And you thought the war against bodyboarding was over in the ’90s. This past week, the New York City parks department banned bodyboards on all New York City beaches. The city declared bodyboards to be, officially in the eyes of the law, “flotation devices,” and for some reason, flotation devices are not welcome at the beach. Which, alright, but, I mean, surfboards float and they’re devices too and they’re just fine by the NYC Parks and Rec. This isn’t the first time a major U.S. city banned bodyboards. Once upon a time Chicago had the same silly law, but has since opened their arms to anyone core enough to kick into freezing one foot Lake Michigan surf on a boogie.
The law seems to be a result of some boogie boarding-kids getting swept out to sea during Hurricane Bertha. The Parks department didn’t like that, so, assuming that the three-foot hunks of foam are encouraging people with no ocean skills to get in over their head, they’ve ended the fun for all kinds of kids who just want to frolic in the summertime Atlantic. It’s a head scratcher.