zero Harm Marine Park surfing public to smallest possible postage size footprint.

Rewarding threats of Dogs & Boardriding, traipsing pollution, rage & fear throughout the marine park.

UN : "Ankle Cuffs are inhumane degrading treatment!"
UN : "Cruel for a living being to transit in an inappropriate manner to it's welfare!"
(a) Confinement that causes distress, discomfort or pain.
(b) Needing appropriate breaks
(c) Incompatible to own kind, tribe or species

Penalties range from $275,000 to 3 year prison...(Subjected to same guidelines one imagines!)
UK freaked out that Oz still use Ankle Cuffs on Prisoners...but for Public in Marine Parks...Wow!
This is strictly some bad arse Convict researgence to mandate ankle shackles for a Sheeple Dip.

Rock and a hard place...How do get around a bombastic Marine Park Leash mandate (Such irony!)
Enjoy the Marine Park > Strap on a Hard on & stick to the rails...please do not frollick in our Waves!

*Leash Exemptions : (As derived from current common cross leash - marine laws)

The following exemptions will likely need 12 month Rego Sticker or Wrist band Permit.
First Nation / Med Cert / Water Taxi / MP-NP-Shire Workers / Lifeguards / Surf Instructor / Pets / Events.
Religious exemption comes into play with Byron Hippies...Ankle Leashes block flow to Chakra Anklets!
Would Byron Mayor really force a Hippy Chick to sell out religious ankle chains for Shire ankle chains?
Perhaps a compromise with bejewelled, jiggly, googly 3rd eyed wiggly Leggies.

Research outs that it's The Surf Council that will Test any Mandate for Tribal Elder Paddle Outs.
Surely Paddle-Outs will be exempted & how will the Loggerz react to that?
Are we to see a watering down for Prone Pow Wow sessions.

Surfcraft Exemptions for above groups + Pre Leash Era (1974) + or without Plugs up until Start Date.
That should exempt the Surf Council Star Chamber Pow Wow Power Down...All say Aye!

Leashed : NSW Govt Mandates ALL Leashes on Byron School Soft Boards / Body Boards / Hand Planes
Does Byron Legrope Mandate override NSW Surfcraft mandates on Grom'z Hand / Arm Leashes

Leash Exemptions : SEQ WSR + Byron are advising / Mandating "Strictly" [LEG ROPES]
Does this secure Surf Reserves for Short Board Surfers Only...why are other leashed Surfers Locked out!
Noosa WSR : "Swimmers Avoid Surfers!" (Note : It's a Surfing Reserve not a VIP Boardriding Reserve!)
Exactly! They ignore Pet Dog Bans from NP & let their VIP Pooches surf Premium sessions at WSR

WSRs have Flags Mid Line-up & Boardriderz plough & maim their way thru...then blame speed bumps.
Pretty sure Boardiders are meant to pull up 15m short of WSR Flags...Noosa reckons we gotta piss off!
No boards should be allowed in a Surfing Reserve...Surf just Surf! No Stickers = No Surf Rage!
If ya can't see Flags or Surf Point to Point without a Sticker then stop mandating bans on those who can.

Over 10 ways or more to secure a Surfcraft...Legrope being the most injurious & deadly & often banned.
Rescue Boards are approved by SLSA & Govts mandate bans on Leashed hard boards until certified.
Govt are disarming Gromz of Pump Action Harpoons...trying to prevent more leashed Surf Rage!
Recommend Sunny / Goldie / Byron Hodads get their brains washed before they divide more tribes!
7% armed minority do not have a mandate to lock out 93% peaceful more capable line up surfers.
Suggest these Kooks learn how to Surf a Wave before mandating more space for VIP Deck Chairs!

Leash Supply : tbb ran survey of Byron Surf Shops & NO nearest Surf Outlets sold or displayed leggies!
Govts are forced to forgo mandates if Supply can't be guaranteed...(That is L.A.W!) re: Vax!
Byron Shire needs to engage to secure Leg Rope Supplies...They don't even know wot this means...Skip!
Tourist says he can't buy one...He walks...just saying...that's on the Mayor not the Airbnb landlord...Wot!

