Selecting the Right Surfboard Leash
By Robb Bailey
Although often overlooked, matching the right surfboard leash with the day’s conditions and environment can make or break your session.
The purpose of a surfboard leash is two-fold:
- To keep the board from getting washed into shore.
- To keep the board from possibly injuring someone else.
Most surfers stick to one type of board and leash setup for everyday use. For the most part, one type of leash will do just fine. But the leash you use to surf a California beach break in 2-3 foot conditions is not the same leash you would use to surf 8-10 foot island waves with a reef below.
Different surfing conditions, surf locations, and board sizes will determine what leash to choose. Here are the general features that determine what type of leash to select: