The Surf Leash

The Leash

The Surf Leash: When surfing the leash virtually forms your life insurance. Attached to an ankle of the leg, which stands on a surfboard behind, and on the other, the so-called leash plug at the rear end of the board is the urethane leash as a permanent link between surfboard and surfers in the water. You can save your life, but of course by unfavorable entanglement are also a danger.

Can not you keep on your board, prevents the leash that your board washed away unreachable and thus is a threat to the other surfers in the water. In addition, they serve you with a wipe-out as floating orientation and lift ability to the surface.

The importance of leash consequently increases with a larger swell. When buying a leash, you should, therefore, pay attention to quality and before surfing regularly check for damage. In a surf shop, you can easily through the right leash for you seek advice because they must be adapted to your body size and the length of your surfboard.

Surfing is hardly comparable

You skateboard for 15 years and snowboarding you also make no more something before? Then, the surfing for you should be no problem. Do you think?!

It is not just posture, position on the board and technology are different from the majority of board sports, but also the level of importance of the right boards.

For surf beginners are especially important:

Dear too large than too small!

Maximum fun with just the right for your surfboard!

Although a small shortboard with a pointed nose looks nice, you as a beginner quickly spoil the fun. Who is a beginner, need a board with a reasonable length, width and thickness and a round nose.

Surfing the Internet is not about prestige and rivalry, but above all about maximum fun at every level and with the appropriate surfboard. Rather than meet by hubris and impatience hasty decisions when buying boards, rather let yourself in a good surf shop or Rental advise, lend you various boards and test them.

Pros and Cons of Security Devices

The leash, so that secures the surfboard on Surfer, plays an ambivalent role. On the one hand, it comes since the introduction of the safety line to significantly fewer injuries (from 23% to 12%) by driving foreign boards, and in case of a severe breach of the canvas provides secure contact with the board as a buoyancy aid.

The Surfboard Leash

The Surfboard Leash

The Surfboard Leash

A Leash connects the board to the surfer’s leg and is sometimes called the “life insurance” of a surfer. Who a leash with a large swell and/or strong current rips, who may be a big problem because it does not require either simple surfboard with the waves on the shore, nor to swim without surfboard against a strong current. So you should look for in a leash on high quality and replace it regularly.

Elements of a Leash

A leash is made of several parts: The strap is attached to the ankle, should be sufficiently padded. There are exceptions for special Longboard Leashes where the strap is attached above the knee to facilitate special maneuvers. On a Leash Strap Release for a quick loosening of the straps should be attached from the leg. The cord (cord) of the leash is connected via a (Single Swivel) or two (double Swivel) pivots with the other parts of the leash. Is then on the side of surfboards nor the Rail Saver and the cord, which is attached to the leash plug of surfboards.

The Strap / Cuff

The strap or cuff of a leash should be sufficiently padded and have enough contact area. It consists mostly of nylon, padding. Some straps have also still a Key Pocket, but where one course should not keep the remote control key.

The Leash Release

These should be designed so that the surfers can solve the leash even in emergency situations quickly from the leg. Such an emergency may be, for example, if the cord gets stuck in a coral reef. Here, there are significant differences in quality surfboard leashes. Some manufacturers so a just a little-pleated nylon strap here, other manufacturers use a larger and stiffer tissue ring, bringing the leash can be opened quickly and easily in an emergency.

The Leash Cord

The cord is mostly made of polyurethane and has different strengths depending on the version. As standard, you can see a diameter of 6mm or 7mm. Leashes with 8mm or more can be found in the Big Wave range, leashes with less than 6mm in the Competition section.
A special case is the Spiral Cord leashes. You can find the shortbread surfing and river surfing their use. The main advantage is the lower resistance (drag) in the water because the leash is not braking like an anchor in the water here

The Rotary Joints / Swivels

Here one differentiates between Single Swivel Leashes that only one joint – mostly on Strap – have double and Swivel Leashes with a joint on the strap and the Rail Saver. The Swivels should be of stainless steel and can be moved easily. The Swivels prevent twisting of Leash cord.

The Rail Saver

The Rail Sauer sits at the end of the leash. Here the Leash is fixed, that is pulled on the other side by the Leash plug on board. The Leash should always be as short as possible so that it can not cut the Rails. The Rail Saver can be opened with a Velcro closure and finish, so you can attach the Leash.