Unleashed Precautions...Surfcraft Mandates
Byron Schools : Mandate Softboards until completion of Surf Safety course
SLS NSW Craft Mandates : 100mm Coloured > 25m rounded Tip (2-3mm) & Tail + 1 rounded fin.
Any board deemed a danger to self or others shall not be fit for purpose.
tbb is saying not to expect an exemption with an Unleashed Razor Sharp Schick Stick.

Turbulent High Risk Leashed Zones : Outside dedicated 40m free surf Red Yellow flags
Non Secured Flotation Prohibited > Nippers / Boardriding Clubs / Camps / Events arrange Risk insurance..
Free surfing prohibited outside Flags. re: Unleashed Boardriders, Boogerz & anyone givin' it a bash.

There is a precedent of High Risk Rock Platforms...
Be interesting if one argued the risk of Leggie Snagging adds to the danger in these Hazard zones.
Drawing a long bow there as each are High Risk...might get if! Forget about that one for a bit!

Alternate possible sanctioning of [I.D] constraints.
Onshore Base visually secured to attended Outpost ( Like Fishing Line / Divers Floats / Crab Pot Floats )
All of these tethered or part lines/floats 'cautions' that ship 2 shore maritime activity is in motion.

Onshore [I.D] Alpha / Hi Viz Flags + Mounted / Security (Angel Ring 30m) or Manned Rescue Board.
Likely limited to 200m Max offshore "Patrolled" Bathing Zone
If weather was bad... A whistle might be required.
Worth pointing out that a matching Light Blue / White - Fluro Lime Rashie would serve yer case better!
Horrid colour combo but that's the be seen! Crew can check this on "Oz" Dive Buoys / Boats.

Outpost [I.D] 15cm Pale Float or "Handle Strapped" Board of same [I.D] Alpha / Hi Viz Colours.
Buses / Balloons operate with Handles and are considered the Safest form of travel.
Crew can see that it works like a "Long Training Leash" Principle > where Surfer is still Traceable!
eg: Puppy can have 30m leash while training but shortened to 2m leash as Breed becomes Dangerous!

Much like a [Sign] Marine Study in progress or Priority Disc for a registered Surfer in a Surf Comp
Every Diver / Fisherman / Surfer is a accounted for from shore to the Lineup.
eg: Unleashed Surfer Alert > One need only wave the Beach Flag to signal the in sight Surfer!
Surfer is promptly ashore to enquire about Risk...("Do ya want a Chiko Roll or Dim Sims!")

Unleashed Bodysurfers...would need a support Clubbie (see Earlier Ocean Swimmers)
Alternate trials with SLSA / Wave Pool / Whale Watching Float lines have been approved.
Or similar tactics being deployed for Bodybash / Long Board Comps / Camps.
So it's not just leggies but all rescue policy Events in Frontline Turbulent Zones

Best example being Darwin Wave Pool...Softies Stand Up lessons (Bans Leggies in 3 sec lineup)
Person 1. Supervises Take Off Zone & shallow fall to clear fast.
Person 2. Stands aside Lineup & calls / Signals wipe out > ready with back up board to channel.
Person 3. Wades to collect loose board/s & return boards to 2.(Like a conveyor in the shallows to deep.)
All while Gromz are swimming beneath and paddle with purpose designed rip return. (No injuries)
Being 3/4x faster than fastest Pro lineup & twice as fast as Urbnsurf 50% crab Pots
Legropes would trip them up to Hog tie the World's biggest Crab Pot...(Very High Risk!)
Spend more than half the lesson untangling a dozen Gromz with waves battering every 3 seconds!
Many Authorities ban leggies in swift water snag zones...100's boardriders get trapped & drown.

We're talkin' bout a Longboard crew of mates operating the same as inshore Unleashed Surf Schools.
Devising an unleashed mates code based off surf schools with all boxes ticked.
Likely that each mate will have passed the Surf School Risk course...(Like a 3rd party exemption!)
Meaning : No individual Surf but a pack of approved Surf Code Mates watch each other's backs!
tbb thinks this is doable...possibly with the one rescue board mount that can be equally rotated.
Exactly : "Not my turn for the rescue board!"

Exempted Unleashed > Further Surfing Restrictions!
Hours : No Peak Hours + Exempted Unleashed Surfer should Avoid Crowds & Groups of Children
This is more about speed & Weight from falling from above 2.1 metres at speed onto kids.
SLSA mandate 15m free zone between Boardriders and swimmers/Surfers.

