Video | Safety | Downwinder Gone Wrong
When you’re a mile or more from shore and a paddleboard is you’re only flotation device, your leash is your lifeline. If the wind’s up, a gust can pick up your sled and roll it like a tumbleweed. Without a leash, it only takes an instant for your board to be skip away and be lost among the whitecaps. It’s a harrowing fate and not one any of us want for ourselves, much less our paddling partners. So heed this warning from a duo who experienced just how bad a downwinder with no leash can get. The footage is shot from a GoPro mounted atop one of two boards that got away from them at sea. Sure it’s an older clip, but it’s a solid lesson we all might use a reminder to abide. And if you want to be on par with the US Coast Guard’s regulations, bring along your PDF every time you paddle, too.
The article was originally published on Standup Paddling
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