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Posted 17/05/2013, 6:51 am        Report    
Has anyone had any experience or thoughts about using an impact vest or PFD riding big surf on a sup?
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Posted 17/05/2013, 7:12 am        Report    
Laird and co wore them at chopes. Good idea until you need to dive deep I have thought about it but have not been out in real big stuff for a while. One day I will don my old tow in vest just to see how it goes.
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Posted 17/05/2013, 12:16 pm        Report    
good idea I reckon. My old man has a pacemaker in his chest, been trying to get him out in the surf but he is worried about hitting it..... impact vest would help....
New Zealand
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Posted 17/05/2013, 1:01 pm        Report    
Yes have been thinking about one for times you are solo in the water......this seems like the best nz deal
South Africa
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Posted 17/05/2013, 1:53 pm        Report    
The Bertish brothers always wear an impact vest when SUPing big waves. Sometimes even two. It makes a huge difference when suffering a hold down - you pop up much quicker. We also use them instead of PFD's for our ocean racing, our rules allow it. Most popular ones are the Mystic, O'neill and Ion.
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Posted 17/05/2013, 6:09 pm        Report    
I've got the mystic impact vest that I use for kite surfing, would be great for SUPing as lots of freedom and range of motion for the arms and very comfortable too. I mainly use mine incase I get spanked (too old now, takes too long to recover from injury) and couldn't see why that theory couldn't be applied to big wave surfing (not chope style...)
New Zealand
132 Posts
Posted 18/05/2013, 11:18 am        Report    
I wear an Oneill Revenge Vest just to give a bit more floatation and warmth. Also a bit of padding around the ribs can come in handy. I have started wearing it all the time.
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Posted 18/05/2013, 12:01 pm        Report    
Ive got an Oneill vest similar to the one above. Theres never anyone out where and when I surf, so if theres any size in the waves I wear it. Very very comfy and warm and no restriction in movement.
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