Photo: Ryan Foley

Photo: Ryan Foley

Oahu’s SUP Ban Proposal Withdrawn

Eighty-plus people showed up to discuss the possibility of a partial ban on SUP surfers in Honolulu lineups at a Hawaiian state Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) meeting last night. The proposed ban was officially withdrawn during the meeting.

Surfer and lawyer Timothy MacMasters brought the proposal forward for the DLNR’s consideration because he believed SUPs caused danger in lineups as well as standup paddlers catching more than their fair share of waves. The initiative would have banned standup paddlers from three surf spots between Ala Moana Harbor and Kewalo Basin from 3-9 p.m. on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

According to local news station KITV, there was lively discussion from both surfers and standup paddlers on the issue, but because no consensus could be reached the DLNR cannot put a rule in place. Noted standup paddlers such as Mo Freitas, Kala Alexander and Alika Willis were in attendance.

MacMasters has since changed his website to address the happenings at the meeting.

“Congratulations to the opponents of the Safe Surf Pilot Project!!!” he wrote. “You were gracious in your victory.”

He went on to say that we need to be better about sharing waves. We can support that.

According to KITV, there would have been more people in attendance but there was a south swell on the rise. Hopefully standup paddlers and surfers were sharing waves.

Watch the video here.

For our take on the subject, click here.