The Leash

The Leash

The leash represents the connection between surfboard and surfers. It is mounted on the rear upper side of the surfboard at an embedded plug-in and connected during browsing of the ankle of the rear leg of the riders. The leash is the so-called safety of each surfer. It prevents that the surfboard with a Wipe Out or is not flushed into the Impact Zone back to shore. In addition, it shows the surfers on to a cycle where top and bottom is. This one runs underwater along the leash back to the surface and has with his surfboard a floating buoy. The importance of the leash is therefore not to be underestimated and should be checked before each session. The leash must be adjusted depending on the length of surfboards and your height.

Attaching the leash on a surfboard

The leash is the rear end of the surfboards at the so-called leash plug. The rope or nylon cord is pulled through the plug. In the next step of is pulled through the loop of nylon. Now you can close the fastener.

The Longboard

From small to big waves can be surfed this wave rider, because it best anglesite and stable due to its volume and length is in the water. Longboards designate boards that have a length of at least 8 to 10 feet. In recent decades, and as technology advances, there are ever shorter boards. The Longboard used to maneuver a single fin.

What equipment does your water ride

As surfers do not need much to plunge into the waves – a surf board, board shorts or at low water temperatures a wetsuit, a leash and let the party begin. Where and when you should use which surfboard – we want to explain in this chapter of our book. The choice of the surfboard depends on various factors. So the skill level of the rider’s and the current surf should – conditions are considered.

The right size for your surfboard, you can calculate with the following rule of thumb: Height + 45cm = size of the surfboard. In addition, the volume and width of surfboards, the weight of the rider’s should be adjusted. All the more buoyancy has your surfboard in the water, the easier is a wave. Furthermore, large and voluminous surfboards are more stable in the water. Unfortunately, many beginners make the mistake of too small a surfboard to buy what hinders the quick success in surfing. Also, it should be noted that only one is available on the first board of this.

To protect yourself from the various temperature influences offer different clothing items the matching protection such as wetsuit, board shorts, lycra, boots, and hoods, etc.

The Leash describes a connection from the surfboard to the surfer. Here a line from the tail (end of a surfboard) is connected to the rear foot of the wave rider. The leash can save your life when surfing but also be dangerous.

In the following subsections, you will find a detailed description of each type of surfboard, leash, wax, matching clothes, etc. – so that your next surf trip a success.

How to Choose Board Leash

How to Choose Board Leash

How to Choose Board Leash

The chord length:

The lengths announced by manufacturers are generally those links, rope. Add them that of attachment and rail saver over the cord and plug it makes easily 30 cm more. It’s a good margin of safety generally advises taking a leash a little longer than the board. So a leash 9 ‘on a 9’ will be tens of centimeters more. What to try the worst attitudes nose.
Note that this length will stretch in big waves, break up. In the final session, it will happen that your leash makes a good meter longer than on paper!

Rope diameter:

A leash is a real drag. The pullback generates it’s incredibly powerful.
In the big waves, we do not care a bit. In small, this is a major handicap. But the safety of users and hardware is the price. Attention finer says that says more fragile. As soon as it will get stronger or bigger, he can break without warning.

The clip:

Make sure that it is comfortable and safe.
If you do not feel tight spots against you, all is well. If you feel a hard point had to tie the reinforcement link, forget it immediately.
A good leash does not hurt the ankle.
Inspect the surface of what is going to touch your skin. An irritating surface will be a nightmare and destroy your combination as well as your skin! Attention a surface that slides much can be rather unpleasant because the leash turns, over the smooth surfaces are often fragile.
Be careful closing system. Banish the complicated systems that you’ll have trouble dropping instinctively in the water in case of problems.

The type of fastener:

An ankle leash is often nicer in real waves. It is preferable to attach it to the back, but it forms the loop is smaller than on one knee leash and takes less SUP paddle in it.
In the large, some prefer to be pulled by the ankle.
The leash allows the knee to take the board faster with fewer hands because you have to bend your leg to access the leash. So one can board faster the bar. It also allows walking on at least not crossed.
By cons, if it is not turned into the hollow of the knee, back to you, the paddle can pass through the loop that formed behind the board and it is annoying. We must, therefore, put and tighten.

Conclusion :

Everyone’s opinion and feeling, the best rule must surely be in everything related products near the body, usually takes precedence over the rest of the arguments so it’s personal.

