Are SUP boards vessels?

No audible signalling device?
Have you checked your PFD pocket? After owning an Extrasport PFD for about a year, I stuck my hand in one of the pockets to find something I had placed in there earlier and pulled out an orange storm whistle on a lanyard. For a year that thing had been in there and I had had no idea Extrasport had included it.

Yeah, I’ve seen these things take off
in popularity down here. I have no interest in them,but if people are having fun on them, that’s cool.

I’d imagine that requirments (registration, PFD, etc) are not really promulgated yet, but when they do, it will be state-by-state. In most states, using one at the beach or close to shore won’t be a problem, and they’ll be overlooked, unless people start trying to paddle them in the ICW or something like that.

You assume logic in regulation
The Peoples Republic of Ohio does not consider a windsurfer to be a watercraft (almost verbatim from the code) and therefore does not require registration. However, they do for canoes and kayaks.

inflatable SUP

Native Watercraft
has the Versa Board, which is supposed to be half SOT, half SUP (it’s co-branded with Liquid Logic, so they have it, too).

I’m gussing…
…those guys haven’t seen the Cold Water Boot Camp video.

As an occasional poler,…
…however you choose to make a “stand” on your on-water vessel of pleasure, as long as it’s self-propelled (be it pole, single-blade, double-blade, ping-pong paddles, etc.), and you aren’t hurting anyone (save for yourself, likely, once-in-awhile), I can see no objection to raise.

In the uni(fied)-cycle of all things, with water, stride on!

hello, salty?

it will soon be co-opted
by people with long skinny double bladed paddles made of wood and become much more spiritual.

wait till they discover sitting down!


Those inflatables…
…what are they?

Way cool video, BTW!

People like to fight and be elitist
That simple. Part of human nature it seems to need to differentiate oneself. Pack together and diss the others…been goin on since the caves bro.

Some check this thinking with themselves and evolve beyond it. Having multiple interests and some IQ helps. But groups teach new comers their hatred, and dumb new comers needing to “belong” readily adopt it. New sailors learn the anti power boat dogma and vice versa. New telemark skiers feel “special” over everyone. Sea kayakers traditionalists aren’t likely to accept SUP’s either.

None of it matters… Do what you enjoy and be friendly. For me if it floats it’s cool, unless there’s a rude idiot operating it…

I think it’s silly to call paddleboards vessels. I wouldn’t call a surfboard a vessel either. But I dunno, regulations can be crazy.

Most definitely they are vessels and are defined as such by the USCG.

In 2017 Karl Kruger completed the 750 mile Race to Alaska on a SUP. Other paddlers have completed the MR340 on SUPs.

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Wow, ok. I did not know that.

If it’s in the surf zone being surfed it’s a “surfboard” otherwise it’s a vessel. If it’s not being surfed I’d say it should require a lifejacket but that might interfere with the lifestyle aspect of the sup.
They are allowed on some public beaches where kayaks and boats are prohibited.

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In Maryland and DC the local authorities have been very strict about ticketing people on SUPs for not having a PFD or whistle. Last I heard it was $125 for each. The USCG considers SUPs as vessels except in swim areas or surfing and most states follow USCG on-water rules even for inland waters.

Most people on SUPs around this area use the compact inflatable PFDs that go around the waist. These are classified as USCG Type V PFDs. To meet the requirements for a Type III PFD, they must be worn around the waist, not just carried. Never wear the inflatable portion with it toward your back unless you want to moon the world as you drown. If you have a Type III PFD available on a SUP, you do not have to wear it, although personally, I always recommend wearing a PFD.

It’s always been a mystery to me that SUP dealers don’t tell people about the PFD requirement when they sell a SUP. You’d think they’d want to sell a PFD at the same time. Whenever I see a person on a SUP without a PFD of some sort, I always try to tell them about the requirement. Most just don’t know.