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Stand Up Paddling at Ala Moana: What do you see? PDF Print E-mail
By: Stand Up Paddle Surfing Magazine   
Monday, 04 May 2009

In Honolulu over the weekend a meeting was held for the public to voice their concerns about stand up paddling at Ala Moana Beach Park. At the most basic level, some swimmers are feeling crowded out by stand up paddlers. Are the paddlers really causing problems or is it a loud minority adverse to change?


Ettiquette and showing respect in the water has always been at the forefront of sup surfers. As a whole, they realize that with big equipment comes big responsibility.


What makes this an interesting situation is that the area being discussed is not a surf zone but is an area sheltered from the waves that is great for both swimming and fitness stand up paddling. We've heard that there was a good turnout at the recent meeting about the topic.


Those who attented the meeting are encouraged to voice their opinion in the comments at the end of this article. 


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Colin Twycross
May 17, 2009

In Australia we are experiencing the same attitude in the water.
Supers take to the water early and find a break by themselves,but before long the crowd always joins because they apear to catch good waves, and because we ride what we do we can catch more waves.
But....I have the same problem now as I had because I always rode loner thicker surfboards...Ialways caught more waves, so other surfers get pi...ed off and do the ''big boards are dangerous,etc''.
Now Iam riding a 9ft 6in SUP they sit inside on any break, paddle through the lineup because they can duckdive the waves and geherally just get the hell in the way.
You can't have one group of people in the water showing all the manners and been totally snaked and hindered in return.
Aloha may mean nice but Aussie shortboard surfers have none , absolutely none. And mal riders are worse.
Thanks that we have Tommy Carrol here in Sydney smoking at any break no mater who is in the water, tearing the waves apart amonst all the short boarders,with no one game to say anything to him.
I hear what you are saying about Aloha but the surfers in the water have none to offer.

May 16, 2009

Although I realize SUP'ers have a greater responsibility than swimmers to avoid collisions, swimmers also have a responsibility to watch where they are going. They can't just keep their head down and not watch where they're going, which is what a lot of them do! In addition, they can't "hog" the entire area. Just last week I was paddling, and was headed toward a group of 4-5 swimmers who were swimming side-by-side, about 5-7 feet apart. I kept as far to the right as I could, and was able to squeeze between the swimmer who was furthest on the right (I was heading toward Diamond Head), and the reef! Had I been less experienced (although I'm no "expert") I might have pannicked and collided with one of the swimmers. The swimmers need to realize that they also need to share the water.


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