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capetonian



Joined: 11 Aug 2006
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Location: Florida

PostPosted: Thu Oct 21, 2021 10:04 am    Post subject: Impact vest in the waves Reply with quote

Any feedback on using an impact vest for extra flotation on big days in the surf? I'm not as fit and young as I used to be so I'm looking for an extra bit of peace of mind.

Specifically looking at this:
https://stores.wetsuit.com/rescue-vest-red-m41/
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dllee



Joined: 03 Jul 2009
Posts: 5105
Location: East Bay

PostPosted: Thu Oct 21, 2021 11:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Works well, especially if you're willing to get to shore ASAP.
Ducking under is problematic, of course.
Most big wave windsurfers wear it.
Ist time at Phantoms, talk was about that on the shore..1986.
Jason Polakow wears one.
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combs



Joined: 01 Apr 1997
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 21, 2021 12:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have this exact same vest and love it. Many pockets for knife, whistle, extra line, etc.
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dllee



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Location: East Bay

PostPosted: Thu Oct 21, 2021 1:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lots of cold water sailors wear round toe booties..easy in and out, warm...but provide little swimming power, so float vests allow you to tumble towards shore.
Lay flat in shallow sharp reefs, ball up a bit in deep water or sand bottoms to get pushed in farther.
That float vest allows you to double your ride time on each row of whitewater.
Round toes to allow narrower strap screw placement for firmer control.
Small feet riders can wear split toes, but I'm size 11.
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jingebritsen



Joined: 21 Aug 2002
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 23, 2021 2:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

there are flotation wet suits on the market as well. i know you just bought the new one, but.....
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dcharlton



Joined: 24 Apr 2002
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 25, 2021 7:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, they're great, not restrictive and keep you warm in the winter months. Definitely a good addition, just get a big size as they fit tight!!!

DC
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