The International Canoe Federation has underlined its commitment to safety on the water by teaming up with leading global paddleboard manufacturer Starboard to develop guidelines for stand up paddlers.
The ICF safety guidelines will be included in all beginner board Starboard packaging, and will emphasise the importance of knowing your limitations and being familiar with your surroundings when you take to the water.
“We are absolutely thrilled that stand up paddling continues to grow around the world, and the role we have played to help that growth,” ICF SUP coordinator Hoichan Kwon said.
“We also take very seriously our role in spreading the message on safety. SUP looks so inviting, many are tempted to just jump on a board and head out onto the water. And while accidents are rare, its important people prepare properly.
“Our SUP partner, Starboard, shares our position on this important role. As one of the world’s leading manufacturers and sellers of stand up paddle boards, what better way to get the message out to first time paddlers to be safe?”
The guidelines will also include valuable instructions on how to get started as a paddleboarder.
Additionally, the Starboard Generation boards will be available at heavily discounted prices for all clubs associated with NF’s.
Starboard Generation board has been designed to be used for surfing, racing and touring. It is easy to ride, even for those with no experience, and will help paddlers safely develop their skills.
The board comes in either carbon tech or lite tech, and in two sizes – 12’6 x 28 or 14 x 28.
The 2021 ICF stand up paddling world championships will be held in Balatonfured, Hungary, from September 10-12.