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Getting The Right Leash For Your Board

Getting The Right Leash For Your Board

The leash is an essential part of your surfing. This will prevent you from getting separated from the board and also prevent someone from getting hurt by a straying board. It is better that you understand that all leashes are not the same. Many factors would come into play when deciding which leash is best suited for you. Let us see what all we should consider when buying a leash for your surfboard.

Length Of The Leash

Length of the leash is an essential factor. Your leash needs to be at least as long as your board. This is to avoid you hitting the board or getting hammered by the board. Neither is a pleasant experience. Check the length and check how it is measured. Many manufacturers don’t include the cuff and rail saver when mentioning the length of the cord.

If you are a beginner, it is better to get a cord of length over one foot longer than your board. If you have got control of your board, then you can go for a leash with cord length half a foot longer than your board. When you are doing the big waves, the range needs to proportionally long.

You should also remember that when the cord is longer the drag is more too. One more thing to remember is that the cord stretches with use.


Swivels are useful because they prevent the cord tangling around your legs. A tangled cord could be dangerous. You can buy a cord with at least one swivel, but two will be better.

Leash Thickness

As the thickness of the leash increases, the drag will also increase. If you are catching smaller waves or doing competition surfing, it is sensible to get a thinner leash. This will have lesser pull and will help you find more waves. When doing the big waves, it is wise to have thicker leashes as there are lower chances of it breaking.

The Cuff

The first thing that matters is your comfort. Wear it before you buy. A cuff with a double wrap will make it more secure. You can also buy one with a key pocket to secure your house or car keys.

The Rail Saver

Most rail savers are same. The longer you buy, the more protection for your rails. But if they are too thick, they could create too much drag.

Now that you know how to buy a leash the next thing to do is to select your favorite color.

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