Surfski regulations in France

3 years 2 months ago #26343 by merijnwijnen
We are planning the summer holidays, and one of the possibilities is with the campervan down the west coast of France (including ski, of course). I read something about quite strict regulations. Regretfully, my French is quite rusty and reading legal pages takes quite some time.
Could somebody explain the basic rules for going out in a surfski without getting in conflict with the authorities?

Reads,

Merijn

Seakayak, flatwater racing and a surfski on order.
Looking for other ski paddlers in South East Netherlands (Maas / Waal)

Surfski: Nelo 560 on order :-)
K1:Kirton Tor
Sea kayak: NDK Explorer HV

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3 years 2 months ago #26344 by Korrigan
There is no strict regulations at all.

The regulation I can think of is to have a floating device (pfd or even wetsuit) and a light if you want to go until 3.7km away from the shore (where you can land)
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To go further from the shore, until 11,2km*2, you need more equipment (like VHF...)
Until 300m there is no equipment requested.

To transport on the road, the surfski should follow these rules:

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3 years 2 months ago #26346 by merijnwijnen
On some French forums I have seen discussions about lifelines and towing lines, both not very practical for a solo surfskier. This diagram also suggests more required equipment than only pfd:

www.kayak-univers.com/index.php?categori...rubrique=legislation

Of course I would take pfd, leash, cellphone in case and some pencil flares.

Regards,

Merijn

Seakayak, flatwater racing and a surfski on order.
Looking for other ski paddlers in South East Netherlands (Maas / Waal)

Surfski: Nelo 560 on order :-)
K1:Kirton Tor
Sea kayak: NDK Explorer HV

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3 years 2 months ago #26348 by photofr
I wrote a long article about that. Here's the super short version.
300 meters or less:
Nothing at all is needed.

300 to 2 Nautical Miles:
Day time travel only
Leash (attached to you at all times)
Light (waterproof to 1 meter, even though you may not travel at night)
Towing device (leash is said to be okay for that, but I carry a tiny line)
Personal floatation device, on board OR on you. Alternatively, thick or tiny 1mm wetsuit that will at least cover torso and abdomen that MUST be worn at all times.
Aside from that, you are golden.

Careful: a lot of those guys (Affaires Maritimes) do not really know the rules, they just enforce what they think they know.

Best of Luck, ENJOY.

Ludovic
(Brittany, France)

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3 years 2 months ago #26355 by merijnwijnen
Thanks for all tips. One worry less.

Regards,

Merijn

Seakayak, flatwater racing and a surfski on order.
Looking for other ski paddlers in South East Netherlands (Maas / Waal)

Surfski: Nelo 560 on order :-)
K1:Kirton Tor
Sea kayak: NDK Explorer HV

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