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9 Best SUP Leashs in 2020

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Stand Up Paddlers get by with comparatively little equipment. When it comes to the equipment, many people naturally think of the SUP Board, the SUP Paddle, the appropriate clothing and life jacket, which children, untrained swimmers should always wear and adults should also put on better when sailing in rough waters. However, the SUP Leash is often forgotten.

The SUP Leash is an important part of the equipment and belongs to the basic equipment of every Stand Up Paddler. The leash is attached to the board with one end and the other end is attached to the paddler’s ankle or below the knee. If it goes into the water unplanned, the board cannot swim away. Wind, currents and waves can cause the board to build up considerable speed. Even experienced swimmers will then have difficulties in catching up with the board.

There are a few things to consider when choosing a suitable model. In our guide we will go into more detail on the individual aspects. However, you won’t go wrong with the holding lines from our best list. These have already proven themselves in practice or have convinced in SUP Leash tests.

Meanwhile there is a whole range of different SUP Leashes on the market. It is not easy to keep track of them. In the following we will therefore take a closer look at some of the best SUP Leashs. You won’t go wrong with these models.

The best SUP Leashs

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WOOWAVE SUP Leash 11 Foot Coiled Stand Up Paddle Board Surfboard Leash Stay on Board Ankle Strap with Waterproof Wallet/Phone Case (Clear Black Core) WOOWAVE SUP Leash 11 Foot Coiled
  • 【WOOWAVE SUP LEASH】A light weight 5.5mm strong coiled cord ( it can stretch out to 11 feet when required ), specifically designed for flat water SUPs. Just undo the leash string, tie it onto your board’s leash attachment point - then you are ready to go.
  • 【SAFE AND DURABLE】This SUP paddle leash is made of super strong urethane cord to handle the longest and heaviest of board, with precision molded-in double stainless steel swivels to prevent tangling, connection hardware made of durable marine-grade stainless steel, which can be able to resist the sea water corrosion for a very long time.
  • 【COMFORTABLE AND ADJUSTABLE】The super comfortable high density neoprene padded 2.5" ankle cuff is against your skin for an irritation-free fit for long days in the water, adjustable strap for perfect fit with strong velcro, make sure cuff won't slide around on your ankle, prevent blistering and chafing, an easy pull tab included on it.
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WOOWAVE Surfboard Leash Premium Surf Leash SUP Leg Rope Straight 6/7/8/9 feet for All Types of Surfboards with Waterproof Wallet/Phone Case (Clear Black Core, 6ft & 7mm) WOOWAVE Surfboard Leash Premium
  • 【VERY STRONG AND SAFE】This surf leash is made of super strong 7mm urethane cord to handle the longest and heaviest of board, with precision molded-in double stainless steel swivels to prevent tangling, plus a triple wrap rail saver for board protection. Designed in California, tested and thrashed by WOOWAVE to withstand rigorous use.
  • 【COMFORTABLE AND ADJUSTABLE】The super comfortable high density neoprene padded 2.5" ankle cuff is against your skin for an irritation-free fit for long days in the water, adjustable strap for perfect fit with strong velcro, make sure cuff won't slide around on your ankle, prevent blistering and chafing, an easy pull tab and a hidden key pocket included in it.
  • 【DURABLE STRUCTURE】Connection hardware made of durable marine-grade stainless steel, which can be able to resist the sea water corrosion for a very long time.
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BPS 'Storm' Premium Coiled SUP Paddle Board Leash with Waterproof Waist Bag - 10 Foot Surfboard Leash with Triple Rail Savers and Double Stainless Steel Swivels (Black) BPS 'Storm' Premium Coiled SUP
  • Grab the Iconic leash with AMAZING COMFORT – a super comfortable padded Neoprene cuff means you will forget you are even wearing it and we have added in a super handy hidden key pocket. PROVEN - with over 700 Five Star reviews. NO LEASH DRAG - The coiling of this leash eliminates leash drag totally (so no risk of snagging submerged objects) and keeps your leash up on the back of your board and out of the water.
  • INSTALLATION GUIDE - New to SUP? No problem. On top of an amazing leash you will be emailed an installation E-Guide with easy to follow pictures written by us (as experienced Paddle Boarders) showing you how to properly install your leash quick smart. We will also include information on how to email us through Amazon for any further questions you may have. (And we answer quickly!).
  • Included with the leash is BPS’ New Waterproof Waist Bag. This is extra spacious - it can fit a Samsung S8 Edge or iPhone 7 plus, your wallet, sun glasses and other must-haves. Your things are safe from water with its triple seal protection and it does float! You can also read text and email messages as the bag is Touch Screen-Friendly - you never have to miss anything. The belt can be easily adjusted to fit your waist and you can even wear it cross-body or across your shoulders.
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WOOWAVE SUP Leash Premium Stand Up Paddle Board Surfboard Leash Coiled 8/10 feet Stay on Board with Waterproof Wallet/Phone Case (Clear White Core, 10ft & 7mm) WOOWAVE SUP Leash Premium Stand Up
