In October 2007, the United States Coast Guard officially classified stand
up paddle boards as a vessel. The significance of this ruling is that you are
required by law to wear a stand up paddle surfing life vest if you are paddling
outside of a swimming, surfing, or bathing area. The enforcement of this law
is at the discretion of the Coast Guard. Some area give out tickets, some don’t,
and local factors could change the local enforcement guidelines at any time.
We’ve assembled some of the best low-profile stand up paddle surfing life
vest solutions for SUP enthusiasts.