Our Surfleash purchase advice! We have the right leash for you!
In this article we answer all your questions about leashes for your surfboard.
Do I need a Surfleash? Yes or no?
This question can be answered with 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 the lifeline and helps you to leave the strong current and return safely to land.
Advantages of a Surfleash:
- important safety aspect
- connects you with your surfboard (lifeline) in strong current
- your surfboard stays with you
- even after a wash cycle
How long should a surfleash 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 much longer than a 6 ft surfleash and the surfboard leash would therefore be too short. In this case the surfleash has to be dialled one number longer! This is important and the surfboard does not become a boomerang in the sea and thus avoids serious injuries.
For river surfing, a surfleash with a thin diameter / diameter should be chosen and have a length of 5 feet / feet. There are exceptions for riversurfing and big wave surfing. When surfing on a standing wave you always use very short 5 ft leashes, when surfing big waves you need very long and extremely strong leashes.
What are the parts of a surf leash?
A surfboard leg rope consists of the following components:
- leash cord
- Release Strap
- Rail Saver
- Swivel joint /Swivels
Leash with or without swivel joint of the Swivel?
There are 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 does not twist and does not disturb you while surfing or on land. Personally I am a fan of a double swivel. The joints are found once on the cord and once on the rail saver.
Which different leg rope thicknesses / leash cord are available?
The cord or cord of a surfboard leash is mostly made of polyurethane and has different strengths depending on the model. 5 mm diameter are used for competition leashes, as they must have as little resistance as possible in the water. All surfboard leashes with 7 mm Diamater Cord have a normal diameter and cover surf leashes for all types of surfboards. Surfleashes with 9 mm diameter are used for Big Wave Leashes but also occasionally for longboards. For river surfing we recommend your 5 mm diameter surfleash. Spiral leashes further reduce drag in the water and are therefore very popular for river surfing and competition.
What is the Rail Saver on a Surfboard Leash for?
The Rail Saver protects your surfboard from damage. The strong pull on the surfboard after a wipeout can damage your surfboard if the surfleash is incorrectly attached to the surfboard and the thin leash cord can cut into your surfboard. Therefore it is very important that the railsaver rests securely on the rail. The width of the leash cord distributes the pressure over a larger area, thus preventing it from cutting into the surfboard. Directly on the leashcord is the leashtape, with which you attach the surfleash to the leashplug of the surfboard.
What should I pay attention to with the foot cuff / strap / cuff on the leash?
The strap or cuff should be sufficiently padded and is usually attached to the ankle (ankle leash). A narrow cuff is not so comfortable to wear and if you pull on the leash it can cut your ankle. Therefore I always recommend a wide, well padded foot cuff. Some suspenders have a small pocket for your keys.
Where is the leash release on the surf leash?
What is it important for?
The leash release is a small loop on the cuff of the surfleash to be able to open it in case of an emergency, if the surfleash gets caught somewhere and you can't get to the sea surface without separating from the surfleash.
How often should I renew a surfleash?
You should check a surfleash before every surfing session for damage such as cuts in the cord. If the swivel no longer turns or the Velcro fastener no longer closes properly, it is time to replace a surfleash. A regular exchange of the surfleash is very important because it is a crucial safety aspect and it is your safety that is at stake.
Ankle leash or a knee leash?
An ankleleash is attached to the ankle and is the most sold leash on the surf market. It is attached to your back food. A knee leash is used in SUP surfing and longboarding to help you walk around better on the surfboard and increase your freedom of movement. Cross Steps and Noserides like a Hang Ten or Hang 5 are easy to do without stepping on the surfleash.
Environmentally friendly Eco Leashes versus normal surfleashes?
The environmentally friendly Eco Surfleashes are made from recycled PET bottles and are just as high quality as normal surfleashes.
What brands of Eco Leashes do we offer?
Environmentally friendly surfleashes are sold by Surfganic and Revolwe, other high quality surfleashes are offered by Ocean & Earth, Koalition, Ariinui, Madness, Tiki, Northcore and Roam.
Which surfleash is perfect for river surfing?
Surfleashes with 5 mm diameter / 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 even a floating wave.
Which surfleash is perfect for longboarding?
The most important thing for a surf leash for longboarding is the length. This should be 9 or 10 feet, depending on the length of the surfboard. An ankle leash can interfere with longboard manoeuvres such as Hang Five, Hang Ten, the so-called noserides during the cross steps. That's why there are extra surf leashes for longboarding, which are attached under the knee, so called knee leashes.
Which surf leash is perfect for shortboarding?
For small and weak waves, a competition leash with 5 mm diameter cord is ideal. If you surf more than 2 meters, you should choose a standard surf leash with 7 mm cord diameter. The surfleash should always be about the same length as your surfboard, or slightly longer.