Whilst to world has been focusing on the recent JP Aloha Classic over at Ho’okipa on Maui, more news has come to light from the island which is more of a concern to windsurfers. It appears that the state of Hawaii are trying to close access to Kanaha beach for most water users, including windsurfers and SUPers, in favour of more swimming only zones.
If enforced, this will see many of the Kanaha beaches loved by windsurfers from around the world being closed, however you can help save the beaches by signing this petition. Check out the full information below, and to sign the petition click here.
“State DOBOR is considering enforcing a 25 year old rule that would block the current access for most water users from over 3000 feet of Kanaha beach shoreline.
“The current level of access has been enjoyed by generations of surfers, windsurf, kayak, outrigger canoe, standup, fishermen, and divers. The current arrangement has been accepted by the community for 25 years. There was a good balance that made sense with different areas designated to their most suitable uses. The Old rule that was intended to create exclusive swim zones located close to the lifeguard tower, and the current swim zone (marked by buoys) has been used and respected for two and a half decades. Also several years ago the lifeguard tower was moved and since then the life guards themselves have set up a new swim zone, adjacent to the camp ground, right next to the new tower. This arrangement also works very well, but this new swim zone would also be lost if the old rules aren’t changed. If this happens access will be blocked for a huge part of the shoreline and most of the user groups will be displaced. This will lead to overcrowding and potential problems in the remaining areas. We want the DOBOR to change the outdated rules to reflect the current use, and officially recognize the new swim zone as well. Please help protect ocean access for all water sports users at Kanaha Beach.”