No exemption > After Hours or Hazardous Seas / Floods / Debris / Pathogens (Due to longer immersion)
No exemption > Poor Viz + Glare + Fog / Storms / Wind Chop
This being the main concern of Govts...Can't See You Can't Save You!
Concerns of Lone Board > Hapless missing Rider spotted in Shipping Lane...(Lock Down Shipping)
Yes! It happened recently...body will lock down Shipping.

Consider most transit Laws are written with sound Forward motion in mind but world is changing...

Oddly enough one can argue to travel backwards (Fin First) without leash...(Same as Road rules?)
If so...One can transit / Surf unleashed for maximum regular 50m stop/start unleashed lessons.
25km/hr Speed Limit is imposed for unleashed thru the line-up.
No transfers to other unleashed riders (Increases risk of board loss!) Unless Rescue Board!

Weight ratio to Board would apply so Strength can control Board under natural forces.
Underage won't likely be granted an Exemption for Hodad's Heavy Log.
Mostly as it could be taken on a tide / wind! Yes! Recent WA School News.
No Tandem Surfing (2nd) Exemption (Possibly not Overhead without Helmet!) + No slip streaming
Not to block the path of other surfers...nor to present as a hazard or create a hazard to other surfers.

Just sayin' Byron can forget about Unleashed Tandem Surfing or Unleashed Dog Surfing!
Those days of artistic surfing are gone for Hipster Byron...Leash Mandate just crushed yer dreams! Sorry!
Even Flights are moving to Solo Seat Belts for Bubs...No more Dinkin'!
tbb tried but can't find one animal mob sanctioning the leashing of Pets to Surfboards...All say no!
Sure...Life Jackets even Leashes to Life Jackets but never on a Board...No Way that's UN animal cruelty!
Not saying somewhere someone supports it but they won't say as it's so wrong on every level.
Eg...Tow / towed / Tie animal on Bike / Skateboard / Surfboard is highly against the Law in MP...No!

Shit for brains VIP Leashed Pet Owners will no doubt continue leashing surf Dogs in Marine Parks!
So yeah! Can now watch Animals being choked & losin' limbs in Marine Parks to adhere to mandate!

re: Any Bus can & does permit Seated / No Belts or Standing No Seat Handles or overhead straps.
tbb is just pointing out that Passengers freely Surf Aisles in Down Town Traffic!
Standing Riders can collide with many leashed passengers at speed at any second.
Surfers are meant to hold seat/over head handles & not block seats / Aisle thru-fare!
Yet Authorities will never mandate surfing riders to hold on...many Youth make a Surfing game of it!
tbb searched but can't find anyone ever fined yet Cams run all day on Buses / Trains! (Money 4 Jam!)
Did find this Alarming AI Fine $5,390 for bus driver allowing pass to take a photo with Belt undone!
Apparently Mobile Phones can auto report when yer not buckled up.

However! Failing to Buckle Up on "Plane Seat" will cost Delays 2x fly arounds + Police + $5,000 fines

(Part 8b) Final looks at logistics or running a Leg Rope Mandate.
As said...many Authorities equally ban dangerous Leggies.
We'll look at where & how an Ankle leash fits into World of Transit and Limitations.

In closing tbb tried to apply all closest by design policed mandates that best slot the Lineup
Yes! Many of the Above fines play out in court battles & easily flow to Leggie Mandate!
Find that hard to believe...Skateboard mandated Policy of last 5 years has come on real fast!
Bicycle Laws are now the size of A Bible > that's just the penalty fees...Huge Tax Take off the Cyclists!

tbb is graduating the research line-up from exempting the Mandate then applying & running of Mandate.
Progressing the 'forward' case that explores Ankle or alt leash laws...and where that may lead!
(Part 8b) The Final ...coming soon enough...thanx fer yer patience!

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truebluebasher Wednesday, 7 Jun 2023 at 1:10am

(Part 9) or (8b continues with Leash Law)

Another Climate Change Collision comes with the reactive decision to mandate division.
Leader : "Give them just enough rope to hang themselves!"
Seldom does a week go by without a Headline of another Pie in the Sky falling in on us!
Where does all this protecting oneself from from ourselves begin or end...

