Beach-goers dressed in typical beach attire which included board shorts for guys and bikinis for women. Young adults made up the majority of those who were dressed less modestly. Those dressed in less clothes were more likely to participate in sports such as volleyball and football, or to simply bathe and tan in the sunlight. These were the typical flip-flops wearing “beach bums,” who were there to expose their fit beach bodies. There wer...
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...pend their free or discretionary time away from work and life’s obligations. These places provide people escapes from their everyday environments. In line with leisure being seen as recreational activities, these piers and beaches allow for fishing, swimming, walking, nature-viewing, among other activities. The water, sun, sand all help evoke a special attitude or state of mind that allows beach piers to be associated as places where fun can be had and culture can be shared through the spread of ideas, practices, beliefs, and values. While many primarily use the piers as means to socialize and have fun, they are also renewed mentally and spiritually in the process. By enjoying nature, they are able to partake in transcendent experiences, reflection on self and others, tranquility, increased awareness and connection to others, and appreciation of the world’s beauty.
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