How surf-stands and activities at beaches are run could be changing soon.
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The state may regulate commercial use of its waters, ending a decades long beachboy tradition.
Virgil Sisiam's been watching a particular stretch of Waikiki Beach since he was 14-years-old.
With decades on the water, he's a canoe captain, surf instructor and a member of the Beach Boys Board Committee.
"To me, I think it should be special out here. That people should earn the right to be out in the water," said Sisiam.
"We (beachboys) gotta take CPR, senior life saving techniques and prove to beach boys that we can be out here and doing this on a daily basis," he added.
But change is on the horizon.
Right now, the Department of Land and Natural Resources oversee the beach boy's committee.
They in turn decide who can become surf instructors and canoe captains, the people in charge of the activities along the Waikiki shore.
It's a practice that been in place for years.
Now the DLNR wants to end testing requirements for surf instructors and canoe captains, transferring that responsibility to the private sector.
"In order to have an equitable process statewide, not just with the beach boys but with surf schools and ocean activities that are occurring everywhere across the state, we figured that it would make more sense for the divisions to pass rules that place the responsibility on the business owner," said William Aila, Director of the DLNR.
The business owner would need to have insurance and properly trained staff.
But some beach boys are worried the training between the different businesses will be too varied.
Often they are the first ones on scene when something goes wrong and therefore having unqualified watermen could be dangerous.
"If you get people unqualified and something happens and you are on an eight foot board, then it makes it difficult for other people to make it safe out there," commented Sisiam.
The DLNR also wants to require a commercial use permit for activities in state waters. That would mean new fees. They say those fees will be needed to hire people to educate and enforce the rules.
However, they plan on waiting for public testimony to be received. It can then decide to make changes.