Thursday, June 18, 2015

How to Choose A Surfboard Leash

For many surfers, surfboard leashes are a great tool to have on-hand when out of the waves. But with the great diversity in lengths and types for a leash, it might be hard to choose among them all. Here's a quick guide to choosing the right surfboard leash for your board.

1. Consider the length.
The simple rule for picking a surf leash is getting one at least the same length as your board. This allows for distance between you and your board when you fall off, so as it won't bump or injure you. Depending on your surfing level and wave conditions, you'll also want a leash a little bit longer than your board. For example, if you're new to surfing, get a leash a foot longer than your board; if you're surfing big waves, a longer leash is good to ensure your board doesn't hit you.

2. One swivel, or two?
Swivels keep your leash from tangling, which translate to better use, comfort, and safety. One swivel, usually at the end with the rail saver, will allow you to surf well without too much tangling, but two swivels will guarantee better results.

3. Choose thickness based on wave conditions.
Since leashes do add to drag when surfing, it's important to consider the thickness of your leash when you're surfing in different conditions. With smaller waves or during competitions, you'll get away with a thinner leash that won't cause as much drag. Thicker cords should be used when you're tackling large waves, as they won't snap off as easily. 

4. Pick a good quality.
Overall, the price you pay for a leash is a good indicator of how well the leash is made. There will be leashes that have special qualities, such as a pocket in the cuff to store a key, or a triple-wrap rail saver for added security. Picking a well-made leash with quality materials will give you a leash that lasts longer, especially with good care.

To get more advice for picking out your leash, contact us.

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