I heard the Coast Guard
Posted by: mjamja on Oct-02-12 9:02 PM (EST)
is going to be pushing for banning all paddle craft except SUP's. In addition the legislation will include provisions that only professional models or those that could be professional models will be allowed to paddle them. Additionally, all male paddlers will be required to be topless (no PFD's) and all female paddlers must be in bikinis (no PFD's). An internal survey at the Coast Guard showed that under those circumstances the Coast Guard would not mind any additional rescues required. SUP rescue duty is also likely to become a popular junket for state and federal legislators if the legislation passes.
PS - Having to send in the requisite head-shots and bathing suit photos to get your SUP license will be somewhat of a pain. I am applying for a position in the SUP licensing bureau as part of my continued support of the paddling industry.