Big or small

Short or tall

elite or rec

open or closed

woman or man

child or beast

PFDs are mandatory for all races and all paddlers. You don’t have to wear it. You can have it on your board. There are waist pfds. You can duct tape it on the deck. Everyone has to have a USCG-approved pfd.

Sorry. It’s stupid. It doesn’t make sense. It sucks. It’s the law here. You can not race without one.

I’ve had people ask about having them in a backpack or a camelback, that’s fine. I’ve been asked if they could cut them apart and fit them in different pockets. No, I don’t think you can mess with a pfd and have it be a pfd.

PFDs are mandatory for all races and all paddlers. Even if they don’t require it in your state. Even if you are a great swimmer. Even if you think you can get away with it.

PFDs are mandatory for all races and all paddlers.

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