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What is the black ball flag?

Published: Fri, 08 Sep 2017 16:03:01 +0000
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It's a surfer's nightmare, and there's nothing you can do about it. The black ball flag is a synonym for "no surfing," even if the waves are pumping out the back.

The black ball, or blackball flag, is a rectangular flag featuring a centered, solid black circle against a yellow background which is raised on Southern California beaches during the summer months.

The flag waves over the lifeguard tower and prohibits hard fiberglass/polyurethane foam surfboards and skimboards in the waters of that beach. The ban can be more or less temporary (for example, during the busiest hours of the day) and less or more restricted to a specific area (for example, 100 yards to the left of a landmark).

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