Published on : Monday, April 4, 2016
One of Los Angeles best big wave surfing spot Lunada Bay has turned out to be a nuisance for locals and visitors. The spot is well loved owing to its steep, semicircular cliffs, a great beach and swells that reach up to 20 foot and remains overcrowded most times of the year.
However the coast is becoming a fear factor for many who come to surf from outside due to the Lunada Bay Boys who target tourists and threaten, harass and even take to violent modes to make it difficult for surfers. However continuous disturbance from the Bay Boys has forced many outside surfers called “unlocals” to file a class action lawsuit classifying them as criminal street gangs. If the suit is proven against them then they will be banned from the surf spot and will need to pay fines and compensation to the tourists they harassed.
The Bay Boys allegedly pelt tourists with rocks and have also slashed their tires. They do not approve of the surfing rules set in the Lunada Bay. They have a general disregard and express their disapproval by pushing, kicking, harassing, circling visitors with their surfboards. They also hold visitors underwater.
Many people share some awful experience which includes a police officer from El Segundo who had been sexually assaulted and abused by the Bay Boys. This behaviour has been there at the Lunada Bay for the last 20 years and finally a lawsuit has been filed. However visitors claim that allegations of intimation stretch back to several decades. Way back in 1969 a visitor was caught on the side of a cliff for more than 20 minutes and rocks of the size of softballs were pelted at him.
Visitors realise that the Bay Boys are allowed to function from an open-air clubhouse without official permits. They hurl abuses at visitors and drink away most of the times. The police department does not find enough reason to arrest them as there hasn’t been any act of shooting and stabbings and things that you typically associate with street gangs. Even though several of the men named in the lawsuit reportedly have criminal records which links them to acts of violent robbery. These men belong to affluent families and are often protected by law authorities and locals. It will be difficult to bring any criminal charges against these boys. Visitors who wish to brave through will have to endure the atrocities of these Beach gangs in Lunada Bay to enjoy the surfing experience.