|California Police Establish SUP Board Unit|
|Monday, 20 August 2012 00:00|
TRUCKEE, California - In response to the enormous popularity of Standup Paddling in the North Lake Tahoe region, the Truckee Police Department is taking a unique approach to interact with residents and visitors in this growing segment of the community. Select police ofﬁcers will operate situational patrols on standup paddle boards and be present at events where a paddle board is most appropriate. The program, made possible in part by donations and training from standup paddle board manufacturer, TAHOE SUP, is believed to be the ﬁrst of its kind in the U.S.
As part of the Adventure and Recreation Community (ARC) Team, Police Captain Rob Leftwich views the standup paddle patrol as a way for his ofﬁcers to emulate what the Truckee community embodies and for the ARC Team to be more educationally based about safety and customer service rather than an increase in enforcement.
“Human powered activities are really important to our community”, stated Leftwich. “It is crucial the public understands our ofﬁcers are people who also live and recreate in our region and want to promote our environmentally friendly, adventurous lifestyle. "The Chief of Police and I are very aware that if we make Truckee an enjoyable experience for residents and visitors, people will keep returning.”
Tahoe SUP race team manager, Ronnie Ayres, a former ocean lifeguard and marine safety ofﬁcer provided instruction on paddling technique, board maneuvering and implementing the ofﬁcer’s safety and lifesaving skills while using the standup paddle boards.
“I really admire the pro-active approach the Truckee P.D. is taking here,” said Ayres. “Getting the ofﬁcers out of their vehicles and onto SUPs illustrates their commitment to a positive community presence in Truckee. It also reﬂects the growth of standup paddling and it’s very ﬁtting they would be the ﬁrst to use SUPs since this is where it all started for Tahoe SUP, on Donner Lake, ﬁve years ago."
About Tahoe SUP:
Lake Tahoe. A place of balance where crystal clear water is cradled inside the peaks of the Sierra Nevadas. The perfect birthplace for a company centered on balance in life and on the water. Tahoe SUP is leading the revolution of Standup Paddle Board touring on lakes, rivers and oceans. The quality and innovation of their boards and products is connecting people with the world around them and opening the doors of adventure. Each Tahoe SUP model features displacement hull technology, developed from research with the Tahoe SUP Race and Explore Project Team. The stability of the boards combined with the displacement hull and added volume for carrying cargo, provides the opportunity to explore and Go On Tour. Tahoe SUP supports a healthy and clean environment and is committed to providing the best customer experience on and off the water. To see the complete line of Tahoe products including boards, paddles, clothing and accessories, visit www.tahoesup.com