Amazing at Embryonic stage we can grow & cast our own dual artery / single veined life support line.
Depending on timing our Lifeline can vary in form to reach Zero length > 3m length (More so males)
(SUA) 1% (5%Twins) Single Artery > (ABS) Rupture 1/1,200 > (Nuchal) Strangulation 30% / 2x coil 7%.
Most concerning is (ABS) Where the rupture goes on self constraining to sever digits / limbs thru life.

These percentages show no natural lifeline can be guaranteed after millions of years evolution.

Just putting Leashes into perspective...we should expect no better than 60% base security.
Having factored in the Nature of lifelines we can be honest & objective > Not emotional & Alarmist!
Yes! Leashes & Harnesses injure, maim & kill a good many people just as our own natural lifelines!

Worldly Harness Guide is presented a learning tool exclusive to #1 swellnet.

0 Points: Cattle Class / School Bus /Air / Ship / Train Passengers (Non Flip / Less Impact Mass Transit)
eg: Town Bus stops often & at Lights less speed /Train right of way / Air-Ships fasten in Turbulence!)
Bus tight flat seating (Handles) > Coaches/Planes Travel Lap belts > 1st Class Bucket Seats 3P belts.

1 Point (a) Bracelet, Cuff, Collar, Necklace, Band, Ring (Forever Sever & Amputate + I.D mandates)
1 Point/s (b) (Attached) Handles / Grips / Rails / Mounts (Strength / Footing limit injury)
2 Points(Self Restraint): Cuffs + Eye-Face Masks + Slings (Repetitive Strain Injury Syndrome)
*Leashes / Leads (Pre Human) Birds use Twine & Sticks to tether Prey
2 Points (Leashed Restraint):Tether / Tow a Force ( Strains, amputation, fractures, falls + "entrapment")
*Harnesses (Pre Human) Birds construct walled Twine Baskets to protect young from danger & falls
2 Points: Shoulder Mounts / Clasp bars to keep Riders upright ( Falls / Flings > Fractures)
3 Points: Front Bucket Seat Belts + Original Baby Capsule (Centralised Crushing Entrapment)
4 Points: Frontline > Attendant's Open Seat ( Falls / Flings > Fractures)
5 Points: Full Isolation Body Harness > Pilots / Infants are Fully Encapsulated (Entrapment -Fire)
5 Points: Dog / Pet's Harness ( Handle / Leash connect) New & Unregulated Era.
6 Points: Race Drivers harnessed to Full Bucket Seats + VIP Baby Capsules (Entrapment-Fire)

*G Force - Falls (Harnesses feature secondary Handles attached to already Harnessed Guide)
20 year old G Force Harnesses / capsules are resold & refurbished to prolong full operational use.
Indicating a preference for traditional webbing & stitching...(eg : Balloon Baskets / Hang Glider Bags)

7 Points: Fall Arrest Harness (Often labelled 5 Points + 15-20m support line)
7 Points: Parachutes + Wing Suits / Trapeze Harness + Houdini Suits ( Note : Also can be tethered)
8 Points: Speed Demon Capsules + Climbing / Fall Harnesses (Again can be tethered)
9 Points: Breathing Mask Cradle Sleep Apnea / Life Support (Scalp / Face Sores / Eye / Ear infections)
tbb lives this nightmare each night that despite head covering > Cradle inflicts unhealed wounds!
Called Leashed Syndrome...Where the Leashed Straps or Harness inflicts injury (Nurses- Covid Masks)

Hang / Suspended Harnesses
10-14 Points: Hang Gliders > Dual Wing Suits - Tandem

Space Station is a giant Rescue Craft (Fitted with Arm's Length Handles / Slide Rails / Footholds)
Spacewalker's waist shackles to 17m Line + Wrist leashed Tools + Emergency Jet Pack/s
Inside is where the most out of this world Harnessing takes hold...
34 Points: Anti Gravity Loom Treadmill Harness-Possibly the most inert harmless multi tethered unit!

Dog Walking presents highest injuries & mostly by Leashes.(Amputations / Sprains / Fractures / Skull)
The more leashed injuries occur with what forceful, sharp, hard load is further impacted by turbulence.
The leashed body part can't take the Force...Surfers bodies are riddled with such leash impacted scars.
tbb has many times been lassoed, hog tied, and trawled by arm & neck at Point Break speed...[HELP!]

