What is at Risk?
Paddle boards as “vessels”
There is a movement among federal and state actors to classify stand up paddle boards as “vessels.”
Because paddle boarding is a relatively new and popular sport, a common misconception among law makers is that SUP is like kayaking and canoeing. Yet SUP shares more similarities with surfing—both paddle boards and surfboards are inherently buoyant and are not prone to the hazard of sinking as canoes and kayaks are.
Paddle boarding is one of the safest, if not the safest, water based recreational activities.
Mandating life jackets
Special interests are pressuring the Coast Guard to regulate stand up paddle boards in a one-size-fits-all manner that would require the use of life jackets in all circumstances.
The repercussions of such a classification would be to limit the freedom and mobility of SUPers by ignoring the obvious problems that are inherent in the use of life jackets while operating stand up paddleboards in ocean waters and potentially other bodies of water.
Stand up for paddleboarding! Stand up for safety!
Who We Are
FreeSUP grew out of a small group of similarly-minded stand up paddlers in Southern California who wanted to promote SUP and ensure SUP is preserved for future generations. Stand up paddle boarding is closely related to surfing. SUP is a silent sport or activity. It does not involve a motor, and it does not deliver the cheers of a crowd. The reward comes in the form of hard-won grace and moments of connection between the paddler and nature. A love of SUP demands participation in the cause to protect it.
Stand with FreeSUP to make sure that government regulators understand the flaws in the ill-advised proposals currently promoted by special interest groups.
Start a FreeSUP Chapter in Your Area
Each state and region of this country has unique conditions for paddleboarding. Paddleboarders everywhere need to have a voice that will represent policy positions appropriate for their area. We want to encourage and support other like minded paddlers to start a FreeSUP chapter in your community.
Please contact our Executive Director using the form below to find how to start a FreeSUP chapter and this issues that may be impacting your ability to enjoy this fantastic sport.