The Choice of Surfing Leash

The Choice of Surfing Leash

The Choice of Surfing Leash

Choosing the leash length is based on several criteria

– the length of your surfboard and type of shape
– the surfer level
– the type of spot

A leash of X size will match a board measuring between X-1 and X + 1. That is an 8-foot leash correspond to a board of 7 to 9 feet. If you are a beginner, it is better to take a leash bigger than your plate (if I have a 7’8, I take a leash 8 ‘ ) to avoid taking your board in your first pretty face violent return. If you are an experienced surfer, you probably choose a smaller leash to reduce to the max drag your rope walk.

Choose a short leash in the reef spots to avoid trapping it in a coral potato. On a spot, big waves, take a slightly longer leash.

To note:

If you own a longboard or SUP, grab a leash with a tie calf. This prevents tangling feet when likes to walk on his board or be snatch the foot when the board is winning.

Final tips:

– A leash is changed every two years

– To improve its longevity, rinse your leash with clean water after each session

What kind of boards?

The most important is to have a maximum volume. Do not be afraid of that. I am frequently confronted with beginners who ask me shortboards. The goal is still to surf standing on the wave. And above all to have fun. Too often, people just starting choose a small board. Because it is easier to handle on and outside of the water, easier to put in the car, but also for a duck. But in the end, they fail to surf, they do not hold water. While the most board is large, the more it is big and you climb over easily. And a big bulky board, you’ll keep all your life. We are talking about length, width, and thickness. But also a distribution of volumes. We must keep in mind that two boards with the same dimensions do not necessarily have the same volumes. After, you have to evolve gradually to want to grill the steps. Is super long, super slow, ungrateful. We must not get carried away.


The length of the leash of your surfboard must be a maximum of 1.90 m for shortboards, 2.4 m for malibus and 3m for longboards. For better grip on the board, choose a wax, or wax adapted to the water temperature. You can also position a pad on the back of the board.



HOW DOES A SURFBOARD? : A surfboard is made up of very different elements crafted that ensure maneuverability, stability, and strength according to the uses that are made and the level of technology of each surfer. Here are the important points to remember about the composition of your surfboard.

The outline is the outer line of a surfboard, which gives it its shape. The “shape” of a surfboard is the result of a delicate balance between length, width, position of the “wide point” (the widest point of the board) and the shape of the “tail” ( the rear part of the board).

The width of your board is a decisive parameter in terms of stability and speed. Over the surfboard is wide, it floats better, the more it sees its reduced contact surface: it allows to move quickly and just growing.

Point wide, or mishap beam is where the plate reaches its maximum width.
If placed in the rear half, your board will offer the maneuverability in small waves. If it is in the front half, your board will allow you to focus control in big waves.
The shape of the tail, the back of the board, completes the outline of the board and shall be in accordance with the movement given by the characteristics of its general form.

The thickness of the board shown on the dimensions is the maximum thickness. If you choose important values, you can focus on speed but may result in loss of control while a thin board ensures control and precision.
The rails or edges, the points are precontact between the board and the water. Around thick rail profile allows the board to retain its launch speed.

Choosing the right material

I use the material in good condition, suited to my level and my template.
The board
To start, I chose a sheet of foam initiation. It’s easier and more secure. Then I asked a professional board for high-performance surfing. Warning nose (nose) sharp and too sharp drifts.


The leash:

– The leash connects the board to the surfer, it is essential
– The board always remains within reach of the surfer and plays the role of a lifeline.

Note: The pressure of a wave that takes on the board can be very strong and tender greatly leash. Caution in this case not to catch your hand or fingers in the nodes of the leash or between the leash and the board.

The nose guard: the Plastic cap on edge of the board, protect me and avoid hurting someone a.

The wax: Before going to the water, I apply the wax on top of my board not to slip.
The combination: Even in good weather, I put a combination. It protects me from the cold and gives me better flotation.

Lycra: Even when it is very hot, I put a lycra that protects me from the sun.

Beware of surf leashes

This strap connects the ankle of the back foot surfer to his board. If this system has the advantage of allowing not to lose his board if dropped, however, it can cause injuries of the hand, too often ignored

Indeed, when it falls, sometimes the surfer gets his board by wrapping the leash around his fingers. But the force of the waves can cause large fractures or tear of one or several phalanges.

Show not only that the design of products can be improved but also no information on the risk of the cable winding around the fingers on the packaging or specification of the products.