Are you looking for surf leashes and want to buy a surf leash for your surfboard?
We offer a wide range of surf leashes and eco surfboard leashes for surfing and bodyboarding. We have just the right surf leash for your surfboard!
What is a surfboard leash?
The surf leash connects your surfboard to your ankle and serves as a safety device if you lose your surfboard in strong currents or the surf.
Which surf leash to buy?
Which surf leash you should buy depends on the area of use and your surfboard. The length of the surfboard leash is crucial, as is the diameter of the leash.
Do I need a surf leash? Yes or no?
The answer to the question whether you need a surf leash is clearly YES, because the legrope is an important safety aspect. If you lose your surfboard, you are at the mercy of the current. Your surfboard is your lifeline and helps you to leave the strong current and return safely to shore. Here we have listed the reasons in brief:
- important safety aspect
- connects you with your surfboard (lifeline) in strong currents
- Your surfboard stays with you - even after a wash.
How long should a surf leash be?
A surfboard leash should always be at least the length of your surfboard.
The following rule of thumb applies:
- Leash length = board length + a little extra.
(Example 1: Board length 6'1'' = 6 ft Leash)
(Example 2: Board length 6'7'' = 7 ft leash)
In example 2, the board is significantly longer than a 6 ft surf leash and the leash would therefore be too short. In this case, the surf leash should be one size longer!
This is important to prevent the surfboard from becoming a boomerang in the sea and thus avoiding serious injuries. When river surfing, a surf leash with a thin diameter should be chosen and have a length of 5 feet.
Exceptions are made for river surfing and big wave surfing. When surfing a standing wave, you always use very short 5 ft leashes. When surfing a big wave, you need very long and extremely strong leashes.
What are the parts of a surf leash?
A surf leash consists of the following parts:
- Rail Saver
- Strap / Cuff
- Leash Release
- Leash Cord
With or without swivel? Which leash do I need?
There are surf leashes with one swivel and the so-called double swivel leashes with two swivels. You should make sure that your surf leash has at least one swivel so that the leash cord doesn't twist and get in your way while surfing and on land. Personally, I am a fan of a double swivel. The joints are located once on the cord and once on the rail saver.
What are the different surf leash strengths?
The cord of a surfboard leash is usually made of polyurethane and has different thicknesses depending on the design. 5 mm diameters are used for competition leashes, as these must have as little resistance as possible in the water. All surf leashes with 7 mm Diameter Cord have a normal diameter and cover surf leashes for all surfboard types. Surf leashes with a 9 mm diameter are used for big wave leashes but also occasionally for longboards. For river surfing we recommend your 5 mm diameter surf leash.
Spiral leashes further reduce drag in the water and are therefore very popular for river surfing and competitions.
Why do I need a rail saver on the surf leash?
The rail saver of a surf leash protects your surfboard from damage. The strong pull on the surfboard after a wipeout can damage your surfboard if the surfleash is not attached correctly and the thin leash cord can cut into your surfboard. It is therefore very important that the rail saver rests securely on the rail. The width of the leash cord distributes the pressure over a larger area and thus prevents the leash from cutting into the surfboard.
What should I look for in the ankle cuff / strap / cuff of a surf leash?
The strap or cuff of a surf leash should be sufficiently padded and is usually attached to the ankle (ankle leash). A narrow cuff is not so comfortable to wear and when pulling on the leash it can cut into the ankle. Therefore, I always recommend a wide well-padded ankle cuff. Some straps have a small pocket for your keys.
Where is the leash release on the surf leash and what is it important for?
The leash release is a small loop on the cuff of the surf leash so that you can open it in an emergency if the surf leash gets caught somewhere and you can no longer reach the surface of the sea without separating from the surf leash.
How often should I renew a surf leash and why?
You should check a surf leash before every surf session for damage such as cuts in the cord. If the swivel no longer turns or the Velcro no longer closes properly, it is time to replace the surf leash at the latest. Regular replacement of the Surfleash is very important, as it is a crucial safety aspect and your safety is at stake.
What is the difference between an ankle leash and a knee leash?
An ankle leash is attached to the ankle and is the best selling leash on the surf market. It is attached to the back food. A knee leash is used in SUP surfing and longboarding to help you walk around the surfboard and increase your freedom of movement. This makes it easy to do cross steps and noserides like a Hang Ten or Hang 5 without stepping on the surf leash.
What is the difference between eco-friendly surf leashes and conventional surf leashes?
Eco surf leashes are made from recycled PET bottles and are just as high quality as traditional surf leashes.
What brands of surf leashes do we offer?
We sell eco-friendly surf leashes from Surfganic and Revolwe, and other high quality surf leashes from Ocean & Earth, Koalition, Ariinui, Madness, Tiki, Northcore and Roam.
Which surf leash is perfect for river surfing?
Surfleashes with a 5 mm diameter of the cord, so-called competition leashes in a length of 5 ft are perfect for surfing on a river, on a standing wave or a floating wave.
Which surf leash is suitable for longboarding?
The most important thing for a surf leash for longboarding is the length. It should be 9 or 10 ft, depending on the length of the surfboard. An ankle leash can interfere with longboard manoeuvres such as Hang Five, Hang Ten and the so-called noserides during the cross step. Therefore, there are extra surf leashes for longboarding that are attached under the knee, so-called knee leashes.
Which surf leash is suitable for shortboarding?
For small and weak waves, a competition leash with a 5 mm diameter cord is best. Anything over 2 metres surf should be a standard surf leash with a 7 mm diameter cord. The surf leash should always be about the length of your surfboard, or slightly longer.