Friday, March 4, 2016

Surf City Sheriffs

Danger! Earthquakes and hostile surfers!

Remember that cliché line from old Westerns: "Stranger eh? We don't take kindly to strangers around these parts."

This sign can be found adjacent to the beach at Jordan River. The original sign is a warning about the local earthquake danger. A BC Hydro dam upriver was identified as likely to fail when the expected major earthquake occurs here sometime in the next 50 to 100 years. The result will be a wall of water expected to wash away the campsite at the mouth of the river.

Consequently the provincial government closed the campsite as a safety precaution. However, saner heads prevailed when someone calculated the odds that campers would actually be at the campsite during the limited camping season as minuscule and so the province agreed to re-open the site.

The second sign is the smaller attached sticker seen below. Jordan River has a reputation for its local surfers not taking too kindly to visiting surfers encroaching on their turf. And they definitely don't like paddle surfers like me in their waters.

Personally, I haven't experienced any hostility, however, I've confined my water play to a different area of the beach so as not to provoke anyone.

Always read the small print...

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