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- Published on Thursday, 03 January 2008 17:57
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This year's theme is "Cold Water Surfing". Surfers and their friends are invited to submit digital pictures that capture the beauty and misery of surfing when it's cold. Winter surfing is about soulfulness and exhiliration, beauty and fear, being cold and getting warm again. There's more than a touch of insanity too. Top prize is a new Billabong Winter wetsuit and $200 cash. Three Honorable Mentions with a cash prize of $50 will also be awarded. Entries must be received by March 14, 2008. Winners will be announced on March 20th. MoreBeach has the right to use all submitted images on its website and in press releases. Photographers represent that the images are theirs and that they have releases for all people who can be identified.
Scroll down or click to see some of favorite images from past contests
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- Published on Friday, 20 July 2007 16:23
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Owning vacation real estate on the beach is a very popular trend in the holiday/hospitality industry. This is true for many reasons. Beaches are conducive to relaxing and fun holidays. Everybody loves spending time in the sunshine and good weather. New England is at the forefront of vacation destination progression. Because there is so much coastline in the Northeast and because the coast is also home to several flourishing metropolitan areas, the Northeast is becoming a commonly visited locale for beachgoers.
Traveling up from Connecticut's southwestern corner until you hit Maine's northern-most beach you will pass by just under 500 miles of coastline and around 5,500 miles of shoreline. Along the way you will also see great cities and beautiful towns. New England is home to magnificent people and unique culture. Much of this region is aesthetically exceptional and the rich history is evident in the architecture and landscape. Some of the world's cleanest beaches lie on the New England coast.
Timeshares on the Coast
When you think of destinations in this region the White Mountains or Green Mountains or cities like Boston and Portland probably come to mind. However, comparable coastal destinations are often smaller cities or lesser-known locales. Take towns like Westerly, Rhode Island, Falmouth, Massachusetts and Rockport, Maine for example. These are well-maintained, clean, friendly, luxurious yet affordable timeshare resort locations right on the beach.
More well-known spots feature timeshares of equal quality. Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Newport, Rhode Island and Ogunquit, Maine are very popular timeshare destinations on the coast. These areas are unique in their ability to combine the excitement and convenience of metropolitan areas with the friendliness and tranquility of more rural communities.
A timeshare is a valuable asset when visiting New England. The difference between timeshares and conventional vacation ownership is cost. Vacation homes and beach houses are very expensive. Owning a second property can be very pricey, whereas a timeshare guarantees at least a week long vacation every year for minimal cost. To cut those costs even more check out timeshare resales and timeshare rentals. A resale is the same property offered by resorts, but an existing owner sells a resale. Resale prices average around 60% below resort prices. You can find extensive listings on sale-by-owner timeshare websites.
For those new to the timeshare lifestyle, a rental may the way to go. It's okay to be skeptical about buying vacation real estate. A timeshare rental allows you to "try it before you buy it." There are no maintenance fees and no contractual obligations. So find a spot in New England that interests you - which won't be hard - and find a timeshare that caters to your vacation agenda. We'll see you on the beach!
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- Published on Wednesday, 13 June 2007 10:40
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2007 Cape Cod Beach Map
The 2007 Cape Cod Beach Map shows over 170 beaches and boat ramps along with listings for bait and tackle shops, surf shops, kayak rentals, ferries, whale watching and much more. The map provides decimal lat/long coordinates for every beach and boat ramp that can be used with Google maps and most GPS devices for detailed local mapping.
Using decimal lat/long with Google:
Go to Google Maps
Enter the decimal lat/long numbers into the search bar. Be sure to include the minus “-“ sign.
Click “Search Maps”.
A map will appear. Using your mouse you can zoom in or out and choose from satellite view, map view or a hybrid.
Buy the 2007 Cape Cod Beach Map via US Mail: Send $3 and a return mailing label with your address on it to:
PO Box 757
S Orleans MA 02662
Questions or suggestions regarding the map should be sent to
Please put “Cape Cod Map” in the subject line.
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- Published on Monday, 26 March 2007 20:00
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SURF ZONE SAFETY & ETIQUETTEThe ocean is a wonderful playground but also demands great respect. Even when lifeguards are present, always pay attention to your surroundings and assume responsibility for your own safety. When kids play in the shore break, extra vigilance is mandatory. The following safety tips address common issues encountered at the beach during various surf conditions.
1. Know your limits. If you can't swim, stay back and don't go in. Knee deep water can drop off suddenly to over your head. Waves can also sweep in, knock you off balance and raise water levels by many feet in just seconds.
2. Waves come in sets. Before hitting the surf, watch the waves for a while. The bigger the swell, the longer you should watch. A period of 10 minutes or more may pass with no waves followed by several large sets. Always monitor the surf. Occasionally, rogue waves from beyond the surf zone may break. These can be twice as big (or more) than standard set waves.
3. Listen to the lifeguards. Guards are trained to properly observe surfconditions and other safety issues.
4. Leave pool toys by the pool. They are unsafe at the beach.
5. Beware of rip tides. Rips are aquatic conveyer belts that move water in "channels" away from the beach to just outside surf zone. They can be scary if you get caught in one unintentionally (surfers and kayakers use them to access waves faster). If you're a good swimmer, there's little to worry about. Never swim directly against a rip tide. Always swim parallel to shore and then back into an area where the rip isn't present. Rip tides are relatively narrow and can be identified by choppy/discolored water. Rips present the most danger to a weak swimmer who is wading in a "feeder" channel. These can appear just off the beach, protected by a sand bar. Away from the surf zone, they look deceptively safe - they can carry deep water directly to a rip tide.
6. Surfing: Surfboards have hard edges and sharp fins. They don't mix well with swimmers and kids. Many beaches provide designated swimming areas where surfing is prohibited. When this isn't the case, surfers should avoid riding through densely packed reas near shore.
7. Surfer etiquette: The popularity of surfing continues to rise, and sometimes waves get crowded. Some basic rules have been established over time:
*Respect the locals and others around you. If you're new to the lineup, chill out and check the vibe before joining in.
*Respect the peak. The surfer closest to the peak of the wave "owns" that wave. Stay out of his or her way.
*Paddle out through the channel, not the takeoff zone. It's unwise to get in the way of someone taking off.
*Respect other beachgoers and wave riders. Bodyboarders and kayakers have rights to the surf too. The guys fishing before you arrived have a right to their spot.