Gone are the days when you came off your board and had to swim back to the beach to retrieve your surfboard because now it's attached to your ankle!
Having a leash keeps you attached to your most prized possession and prevents it from being a deadly weapon to yourself and other wave riders.
There are some essential things to consider when buying your leash regarding length and thickness.
1. Length of the Surfboard Leash:
What is the best size leash for your board? Do you require a shorter or longer leash? Some simple tips for choosing the right leash are that you want your rope to be as long as your board, if not a little longer.
For example, if you have a 6'0 board, choose a 6'0 leash. If your board is 6'6, choose a 7'0.
*Here's a simple leash size chart*
For beginners, you can ride with a more extensive leash so you're a little further away from your board when starting and getting dumped, as this is more of an occurrence than actually surfing. But go at most 1FT longer. Also, never go too short.
Leashes will stretch, so keep an eye on that and replace them as needed.
2. Thickness of the Leash:
Thickness means resistance, so if you're surfing big waves or boards, you should opt for a thicker leash on those more giant waves. Although this will create more drag, it will be less likely to snap.
An intermediate or advanced surfer can opt for a lighter and thinner rope in minor wave conditions.
3. Leash Parts:
The cuff is the part that attaches to your leg. It is usually made of neoprene padding with adjustable Velcro. Try different ones in-store for comfort.
The swivel allows the leash to spin and twist to help avoid tangles. Most leashes come with a single or double swivel, which can sit between the cuff and cord and between the cord and rail saver. Get a double swivel if you can.
Cords come in all different lengths and widths. The thicker the leash cord, the sturdier and more robust, making it harder to break. However, the thicker the cord, the more drag it will create in the water to slow you down.
- Rail Saver and String
Attach your leash to your surfboard (via the leash string). You are using a sturdy fabric construction with Velcro. The rail saver protects your board rail from the leash string when strain is put on your leash.
When attaching the string to the leash plug, make sure the string is not too long and the rail saver is over the rail.