We don't see a lot of surfboard leashes during a kitesurf session because they also bring a certain risk. Unlike surfers, kitesurfers don't have the luxury to protect their head with their hands when you make a crash because they have to stay on the bar or else things even get worse. However, the surfboard leash is used when you're kiting on a reef because a kiteboard on the rocks isn't fun either. We recommend a leash only to the advanced kiter who knows exactly what they are doing. Want to know more about surfboard leashes?
Buy a surfboard leash
There are a number of things you have to pay attention to when you buy a surfboard leash for your kiteboard. First of all, the length is important! For almost all kite surfboards we recommend a 6 foot (182 centimeters). Normally the ratio of your leash has the same length as the surfboard itself. Almost all kite surfboards are smaller than 6 feet and the shortest leash is also 6 feet, which is why we recommend them.
The thickness of the leash is also important, the thicker the leash the stronger it is, but it also increases the 'drag' behind your board. So if you want to minimize the drag we would recommend a 5mm or 6mm thick leash, these leashes are often the "competition" leashes. If you're looking for an almost unbreakable leash, we recommend a thicker leash, at least 7mm. Most leashes have a swivel which prevents the leash from getting twisted when the board is turning. The luxurious leashes are often equipped with two swivels, one on each side so any possible twist immediately gets untangled. We recommend this so that the leash is never turned so you have optimal performance.
Every leash comes with a leash string, this is a string which you can attach to the leash plug on the surfboard. Make sure the leash string is as short as possible when you fasten the leash so that the first piece of the leash falls over the rail of your board. This is the so-called "rail guard" and prevents the board from getting damaged by using the leash. The part of the leash that surrounds your ankle is called the "leash cuff", which is provided with Velcro fastening straps to fit is snug around the ankle so you won't lose your kiteboard when you fall off your board. We would like to draw your attention to the fact that the use of a leash can bring some dangers and that this leash should only be used if you are 100% sure what you are doing. But even if you do it still remains a risk!