Use a leash length that's approximately equal to or slightly longer than your board length. If you're at the 6” mark, I'd round up. If you have a 6'6” board, I'd recommend a 7' leash. A 7'8” board would use an 8' leash.
Over and above, how long should my surfboard leg rope be?
The general rule of thumb is your legrope should be the same length or slightly longer than the length of your board, This means the same legrope should not be used for your shortboard, as your longboard. Additional Note: If your board is between two sizes of legrope, we strongly recommend going to the size up.
For that reason, do you need a leash to surf? So to answer the question, yes, you do need a surfboard leash, especially when you are first starting out. A surfboard leash will protect other surfers, stop your board being smashed on rocks, and save you miles of swimming after your surfboard.
Lastly, which foot does a surfboard leash go on?
The surfboard leash is worn around the ankle of a surfers back foot or leg closest to the tail of the surfboard. While the leash has always been one of the most uncomfortable parts of surfing, it is a must for beginner and most intermediate surfers.
What size leash should I get for my surfboard?
A general rule when choosing your surfboard leash is that it should be the same length (or slightly longer if your board is in-between sizes) as the board its being used on. For example, if your surfboard is 6'0, use a 6'0 leash.
BESTSELLER NO. 1 in 2023
Abahub Premium Surfboard Leash, Straight Surf Board Leg Rope, Surfing Legrope Strap for Shortboard, Boogie Boards Replacement 6 Foot Black 5.5 mm Thick
Full Range: Size options: 6ft, 7ft, 8ft, 9ft, and 10ft; 10 Color options: Black, Blue, Green, Clear Red, Clear Blue, Orange, Purple. It's recommended to choose a leash equal in length to or slightly longer than the board it will be used on.
Strong & Safe: This leash is made of super strong 5.5 mm thick polyurethane cord, with molded-in double Stainless Steel swivels. The double wrap-around velcro cuff is to add extra strength and security to your connection.
Comfortable & Easy: High-density neoprene padded 2" Ankle Cuff has an easy pull tab with a hidden key pocket.
Durable & Convenient: The double swivels are made of durable stainless steel to better resist the sea water corrosion. They also allows the leash to spin and twist freely, preventing tangles that can trip up your feet.
Protection: The triple wrap rail saver is designed carefully to offer protection of your board with less drag on the water's surface.
BESTSELLER NO. 2 in 2023
WOOWAVE Surfboard Leash Premium Surf Leash SUP Leg Rope Straight 6/7/8/9 feet for All Types of Surfboards (Yellow White Core, 8ft & 7mm)
☞【VERY STRONG AND SAFE】This surf leash is made of super strong 7mm urethane cord to handle the longest and heaviest of board, with precision molded-in double stainless steel swivels to prevent tangling, plus a triple wrap rail saver for board protection. Designed in California, tested and thrashed by WOOWAVE to withstand rigorous use.
☞【COMFORTABLE AND ADJUSTABLE】The super comfortable high density neoprene padded 2.5" ankle cuff is against your skin for an irritation-free fit for long days in the water, adjustable strap for perfect fit with strong velcro, make sure cuff won't slide around on your ankle, prevent blistering and chafing, an easy pull tab and a hidden key pocket included in it.
☞【DURABLE STRUCTURE】Connection hardware made of durable marine-grade stainless steel, which can be able to resist the sea water corrosion for a very long time.
☞【Apply to Most Types of Surfboards】Available in 6/7/8/9 feet surfing leash, suitable for your longboards or short boards. Easy to attach the surfboard leash to your board, strong and flexible for surfing.
☞【LIFETIME QUALITY WARRANTY】Your purchase includes a hassle-free Money Back Guarantee and a free replacement exchange life time. If the straight surfing board leash gets damaged, just feel free to contact our customer service team with a photo, we are willing to replace it FOR FREE.
BESTSELLER NO. 3 in 2023
Santa Barbara Surfing SBS - 8ft Soft Top Leash - 8' Replacement Leash for Wavestorm and Other SoftTop Surfboards
EXACT REPLACEMENT: We made sure our soft top replacement leash is just like the original leash on your Wavestorm surfboard.
PERFECT LENGTH: The SBS 8ft soft top leash is the same length has most softops such as wave storm and BIC, which is the length you want.
EASY INSTALLATION: Just loop it through the existing leash tie and you are good to go.
