State park tries to stop injured veterans from surfing

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CARDIFF, Calif. – At an event to help injured veterans surf at Cardiff State Beach Tuesday, a state park ranger told the organizers they needed a permit to be on the beach.

The Veterans Day event was sponsored by Operation Amped, an organization that teaches disabled veterans to surf.

Joel Tudor, a volunteer, said surfing provides therapy for the injured veterans.

“Surfing has been a really neat form for these people to have a sense of relaxation, to remove the traumatic stress,” Tudor said.

Tudor uploaded a picture to Instagram that upset many people on social media. In the photo, a park ranger holding a prosthetic leg on the sand is shown hassling volunteers on the beach.

The 25 volunteers and the veterans were told to pack up their American flags and leave the beach, Tudor said.

Though the event was not shut down, the organization members said it was a disgraceful and unpatriotic way to treat those that have given so much.

“It’s the one day that we give them, that the country gives them, nationwide to celebrate and feel good about their time served and that guy couldn’t take five minutes of his time to turn the other cheek,” Tudor said.

State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez is on the committee that oversees the state parks.

“I’m horrified…and I think most of the people who saw the pictures are,” she said. “We have a responsibility with the State of California and all of our agencies that work with the public to treat people with respect.”

“I understand that you’re doing your job and doing different things, but there’s also called having a heart,” Tudor said. “They all had purple hearts. There’s a big difference. We all have hearts--purple hearts are a little more important.”

California State Park officials responded to the incident with a statement:

“For any planned, organized and coordinated events, State Parks requires a Special Event Permit both for the safety of all park/beach visitors, and to prepare with proper staffing.  We regret any miscommunication in this case, however, the issue was very quickly resolved between State Parks and event organizers, and the event was allowed to continue without further incident.  We see a lot of value in events like this, because they bring the community together, and we look forward to working with the organizers next year.”

34 comments

  • kashcoach

    What is wrong with these so-called commanders of the law? This is just another case of stupidity. First we can’t feed the homeless, now our vets can’t surf in an organised event do to a permit issue? Come on. These police officers should focus on things that matter, not issues that are so petty.

  • Joe

    I have been down there dealt with this first hand. Its one thing to make sure the laws are followed but I can tell you that actual park ranger is the biggest arrogant jack ass to people I have ever met. I have no idea how the state can hire people that act like that. Just ask around to anyone who has dealt with him, he thinks he rules the world.

    • Maureen

      Joe you are exactly right, he goes out of his way to be a complete rude jerk. I have heard it from several people and he was abusive and rude to me as well.

    • Friends of San Elijo

      Due to the incident on Veterans Day in which Wounded Warriers were harassed by the State Beach Officer featured in this photo, Friends of San Elijo State Beach has a new project: We will be compiling a list of all incidents and grievances against this particular officer. We strongly believe that had we compiled these issues in the past, our Veterans would have had a joyous paddle out. We believe in following the rules and we respect authority, but this officer repeatedly treats paying guests to California State Parks as if we are criminals. He patrols with intimidation and fear, rather than protection and common sense. We won’t stand for being bullied or harassed anymore.
      Submit your stories to: friendsofsanelijo@gmail.com Please state the date of the incident, your age and exactly what you remember occurring or having been said.
      Thanks in advance! Feel free to share this post with any and all attendants at California State Parks in North County San Diego where you have seen this officer.

  • TrueCitizen

    if you’re going to throw an event, no matter the cause, do your homework and make sure its ok. Don’t be an idiot and then try to blame the cops… Stupid citizens using social media to get pity, c’mon, use those brains folks!

    • Joe

      I agree but that doesnt mean the ranger has to be a total jack ass. He is very well known for being an arrogant prick. Just ask anyone who has dealt with him.

      • TrueCitizen

        I’m sorry but if I go to a beach and see a giant event taking up the beach, parking, etc. and it appears to be organized, I darn sure hope they got permission before taking up public property. Same as if a business did this. Again all I’m saying is folks do your homework if you are supposed to be an organization, act like one. I’m not defending the ranger, just the intelligence and responsibility Citizens should exercise!

        • Jim Summers

          This wasn’t a “giant, organized, event”. It was a: if you’ve got time, lets meet at the beach and clean it up then surf and follow it up with a BBQ. It wasn’t hosted or organized by an organization but rather attended by Vets, wounded Vets and those that serve them…

        • Marilyn

          WOW! Another NAZI heard from. It was a bunch of vets getting together for relaxation and something that gives them therapy. Since when isn’t it okay to go to the beach and surf? WHY would you need a permit to do what EVERYBODY does at the beach? VETS are STUPID CITIZENS?!?!?! “intelligence and responsibility Citizens should exercise” What the hell would you know about intelligence and responsibility?

