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Windsurfing, paddleboard OK at state parks

loria Neumair, of Port Jefferson, Paddles on a

loria Neumair, of Port Jefferson, Paddles on a paddle board in Port Jefferson Harbor in Port Jefferson, NY. (May 13, 2012) Credit: Newsday/Ed Betz

Windsurfing and stand-up paddleboarding will be allowed at more Long Island state park beaches this summer.

The state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation last week announced its decision to allow the two sports at ocean beaches where surfing is permitted. The change is effective June 1.

"We're very appreciative of all the access changes that they were able to create," said Jack Riordan of the Long Island Beach Access Group, which has been lobbying for the changes.

Parks regional director Ronald Foley said: "Paddleboarding and windsurfing were determined to be forms of surfing because the board is relatively the same and it doesn't have any propulsion."

Kiteboarding is not permitted.

Last summer the parks agency allowed paddleboarding, kayaking and canoeing at Heckscher, windsurfing at Orient Beach, and windsurfing at Wildwood on weekdays during the swimming season.

The changes affect the following beaches:

Jones Beach Year-round at the west side of West End 2, at Field 10, beyond 100 feet east of the Field 6 picnic area, and at the West End boat basin; at all open parking fields from Oct. 16 through May 14; and west of Field 2 from June 1 through Oct. 15.

MontaukYear-round from sunrise to sunset at Shadmoor and Hither Hills outside bathing areas; and at Montauk Point Dec. 15 through March 31 from sunrise to sunset.

Robert Moses Year-round west side of each open field beyond the lifeguard-protected areas and Democrat Point west of jetty; Field 5 year-round on the west side; at Fields 2, 3 and 4 by permit only when fields are closed between Sept. 15 and Dec. 31, during daylight hours only.

"We look forward to continuing to work with" park officials to gain access to more remote beach areas accessible only by four-wheel-drive vehicles and used only by fishermen, Riordan said. The group would also like access for windsurfing, kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding at Caumsett State Park.

Foley said it would continue to talk with the access group.

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