by Stephanie Lum
KAKAAKO (KHNL) - Point Panic is not only known as a popular surf spot on O'ahu, it's long been known as a battle ground between body surfers and board riders.
"There's been a lot of injuries, a lot of altercations a lot of disrespect and we're only asking for one place," says body surfer Steve Kapela.
The state just installed a buoy to mark the area where only body surfers can catch a wave.
It is aligned with signs on Kaka'ako waterfront that say: no boats, kayaks, surf boards, or body boards are allowed.
The Department of Land and Natural resources had to draw the line after tensions in the water reached a boiling point.
"Our responsibility is to try keep people safe but if there is someone who is going to violate the rule there is also going to be a consequence," says DLNR Chairperson Peter Young.
Board surfers who enter the body surfing area can face up to one thousand dollars in fines and jail time.
"It's a great idea. It's such a small area, and we can surf anywhere else. I'm all for it" says board rider Walter Agnew.
DLNR officers have already issued 11 citations and confiscated numerous surf boards.
"Its sad it had to come to this, sad it had to come to a line between land and sea so people don't get hurt," says Kapela.