PFDs, Leashes and Lives: How Do We Get the Message Across?

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A Note on the Cover Photo: Current US Coast Guard regulations only require a PFD be on the board, as shown in the photo above. But it is extremely difficult to put a PFD on in an emergency situation, or if the board gets...

Summertime Paddle Safety Reminder: Safety Never Gets Old

Paddle Safety Tips Refresher
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Paddle Safety Tips Refresher Just in the last week, local news reports have included stories about fatal accidents involving paddle boarders. On a small lake in Indiana, a man fell off his board, starting having trouble and disappeared under the water.  Search and Rescue crews...

Gear Review: ACR Aqualink 406 MHz GPS Personal Locator Beacon

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UPDATE: As of June, 2021 the MSRP of this valuable device has increased by about $40 since we wrote this review in 2016. Also, I have had a chance to paddle with this device several times, including multiple downwind runs on Maui and in the...

Body of Missing Paddlerboarder Recovered

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Sad news out of Minnesota this morning.  The Associated Press reports the body of Andy Stifter who went missing November 26 has been found.  Here's the story: WACONIA, Minn. (AP) — The body of a missing paddle boarder has been recovered from Lake Waconia. Thirty-five-year-old Andrew...

Ocean Safety is Ocean Safety – No Matter Where You Are

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This Winter on Maui has been big, even already this early in the season, and recent incidents there prompted our friend Suzie Cooney to write a great post on her Maliko Run blog about safety.  Her advice is solid no matter where you paddle,...

It’s a Safety Thing, Y’all

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On Black Friday during my #OptOutside paddle I faced a dilemma. The air temperature in my part of North Carolina was a balmy 75 degrees or so. But, after several seasonally cold days and nights prior, the water temperature was already about 55. While...
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