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jse



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Location: Maui

PostPosted: Sun Oct 10, 2021 10:53 pm    Post subject: In case you weren’t aware Reply with quote

Crossposted from the gorge forum.


Here on Maui we are trying to work out an arrangement with the local canoe clubs and the harbormaster to preserve at least some access to the Kahului harbor, which is popular for beginners and intermediates due to it’s safety. However it looks like we might be fighting a losing battle as the aforementioned players hold all the cards. It doesn’t help when tourists risk it for all of us. If the asshole that this post in the Maui Wingfoilers FB group refers to reads this, be on notice: your actions may have sealed the deal for us.

“ There was an incident at Kahului Harbor, Maui today with a wing foiler who said he was from Hood River., Oregon The wing foiler disobeyed the orders from a tugboat in the shipping channel and foiled around barges and between two tugs. He refused to give way. We spoke with this person and he was not apologetic or had ownership of doing anything wrong. This was a total lack of respect and knowledge of the local environment and issues. Some of you may be aware that the Maui Wing Foiling community is on VERY shaky ground with the canoe clubs and the Kahului Harbormaster at the moment.
Please pass this information along to anyone thinking of coming to Maui. We want you to enjoy world class wind and waves but we also want you to obey the rules of the road so that we can keep enjoying wing foiling here. And if anyone knows of a person who happens to currently be in Maui riding about a 5'0 Starboard with a blue F-One Strike wing - we would be grateful if you would let him know that he messed up. Any help in identifying this person is appreciated too.”
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 15, 2021 12:52 pm    Post subject: Kahalui Harbor Reply with quote

any update on this post? Thanks for pointing out....
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jse



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PostPosted: Fri Oct 15, 2021 2:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

All resolved. We all got our panties in a bunch over this. Hurtful things were posted then removed. Offender (from Colorado, not PNW) apologized to the Harbormaster. We are all Kumbaya now Smile In another related case, a few days later the same happened again, but a different sailor. He was accosted on the beach upon his return by the locals, Harbormaster #2 and a few others in uniform approached him and again the offender offered his apology and said it wouldn't happen again. Harbormaster #2 accepted apology.

Note: Today is the 15th which happens to be the date floated around at which signs will be put up prohibiting any kind of foiling or windsurfing in the harbor (according to an earlier email that was passed around). I was there yesterday and saw no such signs, and I saw a lot of happy faces learning how to wingfoil in the light morning winds. Time will tell whether this ban is a thing. Hopefully the Canoe, Foil and Authorities will come to a mutually satisfactory agreement.

Steve
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