Mandates enforce leash for life of product (Cheapen Seat Belt to 5yrs > Car life = reduced to 5yrs)
If mandated Surf Leash lasts 6mths then leash mandates cheaper shorter 6 mths Board replacement.
Ask! Why would a manufacturer not accept a mandated gift to save a fortune.
Mandates bankroll industry to cheapen Hi Risk utility life to that of weakest frayed leash link!
Now we're all less safe in expensive shoddy cars > left holding the handle with nothing much more!

Surf/boards Leash Timeline exclusive to #1swellnet

1829 Moreton Bay Pro Convicts ankle shackled looped Vine leashed Rafts thru all Gold Coast Surf.
Enabling 2 Surfers to SUP all points of Surf Raft thru The Big Wet swept Line-ups!
Total Pro Surf Industry from Surfcraft, Leggies, Longest Paid Rides, Surf thru Shop, Royal Export Orders!
1842 Moreton Bay ended Mandated Pro Leashed Surfing
Oz Surf Industry never again attained such prestige or cred...[Sorry! No Stickers]

1910 Aquaplanes 15m line
1922 Water Skis 20m line
1930-50's (Duck Surf Punts) Craft Nose < > Waist Leashes + SUP Surf ski Paddle oar leashes
1964 Skurfing 10m line
1974 Surfboard Ankle Leashes / Bodyboard Wrist Leashes / Windsurf Harness
1977 Last open Surf Comp to ban Legropes until Logger Comp bans.
1982 Wakeboards / Tubing 10m line
1984 Wave Pool Pro Comps Ban Legropes until 2015 Wave Lagoons
1992 Jetski Tow-in Surfing 10m line
1995 Bodyboard Wrist Straps moved up to Bicep Straps (Wrist lag-Paddle Battle)
1994 Snowboard leash Mandate (Leashes get snagged in Ski Poles / lifts / trees)

2000 Longboarderz move up from Ankle to Calf Leashes (Trip Hazard)
2005 Landes, France mandates Surf Leashes
2011 International Kite Surfers denounce Ankle Leashes ( Extra Powerful recoil injuries )
2013 Bodysurfers mandate tugging when being trawled by leashed boardriders.
2013 NSW / SA Education Mandate Leashes for Handplanes / Bodyboards / Soft-Hard Surfboards
2015 Wave Lagoons Mandate leashed entry for all body/surfers > Comps.
2015 Surf Council's Leggie "Etiquette" { Always where a Legrope } Adopted by Local Councils.
2016 ISA (Earliest Online Rule Book) Mandated Comp Leash Policy...(Not Enforced or Penalized)
2017 Logger Comps Ban Ankle/Leg Leashes ( Unofficial ) re: Leashless Authentic Festival Exhibitions
2018 Snowboard leash Mandate backs down at most Ski fields > Mostly insist for step in Bindings!
Notes: Many see in Bindings as [L] Oldschool but plenty Vidz show Freestyle slides & kick flips!
Lapse in Leash Mandate perfectly times with current skater based Snowboarding revival...just sayin'
Also mega Olympic Marketing of Freestyle Snowboarding framed as Skyhigh leashless Surfers!
2019 Wavepools (Retrofit) Previous Non leash Wave Pools mandate Leashes for all body/surfers
2020 Port of London "No Ankle Leashes" (Snag hazards in Turbulent Tides)
2020 UK policy : No Ankle Leash near Snag / Entrapment zones > Quick release Waist Belt Only.
Leash Entrapment Zones > Floods / Tidal / Dams-Weirs / Moorings / Piers / Rocks / Reefs / Seaweed
2021 UK Dams Ban SUPs after spate of Ankle Leash Snag Drownings.
2021 US Bend Park Flow wave "Ankle leash Ban" (Weir Deaths mount from Ankle Leash snags)
2022 Foilies move away from Ankle Straps to Waist Straps
2023 Byron, NSW Vote to mandate Leg Ropes

Leggie directions...
No substitute for Surf Skills & not a life saving device to keep you safe or prevent injury!
Hirerer / Manufacturer can't be held liable for any consequence arising from use!

(Part 10 or 8c) Rollout the Laws & regulations that flourish from similar mandates!
Crew know that if you ask for a mandate you invite the devil in to bargain more rules & penalties!
Careful wot ya ask for...never too much of a good thing...Huh!

