Please sign the petition or email the council members. I take no sides as far as companies involved, but it will be a huge shame to lose not only kiteboarding lessons, but also wind surfing lessons, guided kayak tours, etc...
Kailua really is the only safe place on Oahu to learn.
I'm advocating because I recently learned to kitesurf here and I want others to be able to enjoy the sports as well.
I agree. I have no stake in the company stuff...but I do like free competition and I do not think the regulatory proposal will achieve what it attempts to achieve.
The biggest problem is that banning lessons will ultimately put all kiting at risk because
1. It makes honest people criminals. The people who do not care will still teach...and those are often the ones that should not be teaching.
2. People will try to learn on their own which will lead to an even more unsafe beach.
The biggest problem here is actually that one of the kayak store owners are putting the lens on kiteboarding because he wants to pull away attention from his own business. He has been breaking rules and regulations (having his customers launch in a wind specific launch area...the only place we can launch) for as long as I have lived here. Kiters have been nice and not said anything...but now in an attempt to push out competition he is focusing on kiters. I think it is an attempt to gain control of that area for himself and his customers.