Benefits of a SUP Coiled Leash
Paddling on Puget Sound near my home in Seattle, I often need to paddle through Kelp Beds which appear in summer and are a great source of marine life. These beds are bull kelp which are anchored to the bottom and float to the surface, similar to lily pads or lake milfoil. On the surface fins and rudders as well as leashes can get caught in the kelp slowing or stopping travel.
Straight leashes will drag behind your board and get caught not only in kelp but also by logs, rocks and other obstructions. When a leash gets caught – you fly forward!
Get a coiled leash to the length of your board which will stay on your deck.
Where to attach the leash?
- Ankle or Calf – For no current areas. Add to your dominant leg (one you fall back on). Attach tightly so it doesn’t ride up on your leg.
- Waist Leash – For river and tidal current to avoid entanglement with things underwater which will hold you underwater. Attach to PFD waist strap or vest side straps. We use the waist leash for all paddling now as it allows you to walk the board without stepping on the leash.
Pro Tip: Get a brightly colored leash so you can find it at home or in your car. Also store one in your car so you have it on forgetful days.
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About Rob Casey – Named a pioneer in the SUP industry by Stand Up Journal, Rob is the author of “Stand Up Paddling Flat Water to Surf and Rivers” and “Kayaking Puget Sound and the San Juans, 60 Trips.” Rob owns SUP and Kayak school Salmon Bay Paddle in Seattle. He also runs several paddling races.