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 Surfboard Leashes

 

Why do I need a surfboard leash?

Using a leash on your surfboard is for your protection as well as the safety of other surfers.  Leashes keep your board attached to you.  If you fall then you will be able to recover your board once you surface.  If you don't have a leash you board will end up on the beach, or out to sea.  So a leash will not only protect you and other surfers it will keep you board away from potential hazards.  In addition, there are times when you need your board as a flotation device.  If you were separated from your board you are much more vulnerable to hazards that exist in the ocean such as rip tides and reefs. The last thing that you want to have to do is spend valuable time and energy swimming to recover a surfboard.  This is especially true in surfing contest.

How to purchase a surfboard leash....

The rule of thumb is that you leash should be at least the length of your board or slightly bigger  If you are a beginner you should purchase a leash that is at least a foot or more longer than your board. Leashes are available in 6,7,8,9,10,12 feet to accommodate different board lengths.

Leashes are categorized by diameter of the cord.  The thinner the leash the weaker but it will have less drag.  This type of leash is sufficient for small waves.  The thicker the leash the strong and the more drag.  This is recommended for big waves.  Leashes for competition, known as comp leashes, are very thin.  Slightly larger leashes are referred to as regular leashes. The diameter of leashes are offered in styles such as 5mm, 7mm, and 10mm.

The cuffs of a leash are important.  Check to see how easy is it to get into and out of and how durable and comfortable is it,

Leash will cost approximately $20 - $25.