The cuff is the part that attached to your ankle (or calf). Our leashes use 1.5" of very comfortable neoprene, and grippy velcro. If you need a place to store your car/house key while surfing, there is a key pocket in the cuff. And there is a handy loop that helps you quickly remove your leash if you're in a sketchy situation (if your leash gets caught on the reef and you need to swim free or something).
Our super strong 7mm polyurethane leash cord keeps you safely tethered to your surfboard, while minimizing weight and drag in the water.
Our leashes feature two stainless steel swivels, one at the cuff and one at the rail saver. These swivels do an amazing job of preventing your leash from tangling, even when getting thrown around during a wipeout.
As shown above, the rail saver connects the leash to your surfboard, and protects the tail of your board. This piece is very important, because there is a lot of pressure on your leash during a wipeout, and you want to protect your surfboard's rails from all that pressure.
Ankle Leash or Calf Leash?
Some longboarders and SUP'ers prefer to use leashes that wrap around their calf, just below the knee, because they feel it is easier to reach.
And longboarders with the fancy feet want to keep the leash out of the way as much as possible (this is why a lot of longboarders surf leashless).
But most leashes (like ours) attach to your ankle. This provides the most comfort and ease of use.
Caring For Your Surfboard Leash
Many beginner surfers will wrap their leash around their fins at the tail of their board after surfing. You should avoid doing this, as it can kinks/bends to permanently set in on your leash.
Rather, just hold the end of the leash in your hand that is carrying your surfboard, and make sure all the slack is picked up off the ground.
This keeps your leash out of the way while walking, without kinking it.
Then just loosely set it into your sock or bag with your surfboard.
Also check your leash for any random cuts that could cause it to snap when you least want it to.
History of Surf Leashes
Can you imagine a time before leashes? Surfboards must have been flying everywhere! Into rocks, into other surfers, forcing the owner to swim back to shore and assess the damage.
Thankfully in 1971 the surfboard leash (also known as "leg rope") was invented, apparently by Pat O'Neill (son of Jack O'Neill, the wetsuit guy).
So now you have no excuse... don't surf leashless!