One of the most important things to know in surfing is how to safely attach your leash to your ankle to avoid accidents while surfing. As a surf coach, I always highlight the importance of safe surfing not only to my clients but for them to be wary of their surroundings and other surfers.
HERE ARE 5 TIPS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT ATTACHING YOUR LEASH TO YOUR ANKLE:
1. Make sure the velcro on your leash is still working properly. If you notice some parts of the velcro are not sticky anymore, replace them.
2. Make sure to never have the leash too loose or too tight around your ankle. It should fit you tight enough, but not feel uncomfortable. Having your leash too tight could cause damage to your ankles and putting them too loose defeats the purpose of the leash. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
3. Adjustments can occur while you're already in the water in colder wares. This is because, in cold water, your body contracts a little, this means that your leash could become slightly looser around your ankle than when you first attached it, on dry land. A small adjustment in the water might be necessary.⠀⠀⠀⠀
4. Know where you attach your leash. Attach the leash to your back foot. This is the foot you place at the back of the board. Surfing styles have been seen predominantly in regional surfing and in each unique style. So knowing where to attach your surf leash can make the difference in not only improving your surfing but in preventing accidents, to yourself and to other surfers. ⠀⠀
5. Keep good care of your leash! It's important to maintain the quality of your leash, it's not just any tool or safety measure. Don't drag it when entering or leaving the water, this can cause your leash to snag on a rock or a branch and to get damaged.