  • 【VERY STRONG AND SAFE】This SUP leash is made of super strong 7mm urethane cord to handle the longest and heaviest of board, with precision molded-in double stainless steel swivels to prevent tangling, plus a triple wrap rail saver for board protection. Designed in California, tested and thrashed by WOOWAVE to withstand rigorous use.
  • 【COMFORTABLE AND ADJUSTABLE】The super comfortable high density neoprene padded 2.5" ankle cuff is against your skin for an irritation-free fit for long days in the water, adjustable strap for perfect fit with strong velcro, make sure cuff won't slide around on your ankle, prevent blistering and chafing, an easy pull tab and a hidden key pocket included in it.
  • 【DURABLE STRUCTURE】Connection hardware made of durable marine-grade stainless steel, which can be able to resist the sea water corrosion for a very long time.
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Unigear Premium SUP Leash 10' Coiled Stand Up Paddle Board Surfboard Leash Stay on Board with Waterproof Phone Case/Wallet Unigear Premium SUP Leash 10'
  • MORE STRONG and SAFE: This leash is made of Super Strong 7mm urethane cord, Strong enough to handle the longest and heaviest boards, but since it is designed for flatwater paddling it is lightweight and flexible. New molded-in double Stainless Steel swivels, plus a triple wrap rail saver
  • MORE COMFORTABLE AND EASY to USE: Made of TPU elastic polyurethane with soft sponge, you will forget you are wearing it. The super comfortable double over Ankle Cuff has an easy pull tab with a hidden key pocket. It is easy to attach to your board and prevents rail wear or dings
  • MORE DURABLE: Connection hardware made of durable stainless steel, which can be able to resist the sea water corrosion for a very long time; you don't need to change the surf leash frequently
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redder Coiled SUP Leash Surf Paddle Board Leg Rope for Surfing & Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board with Double Stainless Steel Swivels and Triple Lock Rail Saver Blue redder Coiled SUP Leash Surf Paddle
  • Strong and Safe - 10 ft powerful SUP leash of 7 mm quality urethane cord with reliable Stainless Steel swivels and triple lock rail saver.
  • Comfortable and Easy to USE - Elastic polyurethane coiled surfboard leg rope with 2.7" quilted neoprene ankle cuff with Velcro equiped with a easy pull tab hidden key pocket.
  • Durability and Built to Last - Connected by durable and sea water corrosion resist stainless steel swivels with new style molded ends for a long last use.
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Tagvo SUP Leash Coiled 10ft Super Strong 7mm Cord with Waterproof Waist Pouch, Comfortable Padded Neoprene Ankle Cuff Stand up Paddle Board Leash with Double Swivels Anti-rust Flexible Surfboard Leash Tagvo SUP Leash Coiled 10ft Super
  • SUPER SAFETY: coiling design eliminates the SUP surf leash dragging in water and avoids snagging submerged objects to protect you from falling off the board. when you wipe out, the flexible leash can be easily extended to Max 10 feet.
  • SUPER COMFORTABLE: the ankle cuff of this surfboard leash is made of soft padded neoprene material, extremely comfortable; suitable for all ankle size from 1 to 14 inches; a nylon ring is added on the cuff for easy releasing.
  • SUPER STRONG: 7mm TPU polyurethane code makes this board leash sturdy and strong enough for surfing even with huge surge, although a little heave to 0.55lb.
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Retrospec Helix 10' Coiled Leash for Stand Up Paddleboarding, Orange Retrospec Helix 10' Coiled Leash
  • Extremely long-lasting and hard-wearing leash for standup paddle boards
  • Measures 10' long when stretched
  • Keeps your board securely attached to you at all times
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BPS 'Storm' Ultralite Surf SUP Coiled Leg Rope - 10 Foot Ankle Leash with Double Stainless Steel Swivels and Hidden Key Pocket - Surfboard Longboard Paddleboard Leash (Transparent Blue) BPS 'Storm' Ultralite Surf SUP
  • The innovators at BPS are proud to present the BPS STORM ‘ULTRALITE’ leash – a light weight (but strong) leash specifically designed for Flat Water paddlers. You WILL forget it’s even on - but still have the great security a leash provides. Just undo the leash string, tie this onto your board’s leash attachment point – and you are ready to go.
  • It has an ankle fitting super comfortable padded Neoprene cuff, Double Stainless Steel swivels to stop tangles, and a light weight but strong 5.5mm Coiled Cord (which happily stretches out to 10 feet when required). The Coiling of the leash TOTALLY eliminates any leash drag (so no risk of snagging submerged objects) keeping your leash up on the back of your board and out of the water. The leash cuff also features a handy hidden key pocket.
  • Buy with complete confidence - all products from Surf and Snow are stored and shipped (quickly and reliably) to you by Amazon in the US - and all BPS products are guaranteed with a 'next-level guarantee'. If it doesn't deliver what it is supposed to, it will be replaced or you'll be refunded - your choice. This product is fully guaranteed for 12 months, and we really stand behind our products, and have the history and customer feedback to prove it.

