Charges to be dropped against Chicago surfer

February 17, 2012

The Associated Press

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A Chicago man arrested in January after being caught surfing in Lake Michigan has agreed to perform community service in exchange for the charges against him being dropped.

Forty-year-old Rex Flodstrom maintains that surfing isn't a crime.

But his attorney, Ed Genson, said Thursday that he agreed to the 20 hours of community service out of respect for the office who pulled him out of the lake on Jan. 17.

Flodstrom was arrested after being caught surfing at Oak Street beach.

He says the "waves were pretty decent that day."

Surfing is legal in Chicago at four beaches, and Oak Street isn't one of them.

Flodstrom was issued three misdemeanor ordinance violations, including jeopardizing the safety of others on the beach.