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Which is the best leash for you?




We all know that water safety is vital when part taking in any water sport.

As we covered in a past Blog there are various elements to enjoying a safe Paddle. One of those elements is of course your leash!

Wearing a leash while stand up paddle boarding should be second nature, like wearing a seat-belt in our cars.

But, do you know about the different types of leashes, and understand when and where they should be used?




With so many leash options on the market from waist to coiled options, it can be very confusing for newcomers to paddleboarding. So let's try and simplify the options based on your personal needs.


Straight Leash

This type of leash is ideal in surf because it has less spring back than a coiled leash and therefore less chance of your board coming back and hitting you in the face!

The leash trails in the water leaving your deck clear to move your feet around the board.

Ideally, a surf SUP leash should be at least the length of your board (10 foot). A straight leash is the most universal leash as can be used in not only surf but also flat water.

The main negative with this type of leash on lakes or canals is that they will trail in the water and catch on weed and debris and next thing you know you will have half the canal or lake dragging behind you slowing you down.


Coiled Leash

These are the most commonly bought leash and used on flat water/canal/lakes for all-round SUP and touring.


This leash type sits comfortably on the deck out of the water. There is less drag and also reduces the risk of getting caught on seaweed and debris. Not suitable for use in the surf due to their spring back potential.


If you do use a coiled leash in the surf (not recommended) you can guarantee it won’t be coiled for much longer!!



Quick-Release/Waist Leash

The quick-release/waist leash is a really versatile option for paddle-boarders.

Many paddlers use them for day to day as they sit very comfortable around the waist. They can also be used on moving/flowing water including, rivers, tidal rivers and estuaries.

These are advised for use where there is a risk of snagging or entrapment

When fitted and used correctly it releases you from your board and leash attachments freeing you from any dangerous entanglement.

When wearing a buoyancy aid we highly recommend wearing the quick release belt system on top of your buoyancy aid.


Summary

Its goes without saying that a leash is an essential piece of kit. Hopefully, this blog will confirm that you are already using the correct leash but if you still have questions please feel free to contact us.


As with all kit, we recommend you inspect any leash that you use regularly and replace when showing signs of age or weakness. With those sea paddlers, beware salt water is extremely corrosive so make sure to wash all kit with fresh water after use to extend their life span!


If you have any more questions please reach out and call on 086 1022203 or email info@paddleboardsireland.ie



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