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5 Surfers Battle Billionaire for Beach Access in California

Zach Weisberg | Posted 12.15.2013 | Green
Zach Weisberg

On a brisk fall morning last October, five surfers walked across private property in San Mateo County, California to surf the waves at Martin's Beach.

Surfers Walk in Martin's Beach Access Trial

Zach Weisberg | Posted 04.13.2013 | Sports
Zach Weisberg

Thursday, in a modest courthouse in Redwood City, California, five surfers faced up to a year of jail time and thousand dollar fines for the simple act of surfing on the hotly contested San Mateo property known as Martin's Beach.