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MICHAEL GABLER

Kiteboarding Banned on Cape Cod Seashore Beaches From Provincetown to Monomoy

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The Cape Cod National Seashore’s 2014 ban on kitesurfing in the waters off its beaches is creating waves in the kitesurfing community. And at least one proponent of the ecofriendly sport is fighting back.

Holly Kuhn, a kitesurfing enthusiast of 14 years and a Wellfleet resident, filed a lawsuit at the John Joseph Moakley U.S. Courthouse in Boston on June 1 against Seashore Supt. George Price Jr. and the Dept. of the Interior asking that the kitesurfing restriction be “set aside and struck down because it is an unenforceable, arbitrary and capricious rule that conflicts with the purpose of enacting legislation for the Cape Cod National Seashore.”

Kuhn believes the seven-month ban, from March 15 through Oct. 15, on all Cape Cod Seashore beaches from Provincetown to Monomoy, is excessive.

Kiteboarding or kitesurfing is a surface water sport that uses a large nylon or polyester inflatable kite to harness the wind, allowing surfers to catch waves on a surfboard. The size of the kite varies depending on conditions and the weight of the surfer.

“You use a traction kite to pull a surfer across the water and out here on the Outer Cape we actually use it as a form of tow and surfing,” Kuhn said last Thursday. “So it’s a green version of tow and surfing, meaning it doesn’t burn fossil fuel and it’s quiet. You’re just using the kite to tow you out to the waves and you can catch many more waves than conventional means of paddling in.”

She thinks the Seashore should encourage sports that are using renewable energy.

“These are activities that appeal to young people — that could get young people out into the parks, really enjoying and communing with nature,” she said.

But Price says endangered shorebirds need protection from kite surfers.

 

More Here: provincetown.wickedlocal.com/news/20160722/kite-surfers-push-back-against-seashores-ban/

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