The surfboard leash is essential for your surf sessions.
Recently we´ve talked about what aspects you should take into account when choosing a surfboard leash. Today we want to give you 6 important pointers about this important security element for your surf sessions.
The leash is just a plastic rope that unites the surfer and the surfboard. It´s made with a resistant stretched tube that has some elasticity. It´s fixed on the posterior part of the board with a small cord and to your ankle or knee tied with an adjustable Velcro.
1. Put it on dry
Put on your surfboard leash before entering the water. This way, you will get maximum performance. It´s not that it won´t work while wet, but the fact that it´s dry when you put it on will guarantee perfect adaptability on our ankle / knee and give more security.
2. When should I get a new surfboard leash?
Unlike food, leashes don´t come with expiration dates. Even so, with the passage of time and with use, your leash will lose effectiveness.
One of the most important aspects when determining the life span of this element is its elasticity.
Too little elasticity will make the leash susceptible to breakage or tear your foot in a bad fall. On the other hand, too much elasticity isn´t good either. You will take too long to get your board back and it´ll be easier for your board to hit you.
If you´re one of those surfers that likes big waves, it´s recommendable to change leashes at end of each season. Conversely if you usually surf beach waves, the leash can last you 3 – 4 years. Of course, as long as you take care of your material.
3. Basic care for you surfboard leash
If you want your surfboard leash to last a long time, just follow these simple tips. Just as with you neoprene wetsuits, the leash must be cleaned with freshwater after each session. Also, don´t leave it during long periods of time tied to the surfboard, it´s a bad habit that will cause the leash to curl and twist making it lose its properties. Lastly, don´t leave it out exposed to the sun for long hours.
Of course you have to revise the state of the rope before entering the water and always have a backup.
4. The weakest part of the leash
Contrary to what most people think, the most fragile part of the leash isn´t the rope but the rubber piece at the end of the leash. Normally when a leash breaks, it´s usually around that area. Except in those cases where the fin breaks the leash.
5. Don’t roll the leash around the tail of the surfboard
It´s common to roll the leash around the surfboard tail when you put away you surfboard. A habit born out of comfort to keep the leash from dragging and to save space (especially if you have a sock cover). Stop! Just as we said in point 3, the leash can become defective and weaker. With time it may even be harder to maintain it drawn when we put it on since it will want to be curled up.
6. Brand makes a difference
Obviously each brand will want to show that their leash is the most durable and resistant in the market. Nevertheless there a big differences in prices when comparing the cheapest and the most expensive. This is not a coincidence, check the quality of each leash, how well the build is and when in doubt consult your friends about the reputation of certain brands. On the other hand the designs and colors are more a personal.
If you are thinking about changing your surfboard leash, visit the website of our partners at Single Quiver and choose the one that most adapts itself to you surfboard, there is a carefully selected leash range with premium quality.
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