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Summer Surf Event Changes Venues

by Diane Ako

ALA MOANA (KHNL) - Concerns over water quality following the March sewage spill has rerouted plans for a surf contest held at Ala Moana Bowls. They'll be surfing at a new beach this year - Sandy Beach.

Organizers for the amateur contest Surf Into Summer say about half the 300 contestants say they were worried about surfing in waters. So the organizers moved the contest.

Surfer Lawrence Sagasay, who competed in this contest previously, says, "You want to protect the participants. You don't want them to have adverse affects with the pollutants in the water."

The contest is held on Memorial Day weekend. The contest organizer says he'd like to eventually get the contest back to Bowls here at Ala Moana because it's a better wave.

Here's a list of some places where state health signs still warn you to stay out of the water: the Ala Wai canal, the Waikiki Yacht Harbor, Ala Moana bowls, the Ala moana canoe launch ramp, and Magic Island finger.

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