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Newport Beach considers safety rules for stand-up paddleboarders

September 26, 2012 |  9:34 am

The sport of stand-up paddleboarding has exploded in popularity, and now the Newport Beach City Council is considering whether to implement safety rules.

On Tuesday night, the council listened to concerns from area residents as it weighed new regulations to reduce the chance of collisions between paddleboarders and kayakers or other boaters.

The number of people involved in paddleboarding has exploded in the last five years, prompting public agencies along the coastline to look for ways to prevent dangerous collisions.

Rules for stand-up paddleboarding vary depending on the city. Some require paddleboarders to wear life vests, and others have created designated areas specifically for paddleboarders.

In Dana Point Harbor, for example, paddleboarders must stay to the right, and maps are provided outlining routes where beginners, intermediate and experienced riders should stay.

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-- KTLA News

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