Guide: Buy the right SUP Leash

Before we go any further into the characteristics to consider when choosing an SUP lease, let us introduce the different types of leases. There are different types, depending on the skills and the area of application:

  • Simple poker: In contrast to coiled leashes, this type of tethers are simple, straight lines. Nowadays this type of holding lines are rarely used in popular sports, but they are still used in competitions. The reason for this is that coiled leashes can restrict the movement on the board a bit. With simple lines you have more freedom of movement, which is advantageous for experienced paddlers who quickly change their stance position and generally work more with the whole body.
  • SUP Leashs for the hip: There are also holding leashes that can be worn around the hip. Some paddlers prefer this kind of SUP Leashes because they are even less noticeable when worn or because they are simply more comfortable. In flowing waters, rapids and white water, SUP Leahs must be worn around the hips. Otherwise life is in danger. If the leash gets caught on obstacles, this can be fatal in the flowing water. In the year 2016 alone, there have been three deaths on the River SUP. The problem is that a classic ankle leash is very difficult to solve once you are trapped in the water masses. For this reason, the so-called Hip SUP Leashes have emergency triggers, so that in dangerous situations the board can be quickly released from the body.

length

The rule of thumb is that the SUP Leash should ideally be about as long as the board. If the leash is too short, you may hit the board if you fall into the water, because the leash will pull the board along. A very long leash, on the other hand, will drag in the water and will get dirty quickly. The leash also has a water resistance and therefore (slightly) brakes out. Furthermore, long leashes can get caught on plants, rocks or other obstacles, which can lead to nasty falls. With coiled leashes the problem occurs less often, because they are much shorter than the board when coiled.

carrying comfort

The best SUP Leash in the world will do you no good if it feels uncomfortable. The nice thing about leashes is that you don’t even notice them when you’re driving. When choosing a leash, you should consider the comfort of wearing it. Especially when touring, you have the leashes on your feet for a long time.

Many manufacturers therefore pad the ankle support of their leashes or use materials such as neoprene for the side that is attached to the foot. The soft material adapts well to the body and is extremely comfortable to wear.

Quality

A SUP Leash is a very affordable purchase. However, since the holding lines are part of the basic equipment and you wear them all the time while paddling, you should invest money for a high quality model.

The saying “if you buy cheap, you buy twice.” is not always true and does not necessarily apply to SUP Leashs, but in fact, cheap models save on production costs. Cheap SUP leases are often less padded and less likely to offer additional features (such as a key compartment.) Furthermore, coiled leases usually cost slightly more than simple tethers. However, the latter are still not a good choice due to the higher risk of injury.

brand

The name of the manufacturer always plays a role in the purchase decision. Some companies have already made a good name for themselves by producing high quality SUP accessories for many years. These big names include Aqua Marina, Mistral, Fanatic and Naish.

