NO MORE BANS – SUP’s not “Vessels” in Surf Zone HUGE NEWS FROM: DISTRESSED MULLETDANA POINT, CA. U.S.A.
NO MORE BANS – SUP’s not “Vessels” in Surf Zone – The Human Powered Watercraft Association has received a letter of clarification from the United States Coast Guard stating “If a paddleboard is used within a designated swimming, surfing or bathing area, the Coast Guard does not consider it to be a vessel.”
HPWA Director Steven Alan Fry explains the importance of this distinction: “State and local agencies have long been using “vessel” status to segregate or ban the use of small watercraft such as wave skis, outriggers and canoes from popular swimming beaches and surf breaks. When the USCG applied vessel status to SUP’s it resulted in an unintended consequence where surfers carrying paddles were banned or restricted from many popular surfing locations.”
Mickey Munoz, HPWA’s surf industry advisor adds his conclusion. “Paddle surfing is here to stay and everyone has to learn to share. SUP’s have to spread the aloha spirit and yield a reasonable balance of waves to the inner lineups. Nothing but common sense will prevail.” READ MORE VIA DISTRESSED MULLET