1. Always go with a buddy. It’s not only safer but it’s also more fun to have a friend out there. Make sure you and your buddy’s abilities are able to accomplish the mission at hand.
2. Make sure everything is secured to the board. Check out the variety of Pau Hana rigging kits. You don’t want to lose a flipper!
3. Stay attached to the board via leash. One thing we like to do is get a cheap canvas belt and attach the leash to the belt so your legs can move freely.
4. Pay attention to wind, tides and currents. The last thing you want is not being able to get back. Always paddle into the wind first so the wind can push you back or plan a downwinder. Check tides on local surf forecasts and basic rule: don’t fight the tide.
5. Let someone know where you’re going and when you plan to be back. This is extremely important and a lot of people don’t do this. It’s as easy as sending a quick text. If you ever did get into danger you have a better chance of getting rescued quickly.
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