The beaches were off-limits this weekend but “Deltopia 2012” was out of control, as thousands of partiers flooded Del Playa Drive with beer bongs, swimming pools and super soakers during Isla Vista’s Spring Quarter kickoff shenanigans.
After the mayhem of 2009’s infamous “Floatopia” beach party, county officials cracked down on public beach usage during busy party weekends. For the past three years, I.V. ragers have moved from the sand to the streets to usher in the new quarter with plenty of bikini- and boardshorts-clad debauchery. See dailynexus.com for GoPro video footage of this year’s madness.
The sodden celebrations, which usually serve as a welcoming gala for parents and prospective students during Spring Insight weekend, started early this year. Fourth-year geology major John Zubkovsky said this spontaneity will keep the tradition fresh throughout the season.
“Every weekend it’s all about Spring Quarter,” Zubkovsky said. “Whenever no one knows about it, that’s when it’s going to go down.”
Third-year Santa Barbara City College communication major Dave Anderson said Floatopia’s legacy still lives strong on the streets.
“We been doing shit every year; this is just another round,” Anderson said. “Titties flying, drinks flowing, kegs tapping.”
Great quote there by Dave Anderson. That’s exactly why you’re still at City College. And third year? I thought City College was just a two year program. Hmm.
There is no need to bash on another person’s educational circumstances. It is ignorant and insensitive to make such judgements without knowing anything about the person.
Let’s just focus on how awesome and crazy Deltopia was and how insane it’s going to be next year!!!!
Maybe newsworthy to include information about related arrests and hospitalizations too – looks like KEYT says (http://www.keyt.com/news/local/Floatopia-2012-Takes-To-The-Streets-146560435.html): “According to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department there were 96 calls for service Saturday along with 15 arrests, 70 citations and 26 medical calls. 14 resulted in hospitalizations. The majority of incidents were alcohol related.”
I’m curious how it compares to previous years – is it getting more or less safe? One article (http://www.independent.com/news/2011/apr/12/beach-ban-sinks-floatopia-again-deltopia-rages/) says 2009 had 33 people sent to emergency rooms, and another (http://www.kcoy.com/story/14419157/deltopia-draws-thousands-to-isla-vista?clienttype=printable) says 2011 had 27 arrests; it’d be neat to see more detailed comparisons.