Local Hawaiian legislation clearly stipulates that man-on-man surf heats are illegal and that there should always be four people in the water for a heat. The logic behind the legislation is associated with the notion that man on man events take up too much time and leave too many waves unridden. Given the North Shore’s busy contest schedule, efforts are made to minimise the length of contests so that recreational surfers have the opportunity to ride waves during the peak, Winter season. This year only 2 wild cards were granted, down from 16 in previous events. This leaves many locals unable to surf there home break in the contest.
This news report from Hawaii News Now