THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Costa Mesa) sent a letter to the U.S. Coast Guard, March 23, calling federal enforcement of rules pertaining to stand-up paddleboarding "nonsense."
We agree. Over-regulating a recreational activity like stand-up paddleboarding is silly enough, but diverting agency resources meant to protect our nation's coasts for such a purpose is even more disconcerting. What spurred the congressman's letter – and some controversy among boarders – is that under Coast Guard determinations, paddleboards are classified as "vessels"; thus, their riders are subject to rules such as being forced to wear personal flotation devices. That rule doesn't apply to similar sports like sailboarding and windsurfing, which are exempt from the flotation device requirement. READ MORE VIA OC REGISTER
See the link to the Congressman's letter to the USCG Commandant here:
Congressman Rohrabacher's Letter