  • Pamela

    Well they’ve outdone themselves on this one!
    Moving back to Kalifornia 15 years ago I was shocked at the feeling of authoritarianism that had developed in my home state the many years that I had been away. It was particularly sad at the Cardiff beaches to encounter these arrogant ‘officials’ at a place we go to relax and remember the joy of living.
    This horrible incident on Veteran’s Day was not an isolated incident but it certainly is the most shameful!!!!

  • The TaxPayers

    Truthfully Speaking…That Park Ranger Needs to Beg for a Permit to even Be in the Same Room as these Honorable Men. Any Bets he was still sucking his thumb when these Veterans were Defending Our Nation?
    Egotistical Wannabe Cop Hiding behind a Plastic Badge…WOW WE ARE SOOOOOO IMPRESSED!!!

  • Maureen

    This ranger harasses people regularly at Cardiff beach. I do not know his name but I just saw his picture and this is the same ranger that has been extremely rude to myself and on a separate occasion was rude to my friend. I walk my dog daily on the beach and he looks for a reason to stop you and reprimand you in the rudest way. He needs to be reprimanded for his abusive behavior towards residents.

    • Friends of San Elijo

      Due to the incident on Veterans Day in which Wounded Warriers were harassed by the State Beach Officer featured in this photo, Friends of San Elijo State Beach has a new project: We will be compiling a list of all incidents and grievances against this particular officer. We strongly believe that had we compiled these issues in the past, our Veterans would have had a joyous paddle out. We believe in following the rules and we respect authority, but this officer repeatedly treats paying guests to California State Parks as if we are criminals. He patrols with intimidation and fear, rather than protection and common sense. We won’t stand for being bullied or harassed anymore.
      Submit your stories to: friendsofsanelijo@gmail.com Please state the date of the incident, your age and exactly what you remember occurring or having been said.
      Thanks in advance! Feel free to share this post with any and all attendants at California State Parks in North County San Diego where you have seen this officer.

  • John Snyder

    Ha it’s funny how all these people are talking crap on park rangers/peace officers. Half of them are vets themselves. He is just following protocol. People will take advantage if you turn your cheek for one group. I admit he should of called it in to his supervisor and see what they could of worked out before he pissed everyone off.

  • J_Ritter

    As an ex lifeguard I had to deal with this guy on (too) many occasions. Jeff Bruck (almost didn’t recognize him without his Lt. Dangle mustache and shorty-shorts he use to rock) was definitely the most negative and condescending person I ever encountered working for the State. Angers me to see that he is still working and bringing a bad name to the State Park system. On a more important positive note – much respect to Joel for speaking out and ALL my respect to Wounded Warriors and the Vets who surfed that day. Thank you for your service and sacrifice. You are always welcome out in the water!

    • Friends of San Elijo

      Due to the incident on Veterans Day in which Wounded Warriers were harassed by the State Beach Officer featured in this photo, Friends of San Elijo State Beach has a new project: We will be compiling a list of all incidents and grievances against this particular officer. We strongly believe that had we compiled these issues in the past, our Veterans would have had a joyous paddle out. We believe in following the rules and we respect authority, but this officer repeatedly treats paying guests to California State Parks as if we are criminals. He patrols with intimidation and fear, rather than protection and common sense. We won’t stand for being bullied or harassed anymore.
      Submit your stories to: friendsofsanelijo@gmail.com Please state the date of the incident, your age and exactly what you remember occurring or having been said.
      Thanks in advance! Feel free to share this post with any and all attendants at California State Parks in North County San Diego where you have seen this officer.

  • Friends of San Elijo

    Due to the incident on Veterans Day in which Wounded Warriers were harassed by the State Beach Officer featured in this photo, Friends of San Elijo State Beach has a new project: We will be compiling a list of all incidents and grievances against this particular officer. We strongly believe that had we compiled these issues in the past, our Veterans would have had a joyous paddle out. We believe in following the rules and we respect authority, but this officer repeatedly treats paying guests to California State Parks as if we are criminals. He patrols with intimidation and fear, rather than protection and common sense. We won’t stand for being bullied or harassed anymore.

    Submit your stories to: friendsofsanelijo@gmail.com Please state the date of the incident, your age and exactly what you remember occurring or having been said.
    Thanks in advance! Feel free to share this post with any and all attendants at California State Parks in North County San Diego where you have seen this officer.

  • tifa

    This goes to show the USA doesn’t give a Shit about our military. Everyone should be kissing our military ass! Cause they fight for our freedom! I will always have respect for everyone who served!

  • Anna Radcluffe

    Even if a permit was needed, it should have been granted right on the spot It was Veterans Day! Not too much to ask for those that have suffered so much for us to have our freedom! They should be ashamed of themsekves.! An apology is in order. Shame, Shame on you State Park!!!

  • wayne

    it’s Kali-fornication why are you surprised? you need a permit to exercise your “right to assemble” in Liberalville

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