How to attach a surfboard leash: 5 Easy Steps

surfboard leash with white surfboard

What most surfers don’t know is that when they are surfing, the surfboard leash has a huge impact on how much control they have in the water.

If you can’t attach your leash to your board correctly, then it will be very difficult for you to make turns and ride waves.

To learn about how to attach a leash to a surfboard, keep reading below!

Here are the steps you need to take to attach your leash to your surfboard:

blue surfboard with blue and black surfboard leash

Things you will need:

  • Surfboard
  • Surfboard Leash
  • Cord (it comes along the leash, you can contact a local surf shop to buy it separately)
  • Fishing line

1. Board and Leash should be clean & dry

green surfboard with black coiled surfboard leash

Make sure that your board and leash are both completely dry before you start. If either of them are wet, the knot will be more difficult to tie and it may come undone while you’re in the water.

2. Separate the leash string

black surfboard leash

Next separate the cord from the leash. Insert it into the spot on the board where you want to attach it. Make sure that there is already a knot in the cord.

If not, tie a knot there now. Then, tie the two ends of the cord together. This will be your point for the sewn loop connection.

3. Tighten the cord

surfboard leash knot

Pull the loop tightly and make sure that the knot is secure. You don’t want it left undone while you’re surfing. If you aren’t using a sewn loop leash, then thread the other end of the cord yourself.

4. Keep it short

surfboard leash attached to ankle

The length of the cord should not be very long and must not go beyond the edge of your surfboard. To make sure cord reaches the end of the board, you can shorten it by pushing the knot down. The other way to do is it to pull free both ends of the string.

5. Properly attach the Leash

how to tie a surfboard leash to a surfboard

Next open the strap of the leash and pass it through the cord. Tighten the Velcro strap and make sure the leash goes parallel to the edges of the board. This will keep the leash from moving around on your board.

How to add a spot for leash Plug

stack of surfboards with leashes on the bottom

Find the spot on the rail of your board where you want to attach the leash. This spot should be a few inches in front of the fin and about halfway down the rail.

You’ll also want to make sure that the leash is as tight as possible against the board rail this will help keep it from getting caught in the water.

There are a few different ways to attach the leash to your board. The most popular method is by using a Leash Plug.

This is a small piece of plastic that you can screw into the rail of your board.

Make sure that the plug is tight against the leash’s rail saver and that the leash loop is placed correctly before screwing it in.

Once you’ve found the spot on the rail where you want to place the leash plug, apply pressure to the cord with one hand and use a screwdriver or drill with the other hand to make a hole in the rail of your board.

The hole should be about 1/4 inch in diameter. Usually these holes are already made on the board, but if there isn’t one, you can do it yourself.

You’ll also want to make sure that the leash plug is completely sealed. A simple way of doing this would be to use some epoxy or marine sealant around it before you put the plug in place.

This will prevent any water from getting into your board’s rail and potentially damaging anything inside.

Another way to attach the sewn loop type leash string is by using a Surfboard Leash Clip. This is a small metal clip that you can use to fasten the leash to your board.

You’ll want to make sure that the clip is attached as close to the fin as possible.

Make sure that you never attach the Velcro leash to the top of the board. This will cause a lot of drag and it may also dislodge your fin from its proper position, which can lead to you losing control of the board.

Closing thoughts

Now, it’s time to test it out. Get in the water and start paddling!

Make sure that your leash is always tight when you’re surfing. This will help you avoid losing your board in the waves.

And that’s it! You now know how to attach a leash to your surfboard.

Follow these steps and you’ll be able to stay safe and have more control in the water.

Have fun surfing!

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