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Re: Using a leash in the surf?

Postby silversurfer_no » Sat Sep 14, 2013 6:44 pm

I try to avoid using a leash to avoid getting hit by the board or having the board leash tangled through my kite lines.

The exception is on big days where the risk of having to drag to shore and try to recover your board in the shore break and on a rocky landing is higher than the other risks above.

So yes: In big waves where the board will be washed all the way to shore in one wave I use a board leash.

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Re: Using a leash in the surf?

Postby ced1 » Sun Sep 15, 2013 4:53 pm

I normally don't use a leash, (still have scars from boards recoiling in the old days)
I have thought about it for strapless sessions, but then again in strapless sessions you are more likely to get hit by the board.
The argument of using the board as flotation in big waves sounds odd. If you are going out in large gnarly wave, rather use a flotation vest and be able to ditch everything, board and kite if things go wrong.


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Re: Using a leash in the surf?

Postby leepasty » Mon Sep 16, 2013 10:47 am

A leash is an essential part of waveriding. check out my technique blog which answers loads of questions on whether to leash or not to leash? ... leash.html

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