It’s no secret that safety is a top priority in any water sport, and in surfing, one of the key safety measures is wearing a leash. A leash helps keep the surfer and their board together, preventing the board from getting lost and potentially causing harm to others. Before you hit the waves, you need to know how to install and tie a surfboard leash and leash string properly.
A leash string is a small cord that connects a surfboard to a leash. It’s usually made of parachute cord or para cord, or a similar material, and is an essential component of a surfboard leash. Without a leash string, the leash cannot be connected to the surfboard, leaving the board free to drift away, potentially causing harm to other surfers in the water.
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The process of creating a leash string and installing a leash on your surfboard will be explained in this article. We will provide step-by-step instructions with pictures to help make the process as clear and straightforward as possible.
Making A Leash String And Tying A Knot
To make a leash string, you will need to cut around 29-30 cm of para cord. Then, tie a knot at one end of the cord to prevent it from slipping through the leash plug.
To tie the knot, follow these steps:
Fold the cord in half so both ends are at the same level and both sides are of equal length.
Take both ends and make a loop.
Tuck both ends into the loop.
Pull on both ends and tighten the knot.
Lightly burn both ends of the knot to melt the fibers and prevent strands from coming loose.
You now have a complete leash string ready to be attached to your surfboard.
Attaching the Leash String to the Leash and Surfboard
Now that you have your leash string, the next step is to fasten it to your surfboard and leash. Although there are several methods to accomplish this task, we will demonstrate the easiest and best way to do it.
Make two loops of equal length, ensuring that when your leash is pulling on your board, it will share the energy on both loops.
Unstrap your rail saver.
Pass it through both loops.
Use the Velcro to fold the rail saver and secure the leash.
Verify that the leash string doesn’t touch your surfboard rail, as it could badly slice through your surfboard. If it does, reduce the length of your leash string.
And there you have it! Your leash and leash string are now successfully and securely attached to your surfboard, and you’re ready to hit the waves with confidence.
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