SUP leashes

SUP leashes

BUYING A SUP LEASH

WAVE SUP LEASHES

You need a SUP leash especially in the waves. When you lose your wave SUP the waves are really going to work against you. In comparison to a surfboard, a SUP is heavier and larger, so that in a wipeout there is a lot more pressure on the leash. For SUP you therefore need a leash made of thicker poly-urethane.

During a wipeout you'll get a good jerk on your ankle from the wave pressure via your SUP. A longer SUP leash will dampen the pressure much better than a short SUP leash.

Generally you would set the length of your leash to the same length as your SUP, though a shorter leash can be considered because of the advantage of being able to grab your SUP quicker after a wipeout. The more experienced surfers prefer to go for a shorter leash and by doing so take more of a risk of getting hit by the SUP.

Tip: Keep your arm directly in front of your face during a fall from your SUP.

FLATWATER SUP LEASHES

Using a leash is always sensible, also when using a flat water SUP. For an allround SUP use a 10.0" leash. For a race SUP you can use a longer one.

COILED OR UNCOILED LEASH

Theoretically, an SUP leash that drags through the water slows you down or at least doesn't promote your speed. A coiled leash has this problem much less than a normal SUP leash.

WHERE TO WEAR YOUR SUP LEASH

You have the choice to wear it on your knee or your ankle. Mostly SUP’ers wear them on their ankle despite the disadvantages. The pressure of a wave can be great and the jerk on your ankle can be so strong that the SUP leash gets pulled off over your foot.

Wearing the leash just under the knee is a great alternative. When surfing wear it on your back leg so that it stays out of your way during wave riding.

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