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Johna Pierce uses a 3/16″ comp leash all summer Photo: Jeff Pfost

Most people out in the water today wear a leash on their surfboard.  It makes sense too, for many reasons:  First off, if you lose your board, most times it won’t hit another dude or dudet in the water.  That’s a major plus.  Secondly, most people don’t want to be chasing their board into the beach every other wave, so a leash makes total sense.  Last, only a few skilled rippers in the water are good enough to trust themselves to surf without a leash, wherein, most of these guys and gals feel they surf better because they don’t have any drag of a leash at all.

That all being said, the thickness of your leash can and will create more drag through the water, but the question to you all is, what do you use during the summer months when the waves are smaller and why?

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7 Responses to “What’s the best leash thickness to use during the Summer? Read the comments and add your own to see…”

  1. Surf G

    Personally, I wish I had more confidence in my surfing because a friend of mine, who is really good, explained to me how much drag a leash creates. He showed me this by taking two leases to the beach, the two explained above, the 3/16 and the 1/4, and I surfed the same board, on like a smaller day, with both leashes and without a leash. Going without a leash, to me, was by far the fast way through the water.

  2. Tom

    Dude, this is a cool article because I’ve never even thought about this question. A long time ago I used to use the comp leashes because I lived in Southern California and didn’t surf much surf over head high. I went to Hawaii one summer and snapped that little thin leash on my first wave. Ever since, I’ve been using the 1/4″ thicker leashes just because I don’t want to have to keep paying for a new leash. but as my surfing has progressed, I’m really looking to get the best equipment to surf faster and more radical. I guess I’d say I should have two leashes, one for the big days and one for the small days. Maybe I’ll even try surfing without a leash at a high tide beach break with no one around to see if it helps me surf faster, and therefore better.

  3. Shawn

    ISurfing without a leash creates the least amount of drag, period! But it’s also kind of a drag to have to be swimming for your board all session when you fall. A friend of mine always asked me why I go leashless on small days when the waves are breaking close to shore, he always thought it was to show off a little. It was just the contrary, surfing is about one thing, speed, and I explained to him that on a small day, even the difference between a 1/4 in thicker leash and a 3/16 competition leash it would definetly effect his first step get up and go down the line, which would effect making that first section on a small day and potentially end his waves before they started. He wasn’t ready to surf without a leash, being an intermediate surfer. He also didn’t think he would notice the difference in leash thicknesses because he was intermediate. I explained to him that the path from intermediate to advanced was learning all th tricks to keep surfing fast on all of the different days of surf thrown at him, because speed enables performance. So…he gave it a try. He paddled out first on this small day with the 1/4 in thick leash, like always, he surfed a few waves, and then he came in and switched leashes to my 3/16 competition leash. To his surprise, he commented on ring able to really feel the difference in the amount of reduced drag surfing with a thinner leash, and surfed a little faster and better right off the bat! I told him to take the leash off and surf without it after that, but he just laughed. “One step at a time,” he told me, I’ll be a ripper soon enough.

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  5. Pam Miller

    Where is the best place to wear your leash; the ankle or slightly further up the shinbone?

    • Shawn

      I prefer the ankle, but maybe that’s just a matter of comfort. However, on a longboard, I prefer to wear a longboard calf leash. You wear it way up high on the calf and it helps for walking around on your board.



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