Flatwater SUP vs. Surf SUP
The article below is from Tofino Paddle Surf and explains the difference between SUPing on flatwater and in the surf. Visit their website to learn more, including Transport Canada’s regulations on stand up paddleboards which fall into the same category as canoes, kayaks and rowboats.
When paddling and exploring the flat water zones (i.e lakes, rivers, inlets, channels, harbours etc.) we STRONGLY recommend a guide or 10+ years of navigational experience (including chart reading and a waterproof marine radio with a current operator’s licence) and 10+ years of local ocean knowledge.
Transport Canada Regulations (enforced by local RCMP) for SUP’ing in the Flatwater zones requires that every paddler has on him/herself a PFD and a WHISTLE.
*ALWAYS WEAR A LEASH
In the surf zone, there are NO exceptions to:
On SUPs we have the opportunity to access and ride waves surfers cannot. With the exception of 20+ years surfing experience, if you must SUP where the surfers are be mindful of the 95% of surfers in our local line-ups who are surfing for the first or second time only.
No yachts (paddleboards) in the swimmer’s (surfers) immediate area.
*ALWAYS WEAR A LONG, STRONG SURF LEASH