The surfboard leash or leg rope, is an integral part of your surfing equipment. Designed to keep you connected to your surfboard in case of a wipeout, it helps you get back on your board and out the back while at the same time preventing the board from washing in and potentially hitting other surfers or rocks on the inside.
They are relatively simple in design but as always, it’s worth taking the time to check and find a good one as a bad leash can mean a long swim and a damaged board.
COMP LEASH - 6mm / 1/4” Cord
Sizes: 5’ - 6’
Colours: Black - Blue - Orange
PREMIUM LEASH - 7mm / 9/32” Cord
Sizes: 6’ - 7’ - 8’ - 9’ - 9’ CALF
Colours: Black - Blue - Orange - Seagreen
BIG WAVE / SUP LEASH - 8mm / 5/16” Cord
Sizes: 6’ - 7’ - 8’ - 9’ - 10’
BODYBOARD BICEP LEASH - 7mm / 9/32” Cord
SIZES: 4’ COILED
Extra Strong LEASH - 7mm / 9/32” Cord
Sizes: 7’ - BLACK / ORANGE
8’ - BLACK / RED
CHOOSING THE RIGHT SURFBOARD LEASH
4 MAIN FEATURES:
A soft, adjustable cuff to fit around your ankle, calf or arm on a bodyboard leash. It should use a decent amount of nylon webbing for strength, good hook and loop fastening and soft neoprene, with edging for durability.
Adjustability means it fits a range of size ankles with or without a wetsuit.
Made of urethane and available in thicknesses from 6mm / 1/4” for lightweight surfboards and small waves up to 8mm / 5/16” for big wave boards and bigger surf.
3. RAIL SAVER
Without a rail saver the cord itself would slice through the rail of a light glassed board under the forces of a wipeout. The rail saver spreads the load into a wide band and literally saves the rail from damage.
The standard hook and loop fixing is triple lock as shown.
These stop the leash from coiling and catching your feet. Always look for 2 swivel leashes for maximum effect and stainless steel lasts longer and rotates better.
On quality leashes the swivel is held in place with a removeable hex screw meaning you can take a cuff or rail saver off a broken cord to keep for spares.
HOOK AND LOOP FASTENING
Good quality hook and loop is important for keeping the leash cuff on and also for longevity. Poor quality hooks lose their stickiness over time.
The stand off joins the cord to the cuff, contains the swivel and at the same time keeps the cord away from your feet to avoid tangling. It is a vital area on a leash serving a number of uses and withstanding a lot of force.
In an emergency situation being able to free yourself from your board could be life saving. A large pull tab is safer. And always get in the habit of putting your leash on a certain way so you know where the pull tab is.
TYPES OF LEASH
The standard design for most surfboards, worn at the ankle on your back foot ie. regular footers wear it on your right leg, goofy footers on your left.
Designed for Longboarding where an ankle leash can interrupt cross stepping. A calf leash has a larger cuff designed to be worn just below the knee, keeping the leash away from your feet.
A proper bodyboard leash has a coiled cord and a bicep cuff. The coiled cord to reduces the amount of loose cord length while paddling with your arms, while the bicep cuff keeps it up and away from catching on your hand.