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wimpy

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what kind of leash do i want?
« on: March 13, 2011, 09:46:38 PM »
I just bought my first SUP, a Nalu 11'6' wood for mostly flatwater, some downwind, on a large lake. what kind of leash do i want......coiled or straight?......calf or ankle?

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Re: what kind of leash do i want?
« Reply #1 on: March 13, 2011, 09:54:03 PM »
If you're never, ever going in the surf or anywhere you're likely to experience a major pull (like a high wind downwinder), then a short coiled calf leash is great. I like a light coiled boogie board leash connected to a calf cuff with a 3' piece of windsurfing downhaul rope on the other end to hook it to the leash plug. If the rope gets into the water it doesn't drag and the light coiled leash stays high on my leg.

Just don't take that rig anywhere critical.
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Re: what kind of leash do i want?
« Reply #2 on: March 13, 2011, 09:55:16 PM »
You need on of these in 5/16" by 10 or 12 feet.
Length depends on what and where you paddle.

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Re: what kind of leash do i want?
« Reply #3 on: March 13, 2011, 10:22:25 PM »
Coiled for flatwater so it doesn't drag in the water.
Straight, big wave leash for surfing.
Ankle or calf is personal preference

Absolutely wear a leash.  (I'm sure someone will chime in on why you don't need a leash).   I rescued someone's board on a lake that was blowing away from him faster than he could swim with the paddle.  

One of the things with the HPWA is advocating for is wearing a leash at all times.  Local SUP rental shops where I live send first time tourists out with a lifejacket strapped to the deck, but no leash.  Dumb.  Lake wind can come up quickly, and everyone takes the occasional unintended swim.

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Re: what kind of leash do i want?
« Reply #4 on: March 14, 2011, 01:14:51 PM »
Balin half coiled leash is what I have
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Re: what kind of leash do i want?
« Reply #5 on: March 14, 2011, 02:15:33 PM »
Just don't take that rig anywhere critical.

Why is it not good to have a coiled leash in the surf?
I have no clue as to why

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Re: what kind of leash do i want?
« Reply #6 on: March 14, 2011, 05:36:20 PM »
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Re: what kind of leash do i want?
« Reply #7 on: March 14, 2011, 06:58:47 PM »
Thanks to those who replied.
I'm gonna go with a 10ft half coil calf.

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Re: what kind of leash do i want?
« Reply #8 on: March 14, 2011, 07:46:51 PM »
I would have never thought there was enough energy stored in a coil leash to make it a problem with the weight of the board and rider.

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Re: what kind of leash do i want?
« Reply #9 on: March 14, 2011, 09:12:30 PM »
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Re: what kind of leash do i want?
« Reply #10 on: March 14, 2011, 09:27:37 PM »
I might add that a coil leash for surfing collects kelp like nothing I've ever seen.

And yes if that coil gets stretched out enough the board comes back at you like it was shot out of a cannon.

Not the thing you want to see coming at your coconut at warp speed when you first pop your head out of the water.

But in flat water they work great and ALWAYS WEAR A LEASH.

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Re: what kind of leash do i want?
« Reply #11 on: March 14, 2011, 11:46:08 PM »
Why is it not good to have a coiled leash in the surf?
I have no clue as to why

Here is one of reasons:


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Re: what kind of leash do i want?
« Reply #12 on: March 15, 2011, 12:40:20 AM »
Just don't take that rig anywhere critical.

Why is it not good to have a coiled leash in the surf?
I have no clue as to why

Well, first of all I was recommending a really light boogie board leash if all he's doing is lake SUP. It's just not very strong. But yeah, coiled leashes store a lot of energy when you stretch them to their limit. It's not the loose, springy aspect of the coils, it's the last bit of stretch where the coils are untwisting. I did a little video about it long ago. It's an eye-opener. Straight leash just kind of flops to the floor, coiled leash hit my garage door like a slingshot and the brass swivel knocked a divot out of the wood.
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Re: what kind of leash do i want?
« Reply #13 on: March 15, 2011, 10:39:59 AM »
I just bought my first SUP, a Nalu 11'6' wood for mostly flatwater, some downwind, on a large lake. what kind of leash do i want......coiled or straight?......calf or ankle?


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Re: what kind of leash do i want?
« Reply #14 on: March 16, 2011, 08:23:04 AM »
I vote with southwesterly DaKine Kai Nui 12Ft leach with pin release cup. I'm surprised that I have used the release over the years....It is the ONLY leash I've (or any of my customers to my knowledge) never broken

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