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Impact vests and SUP

Created by robdog > 9 months ago, 17 May 2013
VIC, 602 posts
17 May 2013 8:51AM
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Has anyone had any experience or thoughts about using an impact vest or PFD riding big surf on a sup?

WA, 3958 posts
17 May 2013 7:12AM
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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.

QLD, 548 posts
17 May 2013 2:16PM
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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....

3523 posts
17 May 2013 1:01PM
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Yes have been thinking about one for times you are solo in the water......this seems like the best nz deal

607 posts
17 May 2013 1:53PM
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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.

QLD, 218 posts
17 May 2013 8:09PM
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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...)

192 posts
18 May 2013 11:18AM
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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.

TAS, 2791 posts
18 May 2013 2:01PM
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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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