Dakine Coiled leash 10′ SUP
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Dakine Coiled Leash
Features of Dakine Coiled leash.
Quality you can trust, rest assured the worlds finest materials are used in this product.
- Open water SUP leash
- Maximum strength coiled Urethane cord
- over molded leash ends
- attention to detail
- SUP specific, straight-coil-straight coiling method keeps coiled leashes on the board and out of the water
Trusted by surfing best, Dakine has been making worls class Surf accessories since 1979.
The SUP leash is a crucial part of your stand up paddle boarding set up. When purchasing your SUP leash, there are a few things to consider. You’ll want to think about the style of SUP paddling you’ll be doing, where you will be paddling and a few personal preferences to remember – for comfort or safety.
Read why using a SUP leash is so important here.
So to the options you have. Attachment points are usually either around your ankle or around your calf (just below the knee). You can get either attachment point in a coiled or straight leash version.
So, why would you choose calf over ankle, straight over coiled and vice versa…?
The calf attachment point is favoured by surfers who like to walk the board as they ride the wave. It keeps the leash away from their feet and avoids tangling. It has carried over into other SUP areas as, for some, the calf is easier to reach than your ankle! Just kidding, no really. Around the calf can me more comfortable for some when you are just cruising around the flats. For racers, it helps keep the leash out of the water to minimise drag. Some find the calf attachment leash can be tough on their knee joint in bigger wipeouts or uncomfortable pulling on their calf muscle.
The release of a calf leash is easier as it is closer to hand.
The ankle attachment point is usually the preferred option of most wave paddlers. It seems to be the most comfortable when getting pulled by a wave and/or it is easier to pull the board back to you as you have more leg to kick back to tug the board back. It doesn’t pull against your knee funny or your calf muscle but it can give your ankle an almighty tweak when it really tugs. For flat water paddlers, it really is a matter of comfort and routine. When I paddle flats, the leash is always around my ankle.
However, the nature of it being down on your ankle, can make it hard to release if you need to.
Now, do you go straight or go wild and get the curly coiled leash?
Choosing between a straight or coiled leash usually involves the style of paddling you normally do. In the surf you want the board away from you. A straight leash at least as long as the board so that you are safe as you get pounded by waves. For racing, a coiled leash keeps it out of the water and minimises drag and keeps it close so you can quickly rejoin the race. A coiled leash is also great for general flat water paddling as it stops a lot of tangles around your feet and other items. A straight leash is more traditional and therefore many are more comfortable with a straight SUP leash.
As you can see in the photo above, I’ve got my straight, ankle attachment surf leash tucked into my shorts as I paddle the river. It doesn’t snag logs or weed and doesn’t slow me down!