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  • Stand Up Paddleboard Not a Traditional Maritime Activity
  • February 28th, 2020 — by Terra Bowling — Category: Admiralty

  • After a man drowned in the Santa Barbara Harbor while using a rented stand-up paddleboard (SUP), his survivors filed a wrongful death and survival action against the company and its owner in California state court. The rental company then filed an admiralty action in federal court seeking to limit its liability to the value of the SUP. The district court dismissed the admiralty action for lack of subject matter jurisdiction. On appeal, the Ninth Circuit agreed.


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