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Turf Wars Spoil Sanctity of Southland Surf Beaches : Violence: Popularity leads to crowding. Charges that one group attacked outsiders highlight the problem.

May 08, 1995|TONY PERRY | TIMES STAFF WRITER

"It is really frustrating for us," said police Lt. Ed Jaakola. "You can't talk to those guys. There is no reasoning with them. They honestly believe it's their birthright to restrict access to Lunada Bay to only a few (surfers) chosen by the Bay Boys."

Meanwhile, Hagins, whose nephew, Hagan Kelly, is a world-class surfer, vows to see the criminal case against McCullom to the end and also to file a lawsuit if the Palos Verdes Estates City Council rejects the $6-million claim, which is based on an assertion that the Bay Boys are violating the civil rights of non-local surfers.

"There is no way they should be able to push people off a (surf) break," Hagins said. "That is not surfing."

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Making Waves

Bloody clashes among surfers from Del Mar to Malibu and arrests at Lunada Bay off Palos Verdes Estates contradict the Southern California myth that the sport is untouched by discord. In fact, a phenomenon called localism leads surfers at several popular breaks to use intimidation to repel outsiders.

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