DLNR considers regulations on standup surfersUPDATED 7:34 PM HST Jul 17, 2014Video Transcript
A battle of the boards in some Hawaii waters... The side you choose may depend on whether you use a paddle to get into waves or your arms... in some cases... the waves aren't big enough for both. KITV4's Andrew Pereira shows us... this dispute might soon be reaching a new level... It's all new at six and it's a KITV4 exclusive. Yunji, Kenny... The Department of Land and Natural Resources has been told to take action against standup surfers. 7 25 42 100 130 138-141 Ask any surfer, waves are precious, and competition can get fierce. BRUCE LUM: "EVERYBODY PACKED INTO A KEYHOLE TRYING TO CATCH A WAVE, IT CAN GET PRETTY CONGESTED." Years ago it was shortboarders complaining about longboarders. Now, it's standup surfers raising the ire of some traditional wave riders. BRUCE LUM: "IN STANDUP, THE DIFFERENCE IS WE CATCH THE WAVES FROM WAY OUTSIDE." ANFERNEE LIWAI: "SOMETIMES IT CAN GET REALLY HECTIC WITH ALL OF THEM BECAUSE SOME OF THEM ARE LIKE REALLY INEXPERIENCED." The perceived danger and paddling advantage of standup surfers led one local surfer to DLNR's doorstep. He's telling the state agency they need to regulate standup surfing at some of the most popular breaks on the South Shore. MEGHAN STATTS: "WE GET A LOT OF COMPLAINTS ABOUT CONFLICTS AND WE DID HAVE AN ATTORNEY THAT WAS INTERESTED IN TRYING TO LIMIT STANDUP PADDLING SURFING IN SURF BREAKS AT ALA MOANA. YOU KNOW FROM 2 TO 4 I'M USING THIS AS AN EXAMPLE. KIND OF 2 TO 4 OR 4 TO 6 NO STANDUP PADDLE BOARDS IN THE ACTUAL SURF ZONE." ANDREW PEREIRA: "DLNR's DIVISION OF BOATING AND OCEAN RECREATION IS TAKING THE ISSUE SERIOUSLY AND AS SOON AS NEXT MONTH MAY HOLD A PUBLIC HEARING ON REGULATING STANDUP SURFERS FROM MAGIC ISLAND ALL THE WAY TO KEWALO BASIN." MEGHAN STATTS: "SO, WHAT WE'RE PLANNING ON DOING IS GETTING PUBLIC INPUT CAUSE THAT'S WHAT WE WANT TO DO 1305 WE DON'T NECESSARILY WANT TO CREATE REGULATIONS. THE MORE REGULATIONS THE MORE RESTRICTIONS." The state already blocks off Point Panic for body surfers only, but a majority of surfers we spoke to don't want more rules .. The UNWRITTEN ones still matter the most. ANDREA DIAS: "IT'S NOT ONLY ABOUT THE STANDUP SURFERS, IT'S ABOUT THE SURFERS, THE BODY BOARDERS. IT DEPENDS ON THE GUY TO BE POLITE OR NOT." GREG O'SHEA: "THEY'RE QUICKER, THEY CAN CATCH MORE WAVES, THEY CATCH THEM FURTHER OUT, BUT EVERYBODY THAT I SEE OUT THERE HAS BEEN PRETTY POLITE." BRUCE LUM: "I THINK THE COMMUNITY OF SURFERS AS A WHOLE, THEY PRETTY MUCH LOOK OUT FOR EACH OTHER." DLNR has not yet set a date for a public meeting. The agency hopes to use McCoy Pavilion once a date is set. Yunji, Kenny... Back to you.