Word of caution
Paddle sports can be dangerous and physically demanding.
Participating in paddle sports may result in serious injury or death.
Consult your physician prior to beginning paddle sport training.
Observe the following safety rules when using this product:
• Obtain instructions for this product from your dealer.
• Read and follow all manufacturer's recommendations prior to using this product, including those which may be included on www.bicsport.com
• Obtain certified first aid training prior to using this product and carry first aid and rescue/safety equipment.
• Do not exceed your paddling abilities.
• Be aware of your limitations.
• Never use this product in waves unless you have received the appropriate training, and have mastered the product on flatwater first. Take lessons regularly with your local school to ensure that your knowledge and ability is up to date.
• Do not use alcohol or mind altering drugs prior to or while using this product.
• Always wear an approved personal flotation device unless you are using the board in waves. In waves, where the use of a personal flotation device can be dangerous, you should have the appropriate swimming and paddling ability not to need one.
• Always wear a helmet.
• Dress appropriately for weather conditions, cold weather and/or weather can result in hypothermia.
• Always use a surf leash attaching your leg to the board. However, a leash is not a life-safety device and is intended for convenience only. It is not intended to compensate for deficient paddling and swimming ability, ocean knowledge, safety precautions, or general common sense.
• Always hold onto your SUP paddle - The SUP paddle is a vital part of your manoeuvrability and security. If dropped in the water it should be recovered as quickly as possible. Never paddle in surf conditions if you cannot control your SUP paddle at all times - A floating paddle may be dangerous for other water users.
• Always check the state of your fin, to ensure that it is smooth and free of cutting edges which can cause serious injury to either you or somebody else.
• Buy extra "soft fins" if you are new to the sport and paddling, they will significantly reduce the chance of injury to either yourself or others.
• Use only manufacturer approved additional outfitting.
• Never paddle alone.
• Be aware of changes in wave conditions, tidal changes, dangerous currents, and river water levels. Never paddle in flood conditions.
• In surf conditions, do not paddle on crowded spots and respect your fellow surfers. Know the rules of surfing as they also apply to paddling in waves.
• Scout unfamiliar water, surf breaks and portage where appropriate prior to leaving shore.
• The user of this product acknowledges both an understanding and assumption of the risk involved in paddle sports. We assume no liability for any damage or injury to you or others caused by use, misuse, lack of common sense, or inability to use this product.
Heat and sun warning
Do not expose your SUP board to excessive heat or sunlight when not in use. Whenever you are not using your SUP board (either during storage or transport to/from the beach) particular care and attention should be made to protect the board from the sun and heat. Excessive exposure to the sun and/or heat can result in the following unavoidable and undesirable consequences to particularly the deck pad which can become :
- Distorted in size and/or quality.
- Unstuck from the board.
- Significant fading of colour.
These undesirable consequences are not covered under Warranty as they are due to a user or storage problem, and not related to the manufacturing or material quality of your product.
Points to be respected to maximize the lifespan of your BIC SUP Air [&] OXBOW SUP Air boards :
• Do not exceed the maximum recommended inflation pressure.
• Deflate the board by at least 5 PSI when not in use but exposed to full sun/hot temperatures.
• Re-inflate and check the pressure before returning to the water.
• Check the tightness of the valve regularly, using the tool supplied with the board, and re-tighten when necessary.
• Don’t carry the board on top of your car/vehicle when inflated.
• Rinse your board down regularly with tap water, and especially when putting it away for winter etc., paying particular attention to the valve.
• Avoid rolling your board too tightly when putting it away in its bag after use.
• During winter, keep your board very slightly inflated, store it flat, out of direct sunlight and in temperatures not lower than 0°C.
On use of leash
The leash is not a life-safety device and is intended for convenience purposes only. It is not intended to compensate for deficient surfing and swimming ability, ocean knowledge, safety precautions, or general common sense. We assume no liability for any damage or injury to you or others caused by use, misuse, or inability to use this product.
To use this product with maximum security please read and follow these simple instructions :
- Never grab or wrap the leash around your hand to recover the surfboard : the force of a wave may cause serious damage to your hand or fingers, even amputation in the worst cases.
- A SUP leash can become stuck on objects under the water, particularly when surfing reef or rock breaks. To reduce the risk of drowning, before going surfing with this leash you must train to use the quick release pull tab on the velcro ankle or knee bracelet.
- SUP leashes are NOT intended for use in rivers with current or whitewater rapids. They should not be used in these conditions unless used in conjunction with a PFD quick release sytem AND the appropriate training by a river professional.
The finest raw materials are used in the manufacture of this product, with emphasis placed on performance and quality. The products that we endorse must pass vigorous quality standards. This we back by offering a guarantee on both workmanship and raw materials according to local regulations. (This guarantee does not cover fin cuts).