Big Winds reviews PFD’s and PFD vs. Life Jackets for Safety Paddling

Big Winds PFD review video
Big Winds reviews the varying types of Personal Flotation Devices and the difference between PFD's and Life Jackets.
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Check out this informative (and quick) video from Big Winds manager TJ on the different types  of PFD’s that are out there and the important differences between a PFD and a life jacket for stand up paddling. This may be the smartest 2:44 minutes of your day.

Big Winds Flotation Device Tutorial for Stand Up Paddling Safety

If you think you know it already, check in again.  

Stand up paddling safety is becoming a buzz word, not only in the shops, but among the Coast Guard, Marine Patrols and a lot of other water safety organizations.  We all should stay in the forefront of knowledge as to what works, how it works and whether it works best for YOU.  As paddlers, we also inspire others onto the water and having the appropriate safety features on our boards and bodies can lead by example and, ultimately, save lives.

Big Winds’ Kite and SUP manager TJ Gulizia gives this quick video demonstration of appropriate usage for Personal Flotation Devices or PFD’s while paddling. He discusses the important differences between a Type 3 PFD and a Type 5 PFD as well how to properly inflate each device.  Then, he goes on to discuss the pros and cons of wearing a PFD versus a Life Jacket while stand up paddling.  As always, Big Winds keeps it short and informative.   The fact is, KNOWING the facts just might save your life.  Take the time and learn what you need to know out there for safe & fun paddling.  We want you ALL out of harm’s way so we may keep the stoke fire growing!


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Who is Big Winds?

Big Winds is one of the largest kiteboarding, windsurfing and stand up paddle boarding product and accessory shops in the United States today.  Established in 1987 in the Columbia River Gorge in Hood River, Oregon, Big Winds is hosts a staff of experienced players who are supremely passionate about watersports and equipment and who are qualified to offer expert advice on the products within their store any day.  In addition to offering an enormous rental/demo fleet for all levels of riders, the Big Winds windsurf and stand up paddling school is one of the best in the Pacific North West.  Stop by and say ‘hi’ to TJ and the gang to get the information and quality equipment you need for your next great adventure.

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Evelyn O’Doherty
Evelyn O'Doherty, owner & publisher of the new Standup Journal 2.0, worked her way up the ranks in the world of stand up paddling. A former surfer gone rogue, Evelyn stepped onto a SUP for the first time in 2009 when a plaguing neck injury kept her out of the water from surfing. Discovering the core benefits and expanded perspective on the water that stand up paddling brings, Ev immediately was hooked. She became a strong SUP racer in the North East and a year-round SUP surfer, gathering multiple top brand sponsorships including becoming a team rider for Starboard SUP and a national ambassador for Kialoa, as well as celebrating all aspects of the sport with additional brand ambassadorships including lululemon athletica, Clif Bar, Cobian, Kaenon & Indo Board. Her love of watersports and commitment to advocacy in preserving our marine environments led to a short film made with The Nature Conservancy as part of their Clean Water initiatives on Long Island, NY, called "A New Perspective". Evelyn just keeps paddling. Today, she's stepped up to take over the helm at Standup Journal after having worked for the magazine for 2 years as senior online editor. Her dedication and belief in the power of print to immerse readers in the watersports they love even if they don't have access to the water in a daily existence plus a powerful desire to spotlight the amazing people doing rad sh*t on the water is what drives her vision for Standup Journal 2.0. Evelyn welcomes the conversation about how to make the magazine benefit as many people as possible and encourages feedback, letters to the editor and communication at . Now, as owner/publisher for Standup Journal., Evelyn continues to live in East Hampton NY where she has daily access to the water. When the swell is working, you can find her in Montauk rattling around in her Ford Ranger surfboards hanging out the back headed for points East.