The NSRI boats and their dedicated crews have become a familiar — and very welcome, reassuring presence — at all the surfski races I have taken part in so far.
Here is a link to a very interesting article on an exercise conducted some time ago with some well-known surfskiers and the NSRI: Surfski Sea Rescue Exercise.
Some interesting stuff in there! I definitely need to pop in at The Paddling Centre for some safety gear. Thanks to all those involved in the tests, and thanks again to all those selfless volunteers at the NSRI!
Here is what the pros recommend you equip yourself with:
- PFD: check out the new, updated and ISO approved Mocke Racer
- Leash from leg to ski.
- Paddle leash (paddle to ski): I have a MOCKE Paddle Leash
- safety blanket
- allen key
- water-proof cellphone pouch
- emergency duct tape strip
Most races require you to carry specific items. It goes without saying that you wear your PFD at all times.