Da Hui has never been a company to shy away from controversy, especially when it comes to Hawaii. So when the ASP began running three and two man heat formats (instead of the four man format), they decided to do something about it – and not through playground scare tactics.
Da Hui is suing the ASP. Local legislation is clear about the format: in each heat, there always needs to be four people in the water. And when Da Hui brought it up to a judge, he agreed. But although the law clearly states that two-man heats aren’t allowed, two man heats are still being run. According to the Honolulu Government’s legislature pertaining to “shore water events,”
…surf meets may not be held for more than four days. No heats shall be structured with less than four surfers, and man-on-man or one-on-one heats shall not be allowed (includes trials).