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Inventory and Perception of Status
There are 12 well-known surf spots in Maryland, which range from good to fair condition.
One concern is Ocean City Inlet's blockage of sand (littoral drift), which is causing beach erosion at Assateague Island. On a larger scale, frequent storms, particularly Nor'easters, keep the beaches in constant flux, and as a result sand replenishment is sometimes necessary. Since tourism is a large part of the economy, the coastal cities tend to value surfing areas and beaches as recreational resources, and have instituted various conservation programs such as dune stabilization and beach fill. However, both the Ocean City and DC Chapters of Surfrider Foundation report that the fill programs have been both a blessing and a curse, and that water quality issues have received less attention. Ocean City surf spots suffer from overcrowding due to restrictions, so the chapter has been spearheading an effort to increase areas available for surfing. See a recent article on this.
Recognition by State
Maryland does not officially recognize surfing as an economic, cultural, and recreational resource. However, MDNR does take surfing into consideration as a part of coastal planning. An example is in the Assateague State Park Land Unit Plan (October 2005).
Some local political figures have been receptive to Surfrider efforts and to the needs of surfers in general.
Surfrider Foundation Chapters
|DC Chapter||38° 53' 42.4032", -77° 2' 10.9176"||http://dc.surfrider.org/|
|Ocean City Chapter||38° 20' 11.4108", -75° 5' 5.6616"||http://oceancity.surfrider.org/|
Surfrider Staff Contact
Mid-Atlantic Regional Manager
Also check out Surfrider Mid-Atlantic Region's website for Surfrider news from New Jersey, New York, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and Washington D.C.
The summary of surfing areas comes from Surfer Magazine's The Surf Report issues for the state. Surfrider Foundation chapters were surveyed to establish surfing conditions in the state.
Other sources of information on surfing in Maryland include:
- Delaware & Maryland Surfing
- Ocean City Maryland Surfing Resource Center
- At the Beach
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