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Beach Tar Report
updated: Aug 17, 2014, 8:00 AM

By Edhat Subscriber

Beach Tar! It has been horrible lately and I am wondering if there is any sort of "tar report" like a weather or surf report available to beach goers. If not I can clean the tar off my feet as I've done for 30+ years, but I would prefer avoiding the beach when it is a tar pit.(the dogs do not seem to mind the tar)

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 COMMENT 545307 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-17 08:24 AM

Terrible ? Not where I have been walking...and only little bits of tar...not bad at all..I find a little shampoo on my pumice stone removes the tar with no problem at all...


 MISTA agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-17 08:29 AM

It's called Santa Barbara beaches- Natural oil seepage out of the channel, goes up (floats) and is deposited on said beaches in "Paradise..." Don't want tar or foul creek wash on your beach experience? Go to South Bay, Orange Co or San Diego County beaches.


 COMMENT 545322 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-17 09:11 AM

OP, you know how the surf report started? Not by the weather services or even local or state governments... it was surfers doing a service for other like minded individuals.

As a tar hater you could start a "tar report"... maybe right here on Edhat to gauge interest.

It would take time and effort on your part to subscribe other "tar watchers", or regulars walking the various beaches of the county to contribute their observations daily.

You could do it for no other reason that provide the service to others that you yourself wished you had... of course a few endorsements from companies with tar removal products would sweeten it up for you... or Ed.

You game?


 COMMENT 545327 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-17 09:18 AM

You should be the one who starts doing this "report" for all of us at your time and expense. Thank you


 COMMENT 545329 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-17 09:25 AM

Tar Report Protocol:

1. Walk On Beach
2. Look At Feet
3. Report Back Here


 COMMENT 545351 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-17 10:07 AM

I heard there was a snowy plover report to easily identify nesting pairs where beach access is limited.


 COMMENT 545363 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-17 10:32 AM

Bits of tar at Butterfly Beach today 9am. Some tiny, some about 3 inches in diameter.


 COMMENT 545366 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-17 10:38 AM

Many (MANY) years ago we would walk along the beach and pick up as much tar as possible on our feet to make "Monster Tracks" in the sand. We'd scrape most of it off with clam shells, then use a little baby oil to clean the rest. Good fun it was and if you walk on the beach around here in 300 years, expect to get some tar on your feet. Accept it and work with it....


 COMMENT 545368 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-17 10:42 AM

Tar is worst in late summer. Less current and swell, onshore breeze, warm air temps. Mark your calender now for next year.


 COMMENT 545417 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-17 12:43 PM

After 32 years I've figured out the tar scene at local beaches. Actually after about one year. Tar report? Here it is:

NEWSFLASH; To all local beach goers between Rincon and Coal Oil Point- Tar Incident Report. Be advised that tar has been found on most beaches in this warning zone. Tar may stick to feet or clothing. Do not ingest this tar, it contains petroleum byproducts. This advisory is in effect from the beginning of time to the end of time.



 COMMENT 545436 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-17 01:32 PM

You should always expect there to be tar on our beaches. If you go to the beach and don't see any tar on a particular day, you probably didn't look for it hard enough.


 MOUNTAINMAN4865 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-17 03:18 PM

What a bunch of crummy responses. Not a completely outlandish question. As an infrequent beach walker, I know that sometimes, some beaches are more tarry than other times. Shouldn't be an issue to note it. Yes there is tar, there always will be, but, yes, sometimes it's heavier than other times.

I think the idea of creating some sort of report for the community is awesome. Thank you OP for the idea. I don't think it would be a monumental task, simply a template for folk to remark on, maybe like the morning traffic report.


 COMMENT 545495 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-17 04:24 PM

I have always hated the tar on the beach from SB to Malibu...but now I just wear the same pair of shoes and it helps a bit...no socks, as they are open-crocs-they don't feel great but it does the trick...


 FLICKA agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-17 05:17 PM

I think reporting which beaches have the most tar on any given day is a good idea. Summerland has had an especially bad time of it lately. Poster, good idea; pay no attention to the snide remarks from those who need an ego boost at our expense. With low self-esteem it's important to try making people think they know everything.


 COMMENT 545526 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-17 06:26 PM

It's been bad at Ellwood lately.


 COMMENT 545527 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-17 06:29 PM

There will be an app for that soon. Probably. Report from iphone to app subscribers. Someone can make money walking the beaches. I always wanted to figure out a way to do that, paying it forward. App can have levels of tar-ness, types of tar (little peas, large blobs, pools) and other info about tar, origins, stuff like that. I'll take 10 % for the idea. OK 8%.


 COMMENT 545529 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-17 06:34 PM

Something tells me the Santa Barbara tourism office is not going to publicize the 'Tar Report'. Someone should make a parody video with a happy couple walking on the beach enjoying the local tar.


 COMMENT 545561 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-18 07:17 AM

I concur with MOUNTAINMAN4865.....& FLICKA....


 COMMENT 545562 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-18 07:19 AM

The question brought me smile - even before tea. Last month my niece and her husband and two small children came to spend some time at Carp state beach. Their spot was right next to the tar pits. I welcomed them with a roll of paper and baby oil. That should be in every welcome wagon basket.


 COMMENT 545577 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-18 08:18 AM

I went to the beach yesterday morning and got some tar on my feet. Came home and got it off with baby oil. Went back to the beach in the afternoon and got more tar on my feet. Now I'm retarred.


 COMMENT 545610 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-18 09:12 AM

Well, to have a "tar report", like a weather report you would likely come up with the likes of:
"scattered tar", "partly tary", "mostly clear of tar", "Tar early, then some clearing", light tar early getting heavier later", "intermittent tar", "tarring all day"!


 COMMENT 545618 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-18 09:37 AM

Jeez lighten up, the OP asked a perfectly good question. Would be nice to have a report for the local beaches in general re: sand, kelp, tar, etc. If it helps: Goleta and Padaro beach as of last week - not much tar or kelp. Plenty sand. Beautiful. As others said, it juts rubs off with pumice stone.


 COMMENT 545639 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-18 10:37 AM

My new bathing suit was covered with pea sized tar pieces when I removed it after swimming at goleta beach yesterday


 ZEBRA STRIPES agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-18 10:38 AM

My 30 years of running our beaches (often barefoot) has given my the same conclusion as commenter 368. Tar always seems worse on the warmest summer days. Certain beaches seem to have more tar: Carp State Beach, Rincon, Hendry's. But I think I've seen tar on all local beaches. Mineral oil/baby oil & paper towels in a big zip lock bag in your car are oh-so-helpful.


 COMMENT 545758 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-18 08:15 PM

The two tide cycles everyday makes it impossible to post tar status. The same day can have huge and little.

What I have done is when I get out of the car to got to IV beaches, if I can smell it, I go somewhere else to surf.

For daytime if you get to the water line and see a lot, no matter how much you want to stay or walk. turn around and wait for another day.


 COMMENT 545760 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-18 08:17 PM

Today there was no tar...go figure. A day can make all the difference...there were many stones while going into the water


 COMMENT 546139 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-20 09:37 AM

I walked Hendry's far to the north Saturday - got no tar, I know because I stepped on a bee and was checking the foot for swelling to be sure stinger was out. Then went to the 'doggie' side to the south and came back with totally covered black, black sticky tar...no way I could put my feet back in my shoes to drive, and only baby wipes in the car. That doesn't touch the tar, so I wrapped my feet in baby wipes to drive until I could get home to the baby oil. Anyway, I like the idea of an app..I would report and read when I'm going out.


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