Sharing the surf or segregating the waves?UPDATED 7:55 PM HST Aug 27, 2014Video Transcript
At issue, a busy stretch of surf that draws a daily crowd -- but some say certain boardriders are getting more than their fair share of the waves. KITV 4's Paul Drewes is live at Jefferson Elementary. The surf is picking up at the beach, but emotions are already riding high over the issue of sharing the waves with Stand Up Paddlers. Tonight, both sides are sharing their views here at a public hearing, which got underway about a half an hour ago. On any given day, the breaks off Ala Moana are busy with boogieboarders, surfers and Standup Paddlers. But when it comes to catching a wave, not all of those are treated equally. Longboarders can catch waves before short-boarders, and boogieboarders. Because standup paddlers have a bigger board, they are UP and riding before all other surfers. That has led to a call for limiting SUP riders along Ala Moana three afternoons a week. But surfers say they already have a way to patrol the waves. "IF SOMEONE IS HOGGING THE WAVES ON ANY BOARD THE OTHER SURFERS WILL INTERACT WITH THEM SO WAVE HOGS WILL BE CONTROLLED THAT WAY." This idea is not a unique one, nearby at point panic, body boarders have priority at that break. Surfers can't go unless the body boarders aren't around. Some surfers we've talked with say segregating the surf makes things safer, because the same types of riders are grouped together. But there are also plenty of beaches where all different riders and even those with different levels of experience share the waves. After tonight's meeting DLNR will decide if there enough of a consensus among surfers and standup paddlers to change the rules of road -- at Oahu's popular south shore breaks. Reporting live from Jefferson Elementary, Paul Drewes KITV 4 news.