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SUP Standards. Leash in use, when to wear leash paddleboarding?


SUP Standards. Leashes in use.
SUP Standards. Long leash in use for SUP Surfing.

Leash Types

There are different types of leashes for different SUP Activity Locations.

1) Coiled Leash - enclosed flat water locations and exposed waters without breaking waves

2) Long Leash - SUP surfing locations

The leash should have two swivels at both ends, so they do not get twisted / tangled.

Leash Connection

The leash is connected to the leash plug on the board.

Then there are different ways to attach the leash to you.

1) Ankle Leash - the ankle strap ties to your ankle or your knee

2) Waist leash belt - the belt is tied around your waist. The leash attaches to the back of the belt.

Quick Release

This means you can release the leash quickly.

1) Ankle leashes have the quick release tag on the ankle strap

2) Waist leash belts have a toggle on the belt

If you are using a waist leash belt and a buoyancy aid, be careful that the buoyancy aid does not cover the toggle release.


Never go out in fast flowing water as leashes can become tangled around hazards such as boat moorings, and potentially hold you under water.

Paddle in minimal flow areas only.

A leash connects us to the board.

If we fall off the board, it stops us from becoming separately from our board.

We don’t have to worry about swimming a long distance to shore or getting hypothermia from immersion in cold water. With the board always within our reach, we can get back on the board and out of the water.

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