3 Benefits of a Crossover Rescue Board

First things first: what is a crossover rescue board If you don’t know the answer, we don’t blame you! P2P Rescue invented this unique style of ocean rescue board, which means you might not have run into it yet. Since we began creating these boards, we’ve partnered with many ocean rescue organizations. This means if you go to a beach with lifeguards, you’re bound to run into it at some point hopefully from a distance! But we’re getting ahead of ourselves.

A crossover rescue board is an evolutionary breakthrough in rescue board design. It integrates a race board hull and rail design, which gives the rescuers the option of paddling on their knees or standing up, increasing the speed at which they can reach and save a victim.

Besides speed and stability, there are several other benefits to using a crossover rescue board. Here are the top three:

The paddle can be used to help out-of-reach victims.

A lot can happen on the open seas, especially when a lifeguard is at the critical moment of making a save. Because the paddle is easily accessed and stowed on a P2P Rescue board, the paddle can double as an extender, held out to the victim so they can grab on to it and be pulled to safety. This cuts down on instances of victims accidentally harming lifeguards in their panic, and helps lifeguards make a save safely and quickly.

The lifeguard can see longer distances and better search for victims.

Because the crossover rescue board uniquely offers lifeguards the option of paddling on their stomachs, knees, or standing up, it also offers the ability to see much further than other boards. By both standing and paddling, the lifeguard has the power to quickly scan the water and identify multiple victims and possible dangers.

The board’s durable material means it’s never out of service.

P2P Rescue makes each crossover rescue board from an EPS foam core using innovative Innergra fiberglass. This allows lifeguards to make minor repairs while on duty, which means the board never has to be taken out of service. Even better, the boards are only 30 pounds, which means carrying and running with them won’t wear the lifeguards out. Instead they can save their strength for those critical moments when it truly matters.

Interested in ordering a fleet of crossover rescue boards for your ocean rescue service? Contact P2P Rescue today and let’s start the conversation!

A Rescue Board Breakthrough

If you haven’t heard of P2P Rescue, consider this an introduction. Short version: P2P Rescue is an evolutionary breakthrough in rescue boards, designed and engineered for speed and function. For the longer version, keep reading!

The History

When Australia hosted the Summer Olympics in 1956, a group of volunteer Aussie lifeguards organized an international competition to display their lifesaving skills and athleticism. The U.S. and Hawaiian teams, with legendary members like Duke Kahanamoku, brought Malibu surfboards with them.

Many credit the longboards they left behind as the beginning of a surfboard design revolution in Australia. The Malibu surfboard made from balsa wood and constructed using a new technique of water proof glue and fiberglass resulted in a much lighter board weight.

The Future

While the board building process and construction of surfboards has evolved since then, today’s lifeguard rescue board remains nearly identical to that from 30 years ago, which isn’t ideal. Coastlines are diverse, with unique challenges and parameters, and a single longboard design can’t serve all lifeguard equally. Until P2P.

By using Shape3D software and a 3DM shaping machine, we set out to design and build surf rescue boards based on local surf conditions and coastline terrain.

The Difference

P2P is currently the only board builder in the U.S. using typical surfboard construction (EPS and fiberglass) to manufacture lifesaving surf rescue boards. Given the demanding environments of their training and work, ocean safety and lifeguards are quite harsh on their equipment. P2P uses very specific glassing schedules, integrating standard cloth with Innegra fiberglass to enhance durability and reduce weight. Because P2P longboards are built using solely EPS and fiberglass, ocean safety can perform a simple ding repair while on duty, and the board never loses service.

Rail designs, rocker profiles, bottom contour transitions and varying volumes are design variables that change for each respective region’s rescue board. Through a joint venture with the Honolulu Ocean Safety, a 12’0 version has been built to withstand their rugged coastlines, larger surf and multiple victim rescues.

After working with lifeguards from North Carolina to New York the 11’0 East Coast version was designed for smaller swell and more benign coastlines. P2P recently launched a West Coast version in Santa Cruz based on feedback received from lifeguards in California. Because of our geographically tailored design process and lighter weight construction, the P2P SURF RESCUE’s appeal is quickly spreading worldwide.

Check out our designs, follow our Instagram and Facebook accounts, and witness the future of ocean rescue for yourself. We guarantee you’ll like what you see!