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Report Title: Ocean Recreation; Sailboards
Description: Prohibits operators of sailboards from approaching within
200 feet of a swimmer or surfer in the ocean.
THE SENATE S.B. NO. 2091
TWENTY-FOURTH LEGISLATURE, 2008
STATE OF HAWAII
A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO SAILBOARDS.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:
SECTION 1. The legislature finds that surfers and swimmers
using Hawaii's oceans for recreation face a danger from operators
of sailboards and kiteboards. Sailboarders and kiteboarders often
operate their craft at high speeds in areas crowded with surfers and
swimmers. Kiteboards and sailboards are much heavier and faster
and could cause serious injury if they were to collide with a swimmer
or surfer. The purpose of this Act is to ensure water safety by
prohibiting the operator of a sailboard or kiteboard from approaching
within two hundred feet of a swimmer or surfer in the water.
SECTION 2. Chapter 200, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended
by adding a new section to part II to be appropriately designated and
to read as follows:
"§200- Operation of sailboards and kiteboards. No person shall
operate a sailboard or kiteboard within two hundred feet of another
person swimming or using a surfboard within the waters of the State.
For the purposes of this section, "sailboard or kiteboard" means
any type of board that is propelled by a detachable sail or kite apparatus.
For the purposes of this section, "surfboard" means any type of board
that is used for the sport of surf-riding and includes boards commonly
known as "body boards"."
SECTION 3. This Act does not affect rights and duties that matured,
penalties that were incurred, and proceedings that were begun, before
its effective date.
SECTION 4. New statutory material is underscored.
SECTION 5. This Act shall take effect upon its approval.
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