There are also a number of smaller companies active in the market for leases. This does not necessarily have to be a disadvantage, as these new manufacturers often come up with something new to stand out from the crowd. In many cases their offers are also hard to beat in terms of price.

FAQ: Frequently asked questions about SUP Leashs answered


Why should you use a SUP Leash?

The simple answer to the question is that a SUP Leash is much cheaper than a new SUP board. We have often heard of paddlers who simply couldn’t catch up with their board after a fall in the water.

Wind, waves and currents can accelerate the board so much on lakes and rivers that it is almost impossible to catch up while swimming. This is why leases are created. With a SUP Leash you don’t have to worry about the board in an unplanned waterway.

Especially important are the tethers for inexperienced swimmers, who should not do without a leash in addition to the SUP lifejacket. If you can’t swim fast, you will have problems catching up with the board. In fast flowing waters and in white water, however, care must be taken.

Commonly used coiled leashes, which are attached to the ankle, are not the method of choice for flowing waters. Too great is the danger that the board gets caught on an obstacle after a fall, but you will be pushed underwater by the current. A leash attached to your foot is very difficult to remove in these situations. In the worst case, these situations can even end fatally.

For such applications, normal SUP leashes are therefore strongly discouraged. Instead, only SUP leashes with a waist strap may be worn. These models for the hip also have emergency triggers to further reduce the amount of handling required in an emergency.

How long should an SUP Leash be?

The length varies from model to model and is ultimately a matter of taste. In general, the leash should be longer than the board. For example, a 335 cm (11 ft) leash would be perfect for the classic 320 cm all-round board. With very long Touring SUP Boards or Race SUP Boards the leash doesn’t have to be longer.

With regard to length, please note that a leash that is too long often drags behind the board when riding. This slows down a bit, leads to a quick twisting of the leash and is also dangerous because the leash gets caught more easily on plants or other obstacles. Coiled leashes that are too long are less problematic, because they lie (almost) completely on the board anyway due to their spiral design.

A too short SUP Leash can also be dangerous. If you fall into the water, you might hit the board. With the short leash, the board could be pulled right along. A short leash could also restrict your freedom of movement.
That doesn’t matter. The leash can be worn on the left leg or the right leg and the result is the same. The main thing is that the leash is attached to the board and leg, is not too short or long and is comfortable to wear.

Our observation is that most stand up paddlers put the leash on the dominant leg. Right handers tend to wear the leash on the right leg. For left-handed paddlers it is the other way around. The reasons for this are not quite clear, but for many people it just feels right.

Another thing to pay attention to is the way you stand on the Stand Up Paddling Board. Most of the time your feet are on the same level and point forward. So in these cases both legs are at the same distance from the rear D-ring where the leash is usually attached.

In some situations a stand with one front and one rear foot is also chosen. This can be the case, for example, when you want to make fast turns with a kickpad or when you want to accelerate with as much physical effort as possible.

If there is a chance that your stance is not always parallel, the leash should be attached to the rear foot. This way the leash does not always cover the whole board and the danger of getting tangled up is reduced.

A SUP Leash consists of three main parts. At one end is the ankle strap, which is either made of neoprene or has padding for extra comfort. Then there is the actual leash, which used to be a simple cord, but nowadays the leash is usually rolled up like a spool.

The other end is attached to the board with a Velcro fastener. In most cases the leash is attached to a large D-ring, which is located at the back end of the board. Only a few models have the D-ring at the front of the board.

Regarding the material of the leash, we recommend models made of plastic. Urethane is one of these materials, which has proven itself in practice by its high durability.

Conclusion

Stand Up Paddling has taken the world by storm. The trend first became big in the United States, but the sport is also really well known in this country. The mixture of muscle training, closeness to nature and keeping your balance makes the sport unique. The latter can be done well on calm waters after a short acclimatisation period.

In flowing waters or other turbulent waters, however, even experienced paddlers lose their balance now and then. A SUP Leash is especially important when paddling on open waters or in wind, waves or currents. The leash prevents the board from floating away.

Water and weather can clog the leash. For this reason you should invest in a good model that is durable and tear-resistant. As far as the different types are concerned, coiled leashes for the ankle are the best choice for the vast majority of paddlers. Only in flowing waters should a SUP Leash be used for the hip.

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