Kite lines laid out on the beach perceived as an entanglement hazard, getting close to other users while traveling at high speeds, jumping over other users and disruption of fish, leading to poor fishing are the main problems often reported by Hawaiian users (swimmers, fishermen, sunbathers, vessel operators, etc), a State of Hawaii study has concluded.

Five ocean recreation sports were targeted in this study: kiteboarding, surfing, kayaking, scuba, and snorkeling. These were chosen based on the increasing popularity and use levels of these sports, based on community concerns received by the Department about ocean recreation use conflicts occurring within and among these sports, and because commercial tours and lessons are occurring for all of these sports.

Read more...

The inaugural Nelscott Kiteboard Rodeo Pro-Am is scheduled for Friday, May 30, through Sunday, June 1, in Lincoln City. The rodeo is a combination of three disciplines to determine the overall winners.

Trophies will be awarded to the top three in each discipline in the respective pro and amateur divisions. The $5,000 purse will be divided up among the top three pros in each discipline and the final rodeo top three.

The Downwind 5-Mile Race starts at Roads End State Park and ends at Nelscott Beach. The Wave contest will is set for Roads End. The Freestyle Contest is at Siletz Bay.

Read more...

On a breezy day at Kailua Beach Park, dozens of kiteboarders, windsurfers, kayakers, swimmers and sunbathers jockey for space at the north end of the park, sometimes getting into one other's way. Simple signs two years in the making are intended to help solve the problem, but they haven't yet been erected.

Listed as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, Kailua Beach has attracted thousands of users from around the world to enjoy its white sandy shore and clear water and a variety of watersport activities.

Read more...