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truebluebasher Thursday, 8 Jun 2023 at 12:32am

(Part 10 or 8c) Oz Leg Rope Policy

Mandate : No Surfing (Final)

More leggies more crowds more Surf Rage resulting in more surfboard injuries each year
More injuries with more regulated Comp Lineups, some even mandate MASH units.
eg: 100% Pro Wetsuits > 100% Pros got Surfer's Ear > Now Pros sell Ear Plugs...[Here's a sticker]

It is that dumb fucked that tbb's brain hurts to explain to mandate Leggies = End of durr!
The more shit ya put into the Ocean the more shitty & fake is yer surfing experience to now zilch.
If ya don't like surfing the ocean in all it's majesty...then fuck off & stop banning people that love it!

Existing Mandates
Surfing Australia = Rank Leg Ropes [6] Medium Risk > Therefore it makes no sense to Mandate Risk.

SLSA / RLS / E'Coast Govt Ed' mandate Surf Survival Courses for surf access.
Govt : Mandate Rashies + Leashed Softie Handplanes / Boogerz / Softies for Nippers & School Kids...
With Surf Survival Certificate = (Skills/Rips/Flags/Wading/Paddle/Bodysurf/Rescues)
Govt : Soft Body hugging Certificate allows Grom to sample Dad's fully leashed Hard Stuff...but!
Govt : Certifiable Gromz are 'advised' to chill with a Hard Board 'Nose Cone'.

Make no mistake...East Coast Govts mandate against Hard Dangerous Grom Boards!
How far will they go?

Heavy Shit...Byron Shire blindly ignores Govt's Schools / SLSA Youth Softie Mandate...(Kaboom!)
Byron Shire Mandate grants 'unlicensed' Gromz keys to Dad's Hard Stuff from the Razor Cabinet
Resulting in Daggy Dads pump action harpooning of The Schick Shift Mach 5 Sticker...'incoming!'
10 Years hard work of disarming Grom Kooks as Byron Council hand Gromz the keys to the Hard Stuff!
tbb doubts if any notice...Forget 10 years of Safe Surf Classes...Grom straps on his Dad's Gun!

SLSA w/e Nippers Surf Craft Policy
Up to 11 yrs + Any Blowins have gotta surf Softies
Only after 11 years Cert > Allows 'Rounded' Hard handled paddle boards
25m curved Nose / Tail of 3mm thickness with similar fin.(100mm Contrast colour marking nose/tail)
Surfboards deemed Dangerous to self or others are ineligible for lineup.

tbb thinks this is the line in the sand...that Byron Shire just so stupidly & blindly crossed without care!
Mum comes racing up the beach carrying Bloodied Son...
Who mandated leashing that razor sharp weapon to a child...You murderers! I'm calling the cops!
Yep! Like no one saw the the Flashing Neon Sign.
(Razor Sharp Boards are fine, chopping all to bits until you force someone's kid to leash to one...OMG!)

Common Leash Laws from equivalent ordinance.

Leashed Surfboard Check
SLSA / Council : Rate Surfboard as Dangerous
Council : (Exemption) Register as a dodgy copy of Big Kahuna's artifact.
SLSA : Contrasting Coloured tip/tail ( eg: R/Y danger / G/Y warning / Bl /W clear)

Council : //Red//Yellow// 50mm Fluro Clasp (Rail Saver) Indicating Danger Point-Keep hand Clear.
Council : High Risk must be kept on a Tight Leash 1.5m > 2m + (Keep 2m from others)

Leash Check
UN : Ensure Leash is of Least restrictive Type.
Will Byron Shire humanely allow leash variations of wrist / arm / hip leashes!

Leash continues as one continuous unbreakable line thru Float to front grip loop.
Can Patient be towed via front life loop or any shoddy weakened retrofit front loop lifeline?
Does nose or rear of Board present danger to towing...(err No! No! & Yes! Yes!) Then we're fucked!
Then my $2 Surf Leash thingy prevents rescue...(Looks that way...Raise my arm...Help!)

