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Ho Stevie’s surfboard leash keeps your surfboard safely and comfortably attached to your ankle.

When the waves are pumping, the last thing you want is your leash to break, leaving you swimming to shore, and possibly smashing your board on the rocks.

You want comfort, durability, and utility in a surf leash.

Our maximum strength leashes are 7mm (1/4”) thick, and extremely lightweight.

1.5” ankle cuff offers high density neoprene comfort and stays secure on your ankle.

Triple wrap rail saver prevents the leash from damaging the tail of your surfboard.

Double stainless steel swivels keep the leash from winding up into a tangled mess.

It’s a comfortable, worry-free leash!

And there’s even a pocket in the ankle cuff if you want to safely store your key while surfing.

(String loop for your surfboard plug is included)

How To Attach Surfboard Leash String

If you don't have a string loop already attached to your board, you will need to attach the one included with your leash.

Push the string loop through the leash plug in the tail of your surfboard. You can use a fin key if you can't get it through with your fingers.

Attaching Surfboard Leash String Loop

Once the string loop is pushed through, pull it tight and see how far it reaches. If it reaches past the rail of your surfboard, you will need to shorten the length.

Leash string loop too long

Your leash string can "cut" through the rail of your surfboard during powerful hold-downs. Re-tie the knot so that the string loop is shorter, allowing the leash's rail saver to do its job.

Perfect length string loop for surfboard leash

Attaching Your Surfboard Leash

Leash Features

  • Superior comfort and strength
  • Lightweight
  • Tangle free
  • Key storage in cuff

Choosing the Right Leash Length for Your Surfboard

Leashes are available in 5 foot, 6 foot, 7 foot, 8 foot, or 9 foot lengths.

We recommend choosing a leash length similar to the length of your surfboard. For example, if you ride a 5'11" shortboard, you should probably use a 6' leash.

Using too short of a leash could cause your board to hit you when you fall off (like a 6' leash on a 9' surfboard).

And using too long of a leash can cause tangles, extra drag in the water, and makes it a little more awkward to pull your board back to you after you've fallen off (like a 9' leash on a 6' surfboard).

Choose from Black, White, Blue, Orange, or Green colors.

Surfboard Leash Thickness

The standard surfboard leash is 7mm (about 1/4') thick.

All of our surf leashes are 7mm thick, as this provides the perfect balance of low-weight and high-strength.

There are some very thin leashes, often called "comp" or "competition" leashes, which are only 5.5mm thick. This makes them lighter, with less drag in the water, but they break much easier.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, are the big wave leashes. These leashes are typically 8mm (5/16") thick, which makes them super strong, but adds weight and drag.

Our 7mm thick leashes are the perfect blend of strength and low weight/drag.

You can see from the reviews that our leashes are durable, because we have one of the highest-rated surfboard leashes on Amazon.

Components of a Surfboard Leash

Parts of a Surfboard Leash


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).

Key pocket in cuff of surfboard leash


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.

Rail Saver

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?

Ankle Cuff 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

Don't wrap 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!

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