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A new water sport device is taking off and getting a lot of attention

July 20, 2013 Destination Hawaii No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59There is never a lack of water recreation in Hawaii. A new water sport device is taking off and getting a lot of attention.

The state is considering regulations on jet packs. The water device flies up to 30 fee traveling at speeds up to 30 miles per hour. It’s a dare devils kind of sports device that sucks water up and pushes it out two nozzles, sending people high into the sky.

“It’s kind of like a James Bond movie — just take off, dive in the water with it, jump out of the water with it and just feel free,” said Clinton Carr from Washington who looking forward to trying the jet pack.

But, are the rocket like devices safe? The Department of Land and Natural Resources says because of concerns raised by the public regarding the use of the jet packs close to shore, it’s discussing regulating the sports device.

“I’ve seen someone lose control. When they lose control they completely just fall harmlessly into the water, but if someone’s around there’s a chance you may hit that person,” said Garrett Ho, who supports regulations on the device.

But those operating it, including Seabreeze Watersports in Hawaii Kai claim the contraptions are safe because they are not operated around people. And they say, if there are going to be regulations on the water sport there should be regulations on water activities across the board. Right now parasailing and jet skiing is regulated while under water scooters are not.

“It should be a straight across regulation on everything. Why not regulate surfing, sail boats, stand up paddle companies? It’s only fair to regulate everybody and everything for everyone’s safety,” said John Pang a senior instructor at Seabreeze Watersports.

The challenge for the DLNR is keeping up with ever changing new technology. The DLNR will conduct a public information meeting from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday in its Kalanimoku building downtown.

Edited by : Bill Hurley

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