Canoe "Surfing" Policy
KCC does not approve surfing it's OC6 canoes on near shore, breaking waves. Near shore waves are those that surfers, standup paddlers, boogie boarders, etc. typically catch and ride to shore. The water is shallow and the ocean floor is shaped so that waves curl or break near shore. Attempting to ride breaking waves in shallow water can lead to serious injury in a OC6 canoe and significant damage to the canoe.
However, sometimes there are small 1' to 2' waves ("bumps") in the near shore area . Waves of this size do not break or curl. These "bumps" can help steersmen and their crews safely learn more about paddling while increasing skills. Riding "bumps" in a canoe is permitted with the following rules:
- Steersmen who ride bumps are responsible for assuring all the rules below are followed
- Steersmen must be approved for riding bumps by the KCC board or one of its coaches. A list steersmen approved to ride bumps will be in the hale.
- Lightning, Mirage, Vantage and Striker canoes may not be used to ride bumps. Double hull canoes may not be used!!
- NO bump riding on waves that are breaking, during low tide or in shallow water, or when there are others (surfers, SUP's, OC'1, swimmers, etc.) in the vicinity
- Bump riding crew members must take responsibility for each other, wear PFD's, be comfortable with huli's and swimming
- Non-members or guests are not allowed in bump riding crews
- Per KCC By-Laws, any damage to canoes, iakos, ama's must be repaired at the crew's expense