EASY ON THE BUDGET: We put in the things you need on this leash but left out the bells and whistles, so it's easy on the family budget.
GUARANTEED FOR LIFE: Founded in 1999, Santa Barbara Surfing is a brand you can count on. We stand behind each item we sell and take pride in our over the top customer support. Something goes wrong? Get a replacement!
BESTSELLER NO. 4 in 2023
ANNTU Surfboard Leash, 7 Feet SUP Surf Leash Straight Surfboard Foot Rope with Ankle Cuff, Surfboard SUP Leg Rope with 2 Stainless Steel Swivels for Short Board Long Board and Stand up Paddle Board
PREMIUM MATERIAL FOR RELIABLE PERFORMANCE – Made of high-quality TPU cord, this 7-feet-long competition surfboard leash is durable, tear-resistant and strong enough to withstand big waves and wipeouts while adding almost 0 drag when in the water. The 7 feet length is perfectly suitable for almost all SUP, competition board and even longboard.
DOUBLE 360-DEGREE SWIVEL CONNECTION – There are two 360° swivel joints that are made of sturdy stainless steel on the ankle cuff and on the rail saver. The 360° swivel function allow the surfboard leash to turn without affecting the surfer for maximum freedom on the surfboard. Stainless steel also ensures excellent rust and corrosion resistance and prolongs the service life.
COMFORTABLE & CONVENIENT ANKLE CUFF – Most surfer agree that the ankle is the most comfortable spot to attach a surf leash. The ankle cuff of our competition surf leash is made of durable yet soft fabric and padded for gentle and friction-free coverage. The ankle cuff also allows you to pull back to your board when you crash easily and quickly.
THOUGHTFUL DESIGN & DETAILS – This paddleboard leash is equipped with a rail saver made of durable nylon fabric and durable Velcro. The rail saver is of moderate width that can better protect your board edge when during wipeout yet adds no extra drag. There’s a small pocket designed on the ankle cuff for small objects such as car keys, coins and more.
WHAT YOU GET – You will receive a premium-quality 7-feet longboard leash with double swivel joints and ankle cuff. At ANNTU, we believe that to provide our customers with the best-quality products and service is the essence of our work. So, if you have any question about the product, please don’t hesitate to turn to us, we are always ready to help!
BESTSELLER NO. 5 in 2023
Ho Stevie! Premium Surf Leash [1 Year Warranty] Maximum Strength, Lightweight, Kink-Free, Types of Surfboards. 7mm Thick (1/4") (Black, 9 Feet)
💪 MAXIMUM STRENGTH surfboard leash won't snap and leave you stranded! Designed and tested in California... we surf every day, and we designed our leashes to withstand rigorous use. 100% Money-Back Guarantee, and 1 Year Warranty.
🏄♂️ Available in 6 feet, 7 feet, 8 feet, or 9 feet sizes. We recommend choosing a leash length similar to the length of your surfboard. PERFECT FOR ANY SIZE BOARD - shortboards, longboards, funboards, fishes, or SUPs. Solid black color matches any color scheme, and never gets "dirty".
🔑 SUPER COMFORTABLE High Density Neoprene padded 1.5" ankle cuff won't slide around on your ankle. Store your key in the SECURE KEY POCKET in the cuff.
🌊 STAINLESS STEEL double-swivel system prevents your leash from tangling and wrapping around your legs.
Grab yourself a specialist BPS Surf or SUP leash at an awesome price – get to select from 5 to 10 foot and colors of Black, Dark Blue, Red and Yellow. It has super comfortable embroidered collar and old school key pocket.
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Trialled, tested and thrashed by BPS to make sure it's got what it takes and is built to last with Max-strength double stainless swivels; choose between 7.2mm or (NEW!!) 8mm urethane cord; triple wrap rail saver and precision molded fittings. You will also be emailed an installation E-Guide with easy to follow pictures written by us showing you how to properly install your leash quick smart.
Buy with complete confidence – as all products from Surf and Snow Warehouse are stored and shipped (quickly and reliably) to you by Amazon in the US. All BPS products are 100% guaranteed - If it doesn't deliver what it is supposed to at anytime within 12 MONTHS of purchase, it will be replaced or you'll be refunded - your choice
Thank you for looking at a product from our store, Surf and Snow Warehouse. We are a small family business that ONLY sells what we know and love -- water sports gear. We know our products, use our products, and stand behind them 100%. We are known for the great product support, advice and after-sales service we provide -- so if you have ANY questions about any of our products, please just ask.
