US Coast Guard now classifies Stand Up Paddleboards as vessels outside the surf zone

As posted by, the US Coast Guard now looks at Stand Up Paddleboards as being in the same class as marine vessels when traveling outside the surf zone…

Stand-up paddleboards (SUP) are now no different than vessels in the eyes of the U.S. Coast Guard. This new classification means that SUP users –when outside surf or swim zones or bathing areas — are required to carry a lifejacket, or Personal Floatation Device (PFD), a whistle and, if out after dark, a flashlight to give fair warning to other boaters that they’re in the area.

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No word yet as to whether or not the Canadian Coast Guard will follow suit but an interesting precendent and discussion none the less.

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