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Re: Patagonia Impact Vest Sale
« Reply #45 on: April 13, 2018, 08:36:22 PM »
Saw you out there but didn't see you trying to get out of your vest.

Shark's was good, but very shallow.

I didn't see you, Steve.  The winter piled up some nice sand.  More than I remember in the past around Privates/Sharks, less ankle breaking reef to clamber over, more graduated reef.

I am out of shape due to various logistics keeping me from going out for a while one way or another, but the weekend looks good.  I imagine it's going to be crowded.
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Re: Patagonia Impact Vest Sale
« Reply #46 on: April 15, 2018, 02:34:06 AM »
does everyone wear an impact vest in the surf ?

I bought one after reading on here but I'm not convinced by it tbh. Oneil Guru I think.

I find it gives me too much float. At least too much with a winter suit. Ducking under waves is much harder and if you get caught in the white water it carries you in MUCH further.

Rib protection without float would be better IMO.

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Re: Patagonia Impact Vest Sale
« Reply #47 on: April 15, 2018, 09:36:16 PM »
does everyone wear an impact vest in the surf ?

I bought one after reading on here but I'm not convinced by it tbh. Oneil Guru I think.

I find it gives me too much float. At least too much with a winter suit. Ducking under waves is much harder and if you get caught in the white water it carries you in MUCH further.

Rib protection without float would be better IMO.
Hey Devon,

No not many SUP surfers wear impact vests. Mostly older guys worried about breaking ribs......like me. Personally I like the bit of added float but ducking under waves is harder (obviously canít duck dive a SUP effectively). There are non float rib protectors out there but not sure how they would work surfing. http://www.forcefieldbodyarmour.com/product/new-rib-protector-v2/2486
Modern era big wave surfers carry a lot of added protection/floatation but oddly you rarely see them with a surf helmet. My brain is still my most valuable asset....and yes I wear a Gath surf helmet. The most recent (rare) surfing death out here was a young guy, head injury and drown. Not clear if he was hit by his own board or someone elseís board. Tragic and perhaps avoidable.


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Re: Patagonia Impact Vest Sale
« Reply #48 on: April 16, 2018, 01:07:21 AM »
I like the extra float a vest provides. It guarantees that I'll be able to easily swim to shore no matter what.

I've been standup surfing for over five years now and have never felt a need to duck under a wave, even when it's double overhead.

I always use my tail handle and rarely let go of my board in the whitewater. I've never had a problem staying on the surface. Duck diving is unnecessary.

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