Govt : Have you reasonable access to purchasing a Leg Rope?
[ Label ] Has Legrope reached 6mth / 1yr Expiry Date & from Manufacturer or Dusty Shelf?
Has Leg Rope been refurbished by approved repairer?
Have you followed all Leash care instructions / Is it nicked by your fins?
Has yer Leggie ever been cleaned or is it a Sushi Loop Line for Sharks

Line Up Check
Govt : Can you swim & do you have Surf Skills / Certificate for leashing to a Dangerous Surfboard?
Council : Exempted Dangerous leashed Craft can't be Surfed during Peak Hours > a/h only...Sorry!
Council : Dangerous Board can't be surfed in a manner dangerous to others.(No above head aerials)
Govt : Dangerous Board can't be surfed in Turbulent surf over 2.1m without Helmet or near others!
Can weaker Grom / Chix paddle against rip or are they leashed to accelerated danger racing out to sea.

Authorities : Leashed boardriders are prohibited from Zones with Hi-Risk leash snagging danger.
Check : Dams / Weirs / Piers / Moorings / Floods / River Mouths / Rocks / Reefs / Seaweed
Govt : Avoid & return from lineups where Legrope can't be seen thru water or supervised at all times.
Check : Seat belts 100% visualised during operation > Ask! Where is your Leggie hiding now! Dunno!
Ask! Well how safe can that be...Doh! (Leggie is not a Seat Belt & neither is Vax!) Who ever said it was!

SLSA : Dangerous Board operation > 15m from Crowds / Children...( if!)
Govt : Avoid directing danger towards another (re: Pointing a Weapon / Accidental slip Spearing!)
SA : No interference with another leash (2m rule > Boardrider applies to avoid tangling)
Govt : Contain any Trailing/s obstructing other users (Hooking another is Illegal)
Govt : Must Not 'trail Leash' from a mobile utility...300mm max overhang with // R // Y // markings.
Govt : Must contain dangling lines on board & 50m from Dolphin sessions
Govt : Check that idle Leggie Loop is no greater than 25mm that can & often does lasso Limbs / Neck!
Govt : Must not lead Animal by mobile Device (No Dogs / Snagging Sharks / Dolphins / Turtles)
Health : Boardriders host 3x bacteria > No looping Poop to pool pathogens / Lice / Blue Bottles etc.
Best to take paddle breaks to release yer Leashed loads near where ya found them > No Pool Party!

Leash Reactivity
Health : More leashed Surfers with absolutely no skill are lulled into a false sense of security.
Health : Leashed crew get fatigued, become less attentive & more prone to errors of judgement!
Health : Leashed crew with high prey drive, puff out chests, pant with eyes turning red > Lunge & snap!

This is Surf Rage > Take a Time Out.
Govt : Mandates for all Leashed crew to a break each 2hrs & relieve body restraint for 15 mins
Health : 2 Hour Leash exemption : Seek Pro behaviour consultant for Psych Meds (Take the edge off!)

Leashed ordinance may sound heavy but consider Qld Govt runs 200 Cycling Fines.(This is a snack!)
Surfing breaches are more likely to result in confiscation unless Hi Risk abuse with Dangerous Board.
Like citizen's arrest of pest drop in...Marine Police Jetskis have frequented Surf Rage Hot Spots.

But for the fact that Byron Shire will hand out non compliance fines of $1,100...(Beach Accounting!)
Officer wants his job but nabs only 1 breach for the Week...then all above breaches are awarded fines.
Now Byron can afford 2 now 3 officers...just voted for'd better run in packs to the line up!
The ball's in their court to let this slide or to cash in on shoddy leashes & Hi Risk boards! (Money!)

Mandate policing usually expands in first 5-10 years then tapers off from 10-20 years (1 generation)
eg : Skateboards 1965-1985 / Bicycle Helmets 1992 > 2012 / Snowboard Leashes 1995 > 2015
Few operators care + Mayors campaign against Laws as recreation / tourism impediments.
However...Police will still nab a blatant breach...even go on a hunt to top up their Quota...

Govts prefer to slowly increase fines by number & amount...(Get done less but it will hurt more!)
Govt's are more interested in how to shape a Surfing Mandate to land in their lap for easy breaches.
Crew know Police can't hand out fines in Hazardous Seas...soon as BOM waves them on...Game on!
Frightful to all that Byron can Boast $1,100 fines on the beach...that requires an economy of scale!
Can tell ya now...there ain't enough manbuns that wanna go back for who will pay!

If ya think tbb is havin' a laugh...Here's a just small sample of wot Byron must reel in...
Byron Hippie Chick surfing her horse with surfboard no Saddle, Leggie or Foot Holds...just a lasso.
Leggie Inspector mandates for a bigger book to throw at her...

