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PostPosted: Mon Mar 31, 2014 4:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

PSHAW is correct, with this clarification: You must have a PFD on board if you are harbor paddling or touring your SUP, but if you take the very same board out surfing, you don't need one.

Go figure.

I'm in a harbor with mirror-smooth water and have 216 liters of floatation leashed to my leg. It's impossible to be more than about 100 feet from shore or dock, but I must have a PFD with me (I use the waist-pack type). If I paddle outside the nice calm harbor to go surfing, even if it's 14 feet and stormy, I can toss the PFD and go charging around all I want.

Who thinks up this stuff? Don't they read it afterward and go "Well, that's stupid, delete delete delete"? Sheesh!

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 31, 2014 5:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Small lady sitting on her 240-liter longboard, sidesaddle bench-style, her feet resting on the lake bottom barely a fin below her butt as she chatted with friends on shore 10 feet away. Got a ticket for not wearing her PFD. Fought it unsuccessfully, despite being a lawyuh. Helped a gaggle of fellow WSers successfully defeat the PFD law in the state legislature.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 31, 2014 5:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm pretty sure it has to do with liabilities, harbors and marinas probably have some sort of liability that they have to be responsible for, where as the open ocean has no private or public liabilities that they have to account for, that I know of, other than some signage.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 31, 2014 9:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The reason that they do NOT require a PFD when one is surfing a SUP is the same reason that they do not require surfers to wear PFDs. One cannot duck dive with a regular PFD.
Yes, even SUPpers who are surfing sometimes need to duck dive such as after a wipeout and the remainder of the set is coming in large and one has not made it back on their board yet.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 01, 2014 8:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What I think it is is the boaters would be whining "How come they don't have to have PFDs and I do?". If they made it mandatory all the time to shut up the boaters, the SUPers would be crying "How come the surfers don't have to wear PFDs and I do?" so the wrote this stupid law to shut everyone up.

NOTE: Just a theory, no data to back this up.

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