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SUP Surf Safety

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

Yes, "Know Before You Go" may seem like a very simple statement but there's plenty of meaning behind it. Whether you're a beginner or a professional there's a few precautions that you should always KNOW BEFORE YOU GO before stepping onto your SUP and heading into the lineup. 

Tide: 
Always check the tide before getting into the water. Tide can play a big role in safety, whether it be an extreme low tide that exposes potentially dangerous rocks or an ebbing tide that plays the possibility of pulling you and your board out to sea.
Check the tides in your area

Waves: 
Another important aspect of KNOW BEFORE YOU GO is knowing the waves you will be experiencing. Wave size, swell direction and rip currents play a large role in safety; you should never underestimate the power of the ocean and always know your limits that you are comfortable with. The neighborhood surf or SUP shop should have good local knowledge and the staff are always willing to chat about the conditions in the area.

Lineup:
One of the most important keys to SUP safety is knowing the lineup before and during every SUP surf session. Never paddle directly into the lineup, this will ensure that you're not encountering the "impact zone" and a potential collision. Look for the easiest route out: whether it's a channel or a more mellow spot with a rip current to assist you to the lineup. Once you're in the lineup, always be cognizant of your surroundings and make sure to pay respect to other SUP surfers and prone surfers in the water. Also, always be courteous to the other surfers, SUP and traditional, if you're a newbie, stay out of their way, use good surfer etiquette, and practice the Golden Rule, "Do unto others as you would have others do unto you."

 

Equipment

Standup Paddleboard: 
SUPs range in all different shapes and sizes, although any board has the ability to be surfed on. SUP surfing specific boards range from 7' all the way up to 12' like the Desolation 12' Lanai Carbon SUP. The shape of the board depends on the style of SUP surfing that you are looking to do. From the performance surf shape to the rounded nose all around board like the Desolation 10'6 Ko Lipe Carbon, they all serve their own purpose.

Paddle: 
Standup paddleboard paddles come in all different shapes, sizes and materials like the adjustable and multi-use Desolation Carbon Adjustable Paddle or a more SUP surf specific paddle like the Desolation Carbon Fixed Paddle.

Leash: 
The most important part of SUP safety when it comes to equipment is your leash. The one and only way to make sure that your board stays connected will be your leash. Leashes come in different lengths and thicknesses for all types of boards and wave sizes, check our Endorsed Products Guide to find the right leash for your SUP surfing needs.

Personal Flotation Device (PFD): 
Your PFD is an essential means to keeping you alive in case of emergency. If in distress, your PFD will always ensure that you stay above water. PFDs come in all different shapes and sizes and the correct option for you can easily be found in our Endorsed Products Guide