In NZ the new Piha Boatie vests will be Hi Vis " Hot Pink " on the top portion ( front and back to about the sternum level ) this still allows us to have our own club sponsor through the middle of the vest and also retain our own club colours and club identity on the beach ( hence the lower portion of the vest is black with our clubs green & red strips down the sides ) After many years of many Proud Piha Clubbies wearing the clubs colours we are able to adopt the new safety precautions and also retain our identity's on the beach. ( Also important for spectators on the beach that we don't all look the same ? ) we have also worked very closely with the Surf Vest People and will also be incorporating the surf Vest into the Piha Vests with the insertable floatation pads. I think the Surf vest guys have done a great job in producing a flotation device that allows us to still compete with a good degree of comfort and freedom.
This also allows us to retain a very successful Sponsorship program we have had and allow " Sponsor branding " space again whilst incorporating the Hi Vis Pink on the upper vest portion, Piha is also adopting a self imposed Mandatory Helmet wear in Large surf so we are doing our very best to ensure our rowers are not being exposed to any risks ( boat collisions / roll overs etc ) without the club doing its best to ensure the best possible safety approach ( hard to row Piha when not big surf as that's all there normally is !! )
we are lucky that we have worked closely with SLSNZ and they have been proactive in promoting the Hi Vis concept but also doing their best not to stifle club identity and existing sponsorship branding . Hopefully we will appear in Aus at some stage of the season to show the new kit off !!
Correct me if I'm wrong but were the colors for the vests not stipulated by SLSA as pink for women and green for men just before last years Aussies? Would it not make sense to be consistent with that. Or is that rule going to change as well!