Ranger told surfers they would need a permit for wounded vet event
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 13 November, 2014 - The veterans and surfing communities — including surfing legend Kelly Slater — were angered when a California State Parks ranger told surfers at Cardiff State Beach Tuesday that they would need a permit to take a group of Wounded Warriors into the water on Veterans Day.
When word of the incident spread on social media, it created a storm of angry comments against the state. But at least one of the event organizers said Wednesday the whole thing was overblown.
Kelly Fogler, Southern California director of the Travis Manion Foundation, said the state ranger who approached the group was polite and low-key when he asked about the permit.
Ultimately, the “ranger spoke with his supervisor and allowed our event to continue undeterred,” Fogler said Wednesday. “Honestly, he was just doing his job and he wasn’t confrontational, he was concerned.”
Still, the incident went viral and evoked outrage on social media when Joel Tudor, a former longboard world champion from San Diego, posted a photo on Instagram of an event organizer discussing the need for a permit with the state parks official.