Local attorney pushes for standup surfer rulesUPDATED 7:38 PM HST Aug 20, 2014Video Transcript
Timothy Mac Master says standup surfers have an unfair advantage and says his rules would help level the playing field. Now his plan is going to a D-L- N-R public meeting... KITV4's Andrew Pereira broke this story and has a follow-up on the proposal Andrew? Yunji, Paula... Timothy Mac Master says his concept would only take standup surfers out of the water at Ala Moana 18 hours per week. Waves are a finite resource, and with their paddles, standup surfers have the advantage of catching them early... and often. TIMOTHY MAC MASTER: "THEY CAN LITERALLY GET INTO A WAVE 20 YARDS BEFORE SOMEONE ON A SHORTER BOARD OR BEFORE A BODY SURFER OR A BODY BOARDER CAN BE BE PHYSICALLY PROPELLED BY THAT WAVE." Recently local attorney Timothy Mac Master became so frustrated during a surf session at Courts, he created SafeSurfHawaii.com, a website dedicated to the regulation of standup surfers. TIMOTHY MAC MASTER: "IN GENERAL, SUPs TEND TO BE LARGER AND LESS MANUEVERABLE AND THEY ARE DANGEROUS, ESPECIALLY IN CROWDED SITUATIONS." Mac Master says the gluttony of some standup surfers has gotten so bad, he wants DLNR's Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation to ban SUP surfers from Magic Island to Kewalo Basin. The one-year pilot project would go into effect on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays from three in the afternoon until nine at night. TIMOTHY MAC MASTER: "ON DAYS WHEN THE WAVES ARE FEW AND FAR BETWEEN, WE CAN HAVE THE SUPs CLAIMING 75 OR 80 PERCENT OF THE BEST WAVES. IT IS JUST NOT FAIR TO EVERYONE ELSE IN THE WATER." DLNR will hold a public forum to discuss the possible regulation of standup surfers at Ala Moana. The public meeting will be held at Jefferson Elementary on Wednesday, Aug. 27 starting at 5:30 p.m. TIMOTHY MAC MASTER: "DLNR IS NOT PROPOSING ANYTHING AT THIS POINT, THEY HAVE MERELY SCHEDULED A MEETING SO THAT THE PUBLIC CAN COME FORWARD AND TO HAVE PUBLIC INPUT ON THE ISSUES." But if enough surfers come to Mac Master's side, standup surfers may eventually face fines and other penalties if they venture into the lineup at Ala Moana when they're not supposed to. TIMOTHY MAC MASTER: "THE IDEA OF REGULATING THESE TYPES OF PUBLIC RESOURCES, THERE IS NOTHING NEW OR NOVEL ABOUT IT. THERE IS SOLID LEGAL PRECEDENT FOR IT." Mac Master notes DLNR already bans all wave riders except body surfers at Point Panic. His proposal would not impact the lagoon at Ala Moana, which is self-regulated between standup surfers and swimmers. Paula and Yunji?