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.
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
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
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.