Friday, April 11, 2014

Why Every Surfer Needs to Wear a Surfboard Leash

The surfboard leash, initially known as the “kook cord” has been a staple in surf safety since the 1970's. Originally made from surgical tubing and later bungee chord, the first few incarnations of the surf leash brought a mixture of safety and danger to the sport. While the leash minimized the hazards of a runaway surfboard, it also had the potential to cause injuries to the surfer using it.

Thankfully, innovations were made and the bungee chord was replaced with a urethane leash, making it much safer for the surfer utilizing the tool. Whether you're a pro or you're just starting off, wearing a surfboard leash is a must, and if you disagree below we've listed a few reasons that may help change your mind.

1. Wearing a leash eliminates your need to swim long distances to collect your surfboard. Which translates into more surfing due to the saved time and energy.

2. Nobody wants to be the cause of another person's injuries and that is exactly what can occur when you don't wear a leg leash. A loose board has the potential to hurt a fellow surfer or even a bystander. Using a leash significantly cuts back on the probability of that happening and you may be surprised to find out that many beaches have laws enforcing the use of surfboard leashes.

3. While recognizing your physical limits is important when you're taking on a sport like surfing, there are times when a rip current may end up taking you to an unfamiliar or an unwanted area. Luckily, if you have a leash attached to you, your board will be nearby, so stay calm and keep afloat by grabbing onto your board.

Choosing A Surfboard Leash
When your shopping for your surf leash there are a few facts you need to keep in mind before making a final purchase.

1. A thicker leash is stronger but produces more drag. While a thinner leash is weaker but creates less drag.

2. Thinner leashes are ideal for surfing small waves and thicker leashes are sturdy enough to take on larger waves.

3. The length of your leash should be equal to or longer than the length of your surfboard.

If you're looking for a surf leash or you're in need of a new surfboard, please contact us today to view our large inventory of surf gear.

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