Surely I'm not the only one who's come within a split second of a fatal accident with an SUPer.
I usually surf spots that longboarders don't even go to, but occasionally I find myself surfing in Cardiff and half of the time I come really close to having my new worst accident story.
3 years ago, I had 4" deep rail gap taken out of a tuflite, using it as my shield.
It's lame to have regulations, but can we start some OFFICIAL GUIDELINES for building safer SUPs? I'm mostly concerned with cranial impacts. Please don't tell me to where a helmet.
I'll start it:
1)Entire board with accessories must be under 12lbs. Board itself must be under 11lbs....if you don't know how to do this, just ask.
2)No pointed noses.
i)Only blunt noses.
ii) Minimum radius of nose outline should 4"...about the radius of your skull.
iii) Minimum radius of nose rail should be 1" ....yes that's thick
i) Minimum 1/8" thick x 1" wide thermoplastic foam on the apex of the rail, around the entire outline...like boogey board foam...would take care of your paddle dings also
4)Fins should yield with 10lbs force (now they probably yield at 100-200lbs...breaking point).
i)make a fin box that goes through the board. Pinned on the front of the fin base and
spring loaded on the back of the fin base. When there's an impact the fin rotates up into the board.
5) please add...