BESTSELLER NO. 7 in 2023
FCS All Around Surfboard Leash - Black - 7'
Cord Thickness: 5.5mm.
Designed in collaboration with the world's leading surf athletes and surfboard shapers, the FCS range offers a diverse range of surfboard accesories suited to a variety of board models, wave conditions and surfing styles. FCS fins are the preferred choice by the world’s best surfers and shapers.
BESTSELLER NO. 8 in 2023
Santa Barbara Surfing SBS 9ft Surf Leash for Longboard & Paddleboard
SURF or SUP: 9ft Straight Leash is versatile for surfing your longboard, and can be used as a lightweight leash for paddling your SUP.
BUILT TO LAST: Features super strong yet lightweight cord, friction free swivels, super plush and comfy ankle strap, and premium velcro.
STACKED WITH FEATURES: Never get tangled with our super silky molded-in stainless steel swivels, Easy pull tab at ankle cuff, Double tab at leash loop, Included leash loop, key pocket.
ULTRA PLUSH ANKLE CUFF: We stitch extra padding in our double velcro ankle cuff which make it super comfy. The extra material helps distribute the load meaning more painful leash pulls.
ONE YEAR GUARANTEE: You break it, we send you a new one and put you on our wall of fame.
BESTSELLER NO. 9 in 2023
SBS - Leash String Cord for Surfboard, Longboard and SUP - 4 Pack (Black)
WE LISTENED: Starting May 2015 Our Strings Are Now 25% Thicker, 4mm (.160")
UNIVERSAL FIT: Works on shortboards, longboards, stand up paddleboards (SUP) and inflatable paddle boards (iSUP)
SUPER STRONG: 550lb load rating, pre-cut to right length and easy to tie.
MADE IN THE USA: FREE STICKER INCLUDED
PROTECTS YOUR BOARD: Used properly, will keep your leg rope from dinging your board. The leash attachment strap will allow your railsaver to rest on the rail, not your leash cord. Must have for your surf board or paddle board.
BESTSELLER NO. 10 in 2023
Halo Luxury Premium Longboard Ankle Leash 9ft/8mm Straight Surfboard Leg Rope Surf Leash with Waterproof Phone Case
Durable Surf Leash with 8mm cord, perfect for wave riding, keeping you safely attached to your board
High quality polyurethane cord.
Double stainless steel swivels with molded ends; Triple wrap rail saver; Soft neoprene padded ankle wrap keeps you comfortable and snug; with a hidden key pocket in cuff
COMING WITH a floating waterproof wallet/phone pouch with an adjustable lanyard, fits for phone size under 5.5"
It was introduced in 1971 by Pat O'Neill, son of Jack O'Neill. O'Neill used a surgical cord attached with a suction cup as an early iteration of the leash. ... Unless you want to repair your surfboard every time you fell, a leash made a lot of sense. Shortly after the introduction of the leash, it started to catch on.
Absolutely!! It may be your only way to make it back to the surface. It's called “Tombstoning” and it's where the surfer gets held down for a long time and all anyone on the surface can see is the board bobbing straight up and down. Many a big wave surfer has had to climb back up his leash and reach the surface.
In general, surfboard traction pads are beneficial on short boards (under 7 feet in length), or boards where the foot placement is important. When you are popping up, executing tricks or moving your feet, traction pads can help you quickly locate the ideal foot positioning.
Six feet is the most common length for dog leashes and is ideal for walking in neighborhoods or less trafficked areas. A 6ft leash allows your dog room to explore, without leaving so much slack that the leash drags on the ground or gets tangled around your dog's legs or your own.
Tips to Surfing without a Leash Use the Right Technique Paddling Out – As you're heading out to the waves you'll to keep your board with you as incoming white wash comes in. Make sure to turtle roll, duck dive, or jump over the waves. Make sure you have a tight grip on your board to not lose it.
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.
The rail saver is the end that attaches to the leash cord, which in turn attaches to the leash plug on the surfboard. Leash Swivels. The cord connection between the cuff and the rail are sometimes on a swivel joint. A swivel helps keep the leash from getting tangled up around the surfer's feet.
In our experience, and from everything we've been able to gather from a leash-intensive internet search, comp leashes are merely a thinner, lighter version of the “normal” surf leash. ... For all intents and purposes, it is surfing's “high performance” leash.