Billy B from kiteforum has done an excellent job of investigating talking to officials etc... here is his recent post from kiteforum and I can say that having been on the beach and allowing those in charge of the local kitesurfing organization handle the issue he is spot on http://www.kiteforum.com/viewtopic.php? ... 1&start=60
"Ok here goes, I am sure you will not comprehend any of this but I will try any way.
Here is a video of one of the conflicts....judge for your self...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ws52FPePh-c
The DNLR official I spoke with stated There are plenty of rules that never need to be enforced or followed. This beach was running just fine on local courtesy this is proven by the fact there was never a issue in till one family made waves. It is that simple, you have blown the facts so far out of proportion it forced a response from me, some one very educated on this issue.
I will remind you of this again, The fish pond was not considered off limits by anyone in till the family "discover" so via digging around the laws, After the DNLR did not respond in a way the family approved of. Family said "heh there are kiters here placing my family in danger"
DNLR says, the kiters worked real hard to make that beach usable there are plenty of other areas to swim no one is trying to hurt your son" Phillip Bolek then has a personal issue with Steve S. and decides this battle must be won.
While the DNLR and the MKC try and work out weather they should or should not use the fish pond the Family goes on the offensive trying to Ban all kiters.
Once kiters understand the Fishj pnd is off limits the push for signs and try and educate the rest of the kiters....
This is not hard to understand. No one knew the rules becuase they were not listed, the rules became known after the issues, then they were followed...Period..
This is not about kiters violating the rules, the rules were not know to be violated.
Then when the rules were researched it was discovered there were tons of rules not being followed..Now the beach and 3000 yards of it may be closed to all but swimmers becuae of a 25 year old law. Pre SUP, pre Kite boarding, etc.."
No one group is going to come in and save the kiters access. This is a major problem for kiters, windsurfers, paddlers, smalls sail boats, SUPers, kayakers...anyone considered a vessel. If all groups don't get involved then you can kiss most of the kiting on Maui goodbye or see it transform into kiting that is so crowded it is no fun anymore.