SUP Expedition Tip: Always Wear A Leash
World-renowned ultra distance SUP racer, explorer Starboard Team rider Bart de Zwart gives us this important safety-first SUP expedition tip: Always wear a leash!
So why wear a leash? The leash is the most essential piece of gear to have on before we get on the water for a stand up paddle boarding (SUP) paddle, whether it’s in the oceans, or on flat water lakes and dams.
1. Stay connected to your board
A leash keeps your body connect to the board at all times in any unexpected in any unexpected conditions.
2. Your board is a flotation raft
The board serves as a life raft in an emergency. The leash helps you to pull the board back to you and get back on easily.
3. Avoid injuring other surfers
Without a leash, you could easily lose control of your board in the surf – potentially harming others in the water like other surfers or bathers.
Leashes Save Lives! Always wear a leash!
Note: There are many types of leashes especially designed for each SUP discipline. For example, a lightweight bungee leash for recreational SUP, heavy duty surf leash, coil race leash and river leash with a waist harness. Learn more about the different leash types here.