Still think it's a tough call then share a surf session in tbb's world.
Mandated 100% Boat Travel ban for Interstate & o/s (Includes Flight Bans to Bali)
Mandated 99% Surfing Ban along East Coast
Why : For surfing...just surfing - but without stickers!

eg: State Education Surf school in the Flags is Free but right next to the Flags it costs $350.
Which one does Mum want & which one will Govt Mandate...think the crew know the answer & why!
$350 Parent Surf Tax that helps pay for Lifeguard Services that Govt can't afford!
How to enforce Mandating Surf Toys that prohibit Surf Classes in the Flags
All areas outside Flags are mandated toys only, then privatized for Surf School / Club leasing.(Money!)

Mistaken Identity (All rebels look the same!)
Typical Surfie talk..."ya need a hand plane mate, where's ya board mate...get runover without one!
Now the same guys in a Mandated Line-up...
"Hey! That guy Lost his board & he's not wearing a leggie!"...(tbb goes missing at sea!)
At the funeral... a mysterious board washes up on the shoreline..."Feral Manbun got what he deserved!"
Kidz say their Dad was a Basher & never rode a board...(Cough!) last thing they said...(Run Kidz Run!)
Vax Patrol got a new game to play...

In closing if ya think it's all a bit rich...
Welcome to tbb's world of mandated bans from boating interstate or o/s or Flights to Bali.
Banned from 99% of Oz East Coast Shoreline...for simply doing nothing more than any over time.
Wild endangered surfer is afforded a dwindling 1% Ocean access...less than a Dolphin.
Govt's extortion demands are...[ Vax + a leashed Handplane ] Then 100% of World is tbb's oyster!

tbb's 1% freedom is worth 1 million times more than Govt's VIP zombie cyborg mandates!
Oh Wow! I gotta shield to fend off 100% surfing ability to surf exactly as boring as the next cyborg.

Future will record VIP [STICKERS] Mandating Surfing into oblivion!
Keep the faith & defend the endangered majesty of Huey for one last ride in!

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truebluebasher Wednesday, 24 Jan 2024 at 3:50pm

Have a Laugh..OMG!...TISM.

All above Board Core Value Anatomically Animated Ai Correct Hipster Chiko Chick
Cuttin' loose at The Southern Mission Boot Camp..
May all yer dreamstate chakra inhibitions be rudely abruptly curtailed & mandated!

Appropriate Byron Surf Slave Harem Merch...

[WANTED] Byron Bay Billy Unleashed Outlaw Poster in yer Toyworld Window.

Byron Bay Blake was arrested for unleashed Ai pondlife showboating

17-22nd March : Byron On Leash Adaptive Pro...
*All Leashed competitors must be dewormed & desexed!
*Water Bowls must not encroach Coach Charlie's #@!* Line in the Sand.

Da Shire Mayor : "Let the Hunt begin...Lasso'n'Hogtie & Collar any Limbless Lawbreakers!"


*Unleashed Breaking News Bonus

Real Time / Real Deal Xmas Log Jam Drop in Board injury Verdict actual Surf Court of Law.
Here's the Latest Law verdict on Unleashed Drop in Loose Log Injuring innocent inside surfer...
California Court Case..
Injured inside innocent surfer initially won the Case but Logger Appealed > {Citing Risk Doctrine!}
Expert Surf Coach Champ's testimony :
"Precludes Liability where Wipeouts are inherent in the Sport of Surfing!"
No evidence that Droppin' in or losing one's board was reckless in such an already high risk Sport!
Only if harm was intentional...
( Judgment ruled in favour of no increased Risk )

There is no argument of penalizing Surfers for not reducing a perceived in Byron's By-Law.

Meaning if Surf Leashes are Mandated then all greater Surf / Craft risk be banned in accordance.
Just saying Byron wouldn't wanna defend a 'perceived harm reduction' Leg rope fine in court.
Why fine a surfer of unleashed board accident more than an owner of unleashed Killer breed dog.

In other words > Leash Mandate equally precedents ...slippery slope of higher rating risk reduction
Beach Closed > [No Surfing] > Helmet Laws > Safer Softer Craft...on & on & on!
Handin' out unleashed fines to Surfers on Big Wednesday is just plain fuckin' mental!