NOAA Dispenses Frontier Justice on Mavericks Jet SkisBy Steve Casimiro on January 12th, 2012
Last week, National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration officials cracked down on jet skis at Mavericks big wave break in Northern California. The skis were running safety on a Hollywood movie production about the life of surfer Jay Moriarty, and personal watercraft are illegal there. Okay, whatever. It wasn’t that NOAA handed down $500 fines, that was to be expected — it’s that if you choose to fight the infraction, as the riders did, NOAA jacks the fine to $2,500. And who passes judgment on guilty or innocent? NOAA.