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In The Wake Of Tragedy: Warren Currie’s Plea To The Sup Industry

To Whom it May Concern,

Leashes Save Lives StickerIn light of the recent tragic event in the Gorge this past weekend, we are penning this Open Letter to the Stand Up Paddle Industry.

We believe that we, as a collective industry, must take a vehement stand in the education and encouragement of the use of leashes on all types of SUP’s, on all types of water, and in all conditions.

With the exponential growth of SUP, there are a great deal of boards being sold with very little safety education accompanying the sale.
Like seat belts in cars, leashes save lives on SUP’s.  If it is far enough to paddle – it is far enough to wear a leash.

A few ideas as to how to implement this are:

  • A sticker on the tail of the board near the leash plug that states “Leashes Save Lives”
  • Only showing images (both still and video) of paddlers that are using leashes.  This is especially important in Manufacturers brochures and Industry publications (magazines).
  • A Public Service Announcement video – featuring the top Pro’s in the industry advocating the use of leashes.
  • Instructing Team Riders that they should be setting the example by always wearing a leash.We need to educate our customers on how to safely use our products.  Unfortunately, as is often the case, it takes a tragedy to create the momentum for positive change.Please feel free to reply to this post with any comments and or questions, and please share with any industry related SUP businesses.

    Thank you,

    Warren Currie
    Easy Rider

    Dave Kalama
    Imagine

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