Depois de barrar o Billabong Pipe Masters no início de 2019, alegando que a WSL perdeu o prazo de solicitação de permissão, a prefeitura de Honolulu também vetou a realização do tradicional Da Hui Backdoor Shootout, evento que acontece desde 1996 no North Shore de Oahu.
Por meio de seu perfil no Instagram, a empresa fundada pelo local casca-grossa Eddie Rothman ficou inconformada e disse que pretende apelar da decisão.
“Ao invés de nos dar a permissão, a prefeitura quer dar a licença para um único indivíduo realizar um campeonato de metade de um dia de bodysurfing? De verdade? A preocupação e consideração pelos havaianos, de novo, é a última coisa que o Estado do Havaí está preocupado”, exclama a Da Hui.
No começo deste ano, durante o imbróglio entre a WSL e a prefeitura local, “Fast Eddie” chegou a ironizar o fato, dizendo que ele não nunca havia precisado de autorização para rodar o seu Backdoor Shootout.
A Da Hui também pede o suporte da comunidade local para pressionar as autoridades e conseguir realizar o evento em janeiro de 2019.
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🔴(OUR BACKDOOR SHOOTOUT PERMIT DENIED) SWIP LEFT ◀️ FOR BOTH VIDEOS. REPOST @hawaiinewsnow The city's Parks and Recreation Department has denied a permit for a popular North Shore surf contest that highlighted local surfers on epic waves. Da Hui and its supporters are furious after the Backdoor Shootout was bumped from next year's roster at Pipeline. The department gave the nod to a small bodysurfing contest that scored higher on its application. Da Hui went to Instagram to complain that the permit was going to a single individual for a half-day contest. The man, Alan Lennard, plans to run the Pipeline Bodysurfing Classic, last held in 2011. "I had no choice but to apply for multiple time slots to see if I could regain a time slot on the Ehukai calendar," said Lennard. The reaction on social media has been swift, with the majority supporting Da Hui. But both sides aren't happy with the permitting process. Right now, Da Hui's spokeswoman said the decisions are made by a panel of three non-surfers in the Parks Department. She wants the panelists to have more knowledge than what's on paper. "You actually have to go there and learn and kinda take into consideration what these contests are about and who it directly affects," said Da Hui's Mahina Chillingworth. "The rules are complicated. They're confusing. And my assessment is I don't even see how they can really work," said Lennard. Lennard also said there is a lack of diverse events at Pipeline, with the vast majority of the contests involving short boards. There are few bodysurfing events, and this year, he said there are no bodyboarding events at all. Lennard also has been advocating for changes in the permitting process for several years. The city got 26 applications for contests next season, with 23 of them vying for Pipeline at around the same time. The Parks Department recently denied a schedule change from the World Surf League, which then threatened to pull out of Hawaii. A spokesman for Mayor Kirk Caldwell said he's still moving ahead to form an advisory committee of surfers and company representatives to create new guidelines to avoid future conflicts. But both sides are skeptical.